Speaker List Los Angeles

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Aaron Lachant
Partner, Nelson Hardiman

Aaron Lachant

Aaron Lachant has been at the forefront of the marijuana industry since 2009. By solving novel and complex regulatory, compliance and licensing issues, Aaron has kept his clients, including approximately 45 of the 135 originally legalized dispensaries in Los Angeles under Proposition D (legislation he co-authored), in business and flourishing. Combining Aaron’s pioneering experience in getting marijuana businesses permitted with his adroit navigation of a regulatory landscape in flux, has made him the go-to attorney for legal cannabis advice. He frequently acts as outside general counsel for clients in the industry and is active in the Greater Los Angeles Collective Alliance (GLACA), an association of medical cannabis cooperative and collective operators whose mission is to provide safe access to patients with adherence to a strict code of operational guidelines. He is the only attorney appointed to the Los Angeles County Advisory Working Group on Cannabis Regulation. Aaron also heads the consulting group, MMLG, which focuses on navigating local and state licensing application requirements for cannabis-related businesses. Well ahead of the curve on the issues facing the marijuana business, Aaron’s work has grown with the maturing of the industry. He has worked on many sophisticated corporate transactions, advising clients on M&A deals, partnership disputes, and litigation involving regulatory violations. His legal knowledge of business and regulatory issues confronting the cannabis industry is complemented by years of experience representing other healthcare providers in all aspects of healthcare law. With the legal marijuana market expanding at a rapid pace, Aaron’s practice is devoted to keeping marijuana businesses

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Aaron Wood
Manager, CMW Media

Aaron Wood

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Adam Dunn
Professor, Clover Leaf University

Adam Dunn

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Alan Lien
Founder and President, Solis Tek

Alan Lien

Alan leads the manufacturing, development, and sourcing of Solis Tek products. In addition, Mr. Lien manages the Company’s sales and operational strategies. Before founding Solis Tek, Mr. Lien was the COO for A&A Lien Enterprise, an export/import company Taiwan with a focus in sporting equipment.

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Alen Nguyen
CEO, MainStem

Alen Nguyen

Alen serves as CEO for MainStem, leading and providing business guidance to the executive management team. Alen lays out the overall company vision and strategic direction, setting the methodical course to growing the organization. MainStem, Inc is a pioneering technology company, centralizing purchasing in the cannabis industry through its marketplace technology. MainStem has the most comprehensive marketplace portfolio of cannabis business supplies such as packaging and grow supplies in the industry. MainStem achieve this by connecting distributors and manufacturers directly to customers through our marketplace platform. Alen holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and a Master of Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His graduate studies were focused towards Corporate Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

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Ashley Asatu
Founder, The Yogasm Experience

Ashley Asatu

AshleyAsatu is a public servant who specializes in creating brave spaces to facilitate healing in unconventional ways. In 2013, AshleyAsatu earned an MPA from CSU Stanislaus with specializations in Public Policy, Program Evaluation, Organizational Development, and Group Dynamics. In 2015, AshleyAsatu received her formal Yoga Teacher Training in Hatha Yoga and Kemetic Yoga in Oakland, CA.

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Avis Bulbulyan
Founder and CEO, Siva

Avis Bulbulyan

Avis has been effectively serving his clientele for over a decade now, and holds one of the highest success rates nationwide for obtaining cannabis state licenses in the industry. Highlights include securing the highest score in Massachusetts and being the only company to win the maximum 3 out of 3 state licenses. As CEO of SIVA Enterprises – A full service business development firm, focusing on Consulting, Management, Investments, Insurance and Brands; he leads a high caliber team who collectively provide all SIVA clients with the highest level of support from idea and concept, through execution and exit. He is the Education Chair for Cannabis Legal Accounting Law (CLab). He remains one of the most sought after speakers in the industry and is a valued expert resource for many national news sources and publications. SIVA clients are today some of the most well-known and highest grossing companies in the cannabis industry.

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Beau Whitney
Senior Economist, New Frontier Data

Beau Whitney

Beau Whitney is the Senior Economist at New Frontier Data. Beau has a unique blend of high tech business operations skills, economics and political analysis, as well as cannabis industry experiences. While at Intel and TriQuint Semiconductor, Beau honed his business operations skills associated with quickly ramping products from low volume to high volume. This is a skill he has since transferred to the cannabis industry. He is the former chief operations officer and compliance officer of one of the largest vertically integrated, publicly traded cannabis company in North America. His experiences incorporated growing, extraction, edible manufacturing, supply chain management and wholesale and retail distribution operations. As an economic and policy analyst, his Whitney Economics and New Frontier Data white papers and reports analyzing the cannabis market have been referenced in Forbes Magazine, The Washington Post, USA Today, as well as in cannabis industry publications and across the Associated Press wire. Beau has provided policy recommendations at the state and national levels and is considered “an authority on cannabis economics.”

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Ben Larson
CEO, Nanogen Labs

Ben Larson

Ben Larson is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and startup adviser based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Gateway, the cannabis startup accelerator based in Silicon Valley, and recently became CEO of Nanogen Labs, a nanoemulsion technology company. Additionally, Ben is a Director and Mentor for the Founder Institute, where he formerly managed global operations and helped grow the program into over 100 cities around the world. He’s also active on several boards inside and out of the cannabis industry. He’s an active Mentor and Senior Advisor to the non-profit Youth Business USA and a Board Member of Playworks. Ben was recently named to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 by the San Francisco Business Times.

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Beth Stavola
COO, President, and Board Member, MPX Bioceutical Corporation

Beth Stavola

Beth Stavola is a leading cannabis female entrepreneur, COO, President of US Operations, and Board Member of MPX Bioceutical Corp. (CSE: MPX; OTC: MPXEF). In 2017, Cannabis Business Executive named Beth #3 on the “CBE 75 Most Important Women in Cannabis” list. Beth is also the founder of the top CBD beauty and wellness brand, CBD For Life, a privately held company that provides customers with the benefits of cannabinoids while avoiding unwanted psychoactive effects and can be sold throughout the country. Beth has successfully established the Health for Life brand from inception to significant sales/cash flow within 5 years’ time and maintains one of the most stellar compliance records in the state of Arizona, receiving a 100% score on the last several state compliance audits. Health for Life is one of the most recognized brands of the cannabis dispensary, cultivation, and processors in Arizona. Beth is also the creator of Melting Point Extracts (MPX), which has become an extremely well-respected and sought after brand in Arizona and Nevada. MPX recently won the Phoenix New Times Best Concentrates of 2016 and the 2016 Jack Herrer Cup in Las Vegas. Beth holds the esteemed honor of being named as one of the leading medical cannabis expert entrepreneurs on the floor of the House of Representatives in 2014 by Congresswoman Dina Titus. The medical cannabis business was an investment initially that transformed into her life’s true passion to holistically help others and create a lucrative business at the same time. Women-owned and operated businesses are the minority in the cannabis industry and Beth continues to sponsor organizations promoting and elevating women in this industry including the Women in Business section of the 710 Chronicle. Beth resides in New Jersey with her beautiful family and is proud to be the mother of 6 children.

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Brandy Keen
Co-Founder and Senior Technical Advisor, Surna, Inc.

Brandy Keen

Brandy Keen has been designing and consulting for environmental systems in indoor agricultural facilities for over ten years. In 2007, Ms. Keen co-founded Hydro Innovations where she served as its Director of Operations. Ms. Keen is the Co-Founder, Vice President of Sales and Director for Surna, Inc., which acquired Hydro Innovations in 2012.

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Caity Maple
Lobbyist, The Quintana Cruz Company

Caity Maple

Caity is a Lobbyist for The Quintana Cruz Company. She manages nearly 20 different clients, with particular expertise in cannabis policy. During her time representing the California Cannabis Courier Association, she successfully advocated for the inclusion of cannabis delivery licensing in the City of Sacramento, and recently worked for the inclusion of a regulation that will allow delivery across all cities and counties. Prior to joining The Quintana Cruz Company, Caity lobbied for the firm Gonzalez, Quintana, Hunter, & Cruz after doing project management for the nonprofit California Forward. Prior to that she worked in the California state Legislature. In her spare time she serves as an appointee to the Ann Land & Bertha Henschel Memorial Funds Commission, contributing editor to the publication Sacramentality, and a steering committee member for the University of California Center. Caity earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Davis.

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Calvin Frye
Owner, Compassionate Caregivers of Studio City (Cloneville)

Calvin Frye

Calvin Frye for the past five years has been both a dispensary owner and an MMJ industry consultant. Frye has held several key positions in the Biotech industry for major companies like Xoma, Amgen and Baxter Biosciences, such as working his way up from Research Associate to Associate Scientist. Frye also has over a decade of experience in the cannabis industry, having worked with some of the founders of the MMJ industry (Dennis Peron and Richard Eastman) as well as many of the industry pioneering groups in Los Angeles (Americans For Safe Access and Norml). Mr. Frye has traveled the country to many (current) MMJ states on speaking engagements in order to help get MMJ legislation passed in those states. Mr. Frye has working knowledge of the regulatory issues within this industry from his experience with working with local LA government bodies and Agencies. Mr. Frye has also branded his line of cannabis genetics and trademarked the name “Cloneville” which he has attached to his genetics. In 2009, Mr. Frye consulted in the hydroponics industry where he gained extensive knowledge in the actual growing, set up and production of cannabis. Frye also owns Frye Consulting and Management Group, which handles consulting services from startup to full-scale production, including regulatory expertise. Frye earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa (Big Ten Conference) in Science Education. He also attended graduate college with an emphasis in General Science.

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Cam Battley
Chief Corporate Officer, Aurora Cannabis, Inc.

Cam Battley

Cam Battley is the Chief Corporate Officer at Aurora Cannabis, a producer of medical cannabis and cannabis oils under license from Health Canada. He is responsible for business development, external communications, investor relations, government relations, and medical and patient stakeholders. Cam is also a member of the Board of Directors of Cannabis Canada, the trade association of Licensed Producers, and Chair of the Advocacy Committee for the Association. He previously served as Vice President for licensed producer Bedrocan Canada. With a background as a health sector management consultant, he combines experience in government, health care NGOs, and the biopharmaceutical industries. Cam is also the founder of Wind Gage Communications, Inc., a video and film production company. He is a guest lecturer on leadership development for the World Medical Association, and on leadership communications for the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Micron Waste Technologies, Inc., of Campaigning for Cancer (South Africa), and a past member of the Board of the Osteoporosis Society of Canada (now Osteoporosis Canada) and the Scarborough (Ontario) Chamber of Commerce. Cam lives in rural Ontario, Canada with his wife and two children. He coaches boys’ and girls’ soccer teams, and is a Scout leader. He is a trail runner and PADI certified Rescue Diver.

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Camille Dixon
Director, California Department of Insurance

Camille Dixon

Bringing a diverse background to the California Department of Insurance, Camille Dixon represents California insurance commissioner Dave Jones on cannabis insurance-related matters. She also represents the commissioner on the state treasurer’s Cannabis Banking Working Group and sits on other insurance-related committees. In addition to her cannabis insurance role, Dixon represents the commissioner on the California Automobile Assigned Risk Plan Board and runs a state-sponsored program that helps income-eligible consumers obtain affordable auto insurance. She also served as interim director of the commissioner’s Insurance Diversity Initiative. Previously, Dixon worked for the California State Board of Equalization, where she advised the chairman on tax appeals and legislative matters, and implemented the chairman’s cannabis and affordable housing taxation initiatives. Before that, she spent time at a large commercial real estate firm and worked in the court system, managing caseloads and assisting criminal law judges.

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Cat Packer
Executive Director, Department of Cannabis Regulation, City of Los Angeles

Cat Packer

Appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Cat Packer is the first, Executive Director and General Manager of the Department of Cannabis Regulation. Within this role, Packer leads the licensing and regulation of commercial cannabis activity within the City of Los Angeles and furthermore, manages the implementation of the City’s cannabis related policies and programs. Prior to joining the City of Los Angeles, Packer served as California Policy Coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance, where she worked to ensure the successful and equitable implementation of various cannabis policy reforms. Before this role, Packer served as Campaign Coordinator for Californians for Responsible Marijuana Reform, a social justice-centered campaign in support of the 2016 Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Packer advocated for cannabis policy reform in Ohio. There, she participated in a statewide policy reform effort and for a brief period of time served as the Deputy Director of Ohio National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML’s) Central Ohio Chapter. Packer is an alumna of The Ohio State University where she received a Bachelor’s in Political Science, a Master’s in Public Policy & Management and a Juris Doctor.

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Charles Houghton
Founder and Owner, Charles T. Houghton, P.C.

Charles Houghton

Charles T. Houghton is the founder and owner of Charles T. Houghton, P.C., a law firm In 2010 Charles sat on the City of Colorado Springs Medical Marijuana Task Force to help the City of Colorado Springs develop its regulatory framework and ordinances. He was reappointed and sat on the latest City of Colorado Medical Marijuana Task Force in 2016. He has been instrumental in establishing regulatory schemes in various cities and counties. He represents a number of Marijuana Businesses and acts as a consultant to those entering the business in California, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Illinois, Florida, Canada and other states and countries with some form of marijuana laws. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on patient rights, the business and regulatory aspects of the marijuana industry. An attorney for over 32 years, he brings his expertise in regulatory compliance matters, business law, municipal law, real estate, commercial leasing, zoning, planning, construction and litigation to help his clients run successful and profitable businesses. Charles has recently relocated to California and acts as a consultant to municipalities, counties, trade organizations and businesses in California dealing with the existing and upcoming regulatory framework in this State. Charles is licensed to practice law in Colorado.

