Speaker List New York

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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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Alain Bankier
Managing Partner, VSTechVentures

Alain Bankier

Alain is a Managing Partner of VS Tech Ventures which provides legal, tech and advisory help to cannabis companies. He is a investor cannabis, technology, and food tech investor, the co-founder of the New York Angels and a member of ArcView. Until 2013, Alain was Co-CEO of Manischewitz Company. He is a Wharton and NYU graduate.

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Alexander Lalka
Partner, Miller Thomson LLP

Alexander Lalka

Alexander Lalka has a corporate law practice focusing on mergers and acquisitions and securities law. Alexander’s practice includes public and private acquisitions, public offerings, private placements, venture capital transactions, business combinations, and general corporate and commercial matters. Alexander routinely advises public companies on corporate governance and executive compensation matters, continuous disclosure requirements, and other obligations under securities laws and stock exchange policies. He often provides strategic advice to private companies in various industries when they are proceeding with a going-public transaction to list on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the TSX Venture Exchange or the Canadian Securities Exchange, including initial public offerings, capital pool transactions, and direct listings. Alexander advises acquirers and target companies relating to share and asset transactions and other types of business combinations including amalgamations, plans of arrangement, and reverse-takeover transactions. He frequently assists clients with corporate reorganizations, shareholder and joint venture agreements, service agreements, and other commercial contracts. Alexander is a member of Miller Thomson’s cannabis group and routinely advises clients in the cannabis industry relating to corporate and securities matters and often works collaboratively with other professionals relating to cannabis regulatory, health and advertising matters.

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Andi Gold

Andi Gold

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Andi Goldman
Principal, ABG Advisory / Equitas Partners Fund

Andi Goldman

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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Andrea Winslow
Analytical Chemist, BSC Group

Andrea Winslow

Boasting a wealth of experience from her 15+ years spent in traditional pharmaceuticals and R&D, Dr. Andrea Winslow now serves as BSC Group’s lead Analytical Chemist. With a BA in Chemistry from Wesleyan University, and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Miami, Dr. Winslow has held noteworthy positions of leadership for Janssen Pharmaceutica, R.W. Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute and McNeil Consumer Healthcare. Specific areas of experience and acumen with direct parallels to cannabis include: cGMP/cGLP practices, process validation, QA/QC procedures, product formulation, and analytical and technology development.

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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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Axel Berbane
Counsel to the Governor, New York State

Axel Berbane

Axel Bernabe currently serves as Counsel to the Governor of New York for health-related matters — a position to which he was appointed in 2015. As Counsel for Health, Axel oversees, among other things, the current expansion of the State’s Medical Marijuana program, the rollout of the State’s hemp CBD program, as well as the potential impact of a regulated adult use program in New York State. Prior to joining Governor Cuomo’s team, Axel was a partner at the law firm of Constantine Cannon where he was a well-recognized expert in representing clients in the HealthCare industry, particularly in the area of antitrust law. In that capacity, he developed substantial experience in analyzing highly regulated healthcare markets and provided strategic counseling and business advice to companies and associations on how to navigate complex regulatory frameworks.

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Barbara Paley
Founder and CEO, Art Assets

Barbara Paley

Barbara is an entrepreneur who has created companies and assets in real estate investments (Brooklyn and Manhattan) is founder of Art Assets, and is now mixing these two assets classes with Cannabis investments.

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Bruce Linton
Chairman and CEO, Canopy Growth Corporation

Bruce Linton

Mr. Linton is the founder of Canopy Growth Corporation (CGC) and co-founder of Tweed Marijuana Inc. Bruce’s primary focus has been to position cannabis brands in a competitive market and to raise the capital necessary to fund such operations. Bruce’s experience as a founder, CEO, and Board member across a wide variety of enterprises has influenced the positive start of Canopy Growth, which to date has enjoyed market support for capital raises of over $150 million and the distinction of being the first company in the industry to be offered debt instruments by a federal lender. Bruce has led three M&A transactions valued over $500 million total since founding CGC. In addition to his leadership responsibility at Canopy Growth, Bruce is the CEO of communications company Martello Technologies. After beginning his career at Newbridge Networks Corporation, he has since held positions that include General Manager and Re-Founder of Computerland.ca, President and Co-Founder of webHancer Corp, and part of the establishing team at CrossKeys Systems Corporation. He was also part of the leadership team for the NASDAQ/TSX initial public offering at CrossKeys. Bruce has been responsible for the acquisition and/or disposition of over $600 million in business assets, and has established regular engagement with the World Bank and Asia Development Bank while focused on markets in India, Philippines, China, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. He is the past Chairman of the Ottawa Community Loan Foundation, past Board Member and Treasurer of Canada World Youth past Board of Governor for Carleton University, past President of the Nepean Skating Club and past President of the Carleton University Students Association.

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Cameron McCoy
AVP, Economic Engagement, Lehigh University

Cameron McCoy

Cameron McCoy is responsible for developing and executing an integrated strategic plan for Lehigh’s economic engagement functions, including Industry Engagement, Non-profit Engagement, Career & Professional Development, Federal Agency – Industry – Lehigh relations, Research Park assessment, and elements of Technology Transfer and Economic Development. His Ph.D. work focused on economics and educational administration evaluating university organizational approaches to economic engagement. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Kiss Institute of Practical Robotics, the Association of University Research Parks, the American Red Cross of the Lehigh Valley, the Accreditation Council for the Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities (ACEEU), and the University-Industry Innovation Network. McCoy is also active on numerous Higher Education and Economic Development Committees including IEDC, AURP, and the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. A frequent speaker on the Triple Helix of Higher Education, he is on the editorial board for University-Industry Magazine and served as an AVP for the Association of University Technology Managers, on the Board of Directors of the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers, and on the Board of Advisors for the Greater OKC Chamber. An OU-EDI graduate, he was recognized in 2012 as one of Norman, Oklahoma’s 15 under 40, in 2013 as one of the IEDC 40 under forty in Economic Development internationally, and in 2014 was named to Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 under 40 list.

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Carl Cameron
CCO, New Frontier Data

Carl Cameron

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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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Christian Okoye
Founder, Christian Okoye Foundation

Christian Okoye

Christian “the Nigerian Nightmare” Okoye is a man of many accomplishments and generosities. The Nigerian-American former football player was the all-time rushing leader for the Kansas City Chiefs’ after playing six seasons with the team. Nicknamed the “Nigerian Nightmare” for his powerful running style and ability to break tackles, Okoye earned a league rushing title in 1989, two Pro Bowl appearances and three playoff appearances throughout his professional football career. Okoye was voted the American Football Conference MVP by the NFL Players Association and received the Mackie award for most touchdowns in the AFC. After retiring, Okoye started the Christian Okoye Foundation to help promote health and athleticism in children, proving them with opportunities internationally to get involved in sports and other fitness events. The Foundation draws at-risk and underprivileged youth by hosting free athletic clinics, where well-known professional athletes coach the children. The Foundation stresses the importance of sportsmanship and a positive attitude in sports, in business, and in life. Now, Okoye is speaking up in favor for America’s most popular controversial plant – marijuana. He’s a new spokesperson for cannabidiol (CBD) company Kannaway, which was the first hemp lifestyle network to offer phyto-cannabinoid botanical products. They offer many innovative topical and edible CBD products that are aimed to help people feed their endocannabinoid systems and lead happier healthier lives. He’s a huge fan because before taking CBD he was taking several pain medications every day and could feel himself becoming dependent. CBD has allowed him to exercise more vigorously like he used to when he was playing for the Chiefs and sleep much better – no pills needed.

