In 2014, the founders of IHS came together with a common vision: build a company that will shape all aspects of industrial hemp in the 21st century. To accomplish this, we understood that we must start by discovering and managing "the right seed for the right purpose". Once this process was in place, the IHS team began building out the global infrastructure needed to tie together innovative solutions for the processing and manufacturing and commercialization of industrial hemp across the United States and worldwide.
IHS is a Colorado grown company specializing in servicing the reemergence of industrial hemp in the 21st century as a staple crop for our modern U.S. agricultural system. Since the 2014 Farm Bill, IHS believes the opening of the U.S. industrial hemp industry presents a great opportunity that will help foster economic development for rural communities to rebuild their economies.
We have forged strategic alliances with global partners to secure certified cultivars to provide the right hemp seed for the right purpose to growers in Colorado, the United States, and the Western Hemisphere.
In 2017, through its subsidiary, Bija Hemp, IHS became the first U.S. company in history to import “farm bill compliant” industrial hemp seed into the United States. This intercontinental shipment involved 30 metric tons of bulk seed that was procured from the Ukraine, transported to Germany, and airlifted into Denver, Colorado. By aligning with innovative partners, IHS services all facets of industrial hemp: seed acquisition, acclimatization and propagation, certification programs across the U.S., genetic bioinformatics, consultation, harvesting, distribution, and processing and manufacturing for commercial uses.
For the past few years, IHS has been sowing the seeds for the reintroduction of industrial hemp into U.S. agribusiness. Now, we are looking forward to working with those who are interested in helping this up-and-coming industry take root.
Kevin T.K Sullivan, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.) served 20 years as an Aviation Officer with the United States Army. Throughout his military career as a UH-60 (Blackhawk) pilot, Kevin has served in numerous leadership positions culminating with service as the Director of Aviation for the U.S. Army Pacific Command (USARPAC).
Upon retiring from military service, Kevin founded Leading Points Corporation, a company that builds and implement comprehensive military programs for businesses interested in establishing themselves within the military and government markets.
Kevin has served as SVP and Director of Business & Corporate Development for various startups and Military Charities across the country.
Kate Strickland joins International Hemp Solutions after 12 years as the Chief Operating Officer at Hoban Law Group.
Kate graduated from the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs and received her Master’s degree in Public Administration. She also completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from UC Denver. Kate’s professional experience is widely varied and includes articles published in the Denver Post, The Denver Daily News and The Rocky Mountain News, as well as appearances on local television programming.
Kate is the proud parent of a teenage daughter. In 2017, Kate was appointed to the State of Colorado Foster Care Steering Committee. She is a volunteer for Denver CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, where she works with teenagers navigating the foster care and juvenile court systems.
One of the newest members of the team, Derek has an extensive background in finance and investing. Derek will take the lead as IHS looks to expand into specialized cultivation equipment and processing, and is constantly ensuring IHS has a complete line of services available for those entering or already in the emerging industrial hemp industry.
Tim has over 15 years of clinical and field research on cannabis and hemp plants. In addition to being an IHS Board Member, as the Director of Research and Development, Tim is currently working with our overseas partners at Poland’s Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants to review and develop new commercial varieties of hemp, as well as overseeing domestic propagation programs.
Tim currently also serves as a technical advisor on the board of the National Hemp Association, and is President of the Colorado Hemp Industries Association.
One of the original founders of IHS, Mike was a successful entrepreneur in the early Colorado Cannabis industry. Mike started his own vertically integrated cannabis operation that included growing, processing and distribution.
Mike oversees the IHS sales and shipping departments. He ensures and fulfills the obligation to you, our customers, to make sure your expectations are met, and IHS delivers quality, certified hemp seed to your destination.