Suburban Living | Holly Springs, NC | Feb 24, 2020
MEET JOHN HERRING: HEMPLAB CO-FOUNDER AND CEO
Interview with Holly Springs Chief of Police John Herring - Nearing the End of an Era
What made you decide to be a police officer?
Growing up, I was always involved in athletics and team sports. I was also interested in the military. I was in ROTC in high school. My interests were really baseball and the military. Growing up in rural N.C. in Wayne County, I had a fascination with police officers. I didn’t see them often, but when I did, I admired them.
I served three years in the military, and the team and camaraderie seemed like a natural fit for me. I originally was interested in being a State Trooper, and at that time in the early 90’s, it was tough to get work in law enforcement here. I went through their training process and wasn’t selected, so my wife and I thought that maybe local law enforcement would be better. I have to give my wife credit for bringing me to Holly Springs.
Voyage ATL | Atlanta, Georgia | Feb 20, 2020
MEET DAVID CLAASSEN: HEMPLAB CO-FOUNDER AND CMO
Interview with Atlanta Entrepreneur David Claassen
David, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I first arrived in Atlanta in 1991 when my family moved here from Sydney, Australia. As an 11-year-old kid, it took me a while to adjust to the slower pace of Atlanta. Keep in mind, and I had just left Sydney where I was taking two trains and two buses to and from school every day since eight.
After graduating from The Lovett School in Atlanta, I attended the University of Georgia where I was a punter for the UGA football team from 1998-2002. In order to earn extra money – and get a free beer! – I spent three to four nights a week playing violin with various music groups all over Athens. After graduating in 2002 with a BA in Spanish and Global Studies, I continued playing the violin and toured with multiple Americana and Rock/Pop groups. I also recorded strings on many albums, which earned me a spot as a Grammy voter.