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Charles Smith
Regulatory & Compliance Consultant

Charles Smith

Charles Smith, Esq. works with businesses in regulated cannabis markets guiding them through the licensing and regulatory processes. Charles is intimately familiar with cannabis laws and regulations throughout the United States. His current focus is in Massachusetts, where he works with a number of Registered Marijuana Dispensaries as a compliance & regulatory consultant. Charles has experience working with clients in California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Nevada, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

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Charlie Alovisetti
Senior Associate Chair, Corporate Department, Vicente Sederberg

Charlie Alovisetti

Charlie Alovisetti is a senior associate at Vicente Sederberg LLC and is a co-chair of the Corporate Department. Prior to joining Vicente Sederberg, Charlie worked as an associate in the New York offices of Latham & Watkins and Goodwin where his practice focused on representing private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, as well as public companies, in a range of corporate transactions, including mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, growth equity investments, venture capital investments, and debt financings. In addition, Charlie has experience counseling portfolio and emerging growth companies with respect to general corporate and commercial matters and all aspects of compensation arrangements, including executive employment and consulting agreements, stock option plans, restricted stock plans, bonus plans, and other management incentive arrangements. Charlie has experience in both U.S. and cross-border transactions, and has advised clients across a range of industries including cannabis, technology, manufacturing, software, digital media, energy and clean tech, healthcare, and biotech. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from McGill University and a law degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Charlie is admitted to practice in both Colorado and New York.

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Charlie Cangialosi
Vice President, Loudpack, Inc.

Charlie Cangialosi

Charlie has spent the past 3 years building Kiva Confections’ sales and service capabilities into one of the leading cannabis distribution companies in California. Charlie ability to bring traditional CPG, sales and service skills, to the cannabis industry was instrumental in establishing Kiva Confections’ distribution arm Kiva Sales and Service. As a CPG industry professional Charlie developed his leadership, sales, marketing and analytic skills to continually deliver short and long-term priorities. Charlie’s past professional experience includes working for market leaders like Anheuser-Busch InBev, MillerCoors, and Ninkasi Brewing. Charlie is a graduate of California State University Long Beach and holds an MBA from Pepperdine University.

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Chloe Villano
President, Clover Leaf University

Chloe Villano

Chloe Villano is the President and Founder of Clover Leaf University. Ms. Villano is a business consultant and entrepreneurial executive with 17 years of experience in business startups and turning companies toward success. Chloe is also the owner and founder of Clover Leaf Consulting®, working for years as one of the most sought-after cannabis business consultants in the industry. She has consulted for, developed, started, sold, and performed due-diligence for valuation on hundreds of successful MJ business nationally. After working with countless businesses such as dispensaries, centers, mass cultivation facilities, kitchens, and cannabis brands, she has used her experience to influence the growth of the industry to be safe, regulated, and responsible. She has worked alongside numerous government agencies to assist with the implementation of business standards, educational standards, and business procedures.

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Chris Dunn
Founder and CEO, Covered 6

Chris Dunn

As the Founder and CEO for Covered 6 | DGP International, Chris has trained thousands of military, law enforcement, and private security personnel in all aspects of safety, weapons, and tactical training. Recently, Covered 6 was awarded the first ever industry National Standard for “Private Security Specialist” training by the US Department of Labor. Under Chris’s leadership, Covered 6 is currently working on the first vocational “Cyber Specialist” program standard. The vocational advocacy work for veterans by Covered 6 is unprecedented. Chris has helped fortune 500 clients shape perspective policies, develop customized training programs, and leads the industry in private active shooter intervention. He has also managed protective services teams in direct support of private companies, universities, exclusive private schools, financial institutions, and government agencies. In 2011, Chris started the A.D.A.P.T. (Awareness and Defense Against Physical Threat) for universities and schools and has trained several thousand students for both domestic and international safety programs. During his time in law enforcement in Southern California, Chris served as a CRASH East Los Angeles gang officer, undercover narcotics detective, SWAT Team member, field training officer (FTO), Defensive Tactics instructor (DTAC), and divisional firearms/tactics instructor. Chris graduated as “Honor Graduate” of his academy class. In 1998, Chris was awarded the LAPD Medal of Valor and the Top Cop Award in Washington by President Bill Clinton for actions during an officer rescue incident. In 2007, Chris was again recognized in Washington DC by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales with the OCEDET award for his accomplishments during a federal organized crime investigation. In the military, Chris served as a Military Police investigator, Special Response Team sniper/point man, and protective services (PSD) team member for the Secretary of Defense.

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Christine Ianuzzi
Show Director, Leading Edge Expositions

Christine Ianuzzi

Partner and Show Director of CWCBExpo. An electrical engineer by training (holds a Master’s Degree in Information Systems Technology from Polytechinic University) with management skills (MBA from Baruch College) Christine built a robust career in broadcasting with ABC, HBO before joining the family business to fill the cannabis industry’s demand for world-class conferences.

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Clint Olivier
Councilmember, Fresno City Council

Clint Olivier

Councilmember Clinton J. Olivier was elected by an overwhelming majority to represent Fresno’s Seventh District in June of 2010, and he was sworn into office in December of that year. Olivier is on the Council Finance and Audit Committee as well as the Infill Development Committee. As part of his duties, he also serves on the board of the Fresno-Madera Agency on Aging. During the time he has been in office, Councilmember Olivier has enjoyed success focusing on issues that are important to people who live in the heart of Fresno, including public safety, the ongoing construction of Martin Ray Reilly Park and senior citizen health. He partnered with Council President Lee Brand to find savings in the 2011 budget and used it to fund a Prostitution and Graffiti Prosecutor position within the City of Fresno. Also as part of his ongoing campaign to clean up the Seventh District and other affected areas, Olivier is working with the Fresno Police Department to implement such ground-breaking programs such as, “Operation Reveal.” Before entering politics, Councilmember Olivier worked as a news reporter and anchor for Fresno stations KMPH, FOX 26, and ABC 30 Action News. Olivier majored in Speech Communications at California State University, Long Beach and he served as an air support radioman in the Marine Corps from 1994-1998. He has one son Conrad and another son, Carsten, with his wife, Alisha.

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Corey Tobin
Assistant Vice President, Bolton & Company

Corey Tobin

Corey Tobin is lead of Bolton’s Cannabis Practice. He’s on the leading edge of helping Cultivators, Manufactures and distributors navigate the complex insurance and legal landscape to protect their business and employees. Corey is actively involved in the insurance committee for the California Cannabis Industry Association. With close to a decade of insurance industry experience, Corey has worked with a number of small and medium-sized businesses and is knowledgeable about property and casualty, life and health insurance. He routinely blogs and speaks on panels that are setting the course for the cannabis industry.

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Courtney Barrett, PE
Senior Engineer, Geo-Logic Associates

Courtney Barrett, PE

Courtney Barrett is a Registered Civil Engineer, Stormwater Quality Practitioner, and Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner with 14 years of engineering experience. Her experience includes preparation of site development grading and drainage plans, design of erosion control best management practices, preparation of technical specifications, engineer’s estimates, and providing construction support services on a variety of projects. Ms. Barrett has managed land development projects, site road improvement, stormwater basins, culverts, liquids storage impoundments, and mitigation projects. Ms. Barrett worked with a variety of public agencies to design improvement projects, prepare specifications and cost estimates and provide engineering and permitting oversight.

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Courtney Zalewski
Founder and Creative Director, Good

Courtney Zalewski

Courtney Zalewski is the creative director and founder of Good (http://studiogood.co), a design studio dedicated to branding and experiences for the cannabis industry. In addition to helping new companies launch, Courtney works closely with some of the countries top cannabis brands such as Lowell Herb Co– California’s #1 selling pre-roll brand, and 1906– one of the fastest growing edible brands in Colorado.

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Craig Powell
COO, We Grow CA

Craig Powell

Craig started his career at Nestle USA and ConAgra Foods, Inc. and has over 25 years of experience across the food and agriculture industries. His diverse experience includes senior management roles in manufacturing, sales/marketing, finance, and general management. Craig holds B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of California Davis, respectively.

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Daniel Gustafik
Founder, Hybrid Tech

Daniel Gustafik

As the founder of Hybrid Tech, Dan Gustafik has brought to fruition years of experience in the cannabis, contracting, and equipment technology sectors. He has a passion for maximizing the potential of cultivation facilities utilizing his knowledge of the intricacies of integrating cannabis systems with best cultivation practices. He enjoys balancing running his own business by exploring the Pacific Northwest outdoors with his family as much as he can.

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David Foggy
Founder and CEO, October Biosciences

David Foggy

David Foggy is the Founder and Chief Executive of Denver-based October Biosciences, which specializes in nano-encapsulated CBD (nCBD™) products formulated for maximum bioavailability. After spending over a decade working for tech companies such as Sun Microsystems, Intel, Lockheed Martin, and SpaceX, to name a few, David has come to know what drives disruptive innovation and how to lead it. For 3+ years at Citizens Laboratories, David led a small team of scientists researching and designing a subcritical water extraction system for the extraction of cannabinoids from industrial hemp. Much was learned and achieved on this project but a critical inflection point was reached. As a result, David has recently shifted the focus of his team and added business and marketing talent for the sole purpose of producing consumer-facing, nano-encapsulated, hemp-based cannabinoid products. David holds a BS from San Francisco State University and PhD in Computation from The University of Manchester.

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David Friedman
CEO, VividGro

David Friedman

David Friedman is the President of VividGro, the horticultural division of Lighting Science Group Corporation, a leader in advanced-applications of LED technology. Friedman is also the founder of the anther Funds which have invested over $5 Million in 20 cannabis companies. Friedman is the former CEO of MJIC and co-creator of the current algorithm for the Marijuana Stock Index for MJIC. Friedman is an investment and operation professional executive with over 25 years in venture capital, mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance.

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David Shearer
Partner and Science Advisor, bio365

David Shearer

Dr. David Shearer is co-founder bio365 and co-founder/CEO of Full Circle Biochar, both clean technology companies developing biochar products for global agricultural and carbon sequestration applications. Prior to launching Full Circle Biochar, Dr. Shearer was Chief Scientist at California Environmental Associates and Principal Environmental Scientist at AeroVironment Inc. where he worked in the next generation transportation, energy, carbon mitigation, and information technology space with Toyota’s Advanced Technology Group and Google.Org. In addition to his private sector activities, Dr. Shearer has directed groundbreaking work in both public policy and philanthropic investment for climate change mitigation. He was co-founder and Board Chair of Black Rock Solar, is co-founder and Board Director of Black Rock Labs, and Board Chair of SkyTruth. He is a frequent collaborator with Brian Goggin, a creator of large scale public art. Dr. Shearer has a Ph.D. in Environmental Epidemiology and a M.S. in Environmental Microbiology from the University of California, and B.S. in Biology from the University of Oregon.

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Dean Guske
Principal, Guske & Company, Inc.

Dean Guske

Dean Guske has over 30 years of experience in the areas of taxation, accounting and business consulting. In addition to his many years as a CPA, Dean has worked in private industry and was also a managing director of a real estate development company. The value he brings to his clients lies in his ability to identify and understand complex issues and how they relate to businesses and their individual owners. He has a passion for entrepreneurship. This allows him to effectively serve others pursuing their small business dreams whatever they happen to be. He has deep experience in all facets of real estate and businesses related to real estate. His clients have included everything from development and construction to brokerage and rental. Because he has also participated in these businesses as an owner, the impact of his hands on experience sets him apart from others who have only dealt with these issues in theory. In addition to his expertise in real estate, Dean has significant experience in the emerging cannabis business. He is a frequent speaker and author on the complex tax issues facing the industry. Serving several hundred clients in the cannabis industry he is at the forefront of developing successful tax strategies for industry entrepreneurs. He holds a Master’s degree in taxation from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Arts in business from the University of Washington. He is a member of the AICPA and WSCPA where he serves on the Tax Committee. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Washington. Dean’s other passion is golf. He admits that he is a “junkie” and frequently can be found playing a fun round with his son Austin.

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Dena Jalbert
Founder and CEO, Align Business Advisory Services

Dena Jalbert

Dena Jalbert is the Founder and CEO of Align Business Advisory Services. A CPA and MBA, Dena has served as Corporate Controller, SVP of Operations, and CFO for several ventures and P/E-backed startups and middle market companies that were eventually divested to strategic acquirers such as Google, HP, and VISA. To date, she has facilitated just over $1B of Mergers and Acquisitions and has become a sought-out M&A expert relied on by many corporations, P/E firms, and strategic investors.

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Derek Peterson
CEO, Terra Tech Corp.

Derek Peterson

Derek Peterson is the CEO of Terra Tech Corp. He began his career in finance with Crowell, Weedon & Co, the largest independent broker- dealer on the West Coast. Derek is a CFP® Professional and holds his Series 7, General Securities Sales Supervisor Series 9 and 10, National Commodity Futures Series 3, Series 65 and California Insurance License.

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Dr. Dariush Adli
President, Adli Law Group

Dr. Dariush Adli

Dr. Adli is perhaps best known as the “go to” trial lawyer in high stakes intellectual property (patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret) and complex commercial disputes. The reason is clear; for over two decades, Dr. Adli has successfully counseled and represented U.S., Asian and European businesses, from Fortune 500 corporations to startup companies, in intellectual property and business matters.

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Dr. Juli Crockett
Director of Compliance, MMLG

Dr. Juli Crockett

Dr. Juli Crockett was recruited into the cannabis industry in early 2015 to launch the W Vapes brand and served as their Chief Compliance Officer before joining MMLG in January 2018. Crockett was elected to the CCIA Board of Directors in 2017, and also served as Co-Chair of NCIA’s Federal Policy Committee. She is currently the Chair of CCIA’s Legislative Committee. Beyond the cannabis space, Alabama-born Crockett is a bona fide Renaissance woman: singer/songwriter, theater director, undefeated professional boxer and amateur champion, ordained minister, with a summa cum laude Ph.D. from The European Graduate School. Formerly the Director of Marketing for a pioneering online adult toy company, she is also a published playwright, a professional singer, and leader of an alt.folk band. After composing the theme song to the mini-documentary “Caine’s Arcade” she assisted in the formation of the Imagination Foundation, a children’s non-profit encouraging creativity & entrepreneurship. Unique to her career, Crockett is an undefeated professional boxer and amateur champion, featured in Sports Illustrated and other news outlets due to her professional connection to Jerry Boyd (aka F.X. Toole) author of Million Dollar Baby.

