Executive Summary

Gravitas Infinitum is taking advantage of an unprecedented opportunity in providing large corporations with long-term contracted commodity green bio-chemicals/materials and the associated green attributes (Carbon Credits) derived from our proprietary Hemp Economy Services Platform (HESP).The Platform includes: plant propagation, indoor growing and outdoor plant growing management, whole-plant hemp processing, and commodity refining of the plant’s 1,100 molecules at industrial quality and quantities.

The company has also developed “The American Gravitas Impact Project” which is integrating Agriculture, Energy, Environmental, Financial,Social and Technology Programs to Rebuild the American Economy.

In 2014, Hemp was legalized by the US Federal Government and currently being legalized across most states. The 2018 Farm Bill reclassified hemp, and it is now legal to grow industrial hemp. USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced a rule that outlines how states can submit plans that will enable producers to grow hemp in those areas. The worldwide market for industrial hemp was estimated to be over $6 billion and growing in 2019 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15% or greater. In addition to favorable changes in U.S. law, the hemp market is benefiting from growing consumer awareness and demand for hemp-based food and a wide-range of industrial products.

Our rapid progress and overwhelming acceptance of the “10 Steps To Hemp Success” model, highlights an industry-wide need for advanced hemp processing, our ability to fill that with a technically superior and scalable approach and standardization across the entire value chain.

The US hemp industry is poised for rapid growth. It is being assembled by millions of people with little standardization, structure, and transparency. Herein lies what marketing analysts believe is one of the largest economic opportunities is the U.S. We are utilizing our experience in bringing technological innovation and building industry-wide business services platforms to successfully enter and capture a significant share of this emerging market,what many call the new “Hemp Economy”.

Gravitas brings six core strengths to fulfill the industry needs with our Hemp Economy Services Platform. These are;Purchasing Power Aggregation, Logistics Aggregation, Digital Marketing,Sales/Advertising, and Digital Transformation, Automation of business functions and Social Responsibility Values. These are areas that many businesses typically don't invest in or focus on until much later in their growth cycle.We are applying these six core strengths to a new industry that has a positive worldwide impact.

Gravitas’ investment philosophy is deeply rooted within each member of its team. Gravitas’ team of Principals and Advisors have the experience necessary to help us identify, and successfully implement the necessary strategies to become a world class services provider for the hemp industry. The Team believes in the importance of trust‐based partnerships focused on the pursuit of both “value and values.”

The American Gravitas Impact Project

The American Gravitas Impact Project is about rebuilding the American Economy, beginning in the State of Florida by creating 12,000 new jobs in various industries including Agriculture, Automation, Biotechnology,Logistics, Engineering, Manufacturing and Technology.  We then plan to roll-out our campuses to other states.

This is accomplished by building Campuses in six regions of Florida with the focus of creating ZERO-WASTE facilities that capture and recapture megatons of carbon.  These campuses will be recycling plastic waste, of any type, into usable products.  We are adapting and modernizing our agricultural approaches to produce exceptional everyday products.

In 2017, the State of Florida had 545,000 tons of plastic gathered.  Only 10% was recycled. 90%went into landfills.  

With Our Gravitas "Plastics Translation" Campuses, we can process 500-1000 tons of plastic per day. Were place landfills with a translation capability back into usable bio-chemicals/materials via our Hemp “Biomass Machine” Translation.

Business Strategy

Gravitas is positioned as a nexus in hemp biochemicals/materials manufacturing.

We support two dynamic input streams; 1 currently has 54,000 acres subscribed for outdoor hemp growing; 2 high-quality continuous indoor growing. (Biomass Reserve Assets).

With the company controlling three key choke points in Plant Cloning, Biomass Processing, and Raw Materials Refining. (Core Competencies).This maintains a demand from the global 1,000 for combined biomaterials and carbon credits across major industries. (Long-term Offtake).

