Speaker Bio

Chris Ball

Chris Ball

Owner and CEO, Ball Family Farms

Chris Ball is the founder of Ball Family Farms, the first Social Equity licensed vertically integrated cannabis facility in Los Angeles. Mr. Ball is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovative cultivator. The Southern California native began selling cannabis as a teen to put himself through junior college, where he played football. After discovering the cultivation side of cannabis while playing professionally in Canada, he began his self-taught botany education with no prior knowledge of the craft. Ball then acquired a 5,000-square-foot cultivation warehouse in Los Angeles –with only 14 lights in a tiny room and began growing for Prop 215 shops. 

And in 2016, when Los Angeles adopted commercial cannabis regulations and announced its Social Equity Program (SEP), Ball saw it as the perfect opportunity to transition and grow his business. Ball Family Farms (BFF) incorporated in 2018 and launched its first commercial strain, Daniel LaRusso. The balanced hybrid instantly became a favorite strain in licensed cannabis retail. And in 2021, BFF doubled its facility size to 40,000 square feet and began expanding its slate of flower strains - from three to ten.

While Ball's initial goal was to create unmatched premium cannabis products, BFF also aims to promote equal pay, diversity and inclusion, and women's empowerment in the workplace. As a tribute to the company's activism and commitment to excellence, the company embraces its motto and tagline, "Cultivating the Culture…from the Ground UP!"