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Dr. Adam Abodeely MD, MBA, FACS, FASCRS
Board Certified Surgeon & CEO / Founder, ReserveMD

Dr. Adam Abodeely MD, MBA, FACS, FASCRS

Board Certified Surgeon & CEO / Founder, ReserveMD

Realizing the benefits of cannabis for patients with cancer and inflammatory bowel disease, Dr. Adam Abodeely, MD, MBA, FACS, FASCRS expanded his medical cannabis practice to include patients with a variety of medical ailments. Being dedicated to patient safety and education, he is an active member in numerous international cannabinoid societies and he serves as Chairman of the Dispensary Review Committee for the Association of Cannabis Specialists. Dr. Abodeely gives presentations to a variety of audiences and provides consultations on various aspects of medical cannabis. Dedicated to advancing the science and education of cannabinoid-based therapies, he has a special interest in formulating products which capture the unique benefits of cannabinoids, terpenes and other natural ingredients to provide optimal synergy and interaction with the human endocannabinoid system.

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Alex Seleznov
Treasurer, National Hemp Association; President & CFO, Advanced Extraction, LLC

Alex Seleznov

Treasurer, National Hemp Association; President & CFO, Advanced Extraction, LLC

Alex Seleznov founded and designed the vertical integration of Advanced Extraction, LLC in 2015. An innovative company specializing in Organically Produced Industrial Hemp Products that strives toward everything being done by working and living consciously. As President and CFO, Alex’s responsibilities include complex reconciliations, solutions for increased profitability and systematically creating processes to improve efficiency. Also, he manages the most publicly known division of AE, Pure Hemp Botanicals, which has been recognized as a global leader in Hemp- based CBD products. Prior to the organization of the Company Alex was a financial analyst for Tagawa Greenhouse Enterprises, operating more than 2 million square feet of greenhouse space across three different states, and a controller for Seleznov Capital Advisors with over twenty years business experience in accounting and finance with the last seven years in the horticultural and cannabis industry. He is a board member and Treasurer for the National Hemp Association, and has appeared at numerous speaking engagements such as NOCO, Colorado AG Forum & CWCBE. He has provided content and appeared in Greenhouse Grower Magazine, Hemp Industry Daily and Hemp Connoisseur Magazine as one of the “100 People you should know.”

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Andi Goldman
Principal, Equitas Partners Fund

Andi Goldman

Principal, Equitas Partners Fund

Andi Goldman has managed $2 billion in institutional investments across numerous industries in her career. She’s been an angel investor in cannabis since 2014 and was the CFO and Head of Corporate Finance, for FLRish, Inc., which provides management services to the Harborside dispensaries and grow operations. Andi currently consults and advises for an array of cannabis companies nationally and has launched a cannabis investment fund, Equitas Partners. Andi has 20 years of institutional investment experience in private equity and lending, is a chartered financial analyst and was a corporate/securities lawyer.

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Andrew Kline
Director of Public Policy, National Cannabis Industry Association

Andrew Kline

Director of Public Policy, National Cannabis Industry Association

Andrew Kline is NCIA’s Director of Public Policy. In this new role established in early 2019 at NCIA, Andrew leads NCIA’s substantive public policy efforts, striving to prepare and protect the state-legal cannabis industry. He will also lead NCIA’s Policy Council, a group of NCIA members focused on influencing federal and state public policy.

Kline most recently served as President of the National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB), the first self-regulatory organization for the high-growth cannabis industry. At the NACB, Andrew led the creation of national standards for the state-legal cannabis industry, oversaw its standards governance board, and led day to day operations and strategic planning.

Kline has a deep and celebrated background in public policy, law enforcement, and coalition creation/management. He is renowned for his ability to create solutions to complex domestic and global public policy issues that appeal to both private and public constituencies.
Prior to joining the NACB, Kline was Special Counsel for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Enforcement Bureau where he was responsible for high profile investigations and public policy negotiations affecting the telecommunications, internet, cable and satellite industries. He also served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor for Intellectual Property Enforcement in the Executive Office of the President [Obama] where he led public-private partnership and public policy efforts to address online trademark theft, copyright infringement, consumer safety, national security, and the protection of domestic business interests globally.

He served as senior policy advisor to then-Senator Biden and Vice President Biden, and spent fourteen years as a federal prosecutor.

Mr. Kline is admitted to the California, Colorado and District of Columbia bars, and holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Bruce Linton
Entrepreneur, Investor and Business Leader

Bruce Linton

Entrepreneur, Investor and Business Leader

Founder & Former Chairman, CEO and Co-CEO of Canopy Growth Corporation (CGC), formerly Tweed Marijuana Incorporated, a cannabis company based in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada. Bruce founded Tweed in 2013 and renamed it Canopy Growth Corporation in 2015. Canopy Growth Corporation was the first cannabis company in North America to be listed on a major stock exchange and to be included on a major stock index. Bruce led CGC from a TSX-V listed start-up company with an $80 million market cap to the NYSE/TSX listed company including more than 30 M&A activities, ranking number one on the TSX30 with a market cap of over $20 billion by the summer of 2019.

Bruce’s experience as a Founder, CEO and Board Member across a diversity of sectors was a huge influence for the success of CGC. Earning market support for capital raises of over $6 billion in public capital markets and private placements, the company funded capacity growth and opened new markets, including a $5 billion CAD investment by Fortune 500 beverage company, Constellation Brands.

Bruce is co-founder and was Chairman & CEO of Canopy Rivers, Inc.

Notably, throughout his career, Bruce has been responsible for the acquisition and/or disposition of nearly $4 billion in business assets and has established regular engagement with the World Bank and Asia Development Bank.

Currently he holds the positions of: Executive Chairman for Vireo Health International, Inc.; Executive Chairman for Gage Cannabis Co.; Co-Chairman for Martello Technologies Group; Co-Founder of Ruckify; Executive Chairman for Wolverine Partners Corp. He is also special advisor with better Choice Company, and Director with Mindmed.

Beginning his journey at NewBridge Networks Corporation, Bruce went on to be part of the establishing team at Crosskeys Systems Corporation, of which he was a key member for the NASDAQ/TSX IPO. He was GM and re-founder of computerland. ca, Co-Founder of Webhancer Corp.

