Surna Appoints Bryon Jorgenson as Chief Operating Officer
BOULDER, CO–(Marketwired – Jan 6, 2015) – Surna Inc. (OTCQB: SRNA), an engineering, manufacturing, and installation company specializing in commercial indoor cannabis cultivation technology, announced today it has appointed Bryon Jorgenson as Chief Operating Officer.
Jorgenson has more than 25 years of experience as an executive-level manager and engineer in the industrial electronics and industrial automation systems sectors.
Before joining Surna, Jorgenson was Chief Operations Officer and Founder of MIROPEX, LLC, a management consulting organization serving technology based companies; and has been focused on business development functions including product commercialization, pre-acquisition due diligence, business integration, management team transition, and operations performance improvement.
“The vast experience Bryon possesses in leading new product commercialization programs will greatly enrich Surna’s engineering proficiency and ability to consistently provide the most efficient, highest quality technology systems to the cannabis industry,” said CEO Tom Bollich. “Bryon is an essential addition to the Surna team and will be pivotal to our success, permitting us more deftly develop and manufacture cutting-edge innovations in licensed cannabis cultivation.”
Several of Mr. Jorgenson’s programs have included the development and support of both domestic and offshore manufacturing operations. Mr. Jorgenson is also a Lean Green Belt level facilitator and an experienced strategic deployment practitioner.
“I am honored and very excited to have this opportunity to work with such a high caliber senior management team and talented professional staff at Surna,” Jorgenson said. “With such incredible growth in the indoor horticultural market, I look forward to bringing a fast-paced and systematic approach to the operations team at Surna. The challenge of buildings business processes, talent pools, and fine-tuned infrastructure that delivers high-value products to our growing customer base is the chance of a lifetime. I am eager to leverage my broad experience to ensure Surna’s success on every front of the cannabis industry,” Jorgenson said.
Prior to forming MIROPEX, Jorgenson was Senior Director of Operations and Engineering at St. Jude Medical’s Cardiovascular Division from January 2009 to October 2012 where he led several engineering projects comprised of more than 180 staff members, supported multiple M&A transactions, and established project management office systems and training for SJM-Cardiology Division’s global operations organization. Additionally, from May 2007 to January 2009, Jorgenson was Sr. Manager and Director of St. Jude Medical’s global industrial automation department and several other cardiovascular division’s process engineering departments.
Jorgenson holds a Master’s of Science degree in Management of Technology from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology & Carlson School of Business, a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial Technology Management from the Minnesota State University of Moorhead, and has completed extensive postgraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.
About Surna Inc.
Surna Inc. (www.surna.com) develops innovative technology and products that control or address the energy and resource intensive nature of indoor cannabis cultivation. Currently, the Company’s revenue stream is based on its main product offerings — supplying industrial technology and products to commercial indoor cannabis grow facilities.
Headquartered in Boulder, CO, Surna’s diverse engineering team is tasked with creating novel energy and resource efficient solutions, including the Company’s signature water-cooled climate control platform. The Company’s engineers continuously seek to create technology that solve the highly specific demands of the cannabis industry for temperature, humidity, light and process control.
Surna’s goal is to provide intelligent solutions to improve the quality, the control and the overall yield and efficiency of indoor cannabis cultivation. The Company’s operations exclude the production or sale of marijuana.
Surna’s premier management team draws on backgrounds from life sciences, energy, and software sectors. Surna is headed by technology industrialist and robotics engineer Tom Bollich, co-founder of the highly-publicized gaming Company Zynga. The Company drew national attention when its market valuation quickly surpassed $10 billion.
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