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“Highest: In the Room”

A podcast series that discusses the business of cannabis in a LIT way.

Highest In the Room, with KymB

About These Podcasts*

These podcasts are proudly sponsored by CWCBExpo, who has been helping to build the industry together since 2014.
This podcast is hosted by entrepreneur and industry influencer, Kymberly Byrnes, “KymB,” Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of TribeTokes, a $2,000,000+ product and manufacturing cannabis and CBD business headquartered in the fashion district of NYC.
*The views and opinions expressed in these podcasts are those of the speakers and do not reflect the views or positions of CWCBExpo.
Do you want to be a podcast guest or know someone you would like to recommend? Fill out the podcast interview suggestion form.

About These Podcasts*

These podcasts are proudly sponsored by CWCBExpo, who has been helping to build the industry together since 2014.
This podcast is hosted by entrepreneur and industry influencer, Kymberly Byrnes, “KymB,” Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of TribeTokes, a $2,000,000+ product and manufacturing cannabis and CBD business headquartered in the fashion district of NYC.
*The views and opinions expressed in these podcasts are those of the speakers and do not reflect the views or positions of CWCBExpo.
Do you want to be a podcast guest or know someone you would like to recommend? Fill out the podcast interview suggestion form.

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HIGHEST: IN THE ROOM

Reporting from the weed capital of the world, KymB interviews the power players in the wild industry of cannabis.

EPISODE #13: May 29 2024

Christine Ianuzzi

In Episode #13, KymB gets the “blunt” facts in a candid conversation with Christine Ianuzzi, CEO of CWCBExpo. Christine started CWCBExpo with her family ten years ago and brought her engineering experience from ABC and HBO into the trade show business.

In this conversation, Christine shares her insights on rescheduling and gives a rundown of what’s happening at CWCBExpo this year, including the latest and most exciting developments. She emphasizes that there is still much work to be done in the industry, with many challenges yet to overcome.

“This is the year that CWCBExpo celebrates the community, the industry, our clients, and all the newcomers who’ll be joining in – the industry is about to grow again.”
– Christine Ianuzzi

Highest in the Room, Lit by CWCBExpo

Past Episodes

EPISODE #12: May 22 2024

Lou Pino

In Episode #12, KymB gets the “blunt” facts in a candid conversation with Lou Pino of Gene Traders. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in several states, Lou served seven years in the Army, gaining expertise in soldiering, computer mainframes, and security networks. His connection to cannabis began at 15, and has been a part his life ever since. Cannabis helped relieve his symptoms from his Army service, leading Lou to become a medical marijuana patient. As a caregiver cultivator, Lou supports home growers and patients who need help cultivating cannabis. KymB and Lou discuss the demand for genetics and how to get started developing your own strains. They also delve into what rescheduling means for the industry, exploring both the pros and cons.

EPISODE #11: May 15 2024

Gia Morón

In Episode #11, KymB gets the “blunt” facts in a candid conversation with Gia Morón, a business and PR consultant with over 30 years of experience in corporate communications, public relations, and brand strategy. As the Founder and CEO of GVM Communications, Gia has been at the forefront of the cannabis and hemp industry since 2015, consistently ranking as a top Cannabis Public Relations company. Tune in as Gia shares insights into her involvement with Women Grow and her pioneering Cannabis Education Series partnership established through her church. Discover why Gia believes that the cannabis industry must reflect the diversity of its community and why passion is paramount for success in this evolving field.

EPISODE #10: May 9 2024

"Hawaii" Mike Salman

In Episode #10, KymB gets the “blunt” facts in a candid conversation with “Hawaii” Mike Salman. Meet Chef For Higher’s innovative co-founder, whose expertise spans over 25 years at the intersection of music, media, and lifestyle. With a passion for Hip-Hop and Cannabis, “Hawaii” Mike became a trailblazer in the culinary and culture scene. Notably, Chef for Higher made history by introducing their THC-infused product line to New York’s adult-use market. Known for his inventive cannabis-infused culinary creations, “Hawaii” Mike believes in the power of cannabis to bring people together in a positive way. His mission? To foster truthful and honest relationships with cannabis for everyone.

