Conference Program

Highlights & Featured Sessions & Speakers

Relevant. Essential. Smart.

Curated and Hosted Content

Your co-hosts will be welcoming some of the most influential and informed minds
to join the conversation in an interactive “Talk show” format.
Day 1, Thursday: Investing and Industry Progress
Day 2, Friday: Policy and Legislation
Day 3, Saturday: Cannabis and Lifestyle

The CWCBExpo Conference Program Delivers Quality.

Your co-hosts will be:

Carl Cameron

Carl Cameron

Journalist
Former FOX News Reporter
Faye Coleman

Faye Coleman

Founder, CEO
Pure Genesis
Calvin Frye

Calvin Frye

Cannabis Pioneer
Entrepreneur
Gretchen Gailey

Gretchen Gailey

Chief Strategist
CWCBExpo

Schedule of Events

EXHIBIT FLOOR HOURS
Thursday & Friday: 10:00 – 5:00; Saturday: 10:00 – 3:00

Thursday Sessions

9:00 – 9:50
Press Preview Media Reception

By invitation only, located near the press office
Special Preview for Media Representatives, Exhibitors, Speakers & Journalists, highlighting the innovations, speakers, exhibitors and newest products of the show. 

12:00 – 12:10
Welcome Remarks by Co-Hosts

On the Main Stage
Gretchen Gailey; Chief Strategist, CWCBExpo; Carl Cameron, Journalist, former FOX News reporter; Faye Coleman, Co-founder, CEO, Pure Genesis; Calvin Frye, Cannabis Pioneer, Entrepreneur

12:10 – 12:50
Industry Update: Trends and Opportunities – Marijuana and Hemp Industries

On the Main Stage
Amanda Reiman of New Frontier Data will give a cannabis and hemp industry update that includes data and analysis around consumption, purchasing habits, marketing spend, as well as demographic and social data in the USA and globally. This is a must attend session to steer your understanding of where the business opportunities are. It is a great start to the rest of the day’s investment focus.

Amanda Reiman, VP, Public Policy & Research, New Frontier Data

1:00 – 1:50
Roundtable: Investors – Weed Meets Wall Street

On the Main Stage

This session moderated by Steve Gelsi of MarketWatch will discuss the latest marijuana and hemp investment trends that get the attention of Wall Street. Legalization impact, economic factors, capital funding, M&A climate, and opportunistic business sectors will be discussed. Q&A will follow the discussion.

Terry Booth, CEO, Audacious/Australis Capital (AUSA); John Kaden, Executive Chairman, Navy Capital; Jay Czarkowski, Founding Partner, Canna Advisors; Moderated by Steve Gelsi, MarketWatch

2:00 – 2:50
Keynote: In Conversation with... Chris Beals

On the Main Stage

Weedmaps has grown its brand under the tutelage of Chris Beals, CEO Weedmaps. He began his journey at Weedmaps as General Counsel. Today, Chris Beals is the leader building and overseeing a variety of partnerships that have helped to build Weedmaps’ mission – to provide technology solutions in the industry for inclusive, safe and convenient access for all consumers. Attend this much anticipated Keynote, “In Conversation With…Chris Beals,” moderated by industry journalist, Mona Zhang, States Cannabis Policy Reporter for POLITICO.

Chris Beals, CEO, Weedmaps; with Mona Zhang, States Cannabis Policy Reporter, POLITICO

3:00 – 3:50
Roundtable: Beverages – Where is the Greenest Grass Growing and Flowing?

On the Main Stage

Discussion with pioneers in the infused, edibles and the Consumer Packaged Goods sector.

Tracy Mason, Co-Founder and CEO, House of  Saka; Ron Shapira, CFA, Founder, Mosaic Advisory Partners; Ken VandeVrede, CEO Hillview Med; Moderated by Christopher Smith, American Cannabis Report

5:00 – 7:00
Networking Mixer, Sponsored By Weedmaps

Located to the rear of the Exhibit Hall (Separate Ticket Required)

Networking Mixer Sponsor and Sub-sponsors
7:30 – 10:00
"The After" After-Party on the Yotel Rooftop, Sponsored by Spleef

Located at “Social Drink & Food” on the Yotel Rooftop, 570 Tenth Avenue at 42nd Street (Separate Ticket required, purchased from Spleef)

Spleef

Friday Sessions

9:00 – 11:30
WORKSHOP MASTER SESSION – Dispensaries: The Rising Green Sun

On the Main Stage (Separate Ticket Required)
With the wave of legalization across the USA for medical cannabis and adult-use cannabis, owning a dispensary has become a desirable goal for many as it can be quite lucrative. This workshop goes through the entire real-life experience of owning a dispensary. Attendees will hear from east and west coast dispensary owners, retailers, and designers about owning and maintaining a dispensary. This Workshop Master Session will cover the following topics:

  • Dispensary competition landscape
  • Zen of picking the optimal location & design for retail
  • Staffing a dispensary
  • Financials of maintaining a dispensary
  • Safety & security
  • Optimizing the consumer Experience
  • Future of dispensary ownership
  • Q&A

Workshop moderated by one of America’s first dispensary owners, Calvin Frye, Cannabis Pioneer and Entrepreneur


With Faye Coleman, Founder/CEO, Pure Genesis; Nichelle Santos, Founder/CEO, Canna Coverage; Angela Wright, Founder/CEO, National Botanical Company; Neil Kaufman, Managing Member, Kaufman-McGowan, PLLC; Mitzi Keating, Citrin Cooperman; Harry Carpenter, Citrin Cooperman; Colleen Higgins, RPh, Pharmacist; Bob Kassoff, VP, Sales and Marketing, Wilson Safe Company; Norman Chevlin, Founder and CEO, Plant Your Financial Seed; Dario Boyce, Project Manager, Anderson Porter Design; Greg Miller, President of Retail, Curio Wellness

11:45
Keynote: In Conversation with... Redman

On the Main Stage
Discussion with Redman about his life and journey in music, activism, politics and cannabis. Redman recently founded the National Cannabis Party

Redman will be interviwed by Steve Bloom, Publisher, Celeb Stoner.com and former Editor of High Times

12:15
Keynote: In Conversation with... Nick Kovacevich

On the Main Stage
Nick Kovacevich and Tim Seymour will discuss the success of Greenlane Holdings, and where Kovacevich sees the opportunities for growers, dispensary owners, and the consumer market. Nick’s journey as one of the leading pioneers in cannabis, along with his success story of building KushCo Holdings and Greenlane Holdings into powerhouses, is something that must be heard first-hand.

Nick Kovacevich, CEO, Greenlane Holdings; with Tim Seymour, Co-host, CNBC Fast Money

1:00
In Conversation With… Tremaine Wright, Chair of the NYS Cannabis Control Board

On the Main Stage

This is a must attend session with Chair Tremaine Wright, leader of the Cannabis Control Board of New York State, with Gia Morón.

Tremaine Wright, Chair, New York State Cannabis Control Board; Gia Morón, President Women Grow, Founder and CEO, GVM Communications

2:00
Roundtable: Licensing & The Illicit Market

On the Main Stage
A candid discussion from industry insiders and Weedmaps CEO Chris Beals on how recreational states are doing when it comes to licensing, what needs to be improved today, and how adequate licensing helps to eliminate the illicit cannabis market.

Chris Beals, CEO, Weedmaps; Dasheeda Dawson, Chair, Cannabis Regulators of Color Coalition (CRCC); Calvin Frye, Cannabis Pioneer, Entrepreneur; Moderated by Mona Zhang, Cannabis States Reporter, POLITICO

3:00
Roundtable: Social Equity – Progress and Needed Change

On the Main Stage
This roundtable will discuss the current challenges of getting into the cannabis and hemp business and being successful. The issue surrounding communities most affected by the war on drugs as well as the legislation across the US that has mandated steps to ensure progress for equity, fairness and business support will be discussed by those who have been working in the industry to make a difference.

Jerel Registre, Fund Managing Director, Curio Wellness; Faye Coleman, Founder and CEO, Pure Genesis; Leo Bridgewater, Co-founder, Collective 60 New Jersey; Carlyn S. Buckler, Associate Professor Cornell University, School of Practice School of Integrative Plant Science, Chair of the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Committee; Moderated by Tanya Osborne, Founder CannaDiva, LLC, Director of Community Engagement and Digital Production for Women Grow

6:00
Industry Yacht Party

Boarding at 6 pm from Pier 81, Located Behind the Javits at 41st Street (Separate Ticket Required)

Yacht Party Sub-sponsors

Saturday Sessions

11:00 – 11:10
Welcome Remarks by Co-Hosts

On the Main Stage
Gretchen Gailey; Chief Strategist, CWCBExpo; Carl Cameron, Journalist, former FOX News reporter; Faye Coleman, Co-founder, CEO, Pure Genesis; Calvin Frye, Cannabis Pioneer, Entrepreneur

11:10 – 12:00
Roundtable: Eco-Conscious Cannabis

On the Main Stage
How was your cannabis grown? Did it get produced, grown, harvested, extracted, packaged, stored and sold with sustainability and eco-safety in mind? Do you care and do you know about the safety standards and the supply chain of how that cannabis you bought was grown and how it was handled all the way through to sale for consumption? Attend this session and hear from those who are knowledgeable about the importance of maintaining a sustainable environment.

