Christian Phelps

Christian learned early on in his career that taking risks can sometimes lead to big payoffs, but the key is maintaining balance and striving for the greatest efficiency possible. “Understanding business dynamics is at the heart of what I’m trying to do,” Christian says. “My goal is always to squeeze as much juice out of whatever piece of fruit we’ve got, and just generally address our efficiency wherever possible, so that we can be the best versions of ourselves individually and as a company.”

Christian grew up in Upstate New York and moved to Colorado after graduating from Syracuse University. “My passion for the outdoors is what brought me here, and the relationships I have built since moving to Denver are keeping me from going anywhere else,” he says.

He started in business development, holding positions at a Staples subsidiary,, before becoming a licensed Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch, where he managed private assets for two years. In 2017, General Cannabis brought him aboard to assist the Finance Department with internal financial reporting, investor relations, SEC reporting, capital raises and IT infrastructure. Next Big Crop scored Christian in 2019 when he joined the team as the Director of Business Development, which will involve many of the skills he offered at General Cannabis, along with building out financial models for clients, centralizing the delivery of contracts and scopes of work, and more sales. “This is really interesting, because I love evaluating deals and increasing profit margins,” Christian says.

Christian approaches his personal life the same way, looking for places where he can increase his fun margin, too. He loves to cook and drink craft beer, and being outdoors is big on his priority list. He also enjoys hiking, biking, skiing and golf; and spends as much time with his fiancée and pup, Marley, as he can.