The HEMPHONEY Team

Founder
Eric Paliuca

Eric is an entrepreneur with a vision for better. He started Hemp with a Cause in 2018 to blend ministry and business, with a desire to make the healthiest CBD product on the market with transparency, quality & education at it's core. He has traveled the world in pursuit of inspiration & knowledge.

When not figuring out a new way to make & market better products, he can be found with his family, studying scripture, on adventures, or any board that goes fast.

He is an Air Force Veteran, University of Connecticut Business School graduate, and extreme sports athlete.

PArtner, COO
Brady Collins

After eight years in B2B sales and account management at a Fortune 100 company, Brady’s duties include tracking and moving forward the majority of HEMPHONEY’s day to day operational needs, while also owning the relationship with most of HEMPHONEY’s corporate partners and suppliers. As a former college athlete, HEMPHONEY has helped to keep at bay Brady’s physical aches and pains, allowing him to stay active and continue to push his body as he needs to (not to mention the killer night’s sleep to help with recovery). A native of West Hartford, CT and graduate of Union College (NY) with an Economics degree, Brady can be found in the gym, on the golf course, on the slopes, or enjoying time with his family down along the Connecticut Shore. 

PArtner, VP Sales & Business Development
Chad Gengras

Chad Gengras is partner and VP of Sales & Business Development at HEMPHONEY. Chad focuses on strategic partnerships, sales & marketing, and organizational culture. Chad has a very personal connection to selling HEMPHONEY because prior to joining the team he had been taking anti-anxiety medication for 5 years. He was heavily dependent on this medication with many negative side effects. After learning the benefits of CBD and Honey as a safe, reliable natural alternative to manage his anxiety, he was able to transition fully off medication with HEMPHONEY. Chad eagerly joined the team as HEMPHONEY first ever employee after providentially meeting Eric (Founder) at a West Hartford based coffee shop and trying his product. 

Chad, prides himself as a creative, outside of the box thinker and someone with a big heart to serve people. Chad is not only one of the many HEMPHONEY success stories but also strongly believes he has a God-given purpose to help people get healthy, and leverage his education and many years of sales experience in the nutritional supplement and recruitment industry. His passion to serve others started at a young age but was polished after attending Endicott College’s School of Hospitality Management, where he learned the art and importance of creating an impactful customer experience, sales & marketing strategies, and daily operations.

Chad enjoy’s spending time with his family & friends, his dog Holby, and loves being active in nature, he recently competed in an Ironman, can always be found at the gym, golfing, or participating in many other outdoor lifestyle activities.

Driven by Vision
Meet Gideon

The founder of Gideon's Barn is Mr. John Gideon. A kind, gentle, warmhearted man with a background in radio and medical philanthropy who has been serving his community for years. Prior to Gideon's latest mission, he had been most passionate about helping tackle an epidemic impacting the local children within the region. When a child's diet lacks this critical nutrients, blindness can result. Gideon has been providing Vitamin E to malnourished children all across India in order to improve their eyesight, circumstances, and lives.

During COVID, he was inspired in prayer to become a beekeeper. In a few short years, he has introduced hundreds of locals to this lost art, helping to certify dozens, all while continuing to support getting children their Vitamin E along the way.

"Rural communities in India are heavily burdened by poverty, malnourishment and cultural, political and pandemic oppression. Many issues contribute to hopelessness.  It is essential to equip leaders with capitalism through creative ideas, education and basic infrastructure to empower them to self-sufficiency, sustainability and better lives." - Mr. John Gideon