The Company’s Hemp Economy Services Platform is made up of essential primary services to produce hemp into many product streams. It is structured as a per acre subscription model, allowing small and large farmer/growers to standardize, allocate costs evenly, spread CAPEX/OPEX costs, see exactly what is going on with AWS based Cloud software, and we provide the farmer with secure recurring revenues and benefits.

3 Levels For The Hemp Economy Services Platform

We have test marketed to over 1,000 people and companies. We received overwhelming acceptance of the model. Additionally, we have registered significant market demand, and have outstanding Government support. Our rapid progress highlights an industry-wide need for a multi-faceted approach.

Independent Hemp/Cannabis Companies/Farmers/Groups on Supply Side - We are in negotiations with owners and groups representing 60,000+ acres already in crop production outside the state of Florida. These groups require an industrial solution which we provide as they scale up their operations.

Strategic Partner Groups - This is a group of very large agricultural or land holding companies, they are interested in investing in our complete ecosystem, and are interested in the long-range industrial markets.This group represents over 1,000,000 acres of land holdings, for which they are looking at 2-5% to start in hemp and see how it goes.

Global 1000 Companies on the Demand Side.

Industry Market Size

The US hemp industry is poised for rapid growth. It is being assembled by millions of people with little standardization, structure, and transparency. Herein lies what marketing analysts believe is one of the largest economic opportunities is the U.S. We are utilizing our experience in bringing technological innovation and building industry-wide business services platforms to successfully enter and capture a significant share of this emerging market, what many call the new “Hemp Economy”.

Attractive Market Opportunity

The Global Industrial Hemp Market Size is Projected to Grow from $4.6 Billion USD in 2019 to $26.6 Billion USD by 2025, recording a CAGR of 34.0%.

Seven of the many industries being disrupted by the rise of hemp:

1. Functional Foods. Hemp contains all 10 essential amino acids, making it a good plant-based protein source. Hemp does not contain phytates, which are found in many vegetarian protein sources which can interfere with the absorption of essential minerals.

2. Biodiesel. Hemp can produce nearly four times as much oil per acre as the current favorite source of biodiesel, soybeans. Hemp could soon be the go-to for making diesel fuel from a renewable plant source.

3. Plastics. Now that the 2018 Farm Bill has legalized the production of industrial hemp, entrepreneurs are figuring out ways to use hemp as an eco-friendly alternative to plastic.

4. Paper. An acre of industrial hemp produces about four times the amount of paper that one acre of trees does.

5. Construction. Hemp can also be made into concrete.

6. Textiles. Hemp-based fabrics can stand in for cotton, denim,wool, or athletic leisure wear.

7. Packaging. As more cannabis-related products hit the market, the packaging industry is booming. Per CB Insights, the cannabis packing industry is expected to reach about $5 billion in value by 2026.

Allen Witters – CEO

Allen Witters leads Gravitas with support from the company’s other Principals and Advisors. Over his 35-year career, Allen has helped shape modern business by founding and operating several leading services, manufacturing and technology companies.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
  • Companies he has founded are still in existence today (20+ years), and have delivered billions in earnings and dividends to stakeholders.
  • His companies have been bought by CenturyLink, Hewlett Packard, Di-Nippon, Harris Corp, Sumitumo, Souix Steel, and Pharmacia
  • Managed M&A across 50+ deals.
  • Managed $400mm+ P&L, $3B+ CAPEX/OPEX Budgets.
  • Generated contracts worth $25B+
  • Cloud, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, M2M, IoT and Platforms of all flavors.
  • Led private and public companies - from Early Stage to Successful Exit. Businesses representing diverse industries with operations and distribution in domestic and international markets. Brought major brand licenses to LED Lighting, Electronics markets.
  • Managed operations in 135 countries. Familiar with business practices and social customs in Japan, China, South America, Europe, Middle East and Soviet Republic. Maintained political contacts/relationships within six major countries.
  • Led multiple corporate development transactions and deals ranging in value - from $1 million to $9 billion (e.g., contracts, venture capital, M&A, IPO, convertible preferred stock, equity/debt financings, equipment financings, divestitures) - and managed several post-acquisition business transition and integration initiatives.
  • Secured contract wins with 85 of Fortune 100 and 500+ of Fortune 1000 corporations.
  • Built and led cross-functional, multinational workforces more than 2500 employees.
  • Gained GSA vendor approval status in record time - 19 days from start to finish.
  • Created and acquired several technology patents
  • Earned 2000 Smithsonian Computerworld Award for outstanding achievement and design.