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Claire Moloney
Growth Manager, LeafLink

Claire Moloney

Claire Moloney was the first hire & Growth Manager at LeafLink, the largest marketplace for wholesale cannabis. Since Claire joined the company, LeafLink has grown to over 30 employees. LeafLink is the first cannabis company named on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list and Fast Company’s top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Enterprise.

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Craig Pagano

Craig Pagano

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David Feldman
Partner, Duane Morris LLP

David Feldman

David N. Feldman concentrates his practice on corporate and securities law and mergers and acquisitions, as well as general representation of public and private companies, entrepreneurs, investors, and private equity and venture capital firms. Mr. Feldman also advises emerging growth companies with regard to alternatives to traditional financing through initial public offerings. He is also considered an authority on public offerings through the recently implemented SEC Regulation A+. Mr. Feldman also represents investors, social media sites, public and private issuers and applicants for grow and dispensary licenses in the emerging cannabis industry. Mr. Feldman has authored four books on finance and entrepreneurship, and contributed to three other books. His latest book, Regulation A+ and Other Alternatives to a Traditional IPO (John Wiley & Sons), will be available in February 2018. His popular blog at davidfeldmanblog.com, focusing on entrepreneurship and the regulatory environment, has been recognized by LexisNexis as a Top 25 corporate law blog, and his videos appear on his YouTube channel, The Entrepreneur’s Advocate. Mr. Feldman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as chair of the board of Wharton’s global alumni association.

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David Hess
Tress Capital, LLC

David Hess

David Hess is President and Co-Founder of Tress Capital, LLC. Founded in 2013, Tress Capital is a strategic venture capital firm embedded at the core of the global cannabis sector. Tress originates and manages investment for high-net-worth, family office, and institutional investors. Tress has a track record of successful industry investment and works closely with its companies and the industry providing active value-add support. The Tress portfolio includes industry leaders such as SC Labs, Headset, Baker Technologies, Cannabis Now, Grownetics, and Infusion Biosciences. A two-time cancer survivor, David was introduced to the vast benefits of medical cannabis while undergoing cancer treatments in 2001 and again in 2003. David has since dedicated himself to furthering research, awareness, and business opportunities in the expanding cannabis industry.

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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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Dean Petkanas
KannaLife Sciences

Dean Petkanas

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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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Diane Savino
New York State Senator

Diane Savino

New York State Senator Diane J. Savino was born and raised in Astoria, Queens and was educated at Most Precious Blood Elementary School and Dominican Commercial High School. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from St. John’s University and has a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. Diane Savino has dedicated her entire professional career towards improving the lives of working families. She began her career in public service as a caseworker for NYC’s Child Welfare Administration, providing direct assistance to abused and neglected children. In 2004, she was elected to represent the 23rd Senatorial District, which encompasses the North and East Shores of Staten Island and portions of Southern Brooklyn, including Bensonhurst, Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Dyker Heights, Gravesend and Sunset Park. Senator Savino has authored numerous laws protecting hard-working New Yorkers. Among the laws she has had enacted is the first in the nation Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights; the Prompt Pay Bill; Wage Theft Prevention Act; and another national first, The New York State Commercial Goods Transportation Industry Fair Play Act. Senator Savino currently serves as Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Banks and has previously served as chair of the Labor Committee, the Civil Service and Pensions Committee and the Children and Families Committee. From those committees she authored the law that would limit public authorities from contracting out for services that can be performed by public employees; provided a cost-of-living increase in the death benefit for widows and widowers of police officers and fire fighters killed in the line of duty and expanded and made permanent the Family Differential Response (FAR) Program.

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Dr. Chanda Macias
Owner and General Manager, National Holistic Healing Center Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Dr. Chanda Macias

Chanda Macias, MBA, Ph.D., is the Owner and General Manager of the National Holistic Healing Center Medical Marijuana Dispensary (NHHC) in Washington D.C. NHHC is a patient advocated company dedicated to providing individuals with debilitating medical conditions, and specific illnesses with alternative allopathic medicine. NHHC provides patient education and support, medical marijuana, and medical marijuana-infused products to qualifying patients or designated caregivers in compliance with the DC Department of Health. Dr. Macias earned her Ph.D. from Howard University in 2001 with a concentration in Cell Biology. She was extensively trained at the Howard University Cancer Center studying, breast cancer and evolved her studies to focus developing a model to understand how prostate cancer metastasizes to bone (Macias et al., 2002). Dr. Macias’ education, experience and skill set have prepared her for the venture in the medical marijuana industry. She is dedicated to the healthcare industry and continues to find innovative ways to meet the population’s needs with healthcare solutions. Dr. Macias has the scientific insight to assist with dosages, and medical marijuana strain alignment according to specific ailments. Dr. Macias genuinely wants to assist patients with their healthcare needs, and she is qualified and has the passion to do so.

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Dr. Julia Arnsten
Chief, Unified Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine , Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. Julia Arnsten

Dr. Julia Arnsten is Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology & Population Health, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Chief of the Unified Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center. An expert in delivering effective medical care to vulnerable populations, Dr. Arnsten has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1998. Her central research interests are adherence to medication-taking, the impact of substance use disorders on medical co-morbidities, and medical cannabis. Her research has led to changes in how medical care is delivered to persons with substance use disorders at Einstein and Montefiore through her own efforts, through working with faculty and fellows in the Division of General Internal Medicine, and through collaborations with faculty in many other fields. Dr. Arnsten earned her M.D. from New York University School of Medicine, an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. She completed residency training in Primary Care Internal Medicine at New York University Medical Center-Bellevue Hospital and fellowship training in General Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Arnsten was the Founding Chief of the Einstein-Montefiore Division of General Internal Medicine in 2004, and since then has created a vibrant academic home for more than 65 General Internal Medicine faculty members. Currently, Dr. Arnsten is developing a new Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research at Einstein/Montefiore.

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Dr. Junella Chin
Physician, MedLeafRx and Manhattan Osteopathy

Dr. Junella Chin

For over a decade, Dr. Chin lived and practiced medicine in California, a state with legalized medical marijuana since 1996. In California, her integrative family practice clinic focused on children with intractable epilepsy, cancer, and autism. She has seen firsthand just how much medical marijuana can benefit patients. A Bronx native, who moved back to New York two years ago, Dr. Chin is now registered with the New York State Medical Marijuana Program. She is currently treating both children and adults in New York. Dr. Chin is a chronic pain survivor. As an athlete in college, she injured her back with multiple spinal disc herniations and a spondylolisthesis. Doctors suggested opiate pain medications, steroids, epidurals, and ultimately surgery to fuse the spine. As a result of her experience, Dr. Chin decided to dedicate her medical career to finding effective, integrative and holistic approaches to patient care. Many of the meritorious certificates listed on Dr. Chin’s resume reveal more than a skilled physician, but also one dedicated to thinking beyond the limitations of standard allopathic medicine. She assumed a research position at Columbia University, Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Women’s Research in New York. Dr. Chin’s determination to best serve her patients included several years studying the effects of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine on uterine fibroids. Dr. Chin’s ability to forge caring relationships with her patients can be traced back to her early decision to treat children in impoverished areas. She has worked in under-served communities abroad: Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Korea and China. Dr. Chin served on the board of advisors for Hollywood HEART, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving at-risk teens with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Chin is a frequent keynote speaker on the science and medicine of cannabis and has spoken at hospitals, conferences, and events all over the world.

