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Tony Hayes

Tony’s career began in 1973 as a purchasing agent for a regional firm traveling the back roads and byways of the Appalachians, buying a wide variety of Non Timber Forrest Products (NTFP’s). In 1982 he accepted a position with an international firm allowing him to travel worldwide and further develop his skills. In 2000, Tony and his wife, Sandy, chartered Ridge Runner Trading Company. Over the past 40 years, he has been privileged to present at numerous conferences, seminars, workshops, as well as support and serve many industry groups including the American Botanical Council, American Herbal Products Association, Herb Research Foundation and North Carolina Natural Products Association.