Before launching Abundant Labs as a partner and co-founder, Chip spent most of his career in Traditional and Non-Traditional Banking. His knowledge of the finance industry has allowed for several entrepreneurial opportunities, mainly in Agriculture and Commercial Real Estate. For the last several years, he has worked with and helped capitalize operations in the Cannabis arena. Launching Abundant Labs was the culmination of hard work and the many relationships he built over the last several years. Chip is responsible for the facility's business dealings and ensuring the team has the resources they require for success. He often speaks on behalf of the Lab and the Hemp Industry at conferences around the country. He also holds a board position with the Southeast Hemp Association. He and his wife reside in Western North Carolina with their horses and 3 dogs. He graduated and was a proud football team member at Appalachian State University.
Gary owned an Electrical Contracting Business for the past 25 years. During that time, he became involved in agriculture as a Commercial Farmer and Representative for a global company that helps communities all over the world set up and grow to produce healthier, safer, and more sustainably. That new world of agriculture turned into a commitment to help growers of Hemp and Cannabis in many states over the last several years. His passion has always been related to the health of our planet and its communities. Being a Co-founder of Abundant Labs, as well as Chief Operating Officer, his mission is simple: to share concepts that empower people near and far by changing the health of generations to come and participate in the sustainability of our planet for those generations, starting with the team at Abundant Labs and the communities they partner with. Gary and his wife live in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina with their dog and cat.
Stephen attended Rutgers University, where he received a BA in Biochemistry. Stephen’s first job out of college was as a production technician at Zeus Scientific. He was responsible for the production and QC of ELISA test kits used by hospitals to diagnose common viral infections like Chicken Pox or Epstein-Barr Virus. This was an FDA-regulated facility, so he gained insights into the rigor of adhering to Quality Management Systems in a production setting. His graduate degree in Molecular Biology focused on developmental biology, genetic engineering, and molecular biology approaches to cancer models using Xenopus laevis and Danio rerio, gaining expertise in PCR, Confocal Laser Microscopy, transgenics, and western blotting. He then joined Genova Diagnostics as a chromatography technician specializing in naturopathic medical diagnostics. During the 10 years he was with them, he moved from a technician to technical supervisor over gas and liquid chromatography departments, managing a staff of 20 scientists and attaining complete technical expertise in the operation and maintenance of HPLCs, GCs, and mass spectrometers as well as a broad knowledge of analytical chemistry theory and techniques. Genova was also federally regulated by CLIA, and the experience gave him a core understanding of regulatory compliance, audits, and inspections. Stephen’s science, production, and regulatory compliance strengths are a good fit with Abundant Labs, and he loves working with the team!
Randy Pores comes from Hollywood, Fla. Randy's background is in the Natural Products Industry. He has been in sales and management from industry leaders such as Natures Plus, Threshold Ent., Renew Life, and NaturaNectar. Randy still enjoys his sports, being ranked in Racquetball and playing in as many tournaments as possible. His passion is for sales and building relationships with his customers. Gary Hughes, our COO, and Randy have been friends since high school.