Speaker Lineup

Ark-La-Tex Cannabis Business Expo

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Eric Brandstad

Eric Brandstad

Forever Flowering Greenhouses

Biography: Eric Brandstad is the leading greenhouse and growing efficiency expert in the legal cannabis industry. Eric has been invited to speak at many events including The CWBExpo, The Emerald Cup, Santa Cruz Cup, The Golden Tarp Awards, The Cali Dep Fest, Humboldt High Grade Gala, CannaCon, and the NCIA Cultivation Management Symposium.

Eric has been managing Forever Flowering Greenhouses since 2007. He’s originally from San Joaquin County where his family has been commercially farming since 1862. Since starting with FFG, he has toured and consulted with hundreds of greenhouse owners to help them understand how their plants react in a greenhouse environment.

Katie Moodie and Brooke Brun

Katie Moodie & Brooke Brun

KB Pure Essentials

Biography: Katie Moodie and Brooke Brun founded KB Pure Essentials, a wellness and body care line, in late 2013. They expanded KB in 2015 with the belief that hemp CBD based products can improve the physical and mental health of those around them who were struggling. They both experienced the medicinal benefits of cannabis and have now dedicated their lives to breaking the negative stigma of this super-herb!

Since establishing the KB brand, Katie and Brooke have gone far beyond building a CBD wellness and body care line; they have become successful entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry and are currently working on multiple other brands that will launch later in the year. They have a unique friendship, partnership and collaborative vision that they have used to empower themselves their team and their customers.

Nic Easley

Nic Easley

Comp. Cannabis Consulting

Biography: Nic Easley is CEO of Comprehensive Cannabis Consulting (3C), where he promotes hemp and cannabis awareness and cultivation, prioritizing socially and environmentally responsible practices. Over the past nine years in Colorado and nationwide, Nic has helped more than 60 clients design, build, start up, and optimize their operations. His scientific background, combined with over 15 years of agricultural field and biological experience informs his sustainable practices and policies, offering the industry new realms of productivity, profitability, and professionalism.

Random Vaughn

Random Vaughn

Dank's Wonder Emporium

Biography: Random Vaughn started in the medical marijuana industry as a wholesaler in Washington State in 2010/2011. He proceeded to move into the retail side of the industry in 2012 under the collective then named Pacific Green Collective. The first collective location opened in the City of Pacific, Washington in December 2012. Proceeded by opening locations in Puyallup, Spanaway and Tacoma. When SB 5052 passed in 2015, Random was selected by the state and was approved for two recreational and medical licenses under 5052. In August of 2016 he opened the first recreational store named Dank's Wonder Emporium in Thurston County.

He is interested in speaking both about retail marijuana, and the changes to come. Retail Marijuana: Where it is Today and Where it is Going, all the ins and outs of merchandising, franchising, price points, branding, and growth. He is also skilled in speaking about Retail Marijuana Store Franchising.