Speakers - New York 2017
State Senator, D-NY
New York State Senator Diane J. Savino (Democrat, Independent, Staten Island-Brooklyn) was born and raised in Astoria, Queens...
Best Selling Author, Veteran Republican Strategist for Presidents Trump, Nixon, and Reagan, Long-time Advocate for Marijuana Reform
Roger Stone is a New York Times Bestselling author and veteran Republican strategist who has worked...
Professional Athlete, Entrepreneur, Best Selling Author, Governor & Advocate
Jesse Ventura is the former Independent governor of Minnesota. He is also a former US Navy frogman, a professional wrestler...
Rev. Al Sharpton
Founder & President of the National Action Network
Rev. Al Sharpton is founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), a not-for-profit civil rights organization formed in 1991 with over 100 chapters nationwide
Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes
Assembly Member, New York State's 141st Assembly district
Assembly Member Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes, has faithfully served New York State’s 141st Assembly district since 2003
Ranking Member, Senate Finance Committee
First elected to the New York State Senate in a Special Election in February 2002, Liz Krueger is currently the Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee
Joel A. Giambra
Managing Director, Park Strategies, LLC
Joel A. Giambra joined Park Strategies in 2009 as Managing Director of its Buffalo office after serving 8 years as Erie County Executive
Executive Director, Department of Excise and Licenses City and County of Denver
After serving for nearly three years as the Executive Director of Marijuana Policy in Denver, Ashley Kilroy was promoted in
President and Founder, Trichome
Max Montrose is an authoritative voice for the cannabis industry with over 8 years of industry experience.
Barbara Koz Paley
CEO & Founder, Art Assets
In 1992, the real estate and Art worlds had virtually collapsed. Though times were difficult, Barbara Koz Paley saw a revolutionary opportunity to marry her experience in real estate, Fine Art, and finance.
Founder and President, Hybrid Tech
Daniel Gustafik has 20 years of experience working on industrial power and controls, clean rooms, server centers & marijuana cultivation facilities.
CEO and Founder, Stemless
Koushi is the CEO and founder of Stemless, an online ordering platform that makes it easy for customers to order from
CEO and Founder, SIVA Enterprises
Avis Bulbulyan is the CEO and founder of SIVA Enterprises, a multifaceted marijuana company with branches in consulting, management, ventures and brands.
Vice President of System Applications, Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions
Peter Maguire graduated from the University of Southern California in 1990. He joined Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions in 1996 and has been focused in
Chief Inspiration Officer, Sullivan Adventures, LLC
Jeanne M. Sullivan is a long-time venture capital investor -based in NYC having invested in the tech sector for
Founder & President, Vangst
At the age of 24, Karson Humiston is the CEO of the cannabis industry's leading recruiting agency
Biosafety Program Manager, A2LA
Roger Brauninger has worked at the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) since 1999.
Steve Janjic was the Global Head of eFX Sales and Distribution at Tullett Prebon one of the world’s
Stuart Titus, PhD
CEO, Medical Marijuana, Inc.
Member, Board of Directors Dr. Stuart Titus, Ph.D., is an industry icon and innovator, having been involved in all aspects of the medical marijuana and
Executive Director, Veterans Health Solutions/ First To Care
Mr. Life D. Griffith is the Founder and Executive Director of Veterans Health Solutions, a non-profit mutual benefit corporation that is the premier cannabis education resource for the veteran communities
President, Apeks Supercritical
Andy Joseph is the President of Apeks Supercritical, a Johnstown, Ohio based manufacturer of fully automated subcritical and supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) botanical oil extraction systems.
Founder/Chief Scientific Officer, ProVerde Labs
Dr. Hudalla is an analytical chemist with more than 25 years of research experience in analytical chemistry, spectroscopy and
Director of East Coast Operations, Columbia Care LLC
Jon is currently the Director of East Coast Operations for Columbia Care where he provides leadership on all aspects of the business from cultivation and manufacturing to
Dr. Uma V.A. Dhanabalan, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Founder/CEO of Global Health & Hygiene Solutions, LLC
Dr. Dhanabalan is a highly respected physician trained in Family Medicine and Occupational & Environmental Medicine.