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Cheryl Squadrito
Founder & CEO, Media Friendly PR

Cheryl Squadrito

Founder & CEO, Media Friendly PR

Cheryl Squadrito launched Media Friendly in 2005, believing she could start a PR firm based on her journalistic instincts of finding a story angle and helping people to tell their stories. Media Friendly’s track record for placements is perfect, getting all clients into the media spotlight. She now works with a variety of for-profit businesses and firms, non-profits and foundations, and entertainers.
During her journalism career, Cheryl has covered a variety of news, business and entertainment topics. She has written about the American Dream and Miss America, the Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, U2 and Bruce Springsteen, the Republican National Convention, celebrity chefs, professional athletes and much more.
Cheryl knows the news business from the inside and has followed the ever-changing landscape of earning media coverage. An expert in both traditional and social media, she knows the right approach to earn visibility for our clients.
Residing in Haddonfield, NJ, with her family, Cheryl is a certified Spinning instructor, avid music collector and rock ‘n’ roll trivia aficionado. Cheryl was featured on the front page of the New York Times in a story about working mothers who travel. She was also quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer after a terrorist attack at a concert.
She is working on her first novel, Suburban Rock Chick goes to London.

Cheryl is passionate about debunking the stigmas surrounding cannabis and those working in the field.

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Christiane Campbell
Partner and Team Lead for Consumer Brands Industry Focus Group, Duane Morris LLP

Christiane Campbell

Partner and Team Lead for Consumer Brands Industry Focus Group, Duane Morris LLP

Christiane Campbell counsels clients on the development, management and protection of their most valuable assets: their brands. She has worked with some of the world’s most recognizable brands to develop strategies for brand development, clearance, protection, monetization, expansion and enforcement. Christi regularly partners with clients, from start-ups to leading global franchises, in a wide array of industries, including in the cannabis space.

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Christopher Carey
Global Equity Research, BofA Securities, Inc.

Christopher Carey

Global Equity Research, BofA Securities, Inc.

Christopher Carey is a Vice President in Equity Research covering the Cannabis sector. Prior to covering Cannabis, he was on the team covering Consumer Staples. Previously, he was an equity analyst at FBR Capital Markets. He has a bachelor’s degree in both economics and French from Boston College, and an International MBA from the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business. He is based in New York.

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Codie Sanchez
Managing Partner, Entourage Effect Capital

Codie Sanchez

Managing Partner, Entourage Effect Capital

Codie Sanchez is a Managing Director and Partner at Entourage Effect Capital, a venture capital and private equity fund in the legalized cannabis space with $170+M in AUM and having just launched their third dedicated fund for $150MM, making them one of the largest PE funds in the industry. She previously built and led First Trust’s Latin America Investment business. Prior to that she held positions in equity analysis at Goldman Sachs, institutional fixed income at State Street, and international equity and ETFs at Vanguard ($5.3T). She started her career as a journalist where she won the JFK award and the Howard Buffett Foundation grant for covering human trafficking. Sanchez is a pundit and columnist on investing, macro trends, cannabis and startups. She has been highlighted on CNBC, The Today Show, Forbes, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, People en Español, Business Wire, Cheddar, etc. She has an M.B.A. from Georgetown University, a master’s from ESADE, a PhD from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, and a B.A. from Arizona State University. She sits on the board of the Arcview Group, the leading cannabis seed investment platform, Magma Partners, a tech focused venture fund in Chile, Hispanic Executive Corporation and is actively involved in American Enterprise Institute, a leading free markets think tank.

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Dr. Cohin Kakar Pharm. D., MBA
Chief Marketing Officer, The Anthos Group

Dr. Cohin Kakar Pharm. D., MBA

Chief Marketing Officer, The Anthos Group

Dr. Cohin Kakar comes from a background in the pharmaceutical industry, working with various Fortune 150 companies in roles ranging from clinical trial management to global medical affairs for over 10 years. Most notably, Dr. Kakar served on the medical launch teams for some of the biggest commercial drugs globally, with a specialty in inflammation and immunology.

Dr. Kakar earned his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology and Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Louisville and his Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) degree from Sullivan University, also located in Louisville, KY. Additionally, Dr. Kakar completed a pharmaceutical fellowship at Eli Lilly & Company in Indianapolis, IN, as a part of the prestigious Visiting Scientist Fellowship program.

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Cy Scott
CEO, Headset

Cy Scott

CEO, Headset

Cy is an entrepreneur at heart. Currently, he is the Co-founder and CEO of Headset Inc. The company provides the cannabis industry with market and operations intelligence, helping customers make sense of this rapidly emerging and changing industry. Before Headset, Cy was the cofounder of Leafly, the world’s largest cannabis information network with 6M visits monthly with multimillion-dollar revenues. Cy worked on KBB.com’s redesign first as an engineer, then as part of the product team and was responsible for getting Kelley Blue Book’s first-ever patent. He also worked as Sr. Product at Source Interlink (now TEN: The Enthusiast Network), a publishing company with properties like Motor Trend and Automobile, working on their transition from traditional print to a digital-strategy.

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David Kotler
Partner, Cohen Kotler P.A.

David Kotler

Partner, Cohen Kotler P.A.

David Kotler, Esq. a former prosecutor is a partner in Cohen Kotler P.A., located in Boca Raton, Florida and has been Of Counsel to Hoban Law Group since the inception of its’ national cannabis practice. He has a wide range of experience in the cannabis industry from license applications in multiple states and Zimbabwe Africa, to start-up and regulatory matters. He currently consults with individuals and companies countrywide and has served as outside general counsel for numerous cannabis industry clients. He sits on the advisory boards of The Cannabis Marketing Lab and Blunts and Moore, the first social equity applicant license winner to become operational in the U.S.. He has written a monthly column for the Cannabis Industry Journal and is a contributor to Cannabis News Florida among other publications. In 2019, Mr. Kotler was appointed by Agriculture Commissioner Nicki Fried to Florida’s first Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee.