Matthew Broxterman, Director of Sales, Boulder Creek Technologies; Jason Thomas, Founding Partner, Precision Quality Compliance; George Stantchev, CEO, COMERG; Moderated by Carl Cameron

12:10 – 12:50
Roundtable: Living Your Best Life with Cannabis

On the Main Stage

Hear from supporters of a healthy lifestyle while incorporating cannabis. Topics covered include: Daily regimens of infused products, edibles, food preparation, CBD oils; Vaping; Exercise; Q/A

Jenny Argie, Founder, Owner Jenny’s Home Baked Goods; Faye Coleman, Founder/CEO Pure Genesis; Arnaud Dumas de Rauly, Co-Founder/CEO The Blinc Group; moderated by Christina DiGiovanni, Founder and CEO. The Emerald

 

1:00 – 1:50
Roundtable: Cultivation

On the Main Stage


Discussion will cover artificial intelligence, genetics, quality control, effective and intelligent grow methods.

Thomas Larssen, CEO, ALPS; Ian Seiferling, CEO, Adaviv; Nat Pennington, Founder, Humbodlt Seed Company; Moderator, Gretchen Gailey, Chief Strategist, CWCBExpo

Conference Program Highlights Include:

Thursday, June 2

Press Preview, by Invitation Only
Media Microphones

Special Preview for Media Representatives, Exhibitors, Speakers & Journalists, highlighting the innovations, speakers, exhibitors and newest products of the show. 

Industry Update:
Trends & Opportunities in the Marijuana and Hemp Industries

Amanda Reiman, Vice President, Public Policy Research, of New Frontier Data, will give a cannabis and hemp industry update that includes data and analysis around consumption, purchasing habits, marketing spend, as well as demographic and social data in the USA and globally. This is a must attend session to steer your understanding of where the business opportunities are. It is a great start to the rest of the day’s investment focus.

New Frontier Data
Amanda Reiman

Amanda Reiman

VP, Public Policy Research
New Frontier Data

Keynote: In Conversation With... Chris Beals

Weedmaps has grown its brand under the tutelage of Chris Beals, CEO Weedmaps. He began his journey at Weedmaps as General Counsel. Today, Chris Beals is the leader building and overseeing a variety of partnerships that have helped to build Weedmaps’ mission – to provide technology solutions in the industry for inclusive, safe and convenient access for all consumers. Attend this much anticipated Keynote, “In Conversation With…Chris Beals,” moderated by industry journalist, Mona Zhang, States Cannabis Policy Reporter for POLITICO.

Chris Beals

Chris Beals

CEO
Weedmaps

Chris Beals

Chris Beals is an executive with a broad experience in operations, law, technology, SaaS businesses, and cannabis. He joined WM Technology, operator of Weedmaps, in 2015 as the company’s President and General Counsel. In early 2019, he became Chief Executive Officer.

In June 2021, Chris led WM Technology’s public offering via a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The company is currently trading on the Nasdaq exchange as MAPS.

Weedmaps
Mona Zhang

Mona Zhang

States Cannabis Policy Reporter
POLITICO

Mona Zhang

Mona Zhang is the States Cannabis Policy Reporter for POLITICO. Before joining POLITICO, she founded and edited the daily cannabis newsletter Word on the Tree. She was also a freelance journalist on the cannabis beat, and her work has appeared in Forbes, The Outline, Vice, High Times, and more.

POLITICO

Friday, June 3

Keynote: In Conversation With... Nick Kovacevich

Nick Kovacevich and Tim Seymour will discuss the success of Greenlane Holdings, and where Kovacevich sees the opportunities for growers, dispensary owners, and the consumer market. Nick’s journey as one of the leading pioneers in cannabis, along with his success story of building KushCo Holdings and Greenlane Holdings into powerhouses, is something that must be heard first-hand.

Nick Kovacevich

Nick Kovacevich

CEO
Greenlane Holdings

Nick Kovacevich

In his role as CEO, Nick is responsible for ensuring the company executes on its mission of elevating all elements of the consumption experience. He oversees the organization’s senior management team and is integral in making critical strategic, operational, and financial decisions. Nick regularly meets with key stakeholders including customers, vendors, shareholders, analysts, investors, and media outlets.

Prior to Greenlane, Nick was the co-founder, CEO and Chairman of publicly traded KushCo Holdings, another industry pioneer, which merged with Greenlane in September 2021. Under Nick’s leadership, KushCo grew from under $2 million in annual revenue to achieving nearly $115 million in fiscal 2020, with operations in multiple states and countries, and employing over 100 team members.

Greenlane Holdings
Tim Seymour

Tim Seymour

Co-Host
CNBC Fast Money

Tim Seymour

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

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

CNBC

In Conversation With... Tremaine Wright, Chair of the Cannabis Control Board

Tremaine Wright, Chair, New York State Cannabis Control Board; Gia Morón, President Women Grow, Founder and CEO, GVM Communications

Tremaine Wright

Tremaine Wright

Chair
NYS Cannabis Control Board

Tremaine Wright

Tremaine Wright is the Chairwoman of the New York State Cannabis Control Board and a former member of the New York State Assembly from the 56th district, which includes parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. Chair Wright is responsible for the regulatory and tax policies regarding medical and adult-use cannabis in New York State.

New York State Government
Gia Moron

Gia Morón

President
Women Grow

Gia Morón

Gia Morón is the President of Women Grow, and Founder and CEO of GMV Communications. As President of Women Grow, she oversees the company’s day-to-day operations, internal and external communications, education programming, and strategic partnerships.  With 25 years of experience in public relations, in 2012 Gia launched GVM Communications, Inc., a public relations, brand and business development firm.

Women Grow

Friday, June 3
9:00 am – 11:30 am

Add-on Workshop Master Session:

Dispensaries: The Rising Green Sun

With the wave of legalization across the USA for medical cannabis and adult-use cannabis, owning a dispensary has become a desirable goal for many as it can be quite lucrative. This workshop goes through the entire real-life experience of owning a dispensary. Attendees will hear from east and west coast dispensary owners, retailers, and designers about owning and maintaining a dispensary. This Workshop Master Session will cover the following topics:

  • Dispensary competition landscape
  • Zen of picking the optimal location & design for retail
  • Staffing a dispensary
  • Financials of maintaining a dispensary
  • Safety & security
  • Optimizing the consumer Experience
  • Future of dispensary ownership
  • Q&A

This workshop is moderated by one of America’s first dispensary owners, Calvin Frye, Cannabis Pioneer and Entrepreneur.

For this Master Session, we have curated presenters and speakers who have successfully navigated building cannabis and hemp businesses. The Master Session is scheduled in the morning prior to our June 3 main conference and it ends in time for attendees to go to the remaining conference program as well as walk the show floor to network with our exhibitors.

Weighing Cannabis Flower
Calvin Frye in Dispensary

Master Session Speakers

  • The speakers have experience in traditional business industries and in the cannabis space
  • Several are license holders or have advised and secured licenses for some of the most successful businesses
  • Many are ancillary business services providers that serve cannabis interests (legal, accountants, advising, etc.)
  • The presenters come from the East Coast and/or West Coast to further the discussion and mindshare for attendees
  • Some are MSOs and soon to be dispensary owners who were recently awarded licenses and granted regional approval to operate a business

The speakers have proven relevant experience regarding:

  • Dispensary ownership
  • License ownership
  • Risk analysis
  • Legal advisory and deal closings for large-scale cannabis Merger & Acquisition (M&A) deals
  • Capital raise methods
  • Accounting with knowledge of 280E and who handle cannabis businesses
  • Medical experience to run a dispensary

Saturday, June 4

Cannabis and Lifestyle: Roundtable Discussions

Roundtable: Eco-Conscious Cannabis

How was your cannabis grown? Did it get produced, grown, harvested, extracted, packaged, stored and sold with sustainability and eco-safety in mind? Do you care and do you know about the safety standards and the supply chain of how that cannabis you bought was grown and how it was handled all the way through to sale for consumption? Attend this session and hear from those who are knowledgeable about the importance of maintaining a sustainable environment.

Roundtable: Cultivation

Discussion will cover artificial intelligence, genetics, quality control, effective and intelligent grow methods.