Executive Director, National Indian Cannabis Coalition
Jeff Doctor is the Executive Director of the National Indian Cannabis Coalition, an organization whose mission is to educate and advocate for the rights of
Founder and Managing Director, Galen Diligence
Tanya is Founder and Managing Director of Galen Diligence, which consults with operators, investors, and their advisors in the legal cannabis industry on best practices in investigative due diligence.
Founder and President, Comprehensive Cannabis Consulting (3C)
Nic Easley, Founder and President of Comprehensive Cannabis Consulting (3C), has helped more than 75 clients design, start, build, and optimize their commercial cannabis cultivation operations.
Hanan B. Kolko
Member of Firm Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein P.C.
Hanan Kolko is the co-chair and co-founder of the Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein Medical Cannabis practice group.
Founder & President, MaryJane Marketing LLC
Dasheeda Dawson is The WeedHead - a Cannabis executive, digital growth hacker, and brand equity builder.
Executive Director, Arizona DP Consulting LLC
Sara Gullickson is a nationally recognized cannabis industry expert and leader, who has been actively involved in the industry since its inception
Karen Bernstein, Esq.
Principal, Bernstein IP
Karen J. Bernstein is the Principal of Bernstein IP, a law firm based in New York City that counsels its clients on creative ways to
Regional Sales Manager
Gary has been in the Oregon medical marijuana program since 2008. He has experience with
Managing Partner, Sapphire Risk Advisory Group.
Tony Gallo, Managing Partner of Sapphire Risk Advisory Group, assists high-risk business owners when it comes to complex loss prevention and safety strategies
Andrea B. Goldman
Principal, ABG Advisory
With 20 years of institutional investment experience in private equity and lending, Andi’s managed $2Bn of investments across numerous industries
Investor, Advisor, VST Tech Ventures
Alain Bankier is a Managing Partner of VSTechVentures, a partnership that provides capital, legal, tech and business advisory to
Director of Sales - Eastern Region, urban-gro, LLC.
Mark Doherty is the Director of Sales, Eastern Region, at urban-gro. Mark has a professional background in commercial scale indoor aquaponic farming.
Principal and Owner, Solana Business Solutions
Bob Hoban is an AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney and seasoned full-service commercial practitioner.
Melissa is the Founder of HealthMJ, the WebMD for cannabis, helping patients learn how cannabis can help them live better lives.
Forever Flowering Greenhouses
A 4th generation farmer, Eric is originally from San Joaquin County California where his family has been commercially farming since 1862.
Managing Partner, KCSA Strategic Communications
Lewis is a Managing Partner at KCSA Strategic Communications, an independent public and investor relations agency
Jahan Marcu, Ph.D
Chief Science Officer, Americans for Safe Access
Jahan Marcu, Ph.D is the Chief Science Officer for Americans for Safe Access and Chief Auditor for Patient Focused Certification.
Nuka V. Reddy, Ph.D
President, US Hempire Corporation
Nuka V. Reddy is a chemist by training and received his PhD. in the subject from New York University. He has worked in the agricultural, chemical, plastics and pharmaceutical industries.
Co-Owner, Honu Enterprises
Paul is a serial entrepreneur. Despite a successful run as director for a major software company, Paul’s passion is in launching new businesses in new industries
Education Officer and Chief Prosperity Officer, Healthway Education Systems
Michelle Lilly-Hester also known as “Ms. Motivator” is an entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, international speaker, business mentor, and a visionary with the power to
CEO, Kaya Cannabis and Southwest Alternative Care
Amanda has consulted in the legal cannabis industry since 2010. Her passion is diversity and inclusiveness whether she's working with employees, boards, community members or students.
President, Cultivo, Inc.
