Conference Program

Highlights & Featured Sessions & Speakers

Conference Program Sponsored by Vicente Sederberg
– At the Leading Edge of Cannabis Law

Conference Program Overview

Thursday, November 4

Brian Benjamin
Hon. Brian A. Benjamin
New York State
Lieutenant Governor

This year is an important and an exciting time for New York State as 2021 is the inaugural year of the Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act (MRTA).

Lt. Governor Benjamin will preside over the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Exhibit Hall entrance. Then from the Mainstage he will give Welcoming Remarks to acknowledge “Getting Back to Business” at CWCBExpo.

Tremaine Wright
Tremaine Wright
Chair, New York State Cannabis Control Board

Tremaine Wright will give her first public presentation as Chair of the New York State Cannabis Control Board.

Members of the New York State Office of Cannabis Management will be attending all three days of the CWCBExpo.

Inside the Industry - Thought Leadership Series

This year’s business-to-business conference is proud to deliver “Inside the Industry – Thought Leadership Series.” The Thought Leadership Series encompasses curated and hosted content that takes a deep dive into where the industry is and where it is going. Throughout the Series and Conference, conversations, innovative presentations and panels will be hosted by cannabis and hemp professionals who have helped build the industry and who keep moving it forward.

Relevant and timely business-to-business topics include the latest on New York State Recreational Use legislation that was passed. We will meet and learn from the latest industry influencers regarding investment, finance, business opportunities, research, regulation, social equity, environmental issues, cultivation and much, much more.

Plenary sessions will be led and kicked-off each day by business notables including Geoff Whaling, Chair, National Hemp Association, Matthew Anderson, Founder & CEO, Vanguard Scientific, Keiko Beatie, Director of Education, Coral Cove Wellness Resort, Kymberly “KymB” Byrnes, Co-founder and CMO, TribeTokes, and many others who are building the next level of the industry bravely, courageously and innovatively.

There are so many exciting plenary discussions and relevant sessions over the 3-day Series and conference that you will not want to miss a thing.

Geoff Whaling and Matthew Anderson

Geoff Whaling, Chair, National Hemp Association (left) and Matthew Anderson, Founder, CEO, Vanguard Scientific (right)


Thursday, November 4

Christopher "CJ" Wallace and Willie Mack

Christopher “CJ” Wallace, Co-founder, Think BIG & Frank White (left) and Willie Mack, Co-founder and CEO, Think BIG & Frank White (right)

In Conversation With…Christopher “CJ” Wallace & Willie Mack

Business executives and trail-blazers Christopher “CJ” Wallace and Willie Mack, Co-Founders of Think BIG & Frank White, will deliver the Thursday afternoon Keynote Address.

Christopher “CJ” and Willie have built cannabis businesses from coast-to-coast. We will get up-close and personal with them about their professional journey in the cannabis industry and what the challenges have been for them in building a brand, and what challenges still remain. They will discuss their future plans and what lies ahead.

Saturday, November 6

Faye Coleman and Calvin Frye

Faye Coleman, Founder, CEO, Pure Genesis (left) and Calvin Frye, Founder, Cloneville (right)

Keynote Entrepreneurship Panel: Faye Coleman & Calvin Frye, A Coast-to-Coast Perspective

Calvin Frye was one of the first medical marijuana license holders in CA earned by him decades ago and since then, he 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.

We will hear coast-to-coast perspectives from these extraordinary business pioneers and leaders who worked their way to ownership of cannabis and hemp licenses and success. Both Coleman and Frye are Multi-State Operators (MSOs).

Your Emcees for the Conference Program

Keiko Beatie and Kymberly “KymB” Byrnes

CWCBExpo is proud to have Keiko Beatie and Kymberly “KymB” Byrnes as Conference Emcees. Their energy and industry backgrounds will enhance the experience over the 3 days of learning and networking.   

