Kevin Pilarski

Revolution Enterprises
Chief Commercial Officer

Session Title: Growing and Cultivation in Hemp – Past, Present and Future


Professional Summary

Mr. Pilarski is the Chief Commercial Officer for Revolution Enterprises, a vertically integrated medical marijuana company. One of his responsibilities is helping to grow the industrial hemp industry in the Midwest. Revolution’s intention is to facilitate the growth of the hemp industry by providing a market for hemp flower, grain and straw so farmers have a place to sell their crop. Revolution has been formulating CBD flower and extract under the Illinois Medical Marijuana Program over the last four years and believes it can help grow the CBD market in the Midwest. Prior to joining Revolution, Mr. Pilarski was a senior managing director for PricewaterhouseCoopers in their advisory services business. He has held senior positions at two long short hedge funds, has built business lines for Dow Jones & Co, and has run proprietary derivatives trading groups over 15 years during the course of his career. He has been an active governing member of the Chicago Board of Trade and has run trading groups on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Chicago Board Option Exchange, the New York Mercantile Exchange, the New York Board of Trade, LIFFE, the Tokyo Grain Exchange and the Winnepeg Commodity Exchange. Mr. Pilarski holds FINRA Series 3, 4, 7, 24 and 63. He holds a BA degree in Finance and Economics from the Farmer School of Business at Miami University and an MBA from the Booth School at the University of Chicago.

Session Abstract

Three types of hemp grown, Flower, Seed and Fiber

  • Uses by type
  • Economics by type
  • Growing processes

Growing for Flower

  • Past
    • Genetics and breeding
  • Present
    • Seed, feminized seed and clones
  • Future
    • Indoor vs. Outdoor
    • South and/or Central America
  • Cost per acre
  • Revenue per acre
  • Margin compression and consolidation

Growing for Seed

  • Cost per acre
  • Revenue per acre

Growing for Fiber

  • The supply chain conundrum
  • Chicken or egg
  • Decortication technologies
  • Trade wars, transparency and sustainability
  • Fiber as a disrupter

Double and Triple cropping