Over the past thirteen years, Ms. Autumn Karcey has worked in most aspects of the legal cannabis industry including
David is an entrepreneur and branding professional specializing in accelerating start-ups
Amy T. Margolis
Amy T. Margolis is a shareholder with Greenspoon Marders Cannabis Law practice group.
CEO, Eyeson Digital
Roberto Doering, CEO of Eyeson Digital, holds a degree in International Business from Florida International University and a degree in Electronics from FITO
Co-Founder, Type A Media
Tracey Henry is an experienced public relations professional with close to 20 years experience in lifestyle, health, culinary and nightlife clients
President & Founder, jCanna & Cannabis Science Conference
Joshua Crossney is the President & Founder of jCanna, Inc.,(www.jCanna.com) a Maryland based 501(c)3 non-profit.
Chanda Macias, MBA, PhD
Owner & GM, NHHC (National Holistic Healing Center)
Chanda Macias, MBA, PhD, is the Owner and General Manager of the National Holistic Healing Center Medical Marijuana Dispensary (NHHC) in Washington D.C. NHHC is a patient advocated company dedicated to
CPA, Bridge West LLC
Jim Marty has been a CPA in the Denver Metro area of Colorado since 1984. His current firm, Bridge West LLC, has offices in Longmont and Cherry Creek.
Greg M Haber
President, Babaco Alarm Systems, Inc.
Greg Haber is the President of Babaco Alarm Systems, Inc. In this role Greg Habers responsibilities are to identify, develop, manufacture, and integrate new technologies as well as
Dr. Philip Blair
Col. Philip Blair, M.D. (U.S. Army retired) is a family physician providing disease management for small-business employees in several states.
LaMon D. Bland
Founder, L. D. Bland & Associates
Attorney LaMon D. Bland founded L. D. Bland & Associates in 2014 to merge his experiences in politics, the law, community organizing, advocacy and Civil Rights and Social Justice
President, Rolland Safe & Lock
As President of Rolland Safe & Lock, Keith McCuen is a visionary in the security field. His vision and expertise have led to patented new technologies in security to help deter losses and shrinkage in cannabis businesses
Associate Professor, Lehigh University
Bryan Berger is the Class of 1961 Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a core member of the Bioengineering program at Lehigh University
Director of Security, Canna Security America
Josh Ray is the Director of Operations for Canna Security America (CSA). He is responsible for overseeing the operations for guard services, transportation and cash validation and vaulting
Senior Director, CustomVault
A graduate of Loyola University Maryland, and a member of the CustomVault team since 1996, Matt Gifford brings a consultative approach to the development of customized vault and
SVP, Sales, Marketing & Partnerships, CannaKorp Inc.
Greg leads all sales, marketing activities at CannaKorp including the development of our worldwide partner ecosystem
Head of Cultivation and Design, Post-Harvest Manager, and Facilities Manager, In Good Health
Jordan Mello is responsible for In Good Healths business and cultivation operations including as the Head of Cultivation and Design, Post-Harvest Manager and Facilities Manager
Founder and President, The Black Institute
Bertha Lewis is a community organizer and the Founder and President of The Black Institute (TBI). TBI is a non-profit action tank, a think tank that takes action and was founded by Ms. Lewis in 2010 with the
Founder, Cornucopia Infusions
Peggy Noonan is the founder of Cornucopia Infusions, an infused product and concentrate company in Arizona since 2013
Lab Director, Health and Wellness International
Expert Botanist specializing in the organic cultivation of medical grade cannabis and the research and development of cannabis infused products
Executive Director, Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center
George Schidlovsky is the Executive Director at Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center, located in Bellmawr, New Jersey.
Co-founder, Etain, LLC
Hillary Peckham co-founded Etain, LLC, the only women-owned business to receive one of the five competitive medical marijuana licenses in New York State
COO, Industrial Hemp Manufacturing, LLC.
David Schmitt, is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Industrial Hemp Manufacturing, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hemp, Inc.