Mr. Kotler’s operations work includes:
Blunts and Moore, Oakland California Retail License Holder – Co-Founder, Member
Solurge, Massachusetts Provisional Medical License Holder for Cultivation, Processing, and Retail – Co-Founder and Chief Compliance Officer
Maleza Hem, Zimbabwe Africa License Holder for Medical Cannabis and CBD Export –Obtained 1 of 37 licenses issued by the country after presentation to Cabinet, Interim CEO.
The Bract House, Sonora California Medical Retail – Member (Pilot program, 1 of 2 licenses awarded by city for medical retail use, SUP issued, pending build out and state licensure)
Category 5 Farms, Sacramento California, Locally Permitted and State Provisionally licensed Cultivation, Manufacturing, and Distribution, Co-founder and minority interest holder.

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Debra Borchardt
Editor-In-Chief, Green Market Report

Debra Borchardt

Editor-In-Chief, Green Market Report

Debra Borchardt is the Co-founder and CEO of the cannabis financial news website Green Market Report. She began her career in the securities industry where she was a Vice President at Bear Stearns holding three securities licenses. She left Wall Street to earn her Masters Degree in Business and Economic Reporting from New York University. At that point she embarked on a career as a financial journalist and spent eight years at TheStreet.com working daily with Jim Cramer.
Debra has covered the cannabis industry since its earliest stages when she recognized that the legalization story was the biggest business news story of the decade. As a senior producer and reporter at TheStreet.com, Debra was awarded an ASPBE.org (American Society of Business Publication Editors) in 2014 for Best Video – News, “Guess Where People Want To Buy Pot.” Debra is also a Co-Founder of the women’s cannabis executives networking group Industry Power Women and serves on the board of the cannabis newswire Axiswire.

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Derek Smith
Executive Director , Resource Innovation Institute (RII)

Derek Smith

Executive Director , Resource Innovation Institute (RII)

Derek Smith is Executive Director and Co-Founder of Resource Innovation Institute (RII), a national nonprofit whose mission is to promote and quantify energy, carbon and water conservation in the cannabis industry. Prior to RII, Mr. Smith ran Clean Energy Works, a residential energy efficiency program that blended utility, public and private dollars to deliver whole-building retrofits while generating carbon emission reductions along with equitable economic development outcomes. Clean Energy Works was hailed as one of the most successful US Dept. of Energy funded stimulus programs in the country. Mr. Smith has also led energy programs with the City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, served on the management team of a Zero VOC start-up paint company and developed an award-winning corporate sustainability program for a national retailer.

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Dr. Eric Patrick
Chief Operating Officer, Growing Talent, LLC

Dr. Eric Patrick

Chief Operating Officer, Growing Talent, LLC

Dr. Eric Patrick is a pharmacist, serial entrepreneur, and speaker with over 15 years of experience in medication therapy management, narcotic inventory management and compliance, and pharmacy operations. He started a financial literacy company, Black Market Exchange, in 2014 to help people of color learn more about the basics of stock market investing. As a result, many of his 50,000+ followers started buying stocks outside of typical employer-sponsored plans. His expertise in pharmaceuticals, a highly regulated industry, and operations landed him with Good Tree, a cannabis production and distribution company, as well as it’s social impact arm, Growing Talent.

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Erica McBride Stark
Executive Director, National Hemp Association

Erica McBride Stark

Executive Director, National Hemp Association

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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Erik Pelton
Of Counsel, Vicente Sederberg LLP

Erik Pelton

Of Counsel, Vicente Sederberg LLP

A former USPTO, Examiner, Erik Pelton represents clients in all aspects of trademark clearance, registration, maintenance, transactions, and disputes. Erik is particularly experienced in the federal trademark registration process,
obtaining more than 3,000 USPTO registrations of behalf of clients, as well as proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. As “Of Counsel” for Vicente Sederberg LLC, Erik has counseled numerous brands with cannabis, CBD, and hemp business regarding state and federal trademark protection and registration strategies.

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Florence Hardy
Chief Executive Officer, truCrowd

Florence Hardy

Chief Executive Officer, truCrowd

A graduate of the John Marshall Law School, Florence has been a successful business consultant for over 12 years. She has an MBA with a focus on Entrepreneurship from DePaul University and received a BBA from Howard University. Florence is the Chief Executive Officer of Trucrowd Illinois, Inc. and Chief Operating Officer of truCrowd and Fundanna, both Federal Equity Crowdfunding platforms.

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Geoff Whaling
Chairman, National Hemp Association; President, Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council; Former Co-Founder and President, Canopy HIP Developments LLC

Geoff Whaling

Chairman, National Hemp Association; President, Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council; Former Co-Founder and President, Canopy HIP Developments LLC

Geoffrey W. Whaling is Co-Founder and former President of Canopy Growth’s HIP Developments LLC, with responsibility for Canopy’s entry into the U.S Hemp market. He has volunteered for five years to advance the hemp crop and serves as Chair of the National Hemp Association, the nation’s largest Hemp advocacy group based in Washington D.C. Whaling has worked with more than 18 States, stakeholder groups such as NASDA, COGR, NFU, Farm Bureau and American Farm Association, US Senators, Members of Congress and their staff to pass federal legislation legalizing hemp as a commodity crop. He is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the National Farmers and Founding Board Member of the Coalition for Access Now and Athletes 4 Care, the two largest CBD advocacy groups in the United States.

Born in Canada, Geoff Whaling’s areas of expertise are wide ranging given the diversity of his government, business, entrepreneurial and philanthropic work. A profound sense of “wanting to serve” remains an integral part in his life.

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Hirsh Jain
Director of Government Affairs, Caliva

Hirsh Jain

Director of Government Affairs, Caliva

Hirsh Jain is the Director of Government Affairs at Caliva, one of the largest vertically integrated cannabis companies in the state of California. Prior to working at Caliva, Hirsh was the West Coast Director of Government Affairs at MedMen, overseeing the company’s work in California. Through his work at Caliva and MedMen, Hirsh has developed a deep familiarity with the California cannabis market and the policy issues impacting the industry.

Prior to working in cannabis, Hirsh worked as Government Affairs Manager at Airbnb in San Francisco, helping build out their global policy operation. Hirsh also worked as an Engagement Manager in McKinsey & Company’s New York office for several years.

Hirsh has a B.A. in Philosophy from UC Berkeley and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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Holly Bell
Director of Cannabis , Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Holly Bell

Director of Cannabis , Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

After a career in banking and financial services, Holly Bell consulted on cannabis business issues in numerous states. Ms. Bell worked to build the infrastructure to support the creation of Tennessee’s cannabis industry, following passage of that state’s industrial hemp legislation. A native of Indiana with family roots in northeast Florida, Ms. Bell earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University.

In her role as Director of Cannabis, Ms. Bell oversees the development of rules, works directly with scientific experts, and ensures Commissioner Fried’s vision for cannabis in Florida continues moving forward. Ms.Bell works closely with the Department’s Division of Plant Industry, Food Safety, and AES on developing Florida’s hemp industry, including the production, processing, inspecting, and manufacturing of industrial hemp. She also works with the Florida Department of Health as it relates to medical marijuana edibles and consumer issues. Ms. Bell also works closely with the Commissioner’s industrial hemp and medical marijuana advisory committees as well as the Hemp Advisory Council.

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James Schwartz
CEO CascadeHigh, Cascade High

James Schwartz

CEO CascadeHigh, Cascade High

James Schwartz BSN, LNC, is an experienced medical consultant and CEO of CascadeHigh with 20yrs experience cultivating legal cannabis, is a self-described organic minimalist cultivating in the most sustainable manner and believes in clean Cannabis and its use as a wellness drug. His Oregon licensed cultivation has been featured in Dope Magazine, Oregon Leaf Magazine, and has articles in both publications, James was on the NCIA Cultivation Committee and has presented at multiple Cannabis and CBD conferences all over the country. James was a drafter and is a signature on the written testimony to the FDA and congress on behalf of NCIA for CBD policy. His business, legal, medical, and agricultural knowledge provides a comprehensive perspective on the cannabis industry. James has lobbied for Cannabis on both the national and state level with Oregon Cannabis Association and is a fierce advocate for the plant and cannabis therapeutics.

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Dr. James Taylor
Founder and CEO, Integrated Hemp Solutions

Dr. James Taylor

Founder and CEO, Integrated Hemp Solutions

Dr. James Taylor is founder and CEO of Integrated Hemp Solutions (IHS) and president of Integrated Pain Solutions. A board-certified anesthesiologist, Taylor runs a group of eight pain management clinics across North Carolina where he has helped thousands of patients with significant chronic and acute pain issues. He started developing his own hemp-based CBD formulations as part of Integrated Hemp Solutions’ mission to provide patients with CBD products they can trust and a wellness plan that is rooted in education and addiction prevention.

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Dr. Jason Hastings PhD
Director of Science and Manufacturing, Centuria Foods

Dr. Jason Hastings PhD

Director of Science and Manufacturing, Centuria Foods

I am a seasoned Food Safety Engineer and Laboratory Director with 8+ years of research leadership and testing experience in the food and beverage safety food production, and higher education sectors. Recognized for demonstrating a natural aptitude for leading laboratory teams, as well as for creating laboratory and testing management programs, I have a history of contributing to company growth throughout my career. Professional focal points include laboratory design and buildout, method development for analytical equipment, Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), ROI and cost analysis, regulatory practices, supply chain management, management development, infrastructure development, and project management. Delivering superior administration on the latter areas of expertise requires utilization of effective communication skills, negotiation skills, as well as business acumen, project management, and resource management to support efficiency and maximum returns.
Currently, I am the Sr. Director of Science and Manufacturing with Centuria Foods. I currently nurture and promote relationships to support company partnerships and collaborative activities. In addition, I liaise with Executives to ensure the company’s technological support structure is driving the business forward with minimal expenditures.

Colleagues describe me as a progressive, driven, down-to-earth, technical and managerial expert who can be relied on to offer superior solutions that deliver profitable results on time and under budget.

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Jeffrey Schultz
General Counsel, CCO, Partner, Navy Capital

Jeffrey Schultz

General Counsel, CCO, Partner, Navy Capital

Jeffrey Schultz joined Navy Capital in November 2018 as General Counsel and CCO, and was named Partner in 2019. Mr. Schultz brings more than 13 years of experience as an attorney in the hedge fund and private equity fund industry. Prior to joining Navy, Mr. Schultz served as Managing Director and Senior Counsel for an emerging private equity fund manager, and prior to that, he served as Chief Legal Officer and CCO of Phoenix Investment Adviser LLC, a hedge fund manager with peak AUM of $1.4B where Mr. Schultz oversaw all legal and compliance matters, and was instrumental in designing and building an institutional legal, compliance and operational infrastructure for both firms. Mr. Schultz began his career in private practice in the investment management groups of Bingham McCutchen LLP and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is a sought-after speaker and guest-lecturer on legal and compliance issues in the hedge fund and cannabis industries. Mr. Schultz is also a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Cannabis Law, has advocated to the Senate on behalf of the cannabis industry, and is a on the Advisory Board of 420IMPAC, a cannabis-focused political action committee.

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Jesse Alderman
Attorney, Foley Hoag LLP

Jesse Alderman

Attorney, Foley Hoag LLP

Jesse Alderman is Co-Chair of Foley Hoag’s Cannabis Practice. He represents adult use and medical cannabis businesses on regulatory matters and has drafted several winning applications for national cannabis operators in competitive state licensing contests.

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Jessica Billingsley
Co-Founder & CEO, MJ Freeway

Jessica Billingsley

Co-Founder & CEO, MJ Freeway

Jessica Billingsley serves as Akerna’s Chief Executive Officer. In June 2019 she became the first CEO of a cannabis ancillary company to be listed on Nasdaq. She co-founded MJ Freeway in 2010, where she served as President until April 2018, and later as the CEO until MJ Freeway was acquired by MTech to form Akerna. In 2015, she was named as one of Fortune’s Most Promising Female Entrepreneurs, in 2018, she was named one of Inc. Magazine’s 100 Female Founders, and in 2019, she was named to Entrepreneur’s inaugural list of 100 Powerful Women.

Prior to MJ Freeway, Jessica earned her degree in Communications and Computer Science from the University of Georgia and later became CEO and founder of Zoco, a technology services firm with clients across the United States. With 20 years of technology and systems experience in rapidly scaling businesses, Jessica is a highly regarded executive in both the tech and cannabis space.

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John Kagia
Chief Knowledge Officer, New Frontier Data

John Kagia

Chief Knowledge Officer, New Frontier Data

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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Dr. John MacKay
Founder, Synergistic Technologies & Associates

Dr. John MacKay

Founder, Synergistic Technologies & Associates

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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Jonathan Trauben
Partner, Altitude Investment Management, LLC

Jonathan Trauben

Partner, Altitude Investment Management, LLC

Jon Trauben is an active participant in the cannabis industry as an investor, association member, mentor, and board member. He brings a wealth of experience and management expertise with a 25-year record as a seasoned commercial real estate, capital markets, and finance executive. Jon earned a Bachelor of Arts In Political Science from Rutgers University and has a Masters of Science in Real Estate from New York University. Jon holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.

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Kathryn McCall
Partner, Chair of Cannabis Industry Team, Sideman & Bancroft LLP

Kathryn McCall

Partner, Chair of Cannabis Industry Team, Sideman & Bancroft LLP

Kathryn McCall has twenty years of corporate governance and business transactions experience. She focuses on helping emerging growth companies and small businesses succeed. Her clients appreciate her pragmatic and strategic advice regarding their entity formation, financing, and operational concerns. As outside general counsel for many of her clients, Ms. McCall has counseled C-Level Officers and Boards of Directors on corporate governance, debt and equity financings, strategic alliances, mergers & acquisitions, technology transactions, joint ventures, commercial agreements (e.g. distribution, licensing, software-as-a service, development services, offer letters and employment agreements, master services agreements), equity incentive plans, and securities filings. She has also negotiated preferred stock financings on behalf of angel and seed investors and venture capital funds. Some of the industries in which Ms. McCall has provided legal counsel include: cannabis, media; technology; internet of things; education; internet-based products, services and applications; consumer products; retail; publishing; and health and fitness.

Ms. McCall is head of the Cannabis Industry Team at Sideman & Bancroft. Her extensive corporate governance and transactional experience makes her uniquely qualified to advise commercial cannabis companies on corporate formation and organizational matters while remaining in compliance with the complex regulatory framework burdening the industry. Working with other members of the firm’s cannabis practice group enables her to create a strategic and coordinated approach to not only business structuring, organizational, and regulatory matters but also intellectual property, tax, estate planning, and business litigation issues

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Kelli Hale
Cannabis Business Education Consultant; Founder, Nature's Hemp Spa

Kelli Hale

Cannabis Business Education Consultant; Founder, Nature's Hemp Spa

Kelli Hale has been formulating and marketing original eco-luxury natural skincare and makeup since 2004. Building brands, products, and seeing them flourish with powerhouse natural and organic ingredients is a lifelong passion of hers. Kelli has reformulated high demand products from her lines with organic CBD ingredients for a new product line called Nature’s Hemp Spa. Kelli is also a CBD education consultant who has been inside learning and performance for over 20 years, winning various industry awards for both small and large global companies. Kelli has a Bachelor of Science from Southern Methodist University as well as an MBA from the University of Aberystwyth, Wales.

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Dr. Kenneth Weinberg
Chief Medical Officer , Cannabis Doctors of New York

Dr. Kenneth Weinberg

Chief Medical Officer , Cannabis Doctors of New York

Cannabis Doctors of New York’s Chief Medical Officer, Kenneth R. Weinberg is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine and Registered Medical Marijuana physician. As a third generation doctor following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather Dr. Weinberg is passionate about advancing the quality of healthcare in America.

After earning a medical degree from St. Georges University School of Medicine in 1980 Dr. Weinberg continued on to complete his residency in Internal Medicine at USC-LA County Medical Center. He then returned to New York City and pursued a Fellowship in Psychoneuroimmunology at the Manhattan VA and NYU. Following that he trained in Emergency Medicine at NYU and Bellevue Hospitals. After 30 years of practicing Emergency Room Medicine Dr. Weinberg

transitioned to Urgent Care.

In January of 2016, when NY State’s Compassionate Care Act went into effect, Dr. Weinberg began certifying patients to receive medical marijuana. He is one of three founders of Cannabis Doctors of New York. As with many physicians and healthcare providers Dr. Weinberg’s vast experience caring for patients over decades with a vast array of medical

conditions has provided him with a unique perspective about the impact of public policy on the practice of medicine. He has been featured on several panels, radio and on TV as a thought leader and medical marijuana expert. He is a strong advocate for legalization of medical marijuana and its benefits and recognizes the value of education as well as science-

based research.

Dr Weinberg maintains residences in Manhattan and Old Chatham, NY. He is a published author, photographer and a champion for Single Payer National Health Care.

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Lara DeCaro
Partner, Leland, Parachini, Steinberg, Matzger & Melnick, LLP

Lara DeCaro

Partner, Leland, Parachini, Steinberg, Matzger & Melnick, LLP

Lara L. DeCaro is a business attorney and mediator. She has concentrated her legal career in the areas of intellectual property, corporate governance and compliance, commercial transactions, real property, estate planning, and mediation. Most of her clients come from highly-regulated industries and she has translated that knowledge into a comprehensive medical cannabis practice. She has also represented event venues, entertainment providers, art galleries, authors, banks, recycling companies, investors, franchisors, an airport, and various small business owners. Whatever their industry Lara takes pride in getting to know her clients and working with them from start-up to wind-up.

Lara commenced her legal career as a litigator in Northern New Mexico, where she successfully defended marijuana and other criminal charges locally. Lara later took a position as in-house counsel for a premier company in the risk evaluation software industry and worked at a leading bio-pharmaceutical company. Both positions served as important career mechanisms that further developed her intellectual property knowledge, business sense, and transactional experience.

Lara is licensed to practice law in California, Colorado, and New Mexico (currently inactive). She graduated with honors from both her undergraduate program at the University of Southern California and law school at Tulane.

Lara is a founding board member and former executive officer of the National Cannabis Bar Association and currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco Cannabis Law Committee. She is a frequent speaker on matters of cannabis business law.