Former and current Advisor to: US Navy; NSA; NRO; DoD/Pentagon; GSA; US Air Force; US Marine Corp; DOE; Whirlpool Corp.; Rockwell International; Litton Industries; ITT; Gilfillan Bertlesman; AOL/Time Warner; Disney; Rocketdyne; 3M; GM/DELCO; TRW; Wagner Spraytech; Wal*Mart; Sears Roebuck; Warner Bros.; Paramount Studios; Sony; HP; Hitachi Corp.; RR Donnelley; Experian; SGI; Government of Belgium; Government of Germany.

Allen has led private and public companies from startup to multibillion-dollar businesses representing diverse industries with operations and distribution in domestic and international markets. He has managed operations and staffs in 88 countries that serviced 135 countries around the globe, including Japan, China, South America, Europe, Middle East and the Soviet Republic. He has led multiple corporate development transactions, financings and purchase agreements ranging in value from $1 million to $9.6 billion, and managed several post-acquisition business transitions and integration initiatives. Mr. Witters role was Senior Executive responsible for the Capture, Proposal, Design, and Operational Roll-out of approximately 40% of the Contract Award. He was signatory on the only long-term sub-contract let on the project by the Team lead EDS Corporation. He directly interfaced with Senior Executive Staff members of the DOD, Navy and Marine Corp. His counterpart on the EDS team was the Government Business Groups President and together they lead the successful capture of the largest IT contract let by the U.S. Federal Government.  He secured contracts with 63 Fortune 100 corporations and over 800, Fortune 1000 corporations.

Allen served as Founder/CEO of Computer Aided Timeshare from 1983 to 1989. CATS was the first company to offer time-share high end CAD/CAM systems in the US. He led the company through a successful IPO as the company grew nearly 40% per quarter until the company was sold in 1989 for a market value of $60 million. From 1989 to 1990, Mr. Witters served as Interim Chairman, CEO for Aortech, a heart medical device and R&D company. Allen raised $3 million to Company Aortech through Medical Funding, Inc., Merged into Aortech, at which time Mr. Witters resigned as an Officer. The Company began public trading after relisting and the company was sold in 1990 for $90 million, or 30x return of capital. Also from 1987 to 1992, Mr. Witters was CEO of DataMAP, where he oversaw the acquisition of a small-publicly traded company with a $250,000 market cap and helped grow the company to a $65 million market cap. While at DataMAP, Mr. Witters also created a graphic underwriting system that is still used by insurance companies today. Aside from insurance companies, DataMAP’s customers included Wal-Mart, Burger King, Taco Bell, Target and RR Donnelly.

John Arciero – COO

29 years of industry experience with over $100M in business value and sales

Industry Verticals
  • Technology, communications, healthcare, manufacturing, corporate security, fin-tech

Fortune 500 (e.g. Nucor Steel, GM, Boeing, Continental, Bank of America) Mid-markets (LendingTree, Questra), Start-ups (e.g. Greenway, Xbond, Punch Alert, ForestRim Tech, PriseWell, etc)

Roles
  • President/CEO, COO, Vice President, Sales Executive,
  • Director, Consultant
  • General Management, Sales, Commercial, Marketing,
  • Strategy, Business Development
Education
  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Psychology and
  • Business Administration; Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology

John is a business strategist, serial entrepreneur, and salesman extraordinaire with a long list of achievements.   Through a proven combination of leadership, selling, and management skills John has enabled leaders and companies to achieve their goals and ambitions.

John’s early success as a collegiate All-American athlete translates well into his passion and drive for business and entrepreneurship.

