Mr. Leung was the original President and CEO of the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Sugarmade, Inc., as a private company in 2009, prior to when the Company acquired it on May 9, 2011. In addition, Mr. Leung brings his leadership position as President and Chairman in an American Chinese Cultural and Business Organization (Yick Keaurng) consisting of approximately 1,000 members through-out the world. Mr. Leung is the youngest President to serve for the Yick Keaurng Organization.
Scott Lantz is President and Director of Sugarmade, Inc. a company he co-founded in 2009. He is responsible for the overall leadership, vision and business strategy of the Sugarmade.
Before Sugarmade, Mr. Lantz was Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Sales at a new consumer packaged goods company, The Margarita King. In that role, Scott negotiated substantial sales contracts with a number of national retailers, which included Safeway Stores, Kroger, Young’s Market and various state-owned liquor control boards. Through the utilization of his strong business acumen, The Margarita King’s products achieved national distribution.
Prior to joining The Margarita King, Mr. Lantz was one of the early hires at Autoweb.com Inc., a publicly traded lead referral website within the automotive industry. Within 18 months at Autoweb, Scott was made Vice President of Sales and Operations and a member of the senior management team. Scott managed and built a 50 person, nationally based sales team, and rapidly grew Autoweb’s sales revenues from $3 million to an excess of $25 million.
Mr. Lantz began his career in as a mechanical engineer for Western Digital, a Fortune 500 Company, where he was responsible for product design and quality assurance. He soon took on additional challenges and became involved in market analysis and product design negotiations with additional Fortune 500 companies such as Hewlett Packard and IBM. Mr. Lantz holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University.
Vice President Finance
As Vice President of Finance, Karim Merzian is responsible for the financial strategy of Sugarmade and its compliance with SEC regulations. Mr. Merzian works in close partnership with the senior team in growing revenue, improving profitability and creating greater shareholder value.
Before joining Sugarmade, Mr. Merzian was Chief Financial Officer at The Margarita King. Mr. Merzian has also held senior level accounting positions at Health Net, as well as corporate controller with The Walt Disney Company’s Disney Regional Entertainment Group.
Mr. Merzian was manager of corporate accounting at the Fortune 100 business supply giant, Avery Dennison. While at Avery, Mr. Merzian significantly enhanced his financial and accounting knowledge of the paper, printing and supply chain management businesses
Additionally, Mr. Merzian held positions for 5+ years as a CPA with Deloitte and Touche, where he worked on medium and large audit tax engagements. Mr. Merzian holds a B.S. in Business Administration/Accounting graduating cum laude from Cal State Northridge.