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Larry Schnurmacher
Founder & Managing Partner, Phyto Partners

Larry Schnurmacher

Founder & Managing Partner, Phyto Partners

Larry Schnurmacher is a career investment professional having managed capital for high net worth individuals for over 25 years. After retiring from Morgan Stanley in 2015, Mr. Schnurmacher founded Phyto Partners to help investors capitalize on the opportunity in the Cannabis industry, what he saw as a once in a lifetime opportunity. Over the last 5 years, Mr. Schnurmacher has invested in 30 privately held cannabis companies, including industry leaders Leaflink, Vangst, MarijuanaDoctor, Wurk, GreenFlower Media, and Front Range Biosciences. Mr. Schnurmacher has built Phyto Partners into one of the preeminent venture capital funds in the space, and has been recognized as a Top Cannabis Investment fund by Forbes and BusinessInsider. Mr. Schnurmacher graduated from the George Washington University with a BBA in Finance. Larry serves on the Board of Directors of the South Florida Jewish Federation, Committee Member of West Boca Jewish Community Center, and is active with the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation.

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Lauren Laplante
Chief Growth Officer, Spokes Digital

Lauren Laplante

Chief Growth Officer, Spokes Digital

As a member of the Senior Leadership team at Spokes Digital, Lauren is accountable for all growth-related activities, including sales, marketing, client services, account management, delivery and business development.

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Lauren Rudick
Partner, Hiller, PC

Lauren Rudick

Partner, Hiller, PC

Lauren is the co-founder of Hiller, PC’s cannabis law practice. What started as a passion project in patient rights during a brief residency in California, Lauren has become one of the Nation’s preeminent cannabis attorneys. Her practice is centered upon the representation of start-up organizations and investors. With her diverse background in corporate law, litigation, and land-use and zoning, she provides clients with the most up-to-date information necessary to operate and invest in successful cannabis and ancillary businesses. Lauren has run successful applications in competitive medical cannabis states and adult-use markets alike, and represents a broad spectrum of cannabis and hemp clients, including plant-touching breeders, cultivators, processors, and product manufacturers; investors, including family offices and angels; and multiple ancillary businesses, including networking associations, packaging businesses, ingredient manufacturers, medical professionals, and industry consultants. Lauren is also a member of the legal team that brought an action against former Attorney General Sessions and the federal government seeking, among other things, a declaration that the mis-classification of cannabis as a Schedule I drug is unconstitutional.

Lauren is an Expert Contributor to Marijuana Venture Magazine, a frequent speaker at national and local cannabis events, including, among others, MJ Biz Con, the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition, NCIA, Emerald Cup, and the Women Grow Leadership Summit and provides pro bono legal and advocacy services to the Cannabis Cultural Association, among others. Lauren also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the International Cannabis Bar Association, as the organization’s Treasurer. Lauren enjoys an extensive network of cannabis professionals nationwide, enabling her to provide full legal and business services to her clients.

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Louis Han
Director of Deal Flow, Arcview Group

Louis Han

Director of Deal Flow, Arcview Group

Mr. Han is primarily responsible for developing deal flow for The Arcview Group’s investor network. He gained his investment experience from working with high net-worth foreign nationals in private equity and debt financings in commercial real estate transactions.

The cannabis industry became his passion after founding, operating and exiting a tax-paying medical cannabis collective that reached over 300 patients in the San Francisco Bay Area in just 1 year.

A long-time advocate for local and international communities in need, Mr. Han had the privilege of arguing a deportation case pro bono in front of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, receiving multiple awards for pro bono service within the Silicon Valley community, teaching ESL to underprivileged youth in South Korea, and community leadership with Rotary International.

He received his law degree from Santa Clara University with a focus on corporate law and immigration. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Davis.

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Mark Salzberg
Partner, Restructuring & Insolvency Practice Group, Squire Patton Boggs, LLP

Mark Salzberg

Partner, Restructuring & Insolvency Practice Group, Squire Patton Boggs, LLP

Mark has extensive experience representing debtors, creditors’ committees, financial institutions, secured and unsecured creditors, franchisors and distributors in bankruptcy matters throughout the United States. He has served as the lead appellate counsel in multiple bankruptcy appeals at both the district court and bankruptcy appellate panel levels and regularly counsels clients on intellectual property matters arising under the Bankruptcy Code.

In addition to his bankruptcy work, Mark has represented parties in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation cases in both state and federal courts, including lender liability suits and other business tort actions, breach of contract, trade secret and noncompete actions.

Mark is a frequent author on many subjects, including cannabis and insolvency issues and intellectual property issues arising in bankruptcy.

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Matthew Anderson
CEO, Vanguard Scientific Systems

Matthew Anderson

CEO, Vanguard Scientific Systems

Matt is dedicated to spiritual science and the belief that plant-based medicines can truly heal.

As the Founder and CEO of Vanguard Scientific Systems, Matt is uniquely positioned to change how the world’s leading processing, extraction and active-ingredient manufacturers work with cannabis, hemp, and other natural botanicals.

Matt is a true entrepreneur, having created Enlightened Grain Spirits, a nationally distributed spirits company out of his garage at the age of 22. With an unrelenting thirst for knowledge and an inspiring appreciation for the beauty of life, Anderson is a seasoned creative marketer possessing expertise within branding, industrial design, and advertising.

As a Partner at MacArthur Capital, LLP, Matt has had ground-level work experience in the global cannabis industry since 2015. MacArthur, a private equity company, has deployed more than $30 million dollars into the industry throughout the areas of advanced cultivation, supply-chain design, contract manufacturing, and technology advancement. Anderson’s leadership throughout this process has fueled his passion as a life sciences champion and contributed to the success of Vanguard Scientific.

Matt intends to deliver a global network of integrated systems and solutions to meet the processing needs of the rapidly evolving cannabis and hemp industries. Through partnerships committed to market-leading technology, standards, quality control, and training excellence, Vanguard Scientific Systems will lead with compliance and consistency to provide a stable supply chain to the global marketplace.

Anderson received his degrees in International Business and Economics from Rollins College with an area focus in Performance Ensemble.

