Paul Hodge Jr., Co-Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. Hodge co-founded Laird Superfood and has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and member of our Board of Directors since its founding in 2015. Prior to founding the Company, Mr. Hodge founded or co-founded a number of companies, including GolfBoard Inc., and was Chief Executive Officer and founder of Solar Nation, Inc., from 2007 to 2011.

Laird Hamilton, Co-Founder, Chief Innovator and Director

Mr. Hamilton co-founded Laird Superfood and has served as a member of our Board of Directors since its founding in 2015. Mr. Hamilton has been focused on bringing his expertise and passion for fitness and nutrition to the masses. Mr. Hamilton is an American athlete best known for his accomplishments in big wave surfing. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Hamilton has also been hailed as an innovator in several crossover board sports, including tow-in surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and hydrofoil boarding. Mr. Hamilton also co-created XPT Extreme Performance Training, a performance lifestyle brand, in 2016 to focus on his philosophies in exercise and lifestyle.

Valerie Ells, Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Ells has served as Laird Superfood’s Chief Financial Officer since April 2019. Ms. Ells first joined the Company in April 2018 as its Controller. Prior to joining Laird Superfood, Ms. Ells was a Financial Planning and Analysis Senior Accounting Manager and Interim Chief Accounting Officer for First Interstate Bank (NASDAQ: FIBK) from 2017 to 2018. From 2015 to 2017, Ms. Ells served as Controller of the Bank of the Cascades (NASDAQ: CACB) and as Assistant Controller from 2013 to 2015. Ms. Ells was the Assistant Controller for Omeros Corporation from 2010 to 2013 and an auditor with KPMG, LLP from 2007 to 2010. Ms. Ells received her B.A. and Masters of Accountancy from Gonzaga University and is a licensed CPA in the State of Oregon.

Scott McGuire, Chief Operating Officer

Mr. McGuire has served as Laird Superfood's Chief Operating Officer since November 2020. Mr. McGuire came to Laird from Bonduelle Fresh Americas, a leader in providing plant based, fresh food products. Most recently, Mr. McGuire served as the Chief Supply Chain Officer and held various roles over the last 7 years that included Operations, S&OP, Demand Planning and Execution, Customer Service, Agriculture Purchasing and Operations, and Transportation and Logistics. Before joining Bonduelle Fresh Americas, Mr. McGuire ran his own consulting practice, Joseph Logistics and Supply Chain Solutions, where he provided consulting services for various CPG clients, including Nestlé USA. Mr. McGuire holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Andrew McCormick, General Counsel and Secretary

Mr. McCormick has served as Laird Superfood’s General Counsel and Secretary since February 2019. Prior to joining Laird Superfood, Mr. McCormick was a Senior Associate at the Denver office of Hogan Lovells US LLP from 2014 to 2019. From 2011 to 2013, Mr. McCormick was an associate at Latham & Watkins (London), LLP. Mr. McCormick received a B.A. with distinction from Hendrix College, a JD from Columbia University, and an LLM from the London School of Economics.