The Team

Name: Brian Mays

Role: Founder and CEO, Smile Natural Products and The Smile Space

What I Was Doing Before Smile:  Before beginning Smile, I was Head of Sales at AppCard, a targeted marketing company in New York City. Prior to that, I was a business and marketing strategist for SMBs and non-profits in the Central Coast of California. 

Education: University of California, Santa Barbara 

Organizations: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Sun Sign / Moon Sign: Sun Sign: Taurus | Moon Sign: Pisces

Motto: “Everybody eats, B…”

Top Five Rappers: Tupac, Jay-Z, Nas, Notorious B.I.G. & Kendrick Lamar

Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA


Name: Ansley Brown

Role: Co-Partner & Head of Marketing and Brand Development, Smile Natural Products and The Smile Space

What I Was Doing Before Smile: Before coming to Smile, I was working in luxury fashion and beauty PR and living in Harlem (prior to NYC, I was residing in London, UK). I've worked on campaigns for world renowned brands such as Dolce & Gabbana Beauty, Moschino, MCM Worldwide, Pitti Uomo and Borghese Roma. I love creating something beautiful whether through global luxury campaigns or handmade butters, a tradition passed down to me through my great great grandmother, Lily, a hoodoo practitioner and rootworker.

Education: Clark Atlanta University for undergrad and University of the Arts London for post-grad.

Organizations: ColorComm

Sun Sign / Moon Sign: Sun: Cancer | Moon: Aries

Motto: “Stay obedient to the call."

Top Five Rappers: Tupac, Nas, Lauryn Hill, Kendrick Lamar & Pusha T

Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA