Conference Program Schedule

Workshops, Seminars, Exhibit Floor, Networking Parties

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EXHIBIT FLOOR HOURS:

Wednesday & Thursday: 10:00 – 5:00

 

Tuesday, June 4
Pre-Show Workshops
B2B Bash Rooftop Party

Exhibit Floor Closed

(exhibitors are setting up)

B2B Rooftop Bash, 2023
Wednesday, June 5
Seminars
Women's Luncheon
Industry Yacht Party

Exhibit Floor Open 10 am – 5 pm

Industry Yacht Party, NY 2018
Thursday, June 6
Seminars
After Party

Exhibit Floor Open 10 am – 5 pm

Audience

Why New York is the Market to Watch in 2024

Wednesday, June 5, from 1 pm – 1:50 pm

Presented by Cy Scott, Co-Founder, CEO, Headset

In this presentation, Cy Scott will provide a big-picture overview of the adult-use market across the United States and will address growth market trends, consumer behavior preferences, sales of different form factors, and cannabis production challenges. This session will also discuss opportunities in cannabis on a global level; The data and analytics will focus on the New York Market and why you should put it front and center in your sights.

Cy Scott, CEO, Headset

Expungement Clinic: Project Clean Slate

Thursday June 6, from 10 am – 3 pm

CWCBExpo is proud to partner with M4MM and co-host Project Clean Slate.

Presented by Minorities for Medical Marijuana (M4MM), Project Clean Slate provides free expungement resources for non-violent cannabis charges. Registration for services is free, but you must pre-register with M4MM before or during the CWCBExpo.

More details coming soon.

Project Clean Slate

Tuesday, June 4, Pre-Show Workshop & Party Schedule

Wednesday, June 5, Schedule of Events

Time Wednesday, June 5
9:00 – 9:45 Press Preview Media Reception
(by invitation only) Located near the press office
Special Preview for Media Representatives, Exhibitors, Speakers & Journalists
9:50 – 10:00 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, in Hall 1C Lobby Entrance, Press Coverage,
11:30 – 12:45 Women in Cannabis Luncheon (separate ticket required)
Networking, mingling and lunch, with panel discussion during the luncheon, "Entrepreneurship & Success in Cannabis: Challenges and Opportunities for Women"
12:50 – 1:30 "Why New York is the Market to Watch in 2024"
Cy Scott, Co-Founder and CEO, Headset
1:30 – 2:00 "Fireside Chat with Chair Wright of the New York State Cannabis Control Board"
2:00 – 2:50 "Behind the Headlines: Meet the Editors Covering the Cannabis Industry"
3:00 – 3:50 "Business Opportunities & Culture at a Crossroads: Cannabis & Psychedelics as Investment Opportunities"
4:00 – 4:50 "Where is Wall Street? Now You're Funded, Now You're Not"
6:00 – 10:00 Industry Yacht Party (separate ticket required)
Board at 6 pm at Pier Pier 81, behind the Javits at West 41st Street
Enjoy the sunset and skyline with open bar, dinner, desert, music and dancing
Exhibit floor open from 10:00 – 5:00

All sessions, networking events, times and speakers subject to change without notice.

Thursday, June 6, Schedule of Events

Time Thursday, June 6
12:00 – 12:50 "Cannabis Retail Marketing in the Digital Era"
1:00 – 1:50 "Transactions and Services to Expand Your Cannabis Business"
2:00 – 2:50 "High Tech: How Technology Can Drive Your Business"
3:00 – 3:50 "The Politics of Cannabis: A Multi-State Approach"
4:00 – 4:50 "Journey to Legitimacy: The OGs and OQs of Cannabis"
6:00 – 10:30 After Party (separate ticket required)
TBA
Exhibit floor open from 10:00 – 5:00

All sessions, networking events, times and speakers subject to change without notice.

Meet the Speakers

(More speaker bios coming soon.)
  • Tosin Ajayi, Senior Policy Analyst, Cannabis NYC

    Ajayi, Tosin

    Senior Policy Analyst, Cannabis NYC

  • Mike Ballard, Vice President Sales, Leafwire Media

    Ballard, Mike

    Vice President Sales, Leafwire Media

  • Debra Borchardt, Co-founder, Executive Editor, Green Market Report

    Borchardt, Debra

    Co-founder and Executive Editor, Green Market Report

  • Solonje Burnett, Weed Auntie, Co-Founder and Chief Culture & Community Officer of Erven

    Burnett, Solonje

    Weed Auntie, Co-Founder and Chief Culture & Community Officer of Erven

  • Kymberly "KymB" Byrnes

    Byrnes, Kymberly, “KymB”

    Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, TribeTokes; Podcast Host, “The Highest: In the Room”

  • William J. Caruso, Partner, Archer-Greiner

    Caruso, William J.

    Partner, Archer-Greiner

  • David Fettner, Co-Founder, Grow America

    Fettner, David

    Co-Founder, Grow America

  • Michelle Friberg, Director Government Relations, National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)

    Friberg, Michelle

    Director Government Relations, National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)

  • Eugenio Garcia, CEO and Founder, Cannabis Now Magazine

    Garcia, Eugenio

    CEO and Founder, Cannabis Now Magazine

  • Sara Gullickson, Founder, CEO, The Cannabis Business Advisors

    Gullickson, Sara

    Founder, CEO, The Cannabis Business Advisors

  • Arana Hankin-Biggers, President, The Travel Agency: A Cannabis Store

    Hankin-Biggers, Arana

    President, The Travel Agency: A Cannabis Store

  • Ryan Hurley, Cannabis Practice Leader, Rose Law Group

    Hurley, Ryan

    Cannabis Practice Leader, Rose Law Group

  • Kristin L. Jordan, Founder, CEO, Park Jordan

    Jordan, Kristin

    Founder, CEO, Park Jordan; Adjunct Professor, LIM College

  • Ed Keating, Co-Founder, Cannabiz Media

    Keating, Ed

    Co-Founder, Cannabiz Media

  • Maxime Kot, President and Partner, The Cannabis Business Advisors

    Kot, Maxime

    President and Partner, The Cannabis Business Advisors

  • Christopher Louie, Co-Founder, Made in Xialon

    Louie, Christopher

    Co-Founder, Made in Xialon

  • Jon Lowen, Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Surfside Solutions

    Lowen, Jon

    Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Surfside Solutions

  • Coss Marte, Founder, ConBud, Founder, ConBody

    Marte, Coss

    Founder, ConBud, Founder, ConBody

  • Drew Matthews, Founder & CEO, Green Life Business

    Matthews, Drew

    Founder & CEO Green Life Business

  • Jacob Miller, Founding Partner, Paybotic

    Miller, Jacob

    Founding Partner, Paybotic

  • Gia Moron

    Morón, Gia

    Founder and CEO, GVM Communications

  • Dawne Morris, CEO, Co-founder, PROTEUS Business Solution, PROTEUS420

    Morris, Dawne

    CEO, Co-founder, PROTEUS Business Solution, PROTEUS420

  • Tanya Osborne

    Osborne, Tanya

    Founder, The Canna Diva

  • Tony Pagni, Founder & Co-Owner Perfectionist Rolling Equipment, Managing Partner, Aephex, Automated Pre-Roll System

    Pagni, Tony

    Founder & Co-Owner Perfectionist Rolling Equipment, Managing Partner, Aephex, Automated Pre-Roll System

  • Kim Prince

    Prince, Kim

    Founder, CEO Proven Media Strategies

  • Puma Robinson, Entrepreneur, Actor, Music Producer

    Robinson, Puma

    Entrepreneur, Actor, Music Producer

  • Ronit Pinto, Founder, Honeysuckle Magazine

    Ronit Pinto

    Founder, Honeysuckle Magazine

  • "Hawaii” Mike, Founder, Chef for Higher

    Salman, “Hawaii” Mike

    Founder, Chef for Higher

  • Nichelle Santos

    Santos, Nichelle

    Founder and CEO, CannaCoverage

  • Cy Scott, Co-founder. CEO, Headset

    Scott, Cy

    Co-Founder and CEO, Headset

  • Sandra Shen, Founder, ATMOSIScience, Inc.

    Shen, Sandra, Dr.

    Founder, ATMOSIScience Inc.

  • Jeremy Sperber, Account Executive, Genetec

    Sperber, Jeremy

    Account Executive, Genetec

  • Sandy Suchoff, Founder, CEO, The Canna CPAs

    Suchoff, Sandy

    Founder, CEO, The Canna CPAs

  • Britni Tantalo

    Tantalo, Britni

    Co-Founder and President, New York Cannabis Retail Association; Co-Founder and President of Flower City Dispensary

  • Jayson Tantalo, Co-Founder & COO, Metavega Corp., Flower City Hydroponics, and Flower City Dispensary; Co-Founder & VP of Operations, New York Cannabis Retail Association

    Tantalo, Jayson

    Co-Founder & COO, Metavega Corp., Flower City Hydroponics, and Flower City Dispensary; Co-Founder & VP of Operations, New York Cannabis Retail Association

  • Sheri Tarr, Esq., Founder and Chief Advisor, ’68 Partners

    Tarr, Sheri

    Founder and Chief Advisor, ’68 Partners

  • Lulu Tsui, Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer, On The Revel

    Tsui, Lulu

    Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer, On The Revel

  • Tremaine Wright

    Wright, Tremaine

    Chair, New York State Cannabis Control Board

  • Mona Zhang

    Zhang, Mona

    States Cannabis Policy Reporter, POLITICO Pro

Tosin Ajayi, Senior Policy Analyst, Cannabis NYC

Ajayi, Tosin

Senior Policy Analyst, Cannabis NYC

Tosin Ajayi
Senior Policy Analyst, Cannabis NYC

Tosin Ajayi is a strategic thinker dedicated to driving social change, with a strong focus on championing diversity, equity, and inclusion. She’s a passionate cannabis advocate, entrepreneur, and nonprofit leader, now serving as a Senior Policy Analyst for Cannabis NYC, an interagency hub dedicated to fostering a sustainable, equitable cannabis industry in New York. Tosin co-founded a CBD company in 2018 and established CannaPolicy at NYU Wagner in 2020 to promote responsible cannabis legalization. With a background in nonprofit fundraising and a commitment to making a positive impact, she’s a dynamic professional with an MPA from NYU and a degree in Public Health from Rutgers University.

 

Mike Ballard, Vice President Sales, Leafwire Media

Ballard, Mike

Vice President Sales, Leafwire Media

Mike Ballard
Vice President Sales, Leafwire Media

Mike Ballard has been in the cannabis space for more than a decade, starting in the cultivation world marketing fertilizer, soil, genetics and agriculture supplies – focusing on organic farming. Since 2021, Mike has served as VP of Sales for Leafwire Media, providing marketing services to a wide array of clients including brands, cultivation, extraction, and a variety of ancillary services providers, including banking, payment processing, funding, packaging, automation and many more.

Debra Borchardt, Co-founder, Executive Editor, Green Market Report

Borchardt, Debra

Co-founder and Executive Editor, Green Market Report

Debra Borchardt

Co-founder and Executive Editor, Green Market Report

Debra Borchardt is the Executive Editor and Co-founder of the cannabis financial news website Green Market Report. Debra spent over 15 years on Wall Street with her last position as a Vice President at Bear Stearns. She received her Masters’s Degree in Financial Reporting from New York University and followed that with a 8-year stint working with Jim Cramer at The Street. Green Market Report was founded in 2017 and sold to Crain Communications in 2021.

Solonje Burnett, Weed Auntie, Co-Founder and Chief Culture & Community Officer of Erven

Burnett, Solonje

Weed Auntie, Co-Founder and Chief Culture & Community Officer of Erven

Solonje Burnett
Weed Auntie, Co-Founder and Chief Culture & Community Officer of Erven

Solonje Burnett is the weed auntie, co-founder and Chief Culture & Community Officer of Erven – a data collaboration platform facilitating sustainable growth for brands + retailers through access to actionable insights. A Caribbean-American multihyphenate, creator, brand strategist, spaceholder and experience producer, she focuses on creating inclusive and intersectional containers for holistic wellbeing rooted in connectivity and care while amplifying marginalized + melanated practitioners, creatives, and entrepreneurs in cannabis and beyond. Solonje speaks, partners, and consults on brand education + marketing, social equity, sustainability, self care, sexual health, racial injustice, gender discrimination, and community empowerment.

She sits on the inaugural Advisory Board of CUNY’s new workforce development program, Cannabis to Culinary. Solonje was a member of the 2023 Clio Cannabis Marketing & Advertising Jury and an advisory board member for Broccoli Magazine’s Floret Coalition. She performs with the creative protest group Resistance Revival Chorus. Solonje has been featured in publications like Marie Claire, Forbes, High Times, Instyle, Refinery29, Girl Boss, Black Enterprise, Atmos, Well+Good and VICE.

Kymberly "KymB" Byrnes

Byrnes, Kymberly, “KymB”

Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, TribeTokes; Podcast Host, “The Highest: In the Room”

Kymberly Byrnes, “KymB”

Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, TribeTokes;
Podcast Host, “Highest: In the Room”

At TribeTokes, Kim Byrnes drives all the brand’s social and marketing strategy. She blends traditional marketing efforts, modern colloquialisms, and digital social culture to subliminally target customers and break into new markets in ways that many cannabis brands have yet to tap. Today Kym works with some of the most forward-thinking minds in the New York City cannabis scene: Kym sits on the Advisory Committee for the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo, a business-to-business trade show event for the legalized cannabis industry. She volunteers and is on the committee for the NYC Cannabis Parade and Rally, one of the longest running cannabis events in the world. Kym is the NYC Ambassador for Women Grow, and frequently serves as a High Times Cannabis Cup Judge. KymB is also the host of a cannabis podast, “Highest: In the Room.”

As a Certified Pilates Instructor and Lululemon Legacy Ambassador, Kym merges her passion for health and cannabis through her “Plant-Based Pilates” CBD fitness platform. On the patient advocacy side, Kym works with Nugg MD to help New Yorkers get their medical marijuana cards. Kym is passionate about the future of cannabis and the potential impact of cannabis for women, health applications and the growth of the industry. When she’s not educating the world on cannabis, you can find Kym working out, exploring and traveling and of course consuming some of the best cannabis and CBD in the world.

 

 

William J. Caruso, Partner, Archer-Greiner

Caruso, William J.

Partner, Archer-Greiner

William J. Caruso
Partner, Archer-Greiner

Bill serves as Chair of Archer’s Cannabis Group. Bill is one of the leading advocates and influencers for the cannabis industry, and served as an influential voice in New Jersey’s long battle to end cannabis prohibition. He is a co-founder of New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform, a group that laid the groundwork for the legalization movement. Bill was also a leader with the advocacy group, NJ CAN 2020, that spearheaded the November 2020 ballot initiative to legalize cannabis for personal use.

In his practice, Bill represents clients that are both veterans and new leaders in the medical and adult-use cannabis industries, including retailers, processors, growers and ancillary businesses. He provides guidance on marijuana-related business issues, including issues pertaining to strategic planning and transactions, banking and finance, taxation, labor and employment, land use and zoning, real estate, municipal law, and healthcare law.

Bill has a deep knowledge of New Jersey government and strong relationships with political and industry leaders in the state. Prior to joining Archer, Bill served nearly five years as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Assembly Majority Office in Trenton. He was responsible for developing and implementing the Assembly’s policy agenda, and, as top aide to the Speaker, served as lead staff negotiator on all policy matters and as liaison to the Governor’s office, Senate and state departments. He was responsible for daily management of approximately 30 policy research professionals and communications and administrative staff. During his tenure, Bill helped shepherd through numerous pieces of landmark legislation, including pension and health benefits reform.

David Fettner, Co-Founder, Grow America

Fettner, David

Co-Founder, Grow America

David Fettner
Co-Founder, Grow America

For over two decades, David wore two hats; he ran a commercial construction company and was also a zoning attorney and commissioner. In 2017 he combined those unique skill sets along with his passion for cannabis to co-found, Grow America, one of the only national Consulting+Design+Build firms working exclusively in the cannabis industry.

David’s vision was to create a company that would be a true one stop for any cannabis licensee; consulting, zoning, land development, architecture, engineering, interior design, and turnkey construction. That vision came to life via Grow America, and since its inception, David and his team have worked on virtually every type of cannabis facility literally from coast to coast. David and his team worked on over sixty dispensaries, twenty cultivation facilites, and multiple infusion and manufacturing facilities across fourteen states in almost every scope and capacity. In 2021, Grow America was selected as one of eight firms hired by the State of New York to design and build the first 150 dispensaries in the state; the first public works project of any kind in cannabis. In 2023, Grow America received the New Jersey Cannabis Insider award for Excellence in Cannabis Building Operations.

David earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Iowa and Juris Doctor at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, and currently sits on the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Facility Design Committee.

 

Michelle Friberg, Director Government Relations, National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)

Friberg, Michelle

Director Government Relations, National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)

Michelle Rutter Friberg
Director Government Relations, National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)

Michelle Rutter Friberg is director of government relations for the National Cannabis Industry Association. Prior to working for NCIA, Michelle was a research analyst at a government affairs firm in Washington, D.C., where she analyzed and tracked legislation on numerous issues. Michelle is a graduate of James Madison University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in History. During her studies, she held a year-long internship with Virginia House of Delegates member Tony Wilt (R). A native Virginian, Michelle currently resides in the Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Brookland with her husband, dog, and three cats.

Eugenio Garcia, CEO and Founder, Cannabis Now Magazine

Garcia, Eugenio

CEO and Founder, Cannabis Now Magazine

Eugenio Garcia
CEO and Founder, Cannabis Now Magazine

Eugenio Garcia is CEO and founder of Cannabis Now, a media group that offers reliable, compelling and creative content to today’s cannabis consumer by way of print, digital, broadcast and social mediums. At Cannabis Now, Garcia is closely involved with the editorial process and manages the sales/revenue, distribution, marketing and investment departments.

As a long-time entrepreneur and advocate, Garcia became interested in the space when consulting in the cannabis industry. Realizing the lack of a strong and balanced voice for today’s consumer, Cannabis Now became the solution by focusing on the most relevant news, political happenings, cannabis legislation, horticultural advancements, social change, economic trends and medical information available.

Launched in 2009, Cannabis Now has experienced unparalleled growth, with Garcia’s vision leading the effort in bringing the magazine’s social media reach to over 4 million followers to date, making its social media community one of the largest interactive cannabis communities in the world.

Under Garcia’s leadership, Cannabis Now Magazine has emerged as the first cannabis publication since the 1970s to be widely distributed coast to coast. Garcia has developed high profile retail distribution partnerships for the company’s digital and print expressions, making Cannabis Now the first cannabis magazine in the world to be available on iTunes and to be distributed at airports nationwide through Hudson News. In addition, Cannabis Now is the first nationally distributed cannabis magazine since 1974 to be accepted and sold at Barnes & Noble across the country.

Sara Gullickson, Founder, CEO, The Cannabis Business Advisors

Gullickson, Sara

Founder, CEO, The Cannabis Business Advisors

Sara Gullickson
Founder, CEO, The Cannabis Business Advisors

Sara Gullickson is a multi-state cannabis license holder and CEO and Founder at The Cannabis Business Advisors and How to Open a Dispensary. At age 27, she founded her first cannabis venture before ultimately selling to a publicly traded company. Gullickson has presented alongside Tony Robbins in the U.S. and Canada, and has six cannabis licenses that are minority or women-owned. She has more than a decade of experience building and scaling businesses, including a tech platform and turnkey retail model tailored to the cannabis industry.

Gullickson has a proven track record in identifying new opportunities and infusing traditional business strategies into progressive markets. She has also consulted on an international scale in Canada, New Zealand, and Europe. Among her numerous business accolades, she has been recognized as a Women to Watch in Cannabis and one of the Top 20 Women to Dominate the International Cannabis Space

Arana Hankin-Biggers, President, The Travel Agency: A Cannabis Store

Hankin-Biggers, Arana

President, The Travel Agency: A Cannabis Store

Arana Hankin-Biggers
President, Union Square Travel Agency: A Cannabis Store

Arana Hankin-Biggers is the President of the Union Square Travel Agency: A Cannabis Store. A long-time supporter of cannabis legalization, Arana has over two decades of experience working in economic development policy, urban planning, and real estate development. As the NYS Assistant Commissioner for Economic Development, she managed the implementation of the inaugural $100 million NYSTEM program, a $50 million Small Business Revolving Loan Fund, and oversaw the disbursement of $35 billion in federal stimulus funding. She served as the Director of the Atlantic Yards Project, the President of the Queens West Development Corporation, and the Director of Columbia University’s Manhattanville Project for New York State Empire State Development.

Arana has led large complex capital projects in government, on behalf of not for profits, for start-ups, and for private real estate developers working as a senior executive and consultant at HR&A Advisors, WeWork, Lela Goren Group, Sugar Hill Capital Partners, New York Urban League, and BRIC Arts.

Passionate about creative placemaking, Arana has successfully negotiated inclusive partnerships across diverse sectors ensuring economic opportunities for Minority and Women Business Enterprises and local residents in partnership with not for profits.

In 2021 Arana teamed up with former real estate colleagues and a cannabis finance executive from Massachusetts to develop a purpose driven cannabis venture, Harbour Community, that seeks to redirect profits from the cannabis sector to not for profits that serve communities hit the hardest by the War on Drugs. Consequently, Harbour formed a successful partnership with The Doe Fund and partnered with the not for profit to secure one of the first dispensary licenses in New York.

Since being awarded a CAURD license, Union Square Travel Agency USQTA) has also partnered with the Cannabis Justice & Equity Initiative (CJEI) and Unloc to hire formerly incarcerated and legacy operators to work in the dispensary. USQTA is also committed to supporting BIPOC and women-owned cannabis brands to realize our mission of ensuring that the legalization of cannabis benefits those who were harmed the most during prohibition.

Arana received a BA from Howard University, a MA from Stanford University, and was a Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She lives in Harlem with her partner, Sanford Biggers, a visual artist, and their five-year-old daughter and two-year-old son.

Ryan Hurley, Cannabis Practice Leader, Rose Law Group

Hurley, Ryan

Cannabis Practice Leader, Rose Law Group

Ryan Hurley
Cannabis Practice Leader, Rose Law Group

Ryan Hurley is Cannabis Practice Leader at Rose Law Group, a full-service real estate and business law firm representing top homebuilders, developers, solar companies, schools, businesses and cannabis companies across the United States. An experienced attorney with over a decade of cannabis industry experience, Hurley is chairman of the Cannabis Practice Group and focuses on a variety of legal issues including cannabis, psychedelics, blockchain, web3, AI, water, and development. Having previously served as an attorney at Rose Law Group between 2006 and 2017, he returned to the law firm in January of 2024.

In between his roles at Rose Law Group, Hurley served as general counsel for Copperstate Farms, a vertically integrated cannabis company and one of the largest greenhouse cannabis producers in North America. Hurley was an instrumental player in Copperstate Farms’ growth and development, positioning the company as a market leader through his careful compliance and risk mitigation. At Copperstate Farms, he managed compliance, HR, contracting, capital and debt raisers, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, special projects, risk management, litigation strategy, and more.

Referred to as Arizona’s “Father of Cannabis Law,”  Hurley has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona and as one of the 20 Names to Know by Phoenix Business Journal. He has been a part of the Arizona cannabis industry from its inception and played a pivotal role in the 2016 and 2020 initiatives to legalize adult-use cannabis in the state. A founding member and former board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, Hurley is deeply entrenched in all aspects of the cannabis industry and a sought after expert on cannabis policy. Ryan Hurley was also a founding member of the Arizona Dispensaries Association and the organization’s former vice president.

A dedicated, passionate, and knowledgeable figure in cannabis, Hurley has presented at several conferences and seminars throughout the country and been featured in many interviews in television, print, and radio. His expansive background in policy has cemented his reputation as a reliable thought leader for all aspects of the industry.

Hurley holds a B.S. in environmental science from the University of Arizona and a J.D. from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law.  Before emerging as a leader in the growing cannabis industry, Hurley was an associate attorney at Lewis and Roca LLP from 2005 to 2006, focusing on land use, zoning, water, and environmental issues.

