They say the people who believe they can change the world are the ones who are crazy enough to do it. My name is Abijah Minton and I co-founded Hemp Not Trees with my brother Austyn Rosa. We have been best friends since the age of 3 and we have grown physically and spiritually together over the years. As best friends, we both shared a common interest in cannabis.
However, I only knew about marijuana and not hemp. After Austyn told me about his vision and about hemp, I immediately knew that this was going to be the plant that saves the world. After a year of following our dream, each day has only brought us closer to making it a reality. Aside from the business, I am a senior Psychology Major at Howard University from West Orange, New Jersey. I aspire to be a philanthropist. In the future I only intend to give back by donating money to building schools, uplifting urban communities, and teaching the next generation to follow their dreams and be the change that they want to see in the world instead of being who they think the world wants them to be.
My name is Matthew Brown, and I am the Chief Financial Officer of Hemp Not Trees. I am a 21 year old who's greatest ambition is to become a notable philanthropist in this world of ours and give to those who are born into poverty an opportunity to grow in society. I was born in Newark, New Jersey at the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and lived in various cities growing up, including Hillside, Jersey City, and Union City. When I was 6 years old, I moved to West Orange, New Jersey, where I met Austyn Rosa and Abijah Minton.
I currently attend Howard University in Washington, DC, where I major in finance and focus my efforts on building awareness of the miraculous benefits that hemp and CBD products can have in our every day lives. Though I knew of Austyn and Abijah, I did not establish a relationship with either of them until fate brought Abijah and I to the same university. It was during our first summer orientation at Howard that I was able to meet Abijah, where we instantly bonded like brothers. We talked about many things, ranging from where we came from in life to where we wanted to go and what impacts we wanted to sustain. Our relationship was authentic and efficient in a way that aided us both on our paths toward Hemp Not Trees and ultimately my involvement in the company. Like Austyn,
I experimented with marijuana recreationally during my high school days. I came to enjoy the plant and the benefits it had on helping my body recover during wrestling and track seasons. As an athlete, I have always pushed my limits and suffered from severe muscular pain because of it. It has been the combination of CBD and THC that allows me to push my body further that I would have ever imagine, and the decision is one that I will continue to stand by. It was during our first winter recess from Howard that Austyn and Abijah manifested the vision that would become HNT.
In Austyn's attic, the first "Think Tank" was held, during which Austyn and Abijah dished out ideas about how they could build a company that would incorporate hemp and CBD into the lives of the many people who so desperately need it. Though I was not present, Austyn and Abijah saw me as a fitting and suitable candidate for the position of CFO. When presented with the chance, I immediately recognized it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and accepted without hesitation.
I have always been a business-savy person, and thus my acceptance of this honorable position is accompanied by the skills and know-how necessary to complete each milestone task that will help HNT establish a large and thorough market for only the highest of high-quality hemp and CBD products. Like that of mine and Abijah's, my relationship with Austyn instantly flourished during that first winter recess when Abijah formally introduced us to each other. After a night of hanging out and discussing what each of us stood for as individuals and why we stood for it, it was totally clear that these were intellectuals that I have been graciously blessed to meet and grow with. For that, my gratitude is unbounded and all-embracing.
Determined to help those who could not help themselves. James came to Washington DC to study economics and political science at Howard University. After 2 years at Howard realized that school wasn’t for everyone and dropped out. Unwilling to accept dropping out as a failure and in love with the idea of working from the ground up spent the next several years in the service industry working for various restaurants and hotels. Frustrated with meeting glass ceilings decided to take a leap of faith and work for himself. Teaching himself through various free education channels like Google and YouTube he learned about passive incomes and started his own drop shipping business on Amazon and Shopify.