Keiko Beatie

Keiko Beatie, Director of Education, Coral Cove Wellness Resort

Kymberly "KymB" Byrnes

Kymberly “KymB” Byrnes, Co-founder, Tribetokes

CWCBExpo will be welcoming some of the most influential and informed minds to join the conversation through an interactive “Talk Show” format hosted by Geoff Whaling and Matthew Anderson.

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Conference Program
60 Speakers
26 Sessions

Day 1: Thursday, November 4 - "Where We Are"
Industry Update: Data, Highlights, Trends and Opportunities
Gerald Pascarelli

Gerald Pascarelli, VP, Beverages, Tobacco & Cannabis, Cowen Inc.

A One-on-One Conversation with Chief of the USDA Hemp Program
Bill Richmond

Bill Richmond, Chief of the USDA Hemp Program

Erica Stark

Erica Stark, Executive Director, National Hemp Association

New York: From Illicit into the Light
Tim Seymour

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

Hillary Peckham

Hillary Peckham, Chief Operations Officer, Etain, LLC

David Feldman

David Feldman, CEO & Founder of Skip Intro Advisors

Vladimir Bautista

Vladimir Bautista, Managing Member Co-Founder Happy Munkey

Carl Cameron

Carl Cameron, Advisor Panoptic Strategies

Industry Investment Panel: Money and a Mission
Tammy Dekel

Tammy Dekel, Co-Founder & Managing Partner Sanitas Peak Advisory, LLC

Mina Mishrikey

Mina Mishrikey, Senior Partner & Managing Director Merida Capital Holdings

Sumit Mehta

Sumit Mehta, CEO Mazakali

Day 2: Friday, November 5 - "Challenges and Solutions"
Challenges and Solutions
Trevor Yahn Grode

Trevor Yanh-Grode, Researcher, Data Scientist, National Hemp Association

Jhavid Mohseni

Jhavid Mohseni, CEO Aperon Corporation

How Your Facility Ensures Business Success & Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) Operations and Commissioning
Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson, Principal, Co-Founder Anderson Porter Design

David Vallencourt

David Vaillencourt, Founder & CEO The GMP Collective

This is Hemp Branding: The Other Side of Cannabis
Wilson Kello

Wilson Kello, Marketing Officer & Consultant

Amy Wasserman

Amy Wasserman, Founder Amy Wasserman Consulting;

Benjamin Cassou

Benjamin Cassou, CEO & Co-Founder ReStalk, Inc.

Abhishek Mohan

Abhishek Mohan, Founder & CEO HempStreet

International Cannabis: Delivering the Infrastructure to Enable Worldwide Markets
Aimon Kopera

Dr. Aimon Kopera, Founder & CEO Geneomics Global, LLC

Jay Noller

Dr. Jay Noller, PhD Director, Global Hemp Innovation Center, Oregon State University

Israel Madrid

Israel Madrid CEO & Co-Founder, The Mexican Cannabis & Hemp Council

Day 3: Saturday, November 6 - "What's Next?"
What's Next
Michael J. Woods

Michael J Woods CEO/COO, Big Sun Holdings Group Corporation; Black Buffalo 3D Corp.; Flash Labs Corp; Big Sun Modular Corp.; Big Sun Development Corp.

A Global Mission: Addressing the International Urgency of Cannabis and Hemp Integration
Aimon Kopera

Dr. Aimon Kopera, Founder & CEO Geneomics Global, LLC

The Keys to Successfully Raising Capital for Cannabis Companies
Andi Goldman

Andi Goldman, Managing Member, Equitas Partners Fund

Neil Kaufman, Esq.
Neil Kaufman, Esq., Managing Member, Kaufman McGowan PLLC
Sumit Mehta

Sumit Mehta, CEO Mazakali

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Conference Program Sponsored by Vicente Sederberg

Inside the Industry – Thought Leadership Series Co-sponsored* by:
National Hemp Association & Vanguard Scientific



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