Roundtable: Living Your Best Life with Cannabis

Hear from supporters of a healthy lifestyle while incorporating cannabis. Topics covered will include: Daily regimens of infused products, edibles, food preparation, CBD oils; Vaping; Exercise; Q/A

Speakers Include:

  • Amanda Reiman

    Amanda Reiman

    VP, Public Policy Research, New Frontier Data

    Industry Update: Trends and Opportunities

  • Angela Wright

    Angela Wright

    Angela Wright, Founder and CEO, National Botanical Company

    Dispensaries: The Rising Green Sun

  • Arnaud Dumas de Rauly

    Arnaud Dumas de Rauly

    Co-founder, CEO, The Blinc Group

    Roundtable: Living Your Best Life with Cannabis Consumption

  • Bob Kassoff

    Bob Kassoff

    VP, Sales and Marketing, Wilson Safe Company

    Dispensaries: The Rising Green Sun

  • Brian Anderson

    Brian Anderson

    Founding Partner, Anderson Porter Design

    Dispensaries: The Rising Green Sun

  • Calvin Frye

    Calvin Frye

    Cannabis Pioneer, Entrepreneur

    CWCBExpo Co-host
    Welcome Remarks
    Dispensaries: The Rising Green Sun
    Roundtable: Licensing & The Illicit Market

  • Carl Cameron

    Carl Cameron

    Journalist, former FOX News reporter

    CWCBExpo Co-Host
    Welcome Remarks
    Roundtable: Eco-Conscious Cannabis

  • Carlyn S. Buckler

    Carlyn S. Buckler

    Chair, CALS Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

    Roundtable: Social Equity – Progress and Needed Change

  • Chris Beals

    Chris Beals

    CEO, Weedmaps

    Keynote: In Conversation With… Chris Beals
    Licensing & the Illicit Market

  • Christina DeGiovanni

    Christina DeGiovanni

    Founder and CEO, The Emerald

    Roundtable: Living Your Best Life with Cannabis Consumption

  • Christopher Smith

    Christopher Smith

    Host, American Cannabis Report

    Roundtable: Beverages: Where is the Greenest Grass Growing and Flowing?

  • Colleen Higgins

    Colleen Higgins, RPh

    RPh (pharmacist)

    Dispensaries: The Rising Green Sun

  • Dario Boyce

    Dario Boyce

    Project Manager, Anderson Porter Design

    Dispensaries: The Rising Green Sun

  • Dasheeda Dawson

    Dasheeda Dawson

    Chair, Cannabis Regulators of Color Coalition (CRCC)

    Licensing & The Illicit Market

  • Faye Coleman

    Faye Coleman

    Co-founder and CEO, Pure Genesis

    CWCBExpo Co-Host
    Welcome Remarks
    Dispensaries: The Rising Green Sun
    Roundtable: Social Equity

  • George Stantchev

    George Stantchev

    CEO, COMERG

    Roundtable: Eco-Conscious Cannabis

  • Gia Moron

    Gia Morón

    President, Women Grow; Founder and CEO, GVM Communications

    In Conversation With… Tremaine Wright, Chair of the NYS Cannabis Control Board

  • Greg Miller

    Greg Miller

    President of Retail, Curio Wellness

    Dispensaries: The Rising Green Sun

  • Gretchen Gailey

    Gretchen Gailey

    Chief Strategist, CWCBExpo

    CWCBExpo Co-host
    Welcome Remarks

  • Harry Carpenter

    Harry Carpenter

    Partner, Citrin Cooperman Advisors

    Dispensaries: The Rising Green Sun

  • Ian Seiferling

    Ian Seiferling

    Co-Founder and CEO, AdaViv

    Roundtable: Cultivation

  • Jason Thomas

    Jason Thomas

    Founding Partner and CEO, Precision Quality & Compliance

    Roundable: Eco-Conscious Cannabis

  • Jay Czarkowski

    Jay Czarkowski

    Founding Partner, Canna Advisors

    Roundtable: Weed Meets Wall Street

  • Jenny Argie

    Jenny Argie

    Founder, Owner, Jenny's Baked Goods

    Roundtable: Living Your Best Life with Cannabis Consumption

  • Jerel Registre

    Jerel Registre

    Fund Managing Director, Curio Wellness

    Roundtable: Social Equity

  • John Kaden

    John Kaden

    Executive Chairman, Navy Capital

    Roundtable: Weed Meets Wall Street

  • Ken VandeVrede

    Ken VandeVrede

    Founder, CEO, HillviewMed

    Roundtable: Beverages – Where is the Greenest Grass Growing and Flowing?

  • Leo Bridgewater

    Leo Bridgewater

    Co-founder, Collective 60 New Jersey; Co-founder, Heart Community Capital

    Roundtable: Social Equity

  • Matthew Broxterman

    Matthew Broxterman

    Director of Sales, Boulder Creek Technologies

    Roundtable: Eco-Conscious Cannabis

  • Mitzi Keating

    Mitzi Keating

    Partner, Citrin Cooperman Advisors

    Dispensaries: The Rising Green Sun

  • Mona Zhang

    Mona Zhang

    States Cannabis Policy Reporter, POLITICO

    Keynote: In Conversation with… Chris Beals
    Licensing & the Illicit Market

  • Nathaniel Pennington

    Nathaniel Pennington

    Founder and CEO, Humboldt Seed Company

    Roundtable: Cultivation

  • Neil Kaufman

    Neil Kaufman

    Managing Member, Kaufman McGowan

    Dispensaries: The Rising Green Sun

  • Nichelle Santos

    Nichelle Santos

    Founder and CEO, CannaCoverage

    Dispensaries: The Rising Green Sun

  • Nick Kovacevich

    Nick Kovacevich

    CEO, Greenlane Holdings

    Keynote: In Conversation With… Nick Kovacevich

  • Norman Chevlin

    Norman Chevlin

    Founder and CEO, Plant Your Financial Seed

    Dispensaries: The Rising Green Sun

  • Ron Shapira, CFA

    Ron Shapira, CFA

    Founder, Mosaic Advisory Partners

    Roundtable: Beverages – Where is the Greenest Grass Growing and Flowing?

  • Steve Bloom

    Steve Bloom

    Publisher and Editor, CelebStoner.com

    Keynote: In Conversation With… Redman

  • Steve Gelsi

    Steve Gelsi

    Reporter, MarketWatch

    Roundtable: Weed Meets Wall Street

  • Tanya Osborne

    Tanya Osborne

    Founder, CannaDiva

    Roundtable: Social Equity – Progress and Needed Change

  • Terry Booth

    Terry Booth

    CEO, Audacious/Australis Capital (AUSA)

    Roundtable: Weed Meets Wall Street

  • Thomas Larssen

    Thomas Larssen

    Founder and President, ALS

    Roundtable: Cultivation

  • Tim Seymour

    Tim Seymour

    Co-Host, CNBC Fast Money, Portfolio Manager CNBS Cannabis ETF

    Keynote: In Conversation With… Nick Kovacevich

  • Tracey Mason

    Tracey Mason

    Co-Founder, House of Saka, Inc. SVP/General Manager, The NexDrinx Initiative

    Roundtable: Beverages – Where is the Greenest Grass Growing and Flowing?

  • Tremaine Wright

    Tremaine Wright

    Chair, New York State Cannabis Control Board

    In Conversation With… Tremaine Wright, Chair of the NYS Cannabis Control Board

Amanda Reiman

Amanda Reiman

VP, Public Policy Research, New Frontier Data

Amanda Reiman

Vice President, Public Policy Research, New Frontier Data
Founder, Personal Plants

Amanda Reiman brings over two decades of professional experience in the cannabis industry. She is a Northern California-based social ethnobotanist and has been studying the relationship between people, cannabis and greater society for over 20 years. As a pioneer in the field of cannabis and social science, she was one of the first to explore the use of cannabis as a substitute for alcohol and other drugs.

Amanda earned her PhD from UC Berkeley and was a professor there for 10 years teaching Substance Abuse Treatment, Drug Policy, Sexuality and Social Work and Research Methods. Amanda served as the Head of Research and Patient Services at Berkeley Patients Group, The Manager of Marijuana Law and Policy at the Drug Policy Alliance, and the VP of Community Development for Flow Cannabis Company.

Angela Wright

Angela Wright

Angela Wright, Founder and CEO, National Botanical Company

Angela Wright

Founder and CEO, National Botanical Company

Angela Wright is a Businesswoman and Entrepreneur with a Real Estate Development background and a heart for her Community.

Wright is the Founder and CEO of National Botanical Company, a cannabis product manufacturing enterprise. Wright’s creative financing strategies and real estate portfolio enabled her to own the 10,000 sq ft manufacturing facility that is home to her brand. National Botanical is a product driven company with a focus on delivering quality products while also contributing to the growth of the community in which it resides. Wright’s drive, determination and background enabled her to reorient National Botanical Company to focus on cannabis related product manufacturing. The A.Wright brand parent company oversees portfolio investments that include Commercial and Residential Real Estate, Product Development, Manufacturing, Advocacy within the Cannabis Industry, Opportunity Zone investments, Gold, Silver and Cryptocurrency. The business is headquartered in Syracuse, NY.

Arnaud Dumas de Rauly

Arnaud Dumas de Rauly

Co-founder, CEO, The Blinc Group

Arnaud Dumas de Rauly
Co-founder, CEO, The Blinc Group

The Blinc Group is a company that is transforming the cannabis vaping industry with its focus on safety, innovation, and quality. An engineer by trade, Arnaud prioritizes scientific precision to ensure that Blinc products are the best and safest on the market. His leadership is characterized by his entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for the cannabis market, product safety, and the societal impacts of his industry.

Prior to the establishment of The Blinc Group, Arnaud was the president and co-founder of Fat Smoke, a notable leader in the French electronic cigarette market. He also formerly served as the president of FIVAPE, the French vaping trade federation, and currently serves as the organization’s Secretary-General for International Relations.

As a leading expert in the science, technology, and supply chain of cannabis vaping merchandise, Arnaud’s assistance and expertise in the vaping sector have been requested by multiple regulatory bodies across North America, Europe, and Asia. He currently works pro bono as Chairman of the ISO, International Organization of Standardization, TC126/SC3 on Vaping Products, and of the CEN Standards Committee TC437 on Vapor Products. He is also a member of the Marijuana Science and Policy Work Group operated by the Colorado Department of Revenue’s MED and CDPHE.

Bilingual in French and English (dual citizenship), fluent in Spanish, Arnaud has worked in France, China, UAE, Tunisia, Spain, UK, and the USA. He frequently serves as a keynote speaker at international vaping and cannabis conferences across the globe.

He received an Executive MBA from ESSEC Business School and a Masters of Engineering Degree from ECAM-EPMI.

Arnaud is also is also the former President of FIVAPE, a French vaping trade association and now serves as the organization’s Secretary General for International Relations.

Bob Kassoff

Bob Kassoff

VP, Sales and Marketing, Wilson Safe Company

Bob Kassoff

VP, Sales and Marketing, Wilson Safe Company

Bob Kassoff has been with Wilson Safe Company for over 22 years and in the Security industry over 32 years. In that time he’s consulted, sold, and serviced clients in most every aspect of security, with designs that harden clients’ facilities, including items such as DEA Cages, safes, vaults, Electronic Cash Handling Equipment and systems, physical security hardware,access control, alarms, and cameras.

It is my belief that with the growth and increased threats related to the cannabis industry, life safety and security are becoming more of an issue. Making sure you meet and exceed state, local, and insurance requirements is part of a long term solution. I’ll be sharing some of our proven concepts and thoughts during our session.

 

 

 

Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson

Founding Partner, Anderson Porter Design

Brian Anderson

Founding Partner, Anderson Porter Design

Brian has over 26 years of experience in architecture and over 6 years in the Cannabis Industry. APD has designed 40+ retail dispensaries and over 2 million SF of cannabis facilities internationally. APD implements Lean methodologies in Controlled Environment Horticulture facilities with stage-gate project delivery.

 

Calvin Frye

Calvin Frye

Cannabis Pioneer, Entrepreneur

Calvin Frye

Cannabis Pioneer, Entrepreneur

Scientist, pioneering cannabis activist, entrepreneur and micro-business license holder, part-owner of one of the highly sought after West Hollywood edible consumption lounge licenses and equity stakeholder in licenses in Oklahoma and Illinois, Calvin Frye has over 16 years of experience cannabis industry. He currently is on the advisory board for the Cannabis World Cannabis Business Exposition, Chairman of the Social Equity Standing Committee for the National Hemp Association and holds board of directors seats at several other corporations. Frye has held several key positions in the Biotech industry for major companies like Xoma, Amgen and Baxter Biosciences, advancing his career from Research Associate to Associate Scientist. He has invaluable experience working alongside some of the founders of the MMJ industry (Dennis Peron) as well as many of the industry pioneering groups in Los Angeles (Americans For Safe Access and NORML).

Frye has one of the oldest licenses in Los Angeles and is one of the first dispensary owners in the entire country. He has been pivotal in the progression of the cannabis movement throughout the United States. He has appeared in numerous documentaries and television shows and has been featured in many magazines as one of the premier voices in cannabis. Nationally, Frye has been the keynote speaker at many conferences including the World Congress Cannabis Expo, Blunt Talks and others. Currently, he is participating in the sponsored mentorship program that oversees and teaches social equity program owners how to operate and run a successful dispensary for the City of Los Angeles. He has also branded his line of cannabis genetics and trademarked the name “Cloneville” which he has attached to his genetics. He owns Frye Consulting and Management Group, a full-service firm that provides consulting services from startup to full-scale production, including regulatory expertise.

Frye earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa (Big Ten Conference) in Science Education. He also attended graduate college with an emphasis in General Science.

Carl Cameron

Carl Cameron

Journalist, former FOX News reporter

Carl Cameron

Journalist, former FOX News reporter

Carl Cameron, has covered national politics since 1988. Nicknamed “Campaign Carl” for his tireless road-coverage of State and National elections, Carl was one of the first five employees hired by FOX News Channel in 1995 a year before the network launched.

Carl served as the network’s first Chief Congressional Correspondent, first Chief White House Correspondent and only Chief Political Correspondent. He retired in late 2017. He lives in the DC area with his wife Moira Hopkins who also worked at FOX with Carl as a videographer and audio engineer. Since ’88 Carl has conducted multiple interviews with every President, every living former President, Presidential nominee, and approximately 140 other candidates (including senators, house members, governors, and business leaders) who got on multiple state ballots but fell short of winning their party’s Presidential nomination.

The New York Times and the Washington Post have praised Carl’s objective and unbiased reporting. The Post called Carl ‘FOX’s Man in the Middle.” The New York Times wrote “Fellow journalists say they detect no bias in his reporting.”

Washingtonian Magazine named him one of the top 50 reporters in the nation’s capital.

He is currently working on a book about blues music, race, and American culture with Tony “TC” Coleman, the late BB King’s drummer of 30+ years.

Carlyn S. Buckler

Carlyn S. Buckler

Chair, CALS Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Carlyn S. Buckler

Chair, CALS Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, Cornell University
Associate Professor of Practice, School of Integrative Plant Science
Lead, Master of Professional Studies – Hemp
Faculty Advisor, SMART

Dr. Carlyn Buckler came to the Cornell University School of Integrative Plant Science in 2018, where she teaches courses on the Public Communication of Science, and an overview course, Cannabis: Biology, Society, and Industry.

Buckler is a member of the International Network for the Public Communication of Science, and the Association of Science-Technology Centers.  She is the 2020-2022 Chair of the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Committee, serves on the SIPS Diversity and Inclusion Council, and led the Teaching Faculty group to facilitate faculty in transitioning to online learning in response to the pandemic.

She is a member of the Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture (CIDA) and is also the Advisor and Faculty Mentor for the Cornell SMART group (Student Marijuana Alliance for Research and Transparency). While at Cornell she has been interviewed by Bloomberg Television, the Wall Street Journal, and other national and international press agencies. In 2019, Buckler also helped to develop and is the lead faculty member for the SIPS Hemp Master’s in Professional Studies program, the first of its kind in the U.S.

Chris Beals

Chris Beals

CEO, Weedmaps

Chris Beals

CEO, Weedmaps

Chris Beals is an executive with a broad experience in operations, law, technology, SaaS businesses, and cannabis. He joined WM Technology, operator of Weedmaps, in 2015 as the company’s President and General Counsel. In early 2019, he became Chief Executive Officer.

In June 2021, Chris led WM Technology’s public offering via a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The company is currently trading on the Nasdaq exchange as $MAPS.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Chris is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania and received his law degree from the school’s Carey Law School.

 

Christina DeGiovanni

Christina DeGiovanni

Founder and CEO, The Emerald

Christina DeGiovanni
CEO, The Emerald

Award-winning marketer and corporate media executive with a long-standing experience in print and digital publishing.

Following an experience of civil injustice, I launched “The Emerald™ as a media outlet to advocate for the positive uses of cannabis and its decriminalization.

I have spoken at numerous conferences and expos, and have established The Emerald™ as a nationally recognized brand that is a trustworthy ally and voice for the cannabis industry.

Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith

Host, American Cannabis Report

Christopher Smith
Host, American Cannabis Report

Christopher is the host of The American Cannabis Report, a thought-provoking online magazine of curated and original content about critical topics affecting the cannabis industry, with a mission of helping to end Prohibition.

 

Colleen Higgins

Colleen Higgins, RPh

RPh (pharmacist)

Colleen Higgins, RPh

Colleen Higgins, RPh is a pharmacist, author, and speaker who helps translate the complex world of pharmaceutical and cannabis medicine into an accessible language for patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers.

In 2020, after counseling thousands of patents on how to medicate effectively with cannabis, Colleen published her first book, “The Cannabis Prescription: How to Use Medical Marijuana to Reduce or Replace Pharmaceutical Medications,” a reference book designed to help patients and providers understand the products sold in dispensaries.

In 2021, the book won the silver medal in Health/Medicine at the 25th Independent Book Awards.

Most recently, Colleen launched the ElevatetheCannabisExperience.com website, which provides employee training programs and dispensary operating procedures designed for medical and adult-use dispensaries.

She is passionate about training dispensary employees to provide a consistent, five-star experience to patients which serves both the customers and the business by retaining high-value employees.

Colleen has given speeches for hospital staff, patient support groups and pharmacy students. She is certified in Diabetes Management, Medication Therapy Management and as a Pain Management Specialty Pharmacist.

Dario Boyce

Dario Boyce

Project Manager, Anderson Porter Design

Dario Boyce

Project Manager, Anderson Porter Design

Dario Boyce is a project manager at Anderson Porter Design, cannabis industry architects. APD has done over a million square feet of cannabis design in cultivation, manufacturing, and retail. Boyce worked with several clients to effectively complete programming and design of cannabis facilities, supporting them through municipal and state entitlements, from design through construction.

Dasheeda Dawson

Dasheeda Dawson

Chair, Cannabis Regulators of Color Coalition (CRCC)

Dasheeda Dawson
Chair, Cannabis Regulators of Color Coalition (CRCC)

Dasheeda Dawson is The WeedHead™, a global cannabis advocate, award-winning Fortune 100 business strategist and bestselling author of How to Succeed in the Cannabis Industry. She has nearly 20 years of business development, strategic management and brand marketing excellence while leading dynamic teams for United Way, Target and Victoria’s Secret. Six years ago, she transitioned into the legal cannabis industry as a senior executive consultant, strategy expert and thought leader for multiple businesses, municipalities, and media outlets across the United States and abroad. Currently, Dasheeda is the City of Portland Cannabis Program Manager overseeing all regulatory licensing, compliance, education and equity initiatives for the city’s legal industry. She is co-founder and Chief Strategist of Cannabis Health Equity Movement (CHEM) and serves as Board Chair of the national Cannabis Regulators of Color Coalition (CRCC). Along with her sisters Imani and Ice Dawson, she is co-founder of Community Education Advocacy Symposium & Expo (CEASE), a Brooklyn-based nonprofit educating communities across the country about the myriad of opportunities in the cannabis industry. Brooklyn-born and New Jersey-educated, Dasheeda received her MBA from Rutgers Business School and earned a degree in molecular biology from Princeton University.

Faye Coleman

Faye Coleman

Co-founder and CEO, Pure Genesis

Faye Coleman

Co-founder and CEO, Pure Genesis

Faye Coleman is a General Management and Operations Executive with more than 25 years of experience at leading multi-site and multi-national operations. Before launching Pure Genesis (PG) LLC, Coleman began her agile career successfully serving in diverse leadership positions with Kraft General Foods and Campbell’s Soup. Next, she successfully transitioned into retail with the Home Depot, Target and CVS where she led significant market teams to drive business excellence in sales, supply chain optimization, customer service and pharmacy operations. Today Colelman is a multi-state operator, educator, and consultant within the cannabis industry, with a line of CBD products and community first business initiatives that PG is excited to move forward.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Colelman was the first black female graduate from the school of Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University. She earned her Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University and Executive Education certifications in supply chain management and product development from The Harvard Business School. Coleman has served as a Board of Trustee for Lourdes Medical System and as an Advisory Board member for Saint Joseph’s University Executive MBA program.

Coleman’s service continues as a board member for the African American Chamber of Commerce for New Jersey, the NJ Cannabusiness Association, and the National Hemp Association’s Standing Committee for Social Equity. She is also a leader within the CHEM (Cannabis Health Equity Movement) Coalition and served as a member of the NJ Governor’s council for adult use legalization. To connect and mentor within her community Coleman is a supporter of: The NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Women Grow, and Minorities for Medical Marijuana. Today, she resides in Cherry Hill, NJ with her two wonderful children, both attending college.

George Stantchev

George Stantchev

CEO, COMERG

George Stantchev

CEO, COMERG

Dr. George Stantchev is the CEO of COMERG, he guided the company through exponential growth. He has developed a reputation as a thought leader in modern business practice, a unifier across industries, and an inspirational speaker in this emerging industry. He has numerous patents granted and pending in the field of biotechnology and high-tech fields.

Stantchev is an entrepreneur and has a vision for new trends, product placement, business strategy and creating an infrastructure for organic growth. These skills, along with his intense interest in natural medicine, offers to the industry safe, production ready, natural processes of grow, harvest, processing and producing end products.

Gia Moron

Gia Morón

President, Women Grow; Founder and CEO, GVM Communications

Gia Morón
President, Women Grow
Founder and
CEO, GVM Communications

Gia Morón is the President for Women Grow. She oversees the company’s day-to-day operations, internal and external communications, education programming, and strategic partnerships. She began working with Women Grow headquarters in January 2017 as Director of Communications, after transitioning from the Women Grow New York City market in 2016. With 25 years of experience in public relations, in 2012 Gia launched GVM Communications, Inc., a public relations, brand and business development firm. Her client base ranges from small to mid-sized businesses, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs, authors and celebrity clients. Prior to launching her firm and working with Women Grow, she was a Media Relations Officer in the Corporate Communications department for fifteen years at the Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

While at Goldman Sachs, Gia oversaw various business areas from Private Equity, Urban Investment, Investment Research and Technology to the firm’s organizational focus on Corporate Engagement, Diversity, Recruiting, Human Resources and Corporate Services. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Gia was Director of Promotions and Publicity for six years at The Fremantle Corporation, an international television distribution and production company. Outside of her professional accomplishments, she continuously works with a number of non-profit organizations in New York City and mentors up-and-coming young women entrepreneurs across the country to South Africa. Gia currently resides in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY, with her daughter.

 

Greg Miller

Greg Miller

President of Retail, Curio Wellness

Greg Miller

President of Retail, Curio Wellness

Greg Miller is the President of Retail at Far & Dotter, where he is leading the national expansion of the dispensary franchise developed by Curio Wellness. His position involves developing a strong vision for the future of Far & Dotter as well as raising its national profile as a curated dispensary and wellness center that emphasizes cannabis quality, patient education, and pharmacist-led patient counseling.

Miller offers decades of franchise operations, marketing, and strategic planning experience. Prior to his time with Far & Dotter, Miller spent 26 years of his career at McDonald’s, making his way from the “crew room” to the board room where he was acknowledged as a leader in execution of standards and helped build the brand in several regions. In
2012, he earned the coveted President’s Award, awarded to the top 1% of global employees for excellence in leadership and achievement of results.

More recently, Miller served as the Chief Operating Officer of Taco John’s, leading operations, training and development, franchising, construction and real estate, and restaurant technology. Before Taco John’s, Miller held leadership roles at national fast food chains Jack in the Box and Whataburger.

 

Gretchen Gailey

Gretchen Gailey

Chief Strategist, CWCBExpo

Gretchen Gailey

Chief Strategist, CWCBExpo

Gailey has worked in the cannabis industry for the past seven years in a communications and government affairs capacity advancing the industry through its data and the stories of those involved. She is currently the founder of Panoptic Strategies, a Public Relations and Strategic Communications firm that specializes in the cannabis industry. Prior to Panoptic, she worked as a Vice President for KCSA Strategic Communications where she spearheaded the KCSA Congressional Cannabis Day Forum, the first cannabis event ever to be held under the dome of the U.S. Capitol.  Gailey also served as the Executive Vice President of Communications & Government Affairs for New Frontier Data where she developed and implemented an integrated strategic communications plan that made NFD one of the most recognized companies in the cannabis space

Before joining the cannabis movement, she served as the Communications Director for Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA), the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. She began her career as a journalist for NBC News and Fox News Channel in Washington D.C. and honed her communications skills covering politics and breaking news. She has interviewed heads of state, covered natural disasters, political campaigns, terrorist trials and told the stories of countless Americans across the country. Her vast experience across all sectors has made her an invaluable asset to building relationships and giving a voice to the cannabis sector.