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Dr. Philip Blair
Medical Advisor, Elixinol

Dr. Philip Blair

Col. Philip Blair, M.D. (U.S. Army retired) graduated from West Point in 1972, attended the University of Miami School of Medicine and trained as an Army Family Physician. Dr. Blair researched and applied industrial hemp cannabidiol (CBD) to clinical care for patients, organizations and other health professionals across the USA, Australia, and the UK.

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Dr. Safedin “Sajo” Beqaj
Laboratory Director, Molecular Testing Labs

Dr. Safedin “Sajo” Beqaj

Dr. Sajo Beqaj is board certified in molecular pathology and is a board-certified clinical consultant. He has been practicing as a laboratory director since 2005. He received his PhD in pathology from Wayne State University Medical School, Detroit, Michigan. He performed his post-doctoral fellowship at Abbott Laboratories from 2001-2003. He continued his career as a Research Assistant Professor at Children’s Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois until 2005 when he joined Path Group Labs, Nashville, Tennessee as Laboratory Director in molecular diagnostics. In 2008 he joined DCL Medical Laboratories as Laboratory Director for Clinical Pathology where he was responsible for clinical laboratory operations and technical operations including development and implementation of new tests and technologies. Although he is a board certified high-complexity laboratory director and oversees all clinical pathology operations, his field of expertise is in molecular diagnostics and genetic testing. He has served as a teacher assistant at pathology department at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, visiting professor of molecular diagnostics at Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee; and as an adjunct professor of anatomy and physiology at Nashville State Community College, Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Beqaj has published more than 20 medical textbook chapters and journal articles. In addition, he has presented various scientific clinical abstracts and has conducted clinical trials for several well-known pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies. He is a member of numerous medical and scientific associations including the Association of Molecular Pathology, American Association of Clinical Chemistry and the Pan Am Society for Clinical Virology. He has served on a number of clinical laboratory regulatory and scientific committees and has assisted several laboratories and physicians as a Clinical Laboratory Consultant.

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Dr. Stuart Titus
CEO, Medical Marijuana, Inc.

Dr. Stuart Titus

Stuart Titus, Ph.D. is a cannabis industry icon and innovator. Titus has been involved in all aspects of the medical marijuana and industrial hemp industries, and was the seventh private investor in Medical Marijuana Inc.Titus has been involved in the development and investment of several industry-leading cannabis and industrial hemp businesses during his most recent career.

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Ean Seeb
Founding Partner, Denver Relief Consulting

Ean Seeb

Ean Seeb was co-owner and manager of Denver Relief, one of Colorado’s most successful medical cannabis operations. Widely regarded for his expertise in corporate philanthropy, strategic business management and regulatory compliance, Ean is a highly respected thought leader aiding the development of a robust national cannabis industry. As a founding partner of Denver Relief Consulting and seasoned cannabis dispensary operator, Ean has significant experience navigating complex legislation and regulatory demands unique to legal cannabis operations. He was a two-time chair of the National Cannabis Industry Association and continues to hold leadership positions with charitable organizations focused on a range of social causes, from civil rights to sustainable volunteer farming. Ean has been actively involved with nonprofit groups for more than two decades. His years of humanitarian experience lead Ean to conceptualize and develop a cannabis-centric service organization called the Denver Relief GREEN TEAM in 2009. Ean’s vision for the GREEN TEAM has grown with the range of different services offered by the organization, which now brings volunteer efforts to communities in a number of legal cannabis states.

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Ellen Moy
Attorney, Greenbridge Corporate Counsel

Ellen Moy

Since 2012, Ellen has counseled entrepreneurs, start-ups, and established businesses spanning a wide spectrum of the legal cannabis industry, including cultivators, edibles manufacturers, retailers, consulting and management firms, consumer electronics manufacturers, agricultural equipment manufacturers, software companies, IP holding companies, trade associations, non-profit advocacy organizations, and companies developing cryptocurrency and blockchain projects. She takes pride in offering thorough, creative, and expertly tailored legal advice to position clients to operate smoothly and successfully in a very complex and dynamic industry. With a diverse background in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, Ellen’s skill set and experience are rooted in general corporate transactions, securities compliance, corporate finance, energy and infrastructure transactions, state and local regulatory compliance, and legislative and policy work. Previously, Ellen practiced at a boutique law firm advising clients on the organization, formation, and operation of domestic and offshore private investment funds, including capital raising, compliance with securities and commodities laws, and marketing and investor relations. She also has extensive experience in the California legislature performing legislative and policy analysis, conducting media and local, state, and national stakeholder outreach, and organizing community events that focus on strategic advocacy of environmental justice, anti-poverty, and women’s rights and equality solutions. Ellen is a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, California Cannabis Industry Association, and Drug Policy Alliance. She earned her J.D. at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

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Emma Chasen
Cannabis Educator and Consultant, Emma Chasen Consulting LLC

Emma Chasen

Emma Chasen has a mission to educate people on the science behind Cannabis so that they may take charge of their own healing. After graduating from Brown University in 2014 with a degree in Medicinal Plant Research, Emma went on to coordinate Clinical Oncology trials with the Brown University Oncology Research Group. When her supervisor refused a Cannabis trial in favor of another expensive pharmaceutical drug, Emma quit and headed across the country to Portland, OR. She found her way to Farma, the popular Portland dispensary that takes a more scientific approach to Cannabis; rejecting the Indica/Sativa binary and instead focusing on chemotypes to determine effects. She began her career at Farma as a budtender and was quickly promoted to General Manager and eventually to Director of Education. In this role, she was able to focus on educational efforts and create a robust training curriculum that focused on cannabis science, product knowledge, and empathetic patient care. Emma now owns and operates a cannabis consulting business that offers educational training programs for dispensary employees. She helps brands develop educational marketing collateral and ongoing educational programs to further elevate their brand presence in a competitive industry. She also helps struggling cannabis businesses with business organization and sets them up for success in the competitive adult use market. Emma continues to seek ways to spread cannabis education through consulting, writing, speaking and teaching. Emma’s mission is to educate people on the science behind Cannabis so that they may take charge of their own healing as well as to address the need for training and education of budtenders, medical professionals, and the general public.

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Eric Baum
Managing Director, Acquis Consulting Group

Eric Baum

Eric Baum brings more than 15 years of experience in advising executive teams across a variety of industries. He currently serves as a managing director at Acquis Consulting Group and its affiliate, Solidea Capital. Baum serves on the Board of Directors for several companies and participates in several investment groups.

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Eric Lindberg PG, CHG
Senior Engineering Geologist and Chief, Regional Cannabis Cultivation Regulatory Unit, Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board

Eric Lindberg PG, CHG

Eric Lindberg is the supervisor of the South Coast Cultivation Regulatory Unit, which covers the Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and San Diego Regions. His unit participates in both compliance and enforcement inspections of commercial cannabis cultivations. Most of our program enrollees are legal indoor grows, primarily located in the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego. Program requirements vary, but may include regular monitoring and reporting, nutrient management plans, and site closure reports. Many of the enforcement actions my unit participates in have been in unincorporated San Diego and Riverside Counties, where commercial cultivation is (currently) prohibited. We support law enforcement officers and other agencies (e.g. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife) in serving search warrants, where we document any environmental violations under the California Water Code. Environmental crimes under the Water Code and/or the Fish and Game Code can be felony enhancements on what is otherwise a misdemeanor for unlicensed (i.e. illegal) cultivation.

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Eric Schissel
CEO, GeekTek IT Services, Inc.

Eric Schissel

Eric Schlissel is the CEO of GeekTek IT Services, a managed IT/cybersecurity firm that specializes in managing and protecting the data of rapidly scaling businesses. Based in LA, GeekTek has been ranked as one of the top IT service providers by MSPMentor, CRN and Channelnomics. Informed by two decades of experience as a serial entrepreneur, Eric specializes in creating frictionless relationships between people, businesses and technology.

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Erica McBride
Executive Director, National Hemp Association

Erica McBride

Erica McBride is the Executive Director of the National Hemp Association and the Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council. She has years of experience in legislative advocacy, industrial hemp education, and non-profit administration. Erica was instrumental in enacting legislation in Pennsylvania and is proud to be part of a team growing more than 120 acres this year.

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Eugene Morgulis
Director, Legal and Strategic Initiatives, National Association of Cannabis Businesses

Eugene Morgulis

Eugene is an experienced attorney whose practice includes data privacy, cybersecurity, commercial litigation, and complex regulatory systems.

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Fiona Ma
Chair, California State Board of Equalization

Fiona Ma

Fiona Ma is a Certified Public Tax Accountant and currently serves on the California State Board of Equalization, where she works to protect the rights for taxpayers while also ensuring that California collects its fair share of tax revenues. As one of two Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) to ever have served on the Board, Fiona understands the challenges that businesses and taxpayers face today. As Chair, she has worked tirelessly to uphold the highest level of integrity in government and fought to increase accessibility, accountability, and transparency at the Board of Equalization. Prior to serving on the Board of Equalization, Fiona was elected to the California State Assembly from 2006-2012. She was the first Asian American woman to become Speaker pro Tempore of the State Assembly.

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Fiona Ma
Chair, California State Board of Equalization

Fiona Ma

Fiona Ma is a Certified Public Tax Accountant and currently serves on the California State Board of Equalization, where she works to protect the rights for taxpayers while also ensuring that California collects its fair share of tax revenues. As one of two Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) to ever have served on the Board, Fiona understands the challenges that businesses and taxpayers face today. As Chair, she has worked tirelessly to uphold the highest level of integrity in government and fought to increase accessibility, accountability, and transparency at the Board of Equalization. Prior to serving on the Board of Equalization, Fiona was elected to the California State Assembly from 2006-2012. She was the first Asian American woman to become Speaker pro Tempore of the State Assembly.

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Ford Winslow
Co-Founder and CEO, Ice Cybersecurity

Ford Winslow

With over two decades of professional experience in Information Technology and Business Management, Ford Winslow has been a thought leader in the related fields of cybersecurity, cloud and IT Services since their inception. ICE Cybersecurity, the San Diego-based firm he founded in 2016, specializes in anti-malware, anomaly detection, and advanced cyber protection programs. Over the past two decades, Mr. Winslow has held technology leadership positions in the Cybersecurity, Cloud, Information Technology, Risk Management, Life Sciences, Financial Services, Healthcare, Non-Profit and Retail Industries, where he has consistently delivered value through the latest breakthroughs in technology. Prior to launching ICE Cybersecurity, Mr. Winslow served as Chief Risk Officer of centrexIT, a San Diego-based Cloud and Managed Services Provider. He is the co-author of “Good Informatics Practices,” a best-practices training guide for the Life Sciences and Healthcare industries. In addition to his professional duties, Mr. Winslow serves as an advisor to a number of startups focused on Cybersecurity, Internet of Things (IoT) and Emerging Technologies. He is an advisor and mentor with CyberTECH, a San Diego- based network of tech-inspired startups and early-stage firms. Mr. Winslow is an active member of the local community, supporting social organizations and charities benefiting a variety of worthy causes. His spare time is spent with family, on the golf course, playing music, working on classic cars or cooking. Ford studied Computer Science at University of Maryland, College Park and also Information Systems Management at University of Maryland, University College.

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Garrett Graff
Associate Attorney, Hoban Law Group

Garrett Graff

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Geoff Whaling
Chairman, National Hemp Association

Geoff Whaling

Geoffrey W. Whaling is the President and CEO of AgricNext and CEO of GWW LLC. He is also the Chairman of the National Hemp Association, Founding Board Member of the Coalition for Access Now and Athletes 4 Care. Born in Canada Geoff is the retired Founder, Chief Coordinator and CEO of Current Events, Corporate Planners International, North American Motorsport Events (NAME), Inc. and the GoodSport Management Group of Companies. Whaling’s areas of expertise are wide ranging given the complexity and diversity of his government, business, entrepreneurial and philanthropic work. His strengths include strategic communications, government and public affairs/relations, business-to-business marketing and partnerships, sponsorship sales, large-scale multi-element blockbuster event production, logistical coordination, destination management, protocol, security and hospitality programming, merchandising, fundraising and promotions. A profound sense of “wanting to serve” remains an integral part in his life.

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Giadha Aguirre de Carcer
Founder & CEO, New Frontier Data

Giadha Aguirre de Carcer

Giadha Aguirre de Carcer is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Frontier Financial Group Inc., dba New Frontier Data. She is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in business execution, management and strategic business development with an emphasis on emerging markets. De Carcer has worked in investment banking with JPMorganChase in both Manhattan and London, and served as a senior consultant in the defense, technology, and telecommunication industries for both the commercial and government sectors domestically and abroad. She has successfully launched and operated four data-driven businesses, including disruptive technologies such as the original patent application behind Progressive’s Snapshot and Verizon’s Hum. She is considered an expert in strategic positioning and risk management in emerging high growth markets, along with investment banking, and government and commercial intelligence data collection and analysis. These core skill sets along with dynamic entrepreneurship have defined de Carcer’s career, and drive her vision forward for New Frontier Data. De Carcer and her work have been featured through large media outlets and in documentaries and books including Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, Fox News, CNN Money, “Mary Janes”, “The Marijuana Show”, “The Gold Rush”, and “Breaking the Grass Ceiling”, among others.

