Learn about the professionals making the magic happen behind the scenes
W. Louis Miles, CEO
B.S. Biochemistry, Minor Business Administration from Clemson University
A scientist and entrepreneur, Louis has been involved in academic research throughout and for many years following his undergraduate studies. He has built a diverse skillset, drawing from experience in multiple disciplines including cancer biochemistry, plant pathology, plant breeding, and genetic engineering. Having always been focused on the functional intersection of science and business, he took a leap of faith with the development of the legal US Cannabis industry, and led chemistry and compounding for a Colorado Cannabis startup focused on pharmaceutical preparations. After gaining direct experience with Cannabis science and business, he moved back to his hometown of Charleston, SC to found CBD Carolinas in Fall 2018. Since then, he has been dedicating to creating innovative and professional Cannabinoid formulations, as well as educating people on evidence-based applications of Cannabis for therapeutic use. As CEO, Louis runs day-to-day operations and guides business development by facilitating professional collaborations and analyzing market research.
Dr. Steven L. Holshouser, Senior Partner
Ph.D. Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences from Medical University of South Carolina
B.S. Biochemistry, B.A. Chemistry from College of Charleston
Steven is an innovative medicinal chemist with a broad background in drug discovery. His experience in synthetic chemistry and molecular biology was developed throughout his undergraduate studies, and was further refined following graduation by maintaining a synthetic chemistry lab and developing in vitro testing to expedite in-house pharmaceutical compound development. He further advanced his scientific expertise during his Ph.D. studies, utilizing medicinal chemistry techniques and high throughput lead optimization to design drugs for improved pancreatic cancer treatments. During his doctorate he gained industry experience with GlaxoSmithKline, using novel computational approaches in combination with traditional techniques to accelerate drug development for treatment of COPD. He continues to excel in drug synthesis and discovery as Director of Screening and Lead Optimization for MUSC Drug Discovery. As CSO, Steven assists in optimizing purity of Cannabinoid preparations as well as identifying novel therapeutic targets for development of improved formulations.
Flossie W. Miles, CFO
B.S. Business, Finance and Marketing from College of Charleston
Flossie is a multi-talented business professional with extensive experience in small business development and management. She developed a strong foundation in business operations and financial management with her undergraduate studies. Upon graduation, she enhanced her financial and accounting education with experience in banking and credit analysis. Even with a husband in the merchant marine who spent half the year at sea, she deftly balanced her duties as a mother of two children with those of her career. She eventually moved to real estate sales, further improving her sales and marketing skills. This broad background in the many facets of entrepreneurship led her to acquire a laundromat business. Rapidly mastering this endeavor, she quickly moved to grow her company by acquiring another store. Since then, she has accumulated 16 years of experience as owner and operator of these businesses, and currently runs four thriving laundromats in the Charleston area. Ecstatic to have her son move back to Charleston, she took on the role of a mentor and CFO to assist him in launching his business.