 

Harry Carpenter

Harry Carpenter

Partner, Citrin Cooperman Advisors

Harry Carpenter

Partner, Citrin Cooperman Advisors

Harry Carpenter is a partner and cannabis advisory services practice co-leader based in the firm’s Livingston, New Jersey office, with over 20 years of experience. He specializes in audits, reviews, compilations, and consultation on general accounting, business strategy, operations, budgeting, and internal controls. He also provides litigation support and forensic accounting services.

 

Ian Seiferling

Ian Seiferling

Co-Founder and CEO, AdaViv

Ian Seiferling

Co-Founder and CEO, AdaViv

CEO and a Co-founder at AdaViv. Ian is an entrepreneur and technologist who bridges the plant science, sensing, agriculture, image processing and data science to enable AdaViv to creatively put into practice novel sensing and computer modelling to build products that help growers increase their yields, consistency and crop discovery; all towards the better understanding of crop plants and optimizing their cultivation.

A Researcher, Writer, Consultant and Photographer Ian has published numerous high-impact articles in the top academic journals featured in the Smithsonian Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Forbes, The Guardian and the Atlantic – CityLab, among other media. He is from the prairie grain belt provinces of Canada, namely Saskatchewan where there was nothing between him and grassland fields and aspen bluffs but a rusty barbed-wire fence. There, Ian developed a strong interest in nature and the intricate interactions within natural systems – ecology. And so, it is that initial passion for nature that guides my career objectives towards, both, the pursuit of understanding human-nature interactions and the education of people and human systems on environmental change and sustainability.

Jason Thomas

Jason Thomas

Founding Partner and CEO, Precision Quality & Compliance

Jason Thomas

Founding Partner and CEO, Precision Quality & Compliance

Jason, an established regulatory compliance professional within the Cannabis & Pharmaceutical industries, is on a mission to legitimize and standardize the US cannabis market through the deployment of safe, sustainable, best in class compliance standards and practices.  With over 22 years of regulatory audit, inspection readiness, and quality management experience, he works tirelessly to help his clients establish cannabis operations and maintain a state of 24/7 compliance across the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania markets.  Recognizing the importance, and value, derived from the quality and compliance functions within an organization, Jason often speaks at cannabis educational events and seminars to highlight the career opportunities available to young professionals entering this emerging landscape.

Over the course of his career, Jason has traveled the world, multiple times over, auditing and consulting for pharmaceutical and cannabis companies, with a focus on safeguarding public health and establishing compliant operations.  From inspecting to facing off with the inspectors, he as been on both sides of the operational fence.   Driven by operational excellence, he strives to ensure that quality management systems and compliance programs are appropriately designed and implemented to meet state/federal regulatory requirements, industry standards, and to produce safe, quality products.  During his tenure at Pfizer, Jason has also led and acted as a key stakeholder in many transformational corporate activities including corporate merger and acquisition integrations, IT strategy design & alignment, quality management governance programs, data center consolidations, blockchain pilots, cloud strategies, and robotic process automation to name a few.  Jason has obtained his CISA and cGMP certifications to ensure that he remains on the forefront of the life science industry and holds an MBA from the Stevens Institute of Technology, as well as a BS in Computer Science from S.U.N.Y. New Paltz.

In 2019, after pitching his business model to Pfizer’s Venture Center and CFO, Jason left the pharmaceutical world and founded Precision Quality and Compliance.  PQC is a life science advisory group focused on providing an array of GxP, ISO, and IT advisory and audit/inspection services to the cannabis industry. Recognizing the challenges, the industry is facing with the inconsistent state-to-state programs and lack of standardized quality/compliance requirements, Jason and his team are on a mission to ensure that patients and consumers are provided with safe, clean for consumption products.  Rooted in the life science industries, their team of QUALITY, COMPLIANCE, AUDIT, RISK MANAGEMENT, & IT professionals are perfectly positioned to help cannabis operators obtain a license, establish a strong state of internal control, and maintain a state of inspection readiness inspection readiness.

Jason is also the founder of the Grassroots Collaboration Group (est. 2018), an emerging industry business incubator and mentorship resource center, designed to bring innovative and entrepreneurial minds together to grow and thrive.  Passionate about helping others bring their dreams to life, Jason built the GCG to act as a stepping stone into the technology & cannabis industries, and a resource rich ecosystem for aspiring entrepreneurs.

 

Jay Czarkowski

Jay Czarkowski

Founding Partner, Canna Advisors

Jay Czarkowski

Founding Partner, Canna Advisors

Jay is an influential cannabis entrepreneur, investor, and advocate. A well-connected and respected industry insider, Jay and his team have helped build cannabis businesses in 33 states and internationally. Known for applying proven business tactics to unchartered territory, Jay has created a diverse vendor network at Canna Advisors with high-profile partners and serves on the board of multiple cannabis businesses. With more than a decade of regulatory experience as a consultant and award-winning operator, Jay has paved the way for innovative startups and technologies. He is dedicated to building the industry through successful and inclusive state programs, pairing grassroots advocacy with a global vision. In constant pursuit of new business horizons, Jay looks forward to shaping cannabis policy and growing the market internationally. Jay is a Founding Member of the NCIA, a sustaining member of SSDP, and a Lifetime Member of the Arcview Investment Group. In 2016, he received the Arcview Group’s Outstanding Member award for his career service to the industry.

 

Jenny Argie

Jenny Argie

Founder, Owner, Jenny's Baked Goods

Jenny Argie
Founder, Owner, Jenny’s Baked Goods

Jenny Argie, is the founder and owner of Jenny’s Home Baked Goods and is a Brooklyn based small-business owner, a plant-based eating and CBD advocate, single mother of three, and a breast cancer survivor. She went full-steam ahead on a journey toward wellness. Her number one goal—getting healthy for her three children, and for herself.

Incorporating plant-based foods made her feel energetic and including full-spectrum hemp oil into her daily regimen, Jenny noticed significant improvement in her physical, emotional, and psychological health. She teaches others how to incorporate CBD oil into plant-based cooking and she focuses on hemp and healthy foods as part of a holistic approach to one’s overall health. Jenny’s BAKED at home products are organic, full-spectrum CBD infused foods and skin products, derived from non-GMO, pesticide-free hemp that’s 100% grown in the USA.

Jerel Registre

Jerel Registre

Fund Managing Director, Curio Wellness

Jerel Registre
Fund Managing Director, Curio Wellness

Jerel Registre is Fund Managing Director for Curio Wellness. Prior to joining Curio, he led a private consulting firm that worked with small- and medium-sized businesses to drive financial and operational improvements by evaluating capital opportunities and identifying operational efficiencies.

Spending most of his career in private equity and entrepreneurial endeavors, Jerel began his career at GE Commercial Finance and J.P. Morgan before working as a Business Value Accelerator for Sterling Partners. As an Accelerator, he supported the corporate development of Sterling’s portfolio companies, including Remedi SeniorCare and Ameritox. Jerel has significant experience working within regulated industries to identify opportunities for profitable growth including insurance, banking, and healthcare services. He specializes in implementing value maximizing projects identified through strategic financial analysis.

Jerel is a graduate of The Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida, where he earned his B.S. in Finance, and received his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

John Kaden

John Kaden

Executive Chairman, Navy Capital

John Kaden

Executive Chairman, Navy Capital

John T. Kaden is Executive Chairman of Navy Capital, LLC.  Prior to joining Navy, Kaden was the Portfolio Manager and Chief Investment Officer for Northwoods Capital Management Partners, a TMT-focused global long/short hedge fund. Prior to joining Northwoods, Kaden was the Founder and Managing Partner of Cynthion Partners, LLC from 2006 through the end of 2013, a global macro thematic hedge fund. Prior to founding Cynthion Partners, Kaden worked in the Strategic Division of Blackrock. Kaden began his career as a macro strategist for The G7 Group, a global consulting firm that advises its clients on macroeconomic and political developments that affect financial markets. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with an A.B. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Ken VandeVrede

Ken VandeVrede

Founder, CEO, HillviewMed

Ken VandeVrede
Founder, CEO, HillviewMed

Ken VandeVrede is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and active Board Member of HillviewMed Inc. Ken serves on the ATACH Cannabis Beverage Council, and formerly served on the boards of both ONE Cannabis and Terra Tech Corp. (Public companies)

As a third-generation expert in agriculture, Ken began his cannabis career at Terra Tech Corp, the first publicly traded company in the US to touch the cannabis plant. Under Ken’s leadership as COO, Terra Tech acquired over $150M in cannabis assets in multiple markets, and increased revenues from startup to over $40M annually.