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

Dr. Kenneth Weinberg

Registered New York cannabis doctor and early adopter. Have spoken to various groups across the state about the program and the benefits of medical marijuana; spoke on Mary Murphy WPIX in favor of mmj for PTSD which helped legislature pass bill; have met with state legislators as program has evolved. Co-host of panel at Friars Club and Players Club on mmj. Seasoned doctor with track record in treating patients with all NY State eligible conditions.

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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. Ronald Aung-Din
Medical, Science and Development Advisor, Isodiol

Dr. Ronald Aung-Din

Dr. Ronald Aung-Din practices General Neurology & Neuro-Psychiatry in Sarasota, FL. He is board-certified by American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology; and member, American Academy of Neurology. After studies in Mechanical and Environmental Engineering at Bucknell (Lewisburg, PA) and Cornell (Ithaca, NY) Universities, he attended Columbia University in New York City for Premedical studies, followed by Medical School at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX. Residencies in Neurology and Neurosurgery were at University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Additional studies included a Medical Student Fellowship in Cardiology at Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford and Clinical Neurology Postgraduate Fellowship at National Hospital for Nervous Disease, Queen Square, London, UK. He has participated in over 60 pharmaceutical industry-sponsored clinical trials, functioning as Principal Investigator. Dr. Aung-Din is also active in treating varied conditions using delivery of neuro-active drugs with Direct Effects Technology, for which 8 patents have been granted to date in the United States and abroad. Direct Effects is unique in that therapeutic effect occurs through cutaneous free-nerve endings with direct afferent connections to CNS. As such, general circulation and blood-brain-barrier are bypassed, with avoidance of systemic side effects and drug interactions. Therapeutic benefits are also frequently realized within a short period, less than 15 minutes. AfGin Pharma, LLC was founded by Dr. Aung-Din in 2009 to advance this unique technology and its goal of “Enhanced Neuro-Therapeutics through Direct Effects Topical Technology.”

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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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Ellen Brown
Sinsemilla Seminars

Ellen Brown

Ellen Taylor Brown has mentored thousands of cannabis growers throughout the U.S. over the last 10 years. Her extensive knowledge and first-hand industry experience has made her a sought-after cannabis expert. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Ellen was awarded the Air Combat Command – Nutritional Medicine Airman of the Year award in 2008. As founder of Sinsemilla Seminars, Ellen Brown has taught students, patients and caregivers from all over the country in large classroom settings to freelance consulting in the marijuana industry. Ellen’s educational outreach specializes in sustainable cannabis cultivation, best practices and how to create a multitude of cannabis by products from hashish to edibles. A prominent advocate and educator, she has spoken all over the world including the Boston Freedom Rally, Seattle Hempfest and the High Times Jamaica Cannabis Cup. Ellen using her knowledge to inspire others to become their own best advocates. Her tremendous skill set is what sets her students and clients up for success in the cannabis industry. She continues to impart her years of wisdom and experience to help create a much-needed paradigm shift on the failing war on drugs. She believes that if we teach each other about the benefits of the cannabis and hemp plants that we will be able to secure the plant’s safety for future generations. In an industry that is evolving, growing and thriving we need teachers and advocates who will empower and lead by example such as she has.

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Ellie Siegel
Founder, Longview Strategic LLC

Ellie Siegel

Ellie Siegel is an attorney, business consultant and advisor. She founded Longview Strategic LLC to assist entities pursuing permits and developing operations in regulated cannabis markets throughout the country, and has consulted to companies engaging with cannabis businesses from the healthcare, pharmaceutical, technology and fitness industries. As a compliment to Longview Strategic LLC, Ms. Siegel co-founded Carmody Siegel LLC, a boutique law firm handling matters of general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and the private placement of securities. Ms. Siegel is an Advisor to Greenhouse Ventures LLC, a startup accelerator for ancillary companies in the cannabis and industrial hemp industries. She has also supported multiple cannabis research organizations, fostering collaboration between universities and personally connecting the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp at Thomas Jefferson University to its namesake donor, Barry Lambert. Additionally, she is Co-Producing a documentary film on innovation and inventiveness in the cannabis industry in collaboration with the Emmy award winning, Pennsylvania-based documentary film company, History Making Productions. Ms. Siegel is from South Jersey, completed her JD and MBA at Rutgers University, and received her undergraduate BFA from the Tisch School for the Arts at New York University. She is currently completing Post-Graduate Certificates in Medical Product Development as well as Regulatory Affairs and Compliance at the University of California, Irvine.

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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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Erin Pagano

Erin Pagano

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Fred Polsinelli
Founder and CEO, Polsinelli Public Affairs

Fred Polsinelli

Frederico Polsinelli is the Founder and CEO of Polsinelli Public Affairs (PPA), a high stakes public strategy and marketing communications agency based in New York City. PPA has been a leader in the cannabis industry since 2014, providing clients with customized strategies within core areas such as lobbying, public relations, business development, sales and digital targeting. PPA’s extensive cannabis industry experience includes partnerships with license holders, management companies, retailers, distributors, extractors, cultivators, financiers, security firms, regulators, elected officials, reporters, editors, media executives, physicians, patient groups, and the general public. PPA was founded in 2006 by Polsinelli after working inside New York State government for high ranking elected officials including Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno and Senator William Larkin. Fred is a graduate of the University at Albany and currently lives in Manhattan with his wife Nicole.

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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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George Allen
President, Acreage Holdings

George Allen

Mr. Allen, a seasoned executive with extensive financing and transaction experience, was previously Chief Investment Officer of Cambridge Information Group (CIG), where he managed a portfolio of private and public direct investments as well as a collection of indirect investments, and founded an internally managed hedge fund focused on global growth equities. Mr. Allen managed corporate development at Blucora, a CIG Investment, guiding the company as it transformed into a successful public leader in its vertical that now operates independently, securing an extremely profitable investment for CIG on its four-year investment. Prior to Blucora, Mr. Allen spent nine years at Warburg Pincus, managing investments in the communication, media, and technology sectors, and Goldman Sachs in New York and Hong Kong, where he invested capital in distressed securities.

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George Anastassov
Axim Biotechnologies

George Anastassov

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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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Giadha de Carcer
Founder & CEO, Frontier Financial Group Inc.

Giadha 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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Gina Caracciola
Cannabis Business Advocate

Gina Caracciola

Gina Caracciolo was the lead emergency room nurse at the hospital when Beyla was rushed in with her father, Craig. She grabbed an IV to help Beyla who was severely dehydrated, and was able to “stick” it although it was tricky. She immediately bonded with the Paganos. When she saw how Bayla was reacting to the CBD Hemp Oil she was taking she saw clear signs that she was able to function again. Her personality was beginning to shine through again. Caracciolo was later involved in fundraisers to help the Pagano family get CBD oil for Beyla.

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Heather Molloy
Owner, ulu capital & consulting llc

Heather Molloy

Heather is an angel investor with a focus on cannabis, wellness and technology. She supports women-led teams or teams with diverse management (through investment or sweat!) Heather is a co-founder and board member at Jane West, a lifestyle company that is actively redefining society’s perceptions around cannabis consumption. She invested in and was part of an application team that was awarded a Maryland license to dispense cannabis and I have made Her consulting entity, ulu capital & consulting llc, has consulted with medical and recreational cannabis businesses, applicants or investors in Maryland, Arizona, and California. Drawing on a successful career in regulated industries, Heather works to help cannabis businesses succeed in a dynamic regulatory environment. Before 2016, she was focused on the regulated insurance industry where she developed investment and business strategies, facilitated executive-level hiring, and managed regulatory approvals.