EPISODE #9: May 2 2024

Lulu Tsui

In Episode #9, KymB gets the “blunt” facts in a candid conversation with Lulu Tsui, Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer, On The Revel. Lulu, a prominent influencer in the cannabis industry, shares insights on her efforts to normalize and destigmatize marijuana, as well as her struggles in a predominantly male dominated industry. Their discussion extends to the future of psychedelics in the industry and their potential benefits. Lulu emphasizes the importance of authenticity, advising to “come correct” in all endeavors

EPISODE #8: April 25, 2024

Dawne Morris

In Episode #8, KymB gets the “blunt” facts in a candid conversation with Dawne Morris about the future of cannabis, focusing on the East Coast and specifically New York. Dawne Morris, CEO and Co-founder of PROTEUS 420 Business Solution, pioneers online ERP systems for the cannabis industry. She’s a nationally recognized entrepreneur featured in Marijuana Venture magazine’s Top Women to watch. In 2008, Dawne transitioned her expertise to cannabis, launching PROTEUS420 with her husband, David Morris. This seed-to-sale software system is renowned for its user-friendly approach and industry compliance solutions. PROTEUS420 supports operators across the U.S. and North America in manufacturing, cultivation, distribution, and dispensaries.

EPISODE #7: April 18, 2024

Arana Hankin-Biggers

In Episode #7, KymB gets the “blunt” facts in a candid conversation with Arana Hankin-Biggers. Arana, the Co-founder and President of The Travel Agency: A Cannabis Store, brings a diverse background in real estate and politics to her role in the cannabis industry. In a candid conversation with KymB, Arana shares insights on overcoming challenges in a predominantly male-dominated field. They discuss the worst aspects of the industry. Her top advice for aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs? Trust your instincts and judgement, and collaborate with like-minded individuals who share your values.

EPISODE #6: April 11, 2024

Breeder Piff

In Episode #6, KymB gets the “blunt” facts in a candid conversation* with Breeder Piff from Piff Coast Farms. They delve into the renowned strains of cannabis offered by the farm and Breeder Piff’s journey into the industry. Piff Coast Farms is committed to reviving nostalgic East Coast strains, specifically the very famous strains of Haze + Sour.
*Contains explicit language.

EPISODE #5: April 4, 2024

Britni Tantalo

In Episode #5, KymB gets the “blunt” facts in a candid conversation with Britni Tantalo. Britni Tantalo is is a pioneering entrepreneur and New York State CAURD and SEE applicant striving to secure a retail dispensary license for Flower City Dispensary. As the co-founder and President of the New York Cannabis Retail Association, she advocates for educational pathways and equitable access to resources, fostering a sustainable and inclusive cannabis industry. Additionally, Britni co-founded Flower City Hydroponics, a premier retail grow store in Fairport, NY, offering essential equipment and supplies for both indoor and outdoor cannabis cultivation.*

*Contains explicit language.

EPISODE #4: March 28, 2024

Brittany Carbone

In Episode #4, KymB gets the “blunt” facts in a candid conversation with Brittany Carbone, the Founder and CEO of Tonic CBD, and Co-founder of Tricolla Farms and Bardo Labs. Together, they explore the journey of crafting innovative and integrative plant-based wellness solutions aimed at fostering happier and healthier lives. Tonic CBD stands out for its unique approach, combining the potent benefits of CBD with adaptogens like ashwagandha to effectively address stress and anxiety while uplifting mood naturally.*
*Contains explicit language.

EPISODE #3: March 21, 2024

Parisa Rad

In Episode #3, KymB gets the “blunt” facts from Parisa Rad.  As a prominent Cannabis advocate, founder of The Marijuana Momma, and co-founder of Blunt Brunch, Parisa shares her powerful journey during Women’s History Month. Listen as she discusses how Cannabis played a pivotal role in navigating the challenges of motherhood, particularly as a parent of a special needs child. Join us for an insightful conversation on resilience, empowerment, and the transformative impact of Cannabis in women’s lives.*
*Contains explicit language.

EPISODE #2: March 14, 2024

Coss Marte: ConBud

In Episode #2, KymB gets the “blunt” facts from Coss Marte, Founder of ConBody and ConBud, on his journey from drug dealer to fitness guru to dispensary owner.*
*Contains explicit language.

EPISODE #1: February 29, 2024

The Beard Bros

In Episode #1, KymB gets the “blunt” facts from the Beard Bros, Bill and Jeff Levers, on cannabis restrictions on Instagram and why cannabis media is an integral part of business.*
*Contains explicit language.

EPISODE #2: March 14, 2024

Coss Marte: ConBud

In Episode #2, KymB gets the “blunt” facts from Coss Marte, Founder of ConBody and ConBud, on his journey from drug dealer to fitness guru to dispensary owner.*
*Contains explicit language.

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