Our Story

Our team got its start by making products for our retail brand, Appa Life. But, nothing good stays a secret for long.

Our retailers loved Appa Life products so much that they began asking if we’d be willing to make products for their brands too. And so, our manufacturing business (Appa Extracts) was born. 

Being entrepreneurs ourselves, we wanted to make sure our retailers didn’t encounter the hassles that we did on our journey. That’s why at Appa Extracts we guarantee we will:

  • Leverage Our Vertical Integration to Stay Transparent and Keep Costs Low
  • Be a Partner in Your Success: Offer Ongoing Support and Dedicated Account Manager
  • Stay on The Cutting Edge by Monitoring CBD Research and Using the Latest Tech
Say goodbye to shady COAs and lengthy rabbit-hole processes. That shiz is for the birds. With us, you gain a business partner that’s ready to hustle as much as you are.

Our People

Our team of dedicated and amazing individuals
is what makes things possible.

KELSEY KRUSE

CEO & CO-FOUNDER

“Can we test this batch again Todd?”

A line her scientists – Todd Griffin, Ashley Neil and Ethan Berney – will inevitably hear whenever she visits the Appa Extracts laboratory in Locust, North Carolina. And it’s not for the lack of trust either. Todd, Ashley and Ethan are talented and skilled (and loyal) scientists with degrees up the wazoo and to be honest, she’s lucky to have em’.

Some say it’s a tad bit obsessive-compulsive. A lot will say she’s a perfectionist.

CORY VONEGIDY

COO & CO-FOUNDER

“This industry is full of…!”

A loud sigh by Appa Life’s co-founder, Cory VonEgidy.
A frustration brought about by the current state of the CBD industry that is slowly mirroring “Big Pharma”. And an industry that will inevitably resemble the “Weight Loss” industry in the near future.

While most focus their resources on extracting money out of hemp, VonEgidy focused on the best methods to extract CBD – along with hundreds of other compounds – out of Hemp (Cold Extracted, hands down).

MAX TAVE

CMO

“No gamble… no future”

This life motto from Appa Extracts’ CMO Max Tave has always been polarizing.  This is apparent not just with the way he dresses – usually in a colorful garb, matched with comfy flip flops, but also with his philosophy on marketing. 

ETHAN BERNEY

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

TAMLA BOONE

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

TODD GRIFFIN

SCIENTIST

ASHLEY NEILL

Continuous Improvement Engineer

BRAD TODD

PROCESSOR

SHAWN HATLEY

PROCESSOR

MARK MARSH

FARMER

Chris Dalmau

Manufacturing Associate