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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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Jay Czarkowski
Founding Partner, Canna Advisors

Jay Czarkowski

Jay Czarkowski is an influential cannabis entrepreneur, investor, and advocate. A well-connected and respected industry insider, Jay and his team have helped build cannabis industries in more than a dozen states. As Founding Partner at Canna Advisors, Jay forges new avenues in the legal cannabis market with informed agility and strategic sophistication. With nearly a decade of regulatory experience as a consultant and award-winning operator, Jay has paved the way for innovative startups and technologies. A foremost authority on real estate development and cultivation design, Jay has held a commercial general contractor license since 2002 and has worked on cannabis industry projects throughout the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.

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Jeff Lowenfels
Jeff Lowenfels

Jeff Lowenfels

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Jim Preston
Director of Operations, New England Veterans Association

Jim Preston

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Joel Milton
Co-Founder and CEO, Baker Technologies

Joel Milton

Joel Milton has been involved in a number of early-stage startups, as an employee, a partner, an advisor, and a founder. As Co-Founder & CEO of Baker, he is primarily responsible for fundraising, business development, and company strategy. Joel started his career in business development after graduating from Colgate University. Since then, he has been helping companies develop growth strategies, fundraise, and execute operational success. Baker is the leading CRM for the cannabis industry, servicing more than 1,000 dispensaries across the US and Canada. Baker helps dispensaries generate more revenue and build relationships with their customers through a variety of products featuring online ordering, customer loyalty, messaging, and analytics. Founded in 2014, the company graduated from notable startup accelerator 500 Startups and is already one of the largest companies in the cannabis space with $11.5 million in total capital raised and over 60 full-time employees.

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Joel Pepin
Co-Founder, SJR Labs LLC

Joel Pepin

Joel is co-founder of SJR Labs LLC of Maine. SJR is Maine’s original Co2 Extraction and Processing company serving State licensed caregivers, patients and dispensaries. SJR specializes in extraction and post processing of medical cannabis and hemp including winterization and fractional distillation. Joel also is a co-owner of JAR Consulting which designs and manages commercial indoor cultivation operations. Joel is also co-director of cultivation & processing for Middlesex Integrative Medicine; a non-profit state licensed medical marijuana dispensary currently in the buildout phase of its grow and lab space.

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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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Jon Trauben
Partner, Altitude Investment Management, LLC

Jon Trauben

Jon Trauben is a partner in Altitude Investment Management. Altitude is a cannabis-focused investment fund that invests across the domestic and international cannabis industry. Jon is a cannabis investor, association member, mentor and board member to several of his funds’ portfolio companies. 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 has held senior positions on Wall Street while at Barclays, Credit Suisse, Cantor Fitzgerald and Hunt Companies where he was a business leader, lender, trader and investor. While at Barclays and Credit Suisse he was a Managing Director and senior member of the real estate finance groups and was involved in more than $50 billion of transactions. Jon earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rutgers University and he attended New York University’s Masters of Science Real Estate Program. Jon holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.

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Jonathan Purow
Principal, Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman, P.C.

Jonathan Purow

Jonathan focuses on trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation and transactional work. He works with clients to establish, license and protect their intellectual property rights as necessary, from online rights enforcement to actual litigation. Prior to working at the firm, Jonathan was a Director at Grand Army Entertainment, a film financing company that financed over $250 million in independent films. After Grand Army, Jonathan worked as an associate at a general practice law firm in Brooklyn, New York.

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Jonathan Rubin
CEO, Cannabis Benchmarks

Jonathan Rubin

Jonathan has nearly 25 years of business experience in regulated and unregulated markets, including 18 years as a management consultant advising on strategy, financing, acquisitions and post-merger integration. Over the past decade he directed the turn-around of the energy commodity analytics business acquired by S&P Global Platts from The Financial Times; provided due diligence on the acquisition of a globally recognized commodity information service; and co-launched The Petrochemical Standard, a commodity pricing agency serving traders of petrochemical futures.

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Joshua Bauchner
Partner, Ansell Grimm & Aaron, PC

Joshua Bauchner

Joshua S. Bauchner is a partner with the Firm and Co-Chair of the Litigation Department, as well as a member of the Cannabis Law, Community Association Law and Bankruptcy practice groups. His areas of concentration include complex commercial, class action, bankruptcy-related, and securities litigation, including: enforcing commercial lease agreements, guaranties, purchase and sale contracts, and commission agreements; litigating partnership disputes; defending against class-actions arising from alleged violations of consumer protection and related statutes; litigating claims arising from bad faith denial of insurance coverage; and defending against commercial foreclosure actions.

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Joshua Vinciguerra
Director, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, New York State Department of Health

Joshua Vinciguerra

Joshua S. Vinciguerra is the Director of the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement at the New York State Department of Health. He is a member of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Task Force to Combat Heroin. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of State Controlled Substance Authorities and is a member of the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws Resource Group on Novel Psychoactive Substances. Mr. Vinciguerra is a former federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York. He has also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Attorney General’s Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau, and as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office under Mr. Robert Morgenthau, where he prosecuted narcotics and weapons crimes in the Office of Special Narcotics, and white-collar crime in the Frauds Bureau. He clerked in the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, in Rochester, New York. He is a volunteer firefighter.

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Joy Beckerman
Principal, Hemp Ace International

Joy Beckerman

Joy Beckerman is the Principal Industrial Hemp Specialist at Hemp Ace International (www.HempAce.com), a New York-based consulting, legal support, expert witness, and brokerage firm serving the global community. She is the Vice President of the Hemp Industries Association, founded in 1994 and sits on the National Board of Directors of NORML, founded in 1970. After opening the first hemp store in the State of New York in the early 1990’s, Joy served as Secretary to the Vermont Hemp Council upon passage of the inaugural Vermont hemp bill in 1996. In mid-1998, she commenced an extensive dual career as a compliance and complex civil litigation paralegal, supporting some of the West Coast’s most distinguished attorneys. Joy is an internationally respected voice, writer and renowned public speaker on a spectrum of industrial hemp and Cannabis Movement(s) subjects who has presented at continuing legal education seminars and at numerous colleges, universities, and conferences over the last nearly quarter of a century. She also works directly with lawmakers and regulators, both proactively and upon request.

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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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Kate Bell Esq.
Legislative Counsel, Marijuana Policy Project

Kate Bell Esq.

Kate M. Bell, Esq. is a legislative counsel at the Marijuana Policy Project. She joined the staff of MPP in December 2015 and is responsible for its work in D.C., Idaho, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, South Dakota, and Wyoming. She serves as a resource for state legislators, the press, and the public and tracks marijuana legislation in all of those states, and is a lobbyist and organizer in several of them. Her marijuana policy interests include expungement of prior offenses and the intersection of marijuana policy and the opiate crisis. Prior to joining MPP, Ms. Bell was an attorney in private practice based in Baltimore, Maryland, practicing primarily criminal defense as well as civil rights and appellate work. Ms. Bell graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.