Regional Manager of Retail Sales & Operations, PharmaCannis LLC
Based in Buffalo, New York, Rachel leverages her experience as a pharmacist and as manager of the first opening Dispensary in NY for PharmaCannis LLC
Kim Hewitt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of American History and Culture, SUNY Empire State College
Kim Hewitt is an Associate Professor of American History and Culture at SUNY Empire State College. Her areas of focus include
Midwest Sales Manager, Nexus Corporation
Al Sray is the Midwest Sales Manager for Nexus Corp. and works on cannabis projects east of the Mississippi
Chief Medical Officer, Vireo Health
Dr. Dahmer, an accomplished physician and entrepreneur, joined Vireo Health in November of 2015 as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Dahmer brings to Vireo broad-based experience in all phases of
Carla Kinslow, Ph.D.
Principal Consultant, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.
Dr. Kinslow is a toxicologist with over 26 years of biomedical, regulatory, and environmental experience
President and CEO, Innovative Nutraceuticals, LLC
David Hargett founded Innovative Nutraceuticals, LLC in 2015 and currently serves as the President and CEO of the company
Founder, Aunt Zelda's
Mara Gordon – Founder, Aunt Zelda's, Zelda Therapeutics, and Calla Spring Wellness. Mara specializes in the development of treatment protocols utilizing Bio Pharmaceutical grade cannabis extracts for seriously ill patients in California
Shareholder, Greenspoon Marder
David Jaroslaw is a shareholder in Greenspoon Marder’s Litigation practice group. He has litigated a broad spectrum of complex civil and criminal matters in both federal and state courts
Managing Director, KCSA Strategic Communications
Phil is a Managing Director of Investor Relations at KCSA
President, One Stop Hemp USA
Rudy Scott is the president of One Stop Hemp USA, a New York based company. The company is partnered with Finger Lakes Community College (SUNY) to grow, study, and process hemp
Gregory F. Daniel, MD, MBA
Founder, The Exigence Group
Gregory F. Daniel, MD, MBA is founder and former President and CEO, The Exigence Group (“Exigence”) now a Division of TeamHealth
Cannabis Community Educator
Creating her own path, Keiko has embraced the cannabis plant and lifestyle for many years. Beatie was always guided to natural medicine and studied in Mexico at one of the first alternative cancer clinics as well as Hippocrates West
Assistant Manager of Patient Retention and Outreach Program, Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center
Bridgette Fonseca is an Assistant Manager at Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center located in Bellmawr, New Jersey
Director of Cultivation, Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center
Rick Heuman is the Director of Cultivation at Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center, located in Bellmawr, New Jersey
Amy Ruth Tobol, JD, PhD
Associate Professor, SUNY Empire State College
Amy Ruth Tobol, J.D., Ph.D. received her bachelors (French), J.D. and Ph.D. (American Studies) from SUNY at Buffalo
Daramola N. Cabral, DrPH, MPH, PA
Assistant Professor of Health Sciences Lead Faculty and Mentor, SUNY ESC-CAHE Partnership
Daramola N. Cabral, DrPH, MPH, PA is Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at SUNY Empire State College
Joanne Levine, MSW, MPH, DSW, LCSW-R
Associate Professor and Area Coordinator for Human Services SUNY, Empire State College
Joanne Levine, MSW, MPH, DSW, LCSW-R received a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College, a Master in Public Health and
Marc Lustig, CEO, CannaRoyalty Corp.
