E. 146 – Chris Piazza, Founder of CannaDevices
Welcome everybody to a new year with plenty of amazing guests ahead on the Lit & Lucid Podcast. We are starting this year off with Chris Piazza, Founder of CannaDevices. CannaDevices is a glass distribution company that was started in 2018. Today the company is supplying many of the largest dispensaries in the US including 10 publicly traded cannabis companies. We talk to Chris about how his passion for glass blowing starting and what it takes to work in production glass. Chris explains that CannaDevices was started from his own experience as an artist and the need to offer consistent work to those in the industry.
Today CannaDevice’s glassblowing efforts are 100% U.S. based. Chris provides insight into what that means supporting local artists through CannaDevices and how consumers can spot an American-made glass piece. We finish the show talking about Startup Syndicate, non-profit where Chris is a founding member offering entrepreneurs tools and capital to start their new business.
Tune in to E.146 to finally hear from a glassblower! This is a good one.
In the cannabis industry since 2008 and a native of Chicago, Chris humbly began as a glass blower selling his pipes at head shops and at concerts in Colorado. Returning to Chicago in 2011, he continued to blow glass and then discovered another passion of teaching and mentoring other glass blowers. In 2018 Chris was presented an opportunity to partner with another local artist and head shop owner to start a glass distribution company, from there CannaDevices began.
Since the inception, Chris has managed the growth of CannaDevices which services many of the largest dispensaries in the US. In just two years CannaDevices now consistently supplies 10 publicly traded cannabis companies along with numerous other operators. Throughout this growth Chris has never wavered from his dedication to support American artists and independent small businesses. Even during the course of a global pandemic, Chris was dedicated to ensuring that each artist and team member of CannaDevices could count on the company with absolute certainty, despite the uncertain times. If artists needed a break to take care of their own health or family circumstances, they knew CannaDevices would be there for them when they were ready for another order. At any given time, CannaDevices provides full time work for 50 artisans and their businesses and plans to double that number by early 2022. Additionally, if a new partnered artist is hitting roadblocks in their production, Chris helps the artist by teaching the skill of glass blowing and production, while simultaneously providing a source of income.
Chris is also a founding member and Chairman of the non-profit Startup Syndicate, created to help new entrepreneurs get access to tools and capital for their businesses. Chris has a high threshold for excellence and a natural ability to connect humbly with the people he serves.