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Leo Bridgewater
Co-Founder, NJ Cannabis Commission

Leo Bridgewater

Leo Bridgewater Sr. was born and raised in Trenton NJ. In 2001, Leo enlisted into the United States Army in response to the September 11 attacks in New York City and Washington DC. There, he spent 5 years as a Telecommunications specialist with multiple deployments to Iraq. After separating from the Army in 2006, he spent another 2 ½ years working for the Dept. of the Army at the Pentagon in Washington DC. As a Department of Defense Contractor serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Leo has worked for companies like L-3 Communications, ITT systems, and Excellis. Having had 3 battle buddies attempt suicide and 2 being successful, the number of Veteran suicides per day (22) is an issue Leo finds to be totally unacceptable. Leo’s advocacy has seen him testify in NJ Senate Committee to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) added to the NJ Medical Marijuana Program. As a result of his efforts, in September of 2016, NJ Gov. Chris Christie signed bill S-2345 adding PTSD to the NJMMP. Currently, Leo serves as NJ Chapter President of Minorities for Medical Marijuana and is Sub-Committee Chair of Minorities with the New Jersey Cannabusiness Association. He has partnered with organizations like Coalition Medical Marijuana New Jersey, Drug Policy Alliance, Americans Civil Liberties Union, I Deserve Canna, Cannabis Cultural Association, and Weed 4 Warriors -Trenton NJ Chapter. Signaling his evolution as an advocate and entrepreneur in the industry, he is the Co-Founder of the NJ Cannabis Commission, with a mission to be a vessel by which the industry works through in the state of New Jersey.

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Liz Carmouche
Mixed Martial Arts Fighter, Ultimate Fighting Championship

Liz Carmouche

Liz Carmouche is an American MMA fighter who competed in the first-ever women’s UFC fight, and is very passionate about CBD Hemp Oil for pain and inflammation issues. She was recently featured on TMZ and in Forbes. She is also a U.S. Marine Corp Veteran, is the UFC’s most decorated ex-military athlete and is the first openly gay UFC fighter. Nicknamed the “Girl-rilla,” she is currently the No. 6 ranked 125-pound female MMA fighter in the world, according to the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings.

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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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Matthew Karnes
Founder and Managing Partner, GreenWave Advisors, LLC

Matthew Karnes

Matthew (Matt) Karnes has over 25 years of diverse finance and accounting experience. Prior to founding GreenWave Advisors LLC, Matt worked in equity research focusing on the Radio Broadcasting and Cable Television industries for First Union Securities. Matt also covered Satellite Communication at SG Cowen and in addition, worked with the top-ranked Consumer Internet analyst at Bear Stearns & Co – this team was consistently recognized by the Institutional Investor’s “All America Research Team”. As a sell-side equity analyst, Matt authored and co-authored numerous emerging industry research reports including such names as Google, Sirius, XM Satellite Radio, DIRECTV and EchoStar Communications. Matt was also Principal and Senior Equity Analyst at Bull Path Capital Management, a New York City-based hedge fund, where he was responsible for investment strategies of emerging technologies primarily within the Technology, Media and Telecom sectors. Prior to his career on Wall Street, Matt held various finance and accounting positions at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Deloitte as well as at Texaco Inc. where he worked throughout the U.S., Europe, The Caribbean and Asia. Additionally, at Chase, Matt was responsible for implementing the bank’s corporate accounting policies on commodity, interest rate, and foreign currency derivative products. Matt graduated from Fordham University with an MBA in finance and earned a B.S. Business Administration with a double major in accounting and finance from Miami University (OH). Matt is also a Certified Public Accountant. GreenWave Advisors, LLC was founded in 2014 and is based in New York City.

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Michael Bronstein
Co-Founder and President, Bronstein & Weaver, Inc.

Michael Bronstein

Michael is the co-founder of the American Trade Association for Cannabis & Hemp (ATACH) where he directs all national strategy and works with regulators to ensure a responsible and safe marketplace. ATACH was awarded Campaigns & Elections prestigious Stanley F. Reed Award for “Trade Association of the Year” and Michael was recently recognized as the 45th “Most Important Political Influencer” on Cannabis Business Executive’s “Top 100” list. Michael is also a co-founder of the Pennsylvania Cannabis Coalition which represents 85% of Pennsylvania’s permit holders. Michael also serves as an executive committee member of ASTM International’s historic D37 committee on cannabis standards, a national executive board member of the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Production, a campaign strategist for New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform, as well as a member of Florida’s influential United for Care policy committee.

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Michael Scherr
CEO, America Israel Cannabis Association

Michael Scherr

Michael has spent over a decade in the cannabis industry and brings knowledge, experience, and networks to this nascent industry. In 2008, he became one of the first 10,000 patients in Colorado and began growing for himself and eventually cultivating boutique strains for local dispensaries in Denver. Michael was a touring musician for his “day job” and 2012, he cut rock-star locks and moved back to Boston where he graduated from Babson College’s entrepreneurial MBA program, focusing on branding and marketing. For the past two and a half years, Michael has dedicated his time to understanding all aspects of the cannabis industry and has a deep understanding of the interplay between them. Currently, Michael is building out a cannabis packaging division for Contempo Specialty Packaging and the America Israel Cannabis Association (AICA), whose goal is to increase, innovation, collaboration, and investment between the two country’s cannabis industries.

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Mike James
Professional Athlete

Mike James

Mike James is an active NFL running back, most recently a member of the Detroit Lions. Mike entered the NFL in 2013, drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His history-making game against the Seattle Seahawks led him to be officially declared “a force to be reckoned with”. The following week Mike suffered a season-ending injury. Mike soon returned to the sport that he loves. Back on the field, trauma to the body continued, including multiple concussions. Mike began to research natural forms of effective relief for chronic pain, brain injury recovery, and cognitive function maintenance. He is now an evangelist for medical cannabis as an alternative to addictive opioids and more harmful medications.

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Mike Mulligan
Sales Engineer, Apeks Supercritical

Mike Mulligan

Mike Mulligan is a sales engineer at Apeks Supercritical, an Ohio-based manufacturer of fully automated subcritical and supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) botanical oil extraction systems. Apeks has designed and manufactured botanical oil extraction equipment since 2001 and has more than 450 CO2 extraction systems installed in 25+ states nationally and internationally. Mike is originally from Rhode Island, still supports the Patriots, loves Guinness and plays ice hockey every week!

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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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Montel Williams
Founder, Lenitiv

Montel Williams

Montel Williams is one of the highest profile advocates for medical cannabis in the country. He has used medical cannabis products to effectively manage the symptoms of his Multiple Sclerosis (MS) since his diagnosis with the disease in 1999. Williams earned his media celebrity status as an Emmy Award winning television personality whom Americans invited into their homes for more than 17 years. Alongside his TV career, he’s become an inspirational speaker, author, entrepreneur, and advocate for patients worldwide. At the height of his TV career, in 1999, Williams experienced his first symptoms of MS—a sharp and 24-hour neuropathic pain in his feet and legs. When pharmaceuticals proved ineffective, his doctor recommended medical cannabis as part of his treatment. Ever since, Williams has been using cannabis products as a medication to manage the debilitating symptoms of his MS. Williams became an early advocate of medical cannabis law reform in the US. Back when he started as an advocate, patients were being dragged out of their homes in wheelchairs by the police for using cannabis to treat their pain, and Williams was one of the few high profile voices on Capitol Hill fighting for their rights. Over the past two decades, he has worked to pass medical cannabis legislation in key states and led the push for military veterans to access medical cannabis without the threat of losing benefits. When Williams first began using cannabis, there was little research into its medical uses. Williams sought out the latest in cannabis manufacturing technologies and research and worked closely with a formulator to ensure that his medicine was the highest quality available. As founder of Lenitiv Scientific, Williams remains dedicated to delivering high-quality and consistent products to patients—like himself—who rely on cannabis as a medicine.