Kristin L. Jordan, Founder, CEO, Park Jordan

Jordan, Kristin

Founder, CEO, Park Jordan; Adjunct Professor, LIM College

Kristin L. Jordan
Founder, CEO, Park Jordan; Adjunct Professor, LIM College

Kristin Jordan is the Founder + CEO of Park Jordan, a commercial real estate brokerage and advisory services firm serving the cannabis industry.  She is also an adjunct professor at LIM College’s Business of Cannabis Undergraduate and Masters’ Degree Programs, real estate attorney, drug policy activist, and thought leader. Until recently, Kristin served as the Director of Real Estate at Acreage Holdings, selecting real estate sites for the company’s national footprint of cultivation, processing, and dispensary facilities, managing internal and external relationships, and negotiating and administering leases. Prior to her work in the cannabis sector, she practiced real estate law at several boutique firms and managed real estate portfolios for Kaplan, Inc., Morgan Stanley, and SoulCycle. She is a frequent speaker on real estate, cannabis regulations, and social equity and economic justice issues and in 2019 was distinguished by Forbes as one of “Fifteen Powerful and Innovative Women in Cannabis Right Now.”

Kristin’s passion for advancing cannabis reform has extended to a variety of professional and non-profit endeavors. She is the Founder and CEO of Mannada, a NYC-based cannabis professional event production company, which launched The Maze, a weekly cannabis event listing newsletter, as well as the Cannabis Summit Series including the Cannabis Media Summit, Cannabis Real Estate Summit, and Cannabis Law Summit. Kristin is also a co-founder of the Cannabis Cultural Association, a non-profit organization, and the founder of the Asian Cannabis Roundtable, a professional networking organization, both of which she serves as the President of the Board of Directors.   Additionally, Kristin is a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Cannabis and is on the Advisory Board for Shoki Brands, and Drop Technologies, both women-of-color founded brands.

Kristin graduated from the State University at Albany with a BA degree and received her JD from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law.

Ed Keating, Co-Founder, Cannabiz Media

Keating, Ed

Co-Founder, Cannabiz Media

Ed Keating
Co-Founder, Cannabiz Media

Ed Keating is a co-founder of Cannabiz Media and oversees the company’s data research and government relations efforts. He has spent his career working with and advising information companies in the compliance space. Ed has managed product, marketing, and sales while overseeing complex multijurisdictional product lines in the securities, corporate, UCC, safety, environmental, and human resource markets.  

At Cannabiz Media, Ed enjoys the challenge of working with regulators across the globe as he and his team gather corporate, financial, and license information to track the people, products, and businesses in the cannabis economy.  Ed graduated from Hamilton College and received his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

Maxime Kot, President and Partner, The Cannabis Business Advisors

Kot, Maxime

President and Partner, The Cannabis Business Advisors

Maxime Kot
President and Partner, The Cannabis Business Advisors

Maxime Kot is president and part owner of national consulting firm The Cannabis Business Advisors. A cannabis licensing and compliance expert with eight years of direct industry experience, Kot has built a proven track record securing multiple cannabis licenses across 17 state markets. Kot’s strategic approach and in-depth knowledge on government policy and rulemaking has led her to excel in the highly regulated market. As president, Kot oversees client relations at The Cannabis Business Advisors and serves as company lead on projects involving application and licensing preparation, operational analysis, policy and procedures, and business development planning.

With a keen understanding of cannabis market trends, Kot evaluates new opportunities and builds complex business cases encompassing opportunity sizing, competitive strategy, functional requirements, and execution timelines for license applications. In addition to her professional expertise, Kot is a valued industry spokesperson who has presented at high-profile business and investor focused conferences, including MJBizConINT’L, MJBizCon Las Vegas, Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference, and the Marijuana Industry Trade Association’s 16-week Social Equity Mentorship Program. Kot holds a Bachelor of Science focused in Marketing from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

 

Christopher Louie, Co-Founder, Made in Xialon

Louie, Christopher

Co-Founder, Made in Xialon

Christopher Louie
Co-Founder, Made in Xialon

Christopher Louie, born in Brooklyn and raised on Staten Island, New York, has been a figure in the cannabis industry since 1996, initially in the legacy market. His journey took a turn in 2002 when he was incarcerated on Rikers Island, followed by a life-altering event in 2003 when he was shot in the back, leading him to explore cannabis for pain management.

A practitioner of Shaolin Kung Fu, Christopher embodies discipline and resilience, which he brings to his entrepreneurial ventures. In 2015, he and his wife, Chongsi, made a pivotal move to Colorado, where they founded Made In Xiaolin. Known for their luxury cannabis cigars, the brand blends innovation and tradition, offering a unique experience for cannabis connoisseurs. In 2024, they are expanding Made In Xiaolin into New York, marking another milestone in Christopher’s entrepreneurial journey.

Jon Lowen, Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Surfside Solutions

Lowen, Jon

Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Surfside Solutions

Jon Lowen
Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Surfside Solutions

Jon Lowen currently is the Co-CEO/Co-Founder at Surfside Solutions Inc., a fully connected marketing platform that simplifies how advertisers and retailers onboard their 1st party data for media activation, audience segmentation and omnichannel measurement. Jon is a proven leader in the advertising technology industry, implementing strategies that deliver results across business operations and product development. Previously Jon was Chief Strategy Officer at SITO Mobile, where he was at the helm of growth strategy acquisitions and business development as he helped increase revenue 40x over his tenure to a market cap of over $250M.  Prior to CSO, Jon was COO and led operations and product at multiple companies including: SITO, DoubleVision and Carbon Media Group (formerly Outdoor Hub).

 

Coss Marte, Founder, ConBud, Founder, ConBody

Marte, Coss

Founder, ConBud, Founder, ConBody

Coss Marte
Founder, ConBud, Founder, ConBody

In 2009, Coss Marte was sent to jail as the ringleader of a multi-million-dollar drug operation. Very overweight, he was warned by his physician that his current lifestyle, if left unchecked, would likely kill him. Faced with this grim prognosis, Coss started to get in shape using the tools he had — his prison cell and his own body weight. Within six months he lost 70 pounds and replicated his successful formula of body weight exercises with 20 other inmates. He then launched CONBODY, a prison style bootcamp that has gained over 70,000+ clients and has hired 50+ formerly incarcerated individuals to teach fitness classes. Coss is also the co-founder a non-profit organization called Second Chance Studios, which trains and helps employ formerly incarcerated individuals to become experts in AV skills and media. In 2023, he opened CONBUD, in the heart of the Lower East Side, blocks from where he worked and was arrested. At CONBUD they proudly employ justice-impacted individuals and serve NY’s finest products that represent NY Native-, BIPOC- and women- owned brands. You can find CONBUD and CONBODY on the corner of Orchard and Delancey.

Drew Matthews, Founder & CEO, Green Life Business

Matthews, Drew

Founder & CEO Green Life Business

Drew Matthews
Founder & CEO Green Life Business

Drew Mathews is the founder and CEO of the Nation’s Largest Cannabis Business Brokerage, with Green Life Business being awarded the 2023 Best Business Matchmaker Award at the prestigious Benzinga Cannabis Awards.

Under Drew’s leadership, Green Life Business is committed to enhancing the public’s perception of Realtors/Brokers within the Cannabis Industry through continuous education, fully embracing challenges with dedication to transparency and ethical business practices.

At Green Life Business Group, Inc., it is not just about closing deals, it is about fostering growth, promoting integrity, and leading by example in the Cannabis Industry. Join us as we continue to pave the way forward, shaping the future of cannabis business transactions with expertise, trust, and unmatched dedication.

Jacob Miller, Founding Partner, Paybotic

Miller, Jacob

Founding Partner, Paybotic

Jacob Miller
Founding Partner, Paybotic

Jacob graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in the Communication of Science and Technology with a focus in scientific computing and corporate strategy. After graduating, Jacob worked as a management consultant for KPMG in their financial services practice where he advised top global banks and government-sponsored entities on payment networks architecture, business process automation, and enterprise software platform assessments and implementations. Prior to departing the firm, Jacob helped establish KPMG’s Cannabis Industry Group, which focused on advising state and local governments. In addition to being a founding partner of Paybotic, Jacob also serves as the Managing Partner of Millers Insurance Group, a full-service cannabis and hemp-focused insurance agency.

