TEAM BIOS


 
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Barbara kramer

Founder & Vision Holder

B K has chartered a 40-year self-made career course zig zagging thru every portal in the fashion industry. Comfortable in her role as an industry disruptor, she has changed the way sales agencies work; innovating the current model of the single-brand owned showroom system into a multi-brand and gender inclusive sales Agency.

She identified the emergence of unisex dressing in the marketplace and launched the International Design Group trade show to support this new trend.

She formed a stand-alone men’s and women’s eponymous sales agency in NYC that represented game- changing design leaders such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood and Armand Basi - they themselves disrupters of international repute. Upon selling her sales agencies to her staff, Barbara Kramer went on to co-found the highly regarded women’s advanced young designer trade fair, Designers & Agents. Now in its 25th year, it continues to stand apart from the rest.

In 2018, she followed her long-held love of Eastern and alternative plant medicine to focus her discerning eyes and brand building know-how towards creating TPLA - the first-to-market, full-service agency, representing a carefully curated group of CBD and plant alchemy brands.


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Amanda Sherman

Director of Sales and Brand Relations

Amanda Sherman has dedicated the past 8 years towards building natural and organic beauty brands – beginning in the early days, before “organic” and “clean beauty” were household words.

She began on the frontlines, working for Mineral Fusion, a trailblazer in the natural cosmetics sector. Amanda road that wave from its inception through to its successful acquisition. It was through that experience she learned the true meaning of team and the importance of collaboration (with a hit of grit) that is necessary to build a legacy brand.

She was then recruited as the National Sales Manager for Sensible Organics, one of the first USDA Organic skin care brands with an in-house manufacturing facility , to assist in their brand’s overhaul and relaunch. In this role, she criss-crossed the country establishing relationships with all the keystone retailers, from Whole Foods Market to Target, while also contributing to the brand’s product development, packaging, formulations and brand messaging.

Her positive energy, passion for partnerships and love for all things green beauty are the primary tenets that have led to impactful brand building experiences. Amanda has not only formed a career around clean, transparent brands, but believes in and promotes the integrity of the products from root to shelf. 


 
 
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Wunderlich Kaplan communications

Full Service Press Agency

Wunderlich Kaplan Communications is a boutique 360 PR and digital agency dedicated to providing excellence, professionalism, and the latest trends in the evolving marketplace to its clients. WKC is a full-service consulting, branding, and content creation agency with a focus on fashion, lifestyle, beauty, pop culture, travel and social good. Inspired by great storytellers, world explorers, social advocates, and game-changing leaders, WKC seeks out like-minded brands who, at the core, desire to do good in the world and make a big impact. Our client roster extends from well-known personalities and national brands to emerging designers and ground breaking cultural movements.

Equipped with fresh ideas and an extensive network of media contacts, WKC takes a multi-platform public relations approach to generate brand awareness, engage consumers, and develop influencer relationships. For Wunderlich Kaplan Communications, public relations and digital media are all about creating a culture, inspiring a movement, cultivating a lifestyle, and shattering glass ceilings with innovation and creativity.


 
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Breanne Pitt

Digital Specialist & Web Developer

Breanne is an undergraduate from Boston University currently working on her Master of Science in Interactive Digital Media at Trinity College Dublin’s School of Computer Science and Statistics. She has worked on digital accounts such as the tv shows The Mountain Report and Golfing the World, and also helped launch New England Sport Network’s website, NESN.com.

Breanne taught Digital Media at several secondary schools, where both Breanne and her students were recognized as the winners of the White House Student Film Festival for their film, The World I Want To Live In. They were invited to the South By South Lawn Festival at the White House and met President Barack Obama. For a hobby, Breanne hosts a youtube travel channel and blog titled “The Pitt Stops”, where she and her husband travel the world highlighting the best restaurants, events, hotels, and scenery around the globe..


 
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Shawna Ruhkala

CPA and Business Advisor

Shawna Ruhkala, CPA is a Finance and Accounting expert with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for working with cannabis clients to organize and grow their businesses.

She started her career in public accounting at McGladrey & Pullen in San Diego as an auditor with a focus on mid-sized companies and gained experience in all aspects of the audit process. After McGladrey, Shawna worked at Sony Corporation of America in Los Angeles where she travelled internationally to perform internal audits of offices in locations such as Japan, India and Russia. She then took her talents to NYC where she was the Assistant Controller at New World Realty Advisors, a real estate finance firm.  

Now back in LA and with her own finance and accounting firm, Ruhkala & Company, LLC, she has turned her focus to the quickly evolving cannabis industry. With over 13 years of experience and seeing the deficiencies in the market, Shawna and her team bring extensive experience and knowledge to the table to assist cannabis companies in becoming the best versions of themselves. She is an expert in operational accounting, internal controls, financial audits and reviews, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Shawna earned her BS in Business Administration, Accounting at San Diego State University and is a licensed CPA in the state of California.