When asked about the greatest hiring decision he's ever made, Aaron Riley says, "Hands down, Antonio Frazier. He's brought us to another level from a quality perspective." It's high praise that's well earned. Four years ago, when Riley started CannaSafe, he needed someone he could trust to help his Los Angeles-based cannabis testing lab meet California's stringent standards. His old college football teammate Frazier checked all the boxes. Not only does Frazier have a degree in engineering and experience running an aerospace lab, he was also one of the only people who stood by Riley when he was arrested for selling weed in college. It took 18 months, but Riley eventually persuaded his old friend to join CannaSafe. Frazier's initial assessment of the lab's standards didn't pull any punches. He told Riley, "Dude, this is terrible. Your quality system sucks." That candor is exactly why Riley hired Frazier. "He's always there to hold me accountable and keep me in check," he says. And, by the way, to help CannaSafe land the No. 13 spot on this year's Inc. 5000.
From the September 2020 issue of Inc. Magazine