BOULDER, Colorado, January 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Surna Inc. (OTCQB: SRNA), a technology company that engineers state-of-the-art equipment for controlled environment agriculture ("CEA") with expertise in cannabis cultivation, announced that the board of directors (the "Board") terminated the services of Douglas McKinnon as Chief Financial Officer, effective January 21, 2016. Following termination of his services, Mr. McKinnon submitted his resignation as a director on the Board, effective January 26, 2016.
On January 21, 2016, the Board appointed Ellen White to serve as its Chief Financial Officer. Ms. White was serving as the Company's Director of Finance since September 2015.
Ms. White has a broad finance background including: in-depth business analysis and strategy formulation, financial controller duties, project management, process/system design, and international tax planning and compliance.
Ms. White brings more than 20 years of financial and accounting experience including time at both large public companies and small startups. Her prior experience includes CFO at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), where her responsibilities included treasury and cash management, controllership, human resources, risk management, planning, budgeting, forecasting, strategy and Board of Directors interaction. Prior to NSCD, she was the Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis at Healthgrades in Denver. Ms. White started her career in public accounting at EY and KPMG and then spent 13 years at Microsoft Corporation in a variety of finance and strategy roles.
"The Board has been impressed by what Ellen has accomplished with us already. In the four months she has been with Surna, she has come up to speed on Surna's operations, established herself as a leader within the team, and delivered excellent value. Ellen's professional experiences with large public companies will allow her to help manage Surna's growth into a mature company. We are confident that Ellen can effectively guide the Company to improved financial and operational performance," said Stephen Keen, CEO of Surna.
Surna, Inc. (http://www.surna.com) develops innovative technologies and products that monitor, control and or address the energy and resource intensive nature of indoor cannabis cultivation. Currently, the Company's revenue stream is based on its main product offerings - supplying industrial technology and products to commercial indoor cannabis grow facilities.
Headquartered in Boulder, CO, Surna's diverse engineering team is tasked with creating novel energy and resource efficient solutions, including the Company's signature water-cooled climate control platform. The Company's engineers continuously seek to create technology that solve the highly specific demands of the cannabis industry for temperature, humidity, light and process control.
Surna's goal is to provide intelligent solutions to improve the quality, the control and the overall yield and efficiency of CEA. Though its clients do, the Company neither produces nor sells cannabis.
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Statement About Cannabis Markets
The use, possession, cultivation, and distribution of cannabis is prohibited by federal law. This includes medical and recreational cannabis. Although certain states have legalized medical and recreational cannabis, companies and individuals involved in the sector are still at risk of being prosecuted by federal authorities. Further, the landscape in the cannabis industry changes rapidly. What was the law last week is not the law today and what is the law today may not be the law next week. This means that at any time the city, county, or state where cannabis is permitted can change the current laws and/or the federal government can supersede those laws and take prosecutorial action. Given the uncertain legal nature of the cannabis industry, it is imperative that investors understand that the cannabis industry is a high-risk investment. A change in the current laws or enforcement policy can negatively affect the status and operation of our business, require additional fees, stricter operational guidelines and unanticipated shut-downs.
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