Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman
Isiah Thomas, while forever known for his Hall of Fame career as a 12-time NBA All Star, two-time NBA champion, and inclusion as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, is an accomplished and highly regarded international business executive and investor with a portfolio of companies he has developed via Isiah International Inc. Mr. Thomas has previously served on the Chicago Stock Exchange’s Board of Governors, was a co-founder of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, Popcorn Indiana, and is a member of the Board of Get-in Chicago, an organization focused on preventing gang violence in Chicago, since 2013.
His business interests include sports and entertainment, real estate, waste management, his cannabis and CBD products company, VESL Oils, and more. Notably, Mr. Thomas has developed a highly successful champagne business with Cheurlin Champagnes, where he has cultivated an excellent relationship with both the grower, employees and the French government. Mr. Thomas now uniquely owns genetics for the grapes produced for the champagne and has perfected an international import/export system for international distribution of the product.
Dr. Kenneth Perego
Vice-Chairman of the Board and Chief Science Officer
Dr. Kenneth Perego, II, was a director of OWP Delaware prior to the Merger and was appointed to our Board of Directors pursuant to the Merger Agreement. He has been a practicing urologic surgeon in private practice since 2001 with an emphasis in urologic oncology and reconstructive urology. He has a strong clinical background in research and is focused on new drug discovery.
Chief Financial Officer
Woods previously served as director of business development and general sales manager for Lithia Motors Inc., which he joined to gain customer-facing management experience and to broaden his sales expertise.
Prior to his tenure with Lithia Motors, Woods was the CFO of Spend Consciously, a technology-based start-up, where he applied his Six Sigma skills to expand a boutique company focused on social change. Woods also served as the CFO and energy services division vice president (VP) of finance for WGL Holdings Inc., providing high-level financial functions and advanced reporting, including the generation of quarterly and annual SEC filings, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, and benefit plans.
Earlier in his career, Woods was VP of finance transformation for Freddie Mac, designing plans to upgrade the accuracy, timeliness, and confidence in Freddie Mac’s financial reporting process. He also served as a divisional CFO & North American controller for Stanley Works and assistant global controller for General Electric Company Lighting Division.
Woods holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Cleveland State University. A graduate of the GE Financial Management program, he has achieved multiple honors, from “Business Leader of the Year” awarded by the National Association of Black Accountants to being named to Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list. He presently lives in Virginia, within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.