Following an announcement on July 18, 2019 stating that Koios would use CBD supplied by Colorado -based Keef Brands in its Fit Soda™ line of beverages, the Company has added Keef Brands President and COO Travis Tharp to its advisory board. Mr. Tharp has held growth-oriented roles in operations-intensive firms including home services marketplace Handy, which ANGI Homeservices Inc. later acquired. Tharp’s role as an advisor to Koios will complement the Company’s relationship with Keef Brands as a supplier of CBD. Test batch production for Fit Soda™ beverages with CBD from Keef Brands has commenced as of July 19, 2019 , with user trials to follow.
VANCOUVER , Aug. 7, 2019 /CNW/ – Koios Beverage Corp. (CSE: KBEV; OTC: KBEVF) (the “Company” or “Koios”) announces that it has added Travis Tharp , an accomplished growth-focused executive, to the Koios advisory board. Mr. Tharp is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of Colorado -based Keef Brands (https://keefbrands.com/), which purveys a pioneering line of cannabis-infused beverages, edibles, concentrates, vapes, and oils. Cannabis products under the Keef Brands label are available in over 800 dispensaries across Colorado , California , Arizona , Michigan , Nevada , and Puerto Rico . As detailed in Koios’ July 18, 2019 press release, the Company has partnered with Keef Brands to supply crystallized, water-soluble CBD for infusion into Koios’ existing Fit Soda™ line of functional beverages. Test batch production for Fit Soda™ with CBD supplied by Keef Brands began on July 19, 2019 , with user trials to begin shortly following the completion of this production.
From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Tharp was Head of City Operations for peer-to-peer home services marketplace Handy (http://handy.com), with responsibility for 32 different markets. In this role, Tharp built operations teams and workflows that were capable of handling hundreds of thousands of bookings per month, and recruiting thousands of workers per week. Tharp also led the integration of two acquired competitors (from the United States and the United Kingdom ) into Handy’s operations. Following Tharp’s tenure, Handy was acquired in 2018 by Denver -based ANGI Homeservices Inc. (ANGI), parent company of other home services marketplaces such as Angie’s List and HomeStars.
Prior to joining Keef Brands in 2017, Tharp served as Vice President of Marketplace Growth at HopSkipDrive (rideshare marketplace for children’s rides), leading teams for marketing, inside sales, and driver operations. Tharp holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University , and an MBA with an entrepreneurship concentration from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.
Mr. Tharp’s addition to the Koios advisory board complements the Company’s current relationship with Keef Brands, in which Keef Brands supplies crystalized, water-soluble CBD for Koios beverage products. With visibility into Koios’ day-to-day affairs as an advisory board member, Tharp will be able to provide unique insights with respect to the Company’s operations and long-term growth plans. As Tharp has primarily worked with operations-intensive companies, this experience aligns well with Koios’ business model. Tharp’s insights will therefore stand to play an invaluable role as Koios expands its operations in response to growing demand for its products.