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Mr. Brian Staffa
Founder, Chief Strategy Officer, BSC Group

Mr. Brian Staffa

After a series of other successful business ventures, Brian Staffa pivoted to cannabis and has since collected comprehensive experience with both boutique and corporate cannabis operations, tech startups, and private equity funds. Experience gained while leading cannabis conglomerate Palliatech through build out, licensing, and the first year of production within their vertically-integrated flagship facility in NJ served as a catalyst, allowing Brian to streamline and perfect process operations from blueprint to sale. He has since traveled across North America, working with current and future operators in 24 of the 29 legal US states and Canada. His collective experience contributes to an in depth understanding of the contrast between segmented state programs. When the scope of his independent consulting neared capacity, Brian founded BSC Group, a high level consulting and operational management firm that assists operators in their quest toward licensing, growth, sustainability, and efficiency, by merging best practices from successful cannabis operations with those of other mature industries. Prioritizing industry education, Brian speaks regularly at various events, serves on the ASTM committee responsible for writing national operational standards for cannabis, and is a Senior Advisor to two disruptive cannabis companies headed toward environmental and educational industry breakthroughs.

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Mr. Chris Burggraeve
Founder, Vicomte LLC, Former CMO, AB InBev

Mr. Chris Burggraeve

Chris is a leading global marketer turned advisor, investor, entrepreneur, board member and academic (NYU Stern). His 23 year corporate FMCG career spanned P&G, The Coca-Cola Company and leading global brewer AB InBev (CMO 07-12). From 08-13, he also served as board member and president of the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA). End 2012 he founded his NYC based strategic marketing consultancy (www.vicomte.com), and actively built up a globally diversified portfolio of category disruptors, including 2 cannabis ventures (Toast Holdings, and greenRush.com). He holds 2 International Business and Economics degrees (Belgium/France) and a TRIUM Global EMBA (NYU Stern/LSE/HEC).

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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. La’Quay Juel
President, Obsidian Elite Investment Association

Mr. La’Quay Juel

LaQuay L. Juel is a professional business and political consultant with 20 years of professional experience. He has a degree in international economics from Stockton University, civil engineering, and information technology. He also studied international business law at Seton Hall University. He is a former Marine Corps Captain (select), having commanded a division of combat engineers, and is a combat veteran of three foreign conflicts. Mr. Juel is an entrepreneur owner of the Home First Foods, LLC brand and Dansby Business Consulting. He is a trustee Chairman of the Non-Governmental Organization; All Afrikan Empowerment Society. He has served as President Emeritus of the NJ chapter of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators. Mr. Juel is happily married to Marni Juel and they have six children, five adult sons and one teenage daughter. He is a native of Atlantic City and is a current resident of NJ. Mr. Juel is a founding partner, and President of the Obsidian Elite Investment Association.

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Mr. Marcus Johnson-Smith
Co-Founder/Co-Owner, Kush Groove

Mr. Marcus Johnson-Smith

Marcus Johnson-Smith is the co-founder and co-owner of Kush Groove.

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Mr. Michael Gorenstein
PRESIDENT, CHAIRMAN & CEO, CRONOS GROUP

Mr. Michael Gorenstein

Mike Gorenstein is the CEO and Chairman of Cronos Group, a company focused on building industry leading businesses that transform the perception of cannabis. Cronos is a geographically-diversified and vertically-integrated distributor of medical cannabis products across Canada and Germany through its two wholly-owned Licensed Producers that are regulated under the ACMPR: Peace Naturals (Ontario) and ITZ (British Columbia). Additionally, Cronos Group has entered into a joint venture with Canadian First Nations to form Indigenous Roots Inc., which is focused on producing and supplying medical cannabis to underserved Indigenous communities.

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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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Mr. Sumit Mehta
CEO, MAZAKALI

Mr. Sumit Mehta

In addition to his role as founder and CEO of Mazakali, Sumit is the Finance and Strategy Consultant to The Arcview Group and Managing Partner at Emerald Ventures. Sumit has directed cannabis investments since 2014 and currently serves on the Canopy Investment Committee. A frequent speaker at investment seminars, Sumit also acts as a mentor to Arcview and Canopy companies. Sumit supports NCIA, the Marijuana Policy Project and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Prior to joining the cannabis industry, Sumit spent nearly two decades in the financial capital markets. Sumit’s past experience includes: Head of Midwest Sales and Trading, Susquehanna Financial Group, Director of Institutional Equity Sales, UBS Investment Bank; Financial Advisor, J.P. Morgan Securities, Director of Business Development, DiMeo Schneider and Associates; Equity Research Analyst, Raymond James Financial; Associate Analyst, Merrill Lynch. Sumit has earned an MBA from the University of Michigan, a BA in Economics with Honors from the University of Texas and currently holds Series 7, 63, 65 and 79 licenses. He resides in San Francisco where he enjoys riding his motorcycle, yoga and craft beer.

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Mr. Todd Harrison
Founding Partner, Chief Investment Officer , CB1 Capital Management

Mr. Todd Harrison

Todd Harrison is the Founding Partner of CB1 and our Chief Investment Officer. Todd has spent almost three decades on Wall Street managing risk and researching market strategies. His institutional experience includes Morgan Stanley Global Equity Derivatives (VP), The Galleon Group (MD-Derivatives), and Cramer, Berkowitz LLC (President and Head of Trading). Mr. Harrison also was the Founder and CEO of Minyanville Media, Inc., an Emmy Award winning financial media company.

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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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Ms Jeanne Mariani Sullivan
General Parnter, Sullivan Adventures LLC and The Arcview Group

Ms Jeanne Mariani Sullivan

Jeanne M. Sullivan is passionate about delivering ideas – connections – and inspiration to entrepreneurs and is a fierce advocate for legalization and regulation of the Cannabis industry. Jeanne is a co-founder of StarVest Partners, a venture capital firm in NYC and long- time tech investor, now a special advisor to her firm. Prior to her investing experience, Jeanne served in operating roles at AT&T and Bell Labs as part of an entrepreneurial team building innovative products in image processing and high end computing. She is working with The Arcview Group – a member organization of more than 650+ Angel investors focused on cannabis. Ms. Sullivan is a sought-after industry speaker on the subject of “how to get the wallet out of investors’ pocket” and is an active advisor and investor in the sector and a proud member of the Arcview community. She was recently named to Business Insider’s list of “Rising Stars in the Cannabis Investing Landscape”. Jeanne is a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at the Harvard Kennedy School and is an Athena Entrepreneur Fellow for Barnard College. She is on the Global Board of Trustees of Astia, an organization that funds high-growth women entrepreneurs. Forbes cited Sullivan as “one of the women VCs changing the world – grooming the next generation of female entrepreneurs”. The New York Angels organization honored Jeanne as the OPEL award winner – Outstanding Professionals for Entrepreneurial Leadership. The New York Hall of Science honored Jeanne for her work inspiring girls and women in science, technology (STEM) sectors. Jeanne also serves on the Board of Trustees of the New York Hall of Science – a museum that introduces people of all ages to STEM learning with hands-on exhibitions. Jeanne has a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from Creighton University School of Law.

