Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Mr. Knuettel has decades of experience in working with and advising public and private companies on financial management and controls, M&A, capital markets transactions and operating and financial restructurings. Mr. Knuettel was formerly Director of Capital and Advisory at Viridian Capital Advisors. He joined Veridian from One Cannabis Group ("OCG"), a leading cannabis dispensary franchisor, with over thirty cannabis dispensaries sold across seven states. At OCG, Mr. Knuettel was the Chief Financial Officer where he was responsible for all finance and accounting management. Prior to OCG, Mr. Knuettel was CFO at MJardin, a Denver-based cannabis cultivation and dispensary management company, where he led the company's IPO on the Canadian Securities Exchange. Following the IPO, Mr. Knuettel managed the merger with GrowForce, a Toronto-based cannabis cultivator, after which he moved over to the Chief Strategy Role. In his role as CSO, he managed the acquisition of several private companies before recommending and executing the consolidation of management and other operations to Toronto and the closure of the executive office in Denver. Prior to MJardin, Mr. Knuettel held numerous CFO and CEO positions at early-stage companies where he had significant experience both building and restructuring businesses. Mr. Knuettel graduated cum laude from Tufts University with a B.A. degree in Economics and from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with an M.B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management.
Interim Chief Operating Officer
Uri Kenig is an experienced senior executive who has held large roles in numerous leading food, beverage, and retail industries. Most recently, Mr. Kenig was a Managing Partner at Alpha West Holdings, a venture capital firm. Mr. Kenig was formerly SVP of Growth and Operations at Urbanspace, a New York and London based company, where he led their portfolio growth through a series of initiatives. Prior to that he was an operating partner at a New York based private equity firm, Garnett Station Partners, where he oversaw a substantial growth of the firms' Burger King franchises from 22 restaurants to over 250, culminating in a large exit. He also oversaw the formation and execution of a Maaco franchise roll out culminating with over 40 locations, as well as a Massage Envy franchise rollout before its successful sale. Mr. Kenig also served in several senior leadership positions at Burger King Corporation, where he oversaw the revitalization of the company's Canadian operations and was responsible for a portfolio of over 1,200 franchises across 13 states, where he ensured effective expansion, operational excellence, and revenue generation. Mr. Kenig holds a Bachelor of Science from UNLV, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and also holds a Certificate of Leading with Finance from Harvard Business School Online and is certified in Six-Sigma through McKinsey.
Chief Financial Officer
Jeffrey Batliner, Chief Financial Officer of Terra Tech Corp., joined the Company in December of 2018 when he was hired as the Director of Financial Reporting, where his responsibilities focused on SEC Reporting as well as Financial Planning and Analysis. During Mr. Batliner’s tenure in that role, he was instrumental in improving internal and external reporting processes as well as implementing more robust budgeting and planning processes. Mr. Batliner was promoted to his current role as Chief Financial Officer on October 6, 2020. Prior to Terra Tech, Mr. Batliner served in various Financial Planning and Analysis roles spanning multiple industries. From 1996 to 2003, Mr. Batliner led the FP&A team for Canon USA’s computer peripheral products division. Mr. Batliner was at Sage, a global business software provider, from 2003 to 2014. He built out the finance team supporting Sage’s shared services division and led several FP&A teams supporting multiple business units. From 2015 to 2018, he created the FP&A team at Iteris, Inc., a transportation management firm, as the company experienced significant growth. Mr. Batliner holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor’s in Finance from California State Fullerton.