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Gretchen Gailey
EVP of Communications and Government Affairs, New Frontier

Gretchen Gailey

Gretchen Gailey has a wide depth of knowledge in building relationships and communications stemming from more than 10 years of experience as a journalist. She has worked in network news, cable news and local news, on and off the camera, as well as in print journalism. She has interviewed heads of state, covered natural disasters, political campaigns, terror trials and told the stories of countless Americans across the country. Most recently Gailey joined the private sector as a Senior Associate for Blueprint Communications where she worked with clients to implement earned media strategies and grass root campaigns across the country on multiple platforms. She used her relationships and familiarity with the media to help clients gain a new level of comfort in dealing with the press. Gailey served as the Communications Director for Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA), the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. As Communications Director, she promoted the Congressman’s legislative priorities and communicated his message to the people of the 9th District of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Capitol Hill, Gailey was a reporter for WHTM Harrisburg covering crime and the Pennsylvania State House. Before returning to her home state of Pennsylvania as a reporter, she worked for several years as a field producer for Fox News Channel in Washington D.C. where she worked on stories ranging from the DC Sniper and Michael Vick scandal to being on the ground in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti after the tragic 7.0 earthquake. She began her career in journalism working for NBC News where she worked as a field producer for their affiliate service, NBC News Channel, as an associate producer for their political team covering the 2004 Presidential Election, and as a “one-man-band” for their affiliate in Hagerstown, MD.

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Heidi Arsenault
Founder and CEO, GrassHopperHub

Heidi Arsenault

Heidi Arsenault is the founder & CEO of GrassHopperHub, a leading b2b business platform connecting buyers and sellers in the legal cannabis industry. A former technology executive with Microsoft and Real Networks, Arsenault was an early investor and entrepreneur in the legal cannabis industry. She is a well-known thought leader and industry speaker on the legal cannabis market, providing insights on how to integrate technology within this burgeoning, non-traditional industry.

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Holly Johnson
Chief Science Officer, American Herbal Products Association

Holly Johnson

Holly E. Johnson Ph.D., is the Chief Science Officer for the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). She previously served for three years as Laboratory Director for Alkemist Labs, an ISO 17025 accredited natural products testing lab specializing in botanical dietary supplements. Dr. Johnson took her Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy at the College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois – Chicago (UIC), under renowned Pharmacognosist and researcher Dr. Norman Farnsworth. Holly was awarded a National Institutes for Health (NIH) Fellowship and trained at the UIC/NIH Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements. She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for EthnoMedicine studying the etiology of neurodegenerative disease and also worked for Waters Corporation conducting technical training and regulatory consulting for pharmaceutical and supplements companies. She is currently a Research Associate with the National Tropical Botanical Garden and serves on AOAC working groups, stakeholders panels, and expert review panels for Foods and Dietary Supplements. She is a member of the United States Pharmacopeia’s (USP) Medical Cannabis Expert Panel, the Editorial Board of the Journal of AOAC International, and she serves on the Advisory Boards of the American Botanical Council and the American Herbal Pharmacoepia. Holly has over 20 years of experience working with natural products & botanicals and spent many happy years conducting research on medicinal plants and giving courses at the University of Hawaii.

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Howard Lee
Founder and CEO, Tarukino

Howard Lee

CEO and Founder of several venture-backed companies Several companies – Inc’s Fastest 500 growing companies list One company recently sold with a significant return to investors Raised, Angel, Seed, Series A to D rounds as well as PE rounds for multiple companies Knows how to build IP with patents, having 2 issued patents personally and 100’s issued to one company

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Ian Stewart
Partner, Wilson Elser

Ian Stewart

Ian Stewart has defended complex litigation in state and federal courts for more than 20 years with a focus on product liability, complex general casualty, cannabis law, transportation and marine claims, data privacy and security, and intellectual property litigation. Ian is co-chair of the firm’s Cannabis Law practice and a member of the Information Governance Leadership Committee. Ian is committed to client communication and cost-effective litigation management. He is a proponent of efficient claim resolution and Legal Project Management. Ian goes out of his way to ensure that he understands his clients’ business and goals so that an agreed strategy can be identified and implemented at the outset of any litigated matter.

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Jake Didion
Sales Engineer, Apeks Supercritical

Jake Didion

Jake Didion is a sales engineer at Apeks Supercritical, an Ohio-based manufacturer of fully automated subcritical and supercritical CO2 botanical oil extraction systems. Apeks has designed and manufactured botanical oil extraction equipment since 2001 and has more than 500 CO2 extraction systems installed in cannabis facilities worldwide. Jake has been with the company for three years, having first worked in the service department before moving into the sales role. Jake has lived in Ohio for all his tender 22 years and his sister and father also work at Apeks!

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James Kennedy
Founder, Apothecanna

James Kennedy

James Kennedy, Apothecanna founder, brought 12 years of beauty industry experience to the brand he created in 2009. His knowledge of product and packaging design was honed at several leading beauty companies including Aveda, Johnson & Johnson, and Limited Brands. Fascinated by the emerging cannabis industry, Kennedy relocated to Colorado to combine his interests in beauty and plant medicine, creating the first cannabis topicals brand in the industry, Apothecanna. Kennedy, utilized his knowledge of essential oils, from having worked directly for Aveda’s founder Horst Rechelbacher in designing an organic beauty line, and his passion for the power of cannabis. Apothecanna was launched in 2009 and is the leading topicals line in the cannabis industry today. Kennedy graduated from University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art & Design (DAAP), and has been a pioneering voice in the cannabis industry since 2009.

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Jamie Schau
Senior Analyst, Brightfield Group

Jamie Schau

Jamie Schau is a Senior Analyst with Brightfield Group – strategic market research and predictive analytics firm focused on the cannabis industry. Jamie has carried out extensive research on all sides of the cannabis and hemp industries, including market sizing, competitive analysis, and consumer research both in the United States and abroad. Prior to joining Brightfield Group in early 2015, she worked with InnovacionAL Consulting as Director of Research, conducting and managing statistical and qualitative analyses supporting international development and investment projects in Latin America. Jamie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from the University of California San Diego (UCSD), as well as a Master’s Degree from UCSD’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, focusing on Quantitative Analysis.

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Jared Mirsky
Founder and CEO, Wick & Mortar

Jared Mirsky

Since 2009 Jared Mirsky and his award-winning cannabis-focused branding agency, Wick & Mortar have been featured in over 15 magazines including Entrepreneur Media, Forbes, Huffington Post, CNN Money, Geekwire, The Dieline, High Times, Dope Magazine, NW Leaf Magazine, Leafly, Cashinbis, Top 40 under 40 in Marijuana Venture Magazine, and most recently the Dope Magazine Industry Award Winners for “Best Cannabis Design Firm,” two years in a row.

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Jared Odrick
Former NFL Defensive Lineman and Cannabis Investor

Jared Odrick

Jared Odrick, former NFL defensive lineman and cannabis investor, is a proponent of smoking marijuana for personal development and overall health. Jared encourages all who may be curious about marijuana to experiment on their own behalves and form their own relationships with flower.

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Jason Stier
Director of Marketing, EZTrim

Jason Stier

I have a degree in economics and have worked in a lot of different corners of the industry including edibles, dispensary management, consulting, and ancillary products. I am currently the Director of Marketing for EZTRIM, we manufacture harvesting equipment for marijuana.

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Jay Purcell
Senior Associate, Clark Neubert LLP

Jay Purcell

Jay Purcell is a corporate and securities lawyer who graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2011. His practice focuses on negotiating and drafting partnership, financing and merger/acquisition agreements for cannabis businesses. In a rapidly-changing legal environment, Jay’s goal is providing the most accurate and actionable advice to cannabis companies and their investors. At Clark Neubert LLP, Jay represents high-growth cultivators, manufactures, distributors and dispensaries throughout California, and the investors who back them. Counseling all types of California corporations, he regularly advises collectives/cooperatives and non-profit mutual/public benefit corporations on conversions and acquisition strategies. Prior to cannabis, Jay worked as a corporate attorney for tech companies. Beginning at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, he was trained to represent growth-companies from “idea to exit,” concentrating on financial transactions, employment incentives, commercial agreements and mergers/acquisitions. Representative clients included Google Ventures, Founders Fund, DIA Styling, FireEye, Curse, SurfAir and companies that were sold to Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. While at Berkeley, Jay won a fellowship from the Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases, helped organize a global IP collaboration for access to essential medicines, externed at Berkeley’s Office of Intellectual Property & Industrial Research Alliances and won an American Jurisprudence Prize. He’s a member of the board of directors of the Berkeley Law Alumni Association. Jay graduated with honors from Cornell University.

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Jeff Lowenfels
Jeff Lowenfels

Jeff Lowenfels

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Jeffrey Rosen
President, Tailored Benefits, Inc.

Jeffrey Rosen

Jeffrey has lived in SF for over 33 years. He is on both the NCIA and CCIA insurance sub-committees as well as a panelist at the Aug 11th at the CalCPA Society one day Cannabis Conference. Tailored Benefits provides cannabis insurance solutions to companies throughout the U.S. Tailored Benefits has evolved over the past several decades to play an integral part in the cannabis industry. We have had cannabis clients for over eleven (11) years, including dispensaries, manufacturers, distributors, extractors and growers, among others. Jeffrey Rosen previously practiced law for ten (10) years in San Francisco, Silicon Valley & Taipei, Taiwan. He has run an employee benefits company for almost two decades. The combined brings much to the table for cannabis clients. Tailored Benefits offers a full suite of insurance coverages and protection policies for those in the cannabis space. The services include, but are not limited to, Employee Benefits, Property Casualty, Workers Comp, Product and Management Liability insurance, E &O, D&O, EPLI, OSHA compliance, as well as Payroll and POS solutions.

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Jenna Butterfield
National Sales Manager, Organa Brands

Jenna Butterfield

As National Sales Manager, Jenna is responsible for overseeing the licensee network which includes eleven states, Canada and Jamaica. Organa Brands, formerly O.PenVAPE, has a goal of creating consistent products, wherever sold. With multiple brands being represented under the Organa Brands umbrella, the company has no plans to slow down, making scaling up crucial to success. Jenna’s prior sales experience in coffee has exposed a wealth of similarities between the industries and how consumers purchase products.

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Jeremy Riggle
Chief Scientist, Mary's Medicinals

Jeremy Riggle

Dr. Jeremy Riggle received his Ph.D. from the University of Idaho. After working in an atmospheric chemistry lab in Reno, NV and a toxicology lab at Oregon State University, he then accepted a teaching position at Eastern Oregon University. Shortly after arriving at EOU, Dr. Riggle cofounded EOA, a cannabis quality control and research laboratory, where he focused on the analytics of cannabis. He is currently the Chief Scientist for Mary’s Medicinals, a cannabis company based out of Denver, CO.

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Jesse McConnell
CEO and Director, Rubicon Organics

Jesse McConnell

With over 20 years in the cannabis industry already, Jesse founded one of the first federally-licensed marijuana growing facilities in Canada. His expertise were instrument in developing medical marijuana facilities in Ontario, Washington, California, Massachusetts, Maryland, Arizona and Illinois. Jesse’s industry experience also includes the development of proprietary, innovative growth techniques to produce high-quality organic cannabis crops.

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Jim Hunt
Attorney, Harris Bricken

Jim Hunt

Jim has spent his legal career advising individuals, non-profit organizations, closely-held businesses, and Fortune 100 companies on tax law, including U.S. federal, and multi-state tax controversies. Located in Harris Bricken’s Seattle office, Jim currently represents a wide variety of clients in the cannabis industry, including ancillary businesses. His nuanced knowledge of the unique federal and state taxation challenges faced by this industry makes him a formidable legal partner to cannabis businesses. Jim frequently writes for Harris Bricken’s Canna Law Blog, and he also regularly speaks on local, state, and federal tax issues, especially those related to the ever-changing cannabis industry and the regulations governing it. He is a former chair of the CLE (Continuing Legal Education) Committee of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) and he recently served two terms (2014-2016) as Chair of the State and Local Tax Committee of the WSBA.

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John Downs
Director of Business Development, The Arcview Group

John Downs

John R. Downs is Director of Business Development for The Arcview Group, the first investor network focused exclusively on the cannabis industry, and leading provider of cannabis market research. There he focuses on corporate strategy, developing Arcview’s financial services and asset management businesses, and outreach and consulting to entrepreneurs and investors. During his nearly 20 years in finance and entrepreneurship, he has experienced the telecom, dotcom, housing, and commodity bubbles, giving him a unique perspective on markets and investing. Prior to joining the cannabis industry in 2015, John was a Registered Investment Advisor for boutique wealth management firm, Euro Pacific Capital, where he advised on over $130M for high net worth clients and participated in dozens of corporate finance transactions for small-cap high-growth companies. In 2006, he founded and operated a multi-state wholesale mortgage lender, funding over $300M in loans in 18 months of operation. A passion for non-market correlated assets led to his structuring an independent film fund focused on senior secured debt (tax credits), which resulted in his consulting on the acquisition and restructuring of a leading entertainment market research firm in 2014. In January 2015, he became the first employee and Managing Director of Marijuana International Company (MJIC), where he co-developed the company’s corporate strategy and business plan, raised capital for operations and investments, and participated in MJIC’s investment committee. In May 2016 John co-founded a bay area contract manufacturer of cannabis-infused products and has developed and launched several cannabis-infused product brands to market.

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John Kagia
Chief Knowledge Officer, New Frontier Data

John Kagia

John applies his keen understanding of market research, business strategy, and industry analysis to help high-performing organizations achieve their strategic objectives. Leveraging his experience managing research studies for industry-leading clients including Microsoft, George Washington University, and the State Department, Kagia brings an incisive understanding of how market insights enable organizations to plan, grow, compete, and measure performance more effectively.

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John MacKay
Founder, Synergistic Technologies & Associates

John MacKay

John A. MacKay earned a B.A. in Chemistry from St. Lawrence University (SLU), and Ph.D. from the University of Vermont (UVM), in Inorganic Chemistry focused on the synthesis of cancer fighting compounds. After positions teaching at Davidson College, Lyndon State College and University of Vermont (UVM), John joined Waters Corporation in 1983 and retired in 2017. His career has included many roles in innovative product development. While recently he is widely recognized as scientific expert in sub and supercritical fluid for extraction and chromatography in the botanical space, he is bringing the synergy from what were seen as disparate technologies together to optimize workflow.