Mr. Lustig holds MSc and MBA degrees from McGill University. He began his professional career in the pharmaceutical industry at Merck & Co
Manufacturing and Processing Manager, Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center
Jordan Thacker is the Manufacturing and Processing Manager at Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center, located in Bellmawr, NJ. His role in the seed to sale progression is
Vice President, STRAINWISE Consulting
Vice President of STRAINWISE Consulting & Host of BluntBusiness Radio, Sean Eubanks is a creative and inventive thinker who sees in the cannabis industry a boundary that can be pushed forward and onward
CEO, Terra Tech Corporation
Derek Peterson is the CEO of Terra Tech Corp. and a hardworking and versatile entrepreneur with a proven track record of success. He began his career in finance with Crowell, Weedon & Co, the largest independent broker- dealer on the West Coast
CEO, Kush Bottles
In his role as CEO for Kush Bottles, Nick directs all business relations and financial strategy for the company
Founder and President, Ardent, LLC
Shanel Lindsay is an attorney, entrepreneur, and cannabis advocate. She is the founder and president of Ardent LLC, a Boston-based biotech company that develops safe, effective and convenient products for the cannabis industry
Neal Shipley, MD
Emergency Medicine, North General Hospital
An emergency physician for more than 20 years, Dr. Shipley is board certified in Emergency Medicine. He served as Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at New York City’s North General Hospital and the Jersey City Medical Center
CEO, Hemp, Inc.
Bruce Perlowin is Chief Executive Officer and President of Hemp, Inc., (OTC: HEMP), a publicly traded company focused on processing industrial hemp to be used in producing a myriad of clean, green sustainable products
Founding Partner, Sichenzia Ross Ference Kesner LLP
Adjunct Professor, Hofstra University School of Law
Marc J. Ross is a founding partner of Sichenzia Ross Ference Kesner LLP, formerly known as Sichenzia Ross Friedman Ference LLP
Chief Executive Officer
Kristina Neoushoff is the Chief Executive Officer at Women Grow. With more than 15 years of experience...
Chief Financial Officer, Garden Remedies
Glen Shear provides Garden Remedies with keen oversight of all aspects of
Co-Founder, Kalyx Development
George M. Stone is the Chief Executive Officer of Kalyx Properties Inc. He brings to Kalyx more than 30 years of real estate industry experience
Co-Chairman and Partner,
Chris Leavy is co-chairman of the investment committee and a partner at MedMen, a leading cannabis firm based in Los Angeles...
Kate M. Bell
Legislative Counsel, State Policies Department Marijuana Policy Project
Ms. Bell joined MPP in December 2015 and is legislative counsel for New York and several other states.
Founder, Boag Law
David handles all areas of intellectual property, including patent, trademark, and copyright litigation, prosecution, licensing, and dispute resolution, among many others
Retired NFL Super Bowl Winner, Financial Planner, Cannabis Advocate for Sports
Marvin Washingston advocates that cannabinoids as neuroprotectants “make the game safer”
Dr. Naira Gorovits
Scientific Analyst, Greenspoon Marder
Dr. Naira Gorovits is a molecular biologist, biochemist and basic medical scientist
Co-Founder, Chairman, President, Director, Solis Tek
Alan Lien, Co-Founder, Chairman, President, and a Director of Solis Tek, leads the manufacturing, development, and sourcing of Solis Tek products. In addition, Mr. Lien manages the Company’s sales and operational strategies
Philip M. Cohen
CEO and Chairman, Cannabis Medical Network
Philip M. Cohen has over three-decades of success as an innovative media industry icon
Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, LivWell Enlightened Health
Neal Levine is Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at LivWell Enlightened Health, one of the largest employers in the cannabis industry
Application Specialist III, VICAM A Waters Business
Dr.Toth has over 20 years of experience in clinical lab testing and the analysis of mycotoxins
Executive Vice President of Industry Analytics, New Frontier Data.
John Kagia is the Executive Vice President of Industry Analytics for New Frontier Data
President, Micro Grow Greenhouse Systems
Directly out of college, Tom started as an apprentice electrician for IBG greenhouses in Monterey County in 1975
Vice President and General Manager, Rough Brothers
Tom Vezdos is the Vice-President of the Commercial Division of Rough Brothers Inc
Prof. Ted Shepard
Le Moyne College
Professor Edward (Ted) Shepard joined the Le Moyne College faculty in 1990 and served as Chair of the Economics Department from 2000 to 2010
Senior Counsel, Greenspoon Marder
Justin McNaughton is a member of the Intellectual Property practice group at Greenspoon Marder