An experienced team with global ambitions.

Botanic Wellness is comprised of an international team of Directors, Senior Executives and Consultants.

Our Team

Cary Stynes LLB (Melb.) MAICD
Co-Founder, and Executive Chairman

Cary oversees the day-to-day operations and investment strategy and leads the execution of the strategic direction of the company.

He holds a current Victorian legal practicing certificate and is the principal of Stynes Consulting a legal and consulting practice specialising in early stage investments and  business financing. He was previously a lawyer with international law firm Minter Ellison before co-founding his own law firm which he has operated for over 25 years.

In 1994 he co-founded media and advertising company, Media and Entertainment Group Limited which listed on the ASX in 1995 and expanded throughout Australia as well as in Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and South America. That company was ultimately acquired by CPH Limited (Kerry Packer) in 1999.

Since that time he has arranged the ASX listing and been the Managing Director or Chief Executive Officer of ASX listed Software Communication Group Limited, organised the restructuring and recapitalization and became Managing Director of CBD Online, subsequently CBD Energy Limited and Swish Group Limited. He is also a former Non- Executive Director of Traffic Technologies Limited, MCM Entertainment Limited, Teys Limited, BHG Limited and children’s cancer charity The Koala Foundation

He has since 2000 arranged the restructuring, re-capitalisation, IPO’s and RTO’s of a number of Australian and international companies on the ASX in the media and technology, infrastructure, mining and related sectors and sat on a number of private and public Company boards as, Managing Director, Executive Director, Non-Executive Director, General Legal Counsel and Company Secretary for over 25 years.

Don Gritten
President and CEO, USA

Donald (Don) Gritten Jr. is a business strategy expert. And is CEO of the Company’s joint venture Arizona operations through Live Opulent LLC

He was a formerly a sergeant in the US Army on active duty for two years and served for nine years in the US Army Reserves. In early 2000, Don began his entrepreneurial career by purchasing a business and moving into the accounting and tax area. Since then Don has owned a number of medical related practices, a management-consulting firm, as well as a business accounting firm and an insurance brokerage. In the last 15 years he has purchased and sold a number of private companies.

Over the past 15 years Don has also given a large number of speeches and consulted to numerous business owners and CEO’s. Don presents seminars based on his experiences and based on what's worked for him in the past, and what’s working now. Don’s has earned a reputation as an effective consultant and M&A specialists

Recently Don began researching and working in the hemp industry. He currently owns a marijuana grow facility, Greener Pacific, located in Oregon. In Arizona, he is overseeing the development for the Company of what it hopes will be one of the USA’s largest hemp operation, focusing on vertical integration from seed to retail.

Don has worked with some of the the most experienced operators in the hemp business and brings that experience to the Company. 

Joe Wicker
Executive Director and Member of the Advisory Board

Joe has a background in finance and economics and has a been a business owner and entrepreneur for over 25 years. He has a great ability to connect with people, understand markets and develop and implement strategies to maximize efficiency and profitability.

He recently became involved in the rapidly growing hemp industry and has used his extensive experience in business development, real estate and mortgage banking to acquire property, create partnerships with large agricultural farmers and developing a vertical integration strategy for the hemp industry. 

Prior to his involvement in the hemp industry he was the owner of Desert Foothills Investments Inc. and JRA Investments from 2004 to 2018. These companies successfully bought and sold investment real estate in various parts of the USA during this time.

Joe was responsible for identifying and acquiring key asset purchases and maintaining a consistent flow of real estate inventory as wells a sales pipeline. He designed and implemented processes to support the businesses growth and build and maintain contacts and relationships, He implement marketing systems and processes, that identified new customer markets and developed various sales approaches for those  markets.