In his first role as a startup founder-CEO, he became adept in developing and executing business plans and strategies which led to fast growth and a successful exit.

Over thirty years John has demonstrated a unique ability to create and visualize the roadmap to success for himself, entrepreneurs, and business leaders.

With a natural affinity for sales, strategy, and planning, he’s achieved the highest levels of success in executive and sales leadership roles in variety of industries including real estate, technology, communications, healthcare, manufacturing, and corporate security.

John’s highly diverse skill set led to the creation of Arciero Associates LLC, a management consulting and advisory firm, which leverages his experience as a C-suite executive and startup entrepreneur to help other entrepreneurs and business leaders.

John has worked for and consulted dozens of startups, mid-market, and enterprise companies providing a unique perspective and the ability to relate to clients as a trusted advisor and business leader.  He sometimes assumes the CxO roles to expedite success.

His innovative marketing and sales strategies and approaches have yielded high-level client relationships and exceeding sales and revenue targets annually.

In his role as a growth advisor and business development coach and leader, he has generated millions of dollars in value for his clients over the years.

Dan Bryant – CLO

Driving structural innovation to serve markets and stakeholders more effectively is a 25-year passion.  Dan has been a leader in adapting to and structuring change across diverse markets and industries including financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, technology, law and real estate.

He began his career after graduating from law and business school as an attorney in private practice and as an entrepreneur. As an attorney, Dan worked with a diverse set of clients ranging from Fortune 5 companies to start-ups.  A focus was on adapting to the emerging implications of the internet to existing well-established businesses and creating new opportunities for venture-backed firms.

For example, Dan acted as primary digital counsel for Kodak and as outside general counsel for multiple B2B exchange startups within the food and agriculture industries whose members included Cargill, Dupont, Cenex Harvest State and others.  Dan went in-house to GMAC initially as an attorney structuring GMAC international expansion of its securitization capabilities to new markets in Europe, Latin America and Asia and eventually starting and scaling a securitization business for GMAC in Latin America and ultimately selling and running the business for Lehman Brothers.

After 2008 Dan has been the CEO of three venture-backed firms within network security, healthcare and University-based innovation and is currently an Intrapreneur in Residence at Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 300 financial services company. Dan continues to invest and advise multiple companies on their innovation and scaling practices with an emphasis on structured roll-ups and alliances that adapt to changing market conditions.

Jason Gabauer– Chief Financial Officer

20 years of financial and operational experience with a diverse set of firms from the smallest of operations in the family office investment space to his work at a larger conglomerate, General Electric.

Jason’s focus throughout his career has been on creating operational and financial efficiency to each allowing the company to spend the maximum amount of effort creating shareholder and consumer value. Developed a new US based blocker structure to secure upward of $30 million in commitments for a real estate fund. Led the implementation of a foreign blocker structure for non-US real estate investors generating more than $25 million of LP commitments.

Tyler Wood – Director

He has been characterized throughout his 20-year hedge fund career with having a personal and positive communication style that inspires people to act decisively towards a common goal.   He's consulted private clients in capital formation, hedge funds, private equity, and construction of their alternative investment portfolios ranging from floor trading commodity specialists to fintech and algorithmically driven, automated trading systems. 

Specialties: Capital Formation, Alternatives Portfolio Development, International Finance, Compliance, and various aspects within the Alternative Investment, and Wealth Management industries. 

Luis Camarena – Director

More than 15 years of hands on experience implementing custom business solutions for various companies including PGA of America, 60+ School Districts, Multiplan and many other organizations. Strong social skills accompanied by a well-rounded understanding of various business processes, project management, business analysis, document management, sales and marketing, Luis offers a truly unique experience for clients and is a rare example of someone who brings an innovative and positive outlook on problem-solving to any business or technology challenge.

As a Director with Gravitas Infinitum, Luis is responsible for ensuring that all business development, marketing and operations are at their most effective capacity.  With his extensive background in business and technology processes, Luis is leading the efforts to establish all systems and procedures.