Degelis + KymB both believe in the healing power of cannabinoids. Back in 2017, Dege had already begun to pioneer the clean vaping movement. Smoking flower irritated her sensitive respiratory system, and vaping cannabinoids at lower temperatures solved this problem for her. However, there were very few trust-worthy vaping options that were potent, lab tested and tasted good. After working with farmers, extractors, and chemists, she launched an all-natural, strain-specific proprietary line of vape oil. In the early days, very few people were talking about the difference between healthy and unhealthy vapes, and many people didn’t realize that some products had toxic additives that could cause harm. It wasn’t until the Vape Crisis of 2019 that mainstream media including Rolling Stone and Forbes began to highlight companies like TribeTokes for making products in a clean way without unhealthy chemicals.
As the universe would have it, Dege + KymB met at an NYC Women Grow event in NYC. KymB was the NYC ambassador and offered to pour Dege a glass of wine. Right then and there a partnership was born. They quickly realized that they had the same vision for growing a tribe or a tight knit community of customers, advocates and enthusiasts. Kym had used her health and fitness background to develop a plant-based clean beauty product. She was looking for a way to bring it to market and Dege said LET'S DO THIS, and the TRIBEAUTY line of CBD Clean Skincare was born.
As cannabis demand continues to grow, Degelis and Kym are creating a community that elevates people. They want people to have access to ultra-healthy products that look great on their shelves. In a market lacking transparency, their guiding principle is "Never sell a product you wouldn't give your own mother or sister." Their community is a place of transparency, innovation, and empowerment. The TribeTokes team is obsessed with developing healthy products with powerful therapeutic effects to empower people and businesses with the knowledge, and access they need to enrich their lives.
Welcome to the Tribe ✌
Degelis (pronounced deja-lee and Dege or "dayj" for short) is an investor, entrepreneur and plant-based medicine enthusiast. Before launching the Tribe family of brands, she was the COO of several other startups including Instafluence, the first influencer agency, which sold to Maker Studios in 2015. Previously, she was an investing analyst at Sands Capital covering nearly $2 billion in global retail sector investments, and an investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan. She graduated from the University of Virginia and has her CFA designation.
Favorite TribeTokes Product: Northern Lights CBD Vape before bed, for a more restful sleep
Kymberly Byrnes aka "KymB" is an activist, patient advocate and cannabis influencer (@cannabiswithkymb on Instagram). She also serves on the Board of Directors of the CWCBE and is an NYCCIA committee member. She is a former pilates entrepreneur, an NYC Ambassador for Women Grow, a lululemon legacy ambassador, and served as a 2018 High Times CBD judge. KymB joined TribeTokes as a cofounder in 2018 and spearheaded the launch of the clean skincare line, TRIBEAUTY.
Favorite TribeTokes Product: Soothing CBD Eye Cream for puffiness and hydration.
Greg Pilla is a serial entrepreneur and superconnector. As COO of TribeTokes, he manages operations including logistics, finance, administration and legal matters. Greg also manages the wholesale operations of the business, which distributes to over 100 retail partners nationwide. Greg's background is in sales and marketing, and cost management consulting.
Favorite TribeTokes Product: Extra Strength CBD Pain Cream for neck & shoulder pain.
Dr. Lynn Parodneck is a full time medical marijuana practitioner with over 20 years of experience. With over 500 active patients, she is one of the leading medical marijuana clinicians in New York, with numerous referring specialists and an extensive professional network in the cannabis industry. She is an advocate for education on medical marijuana use and the expansion of New York’s Compassionate Care program.
Dr. Parodneck has a background in Women's Health. She trained in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Sarah Lawrence College and New York Medical College, and started a private practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan before making the major career transition to community-based medicine. Dr Parodneck has been featured as an expert on NPR, Good Housekeeping, Mashable, Westchester Magazine, The Arizona Daily Star and NY Daily News, in addition to extensive educational and speaking engagements throughout NY State.