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Daily High Club, Founder and CEO
Harrison put the idea for Daily High Club on Reddit as the Dollar Shave Club of smoking supplies, and it went viral. Several hundred subscribers joined immediately. With only his initial investment of $700, it grew to millions in revenue and over 475k Instagram followers. DHC has since become one of the leaders in the online headshop industry, having shipped out over 300,000 bongs.
Confident Cannabis, VP of Marketing
Brad is the former GM of The Cannabist, an entrepreneur, and most of all, an artist.
Confident Cannabis empowers all of the supply chain—it’s the only place where producers, wholesalers & retailers showcase & discover products from verified businesses with test results directly from licensed labs.
She Cann Cannabis, Founder and CEO
SheCann Cannabis is a online community offering information, resources and support to prospective and existing medical cannabis patients. Founded in 2017, this volunteer-led space services over 6,000 Canadian women across three social platforms.
Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, Executive Board Member
Founded in 1974, The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) is the nation’s oldest professional association of journalists of color. Tauhid works on the board to improve its members' understanding of the changing digital and social landscape in the media industry. Tauhid Chappell founded PABJ's first cannabis conference focused on educating black and brown communities on the cannabis industry.
Presidio View Capital, General Partner
Mr. Clifton is a Managing Director and Co-Founder of Presidio View Capital. Mr. Clifton has personally been investing in the cannabis space since 2015. He has led a number of investment deals and sits on the board of Henry's Originals, Pure Xtracts and Bloom Automation. Prior to his work in cannabis, Mr. Clifton was in Equity Research at Deutsche Bank.
Life for Pot, Founder
Beth Curtis is the founder of Life for Pot. Life for Pot advocates for sentencing relief for marijuana offenders serving sentences of Life without Parole for nonviolent marijuana offenses and offenders serving defacto life sentences. In 1994 Beth’s family became educated about the War on Drugs and the US Justice System when her younger brother, John Knock, was indicted in the Northern District of Florida. He chose to exercise his sixth amendment right to trial and received two life sentences plus 20 years for a non-violent marijuana offense.
ReUP, CEO and Founder
Melek Dexter's dexterous understanding of the racial dynamics moved him to found ReUP, a crowdsourced startup that leverages diversity as a competitive differentiator in the cannabis industry. He understands what drives the so-called “above-ground” drug economy while at the same time noting the coinciding impact th
at institutional inequality has on marginalized groups.
SISU Consulting, CEO
Colin is the CEO of SISU Consulting, a boutique firm servicing medical, adult-use, industrial, and ancillary businesses. He has assisted clients in the four main subsectors of the industry, in addition to research institutions and investors both around the world and in the United States.
Sana Packaging, Co-Founder & CSO
Sana Packaging designs and develops differentiated, sustainable, and compliant packaging solutions for the cannabis industry using 100% plant-based hemp plastic, 100% reclaimed ocean plastic, and other sustainable materials.
Glass House Farms, Founder and CEO
Graham Farrar is a serial entrepreneur who taps into the explosive growth of emerging markets. In 2015, Graham founded Glass House Farms, a 150,000-square-foot greenhouse operation in Carpinteria, California. The earth-friendly, state-of-the-art cannabis cultivation facility uses cutting-edge environmental controls to ensure that the coastal grown flowers deliver a consistent and premium product.
Hawke Media, Director of Growth
Madison Fiore is the Director of Growth at Hawke Media, a full service outsourced CMO and digital marketing agency based in Los Angeles. Madison has helped scale Hawke Media from less than 40 employees to over 160 in 2+ years by personally adding 150+ clients and over $3MM in total revenue.
Eaze, Head of Policy Research
Peter Gigante is Head of Policy Research at Eaze, a technology platform that connects adult consumers with local licensed retailers for on-demand delivery of legal cannabis products. As head of policy research, Peter leads research initiatives that inform public policy stakeholders on an array of topics including economics, social impact, and public health and safety.
EVIO, Co-founder and COO
EVIO provides analytical testing, R&D and advisory services to the cannabis and hemp industry. Lori launched the company in 2014 with 25 years prior experience in engineering, management consulting, and startups. EVIO has licensed testing labs in five states and Canada.
Helix TCS, Inc., Director of marketing and communications
Jeff Gonring is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Helix TCS, Inc., which specializes in technology, compliance, and security services for the global cannabis industry. The company provides service to over 2,000 licensed locations across the US and internationally and has been named as the leading provider of point of sale software in the US.
Reputation Cannabis, Principal
I’ve spent that past 30 years working in PR across a range of industries. Three years ago, I was in the right place at the right time and stumbled into the cannabis industry as companies were gearing up for legalization in California. I get up every day so excited to work because the industry, and the people in it, are so incredibly dynamic.
HelloMD, Co-founder and Brand Evangelist
Pamela Hadfield is co-founder of HelloMD, a digital healthcare platform and community of health and wellness cannabis consumers. At HelloMD.com, consumers can consult with a doctor via real-time video, obtain answers to questions from a network of doctors and experts and purchase high quality cannabis and hemp derived CBD products from within the HelloMD marketplace.
Brighterside Vertical Farms, CEO
At Brighterside Vertical Farms we strive to guide cultivations towards success one garden at a time, through efficiency and technology. Whether it be vertical walls, mobile tables, or tiered systems, our 23 years of experience in cultivation will provide you with the best design for your needs.
Jesce Horton is an engineer by education and a horticulturalist by passion. He founded LOWD, a connoisseur-focused cultivation facility in metro Portland. He also co-founded the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA), the first and largest non-profit dedicated to equal access and economic empowerment for cannabis businesses, their patients, and the communities most affected by the war on drugs.