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Jon Cooper
Founder and CEO, ebbu

Jon Cooper

Jon is the founder and CEO of ebbu, LLC, a leading cannabinoid research firm based in Colorado. Jon has over 20 years of entrepreneurship, business strategy, planning, product management and marketing experience. He has started a number of companies in different industries and worked with dozens of others to help develop plans and presentations for investment from both angels and venture companies. Prior to ebbu, Jon served in various leadership roles in technology, communication, consulting and media companies. Most recently, Jon was the principal consultant with Cayenne Consulting. He worked with a few dozen start-ups to help them refine their business strategy and plans and also helped guide them with their financing strategies. Jon was the co-founder of Aventura, a context-aware computing company that has created 26 new advanced computing patents. Jon has served as President, VP of Strategy, VP of Marketing, and VP of Product during his tenure at Aventura. Before Aventura, Jon co-founded SkyWay Systems, an “On-Star”-like solution for Ford Motor Company, where Jon was VP of Marketing and Product. At both firms, Jon led and participated in both angel and venture financing that resulted in raising $15M+ at each firm. Jon also has worked on the global strategy team of Level3 Communications and was a consultant at Accenture. Jon earned his BA from the University of Colorado.

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Jon Vaught
Founder and CEO, Front Range Biosciences

Jon Vaught

Through his expertise in organic synthesis, biochemistry, assay development, proteomics, and analytical chemistry, Dr. Jonathan Vaught, Founder, and CEO of Front Range Biosciences, brings widely used agriculture and biotech methods to cannabis cultivation through tissue culture cloning. Prior to founding Front Range Biosciences, Dr. Vaught served as the Director of Assay Development for Velocity Sciences, and Senior Scientist for Beacon Biotechnology and SomaLogic.

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Joseph Ciccolo
Founder and President, BitAML

Joseph Ciccolo

Joe is the Founder & President of BitAML, a compliance advisory firm exclusively serving the bitcoin and cryptocurrency market. BitAML clients include bitcoin ATM operators, cryptocurrency exchanges, traders and trading platforms, crypto hedge funds, lending platforms, and crypto-cannabis solutions. He is a frequent guest speaker at both bitcoin and compliance industry events, and regularly consults with federal, state, and local policymakers and law enforcement, as well as traditional retail and investment bankers on both cryptocurrencies and customer onboarding. Joe enjoys volunteering his time with the non-profit, student-led Blockchain Education Network, and collaborating on various crypto- and derisking-related research projects with his alma mater, Northeastern University. Prior to launching BitAML, Joe was a founding member and architect of the anti-money laundering (AML) compliance program of a top 100 U.S.-based online financial institution. He also served as a project manager for a top 20 global bank, where he led several regulatory and AML audit remediation projects. Before entering the field of AML, Joe held leadership positions within various risk management disciplines, including vendor due diligence, fraud prevention, and corporate investigations. Joe is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Anti-Money Laundering Certified Associate (AMLCA). He is a graduate of Northeastern University, College of Criminal Justice in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Josh Lawler
Partner, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca, LLP

Josh Lawler

Josh Lawler’s practice focuses on mergers & acquisitions, securities law, and technology transactions. Mr. Lawler’s M&A clients include private equity groups, public and private companies, fundless sponsors, family offices and sellers of large assets. Many of Mr. Lawler’s clients are domiciled outside of the United States and require expertise in execution of international transactions. Mr. Lawler also leads the Firm’s New Technology Group with a particular emphasis on Blockchain (distributed ledger), artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, virtual/augmented reality, internet of things, cybersecurity, and related technologies. In this capacity, Mr. Lawler counsels clients in respect securities and regulatory matters, including in respect of ICO/TGE projects; as well as development, licensing, commercial use, acquisition, and disposition of all manner of intellectual property. Mr. Lawler is a dedicated futurist and brings enthusiasm and excitement to cutting edge projects. In addition to legal counsel, Mr. Lawler provides clients with extreme problem-solving skills and practical business advice. Many of Mr. Lawler’s clients rely on him as outside general counsel. Prior to joining Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP, Mr. Lawler practiced as a corporate securities and M&A attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

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Joshua Sanderlin
Partner, Cogent Law Group

Joshua Sanderlin

Joshua is a lawyer and government affairs professional with 15 years of experience. He worked within both state and federal government and has extensive experience advocating for clients before all three branches of the federal government. Throughout his career, Joshua represented myriad clients including Fortune 100 companies, major U.S. municipalities, and foreign governments. Joshua brings his extensive experience to his position as head of the firm’s Cannabis Practice. He works with companies in Washington, D.C. and Maryland to ensure compliance with an every-changing landscape of state laws. He also works closely with startup cannabis companies to help guide them through the complex regulatory and legal requirements that often hinder small businesses. As a government affairs professional, Joshua strategically engages Capitol Hill on behalf of cannabis clients. Joshua has a track record of engaging both sides of the aisle to find common ground in a time of ever-increasing partisan politics.

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Justin McNaughton
Senior Counsel, Greenspoon Marder

Justin McNaughton

Justin McNaughton is a member of the Intellectual Property practice group at Greenspoon Marder. As a registered patent attorney he assists clients in protecting their inventions, software, and investments. As a trademark attorney, he assists clients in protecting the hard earned goodwill their brands represent. Patents he has assisted with include an “ergonomic electronic instrument with pseudo strings,” a “device with dilated oxidation zone for gasification of feedstock,” a “method for cleaning producer gas using a microwave induced plasma cleaning device,” a “self-cleaning pre-filter for a water circulation pump,” and a “water shelter or shed to protect a worker from heat, smoke, fire and chemicals.” Mr. McNaughton’s practice focuses in the following areas: patent prosecution and protection, trademark, and copyright law; internet and website law; commercial contracts and technology licensing; biotechnology and life sciences; and entrepreneurs and startups. He also negotiates technology, software, trademark and patent licenses, technology transfer agreements, product research and development agreements, and intellectual property acquisition agreements, website terms and conditions, privacy policies, and purchasing agreements. He enjoys assisting startups and entrepreneurs in forming their companies, implementing intellectual property assignments, operating agreements, buy-sell agreements, and shared services agreements, and providing general corporate advice. Mr. McNaughton was the President of the Young Lawyers Division of the Nashville Bar Association in 2016, where he assisted fundraising and organizing events such as Race Judicata, Arts Immersion, Carbolic Smoke Ball, Brews for Backpacks, and Craft Beers for Costumes.

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Karen O’Keefe
Director of State Policies, Marijuana Policy Project

Karen O’Keefe

As the director of state policies at the Marijuana Policy Project, Karen manages grassroots and direct lobbying efforts in state legislatures for the largest nonprofit that is focused solely on marijuana policy reform. Working closely with local advocates and lawmakers, her team has led the successful advocacy campaigns to enact seven medical marijuana laws, six decriminalization measures, and a legalization law through state legislatures. Karen’s department is spearheading coalitions that are advocating to regulate marijuana like alcohol in six state legislatures. Karen earned her J.D. from Loyola School of Law, New Orleans. She is admitted to the Bar in the District of Columbia and lives in West Hollywood, California.

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Karson Humiston
Founder, Vangst

Karson Humiston

Millennial Entrepreneur, Karson Humiston, is the Founder and CEO of the largest careers platform in the cannabis industry, Vangst. At the age of 22, after struggling to find information on careers in the cannabis industry, Karson saw an opportunity to build a company that helps people secure careers in the rapidly emerging industry. Karson, now age 25, has led the Vangst team to help connect over 5,000 people with jobs ranging from entry to the executive in the cannabis industry. Karson was featured on the Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2017.

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Kary Radestock
Founder

Kary Radestock

Kary Radestock brings over 20 years of award-winning print and packaging expertise, and has worked with some of the top brands in the world. She launched Hippo Premium Packaging in order to fill a need for professional, compliant packaging, branding, marketing, public relations, graphic and web design, and social media expertise in the emerging cannabis industry. A true visionary, Kary helps her clients increase market share and navigate to a more successful future. Whether it’s full brand development or a simple new compliant packaging design, Kary approaches each project with passion, professionalism, and pride.

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Ken Ramirez
Co-Founder and CEO, Alt Thirty Six

Ken Ramirez

Cofounder and CEO of Alt Thirty Six, Ken Ramirez, has leveraged his knowledge of innovation and transformative enterprise growth to become a visionary leader in the future of digital payments. Ken in the final stages of completing his Doctorate in Business Administration with his research focused on payment acceptance strategies and identifying relative organizational and market inefficiencies. His goal is to be well positioned upon publication to incorporate his research findings into a product strategy that will have far-reaching implications for the future of the payments industry as a whole.

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Kevin Fortin
Counsel, Hoban Law Group

Kevin Fortin

Kevin H. Fortin is Counsel to Hoban Law Group. He is a Patent Attorney licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. His practice is limited exclusively to patent matters before the USPTO. He has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University and a JD from the University of San Diego School of Law. He is a member of the California State Bar. He has been involved in the Colorado Cannabis industry since 2008 after spending 13 years practicing law in Silicon Valley. Mr. Fortin has been involved in numerous contract negotiations and patent licensing deals. He has closed licensing deals worldwide. He has served in various capacities during nearly 25 years as a patent attorney, including senior associate in one of the largest patent law firms in the U.S., as senior licensing counsel in a multinational corporation, and owner of his private firm. Mr. Fortin has an avid interest in sustainable agriculture, nutrition, health, and organic food.

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Khurshid Khoja
Founder, Greenbridge Corporate Counsel

Khurshid Khoja

Khurshid Khoja is Founder of Greenbridge Corporate Counsel, a minority-owned and woman-managed business law firm founded in 2012, representing clientele in California, Washington, and Hawaii from across numerous sectors in the legal cannabis industry, on regulatory, start‐up, corporate, intellectual property, finance, and other commercial and transactional matters. Khurshid is a business lawyer with over a dozen years of experience in transactional matters, including advising clients and employers on: state and federal banking, corporate, finance and securities laws in multiple highly-regulated industries (including cannabis, insurance, and energy); antitrust, unfair competition and trade association laws; intellectual property; commercial contracts; government relations; and regulatory compliance.

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Kim Geraghty
CEO, Madame Munchie

Kim Geraghty

Kim Geraghty started her career in finance. After obtaining a Masters in Finance from France’s leading international business school (Sciences Po, Paris), she went on to work in Asset Management at Lazard (Paris), Investment Banking at Credit Suisse (New York), and Venture Capital at Next World Capital (San Francisco). She then founded Madame Munchie, which has established itself as California’s leading premium edible brand, winning multiple awards and recognition in national and international news outlets. Kim herself has been recognized as a successful cannabis entrepreneur and industry leader, speaking at numerous conferences, being widely quoted, and consulting for leading cannabis entrepreneurs and investors.

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Kyle Porter
President, CMW Media

Kyle Porter

With a passion for business and marketing, Kyle Porter got his first taste of success while in college working as the Advertising Director for the school newspaper. Upon graduation with a marketing degree, Kyle began his agency career at a small start-up agency as a Marketing Assistant. With a “knack for numbers”, Kyle eventually took over accounting, HR, and logistics as well as continued to grow his marketing responsibilities within the company. After transitioning to a larger agency in Scottsdale, Kyle began his management track as the Director of Operations for Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations managing a team of over 25 staff across three departments. Using the sales skills he had acquired in his time in advertising, Kyle eventually took on a business development role landing the largest contract the agency had ever been awarded that resulted in new revenues in excess of $2million. Realizing that building agencies had become his career path, Kyle transitioned to CMW Media with the hopes to grow the agency to become a worldwide leader in PR and marketing for the Cannabis industry.

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Lewis Goldberg
Managing Partner, KCSA Strategic Communications

Lewis Goldberg

Lewis is a Managing Partner at KCSA Strategic Communications, an independent public and investor relations agency. Lewis developed a campaign mentality working in national, state and local politics for U.S. President Bill Clinton, U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli and then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. He designs programs with a specific business objective in mind, a targeted timeframe, attention to maximizing limited resources and a measurable ROI.

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Lori Ajax
Chief, Bureau of Cannabis Control, State of California

Lori Ajax

In February 2016, Governor Brown appointed Chief Ajax as the first Chief of the newly formed Bureau of Cannabis Control. Prior to her appointment, Chief Ajax served as Chief Deputy Director at the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control where she spent 22 years working her way up the ranks, starting at the investigator trainee level. Ajax spent ten years in private industry prior to her state government career. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento.

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Lori Glauser
COO, Evio Labs

Lori Glauser

Co-Founder and COO of EVIO, Inc. Ms. Glauser is responsible for the strategic growth and day to day operations of EVIO Labs. EVIO Labs grew from a startup advisory firm in 2014 to 11 labs during the first three years of operation and are on track to open 18 labs by the end of 2018. Lori also leads the Advisory Services division which has provided services for dozens of startup companies that are now licensed to operate in the cannabis industry.

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Maeve Rothman
Staff Attorney, BIC Corporation

Maeve Rothman

Maeve Rothman is a Staff Attorney for BIC Corporation in Shelton, Connecticut. She joined BIC six years ago and is responsible for commercial contracts, marketing, advertising, and advising on day-to-day compliance and regulatory issues — including U.S. and Canadian cannabis regulatory issues. Before joining BIC, Mrs. Rothman worked in publishing and in private practice. She earned her JD from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and her BA from Syracuse University. Mrs. Rothman has taught and presented on numerous legal issues.

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Mara Gordon
Founder, Aunt Zelda's

Mara Gordon

Mara Gordon specializes in the development of cannabis treatment protocols for seriously ill patients in California. She is the co-founder of Aunt Zelda’s, The Oil Plant, Calla Spring Wellness, and Zelda Therapeutics. Mara has presented at numerous medical conferences around the globe. Aunt Zelda’s is a pioneering, data-driven developer of cannabis-based plant medicines. Their products are the result of years of research and development in consultation with knowledgeable physicians and world-renowned researchers. Utilizing time-proven extraction methodologies improved with modern technology, Aunt Zelda’s offers organic medicines of precisely measured potency and purity that empower patients to dose to the milligram and unlock the therapeutic potential of cannabis. Zelda Therapeutics brings together some of the world’s leading researchers and clinicians active in the study and use of medicinal cannabis to treat a variety of ailments. Presently, Zelda is engaged in pre-clinical research in multiple forms of cancer, and clinical research in insomnia, eczema, epilepsy, and more. Prior to Aunt Zelda’s, Mara worked as a process engineer, helping Fortune 500 companies create intelligent software utilizing the Rational Unified Process. This experience has enabled her to take a detailed and scientific approach to medical cannabis. Her expertise is now utilized through board positions with CannPal, Fundacion Daya, National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB) SGB, Patients Out of Time, and Gabriella’s Kitchen.