Gia Moron

Morón, Gia

Founder and CEO, GVM Communications

Gia Morón
Founder and
CEO, GVM Communications

Gia Morón is a multi-industry veteran business & PR consultant with over 30 years’ experience in corporate communications, public relations, brand strategy and business development. She is the founder and CEO of GVM Communications, Inc. (GVM), which serves clients across business disciplines and scopes from around the globe, ranging from small businesses to publicly traded firms, non-profits, entrepreneurs, and more. Since 2015, when GVM expanded its coverage to the newly legal cannabis and hemp industry, the company has consistently been ranked as a top Cannabis Public Relations company in leading industry publications such as Forbes, and Green Market Report. According to Green Market Report, Morón is ranked one of the leading professionals in cannabis for her work and professional accomplishments and advocacy. Due to her company’s unique approach, expertise and business relationships, her company continues to be one of the most sought after firms with cannabis and hemp experience by some of the industry’s leaders and businesses.

From 2019-2023, Morón also served as President of Women Grow, the largest professional network for women in cannabis and hemp (she joined the company in 2016). During her tenure, her leadership helped Women Grow establish significant partnerships with leading cannabis MSOs (multi-state operators), and she worked closely with federal and state agencies, higher education institutions, community organizers and other high-profile stakeholders. These groundbreaking partnerships helped to create programs and resources to support female and minority entrepreneurs and professionals in the industry (e.g., under Morón’s leadership, Women Grow partnered with Emmanuel Baptist Church in New York City in 2019 for the world’s first “Business of Cannabis Summit” hosted by a faith-based organization New York State Resolution; event is now in its fourth year and will continue with Morón under GVM Communications partnership).

Morón’s previous experience includes fifteen years at the global banking powerhouse Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. where she managed media for the firm’s various business entities and organizational areas, and five years at The Fremantle Corporation, a global television distribution and production company.

Outside of her professional accomplishments, Morón continuously works with a number of non-profit organizations and mentors up-and-coming women in business. She is a founding member of Safe4Equity, a cannabis industry group formed to help create equitable access to capital and a path to social and economic justice through reform. She sits on the board of Minorities for Medical Marijuana and is an advisory board member of the National Cannabis Roundtable (NCR), Cannabis World Congress Business Expo (CWCBE), and Lift&Co., and is a member of the Cannabis Advisory Boards of Lehman College and Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC).

Morón has long been recognized as one of the leading women in cannabis for her advocacy in legalization and supporting women in the industry, including in such publications as, Newsweek, Vox, Benzinga, and others.

To connect with her via email gia@gvmcommsinc.com or follow on social media Instagram & Twitter X: @Gia_Vm; LinkedIn: Gia Moron and Facebook: Gia Vm.

 

 

Dawne Morris, CEO, Co-founder, PROTEUS Business Solution, PROTEUS420

Morris, Dawne

CEO, Co-founder, PROTEUS Business Solution, PROTEUS420

Dawne Morris
CEO, Co-founder, PROTEUS Business Solution, PROTEUS420

Dawne Morris is the CEO and co-founder of PROTEUS Business Solution, Inc., an online enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for the cannabis industry. Dawne is a nationally-recognized cannabis entrepreneur named a Top Women to Watch in Marijuana Venture magazine and has decades of finance, digital marketing, and design experience under her belt. She previously helped grow and expand digital agency PIXELED.net and developed a successful hosting enterprise, Illuminated Hosting Service, LLC.

In 2008, Dawne pivoted her expertise to the cannabis market, partnering with her husband, David Morris, to establish PROTEUS420. Considered one of the first and most trusted cannabis seed-to-sale software systems, PROTEUS420 is focused on business growth and a streamlined user experience, while addressing the complexities of industry compliance. Dawne was instrumental in integrating her knowledge of internet marketing into the technology platform to help businesses scale successfully. As a market leading system, PROTEUS420 supports manufacturing, cultivation, distribution, and dispensary operators in markets throughout the U.S. and North America.

Dawne’s entrepreneurial drive coupled with her expertise in product and software development, has allowed PROTEUS Business Solution, Inc., and its industry-specific platform PROTEUS420 to thrive in the technology space and become an operational staple. Her intuitive understanding of business operations and supply chain needs has made Dawne a sought-after industry spokesperson specializing in branding and identity, marketing, software, web development and design, human resources, finance and management.

 

Tanya Osborne

Osborne, Tanya

Founder, The Canna Diva

Tanya Osborne
Founder, The Canna Diva
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.

 

Tony Pagni, Founder & Co-Owner Perfectionist Rolling Equipment, Managing Partner, Aephex, Automated Pre-Roll System

Pagni, Tony

Founder & Co-Owner Perfectionist Rolling Equipment, Managing Partner, Aephex, Automated Pre-Roll System

Tony Pagni
Founder & Co-Owner Perfectionist Rolling Equipment, Managing Partner, Aephex, Automated Pre-Roll System

Anthony Pagni has established a significant presence in the cannabis industry since 2014. He owned a medical marijuana dispensary in Arizona and ventured into the cannabis manufacturing business in Washington. Additionally, Anthony is a proud founder and co-owner of Perfectionist Rolling Equipment, a company known for manufacturing the cutting-edge high-speed Apehex Automated Pre-Roll System.  His enduring passion for both cannabis and technology has played a pivotal role in the remarkable success of the Apehex. He is dedicated to advancing the industry by creating efficient and user-friendly pre-roll automation solutions.

Kim Prince

Prince, Kim

Founder, CEO Proven Media Strategies

Kim Prince
Founder and CEO, Proven Media Strategies

Kim Prince is the founder of Proven Media, a communications agency serving B2B and B2C companies throughout North America.

The business was named one of the Top 5 Most Powerful Cannabis PR Firms by the Observer, a top PR firm by the Business Journal, and dubbed Star Makers by NV Magazine. Prince is the founder of Meet the Cannabis Press events and was named a 2023 Notable Leader by the Green Market Report. She specializes in strategic marketing communications for privately held and publicly traded companies and has a strong background in corporate messaging and public relations strategies for corporations, brands, and C-level executives. She has a passion for helping clients succeed.

She has served as the director of public relations for the Marijuana Industry Trade Association-AZ (MITA-AZ), and as a former board member of the Arizona Cannabis Chamber of Commerce. Outside of the cannabis industry, she served non-profit board positions for the Foothills Community Foundation, the Foothills Caring Corps, Career Connectors, and the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce. She is the former membership chair of the Arizona Business Marketing Association and a graduate of Northern Arizona University.

She was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year and the Alliance All-Star Award from ASU West and the Phoenix Business Journal. She has been a panel moderator at professional conferences throughout the country and has been an invited speaker at marketing associations and colleges to teach others how to maximize their media exposure.

 

Puma Robinson, Entrepreneur, Actor, Music Producer

Robinson, Puma

Entrepreneur, Actor, Music Producer

Puma Robinson
Entrepreneur, Actor, Music Producer

Puma (born Puma Robinson) is a 10-season main cast member of the VH1 hit television show “Black Ink NY.” Puma is an accomplished Entrepreneur, music producer, tastemaker, and brand socialite. His influence spans across many fields of entertainment ranging from music to business to art. He is owner of Art2Ink, Tattoo studios and recipient of Vibe Magazines “First Rising Award”. Puma has recently been seen on “Celebrity Marriage Counseling/Season 11” on WE Tv; MTV’s “Ridiculousness/Season 16.

2023, we can expect to see Puma as he heads into venture capitalism in the cannabis industry also in the extreme sports arena as well as he continues to invest in business and entertainment. Catch Puma on VH1 “Black Ink NY.”