Continuing to build upon his cannabis leadership expertise, Ken founded HillviewMed, a next generation hemp and cannabis company. One of the first companies to receive a cannabis and hemp cultivation license in the state of New Jersey, Hillview is also the parent company for several notable brands in the cannabis space including Kalo, the first ever truly water-soluble full spectrum cannabis beverage. In its first 18 months, Kalo grew to 20 states and 25+ distribution partners. Hillview continues to innovate towards the future, delivering consistent, reliable cannabis products to meet consumer and pharmaceutical needs through our state-of-the-art patented water-soluble process.

Considered one of the “voices of the cannabis industry,” Ken is frequently called upon to educate and work in partnership with legislators, senators, the media, business leaders, boards, and government agencies.

 

Leo Bridgewater

Leo Bridgewater

Co-founder, Collective 60 New Jersey; Co-founder, Heart Community Capital

Leo Bridgewater

Co-founder, Collective 60 New Jersey
Co-founder, Heart Community Capital

In 2001, Leo Bridgewater enlisted into the United States Army in response to the September 11 attacks. 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. Having had 3 battle buddies attempt suicide and 2 being successful, Leo’s advocacy for veterans’ rights has seen him testify in NJ Senate Committee to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) added to the NJ Medical Marijuana Program (NJMMP). As a result of his efforts, in September of 2016, NJ Gov. Chris Christie signed bill S-2345 adding PTSD to the NJMMP.

 

Matthew Broxterman

Matthew Broxterman

Director of Sales, Boulder Creek Technologies

Matthew Broxterman

Director of Sales, Boulder Creek Technologies

A veteran sales professional with years of marketing experience honed educating clients on the technical aspects of critical industrial equipment, Matt Broxterman is responsible for driving overall business growth through strong sales at Boulder Creek Technologies. He has a proven record of bringing traditional products into the non-traditional cannabis sector, and he is directly responsible for introducing industrial utilities from traditional markets in the cannabis extraction market. Matt relishes expanding the sales team, teaching customers about Vapor-Static™ extraction, and working with his clients to determine appropriate standards and proper scalability. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, he now lives in Evergreen, Colorado, where he enjoys skiing, mountain biking and spending time with his family.

Mitzi Keating

Mitzi Keating

Partner, Citrin Cooperman Advisors

Mitzi Keating

Partner, Citrin Cooperman Advisors

Mitzi Keating is a partner in the firm’s Rhode Island office and Founder and Co-Leader of the Cannabis Advisory Services Practice. She has over 20 years of experience providing accounting and audit services, tax planning, business consulting, and forensic services.

Mona Zhang

Mona Zhang

States Cannabis Policy Reporter, POLITICO

Mona Zhang

States Cannabis Policy Reporter, POLITICO

Mona Zhang is the states cannabis policy reporter for POLITICO Pro. Previously, she was the founder and editor of the cannabis newsletter Word on the Tree. She also spent four years covering the cannabis beat as a freelance journalist for Forbes, The Outline, High Times and more. Before that, she served as Social Editor for Adweek and worked in various roles for Mediabistro.

 

Nathaniel Pennington

Nathaniel Pennington

Founder and CEO, Humboldt Seed Company

Nathaniel Pennington

Founder and CEO, Humboldt Seed Company

Nathaniel Pennington, Founder and CEO of Humboldt Seed Company, has been breeding cannabis and working to restore rivers and salmon populations in Humboldt County, CA, for more than 20 years. His prior work in salmon genomics gave him the background to understand the need for unbiased cannabis genomics research.

 

Neil Kaufman

Neil Kaufman

Managing Member, Kaufman McGowan

Neil Kaufman

Managing Member, Kaufman McGowan

Neil Kaufman is the managing member of Kaufman McGowan PLLC, Corporate and Securities Counsel to the State-Legal Cannabis Industry™.  With over 35 years of corporate/ securities law and over 6 years of cannabis industry experience, Kaufman has participated in over $2 Billion of cannabis industry transactions. Kaufman is Audit Committee chairman of several mutual funds.

Nichelle Santos

Nichelle Santos

Founder and CEO, CannaCoverage

Nichelle Santos

Founder and CEO, CannaCoverage

Nichelle Santos is an entrepreneur, business development executive in the insurance industry, practicing risk mitigation from the CannaBusiness industry, to healthcare; environmental health and safety, public policy. She has practiced as a Safety Engineer & Risk Manager in the chemical/pharmaceutical industry, protecting employees and the surrounding community through Process Safety Management, Behavior Based Safety, hazardous waste remediation, and regulatory compliance.

Nichelle now brings her insurance and regulatory expertise to the CannaBusiness industry to create customized risk management consulting with insurance solutions, designed to protect businesses from failure. She believes with increased efficiencies and profitability of cannabusinesses, can build and cultivate sustainability for the communities. Corporate Social Responsibility to maintain public safety & health; provide social justice in action; to impact the community and environment, is critical to the cannabis industry.

Nichelle works in Government Affairs for pro-cannabis policy, planning with innovation to preserve public health and safety for sustainable with effective risk management, GMPs, and industry standards.

Nichelle earned her B.S. at Rutgers University, Environmental Health and Occupational Safety, and has recently continued studies at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and at the Harvard Kennedy School, in Healthcare, Evidence, Leadership and Public Policy.

Nick Kovacevich

Nick Kovacevich

CEO, Greenlane Holdings

Nick Kovacevich

CEO, Greenlane Holdings

In his role as CEO of Greenlane Holdings, Nick is responsible for ensuring the company executes on its mission of elevating all elements of the consumption experience. He oversees the organization’s senior management team and is integral in making critical strategic, operational, and financial decisions. Nick regularly meets with key stakeholders including customers, vendors, shareholders, analysts, investors, and media outlets.

Prior to Greenlane, Nick was the co-founder, CEO and Chairman of publicly traded KushCo Holdings, another industry pioneer, which merged with Greenlane in September 2021. Under Nick’s leadership, KushCo grew from under $2 million in annual revenue to achieving nearly $115 million in fiscal 2020, with operations in multiple states and countries, and employing over 100 team members.

Nick graduated summa cum laude from Southwest Baptist University, where he was also the captain of the men’s NCAA II basketball team. After college, Nick became an entrepreneur, starting and building several successful businesses including BigRentz, a leading online equipment rental company, and Alpha West, a diversified holding company whose portfolio businesses’ generate a combined $100+ million in annual revenue. Nick was appointed to the Board of Directors for Unrivaled Brands (OTCQX:UNRV) in December 2020. In April 2020, he was appointed to California’s 32nd DAA Orange County Fair Board by Governor Newsom.

Nick lives in Newport Beach, California with his wife and son. His hobbies include surfing, traveling, and juggling.

Norman Chevlin

Norman Chevlin

Founder and CEO, Plant Your Financial Seed

Norman Chevlin
Founder and CEO, Plant Your Financial Seed

Norman has been practicing for 32 years. He provides the highest level of professional expertise in the areas of business and personal insurance products and investment services. This includes devising strategies to minimize the impact of taxes and inflation.

Norman is proficient in the LGBTQ and the Special Needs community, and is a Certified Financial Planner.

Ron Shapira, CFA

Ron Shapira, CFA

Founder, Mosaic Advisory Partners

Ron Shapira, CFA

Founder, Mosaic Advisory Partners

Ron is the founder of cannabis advisory firm, Mosaic Advisory Partners.  He has an unyielding passion for actionable research focused on cultivating relationships and opportunities.  His background is steeped in corporate strategy/research and he brings an unquenchable sense of curiosity to everything he does.  Ron finds that nothing releases more dopamine than digging deep and connecting unique and disparate concepts, professionals and organizations.  He is enthralled by the countless opportunities to identify new markets, innovations, and partnerships in cannabis, arguably the world’s fastest growing CPG industry.

Ron also has an eye for meeting the complex and demanding needs of top management based on roles that have included Chief of Staff to the President & COO of UBS PaineWebber (“UBS PW”), as well as other positions at UBS (the Office of the Chairman & CEO for UBS PW, Director in a global strategy group for UBS AG in Zurich, as well as a Financial Advisor on a $2 Billion Barron’s Top 100 private wealth management team).  Ron was also a trusted advisor for the Chairman of Centurion Holdings (a family office and consulting firm) where his strategic research and development efforts for a key portfolio company were critical to identifying new markets and growth capital.  His efforts were integral to the company’s transformation from a struggling start-up to a key player in food safety; helping process over 3 billion pounds of protein per annum and resulting in a successful exit (via a sale at over $170 Million in 2021).

His experiences additionally included positions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Long Term Capital Management and Coopers & Lybrand.  He also engages in advisory work with Vertosa (an industry leader in cannabinoid emulsions) and volunteers for the ATACH Beverage Council and the New York Cannabis Industry Association (helping lead On-Premise committee activities).  He has also served as a board member for the Association of Community Employment for the Homeless and was former Chairman and Vice Chairman of NYSSA’s Private Wealth Management Committee.  Ron is a CFA charterholder, former CPA, and a graduate of NYU – Stern Undergraduate School of Business (cum laude, early graduation).  Born in Israel and raised in Queens, Ron is a proud New York cannabinerd.