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Max Prokell
Founder & CEO, Elevato Marketing

Max Prokell

Founder & CEO, Elevato Marketing

Max is the Founder and CEO of Elevato Marketing, a full-service digital marketing agency for the cannabis industry. Max is passionate about helping brands achieve their goals through strategic and creative marketing solutions. Through his experience working in the digital marketing and advertising industry, he has been able to help cannabis brands grow their business while helping them navigate the rules of marketing a canna-business online.

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Dr. Melanie Bone
Physician and Educator, 2nd.MD

Dr. Melanie Bone

Physician and Educator, 2nd.MD

Combining 30 years professional experience in gynecology with a focus on cannabis as therapy, Dr. Bone uses her unique personal experiences as a cancer survivor and woman to stand on the edge of innovation in women’s health. Educating others is a key in Dr. Bone’s belief about how innovation takes place. As a cannabis physician and advocate Dr. Bone is passionate about endocannabinoid care as part of a functional and integrative approach to holistic medicine. She is confidant and comfortable speaking on a number of topics but is most committed to exploring the potential role exogenous cannabinoids play in women’s health care.

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Neil Kaufman Esq.
Managing Member, Kaufman & Associates, LLC

Neil Kaufman Esq.

Managing Member, Kaufman & Associates, LLC

Mr. Kaufman is the managing member of Kaufman & Associates, LLC, Corporate & Securities Counsel to the Legal Cannabis Industry™. He combines over 35 years of practicing corporate and securities law at the highest levels with extensive cannabis industry experience. Mr. Kaufman represents a wide variety of cannabis companies and investors in their corporate, securities, financing, borrowing, merger & acquisition, contract, and other legal matters, and has participated in over $800 million of cannabis-industry financing transactions.

Mr. Kaufman serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Long Island Capital Alliance, a non-profit organization that has assisted dozens of local companies in raising over $200 million in growth capital; Chairman of the Long Island Chapter of Financial Executives International, a nationwide organization of CFOs and controllers; a Trustee and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Two Roads Shared Trust, a series of mutual funds with $3 billion under management, and Altegris KKR Commitments Master Fund, a private equity mutual fund. Mr. Kaufman formerly served as Chairman of the board of directors of Vizacom Inc., a NASDAQ-listed software and technology solutions company and Chairman of the Corporation, Banking & Securities Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association.

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Nicole Van Rensburg
Chief Executive Officer, Bloom Medicinals

Nicole Van Rensburg

Chief Executive Officer, Bloom Medicinals

As the Chief Executive Officer of Bloom Medicinals, Nicole van Rensburg is a partner and co-founder of multiple businesses with over five years’ experience in the cannabis industry, and eight distinct facilities operating in highly-regulated, incipient markets. With almost two decades’ experience in healthcare, Nicole brings her expertise in organizational management, quality assurance, and strategic thinking to her medical cannabis businesses. Bloom Medicinals and its affiliated entities has realized 5% average monthly revenue growth, achieved financial break-even within the first twelve months of operation, and has operated free of any infractions by overseeing state agencies.

In an effort to destigmatize public perception around cannabis, Nicole frequently speaks at industry conferences on behalf of The Marijuana Policy Project, National Conference of State Legislatures, MJ Daily “Marijuana Business Conference and Expo”, and Legal Learning Series. She has written articles which have been published in USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, New Cannabis Ventures, Canna Law Blog, and Cannabis Culture. Nicole has received and/or is a finalist for a number of awards including: BURJ CEO Award for Women in Business; Miami Cannabis Business Award; MJ Biz Daily- U.S. Market Leader Award in Retail- Finalist; and 2019 Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

Nicole holds multiple cannabis production related and manufacturing certifications, as well as certifications in diversity and inclusion, and social equity. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration degree from Emory University where she graduated with honors, and a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management as a scholarship recipient.

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Patricia Heer
Editor, Cannabis Law Digest

Patricia Heer

Editor, Cannabis Law Digest

Believing in the importance of education and access to information, Patricia H. Heer co-founded the Cannabis Law Digest, an electronic platform of legal resources for the cannabis industry. The Digest contains cannabis statutes and regulations, industry specific articles, agency guidelines, and state and federal cannabis court decisions summarized by industry attorneys. Any cannabis industry participant can empower oneself by staying on top what courts and regulators are saying about the issues affecting one’s business and quickly adapting to any changes.

Historically, Patricia has practiced in the area of commercial litigation and business reorganization at an AmLaw100 firm. Patricia’s litigation and transactional experience enables her to now advise clients in the rapidly shifting cannabis industry.

Patricia Heer is a member of the State Regulations Committee of the National Cannabis Industry Association, a member of the Emerging Issues Committee of the National Cannabis Bar Association, and a member of the New York City Affairs Committee of the New York City Bar Association. She has also published several articles on issues affecting the cannabis industry and is a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences.

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Ross Duffield
Director of Agronomy, Etoura CBD; Owner, Bonnie Blue Farms LLC

Ross Duffield

Director of Agronomy, Etoura CBD; Owner, Bonnie Blue Farms LLC

Bonnie Blue Farms started as a vegetable and grass fed lamb operation but has added consultation to its list of services. Ross and his partner Maggie Saska have over 30 years combined experience in growing crops and livestock that help them guide the advice they give to farmers. Hemp is a crop that is new to the US and fits well in any organic farming operation be it vegetables, hay, or grain crops. Ross’ background growing up on a dairy farm, teaching high school social studies, and farm management at Glasbern Inn and Rodale Institute, has provided him with keen insight and experience into working hemp into just about any farming operation. Ross also teaches classes at Delaware Valley University focusing on organic crop and livestock management as well as fiber production. Ross has spoke at many conferences on the subjects of hemp cultivation, pastured hogs, organic grain production and organic transitioning and hopes to provide farmers and consumers with real world advice that will lead to their success.

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Sonia Jimenez
Deputy Administrator for the Specialty Crops Program, United States Department of Agriculture

Sonia Jimenez

Deputy Administrator for the Specialty Crops Program, United States Department of Agriculture

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Sumit Mehta
CEO, MAZAKALI

Sumit Mehta

CEO, MAZAKALI

Sumit Mehta is the Founder and CEO of MAZAKALI, a cannabis investment firm based in San Francisco with offices in Denver and Chicago. MAZAKALI offers capital placement services to family offices, accredited investors, RIAs and institutions via its Outsourced Cannabis Investment Officer (OCIO) service.