Ronit Pinto, Founder, Honeysuckle Magazine

Ronit Pinto

Founder, Honeysuckle Magazine

Ronit Pinto
Founder, Honeysuckle Magazine

Ronit Pinto is the Founder of Honeysuckle Magazine. Honeysuckle Media is a Clio and journalistic award-winning, female owned print and digital publication focusing on cannabis and its intersection with pop culture. Since its inception in 2103, Honeysuckle has pioneered many initiatives in plant medicine in NYC across their multi platform offerings in print, digital, OOH, creative, email, social and more. Ronit also spearheads Honeysuckle Studios, high performing, end creative agency for corporate and creative work in — photography, videography, branded content, marketing assets. events coverage and film – with her partner Creative Director, Sam Long. @honeymagstudios

"Hawaii” Mike, Founder, Chef for Higher

Salman, “Hawaii” Mike

Founder, Chef for Higher

“Hawaii” Mike Salman
Founder, Chef for Higher

Hawaii Mike Salman is a branding maestro and co-founder of Chef for Higherä, a pioneering culinary & culture company specializing in Cannabis-infused foods and popular tastemaker dining events. Chef For Higherä launched their line of THC-infused products in New York’s adult use market in 2023, becoming the first culinary brand. For over 25 years, he’s been on the frontlines of music, media, and lifestyle, using Hip-Hop and Cannabis as conduits for pursuing his passions and refining his alchemy. Hawaii has worked with legendary Hip-Hop groups like Mobb Deep and consulted for global brands like Nike, Reebok, Estee Lauder, and Mountain Dew. As a manager, he guided the careers of influential personalities like BMX athlete Nigel Sylvester, DJ Clark Kent, and photographer Jonathan Mannion. He served as a lifestyle editor for The Source magazine, founded LTD magazine and was co-founder & editor-in-chief of tattoo publication INKED. Hawaii Mike has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, VH1, BET, Spectrum1 and Forbes. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

 

Nichelle Santos

Santos, Nichelle

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.

As the CEO of CannaCoverage, 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 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. CannaCoverage is licensed in 20+ states and scaling across the country.

Nichelle serves as a community leader and industry advocate, as the the M4MM State Director, NJ, to further her mission in Government Affairs for pro-cannabis policy, health and safety, GMPs, and industry standards; as well as to improve health outcomes with medical marijuana as an alternative treatment. She’s a member of the NJ CannaBusiness Association; National Cannabis Industry Association,serving the Risk Mgmt & Insurance Comm; and Board Member (BM) on the Coalition of Medical Marijuana of NJ; Greater Raritan Valley Workforce Development Board; the National Forum for Black Public Administrators; and National African American Insurance Association; and Founding BM of Elect Women NJ and Emerge NJ, to increase women as elected officials. Recognized as 2023 NY Cannabis Power Player; 2022 Insider NJ Cannabis Power List; 2023 & 2022 NJ Cannabis Insider – Minority Business of the Year, Woman Of The Year Honoree; Excellence in Consulting Honoree; Responsible 100, NY City & State.

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.

 

Cy Scott, Co-founder. CEO, Headset

Scott, Cy

Co-Founder and CEO, Headset

Cy Scott
Co-Founder, CEO, Headset

Cy Scott is entrepreneur at heart, and has experience starting companies, working for startups and doing time at large organizations.

He is Co-founder and CEO of Headset Inc., an analytics company for the cannabis industry designed to help operators make informed decisions based on data. Headset focuses on operational and market intelligence, helping our customers make sense of this rapidly emerging and changing industry.

Cy started his career accelerating the adoption of legal cannabis as the Co-Founder of Leafly which he helped lead and build Leafly into a platform that serves 6M visits monthly with multimillion-dollar revenues. Leafly had a successful exit, sold to Privateer Holding a leading company in the cannabis space with backing from institutional investors, such as Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund.

 

Sandra Shen, Founder, ATMOSIScience, Inc.

Shen, Sandra, Dr.

Founder, ATMOSIScience Inc.

Dr. Sandra Shen
Founder, ATMOSIScience Inc.

Dr. Sandra Shen is a renowned serial entrepreneur and innovator in the field of humidity control technology. With a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Fudan University, Dr. Shen has spent over two decades spearheading significant advancements in humidity management. Her expertise has led to the development of more than 50 patents, showcasing her diverse range of applications from protecting herbal medicines, which is highly pertinent to the cannabis industry, to preserving oil paintings, artifacts, and advanced technologies in 5G towers and electric vehicles.

As the founder of ATMOSIScience Inc., a pioneering U.S. company in humidity control solutions, Dr. Shen has been instrumental in pushing the boundaries of this technology. Her company has made notable strides in integrating advanced humidity management systems across various sectors, including industrial, medicinal, and electronic industries. Under her leadership, ATMOSIScience Inc. has emerged as a key innovator, driving forward the standards of humidity control while maintaining a strong focus on practical and sustainable applications

Jeremy Sperber, Account Executive, Genetec

Sperber, Jeremy

Account Executive, Genetec

Jeremy Sperber
Account Executive, Genetec

Jeremy Sperber is an Account Executive at Genetec, where he focuses on enabling and supporting physical security systems for companies in the cannabis, retail, hospitality and gaming sectors.

 

Sandy Suchoff, Founder, CEO, The Canna CPAs

Suchoff, Sandy

Founder, CEO, The Canna CPAs

Sandy Suchoff
Founder, CEO, The Canna CPAs

Sandy Suchoff CPA is the founder and CEO of Lefstein Suchoff, CPA & Associates, LLC d/b/a The Canna CPAs. Immersing herself in extensive research on the medicinal potential of cannabis for a family member battling autoimmune ailments, Suchoff strategically tailored her CPA, CFO, and Advisory services in her practice for the cannabis industry. Merging her fervor for the plant’s healing properties with her professional expertise, she forged a remarkable synergy between vocation and devotion.

Suchoff’s extensive recognition spans premier media platforms, including appearances and interviews on MSNBC, FOX News, Tune In Business Talk Radio, PBS TV, Chasing News on FOX & WOR, KRQE-13, Cannabis Radio, Purple Haze Radio, Cannabis Tech & Today, MMJ Radio, National Marijuana News, Marijuana Venture, CPA Trendlines, and Snoop Dog’s Merry Jane website. Co-authoring Write-off$ to the Rescue, Suchoff contributed a chapter exclusively dedicated to cannabis tax strategies, while her new book, “How to Run a Profitable Cannabis Business–A Savvy Guide to Increasing Your Profit Margins & Cash Flow,” was released in 2023. Nominated for the California Cannabis Awards in the CPA category, she also earned recognition as one of the top nine accountants in the State of NJ by njbiz.com, alongside acknowledgment within the list of the top 50 most influential accounting firms.

An acclaimed national speaker, Suchoff has presented extensively across various states in the country at prominent events such as MJBIZCON, CWCBE, USCC, RAD Expo, MJ Unpacked, NJBIZ, Indo Expo, NECANN, Canna Tech, Canna-One, Athletes In Cannabis, NJ Canna Business, Lucky Leaf, CannaCon, THC-The Hampton Cannabis, and others. Additionally, The Canna CPAs have organized comprehensive full-day Cannabis learning events, where Suchoff has been a featured speaker alongside other industry experts. Suchoff’s distinguished profile encompasses not only her roles as a Certified Public Accountant but also as a Certified CFO, Profit First Professional, Clear Path to Cash Professional, Certified Tax Planner, Certified Exit Planner Strategist, and even a former part-time law student. Her unwavering passion and commitment to ongoing learning reflect her dedication to providing exceptional service to her valued clientele.

Britni Tantalo

Tantalo, Britni

Co-Founder and President, New York Cannabis Retail Association; Co-Founder and President of Flower City Dispensary

Britni Tantalo

Co-Founder and President, New York Cannabis Retail Association
Co-Founder and President, Flower City Dispensary

Britni Tantalo is a woman minority New York State CAURD and SEE applicant looking to obtain a retail dispensary license as Flower City Dispensary. She is also the co-founder and President of the New York Cannabis Retail Association, an organization that aims to create educational pathways in cannabis and ensure access to resources in order to create a sustainable, equitable, and inclusive cannabis industry.

Britni is also the co-founder of Flower City Hydroponics, a retail grow store located in Fairport, NY. Flower City Hydroponics provides all equipment and supplies needed for indoor and outdoor cannabis cultivation. Additionally, she is the co-founder of MetaVega Corporation, a manufacturer, wholesaler, and distributor of indoor growing equipment and cannabis extraction products. MetaVega Corporation services hydroponic retail stores and smoke shops throughout the country. Britni holds a bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in finance and economics and an MBA from St. John Fisher University in accounting.

