Our Founders

Cornbread Hemp Co-founders Eric Zipperle and James Higdon
Cofounders of Cornbread Hemp, Jim Higdon (left) & Eric Zipperle (right).

Eric Zipperle, Co-founder and CEO

Eric is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He holds a degree in accounting and a masters of business administration from Bellarmine University. After graduating, he helped launch two successful e-commerce startups including a catering business and a whiskey trail tour company in Nashville, Tennessee. As a basketball player in high school, he suffered a traumatic brain injury that would eventually leave him with chronic daily headaches. Shortly thereafter, he began to use cannabis as a way to cope with the stress of being in pain. It is now Eric’s personal mission to make sure that every human on the plant has access to the natural healing powers of the cannabis plant, no matter what obstacles or stigmas may currently stand in their way.

Jim Higdon, Co-founder and CCO

Jim is a native of Lebanon, Kentucky. He holds degrees from Centre College, Brown University, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He worked briefly for the New York Times before returning home to write his first book, The Cornbread Mafia. Published in 2012, the Cornbread Mafia tells the story of the biggest domestic marijuana syndicate in American history. He parlayed his book’s success into a journalism career, covering Kentucky for the Washington Post and cannabis policy for POLITICO. Jim used her expertise in the hemp industry to make Cornbread Hemp a tangible CBD business with the best network of farmers in Kentucky.

Eric Zipperle and Jim Higdon are also first cousins, making Cornbread Hemp one of the only family owned CBD businesses in the United States, and the only one that received national recognition from publishers like Forbes.

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