Maria Smithson (CEO)

Meet the founders Maria Smithson CEO

Maria and Kate come from a long line of physicians and grew up culturing probiotics and juicing carrots. It was definitely an unusual childhood. After college, Maria moved to Chicago because she was accepted into a Clinical Neuropsychopharmacology Doctoral program. She decided to pause pursuing her doctorate because she read numerous studies showing the benefits of CBD, experienced those benefits in her life, and noticed some major problems in the CBD industry. She saw a lack of third-party lab testing, fillers being added into products, and a lack of transparency in product labels. Maria loves providing quality CBD and thrives in going the extra mile to make Brielle’s partners feel like family.

Meet The Founders

Maria Smithson (CEO)

Maria Smithson CEO

Maria and Kate come from a long line of physicians and grew up culturing probiotics and juicing carrots. It was definitely an unusual childhood. After college, Maria moved to Chicago because she was accepted into a Clinical Neuropsychopharmacology Doctoral program. She decided to pause pursuing her doctorate because she read numerous studies showing the benefits of CBD, experienced those benefits in her life, and noticed some major problems in the CBD industry. She saw a lack of third-party lab testing, fillers being added into products, and a lack of transparency in product labels. Maria loves providing quality CBD and thrives in going the extra mile to make Brielle’s partners feel like family.

Kate Smithson President

Kate has lived her life allergic to chocolate chip cookies. While she still can’t eat them she finds that her symptoms from Celiac Disease are much relieved from taking CBD oil. Kate has a passion for start-ups and helping people, which led her to launch a nanny placement agency. After scaling her nanny placement agency, she transitioned to a staffing recruiter role where she has helped over 100 companies hire talent and grow teams. She loves growing Brielle because it pairs her passion for helping people and for CBD. Helping people discover the benefits of CBD gives a feeling better than any cookie could offer…most of the time. ;)

Kate Smithson (President)

The Brielle Story

Brielle was started by two sisters who have a deep love of CBD. It all started with Kate moving to Colorado, becoming entrenched in the world of CBD, and starting her first business “Kate Care.” Around this same time, Maria moved to Chicago for a Clinical Neuropsychopharmacology Doctoral program. The two sisters met a coffee shop owner who explained his need for simple, streamlined wholesale CBD from a brand he could trust. This inspired the sisters to create Brielle. Brielle combines Maria’s middle name “Brianna” with Kate’s middle name “Gabrielle.” We’re excited to bring you products that restore balance, ignite joy, and make life – just a little simpler.

Our Advisors

Mark Harshfield

Mark Harshfield

Mark has 30+ years of business, technology, and operations experience. He’s brought products to market from leading blue-chip and early-stage companies to support the cannabis marketplace.
Taylor Weiss

Cory Warfield

Cory went from dishwasher to sommelier and is now the CEO of ShedWool. He created a name for himself through LinkedIn, where he has 40,000+ followers.

Brielle Interns

Nooria Khan

Nooria Khan

Nooria is a senior at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. She’s majoring in communications and has a strong passion for all things social media. She’s focused on PR and social media for Brielle and loves being part of such a talented and fun team!
Youtong Wang

Youtong Wang

Youtong is a mathematics student who’s passionate about making logical decisions through data. She enjoys creating innovative experiences that people just don’t know they need yet. She is joining the Brielle team as the lead data analyst to bring on strategic insights and community building experience to the team.
Taylor Weiss

Taylor Weiss

Taylor Weiss has a degree in MultiMedia Productions & Journalism. She joined the Brielle team to develop the Brielle brand and to design and manage social media content. In addition, she does graphic design and runs our Brielle newsletter.
Ethan

Ethan

Ethan attended and graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Arts & Sciences. After graduating, Ethan was hired and brought along his 7+ years of film, television, and photo experience to Brielle as a Content Producer for their Social Media team.
Nooria Khan

Emily

Emily is a recent graduate from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she double-majored in Psychology and Political Science. With previous experience in project management, public affairs and social media content creation, Emily is interning at Brielle to learn more about user experience writing within the CBD industry.