Speaker Lineup

Ark-La-Tex Cannabis Business Expo

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Andy Joseph

Andy Joseph

Apeks Supercritical

Biography: Andy Joseph is the President of Apeks Supercritical, an Ohio-based manufacturer of fully automated subcritical and supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) botanical oil extraction systems. Andy is an engineer, a fabricator, and veteran who learned about mechanical operations and principles during six years in the Navy operating nuclear submarine reactors. Andy has worked tirelessly to share his expertise with Ohio’s lawmakers at the local, county and state level to ensure the medical cannabis program in Ohio is successful for both patients and businesses. Andy is the holder of five patents, including the Valveless Expansion Technology featured on all Apeks systems.

Celeste Miranda

Celeste Miranda

The Cannabis Marketing Lab

Biography: Dedicated to what she does and successful in her savvy business-minded ventures, Celeste Miranda is an entrepreneur, author, founder and CEO of Miranda Marketing Labs and The Cannabis Marketing Lab. Undertaking the critical challenges of marketing an emerging industry, Miranda opened a specialized division focused on providing businesses with innovative and affordable marketing strategies. Since then, The Cannabis Marketing Lab has become a highly regarded organization in Cannabis related ventures. Comprised of a 16 person team, Celeste’s staff has years of experience and expertise in a myriad of areas such as Social Media, Search Engine Optimization, Graphic & Web Design, Creative Content Production, Advertising, PR and much more. As an efficient and knowledgeable professional, Celeste is a force of nature in the realm of entrepreneurial business and marketing.

Corey Hunt

Corey Hunt

Illegally Healed

Biography: Corey Hunt has been at the forefront of the medical cannabis industry as a patient advocate and educator for nearly five (5) years. He first became aware of the promise of medical cannabis when a loved one was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. He began learning as much as he could about medical cannabis and soon afterward, he created an online community to share his knowledge with others, "Illegally Healed." Today, Illegally Healed’s articles, videos and social media reach millions each month. Its 400,000+ members--patients, advocates, researchers, and medical professionals--have become a force for increased medical research, education of patients about responsible use of medical cannabis, and advocacy for sensible change in cannabis policies at the state and federal level.

Corey is a sought-after speaker for a wide variety of groups, including classes at the University of Central Arkansas, on social media advocacy, education, and medical cannabis legislation. He was also instrumental in the petition signature drive and election campaign for the Arkansas medical cannabis ballot issue in 2016. In 2017, Corey became a member of the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association (ACIA) and the Drug Policy Education Group (DPEG).

Ellis Smith

Ellis Smith

American Cannabis Company

Biography: Mr. Smith has 17 years of horticultural experience, 8 years owning/operating businesses, and 2 years of international business experience in Kyrgyzstan Central Asia. Working in the specialty cut flower market and running indoor gardens early in his career helped him understand complex growing systems and production protocols while developing his master gardening skills. Some of his accomplishments include assisting in the identification of the Hemp Russet Mite within the Colorado Medical Cannabis market and working with SKUNK magazine to enlighten and educate the industry. Additional articles in SKUNK magazine highlighted his use of True Living Organics (TLO) cultivation methodology in a regulated, commercial market.

Prior to establishing American Cannabis Company Inc., Mr. Smith designed and built out a 5,000 square foot grow space in Fort Collins, CO for The Happy Camper Organics. Also, Mr. Smith designed and built out a 7,500 square foot grow space in Denver, CO for The Village Green Society Dispensary in Boulder, CO; a vertically integrated licensed facility. For each of these projects, Mr. Smith worked with a mechanical engineer to size the HVAC load and dehumidification.

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.

Faustino Tijerina

Faustino Tijerina

Can2Biz

Biography: Faustino Tijerina is the founder of Can2Biz an industry game changing marketing platform. The company is based in Texas where Faustino has been in the technology industry for over 20 years. His career has been around big data analytic and cyber security, a huge topic on everyone’s mind in the cannabis space. He has learned how to separate vital business data needed to be shared among the business community to secure personal data that needs to kept out of the spot light. Faustino is dedicated to helping companies in the cannabis and hemp space recover valuable time by supplying a B2B targeted leads and products sharing platform. Faustino is helping the industries push forward by encouraging entrepreneurs to start a cannabis or hemp business.

Dr. Jan Bartlett

Dr. Jan Bartlett

Southern Center of Cannabis Research

Biography: Jan Bartlett, PhD is a researcher, educator, author, coach and entrepreneur turning thoughts into action. As a university professor and administrator for 15-years in the counseling psychology and counseling field she conducted, supervised and mentored research projects. Dr. Bartlett is the Director of The Southern Center of Cannabis Research, which seeks to increase medical cannabis knowledge and hemp innovations for job creation and quality of life. The center partners universities, colleges, and technical schools with linkages to the medical community and cannabis industry to develop meaningful and rigorous research studies. Through data collection The Southern Center of Cannabis Research will communicate the impact and influence of the cannabis and hemp industry.

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.

Melissa Fults

Melissa Fults

DPEG

Biography: Melissa Fults is a long time patient advocate.  She is the Executive Director of Drug Policy Education Group, Inc (DPEG) and the former Executive Director of Arkansans For Compassionate Care. A wife, mother of 3 and grandmother of 5, she works to guarantee that patients in Arkansas can get their cards and keeps them abreast of any changes in the program.

She wrote both the 2014 and the 2016 Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act. Melissa and her husband Gary worked diligently at the capital in the 2017 legislative session to guarantee patients received the best program possible. She is in the process of adding several additional conditions to the list and is also seeking a seat in the House of Representatives District 27.

Neil Juneja

Neil Juneja

Gleam Law

Biography: Neil Juneja is the founder of Gleam Law, a cannabis-focused law firm with offices in Washington and Oregon. He is a licensed patent attorney and has successfully filed over 60 trademark registrations for cannabis with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In addition, Neil have written numerous article on cannabis law and intellectual property as well as spoken at many events including in the National Mall in Washington DC and at the Seattle Hempfest in front of 150,000 people. Some of Gleam Law’s notable clients include the first Seattle recreational marijuana retailer, the musician Snoop Dogg, and many publicly traded companies working in the cannabis industry. Neil has also been in Newsweek, Time Magazine, and on several documentaries for his work in the cannabis industry.

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.

Robert Cormier

Robert Cormier

Erigere Rapidus Solutions

Biography: Robert is our highly decorated jack of all trades. Honor Graduate from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Designed and implemented force on force training at a national level for major agencies, drafted policy and procedure, supervised high level labor racketeering/organized crime investigations and was on the front lines of federal law enforcement as a US Border Patrol Tactical Team member.

Sara Gullickson

Sara Gullickson

DispensaryPermits.com

Biography: Sara Gullickson is a nationally recognized cannabis expert who has led the industry in consulting for seven years. As founder and CEO of DispensaryPermits.com, she provides seed to sale services with hands on support to cannabis entrepreneurs, while personally advocating for new legalization and access to alternative wellness solutions.

Based in Arizona, DispensaryPermits.com is one of the longest standing medical cannabis consulting companies in the industry. Sara has served clients in competitive and emerging markets with successful license acquisitions in eleven states, as well as operational and dispensary opening experience from the East Coast to Hawaii.