Sean Campbell: Blue Line Protection Group (OTC:BLPG)
His mission is to empower businesses in the cannabis industry to grow and operate efficiently, safely, and remain complaint to all state and federal laws. Since the space is very new, and laws surrounding cannabis vary from state to state, county to county, business to business, Sean Campbell, CEO of Blue Line Protection Group (OTC:BLPG), has developed their business model in a way that steps in as the business owner’s right-hand man. As a community, we’ve all worked very hard to build the image of this industry as a positive respected business, and in order to continue on this course, we must all take a lesson from Sean about how compliancy is the key to achieving this.
What is the story behind your involvement with the cannabis industry?
My involvement began when the hedge fund that I was working for at the time started looking at businesses within the cannabis space and we were excited by the large amount of potential we saw within the industry. We invested in Blue Line Protection and that was what really sparked my involvement. I saw a lot of room for growth and I ran with it.
My involvement began when the hedge fund that I was working for at the time started looking at businesses within the cannabis space and we were excited by the large amount of potential we saw within the industry.
What were you doing before Blue Line Protection Group?
I’ve been in the hedge fund industry for the last ten years. I was a portfolio manager at a small hedge fund in New York and prior to that, I did a lot of private equity and investment.
What other industry might you compare the ‘green rush’ to and why?
When we looked at the various industries out there and took note of the potential that each one possessed, the industry that immediately came to mind was the dot-com industry. Having a history in the dot-com market back in the late nineties, I see a lot of similarities between the two. The excitement being one factor and the massive potential being another.
Right now, where are you guiding your passion and energy towards?
Our energy is focused on making our services available to businesses of any size, large or small, so that they can thrive in the industry while remaining compliant with state law. A high percentage of small businesses in the industry cut corners, but once a business owner chooses to do that, they have lost their investment. We are here to make sure that doesn’t become a common occurrence due to lack of resources.
Who is a person that you consider as a role model? Maybe someone who has been a mentor to you?
An old professor of mine had taken the time to show me a world that was bigger than I had ever previously thought. He inspired an interest of mine to put my best foot forward in any effort I made and I learned from him that I could be a leader in any industry that I applied myself to.
What inspires you the most about this space?
It was a very interesting experience coming into this industry. I first needed to make peace with the fact that I was told that this space was an evil place for so long. I’ve gone back and read through all the deceitful propaganda that we’ve all been fed for so many years about cannabis being bad and destructive, and about how it creates problems within society; It’s all lies! But I believe that as people begin to acknowledge the medical studies that have been done and that are being done, I think that the negative stereotype is going to reverse itself in good time. There are a lot of people who’ve been taking huge risks and making major efforts to get the cannabis industry where it is today and I do believe that we are on the verge of overcoming the negative stigma that cannabis has carried with it for so long.
Tell me about an esteemed achievement of yours.
The direction in which I’ve taken the Blue Line Protection Group. The initial services that our company had weren’t ‘ideal’ in my eyes. I really wanted to respond to what the industry needed. These businesses weren’t able to put their money into a bank or any other traditional financial system, which made potential acts of crime much more likely with all this cash floating around. The Federal government makes it very hard for businesses in the cannabis industry to legitimize themselves, but I’ve enabled Blue Line Protection Group to make this process easier.
Where do your great ideas come from?
It’s a matter of listening. My great ideas come from listening to what my clients’ problems are and asking myself, can I contribute? While contributing, can we profit? If the answers to these questions seem appropriate, then we make the effort to accommodate our customers needs and expand our services.
What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader in this space?
As far as Blue Line Protection Group goes, we are fortunate to be the leader in our industry. We have the best reputation for what we do and as more states legalize, we intend to expand into those states as well. We want to be there and begin to grow with the businesses from where they start. Keeping our leadership position is largely about keeping our services and reputation at the highest level and staying consistent with that standard.
What is most important to you – mission, vision, or core values?
It’s difficult to make a choice between the three. I believe that they all coincide with one another . Our services require our clients to put a lot of trust into us and with that trust, a certain level of professionalism is also required. Honesty and integrity play a major role in Blue Line Protection Group and I believe our values are built on these qualities.
Our services require our clients to put a lot of trust into us and with that trust, a certain level of professionalism is also required.
If we are sitting across from each other a year from now, how will our conversation about the ‘green rush’ be going?
Given the opportunity the industry has provided us with and will continue to provide us with, I believe the conversation will contain the same amount of excitement as it does now. I hope to see legalization in more states, and we are estimating that Nevada alone will be five times bigger than Colorado within a year due to its tourism in Las Vegas. With this expansion, I think that Blue Line Protection Group’s business model will demonstrate that it’s the correct one to go with and also show that we are dedicated to helping the industry grow in a safe and efficient manner.