 

 

Jayson Tantalo, Co-Founder & COO, Metavega Corp., Flower City Hydroponics, and Flower City Dispensary; Co-Founder & VP of Operations, New York Cannabis Retail Association

Tantalo, Jayson

Co-Founder & COO, Metavega Corp., Flower City Hydroponics, and Flower City Dispensary; Co-Founder & VP of Operations, New York Cannabis Retail Association

Jayson Tantalo
Co-Founder & COO, Metavega Corp., Flower City Hydroponics, and Flower City Dispensary; Co-Founder & VP of Operations, New York Cannabis Retail Association

Jayson Tantalo has been in the cannabis industry for over 28 years. Jayson beat the odds as a legendary operator who experienced poverty and faced numerous hardships due to his father’s absence and a drug-addicted mother by funding his college education through illegal financial transactions from drug-related activities.

Jayson was an indoor cannabis cultivator since 2001 and a gorilla commercial grower for over 10 years. Jayson is the Co/founder of Metavega Corp., Flower City Hydroponics, Flower City Dispensary and is the COO of all 3 companies. In pursuit of his dispensary license Jayson took the initiative to help build a community with its sole purpose to form unity in the retail sector of the industry.

Jayson is one of the Co/founders & VP of Operations of the New York Cannabis Retail Association formerly known as the New York CAURD Coalition. His motto has amplified into an industry standard throughout out the entire industry as “Collaboration over Competition”. Jayson aspires to guide legendary operators toward success by sharing the knowledge acquired in college and the lessons learned by persevering through difficult times.

Sheri Tarr, Esq., Founder and Chief Advisor, ’68 Partners

Tarr, Sheri

Founder and Chief Advisor, ’68 Partners

Sheri Tarr, Esq.
Founder and Chief Advisor, ’68 Partners

A multi-disciplinary professional, Sheri Tarr, is the Founder and Chief Advisor of ’68 Partners ,a global consulting firm helping CBD, hemp, and cannabis brands, license applicants, and licensed operators, build sustainable businesses that have a transformative impact on consumers and patients. A former Big pharma sales and marketing executive who commercialized FDA regulated products worldwide, Sheri has over three decades of real-world experience operating in highly regulated environments. After working for Fortune 500 pharmaceutical and medical device companies including Pfizer and Baxter, Sheri flipped the script and became an attorney who spent a distinguished career in the courtroom holding these companies accountable for deceptive marketing, defective manufacturing, and other regulatory violations.

Since 2018, Sheri Tarr has been deep in the cannabis industry, serving clients from early stage to established CBD, hemp, and cannabis brands; to prospective cannabis licensees; to retailers, cultivators, processors, and other licensed operators; to C-suites, investors, law firms, and regulators. specializes in full service, tailored license application preparation; fractional C-suite support for licensed operators; seamless product commercialization; profitable business plans and brand strategies; best compliance practices; and advocacy.

before legislators, investors, and other critical audiences. Sheri’s regulatory consulting and licensing experience spans multiple states including New Jersey, Illinois, New York, Georgia, Virginia, Pennsylvania and beyond. Sheri has direct experience with virtually every aspect of license application preparation, from regulatory compliance and navigation, to translating regulations into compelling narratives, to drafting SOPs and business and operating plans, to preparing full spectrum compliance plans, to forging relationships with strategic partners in academia, the local community, and the business sector.

A University of Michigan alumni and Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology graduate,

Sheri serves on Boards of cannabis companies, and is a Director of Cannabis Advisory Group. A frequent speaker and commentator, Sheri is also an avid hiker, traveler and published photographer.

Lulu Tsui, Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer, On The Revel

Tsui, Lulu

Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer, On The Revel

Lulu Tsui
Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer, On The Revel

Lulu Tsui is Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer at On The Revel, the parent company for a collection of curated educational and networking experiences democratizing information for those interested in the regulated cannabis industry. On The Revel events, known as Revelry, are conferences aimed at fostering an inclusive, collaborative, and flourishing cannabis sector. These regular in-person events along with On The Revel’s Dope People online membership community, podcast, and virtual experiences, celebrate the diverse people that have been and are currently building the cannabis industry in the aim of developing its gold-standard, with opportunities for all. Lulu is seasoned in Experience Design (XD) and User Experience (UX) with 15+ years of experience leading research, strategy, and design for enterprise software, Software as a Service (SaaS), mobile, and touchscreen technologies. Lulu applies her vast XD and UX expertise across verticals in the cannabis industry while championing ways to normalize and destigmatize cannabis and entheogens. Lulu has designed entire enterprise systems and introduced cross-platform mission-critical apps for clients Bloomberg LP, Mastercard, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, John Hopkins University, Roche, Thermo Fisher, Pearson, and McGraw-Hill. Lulu designed a software platform with Root Sciences aimed at supporting and standardizing operations and data for cannabis/hemp extraction, distillation, and post-processing. She also served as the principal experience designer for Chill, a cannabis e-commerce order and delivery platform. Along with On The Revel, Lulu serves as President of the Cannabis Media Council, an organization dedicated to destigmatizing and normalizing cannabis using the power of traditional media, and User Experience and Research Advisor at Oakland Hyphae, founders of the Oakland Psychedelic Conference and the Psilocybin Cup.

Tremaine Wright

Wright, Tremaine

Chair, New York State Cannabis Control Board

Tremaine Wright

Chair, New York State Cannabis Control Board

Tremaine S. Wright is a former member of the New York State Assembly who thereafter, served as the first Director of the DFS Statewide Office of Financial Inclusion and Empowerment. Ms. Wright is an attorney, entrepreneur, 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.

 

Mona Zhang

Zhang, Mona

States Cannabis Policy Reporter, POLITICO Pro

Mona Zhang

States Cannabis Policy Reporter, POLITICO Pro

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.

 

Tuesday, June 4, Pre-Show Descriptions

Tuesday, June 4, 10:30 – 1:30

WORKSHOP: Dispensary Ownership and Operations

(Separate Ticket Required)

Moderators: Sara Gullickson, Founder & CEO, Cannabis Business Advisors; Maxime Kot, President, Cannabis Business Advisors

Speakers: Ryan Hurley, Cannabis Practice Leader, Rose Law Group; Sheri Tarr, Founder & Chief Advisor, ’68 Partners; Jeremy Sperber, Account Executive, Genetec; Arana Hankin-Biggers, President, The Travel Agency: A Cannabis Store; others TBA

Includes coffee and lunch.

Attendee Level: Licensee applicants; new licensee holders; existing dispensary owners who want to expand their dispensary business

Learn about dispensary ownership. Topics include seed-to-sale discussions for a dispensary operation. Workshop will begin with a discussion about the licensing process and types of licenses available in various states, with detailed segments on:

  • Real Estate & Site Selection
  • Regulations and Limitations of Advertising and Marketing a Dispensary
  • Compliance Issues including Tracking, Lab Testing, Taxation, Labeling and Packaging
  • Dispensary Design
  • Staffing Operations & Hiring
  • Products and Shelf Space, Retail & Branding
  • Security
  • Delivery Services
  • The Importance of Knowledge of the Plant and the Products Being Offered to Consumers.
Tuesday, June 4, 2:00 – 5:00

WORKSHOP: Cultivation – Licensing, Technology & Operations

(Separate Ticket Required)

Moderators: TBA

Speakers: David Fettner, Co-Founder, Grow America; Others TBA

Includes coffee and a light snack.