Shift Cannabis, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer
Founded in 2010, Shift is a company of flower people. To Shift, that’s Genuine Cannabis. Now a multi-state cannabis company operating medical dispensaries and production facilities in New Mexico and supplying distillate, full extract, and flower products to recreational dispensaries in Colorado, Shift is delivering the goods.
George Jage has over 28 years’ experience building media companies. In 2014, he took the helm at MJBizDaily and grew MJBizCon from a 20 table top conference to the largest cannabis business event in the country. The event was recognized as the fastest growing event in the country under his leadership. George currently is the President of MjLink.com Inc, a business and social networking platform.
Dama Financial, Head of Strategic Sales
Dama Financial, through its bank partners, provides access to secure online and mobile-friendly banking services for cannabis-related businesses. Prior to joining Dama Financial as Head of Strategic Sales, Eric Kaufman was a Vice President, Financial Advisor at Bernstein, a global research and financial wealth management firm.
Steeped in cannabis science & advocacy for over a decade, we believed in the healing benefits of cannabis before it was fashionable. We realized both THC and CBD reduce inflammation and pain, plus amplify the effects of other plant medicine. We’re expert formulators of cannabinoids + pure essential oils for high performance cannabis care.
Farmer Tom Lauerman is a world class Organic Farmer with international recognition. As an active voice in the Industry since 1998 and the first private citizen to interface with a Federal Agency on the Production and Processing of Cannabis has led him to share his wealth of agricultural knowledge as an Educator and Advisor for the emerging Hemp revolution.
Sister Merci, Founding Partner, Strategy
Paul Lawton is a sociologist, brand strategist, and cannabis marketing expert. As a cultural ethnographer and former adjunct professor of sociology, his Ph.D. research focused on digital health and the emerging social web. Since transitioning to the agency world in 2013, Paul held senior positions leading digital and strategy at Cohn & Wolfe, Weber Shandwick, and Cossette, where he led brand strategy on the Canopy Growth portfolio during the legalization of cannabis in Canada.
BlaqStar Farms, CEO
Bryant Mitchell has over 10 years of hands-on experience in the cannabis industry. In 2013, he established Blaqstar Farms after owning a dispensary where he realized the need for consistent, clean medicinal cannabis. Today, Blaqstar is a vertically integrated company based in Los Angeles with 3 licensed locations totaling over 60,000 square feet of cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution.
Plant Parenthood, CEO
In 2008, Kenny founded Venice Cookie Company (Now VCC Brands) with the idea that cannabis edibles should be tasty, safe, and wellness oriented. The company manufactures and distributes infused products. While serving his second term as director on the board of California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) in 2016, Kenny founded the California Cannabis Manufacturers Association to advocate on behalf of the state’s most ethical plant-touching operators.
Founder and CEO, Empower BodyCare
Trista Okel is Founder and CEO of Empower BodyCare. Since 2013, Empower has provided safe, high quality and effective topical products. With more than 15 years of formulating experience, Okel is passionate about the legalization of cannabis and the normalization of plant-based wellness.
As DigiPath CSO since 2014, Cindy has been creating a replicable cannabis testing environment with validated SOPs to ensure cannabis and cannabis-based products are safe. She also oversees the development of GroSciences’ IP portfolio on terpene applications for organic pesticides in the grow industry. Dr. Orser holds over twenty patents. She has her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
The Cannabis Cutie/Women Grow OC
Tammy Pettigrew graduated from the University of Miami in 2018 with a Masters of Business Administration. Currently she educates about cannabis via her social media platform, @thecannabiscutie, and she is also the Orange County Market Leader for Women Grow, where she hosts monthly networking and educational events for the OC cannabis community.
VP of Communications, MediaJel
Jennifer Price is the VP of Communications for MediaJel. The company sits at the intersection of content, brand innovation, experiential design, measurement, and artificial intelligence. Price has nearly 25 years of experience creating global public relations campaigns. She has been integral to launching some of the leading U.S. cannabis brands.
Jacqueline Rosales, COO of Market Research firm, SoapBoxSample, is known for her enthusiasm and unconventional leadership style. A more than 20-year veteran of the Market Research and Insights space, her entrepreneurial spirit, tenacity and personal grit help clients to identify market opportunities and trends. She is determined to move the industry forward by helping businesses survive the Green Rush. A dynamic leader driven by her contagious passion and deep-rooted knowledge, Jacqueline can be found speaking at industry events across the globe.
Leisure Life, CEO
Amber E. Senter has twenty years of marketing and project management experience. She is CEO of Leisure Life, a licensed lifestyle and cannabis products company. She is also co-founder and Executive Director of Supernova Women a group led by women of color which is dedicated to empowering people of color to become self-sufficient cannabis industry shareholders. Senter is a US Coast Guard veteran.
Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, Founder and Owner
Lynnette Shaw, AKA The Queen of Green, founded the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana (MAMM) in 1990 and obtained a license in 1997. She has worked as a secretary for Dennis Per
on, Jack Herer, Pastor Scott Imler and was a member of the Prop 215 development committee. MAMM was forced shut in 2011 and reopened in 2017.
HerbaBuena, Founder & CEO
Alicia Rose founded HerbaBuena in 2015. The company works only with farmers who cultivate Demeter Certified Biodynamic or regenerative organic sungrown cannabis. She's a founding Board Member of the Napa Valley Cannabis and Mendocino Cannabis Industry associations and the Wine & Weed Symposium.
Ad Astra Law Group, Managing Partner
Katy represents both plaintiffs and defendants in business disputes and real estate claims. For cannabis businesses, she handles mostly partnership disputes and breach of contract matters, including leases. She has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer Rising Star from 2014 through 2019, and is also President of the International Cannabis Bar Association.
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