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Ms Shannon Swantek
Senior Quality Scientist, Vitale Scientific Associates

Ms Shannon Swantek

Shannon Swantek is a Senior Quality Scientist with Vitale Scientific Associates, LLC who holds broad knowledge of the environmental, natural medicine, and cannabis industries. She has a robust regulatory background in auditing to the ISO 17025 and TNI standards. Her experience advising cannabis policy and legislation in Oregon and nation-wide led to her passion for industry education and support in developing technical and quality systems solutions for each license type as the industry matures.

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Ms Shira Adler
Founder & CEO , Shira Synergy, a division of Shen-Tech

Ms Shira Adler

Shira Adler ~ Author. Speaker. Instigator. Shira is a clear & conscious voice for our time shattering stigma through her CBD expertise, activism, & highly renowned book “The ABC’s of CBD: The Essential Guide for Parents (And regular folks too)” which explains “why pot is NOT what we were taught.” A media personality/host, healer, educator, advocate, & entrepreneur, Shira was the debut mom on Bravo’s Extreme Guide to Parenting and has created a media wellness & CBD consumer products company built from her passion for CBD, marijuana activism, natural wellness, conscious parenting, and personal empowerment.

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Neil Kaufman
Kaufman & Associates, LLC

Neil Kaufman

Mr. Kaufman is the managing member of Kaufman & Associates, LLC, Corporate & Securities Counsel to the Legal Cannabis Industry™. He combines 33 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 $100 million of cannabis-industry financing transactions. Mr. Kaufman serves as Chairman 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 over $2 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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Nicholas Auletta
Vice President, TruView BSI, LLC

Nicholas Auletta

Nicholas M. Auletta is the Sole Member and President of TruView BSI, LLC, a leader in investigative and background screening services with national and international service capabilities. From 2011 to 2017, he served as Vice President of Summit Security Services, Inc. a family-owned firm founded in 1976 by his grandfather and grew from humble beginnings to become one of the largest security and investigative firms in the United States. Nick earned his Bachelor of Science in Leadership and Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a former Captain in the United States Army, serving as an Active Duty U.S. Army Infantry Officer and earning Airborne, Ranger, and Combat Infantryman qualifications. His military experience included three tours and 44 months of deployed time to the Iraq combat zone. Nick’s military awards include two Bronze Star Medals and the Meritorious Service Medal, as well as numerous other Army commendations and achievement medals. Since entering the private sector, Nick has earned the coveted Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation. In 2014, Nick was appointed to serve on Governor Cuomo’s New York State Security Guard Advisory Panel. Nick is an advocate for military veterans’ issues and holds lifetime memberships with several military associations. Nick earned his Bachelor of Science in Leadership and Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Prior to graduating from the United States Military Academy, Nick was awarded the Eastern College Athletic Conference Merit Award for Excellence in Athletics and Scholarship and was hand-selected for an Assistant Leadership Instructor internship with the FBI. In addition, Nick was awarded the Superintendent’s Award for graduating in the top twenty percent of his class at West Point. In 2012, Nick also earned a Postgraduate Certificate in Security Management from the University of Pennsylvania at Wharton.

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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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Norman Chevlin
Financial Services Representative, Plant Your Financial Seed

Norman Chevlin

Norman has been helping families and business owners reach their financial goals for over 24 years. He focuses on establishing lasting relationships with his clients by providing the highest level of client service in the areas of business and personal insurance products and services. These areas include devising strategies to help minimize the impact of taxes and inflation on current and future financial goals, saving for college tuition and retirement, evaluating pension options, asset allocation and IRA/401k rollover options, long-term care insurance and developing estate planning and business planning for business owners. He is a frequent speaker at educational workshops on these topics as well. Norman is also proficient in the LGBT community and the Special Needs Planning community. Norman holds a BS in computer science from Rider University and an MS in Management System Analysis from Kean University. Norman is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant from the Certified Financial Planning Board of Standards. He is a member of the Million Dollar Roundtable and a member of the Institute of Certified Financial Planners.

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Patricia Heer
Special Counsel, Duane Morris LLP

Patricia Heer

Patricia H. Heer practices corporate and commercial litigation at Duane Morris LLP, successfully litigating a variety of business, contract, collection, and director and officer disputes. She provides guidance on business organization, financial restructuring, interpretation of corporate documents and contracts, and asset and interest acquisition of troubled entities. She has experience forming and obtaining tax-exempt status for nonprofit corporations, and counseling them on all aspects of corporate governance, transactions and operations. Patricia’s litigation and commercial experience enable her to provide crucial guidance to clients in the rapidly shifting cannabis industry. In that regard, Patricia represents and services a wide array of cannabis businesses and ancillary businesses, including national advocacy groups focused on changing cannabis related prohibition laws, investors and cultivation and dispensary operators. Her legal experience and extensive network of professionals in the cannabis industry enables her to provide business solutions to clients, in turn enabling them to focus on their operations and investments.

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Paul Josephson
Partner, Duane Morris LLP

Paul Josephson

Paul P. Josephson practices in the areas of complex litigation, government regulation, and appeals. Mr. Josephson advises clients in a broad spectrum of business matters, usually involving significant public interests or regulated by government agencies, including government contracting and administration; business permitting and licensing; economic incentives; development/redevelopment; land use, condemnation and regulatory takings; transportation and infrastructure; environmental, energy, banking and insurance regulation; government ethics; and election and campaign finance. In addition, he represents clients in matters involving casinos and gaming, including lottery, horseracing, Internet, and sweepstakes. Mr. Josephson served as Counsel to New Jersey Governor-Elect Phil Murphy’s campaign and currently serves as a special advisor and Transition Counsel to his Transition team.

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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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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 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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Rosalind McCarthy
Founder, Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc.

Rosalind McCarthy

Rosalind “Roz” McCarthy a proud Florida State University graduate is a marketing, business development, social media strategist, trainer and speaker located in Orlando, Florida. With over 22 years of experience Roz is a constant creator of branding campaigns and business development strategies. A direct & target marketing consultant who assists with marketing plans, copywriting, and designing top-pulling mailings, ads, catalogs, and web pages for business, nonprofits, consumers, and professionals. Typically, she consults businesses on startup and nonprofit new business development, government contracting, diversity planning, minority certification, and content marketing. On the agency side, she founded The Genesis Group, a successful marketing, advertising, and business development company servicing government, nonprofit, healthcare, telecommunication, entertainment, and hospitality companies worldwide. Principal clients there included Department of Veterans Affairs, Stouffer Hotels and Resorts, Edward D. Jones, FOX, Phoenix House, Department of Children and Family Services, and AT&T. As the Founder/CEO of Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc. (M4MM) she is responsible for the organization’s day-to-day operation and is the chief strategist involved in developing advocacy, education, and marketing campaigns to promote awareness, information, and education about the efficacy of medical marijuana. It is a varied role that includes planning, marketing, advertising, public relations, event organization, fund development, sponsorship, and research. M4MM is a membership based organization working hard to make sure people of color have a true quantifiable opportunity to participate in this marketplace and are afforded adequate access to care despite their economic situation.