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Marco Hegyi
CEO, Growlife

Marco Hegyi

Marco leads GrowLife, Inc. bringing extensive technology experience and a history of growing operations. He has performed several executive roles including President & CEO of private and public companies. GrowLife, Inc. is a nationally recognized cultivation brand, providing world-class hydroponic equipment, lighting, nutrients, media, and other cultivation supplies to commercial and urban operations.

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Marion Mariathasan
Co-Founder and CEO, Simplifya

Marion Mariathasan

Marion is a serial entrepreneur that has founded, invested in, or been an advisor to over a dozen start-ups. He is a regular guest speaker at events such as Denver Start-up Week, CU Denver’s program on social entrepreneurship, and the United Nations Global Accelerator Initiative. Marion studied Architecture and Computer Science at the University of Kansas and Computer Information Systems with a minor in Business Management at Emporia State University. He enjoys time with his family, cooking spicy Sri Lankan cuisine, traveling, and connecting with people.

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Martin Tindall
CEO, Phoenix Life Sciences

Martin Tindall

Tindall has an extensive career in large-scale organizational change. His career focus has been on the integration of technology with international trade and finance. Initially trained in accounting and commercial and company law, he has held various roles including Chief Information Officer at Bartercard, Executive Director of Kronos International Investments and particularly enjoyed environmental projects that deliver sustainability. Since entering the cannabis industry, Martin has spent nearly a decade researching the effects of cannabis on a number of medical conditions and has worked with a team of expert formulators to create marijuana-derived pharmaceutical drugs to treat diabetes and cervical cancer. He has served on many international advisory boards including his current position as a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Cannabis Chamber of Commerce.

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Mathew Auric
Of Counsel Attorney, Hoban Law Group

Mathew Auric

Mathew has experience with scores of businesses ranging from fledgling startups to companies with tens of millions of dollars in revenue. His areas of expertise include negotiations, contract creation, dispute resolution, liability management, and buying and selling businesses. He prides himself in offering tangible solutions rather than legal lip service.

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Matt Mayberry
Co-Founder and CEO, Trym

Matt Mayberry

Matt Mayberry is the CEO and co-founder of Trym, cultivation management software that helps cannabis cultivators run more efficient and profitable businesses. Prior to founding Trym, he was Director of Product Management at SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR), a leading U.S. solar manufacturer. Throughout his career, Matt has repeatedly conceptualized, designed, and launched market disrupting products that have set world records and exceeded $700M in sales. Matt earned his B.S. degree in computer science from Oregon State University and has focused his career on his passion for technology, sustainability, and cannabis.

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Maya Elisabeth
Owner of Om Edibles, CEO of Whoopi and Maya

Maya Elisabeth

Maya has been making edibles and topicals for more than 15 years. She considers cannabis a super food and healing herb and believes when cannabis is combined with other super foods and healing herbs a superior medicine is made. She specializes in making high-quality cannabis products with a focus and passion for women and women’s health.

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Megan Rideout
COO, Knalysis

Megan Rideout

Megan’s career has always combined a passion for building deep relationships and the desire to find the right solution for a client through technology. She started this thread in hardware and network solution sales with Metafore, working with such clients as General Motors, Deloitte and Touche and Merrill Lynch. Megan shifted her focus to the analysis and application of data as well as interactive technologies when she became a founding member of the Expedia Corporate Travel team in Canada (now Egencia). Overseeing the Canadian account management team, Megan helped clients understand how to leverage Expedia’s powerful technology to create and reinforce travel policies, driving significant savings to the bottom line. After launching key accounts such as Starbucks and Scotiabank on the Expedia platform, Megan continued her exploration of driving behavior with data when she stepped into the role of Account Director at Bond Brand Loyalty (formerly Maritz Canada). Managing the P&L for Scotiabank’s B2B and credit card loyalty programs and ultimately the operation of the SCENE LP business for Bond, Megan gained a deep knowledge of customer loyalty and engagement technology to increase the value exchange between program members and the brand. Megan’s latest endeavors have brought her back into the start-up realm, as a founder of incentriq, a travel technology company enabling agencies and loyalty programs to book and redeem for travel online. Key clients have included Suncor, the Canadian Automobile Association of South Central Ontario and Scotiabank. She is now applying her expertise in tech and data analysis as the COO of Knalysis Technologies, an innovator in the Canadian cannabis space.

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Michael Bush
Partner, National Cannabis Insurance Services (NCIS)

Michael Bush

Mike Bush is a Partner at National Cannabis Insurance Services (NCIS). NCIS follows a thorough process to understand the unique needs of cannabis operators and provides insurance programs that are customized to their needs. The NCIS culture is focused on providing friendly, responsible, and knowledgeable customer service to its cannabis partners. Mike completed his undergraduate studies at Denison University and earned his MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

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Michael Cindrich
Principal, Law Offices of Michael E. Cindrich

Michael Cindrich

Michael E. Cindrich is best known for being a fierce litigator and one of the top cannabis attorneys in California. He has had dozens of cases dismissed by prosecutors and judges, and has won “Not Guilty” verdicts on several high profile cases. In one year he had three felony cases dismissed during the pretrial phase based on successfully establishing illegal search and seizures by law enforcement. In 2016, Michael Cindrich won three “Not Guilty” verdicts on felony cases with less than fifteen minutes of jury deliberations. On the business side, Mr. Cindrich has advised thousands of entrepreneurs in numerous aspects of business law and regulatory compliance in the cannabis industry. For more information on Mr. Cindrich’s cannabis-related work, click here. Prior to working in private practice, Michael Cindrich was a Prosecutor for the San Diego District Attorney’s Office where he was lead counsel on dozens of misdemeanor and felony cases. During that time, Mr. Cindrich successfully litigated and negotiated cases ranging from Gang Injunctions and DUIs to more serious charges such as Robbery, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Burglary and Kidnapping. Having gained valuable trial experience and extensive knowledge of the San Diego Courts, Mr. Cindrich decided to pursue his true passion of becoming a criminal defense attorney. In private practice, Mr. Cindrich continues to be respected by prosecutors and judges for his zealous yet professional demeanor. While attending law school in San Diego, Mr. Cindrich performed Pro Bono Work for the California Innocence Project, an organization investigating inmate claims of wrongful conviction. Because of Mr. Cindrich’s time and effort dedicated to the Project, he was awarded the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal services by the State Bar of California. Mr. Cindrich continues to be involved in the community by giving presentations regarding current DUI and drug laws.

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Michael Elkin
Director of Strategic Sales, Cannabis Compliance Inc.

Michael Elkin

Michael has had a successful career in security systems design and consulting in the MMPR/ACMPR market. He is now acting vice president of one of Canada’s most reputable consulting firms Cannabis Compliance Inc. He oversees the security aspects of all CCI cannabis projects. Since the cannabis regulations were published in 2013, he has worked with over 50 applicant producers and licensed producers, providing full security designs and technical proposals. He has designed massive systems such as Tweed,7 Acres and Delshen Therapeutics to name a few. As well as providing security designs for dispensaries across North America. Prior to joining CCI full time, Michael ran the medical marijuana divisions for two of the largest security firms in Canada. Michael is based out of Montreal, Quebec, and is bilingual in French and English.

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Michael Ray
CEO, Bloom Farms

Michael Ray

Michael Ray is a cannabis advocate, lobbyist for social change, and entrepreneur with a passion for technology and design. As the Executive Director at Bloom Farms, Michael oversees the day-to-day operations. Bloom Farms’ first priority is to make consistently high-quality cannabis products that are available for medical cannabis patients throughout California. Michael also oversees Bloom Farms’ 1-for-1 program: with every product purchased, Bloom Farms donates one meal to a food-insecure family in California. Bloom Farms has donated over 250,000 meals to food banks throughout California in 2016 Michael has a passion for community, and since becoming a cannabis entrepreneur, he has worked with industry leaders, regulators and community leaders to legalize, regulate and legitimize California’s medical cannabis industry.

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Mike Bush
Partner, National Cannabis Insurance Services (NCIS)

Mike Bush

Mike Bush is a Partner at National Cannabis Insurance Services (NCIS). NCIS follows a thorough process to understand the unique needs of cannabis operators and provides insurance programs that are customized to their needs. The NCIS culture is focused on providing friendly, responsible, and knowledgeable customer service to its cannabis partners. Mike completed his undergraduate studies at Denison University and earned his MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

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Mistress Matisse
Founder, Velvet Swing

Mistress Matisse

Mistress Matisse has been speaking and writing to entertain and educate people about sexuality for over twenty years. She is the founder and owner of Velvet Swing, a revolutionary water-based cannabis sensual lubricant. She is also a professional dominatrix in Seattle.

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Mitch Baruchowitz
Managing Partner, Merida Capital Partners

Mitch Baruchowitz

Mitchell Baruchowitz is the Managing Partner of Merida Capital Partners, a private equity fund focused on investments in infrastructure, data, and technology in the cannabis space. Mitchell sits on the board of New Frontier, and is a co-founder of Connecticut based cultivator, Theraplant, and is a Board Member of Minnesota cultivator, Leafline Labs, which he also co-founded. He also is a partner in a Nevada cultivator and has a pending application in Maryland.

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Mowgli Holmes
CEO, Phylos

Mowgli Holmes

Mowgli Holmes is a molecular and evolutionary biologist. He has a PhD from Columbia University, where he was a National Research Service Award Fellow. He is a founding board member of the Cannabis Safety Institute and the Open Cannabis Project, and is Chair of the Oregon State Cannabis Research Task Force.

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Mr. Derek Peterson
CEO, Terra Tech Corp.

Mr. Derek Peterson

Derek Peterson is the CEO of Terra Tech Corp. He began his career in finance with Crowell, Weedon & Co, the largest independent broker- dealer on the West Coast. Derek is a CFP® Professional and holds his Series 7, General Securities Sales Supervisor Series 9 and 10, National Commodity Futures Series 3, Series 65 and California Insurance License.

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Mr. Jeffrey Rosen
President, Tailored Benefits, Inc.

Mr. Jeffrey Rosen

Jeffrey has lived in SF for over 33 years. He is on both the NCIA and CCIA insurance sub-comittees as well as a panelist at the Aug 11th at the CalCPA Society one day Cannabis Conference. Tailored Benefits provides cannabis insurance solutions to companies throughout the U.S. Tailored Benefits has evolved over the past several decades to play an integral part in the cannabis industry. We have had cannabis clients for over eleven (11) years, including dispensaries, manufacturers, distributors, extractors and growers, among others. Jeffrey Rosen previously practiced law for ten (10) years in San Francisco, Silicon Valley & Taipei, Taiwan. He has run an employee benefits company for almost two decades. The combined brings much to the table for cannabis clients. Tailored Benefits offers a full suite of insurance coverages and protection policies for those in the cannabis space. The services include, but are not limited to, Employee Benefits, Property Casualty, Workers Comp, Product and Management Liability insurance, E &O, D&O, EPLI, OSHA compliance, as well as Payroll and POS solutions.

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Mr. Kris Krane
President, 4Front Ventures

Mr. Kris Krane

Kris Krane serves as President of 4Front Ventures, one of the nation’s oldest and largest cannabis business consulting and operations firms. Prior to forming 4Front, Kris served as Director of Client Services for CannBe, where he helped develop many of the best practices that have become the backbone of 4Front Advisors’ operations. Kris served as associate director of the NORML from 2000-2005 and executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy from 2006-2009, and is currently a member of the board of directors of the National Cannabis Industry Association and Marijuana Majority, and a member of the Board of Trustees of SSDP.

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Mr. Nick Kovacevich
CEO, Kush Bottles

Mr. Nick Kovacevich

In his role as CEO for Kush Bottles, Nick directs all business relations and financial strategy for the company. Nick also oversees the organization’s senior management team. Nick has been integral in making critical strategic, growth, and financial decisions since the company’s inception. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science from Southwest Baptist University where he studied Sports Management and earned Academic All-American honors.

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Ms Jaime Lewis
VP of Operations for iAnthus, CEO of Mayflower Medicinals, Founder and CEO of Mountain Medicine, Mayflower Medicinials

Ms Jaime Lewis

Jaime Lewis has over a decade of experience leading medical marijuana dispensary operations and managing the production of medical marijuana-infused products. Prior to joining iAnthus’ Massachusetts affiliate, Mayflower Medicinals, Jaime was the Chief Operating Officer of a large Colorado medical dispensary operation, where she was responsible for operations, strategic planning, business development, governmental affairs and community relations. She is the founder of Mountain Medicine, an infused cannabis product manufacturer and distributor to Colorado dispensaries. Jaime is a founding member and former chair of the Cannabis Business Alliance, an influential trade organization that functions as the Colorado industry’s chamber of commerce, and a current board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, where she serves as a national spokesperson for the regulated cannabis industry. Prior to entering the cannabis industry, Jaime was an executive chef in San Francisco.

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Neil Juneja
Managing Partner, Gleam Law, PLLC

Neil Juneja

Neil Juneja is the founder of Gleam Law, a cannabis-focused law firm with offices in Washington, Oregon, and California. He is a registered patent attorney and has registered over 400 cannabis trademarks. Neil appeared in Newsweek, Time Magazine, and on several documentaries for his work in the cannabis legal industry. He has also been awarded numerous accolades including repeated SuperLawyer’s Rising Star awards and the 40 under 40 most influential people in the cannabis industry.

