Born and raised in New York, Jarrod worked as a child actor for “The Guiding Light” soap opera between the ages of 9-14. Jarrod’s varied studies span the musical and visual arts, including Film, Production, Electronic Media, English and 3D clay-animation. He graduated from Syracuse with a Bachelor of Science in Production for Electronic Media. After graduating, Jarrod moved to Seattle to pursue his musical career as a percussionist, and 11 years later moved south to land in Eugene.
Along with founding Trillian Green, Hanuman and Taarka, he worked for Cirque du Soleil before switching his focus to growing medically after he injured his shoulder. From there, his love for cannabis took off and sparked inspiration to create SugarTop Buddery.
Anna brings the experience of Art, Music and Community to the Cannabis Industry as founder and CEO of the SugarTop brands. SugarTop Buddery is a vertically integrated Cultivator, Distributor and Processor based in Eugene, Oregon known for high quality pre-rolls and SugarTop Buddery Indoor Flower. Anna is actively working to increase equity in the cannabis industry by representing a diverse group of business owners under the umbrella of SugarTop Distribution. This includes uplifting the community with innovative and collaborative strategies to incubate small businesses in her community. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Cannabis Association and has a mission to empower women in business, also serving as President to the local 501 C-6 Non-Profit Women Leaders in Cannabis and is the founding chapter leader of Eugene Tokeativity. She joined the cannabis industry in late 2014 after moving to Oregon to launch the SugarTop Buddery brand with her brother Jarrod Kaplan. She was drawn to the industry as an opportunity to build something from the ground up, while also investing in a plant, a culture, and a movement that gives back to the community.
Born and raised in North Carolina, Anna is an Alum of UNC Chapel Hill and an avid Tar Heel basketball fan. She studied at Maryland Institute College of Art and received her MFA in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. After managing a whiskey bar in Philadelphia, Anna moved to Oregon to help launch the Sugartop Buddery you know and love today. A member of the 2nd Cohort of the Initiative- SugarTop Buddery is proud to be a woman owned Cannabis business.
“Cannabis is a plant that elevates, heals and inspires,
and brings people together just like art and music.
The two feed one another and are profoundly linked through our connection to our inner selves and the outside world.”