Chief Science Officer
With much of his work dedicated to the development of innovative technologies within the biodiesel industry, Mike’s dedication to conducting independent research and experimentation is what led him to successfully create and implement Asheville Botanicals extremely efficient extraction process and high-quality products. Mike attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a degree in Environmental Science and minoring in Chemistry. After spending some time in the biodiesel industry, Mike moved back to his hometown, Asheville, North Carolina, and shifted his focus to botanical extraction. Early involvement in the North Carolina Pilot Hemp Program lead to the launch of Asheville Botanicals with Don Barrier. When Mike isn’t in the lab, he enjoys getting outside and spending time with his favorite dogs...oh, and people too.
As a pioneer in both the biodiesel industry and North Carolina’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program, Don’s passion for implementing efficient, sustainable and safe manufacturing processes while producing high-quality products is what lead him to help launch Asheville Botanicals with Mike Sobol. With a degree in Chemistry from Appalachian State University, Don spent 30 years in the chemical manufacturing industry. As Don’s focus later shifted to emerging technologies within water, food, and alternative energy, his pursuit of unique technologies ultimately led him to create a cutting-edge, high-speed botanical extraction technology which was later tested and validated in Colorado. Don partnered up with Mike Sobol to launch a Hemp processing facility, which has evolved to what is now Asheville Botanicals. Don enjoys hiking throughout Western North Carolina to visit and photograph waterfalls.
While not only an expert in e-commerce, merchandising, and supply chain management, Arthur is also a true advocate for Asheville Botanicals as the product’s therapeutic properties have had a major impact on his own health. Arthur graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Marketing and Business Management. After 30 years of hands-on experience in every facet of the retail and wholesale industry, Arthur’s extensive experience integrating e-commerce platforms while applying emphasis on cognitive, artificial intelligence, and machine learning is what has allowed for Asheville Botanicals to expand among the B2B and B2C worlds. While Arthur and Jim Stahl worked together back in the early 1980’s, their paths crossed once again after the launch of Asheville Botanicals. Arthur enjoys most outdoor-related activities, including golfing, skiing, hiking, and biking.
With considerable experience in the manufacturing realm and outdoor recreation industry, Jim’s passion for building high quality brands is what has allowed Asheville Botanicals to become the leading high-end boutique extraction and production facility in the Southeast. With a degree in Economics and Business Management from North Carolina State University, Jim soon became the Vice President of Sales and co-owner of a boutique manufacturing company. Specializing in custom manufacturing in the outdoor recreation industry, Jim’s ability to create high quality product in an efficient manner is what attracted esteemed clients such as Patagonia, Cabela’s, and L.L Bean. While assisting in the management of facilities in the U.S. and Mexico, Jim was able to form international relationships with leading firms and later sold his venture in 2011. Jim enjoys being with his family and spends his time scuba diving and skiing.