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Nick Caston
President and Chief Strategic Officer, Golden State Government Relations

Nick Caston

As President and Chief Strategic Officer at Golden State Government Relations, Nick provides cannabis businesses with a full spectrum of regulatory and legislative services, including state and federal legislative efforts; land-use planning; state and local government relations; compliance; and regulatory affairs. He co-hosts the “CannaBiz Co-Hosts the “CannaBiz” radio segment on The Drive with Steve Jackson, streaming at KSRO.com Monday’s at 4:20 pm. Nick is an also a Co-Chair of the California Democratic Party’s Resolution Committee and has served as Vice-Chair in the City of Santa Rosa and on the Democratic Party Environmental Caucus.

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Nick Kovacevich
CEO, Kush Bottles

Nick Kovacevich

In his role as CEO for Kush Bottles, Nick directs all business relations and financial strategy for the company. Nick also oversees the organization’s senior management team. Nick has been integral in making critical strategic, growth, and financial decisions since the company’s inception. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science from Southwest Baptist University where he studied Sports Management and earned Academic All-American honors.

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Nick Richards
Attorney, Dill Dill Carr Stonbraker & Hutchings, PC

Nick Richards

Nick J. Richards is a practicing tax attorney, adjunct professor of law and legal specialist to the United States cannabis industry. He is a partner at Dill Dill Carr Stonbraker & Hutchings and is tax counsel to Vicente Sederberg, two prominent and well connected law firms leading the way in U.S. state legalized cannabis. Nick represents and advises cannabis businesses and owners throughout the U.S. regarding taxes, business practices, acquisitions, and I.R.C. Section 280E. With his involvement in ongoing IRS and State audits, Nick has current up to date information that he uses to help cannabis clients correctly report and navigate Section 280E and state cannabis taxes. Nick began his legal career in the IRS where he was a Trial Attorney, Special Assistant United States Attorney and Staff Attorney to the IRS Chief Counsel. After 11 years with the IRS, Nick began representing individuals and businesses and was one of the first attorneys to represent a cannabis company in an IRS 280E audit. Nick graduated from law school at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and he is licensed to practice law in California and Colorado.

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Nick Yerico
Director of Sales, Apeks Supercritical

Nick Yerico

Nick Yerico is the Director of Sales at Apeks Supercritical, an Ohio-based CO2 extraction company. Nick has more than 10 years’ experience in various industrial and mechanical projects involving similar equipment. He earned his bachelor of science degree in Economics from the State University of New York College at Fredonia.

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Nina Parks
Co-Founder, Supernova Women

Nina Parks

Nina Parks has lived many lives before cannabis as an artist, photographer, educator, case manager, Martial Arts instructor, human rights activist and community organizer for police accountability, she parlayed her past lives into the aiding in the development of a just and equitable cannabis industry in 2014 after her brother was arrested for cannabis distribution. Her deep passion for the pursuit of the “New American Dream,” lead to her launching her brother’s delivery service, Mirage Medical in San Francisco and Co-founding Supernova Women to aid in empowering women of color to be more visible as owners and influencers in the Cannabis industry. Her accomplishments range from coalition building to make sure delivery services were included in the launch of CA adult use Cannabis economy and helping to design SF’s Cannabis Social Equity Program to ensure that we make real efforts to aid in healing the damage of America’s failed “war on drugs.” All of which earned her a place in Hightime’s 100 top influential people in Cannabis. Currently, Ms. Parks has handed back ownership of Mirage Medicinal to her brother now that he is home and can own his business. She is launching Nina Parks Consulting specifically for people that need help navigating or building Cannabis Social Equity Programs and is working on her own Cannabis product line, so stay tuned in.

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Olivia Mannix
Founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board

Olivia Mannix

Olivia Mannix is a cannabis industry pioneer and cannabis marketing and business expert. At 23 years old, she founded Cannabrand –an award-winning, full-service marketing agency and business consultancy and the first to specialize solely in the cannabis industry. Cannabrand has successfully gone through a merger and is now not only a marketing agency but a consultancy that aids cannabis companies with business operations and capital services as well as mergers and acquisitions resources. The agency has played an integral role in shaping cannabis brands since its launch in January 2014 (at the onset of the burgeoning adult-use market), and helps clients to establish their unique brand identities so that they might position themselves competitively in the marketplace. Olivia predicted the future of the cannabis industry by creating a company that “rebrands” cannabis, bettering its image while opening up cannabis use to broader demographics through information and education. She is also an advocate for the medicinal benefits of cannabis and the adult use market. Olivia’s passion and drive are magnetic. The Cannabrand team features top talent from big brand companies like Osprey Packs, Merrill Lynch, Starbucks, AT&T, and Disney.

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Pamela Epstein
Founder, CEO, and Managing Partner, Green Wise Companies

Pamela Epstein

Pamela is the Founder of Green Wise Companies. In 2014, Pamela stated working in the cannabis industry. She has become known as a fearless advocate for local businesses with current clients ranging from startups and entrepreneurs to companies in all stages of development. Pamela ensures that Green Wise clients have the proper planning and business structure that will result in efficiency and profitability as well as an overall benefit for the cannabis industry. Pamela is a featured speaker at several cannabis conferences speaking on land use, zoning, regulatory compliance and environmental issues. Pamela has worked diligently to bridge the gap between city and counties and compliant cannabis businesses, as such, she served as the Special City Attorney for the City of Hollister with regard to their Medical Cannabis Ordinance and Regulations. Pamela serves as an adjunct professor, most recently teaching the first cannabis law course in Arizona at Arizona Summit Law School. In addition, she serves on the advisory board for the Foundation Of Cannabis Unified Standards (“FOCUS”) and Annabis. She has and will continue to focus on helping clients build successful, sustainable and responsible businesses within the ever-growing cannabis industry, and assisting those businesses in the process of negotiating the rapidly changing landscape of cannabis law and regulations at the local, state and federal level.

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Peter Barsoom
Founder and CEO, 1906

Peter Barsoom

Peter Barsoom left a 19-year career in the financial industry in 2015 to found 1906, a “premium edible company”. Barsoom is the founder of 1906, and principal of Nuka Enterprises. He has held a variety of senior management positions at leading institutions including American Express, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Intercontinental Exchange. ICE operates the leading network of regulated exchanges and clearing houses, including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

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Phil Carlson
Managing Director of Investor Relations, KCSA Strategic Communications

Phil Carlson

Phil is a Managing Director of Investor Relations at KCSA. Phil is a Wall Street and Investor Relations veteran having worked at such firms as JP Morgan Chase and Merrill Lynch. His experience includes IPOs and reverse mergers, implementing retail and institutional road shows, and providing strategic counsel to clients.

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Pranav Sood
CEO, Trellis

Pranav Sood

Pranav Sood is the CEO of Trellis, an inventory track & trace software platform for regulated cannabis growers, manufacturers, distributors and dispensaries. Pranav’s previous experience includes management consulting and retail IT management for a leading global retailer. Pranav graduated from business school and is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in startups and growing B2B companies. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Pranav now resides in California.

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Rachel Gillette
Shareholder, Greenspoon Marder Law

Rachel Gillette

Rachel Gillette is a shareholder with Greenspoon Marder’s Cannabis Law practice group. She focuses her practice on marijuana/cannabis business licensing and regulatory compliance, business law and transactions, contract drafting and review, tax litigation, corporate formation, and tax matters, including audit representation.

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Rafael de la Cruz
General Partner, Universal Brand Ventures

Rafael de la Cruz

Serial entrepreneur, angel investor and strategic advisor with over two decades of experience in marketing innovation, Rafael has led teams in successfully launching and branding a variety of products, creating new categories and effectively connecting with the most elusive audiences. He serves as a member of the investor selection committee for the Arcview Group and is an executive advisor to the Southern California Cannabis Business & Investment Group. After a period of consulting several tech startups, Rafael joined the team that re-booted Pepsi’s Mountain Dew utilizing action sports, urban music and influencer culture (Do the Dew!), taking it from obscurity to the Number 4 position in the carbonated soft drink category. He was brought on to manage and execute several national client programs including the development of Marlboro’s on-premise strategy for Philip-Morris International, Spanish language field marketing for Johnson & Johnson’s Tylenol and nightlife influencer projects for various Diageo and Bacardi brands. Mr. De La Cruz was recruited to be part of the core marketing team at glacéau – makers of vitaminwater & smartwater. Rafael created and executed a series of both sales & marketing initiatives that supported the company’s doubling of revenue year after year, resulting in the largest acquisition of its kind in the beverage category ($4.2 billion) by The Coca-Cola Company (KO – NYSE). Rafael has since then held several executive positions overseeing marketing and operations with early-stage companies. He manages capital, strategy and advisory services thru Universal Brand Ventures for early-stage companies in the cannabis industry.

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Randy Reed
President, Olala Brands

Randy Reed

Randy Reed has more than 15 years’ experience in business management, botanical extraction, cannabinoid delivery systems, patient education, and product development. In 2011 he co-founded Remedios Collective, one of Seattle’s original medical marijuana dispensaries where he developed extensive patient relationships to help formulate therapeutic cannabis extracts. Winner for “Best Liquid Edible” two years in a row in the 2017 and 2018 WA Dope Cup, “Best THC cartridge” in the 2018 WA Sun Cup, “Best THC Oil” 2018 WA Dope Cup, “Best CBD Live Resin” and “Most Potent CBD Live resin” 2018 WA Dope Cup, and a handful of “Finalist/runner-up” awards for edible and inhalation extracts. Randy has gained a reputation for creating award-winning, full spectrum terpenoid- and cannabinoid-rich extracts including the first-ever CO2 live resin and the first 100% cannabis-derived terpene beverages. He holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences from the University of Washington and is an active member in Canna STEM, NCIB and WSIA.

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Renee Gagnon
CEO, Hollyweed North Cannabis

Renee Gagnon

Gagnon is a serial startup founder, skilled at survival, stress and team building. She is both the first Transgender Publicly traded marijuana company CEO and the first female one. Renee built the core team of Thunderbird Biomedical, created and executed on the business plan and raised $3.7 M in funding then took the company public ($25M Valuation at IPO)… She went on to use this insight to create a diverse workforce with strong female leadership across the HollyWeed North Cannabis Inc ™. organization. After exiting Thunderbird Biomedical Inc in Jan 2015 as founding CEO and Board member, she has chosen to focus on US-based infrastructure and supply delivery for the Cannabis Industry with HollyWeed North Cannabis Inc™.

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Rick Scarpello
Founder and CEO, incredibles

Rick Scarpello

Rick Scarpello, Founding Partner and CEO of Medically Correct, LLC, is a food expert with a focus on operations, compliance, and accounting. Rick’s background includes running large scale food operations like Il Fornaio Bakeries, Udi’s Bakery Division and Chesapeake Bagel Bakeries. His experience includes building company-wide quality control plans, food safety controls, food defense plans, organic certifications, kosher certifications, food recall systems, and quality assurance plans.

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Robert Davidson
CEO, CURE Pharmaceutical

Robert Davidson

Rob oversees the sustained growth and diversified revenue strategy for CURE, an innovative drug delivery, and development company committed to improving drug efficacy, safety, and the patient experience through its proprietary drug dosage forms and delivery systems. CURE has positioned itself to advance numerous therapeutic categories, including the pharmaceutical cannabis sector with partnerships in the U.S., Canada, Israel, and Germany, among other markets. The Company’s mission is to improve people’s lives by redefining how medicines are delivered and experienced.

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Robert Hoban
Managing Partner, Hoban Law Group

Robert Hoban

Bob Hoban is the Managing Partner at Hoban Law Group, the nation’s premier cannabusiness law firm, with attorneys in over a dozen states and abroad. Bob is recognized as one of the leading commercial cannabis practitioners nationwide; representing private and publicly-held clients in numerous states and abroad. He has litigated nearly every aspect of Colorado’s Marijuana Code and has closed over 300 marijuana-related business transactions. Marijuana and hemp-based business operations, related litigation and regulatory counsel are a specialty. He is an AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney and seasoned full-service commercial practitioner. Bob is formerly a professor at the University of Denver, in the Law and Society Program, and regularly instructs regarding government regulations, public policy, and research-based policy courses. Furthermore, Bob has drafted more than 30 bills for the Colorado General Assembly (eminent domain/land use, hemp/marijuana, and transportation). In 2006, Bob was awarded the George Holley Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year. Since 2010, Bob has been rated as “Superb” by Avvo.com. Since 2013, Bob has been rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbard.

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Robert McVay
Attorney, Harris Bricken

Robert McVay

Robert focuses on helping our clients plan, protect, and expand their businesses. Robert works closely with companies and entrepreneurs at every stage of development to help them assess their legal needs and pursue their long-term goals. He assists both domestic and foreign companies on corporate and transactional matters, involving entity formation, financing, contracts, company compliance, and business transactions. Robert is the managing attorney of the Seattle office and he also heads up our foreign direct investment team for incoming U.S. investments. Robert graduated cum laude from Georgetown Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Journal of International Law. He further developed his knowledge of international law by working at an international trade firm in our nation’s capital and at the Bureau of Industry and Security, and the Software Freedom Law Center. In 2018, Robert was again named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine. In his spare time, Robert enjoys tennis, canoeing, hiking, and doting on his pet dog, cat, and iguana.

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Roger Brauninger
BioSafety Program Manager, American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA)

Roger Brauninger

Roger Brauninger has worked at the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) since 1999. In his role as their Biosafety Program manager, his focus is on developing and maintaining accreditation programs in the Life Sciences with emphasis on microbial and chemical risks to people, animals and the environment. He is A2LA’s point person for interacting with organizations working with food and drug safety, human and animal anti-doping, biological and chemical threat agents and for the last few years the world of cannabis.

