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Entrepreneurship Conversation With Faye Coleman and Calvin Frye, moderated by Steve Gelsi of MarketWatch
Faye Coleman and Calvin Frye give their first-hand experiences as entrepreneurs in the cannabis and hemp industries. Calvin Frye was one of the first medical marijuana license holders in CA, and has expanded his business holdings across several states. Faye Coleman is an East Coast business entrepreneur who has strategically helped to build several cannabis and hemp companies and organizations. Both Coleman and Frye are Multi-State Operators (MSOs).
Presented November 6, 2021, at CWCBExpo New York, Javits Convention Center
Faye Coleman, Founder & CEO, Pure Genesis
Coleman is a General Management and Operations Executive with more than 25 years of experience at leading multi-site and multi-national operations. Today she is a multi-state operator, educator, and consultant within the cannabis industry, with a line of cbd products and community first business initiatives.
A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Ms. Coleman was the first black female graduate from the school of Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University, Coleman 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. She 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. Today, Ms. Coleman resides in Cherry Hill, NJ with her two wonderful children, both attending college.
Calvin Frye, Founder, Cloneville
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.
Frye has one of the oldest licenses in Los Angeles and is one of the first dispensary owners in the country. He has appeared in numerous documentaries and television shows and has been featured in many magazines as one of the premier voices in cannabis. Frye has branded his line of cannabis genetics and trademarked the name “Cloneville” which he has attached to his genetics. He also 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 in Science Education. He also attended graduate college with an emphasis in General Science.
Inside the Industry - Thought Leadership Series Day 3: What's Next?
Not to be missed: Hear Matthew Anderson of Vanguard Scientific, Geoff Whaling of National Hemp Association and rePLANT Hemp, and Michael Woods of BIg Sun Holdings and Black Buffalo 3-D Corp discuss what’s coming next for their businesses.
Presented November 6, 2021, at CWCBExpo New York, Javits Convention Center
Matthew Anderson, Founder & CEO, Vanguard Scientific
Matthew Anderson is a proven-exit entrepreneur with an extensive set of business development skills and a track record of success. Matt has built and successfully exited the Enlightened Grain Spirits Portfolio. He managed an impactful book of consulting clients for a range of services through EG Creative with a client base including: Drink Chia!, SIP Natural Cocktails, The Medal of Honor Foundation, The Boeing Corporation, and Charleston Wine & Food Festival.
Matthew led a special action group for a major Florida Legal / Lobby organization to assist a qualified nurseryman-of- record in the development and definition of one of the first Florida medical CBD applications which ultimately resulted in award during the FL Senate Bill 1030 High-CBD licensure process for the Central Florida region. Matthew also served as Corporate Development lead for the largest human donor cadaver recipient in the US in order to document and define their Quality Management Systems while also launching a disruptive charged-plasma sterilization technology safe for biologics. He was a Partner at MacArthur Capital, LLP focusing on due diligence, business development and SME asset cultivation where he deployed $20MM into the cannabis and hemp industries, Eexiting 4 positions for greater than $156MM with 2 companies remaining in operation.
Matthew is Founder & CEO of Vanguard Scientific, a global leader in professional services and technology solutions servicing the botanical extraction industry, where he directed the development of novel SCCO2 extraction technologies capable of validation to meet federal and international pharmaceutical guidelines for medical device. Anderson has Global speaking engagements that include: Davos, Tel Aviv, Cape Town, Toronto, and multiple USA venues. Anderson is also the Co-Founder of Event Horizon Group, a strategic investment group focused on both domestic and international opportunity funding.
Geoff Whaling, Chair, National Hemp Association; Founder, rePLANT Hemp Advisors
Whaling served as Co-founder and President of publicly traded Collective Growth Corporation which combined on April 5, 2021 with Innoviz Technologies in a $1.4 billion transaction. Collective Growth Corporation, Co-founded by Whaling raised $150 million before beginning public trading under the ticker symbol CGRO in April 2020.
Geoff has volunteered for seven years to advance the hemp crop in North America and has served for five years as Chair of the National Hemp Association, one of the world’s largest Hemp advocacy group. He is considered as one of the leading voices and experts on hemp as a fiber and crop commodity. NHA is based in Washington D.C. and is considered the leading non-partisan voice for the industry. Whaling has worked with The White House and Members of Congress, to pass federal legislation and is now focused on developing an industry, with groups including USDA, State Regulators, the WTO, EU and the United Nations, addressing issues as this industry evolves.
Whaling was Co-Founder and former President of Canopy Growth Corporation HIP and Strategic Advisor, CBD and Hemp to the world’s largest Hemp and Cannabis Company. In those roles, Geoff lead CGC’s expansion into the Hemp and CBD industry.
No matter the detours, Whaling is committed to continue his efforts to build the global hemp supply chain. Born in Canada, a duel citizen Geoff Whaling’s areas of expertise are wide ranging given the diversity of his government, business, entrepreneurial and philanthropic work. A profound sense of “wanting to serve” remains an integral part in his life.
Michael J. Woods is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of U.S.-based Big Sun Holdings Group Corporation (Big Sun). Big Sun is a member of the HN, Inc. family of companies (formerly Hyundai Business Solutions and Consulting.) Big Sun owns and operates Black Buffalo 3D Corporation, Flash Labs Corporation, Big Sun Modular, Big Sun Development, and ownership interests within Open World Residences in Switzerland.
Black Buffalo 3D specializes in smart construction with the building of 3D construction printers, material science, engineering and design services. Flash Labs Corporation specializes in IoT infrastructure and IT services for smart homes and buildings, smart factories and offices, and smart cities. Big Sun Modular specializes in the building and distribution of prefabricated and modular homes. Big Sun Development is a real estate development firm focused upon distressed assets and projects in the U.S. and Europe. He is also the Chairman of the Board and President of Open World Residences (OWR) based in Zug, Switzerland. OWR specializes in real estate tokenization throughout Europe for affordable resort and residential property development.
Woods is the former CEO and COO of Rothschild & Co. Asset Management U.S., Inc. Prior to Rothschild & Co., Mr. Woods served as CEO of DWS Investments and Head of the Americas, Global Client Group, for Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management.
Woods is an officer of the Board of Directors and the Chairman of the Finance Committee for the Business Council for International Understanding based in Washington, DC, and a Board Member and Finance Committee member of The Korea Society, based in New York City. Mr. Woods is a 2018 honoree of the New York Responsible 100 award.
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