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MANAGEMENT TEAM
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Andrew Bowden – Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer of Item 9 Labs Andrew Bowden is bringing extensive experience with multitier Investment strategies in Real Estate, Software and sustainable investments. As CEO and co-founder of Bowden Investment Group for the previous 7 years Andrew brings his business experience and leadership to the forefront of Item 9 Labs. Andrew is also skilled and experienced with fundraising and partnering efforts which will extend our current portfolios with the right strategic partnerships.
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Bryce Skalla – President/ Co-Founder
As President of Item 9 Labs Corp, Bryce Skalla manages the Company’s day-to-day business operations. Prior to the Airware merger, Mr. Skalla was the co-founder & CEO of Item 9 Labs. As one of the founders and architects of Item 9’s business model, Mr. Skalla was instrumental in establishing Item 9 Labs as one of Arizona’s leading cannabis consulting companies and producers of high quality medical marijuana flower and products over the course of three years. During that period, he designed, developed, and capitalized on strategic opportunities, taking Item 9 from a 1,000 square-foot Caregiver Cultivation warehouse into the highly regulated Arizona Medical Marijuana industry with fifty acres zoned for cultivation.

Previously, Mr. Skalla operated a professional consulting firm focused around business solutions, from advertising and marketing services, to business structure and development. Mr. Skalla’s decision to enter the industry followed a diagnosis with a serious medical condition where he received Interferon, the most accepted medical treatment at the time. During this long and arduous treatment, he experienced firsthand the benefits of medical marijuana, which enabled him to successfully complete his medical regimen. Since this life changing experience, Mr. Skalla has dedicated himself to furthering the education and use of medical cannabis.
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Jeffrey I. Rassás – Chief Strategy Officer
Chief Strategy Officer of Item 9 Labs Corp., Jeffery Rassás is charged with guiding the Company’s strategic growth. Mr. Rassás is a twenty-year veteran of entrepreneurial ventures and business management. He has extensive experience in funding, leading, developing and performing corporate turnarounds for numerous private and public start-up ventures, across a variety of industries. Previously, Mr. Rassás served as CEO of Airware Holdings Inc., CEO at YCNG and YouChange, and CEO of Global Alerts, a holding company for Earth911.com and Pets911.com.

Prior to these executive-level posts, Mr. Rassás was Co-chairman and CEO of ImproveNet, Inc., which he acquired through a merger in 2002, and later sold to IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI). In addition, Mr. Rassás served as founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of EBIZ Enterprises, a publicly traded Linux solutions provider.
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Bobby Mikkelsen – Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer of Item 9 Labs Corp., Bobby E. Mikkelsen, 37, is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Arizona, received his Bachelors degree in accounting in 2004 from the Eller College of Business, University of Arizona. After graduating from The Eller College of Business Mr. Mikkelsen went on to work as an auditor for Henry & Horne, LLP in Arizona. Moving up the ranks quickly to Audit Manager, Mr. Mikkelsen utilized his analytical thinking and problem-solving skills to implement effective and efficient changes to the audit process as well as add value to the clients he served. Mr. Mikkelsen has worked with a client base that is diverse in both size and industry, working with small non-profits, large government agencies, and medium sized business, including those in health care, mental health, and pharmaceutical industries.

After 11 years, in January 2016, Mr. Mikkelsen started his own firm, Mikkelsen CPA, LLC which focuses on serving clients in various industries with accounting, tax, and CFO Solutions. Mr. Mikkelsen is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
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Christopher Wolven– Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Item-9 Labs Corp., Mr. Wolven provides the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that the company has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, people and systems in place to effectively grow the organization and ensure financial strength and operating efficiency.  Mr. Wolven is  a 24-year restaurant industry expert, his extensive experience as a Regional Brand Chef with Fox Restaurant Concepts earned him world-class skills in analysis, strategy, and management. His time with Fox Restaurant Concepts found him working in a multi-unit, operational role, planning and executing successful, scaled business models. In that time, Mr. Wolven efficiently navigated the heavily regulated restaurant industry by adhering to regulations regarding the Health Department, OSHA, and cash management procedures. He was responsible for operations and food development for seven of the 15 brands under Fox Restaurant Concepts, spanning ten locations with over 1,000 employees. He oversaw creative development, financial planning, operational wellbeing, as well as the building and implementation of systems.

Mr. Wolven participated in over 60 restaurant openings across 13 states, and his region regularly brought in over $50 million in annual revenue. Through data analysis and strategic planning, he has time and time again lead ambitious teams to successfully write and implement some of the best business models in the restaurant industry
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Doug Bowden – Co-Chairman
Doug Bowden - Co-Chairman, Item Labs Corp
Co-Chairman of the Board, Mr. Bowden started his career in the electronics industry, working in a successful family run business, which he purchased with his brother and ran for nearly 20 years. This tech company's success was based on signal processing and monitoring providing hardware and software for broadcasters during the high definition revolution. Bowden sold his business in 2009 and in 2013, Mr. Bowden and his son started Viridis Group, a real estate company centered on buying and remodeling luxury condos in Colorado and Arizona. Through this venture they gained experience in real estate acquisition, design, project and construction management, leasing, finance and sales. With a focus on people, the planet and profits – in that order, Viridis Group has recently adopted the name Bowden Investment Group to reflect the passion for the family business. As such, Mr. Bowden brings extensive experience with multitier investment strategies in real estate, software, and sustainable investments. Mr. Bowden attended the University of South Dakota where he studied business.
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Mic Keskey – Co-Chairman
Mic Keskey - Co-Chairman, Item 9 Labs Corp
As Co-Chairman of the Board, Keskey directed Best Buy's massive store growth in the 1990s and early 2000s, brings a lifetime of business achievements to the fast-growing Arizona-based Company. In his 16 years with the big-box retailer, Keskey advanced from store manager to President of US Retail for Best Buy, helping create a plethora of well-received standard operating procedures (SOPs) so successful he later saw them being taught to his school-aged children.
Keskey recognized the need for SOPs early-on and created defined processes across every area of the retail business - inspiring Best Buy department leaders from merchandising to marketing and supply chain to product development to follow suit. His accomplishments also include changing Best Buy's sales tactics from commission to non-commission - disrupting the entire industry - recognizing that most hardware sold at the time were now commodities with low profit margins.
Keskey's efforts reduced shrink by 70% while decreasing employee turnover, producing a more seasoned staff that could better serve customers in stores that had been re-designed based on his team's customer psychographic studies. Further, he turned electronic accessories and consumer warranties each into $5+ billion business segments. Keskey's achievements laid the foundation for Best Buy to open 80 stores a year. During his executive tenure, Best Buy's stock increased 11 times