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Ryan Schonfeld
President, RAS Security Group

Ryan Schonfeld

As the founder of RAS Consulting & Investigations, Ryan brings to his clients a rich body of work that has demonstrated expertise in workplace security, private investigation, police service, teaching & instruction, work with the U.S. State Department as well as leadership in Corporate America. Early in his career, Ryan witnessed the increasing relevance of technology as it relates to crime, and simultaneously earned his masters in Information Systems and Technology from George Washington University. Ryan is dedicated to investigating the intersection of security and technology as a lifelong passion. Before founding RAS, Ryan spent time as a practitioner in the field. He is proud of his work as a police officer and investigator, an instructor for the U.S. Department of State’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, and a leader of a Fortune 500 company’s Global Security & Safety Technology Group. Ryan currently dedicates his focus and passion for service towards RAS clients and volunteers part-time as a Reserve Police Officer in Los Angeles.

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Ryan Smith
Co-Founder and CEO, LeafLink, Inc.

Ryan Smith

Ryan brings his experience creating and managing B2B firms and online marketplace investing in a highly-regulated space as CEO of LeafLink, the cannabis industry’s standard platform for orders, sales, and relationship management. LeafLink went live in Colorado in March 2016 and after raising $4 Million in investor capital, has more than 1,400 retailers placing orders for over 250 brands across 5 states. Ryan was the first CEO of a cannabis-facing company to be listed on Forbes’ 30 Under 30.

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Ryan Sullivan
Corporate Counsel, BIC Corporation

Ryan Sullivan

Ryan Sullivan is Corporate Counsel for BIC Corporation in Shelton, Connecticut. He has been employed with BIC Corporation for ten years. Mr. Sullivan is responsible for managing litigation for BIC in North America. Among other responsibilities, he also provides day-to-day legal guidance on employment matters for the Company and cannabis regulatory issues. Before joining BIC, Mr. Sullivan was in private practice in New York and Connecticut and worked in-house at a global manufacturing company based in Connecticut. He earned his juris doctor from the Suffolk University Law School in 2000 and his bachelor of arts in political science from Boston College in 1997. Mr. Sullivan has taught and presented on numerous legal issues, including topics concerning product liability, insurance coverage, employment practices and regulatory compliance.

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Sahar Ayinehsazian
Associate Attorney, Vicente Sederberg

Sahar Ayinehsazian

Sahar Ayinehsazian specializes in the areas of cannabis banking, cannabis regulation and intellectual property. Located in Vicente Sederberg’s Los Angeles office, Sahar also serves as the Chief Advisor on Banking Policy to the California Growers Association (CGA), where she works on strategy and legislation to enable state-licensed businesses to obtain accounts at depository institutions for their cannabis businesses. She is also a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association’s (NCIA) Banking Access Committee. Prior to joining Vicente Sederberg, Sahar served as the Director of Regulatory and Governmental Affairs at a multi-state money transmitter servicing the cannabis industry, where she developed a comprehensive understanding of credit card flow, banking and cannabis compliance. She has had several columns published and frequently appears in the media discussing cannabis banking issues in California and throughout the country.

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Sean Donahoe
Founder, Operative Campaigns LLC

Sean Donahoe

Sean Donahoe owns and operates Operative Campaigns LLC, which provides Strategic Guidance, Business Development, and Governmental Relations services to private clients and the general public. After a career in international relations and political campaigns, in 2012 he turned his skills to organizing in the cannabis industry, beginning with labor and patients rights projects and then moving on to help guide cannabis industry trade associations. After co-founding the California Cannabis Industry Association, he moved on in 2014 to form a consulting firm where he currently uses his background in political consulting and issue advocacy to assist clients in their navigation of state and local politics. Sean has also contributed his time as a Local Politics Adviser to the California Growers Association, as Vice Chair of the Brownie Mary Democrats of California, as a commissioner to the City of Oakland’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission, and as a mentor at the Gateway startup accelerator in Oakland. He received a BA in Politics from UC Santa Cruz and a MSc in Government from the London School of Economics.

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Sheila “The Dank Duchess” Hylton
Cannabis Cultivator and Hashmaker, Dank Duchess Fine Concentrates

Sheila “The Dank Duchess” Hylton

Sheila is a cannabis concentrate maker under the moniker of “The Dank Duchess.” She writes about Hashish for “Weed World UK” and “Cannabis Now” magazines. Her specialties include cannabis cultivation, concentrate production, traditional hashmaking, and writing elaborate stories about Hashish experiences.

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Skyler Bissell
Chief Operating Officer, OLEO

Skyler Bissell

Skyler has nearly a decade of experience working at companies such as Amazon and Boeing, as well as smaller startups within the tech space. He leverages his background in marketing, data science, and business development to solve operational challenges and develop novel business models. As one of the founders at OLEO he has helped establish the company as a leader in cannabinoid micro-encapsulation and to address the educational challenges that are inherent to emerging technologies. As Chief Operating Officer, Skyler oversees OLEO’s initiatives as a bulk ingredient supplier, technology licensor, and custom product formulator.

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Steve DeAngelo
Founder, Harborside Health Center

Steve DeAngelo

Steve DeAngelo is a national cannabis leader who has inspired millions throughout his four decade career as a cannabis activist, advocate, entrepreneur and educator. Driven by his compassion for others, Steve has founded many successful socially responsible ventures including Harborside Health Center, the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the world. Steve is also Co-founder and President of the Arcview Group, a company formed to introduce investors to the cannabis community, and vice versa. To attract the best, brightest and most motivated entrepreneurs and investors for the next innovative American industry, Steve and his staff operate the Arcview Angel Investor Network. Steve believes cannabis is medicine and that it should be used to further personal wellness and not be used as an intoxicant. As an accomplished speaker, Steve DeAngelo can be found at events and conferences around the world inspiring others through his work. His unique sense of style, his commitment to his community and his passion for cannabis make him both a role model and a pop cultural icon.

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Tahira Rehmatullah
Managing Partner, Hypur Ventures

Tahira Rehmatullah

Tahira serves as MTech Acquisition Corp’s Chief Financial Officer and is a Managing Director of Hypur Ventures, where she is responsible for portfolio company management and investment sourcing and execution. She is also a Director of Dope Media, a cannabis media company and portfolio company of Hypur Ventures. Tahira has been named one of the most powerful women in the cannabis business by Fortune Magazine and Complex, and has a passion for developing female leadership in the industry. Prior to joining Hypur Ventures, Tahira served as General Manager of Marley Natural, where she was responsible for the brand’s launch and managing day-to-day operations of the company, and was an Investment Manager at Privateer Holdings. Before venturing into cannabis, Tahira was a Portfolio Manager at City First Enterprises managing CFE’s community development investment portfolio, and an associate at Perry Capital where she led research initiatives for the asset-backed securities team. Her career began in Ernst & Young’s Financial Services Advisory practice. Tahira earned her MBA from the Yale School of Management, where she was a Yale Entrepreneurial Institute Venture Creation Advisor. She holds a B.S. in Finance and Life Sciences from The Ohio State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude as a Presidential Scholar.

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The Dank Duchess
Cannabis Cultivator and Hashmaker, Dank Duchess Fine Concentrates

The Dank Duchess

Based in Oakland, California, The Dank Duchess is an internationally recognized cannabis cultivator, hashmaker, and writer. Believing that intentional and mindful cannabis use will indeed change our society, she applies her 14 years of growing experience and priceless mentorship under Master Hashmaker Frenchy Cannoli to fully immerse herself in the global cannabis industry; penning countless articles about Hashish for magazines and books; including Weed World UK, Cannabis Now, and anthologies by Ed Rosenthal. A maker of fine quality Hashish, Duchess has appeared on VICELAND’s “Bong Appetit,” filmed educational and entertainment segments for Greenflower Media, and she regularly journeys nationally and internationally to cannabis-friendly locales to expand her knowledge, to host educational parties, and to help spread cannabis awareness. In her own words: “My niche is Hashish and cannabis flower fuels my power.”

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Tim McGraw
Founder and CEO, Canna-Hub

Tim McGraw

Tim founded Canna-Hub to create the largest, most sophisticated cannabis real estate portfolio in California. Through Tim’s leadership, Canna-Hub identifies sites in strategically located cities that can accommodate hundreds of cannabis licensees in an organized manner through the development of Canna-Hub Business Communities, or “cannabis hubs.”

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Todd Arkley
CPA, Arkley Accounting Group

Todd Arkley

Todd Arkley, CPA, is the owner of Arkley Accounting Group, a Seattle-based accounting firm founded in 2014 for the sole purpose of helping small-to-medium sized businesses within the cannabis industry grow and thrive. Todd has immersed himself in the cannabis industry’s complex financial and tax concerns, such as IRC 280E, banking, and state/local taxes, while at the same time integrating his extensive accounting and operational background developed over 13 years working for law firms and private industry. He has written and spoken at length regarding accounting and tax issues affecting the cannabis industry at the NCIA Cannabis Business Summit, the Center for Cannabis and Social Policy, the Center for New Revenue, and Marijuana Venture magazine. He also serves as the Treasurer of The Cannabis Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of a sustainable, vital, and ethical cannabis industry. He is a member of the WSCPA and AICPA and also teaches cannabis taxation classes for CPAs, accounting students, and business owners.

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Todd Sherer
Founder and Director of Business Development, Kind Growth Capital

Todd Sherer

A 25 year veteran of the finance industry and as one of the Founders and the Director of Business Development for Kind Growth Capital, Todd has provided over $100 million in debt financing to cannabis companies. Todd is also the Director of Business Development for Entrepreneur Growth Capital and Credit Cash, national commercial finance companies, where he has originated well over $250 million for dozens of borrowers in a wide variety of industries. In addition to Todd’s finance expertise, he is active in politics and government, including serving as Treasurer for a regional utility authority, Chairman of a municipal planning board, and District Chairman of a political party.

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Tom Zuber
Managing Partner, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca, LLP

Tom Zuber

Tom Zuber is the Managing Partner of Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP, which represents clients throughout the world from offices in LA, Silicon Valley, Chicago and New York. Tom is the relationship partner for some 10 Fortune clients of the firm, as well as fund and government clients. He has also worked with cannabis clients for over 10 years, and currently represents some of the industry’s leading companies. Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP helps their cannabis clients with intellectual property, M&A and other deals, and litigation. Tom believes that the cannabis companies that best invest now in building their intellectual property asset portfolios will dominate the post-prohibition future of the cannabis industry. Tom holds a law degree from Columbia Law School, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Government School, and a biomedical engineering degree from Rutgers University, where he graduated with highest honors.

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Troy Dayton
Co-Founder and CEO, The Arcview Group

Troy Dayton

Troy co-founded cannabis investment and research firm, The Arcview Group, in 2010 and serves as CEO. Arcview created the Arcview Investor Network where more than 600 high net-worth investors have pumped more than $160 million into 170+ cannabis-related ventures and raised more than $3 million for the legalization effort. Arcview also publishes The State of Legal Marijuana Markets, the most oft-cited market data and analysis report on the industry. Arcview co-founded Cannasure Insurance Services in 2011 and launched Canopy, a business accelerator in 2015. Forbes Magazine named Arcview one of the top five financial leaders in the cannabis industry. Troy is a board member of the Marijuana Policy Project and is a founding board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association. He is the co-founder of Students for Sensible Drug Policy and also helped launch and served as the first sales director at Renewable Choice Energy, which was recently acquired by Schneider Energy. Fortune Magazine, Details Magazine, and International Business Times named Troy to their Top 10 lists of most influential people in the cannabis industry. In his spare time, Troy enjoys karaoke, Burning Man, and personal growth.

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Urban Smedeby
MJIC

Urban Smedeby

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Vijay Damojipurapu
Head of Marketing, Green Bits

Vijay Damojipurapu

A results-driven marketing leader passionate about understanding customer behavior at an individual and macro level. Vijay works with a high caliber team to develop and execute integrated marketing strategies for brand awareness, customer acquisition, and retention. At Green Bits, we believe that with the right tools and services, cannabis can be responsibly sold in the United States. Green Bits creates the technology that helps cannabis retailers get and stay compliant; increase profitability; and attract and retain customers. In 2017, Green Bits processed 25% of all legal cannabis revenue in the United States ($2.5 billion). Vijay holds an MBA from Cornell University. Vijay is also the author of Amazon #1 best-seller “Market Leadership.”

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William Simpson
CEO, Golden Leaf Holdings

William Simpson

William founded Chalice Farms turning the company into one of the leading cannabis brands and retail dispensary chains in Oregon. After experience with the communications industry, mortgage business and venture capital funding start-ups, William became involved in Oregon’s medical marijuana industry. He designed and installed numerous grows in the Pacific Northwest and started The Green Future Garden Hydroponics LLC in 2009, which included a consulting element focused on building-out dozens of state-of-the-art grow facilities. In 2013, William received a license to open-up one of Portland’s first medical marijuana retail locations, the Powell House Cannabis Club. The following year he launched the Chalice Farms brand along with updating the dispensary to the new brand platform. William leveraged this early experience in the medical marijuana industry to develop innovative manufacturing, sales and marketing practice for the Chalice Farms brands and retail platforms.

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Xavier Burt
Distributor, Apothecanna

Xavier Burt

I am the distributor of Apothecanna in California since 2016 and have a 10-year prior career in brand marketing.

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Zachary Pitts
Co-Founder, Goddess Delivers

Zachary Pitts

Zachary Pitts began working in the cannabis industry cultivating and producing edibles but transitioned to retail when he co-founded the delivery service Goddess Delivers in 2011. In 2014, Zach launched a retail storefront, Ganja Goddess, in Seattle, WA. Following the passage of the MCRSA, Zach joined with fellow delivery operators in Los Angeles to organize the Los Angeles Delivery Alliance, and then, in conjunction with other local cannabis industry activists, helped create the Southern California Coalition. The SCC works towards fair licensing and regulation of delivery on local and state levels and enjoyed success with the campaign for Proposition M in Los Angeles and working directly with the city council to create inclusive and broadly available licensing. Last year, Zach became the founding president of the California Cannabis Delivery Alliance, a coalition of regional delivery alliances from across the state of California, that has successfully lobbied for more inclusion of delivery needs in statewide legislation and rulemaking.