South Tip has a cross-disciplinary team comprised of experienced leaders and professionals in the areas of farming, nursery operations, cannabis, business management, and law.

OPERATIONS TEAM

PRESIDENT

Hal Lucas

Hal leads South Tip’s business operations, collaborating closely with the company’s Operations Team, Board of Directors, and Advisors to spearhead South Tip’s strategic planning and execution.  A business law attorney by background, Hal has been involved as legal counsel in transformative transactions involving cannabis businesses, including merger and acquisition transactions involving Florida Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers.  Hal is a member of the Florida Hemp Advisory Committee (appointed by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services), and received his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law and his B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from Johns Hopkins University.

 

CO-DIRECTOR OF FARMING OPERATIONS

Salvatore (Sal) Finocchiaro

Together with Leo Talarico, Sal is a second-generation farmer (first as F & T Farms and later as S&L Beans) with more than 30 years of experience farming yellow squash, zucchini, okra, and various types of beans and tomatoes.  Sal has farmed as much as 7,000 acres of vegetables in a single season.  In recent years, Sal has also operated (with Leo) a 100-acre tree farm, which includes palm tree varieties.  Sal co-leads our farming operations at South Tip.

 

CO-DIRECTOR OF FARMING OPERATIONS

Leonard (Leo) Talarico

Together with Sal Finocchiaro, Leo is a second-generation farmer (first as F & T Farms and later as S&L Beans) with more than 30 years of experience farming yellow squash, zucchini, okra, and various types of beans and tomatoes.  Leo has farmed as much as 7,000 acres of vegetables in a single season.  In recent years, Leo has also operated (with Sal) a 100-acre tree farm, which includes palm tree varieties.  Leo co-leads our farming operations at South Tip.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

(in alphabetical order by last name)

Ian Brown

Ian is a strategic entrepreneur who has been involved in the cannabis industry for the past four years.  Notably, Ian was the lead investor in KSGNF, LLC, which was the successor to Keith St. Germain’s Florida Medical Marijuana Treatment Center, and was successfully sold to an affiliate of Green Thumb Industries Inc.  Ian brings his knowledge and sophistication in the cannabis industry to South Tip’s hemp and CBD business, where he plays an important role in the company’s most critical decisions.  Ian also advises South Tip on various matters pertaining to its growth and development programs, adding particular value to the company’s marketing, technical, and business development initiatives.

 

Salvatore (Sal) Finocchiaro

Together with Leo Talarico, Sal is a second-generation farmer (first as F & T Farms and later as S&L Beans) with more than 30 years of experience farming yellow squash, zucchini, okra, and various types of beans and tomatoes.  Sal has farmed as much as 7,000 acres of vegetables in a single season.  In recent years, Sal has also operated (with Leo) a 100-acre tree farm, which includes palm tree varieties.  Sal co-leads our farming operations at South Tip.

 

Hal Lucas

Hal leads South Tip’s business operations, collaborating closely with the company’s Operations Team, Board of Directors, and Advisors to spearhead South Tip’s strategic planning and execution.  A business law attorney by background, Hal has been involved as legal counsel in transformative transactions involving cannabis businesses, including merger and acquisition transactions involving Florida Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers.  Hal is a member of the Florida Hemp Advisory Committee (appointed by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services), and received his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law and his B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from Johns Hopkins University.

 

Keith St. Germain

Keith has owned and operated a wholesale nursery (Keith St. Germain Nursery) in Homestead, Florida, for approximately 40 years.  Keith St. Germain Nursery, which is 65 acres in size, sells landscape tropical plants to big-box retailers and provides contract grow services to several of the largest wholesale nurseries in the State of Florida.  In addition, Keith’s nursery was awarded the 13th Medical Marijuana Treatment Center License in the State of Florida, which was ultimately sold to an affiliate of Green Thumb Industries Inc.  Keith bring his cannabis industry experience, in addition to his extensive nursery operations and management experience, to South Tip, where he provides mission-critical knowledge for the execution of the company’s hemp and CBD strategic and operational plans.

 

Leonard (Leo) Talarico

Together with Sal Finocchiaro, Leo is a second-generation farmer (first as F & T Farms and later as S&L Beans) with more than 30 years of experience farming yellow squash, zucchini, okra, and various types of beans and tomatoes.  Leo has farmed as much as 7,000 acres of vegetables in a single season.  In recent years, Leo has also operated (with Sal) a 100-acre tree farm, which includes palm tree varieties.  Leo co-leads our farming operations at South Tip.

 

ADVISORS

(in alphabetical order by last name)

RANDY COLE

Randy provides South Tip with senior-level consulting and advisory services in the areas of hemp infrastructure, cultivation, and innovative CBD-rich products.  Randy brings to South Tip his 20 years of experience and expertise in the green industry.  He has been an integral part of the development of several Florida Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers, including leading successful compliance efforts with respect to various State of Florida regulatory requirements.  Randy is a Master Grower with extensive knowledge of hydroponic systems and integrations.  Randy’s combined horticulture knowledge and creativity in consulting, project development and implementation provides South Tip with a competitive advantage and speaks to his passion for the green industry and his dedication to the industry’s growth and success.

 

JEFFREY W. GALLUP, ESQ.

Jeff is a legal and business advisor to South Tip.  Jeff brings to South Tip his nearly 17 years of experience and legal expertise in many industries.  Jeff is a transactional attorney by trade.  His legal practice focuses on corporate and business law, mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate law, and commercial finance.  Jeff counsels business owners, senior level executives, and boards of directors on various legal matters.  He often serves as outside general counsel for many closely-held businesses.  He has served as lead transaction counsel on hundreds of complex business and real estate transactions over the years.  More recently, Jeff represented the lead investors in the acquisition and eventual sale of their interest in a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center License to a publicly traded company.  Jeff also has represented several investors in other matters involving Medical Marijuana Treatment Center Licenses and cannabis-related business matters.  Jeff received a B.S. in health sciences and an M.S. in physical therapy from Boston University, and he earned his Juris Doctor (cum laude) from Case Western Reserve University, School of Law.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Jeff practiced as a licensed physical therapist for several hospital systems and healthcare facilities in Florida and Ohio.

 

CHARLES STEINFELD

A graduate of UC San Diego in Political Science, Charles brings a West Coast sensibility to the South Tip Team.  For nearly 20 years, Charles worked in aquaculture farming of hundreds of species of marine invertebrates, with an emphasis on life support systems and distribution.  For the last 5 years, Charles has dedicated his efforts to the cannabis industry, and has become well-versed in project management, forward planning, Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP), and compliance, with experience in the areas of construction, production, documentation, and operations in the Medical Marijuana industry.  He has consulted, designed, built, or otherwise contributed to or for multiple Florida Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers.  Charles brings his wide-ranging experience to his project management and quality control advisory and consulting role at South Tip.