Named one of High Times 100 Most Influential People in Cannabis for 2018, Scott Van Rixel is a renowned Chef D’Oro, Certified European Chef de Cuisine, and Master Chocolatier. Before founding Bhang in 2009, Scott spent 25+ years with major retailers selling into elite markets like Whole Foods and Dean & Deluca. A creative force, Scott has a track record of innovating products the masses want. He won the first of Bhang’s eight High Times Cannabis Cup “best of” awards in 2010 and began importing clean-extracted CBD from the UK in 2011. Known for being a visionary, his accomplishments are a diverse mix including owning & operating several upscale restaurants, catering companies, a gourmet chocolate company, a spirits distillery, and a business that imports organic Criollo Cacao from Venezuela. As Chairman and CEO, Scott has led Bhang from its gourmet chocolate beginnings to a global house of brands with over 100+ cannabis, hemp-derived CBD and terpene products distributed in over 8 countries. Scott was a founding member of the board of NCIA and was one of the first five principal sponsors of Women’s Grow.