Charlie Bachtell is CEO of one the leading cannabis companies in the country with vertically-integrated operations in six states, giving them the largest consumer footprint of any US cannabis company. Named one of the 100 cannabis industry leaders of 2018 by Entrepreneur Magazine, Charlie has helped set the bar in this fast-emerging industry, establishing new standards leading to a more progressive, compliant, and professional cannabis community. He has led Cresco Labs through several successful, merit-based state application processes, the development of over 750,000 square feet of cultivation space, private capital raises exceeding $100M, product and brand ideation and new market acquisitions. He has a personal focus and mission to normalize the cannabis industry. He is a sought-after speaker on the cannabis industry’s national stages and is regularly quoted as an industry leader in mainstream media and industry publications like Marijuana Business Daily, Cannabis Business Times and Marijuana Venture Magazine. An attorney by training, Charlie is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on regulatory affairs and compliance in some of the nation’s most heavily regulated industries. He serves as an adjunct Professor at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law teaching classes on the legal and regulatory matters existing in the emerging cannabis industry and is a founding member or member of associations across the country including the National Cannabis Bar Association, Illinois Cannabis Bar Association, National Cannabis Industry Association, Pennsylvania Cannabis Coalition and the Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois.