As the Vice President of Strategic Development at International Hemp Solutions Tom Dermody is a hemp industry veteran with a background in non- and for-profit business. As a graduate of the University of Maryland, he began his career in Washington D.C. working for the National Family Farm Coalition and Citizen Trade Campaign Ag Division. Following the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, Tom relocated to Colorado and became the founding staff member of the Industrial Hemp Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which assisted in the development of the public-private model that has played a key role in the growth of the US hemp industry thus far. Tom joined the Bija Team in November of 2017 and manages all aspects of operations ranging from the licensing, procurement, and distribution of certified seed across Europe, the Americas, and Australia. Apart from his responsibilities to Bija Hemp and its parent company International Hemp Solutions, Tom serves on the Steering Committee of the Colorado Hemp Agricultural Advancement Group, the Banking and Insurance subcommittee of the Colorado Hemp Advancement and Management Plan, the Colorado Hemp Research Authority Working Group, and on the board of the U.S. Hemp Growers Association.