Attendee Level: Existing cannabis cultivators and those who want to become licensed cultivators; those who want to expand their grow operations from a seed-to-sale perspective

This workshop reviews current cultivation best practices. The latest grow regulations will be discussed for full-scale adult-use operations and licenses, including:

  • What funding is available?
  • What are the challenges of being and becoming a grower?
  • Deep dive into the license application process and types of licenses
  • Technology to increase ROI in your grow facility
  • Design
  • Security
  • Robotics
  • Humidity Control
  • Lighting
  • Developing Strains
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Tracking Systems
  • How can you sell your products? And to whom? We explore how a cultivator can move their products

Wednesday, June 5, Descriptions

Wednesday, June 5, 11:30 – 12:45

LUNCHEON: Women in Cannabis

(Separate Ticket Required)

Host/Emcee: Kymberly Byrnes, Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer, TribeTokes

Speakers: TBA

Featured Panel at Luncheon: “Entrepreneurship & Success in Cannabis: Challenges and Opportunities for Women”

Join in the “Women in Cannabis Luncheon” to network, learn, meet, collaborate and get informed on news, trends, and who’s who in cannabis. Feel the inspiration from fellow entrepreneurs and discover ideas to expand your brand and business.

Secure your ticket now before this networking opportunity sells out.

Wednesday, June 5, 12:50 – 1:30

"Why New York is the Market to Watch"

Presented by Cy Scott, Co-Founder and CEO, Headset

This presentation will provide an analysis and big picture overview of the adult-use market across the United States. A focus on growth market trends, consumer behavior and preferences, sales of different form factors, and cannabis production challenges. This session will also discuss opportunities in cannabis on a global level. The data and analytics will focus on the New York Market and why to put it front and center in your sights. There will be time for questions and answers in this not to be missed market analysis.

Wednesday, June 5, 1:30 – 2:00

"Fireside Chat with Chair Wright of the New York State Cannabis Control Board"

Tremaine Wright, Chair, New York State Cannabis Control Board, with Kristen Jordan, Founder & CEO, Park-Jordan, Law Firm; Founder & CEO Mannada Events

In this fireside chat, we will get the current status of New York State’s market and regulations.

Wednesday, June 5, 2:00 – 2:50

"Behind the Headlines: Meet the Editors Covering the Cannabis Industry"

Moderator: Kim Prince, Founder & CEO, Proven Media Services

Speakers: Debra Borchardt, Co-Founder Executive Editor, Green Market Report; Eugenio Garcia, Founder & Publisher Cannabis Now Magazine; Ronit Pinto, Founder, Honeysuckle Magazine; Mona Zhang, States Cannabis Policy Reporter, POLITICO Pro

This session offers a unique opportunity for individuals to gain insight into the cannabis industry from the perspective of editors and writers who cover it. Attendees will hear from a panel that specializes in cannabis coverage and gain an understanding of the trends and issues facing the industry. It explores the challenges faced by journalists when covering cannabis, such as navigating the changing legal landscape and accurately reporting on the medical and scientific aspects of cannabis use. Attendees will also have the chance to ask questions and engage in a dialogue with the panel, providing a valuable opportunity to learn from the experts on the front lines of cannabis journalism.

Wednesday, June 5, 3:00 – 3:50

"Business Opportunities & Culture at a Crossroads: Cannabis & Psychedelics"

Moderator: Ryan Hurley, Cannabis Practice Leader, Rose Law Group

Speakers: TBA

As cannabis has been emerging out of isolation and extreme stigma, it has created new business opportunities across the United States and the globe. Cannabis has evolved and is still evolving as a business layer for ancillary services, the medical community, adult-use markets, and government research. The psychedelic market has also emerged as an opportunistic business layer. While both cannabis and psychedelics offer business opportunities and potential for investors – the culture and the business pressures are each at a crossroads. In this panel we discuss the culture crossroads and seek to gain an understanding of progress, and obstacles for the next level of business and opportunity for these two Schedule 1 drugs. Join with subject matter experts for an informative discussion.

Wednesday, June 5, 4:00 – 4:50

"Where is Wall Street: Now You're Funded, Now You're Not"

Moderator: Gia Morón, Founder and CEO, GVM Communications

Speakers: TBA

In this session, we feature an intimate and close-up discussion with financial home offices, banks, and investors who will discuss the funding crunch for cannabis businesses. We explore what happened in 2023 and what is expected in 2024 and beyond for funding cannabis businesses, investing in cannabis and what the M&A outlook is.

Thursday, June 6, Descriptions

Thursday, June 6, 12:00 – 12:50

"Cannabis Retail Marketing in the Digital Era"

Moderator: TBA

Speakers: Solonje Burnett, Weed Auntie, Co-Founder and Chief Culture & Community Officer of Erven; Michael Ballard, Vice President Sales, Leafwire; Jon Lowen, Co_CEO, Surfside Media; Ed Keating, Co-Founder CannaBiz Media

This session explores marketing cannabis brands in the digital era. What are the best methods and platforms to market cannabis brands? What are the demographics that guide how cannabis brand owners create campaigns? What works and what does not work to market your brand front and center? What platforms should you spend your marketing dollars on? Should Artificial Intelligence (AI) be figured into your digital marketing budget? How does influencer marketing figure into your digital budget? Hear from experienced dispensary owners on how to secure shelf space for your product, what is driving the marketing for certain products, how a dispensary makes decisions in what products they sell, and what analytics are used.

Thursday, June 6, 1:00 – 1:50

"Transactions and Services to Expand Your Cannabis Business"

Moderator: TBA

Speakers: Drew Matthews, Founder & CEO Green Life Business; Jacob Miller, Founding Partner, Paybotic Systems; Sandy Suchoff, Founder, CEO, The Canna CPAs; others TBA 

This session dives into the transactions that cannabis business owners – new and experienced – must be informed about so that they can consider expanding or exiting their current operations, or consider acquiring, investing in or buying a cannabis business. Hear from panelists who conduct transactions in the areas of: Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), leasing and sales of full-scale cannabis operations, real estate, loan and credit solutions, payment platforms, and more.

Thursday, June 6, 2:00 – 2:50

"High Tech: How Technology Can Drive Your Business"

Moderator: TBA

Speakers:  Dr. Sandra Shen, Founder, ATMOSIScience Inc; Anthony Pagni, Founder & Co-Owner Perfectionist Rolling Equipment, Managing Partner, Aephex, Automated Pre-Roll System; Dawne Morris, CEO and Co-founder of PROTEUS Business Solution; others TBA

A discussion about Seed-to-Sale technology for your business and how technology should figure into your cannabis business. We explore how technology affects your ROI and the aspects that can make a difference.

Thursday, June 6, 3:00 – 3:50

"The Politics of Cannabis: A Multi-state Approach"

Moderator: TBA

Speakers: Tosin Ajayi, Senior Policy Research & Policy Analyst, Cannabis NYC; Michelle Friberg, Director Government Relations, National Cannabis Industry Association; William J. Caruso, Partner, Archer-Greiner; others TBA

Regulation and policy will be discussed by top legislators from various states, highlighting supply chains. Discussions on the latest regs, licenses, and an in-depth discussion about de-scheduling vs. re-scheduling cannabis will surely be energetic and interactive.

Thursday, June 6, 4:00 – 4:50

"Journey to Legitimacy: The OGs and OQs of Cannabis"

This exciting session is being featured in 2 segments that share the journeys of those who embraced starting a journey in illicit cannabis business practices and have pivoted to building legitimate cannabis businesses. Hear the personal and poignant stories from “OGs” (original gangsters) and “OQs” (original queens) and learn about their journeys to legitimacy. Their stories are impactful and are not to be missed. After the session, audience members and speakers will have time for Q/A.

Segment 1: Journey of the “OGs”

Moderator: Hawaii Mike Salman, Founder, Chef for Higher

Speakers: Jayson Tantalo, Co-Founder & COO, Metavega Corp., Flower City Hydropoincs, and Flower City Dispensary, Co-Founder & VP of Operations, New York Cannabis Retail Association; Puma Robinson, Entrepreneur, Actor, Music Producer; Coss Marte, Founder ConBud, Entrepreneur; Christopher Louie, Co-Founder, Made in Xialon; others TBA

Segment 2: Journey of the “OQs”

Moderator: Tanya Osborne, Founder, Canna Diva, Director of Community Outreach, Women Grow

Speakers: Britni Tantalo, Co-Founder and President, New York Cannabis Retail Association; Co-Founder and President of Flower City Dispensary; Kymberly Byrnes, Co-Founder & Chief marketing Officer, TribeTokes; Lulu Tsui, Co-Founder, Chief Experience Officer, On The Revel; others TBA

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