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Ross Duffield
Farm Manager, Rodale Institute

Ross Duffield

Ross came to the Rodale Institute in 2013 with more than twenty years of farming experience. He grew up on a dairy farm in North East Pennsylvania where, at an early age, he learned the value and importance of animal care and pasture management. After attending Kutztown University and working as a school teacher for several years, Ross realized his true passion lay in organic agriculture. This path led back to farming and, eventually, to the Rodale Institute where he serves as Farm Manager.At Rodale Institute, Ross is responsible for field maintenance including planting and seeding, maintaining the farm equipment necessary to work the fields, and expanding the livestock operations, particularly the vertical integration of the poultry and hog operations into crop rotations. In this unique position, he utilizes his teaching background and skills in sharing his farming expertise with aspiring and transitioning farmers.Within the last year, Ross has overseen the construction and operation of the Rodale institute hog facility. This facility offers hogs the opportunity to forage on organic pasture crops when they choose, as well as provide a shelter that is efficient and clean. Free access to pasture and a deep straw bedding pack provide a healthy place for a variety of hogs whether they are farrowing or finishing. Animal comfort is a direct result of the operation and a reduction of labor allows for the farmer to spend less time cleaning and more time profiting from raising these wonderful animals.

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Roy Bingham
CEO, BDS Analytics

Roy Bingham

Roy Bingham is a Harvard MBA and former McKinsey consultant, a serial entrepreneur and founder of BDS Analytics. He grew up in the UK, was a banker/financier in London, then moved to the USA in 1993. Bingham started BDS Analytics after recognizing that the emerging cannabis industry lacked the kind of sophisticated, sales-based data that is both commonplace and essential in other, more established industries. In those industries, market research – and consumer behavior – drive everything from new product development to inventory and branding decisions. Among his prior businesses, Bingham had been both an early investor in SPINS – a very successful data analytics company for the Natural Products Industry and later an expert user of their data as a senior marketing executive in natural products.

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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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Sandra Gogal
Partner, Miller Thomson

Sandra Gogal

Senior partner and Lead of the Cannabis group at Miller Thompson LLP in Toronto Canada. I’ve been advising foreign and domestic companies seeking to invest in Canadian cannabis market. I provide regulatory with respect to the medical and recreational market including providing assistance on licensing, financings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Crossing the US border into Canadian markets present advantages and certain challenges that need to be examined carefully

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Scott Greiper
Viridian Capital Advisors

Scott Greiper

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Scott Rudder
President, Board of Director, New Jersey Cannabusiness Association

Scott Rudder

Scott is a former state legislator, mayor, veteran and current government affairs executive. In addition to his government and political leadership roles, Scott led Business Development efforts for Lockheed Martin Corporation with a focus on energy systems and radar programs.

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Stephen Murphy
Managing Director, Prohibition Partners

Stephen Murphy

A cannabis specialist focused on developing the legal Europen cannabis industry. With a background in technology, digital media, and corporate finance, he is focused on delivering innovation, insights, and growth to all aspects of my work. Stephen Murphy is Co-Founder of Prohibition Partners, the leading source of intelligence and insight into the European cannabis industry. Working with investors, entrepreneurs, and regulators to identify, qualify, and maximize the opportunities in this emerging frontier.

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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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Ted Daniels
Executive Director, National Cannabis Security Services

Ted Daniels

Ted is known as the national leader in the cannabis security market. Ted was featured in a 10 page piece in Playboy magazine, HBO VICE, CBS this morning, MSNBC, Fox National, ABC World News, Wall Street Journal and in Rolling Stone magazine. NBC news credited Ted with “riding in to save the industry in Colorado” due to the banking crisis. He is in high demand as a prolific security plan writer and advisor. He chaired the Colorado marijuana industry group security committee and is currently on the national Expert regulatory board of the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force.

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Thoma Kikis
CEO, Kannalife Sciences

Thoma Kikis

Prior to founding Kannalife Sciences, Thoma Kikis was compelled by his father (who suffered with Hepatic Encephalopathy) and cousin (who suffered and died of Brain Cancer) to find treatments for neurodegenerative related diseases. Mr. Kikis is an entrepreneur who has a passion for great stories, new ideas, groundbreaking technologies, popular culture and their collective point of impact. Most recently, Mr. Kikis executive produced the comedy film It’s a Disaster, starring Julia Stiles, David Cross and America Ferrera and co-produced the award winning film Alps by the innovative Oscar® nominated director Yorgos Lanthimos, which recently won best screenplay at the Venice Film Festival and best film at the Sydney Film Festival. He previously conceived the Ovie brand name and and co-founded Ovie Entertainment, a production company where he produced Darkon, a real-life role play documentary about fictional action characters similar to a real-life version of the game Dungeons and Dragons. Darkon was purchased for remake by Brad Pitt’s Plan B and distributed by IFC. Among others has worked with Viacom, MTV Interactive, redesigned MTV.com, VH1, SonicNet, Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Icon Medialab, ERT, Teachers College, Columbia University, and TCI/Teachers College Innovations. His inspiration in starting Kannalife was his cousin, Dr. Steven Kazianis PhD, an extremely accomplished cancer research scientist who lost his life in 2008 battling brain cancer at the age of 41. Since then Mr. Kikis has made it his life’s goal in finding treatments for diseases that effect the brain. Mr. Kikis hold a Bachelor of Science in Communications Management from New York University and a degree from the New York Film Academy. He is also a member of MIT Enterprise Forum (NYC Chapter), Summit Series and a member of the (ICRS) International Cannabinoid Research Society.

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Todd Fromer
Managing Partner, KCSA Strategic Communications

Todd Fromer

Todd is a Managing Partner at KCSA and oversees the firm’s investor relations practice. He specializes in the implementation of proactive investor relations programs for public companies, including crisis communications and IPOs. He has led successful corporate communications campaigns for more than 100 micro- and small-cap companies and has provided strategic communications counsel to hundreds of C-level executives. Todd has been the recipient of the Silver Anvil award and The IABC Ace Award for Business Communications.

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Todd Scattini
Global CEO, Harvest 360

Todd Scattini

As the Global CEO of Harvest 360, Todd brings strong leadership, global vision, and strategic direction to our multi-disciplinary team of business experts, scientists, and cannabis professionals. His energy is drawn from his passion for the cannabis plant and a deep-seeded desire to unpack all its possibilities to heal patients and our planet, He is convinced that cannabis in all its forms can legitimately contribute to a global economy, and bring social justice to our society. He is committed to creating an effective and responsible legal cannabis market on a global scale.

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Tony Gallo
Managing Partner, Sapphire Risk Advisory Group

Tony Gallo

Tony Gallo specializes in security and loss prevention for high-risk businesses. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the Security, Audit, Safety, and Emergency Management fields. Tony has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from New Jersey City University. Tony is a licensed security consultant and a published author on retail, financial loan services, and cannabis security. He is also a member of the American Society for Industrial Security, National Pawnbroker Association and the National Cannabis Industry Association. ​He has spoken at numerous business conferences across the United States and is considered one of the leading authorities in various industries, including cannabis and financial loan service security, armed robbery, and burglary loss prevention.

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Zoe McKinley
Director, Entrepreneurship and Social Impact Initiative, Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp, Institute of Emerging Health Professions, Jefferson University

Zoe McKinley

Zoe joined the university in January 2014. Before joining PhilaU, Zoe served as the Executive Director of GoodCompany group, a social enterprise education non-profit in Philadelphia. While at GoodCompany, she built a strong network of partnerships with individuals and organizations involved in social enterprise. She also developed two new entrepreneurship support programs, successfully brought in grants from national foundations, and led the organization through a merger and brand re-envisioning.Prior to her work with GoodCompany, Zoe worked as a public policy researcher at the Walter Rand Institute at Rutgers University in Camden. Before moving from Colorado to Philadelphia, she was involved in a number of urban revitalization projects in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.Zoe holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado, Denver and a BA in Psychology from the University of Denver.