Hydrobuilder Holdings Appoints Walter Gaines as VP Supply Chain and Logistics

Hydrobuilder Holdings LLC (“Hydrobuilder Holdings” or “the Company”), a leading omnichannel platform serving the indoor and outdoor CEA industry, including hydroponics, today announced the appointment of Walter Gaines as VP Supply Chain and Logistics.

Mr. Gaines is an industry veteran with over 30 years’ experience in supply chain and logistics. He has a proven track record overseeing supply chain infrastructure, freight handling, warehouse logistics, and analytics. As VP Supply Chain and Logistics, Mr. Gaines will spearhead the continued development and implementation of best practices across the Company’s expanding points of distribution.

Prior to joining Hydrobuilder Holdings, Mr. Gaines served as CPO/Vice President of Operations of American Trading International (ATI), a leading export trading company of U.S. manufactured food and beverage to over 80 countries around the world. Prior to ATI, Mr. Gaines served in various supply chain and logistics key leadership roles, including when he proudly served in the United States Marine Corps.

“Walter brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to our organization at a critical point in our growth curve. We have already laid the groundwork with our recent facility relocations and greenfield expansions and I look forward to partnering with Walter to drive efficiency and excellence in our supply chain operations. In doing so, we will continue to strive to deliver on our promise to be the best omnichannel platform in this fast-growing industry,” said Carl Hauch, Chief Operating Officer.

Walter graduated from Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management earning a Presidential Key Executive MBA. He resides in Orange County, California with his wife and two children.

About Hydrobuilder Holdings LLC

Hydrobuilder Holdings is a leading omnichannel platform with 22 retail locations and 9 warehouses serving the $12.5 billion indoor and outdoor CEA industry, including hydroponics, currently focusing on the $3.0 billion North American CEA market, and serving the entire spectrum of customers from hobbyists to the largest commercial growers through its online, retail and warehouse direct channels. The Company was formed in October 2020 and has since acquired six companies that are each market leaders across different sales channels and geographies: GreenCoast, the nation’s second largest hydroponics retailer; Hydrobuilder.com, a leading online retailer of hydroponics and horticultural supplies; Elevated Equipment Supply, a full-service equipment and supplies provider; Way to Grow, a Colorado-based retailer of aeroponic, hydroponic and greenhouse products; Home Grown Ventures, a Washington-based manufacturer and distributer of a proprietary blend of water-soluble nutrients used for commercial agriculture; and New England Hydroponics, a Northeast-based retailer of lighting, climate control, tools, supplies, nutrients and growing mediums. For more information, please visit https://hbhold.com/

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