Title: Chief operations officer
Company: Kosmik Brands
The cannabis industry is famous for moving at a breakneck speed and yet Cameron Saner has managed to keep ahead of it for four years and counting since founding Oklahoma-based Kosmik Brands in 2019 with three others.
“In the beginning of that company, no one really had titles. It was more survive at all costs,” Saner says, adding that “it was a very hood-of-the-truck-with-a-napkin initial plan” but something everyone agreed would work.
Saner took on the responsibility of finding and recruiting talent from different sectors, including one of the founders and current CEO Kirk Fuqua.
While Oklahoma’s market was a “bloodbath” in the years following Kosmik’s launch, the company managed to not only survive, it became one of very few operators to break out of the state and into other state markets.
“Being able to come out of this industry and flourish and able to pierce the veil of an MSO-style company was obviously a goal of mine right out of the gate,” Saner says.
Kosmik is now operating in six state markets and Saner says by year’s end the company will be in Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Arizona, California, Montana, Mississippi and Massachusetts in addition to its Oklahoma headquarters. He has even also flown down to Uruguay to meet with several South American operators to discuss their operations.
“Being one of the major players, not only nationally, but globally, that’s my big dream,” Saner says. “I feel like we’re just getting started.”