Founder & CEO
Shanita Penny, Founder/CEO – Shanita Penny M.B.A. is an internationally recognized management consultant with over a decade of experience in helping Fortune 500 companies solve complex issues and improve business performance. Her reputation as a strategic thinker and a results oriented leader was cultivated in management and consulting roles with companies such as Pepsico, McCormick and Company and JDA Software.
Shanita is a proud alumna of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, where she earned a BS in Transportation and Logistics Management and completed internships with Polo Ralph Lauren, Harley-Davidson and Miller Brewing Company. As a lifelong learner, she brought her corporate experiences into the classroom during her graduate studies at the University of Baltimore and Towson University. Shanita fearlessly led a team of marketing consultants on a semester long project to create a Living Museum for a Portuguese Guitar collection in Lisbon, Portugal as a Wright Global Scholar.
In 2015, Shanita took a leap of faith and founded Budding Solutions and has not looked back.
As a certified Project Management Professional and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Shanita brings a much needed skillset coupled with immense passion to the cannabis industry. Prior to founding Budding Solutions, she successfully led
over $5 million in Enterprise Governance, Risk and Compliance software projects for a major telecommunications company.
Shanita is especially proud of her work as a cannabis activist and has lobbied on Capitol Hill with organizations like DC NORML for the reform of national marijuana laws. She also works closely with registered lobbyists on a local level on behalf of her clients.
Combining a passion for her work and a cause she truly believes in has been a dream come true for this budding cannabis entrepreneur.