Sumit founded MAZAKALI to counteract the negative consequences of business practices that deplete resources by making investments in sustainable cannabis and hemp. By shepherding capital in a responsible and ethical manner, MAZAKALI and its clients envision a world where cannabis investment will play a significant role Beyond Impact. Sumit authors the MAZAKALI GreenPaper™, a leading narrative that has gained authority through knowledge on deep trends in the industry that matter to investors and operators alike.

Sumit serves on the Banking and Financial Services Committee (BFSC) for the National Cannabis Industry Association and is a finance and strategy consultant to The Arcview Group, the largest cannabis focused private investor network in America. Sumit also continues to mentor cannabis management teams and advise private equity cannabis transactions. Sumit and MAZAKALI support NCIA, SSDP and MPP in their efforts to promote cannabis education and awareness.

Prior to joining the cannabis industry, Sumit spent two decades on Wall Street at Merrill Lynch, UBS Investment Bank, Susquehanna International and Raymond James Financial. In 2016, Sumit left an advisory practice at J.P. Morgan to launch MAZAKALI.

Sumit earned an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and a BA with Honors in Economics with minors in Math and Physics from the University of Texas at Austin. Sumit holds investment banking, brokerage and investment advisory securities licenses and resides in San Francisco where he enjoys motorcycles, yoga, craft beer and the great outdoors.

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Tahira Rehmatullah
President, T3 Ventures

Tahira Rehmatullah

President, T3 Ventures

Tahira Rehmatullah is President of T3 Ventures and on the board of directors for Akerna Corp. From brand building to hedge funds, Tahira has previously held positions at Hypur Ventures, MTech Acquisition Corp., Marley Natural, Privateer Holdings, City First Enterprises, Perry Capital, and Ernst & Young. She is an investor and advisor to numerous cannabis businesses and entrepreneurs, including the advisory board of The Initiative and the Last Prisoner Project, and is dedicated to developing female and minority leadership in the industry. Tahira earned her MBA from the Yale School of Management and B.S. in Finance from The Ohio State University. She resides in New York City.

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Thuy Vu
Director of Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Hammer Enterprises Integrated Solutions

Thuy Vu

Director of Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Hammer Enterprises Integrated Solutions

Thuy is the Founder and CEO of Thuy Vu Consulting, a consulting firm committed to training and educating industry and government agencies on food safety, life safety, and occupational health hazards of marijuana and industrial hemp consumer product manufacturing, in efforts to promote public health and public safety.
Thuy also serves as the Chief Compliance and Safety Officer and Director of Regulatory Affairs for Hammer Enterprises Integrated Systems, one of the largest vertically-integrated industrial hemp companies in Colorado and is the only cannabis company to be awarded the Colorado Department of Environment’s Environmental Leadership Program Achievement Award. Hammer Enterprises is a custom white label manufacturer offering full-spectrum hemp oil, CBD isolate, concentrates, vapes, tinctures, soft gels, topicals, and gummies. Hammer Enterprises is committed to strict quality control guidelines, ethical standards, and high integrity to deliver pesticide-free, chemical-free, and preservative-free products. Hammer Enterprises is devoted to setting the highest standards in the industry, promoting public health, public safety, and environmental stewardship.

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Tim Seymour
Founder & CIO, Asset Management and Co-Host, CNBC’s Fast Money

Tim Seymour

Founder & CIO, Asset Management and Co-Host, CNBC’s Fast Money

Tim Seymour is founder and Chief Investment Officer of Seymour Asset Management (SAM). SAM provides both asset management and wealth management services for its clients, including direct investment and allocation to private equity and alternative assets. Tim is also the Portfolio Manager of the Amplify Seymour Cannabis ETF ticker: $CNBS.

Tim has over 22 years of investment experience as a portfolio manager, allocator and capital markets professional across multiple asset classes. Tim is a recognized voice within the investment community as a trader and market strategist on CNBC. For over a decade, Tim has been a primary investor voice on CNBC’s Fast Money. Tim is often cited as one of the top finance professionals on Twitter, including The Wall Street Journal’s “Top Tweets For Your Money”.

Tim was the CIO and co-founder of Triogem Asset Management where the firm’s flagship fund was a long short global emerging market equity strategy. Triogem’s investment approach was rooted in running a low volatility portfolio that managed top down risks while employing a rigorous research process to bottom up stock picking.

Prior to Triogem, Tim was co-founder and Managing Partner at Red Star Asset Management (Moscow, New York), where he ran a core strategy emphasizing low volatility, multi-strat fund investing across Russia/Eastern Europe. Before launching Red Star, Tim was a Partner and Managing Director at Troika Dialog, Russia’s largest investment bank in Moscow.

Tim started his career at UBS in New York, focusing on international macro. Tim completed the firm’s capital markets training program after graduating with an MBA in International Finance from Fordham University.

Tim lives in New York City with his wife and two children. When he is not with his family, Tim is playing drums and singing in his two bands.

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Trisha Larocchia
Senior Vice President , North 6th Agency

Trisha Larocchia

Senior Vice President , North 6th Agency

Trisha Larocchia oversees North 6th Agency’s (N6A) public relations and digital marketing group dedicated to supporting the legal cannabis industry. With more than 12 years of experience developing insights-based integrated marketing campaigns and media outreach strategies, Trisha’s experience has allocated her a deep understanding of the intricacies of cannabis-related communication.

During her tenure at N6A, an award-winning brand communications and social media agency based in New York City, Trisha has represented a diverse ecosystem of both plant-touching and ancillary cannabis companies including those in the consumer and business tech, biotech, publicly-traded multi-state operators and consumer product good spaces.

Trisha has a proven track record of crafting compelling brand narratives and developing reactionary communications plans during an industry-wide crisis. Trisha is able to counsel both budding entrepreneurs and leading executives on how to enhance campaign reporting and better measure the impact of targeted PR efforts on key business goals.

Trisha graduated from Marist College and lives on Long Island with her husband, young son and dog.