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher and Editor, CelebStoner.com

Steve Bloom
Publisher and Editor, CelebStoner.com

Steve Bloom is a longtime journalist and author with 33 years in the cannabis community. His credits include:

Publisher of CelebStoner.com, one of the leading sources for marijuana and celebrity news on the web since 2007.

Former editor of High Times from 1988-2007, and producer of the Stony and Doobie award shows and the two Hempilation benefit albums for NORML (1995 and 1998) while at High Times.

Former editor-in-Chief of Freedom Leaf magazine and freedomleaf.com from 2014-2019.

Former Editor-in-chief of two Centennial Media titles, Marijuana Goes Mainstream and The Complete Guide to CBD from 2019-2021.

Co-author of Pot Culture: The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language and Life (Abrams Image, 2007) and Reefer Movie Madness: The Ultimate Stoner Film Guide (Abrams Image, 2010) with Shirley Halperin.

Recipient of NORML’s Media & Culture Award in 2004, Cannabis MVP by the Cannabis Business Awards in 2018 and New York NORML Activism award in 2019.

Has appeared as a moderator, panelist and speaker at many marijuana-reform events, including the NORML Conference, the Drug Policy Alliance Conference, International Cannabis Business Conference, Seattle Hempfest, Boston Freedom Rally, Cypress Hill SmokeOut, the NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally, Pennsylvania Cannabis Festival, Florida Cannabis Festival, Cannabis Media Summit and more.

Board member and co-organizer of the annual NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally.

Discovered 420 in 1990.

Founder and organizer of the Teapot Party with Willie Nelson since 2009.

Founder and commissioner of the New York Media Softball League since 2007.

Author of Video Invaders (Arco, 1982) and Watch Out for the Little Guys (St. Martins Press, 1989).

Music journalist since 1978.

Lives in Bronx, NY.

 

Steve Gelsi

Steve Gelsi

Reporter, MarketWatch

Steve Gelsi

Reporter, MarketWatch

Experienced reporter, blogger, editor and book author with a passion for news. Specialties include on-camera and public speaking, plus quick analysis and reporting on private equity, financial markets, the energy sector, legal cannabis, initial public offerings and general assignment journalism.

Tanya Osborne

Tanya Osborne

Founder, CannaDiva

Tanya Osborne
Founder, CannaDiva
Director of Community Engagement and Digital Production, Women Grow

Tanya Osborne is a true Renaissance woman! From the Music Industry to Financial Services, Business Coaching and now…Cannabis.  The common theme here is the connection…from being a champion for Women in the Music industry, sharing the importance of women investing in and for their future, Coaching women entrepreneurs and now contributing to changing the stigma of the plant and bringing awareness to the role of women in the Cannabis industry.

The Founder of CannaDiva, LLC, a brand committed to supporting women in the space from hosting Canna-events and shining a spotlight on women entrepreneurs and the soon launching of The CannaDiva Community.  She is also the Director of Community Engagement and Digital Production for Women Grow which is a National organization encouraging and supporting women to build and “grow” in the Cannabis industry.

A passion for entrepreneurs, diversity, and women has led Tanya to the Cannabis industry which is positioned for exponential growth.  Her goal is to educate, connect and support women leaders in this industry.

 

Terry Booth

Terry Booth

CEO, Audacious/Australis Capital (AUSA)

Terry Booth

CEO, Audacious/Australis Capital (AUSA)

Terry Booth was one of the 2 original founders of Aurora Cannabis Inc, (ACB NYSE) In 2013 he personally provided over $3.0 million in start-up capital to the building of a new from the ground high quality purposeful built medical cannabis production facility in Mountain View County. This facility was the first in the world to be certified as 100% EU GMP compliant for the production of Medical Cannabis.

Appointed CEO in December 2014, he skillfully raised Aurora from its infancy into one of the world’s largest and fastest growing cannabis companies, with a focus on providing high-quality medical and adult usage cannabis and inspiring better days for medical and recreational consumers around the world.

A visionary and passionate leader, Terry has a deep knowledge of highly regulated environments. He was instrumental in Aurora receiving its initial licensing and approval from Health Canada to produce medical cannabis, as well as building the Company’s state of the art cultivation facility Aurora Sky. The Aurora Sky and Polaris projects both located on at the Edmonton International Airport encompassing well over 1.2 million square feet, producing high quality cannabis and derivative cannabis products largely considered the best in the world.

With this strong entrepreneurial vision running through the entire company, Terry assembled a diverse and highly skilled team of experts from a broad range of disciplines to execute the company’s business strategy around the world. He oversaw the company’s organic growth as well as its expansion through the acquisitions of companies such as MedReleaf, CanniMed and Whistler MMC, all of which were successfully integrated into the parent company. Terry was also a leader in ensuring Aurora being approved for listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange.

Uniquely skilled at seizing M&A opportunities, (over 30 transactions and acquisitions in the last 5 years) Terry also has more than 25 years of experience in creating, growing and leading companies in highly regulated industries. Terry has served as President/CEO of six other highly successful companies, including Alberta Permit Pro, Superior Safety Codes, which was recognized as one of Canada’s top 50 fastest-growing companies and Med PPE Canada Inc.

Terry currently sits on the board of Binovi, and Psyched Wellness.

Thomas Larssen

Thomas Larssen

Founder and President, ALS

Thomas Larssen

Founder and President, ALS

30+ years designing and engineering highly technical large-scale, purpose-built greenhouses across the world.

Tim Seymour

Tim Seymour

Co-Host, CNBC Fast Money, Portfolio Manager CNBS Cannabis ETF

Tim Seymour
Co-Host, CNBC Fast Money, and Portfolio Manager CNBS Cannabis ETF

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

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

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

Prior to Triogem, Tim was co-founder and Managing Partner at Red Star Asset Management (Moscow, New York), where he ran a core strategy emphasizing low volatility, multi-strat fund investing across Russia/Eastern Europe. Before launching Red Star, Tim was a Partner and Managing Director at Troika Dialog, Russia’s largest investment bank in Moscow. Tim started his career at UBS in
New York, focusing on international macro. Tim completed the firm’s capital markets training program after graduating with an MBA in International Finance from Fordham University.

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

Tracey Mason

Tracey Mason

Co-Founder, House of Saka, Inc. SVP/General Manager, The NexDrinx Initiative

Tracey Mason

Co-Founder, House of Saka, Inc.
SVP/General Manager, The NexDrinx Initiative

A seasoned sales and marketing executive, Tracey Mason has successfully created, marketed and sold innovative products in the CPG and adult beverage sectors for over 25 years.
Her prior experience includes serving as Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at CannaCraft, Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer at Terravant Wine Company, SVP of Marketing and Innovation at Purple Wine and Spirits, EVP of Global Marketing at Goelet Wine Estates/Clos du Val Winery, VP of Global Innovation at Treasury Wine Estates, Director of Commercial Innovation at Diageo and VP of Sales and Marketing at Epic Wines.

An ardent entrepreneur, Mason is also the Co-Founder of House of Saka, Inc. – creators and manufacturers of the world’s first and only alcohol-removed, cannabis-infused wines from Napa Valley. Saka’s award-winning portfolio of infused wines are currently available in dispensaries throughout California with plans to expand to 3 additional states in 2022. In March of 2022, Mason was also tapped to lead The Next Drinks Initiative, the innovation arm of Vintage Wine Estates, one of the fastest growing wine companies in North America. There, in addition to leading the innovation function of VWE, she will oversee the launch of House of Saka’s portfolio of non-infused, super premium wines and functional beverages into the general market, driving brand value across multiple beverage verticals.

She has a BA in Politics from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia with further graduate study at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, a love of all things food and wine and an unparalleled passion for innovation in the beverage space.

 

 

Tremaine Wright

Tremaine Wright

Chair, New York State Cannabis Control Board

Tremaine Wright

Chair, New York State Cannabis Control Board

Tremaine Wright is the Chairwoman of the New York State Cannabis Control Board and a former member of the New York State Assembly from the 56th district, which includes parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. Chair Wright is responsible for the regulatory and tax policies regarding medical and adult-use cannabis in New York State.

Chair Wright is a former New York State Assembly and thereafter served as the first Director of the DFS Statewide Office of Financial Inclusion and Empowerment. Chair Wright is an attorney, entrepreneur, small business owner and activist who is a second-generation Bedford Stuyvesant resident invested in preserving the rich legacy of her community and building a strong foundation for the future. She has dedicated her career to empowering and creating opportunities for her neighbors and her community.

 

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