Washington, D.C. 20549






Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported):  May 27, 2021



(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)


Colorado   333-207889   46-5008129
(State or other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
  (Commission File Number)   (I.R.S. Employer 
Identification No.)


930 W 7th Ave, Suite A

Denver, Colorado 80204

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  (800) 935-8420



(Former Address of Principal Executive Offices)


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  Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class   Trading symbol   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share   GRWG   The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC






Section 1 - Registrant’s Business and Operations


Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.


The information set forth in Item 5.02 below is incorporated herein by reference.


Section 5 - Corporate Governance and Management


Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


On May 26, 2021, GrowGeneration Corp. (the “Company”) entered into an employment contract with Paul Rutenis, pursuant to which Mr. Rutenis has been appointed as Chief Merchandise Officer of the Company, effective as of June 21, 2021. Pursuant to the agreement, among other benefits, the Company has agreed to (i) pay Mr. Rutenis a base salary of $300,000 per annum, which shall increase 10% on January 1 of each calendar year; (ii) issue to Mr. Rutenis a total of 40,000 shares of common stock, vesting in six equal installments within three years starting from December 21, 2021; and (iii) pay a one-time relocation expense of $100,000.


A copy of the employment contract is filed herewith as Exhibit 10.1.


Mr. Rutenis has two decades of experience in retail spans management positions at several large public companies. Since 2018, Mr. Rutenis provides consulting services to multiple organizations on building added value to their inter working and achieving performance excellence. From 2015 to 2018, Mr. Rutenis served as Executive Vice President at West Marine, where he helped grow the top and bottom line by successfully moving the company to an omni-channel format that enhanced the company's brick-and-mortar format. From 2013 to 2015, he served at Radio Shack as Chief Merchandising Officer. From 2011 to 2012, at JCPenny, he was VP – Divisional Merchandise Manager, Furniture and Home Décor and promoted to SVP – General Merchandise Manager, Home from 2012 to 2013. From 2006 to 2011, at Dicks Sporting Goods, he helped drive sales and gross margin expansion in private label and branded products. Mr. Rutenis received his B.S. degree from Clemson University and holds an MBA from the University of St. Louis.


Section 7 – Regulation FD


Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure


On May 27, 2021, the Company published a press release regarding the appointment of Paul Rutenis as Chief Merchandise Officer of the Company.


A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1. The information contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K (including the exhibit) is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as otherwise expressly stated in such filing.


Section 9 – Financial Statements and Exhibits


Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits


(c) Exhibits


Exhibit No.   Description
10.1   Employment Contract by and between GrowGeneration Corp. and Paul Rutenis, dated May 26, 2021
99.1   Press Release dated May 27, 2021







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.


Date:  May 27, 2021 GrowGeneration Corp.  
  By: /s/ Darren Lampert
  Name:  Darren Lampert
  Title: Chief Executive Officer