Ark-La-Tex Cannabis Business Expo
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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.
The Grow Shop
Biography: Brenton Schnelle is the Operations Manager of five grow shops throughout Colorado, Nevada and Arizona. He has a Bachelor's in Unified Sciences - Chemistry Education from the University of Missouri Columbia. He is also the Vice President of Green Rooster lighting where he works as a grow and lighting consultant for various indoor and greenhouse facilities.
Biography: Cassandra Dittus, cancer survivor, entrepreneur, and innovator, has worked in a plethora of arenas throughout primary and ancillary marijuana businesses over the last 10 years. Her experience operating medical and recreational marijuana facilities in the early days of regulatory compliance gave her unique knowledge which helped her co-found Tribal Cannabis Consulting, a tribal government marijuana consulting firm, as well as Cannabis Compliance Technology, an industry seed to sale tracking software, and DICE corp., a Cannabis based Human Resource and Consulting company. Cassandra has a deep passion for safe access and quality medicine for patients. Her passion has driven her throughout her career to keep finding new opportunities and avenues to benefit and revolutionize the cannabis industry.
Biography: High Security Specialists in Arkansas and Texas. Founded in 1989, Protection Networks is UL listed for 681 and 2050 for high security, high risk government, military and commercial alarm installations. Specialties include intrusion, cameras, access control, and fire alarm systems.
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).
Biography: Curtis is the Director of Business Development at NCIA. His primary focus is to build and enhance relationships among NCIA, its members, and the broader cannabis community. Curtis got his start in the industry working in marketing and branding before pivoting to advertising. He then went on to launch a cannabis-focused consulting firm that assisted a myriad of companies, from human resources companies and law firms to magazines and celebrity product brands. While diverse work throughout the cannabis industry provided Curtis a sound base in the field, it also motivated him to seek more competitive and rewarding work that held broader policy implications, ultimately galvanizing him to join the team at NCIA. Curtis currently resides West Hollywood, CA.
Biography: Daniel Sanders is the Chief Operations Officer for MaryGold Laboratories—a regulatory testing facility with roots in the craft beer industry. Seeing Issue 6 pass into legislation in 2016, MaryGold Labs immediately began posturing to fill Arkansas’ developing need for regulatory cannabis testing. Taking a proactive approach, Daniel has consulted on various medical marijuana applications, as well as helped in the early procurement of intellectual property within the cannabis industry.
Daniel’s professional background includes earning a degree in Molecular-Biotechnology from UALR, with an emphasis in Genetics; and having participated as Chief Research Officer of Blue Rose Innovations Institute in various projects ranging from plant genetics to sustainable ethanol-biofuel production project. Some other projects he currently aids in clinical trials research and education for Clinical Trials Inc.(CTI); and is awaiting publications of his contributions with ADAMAS Pharmaceutical in the field of epilepsy, through his work with CTI’s composite—the Arkansas Epilepsy Program.
American Cannabis Company
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.
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.
Biography: Greg Eisenbeis has been in the Industrial Automation industry for 15 years and is the President of Grow Remote. He has served industries like solar cell production, T3 data center cooling, large-scale indoor growing control systems, and more.
Greg started in the Cannabis industry in 2015 offering wireless sensors and monitoring. Since then they started integrating almost every imaginable device/system in a facility into one common control / management system. Greg and his company currently are helping companies lower their capex, electric bills by at least 30%, and reducing major labor pains that can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Dr. John MacKay - Speaker
Dr. John MacKay
Biography: John A. MacKay earned his B.A. in Chemistry at the St. Lawrence University. He also earned his Ph.D. At the University of Vermont, where he focused on Inorganic Chemistry and on the synthesis of cancer fighting compounds. After working in teaching positions at the University of Vermont, Lyndon State College, and Davidson College, John went on to join Waters Corporation in 1983.
Over the past several decades, John’s career has included a host of creative leadership roles in innovation and product development. Not only that, but John is a widely recognized scientific expert in sub and supercritical fluid for chromatography and extraction within the botanical space. John seeks to merge the seemingly disparate technologies together and create a synergy to optimize your work flow. His method is based on Six Sigma principles and practices.
Tree of Life Seeds
Biography: Jason Martin, CEO of Tree of Life Seeds, Cannabis Partners and Natural State of Kind, has more than two decades of experience in entrepreneurship and corporate/franchising development. Since 2012, Jason has successfully started multiple companies operating in legal cannabis. He is a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, a Board Member of the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association and is recognized as a cannabis industry expert. Jason’s spirit for this industry is contagious. His focus on creating CBD rich, premium hemp genetics has built Tree of Life Seeds into a company trusted and sought after worldwide for industrial hemp seeds.
Biography: Josh Winningham has been a practicing pharmacist, in the state of Arkansas, since graduating pharmacy school in 2011. He is currently based out of Cabot, AR, where he has been since 2014. His current responsibilities include overseeing the clinical services and medication management programs for pharmacy and acting as the preceptor for the intern program.
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.
Steep Hill Labs
Biography: As Chief Research Officer of Steep Hill, Rev. Dr. deCesare trains Steep Hill scientists and serves as a developer various research programs, protocols and methods. Rev. Dr. deCesare is regarded as an industry leader in the cannabis science and analytics testing market. He is sought after as an expert and lecturer on the complexities of the cannabis plant for healing in the medicinal marijuana market, development of specific therapies, and protection against contaminants. He advises growers, developers and consumers on all aspects of the cannabis industry.
Melissa Fults was the author of Issue 7 and the Executive Director of Arkansans for Compassionate Care. She is now the Executive Director of the sister company, Drug Policy Education Group, Inc (DPEG) Melissa has worked on cannabis reform in Arkansas since April of 2011 and is now working on an adult use Amendment for 2020. When not fighting for cannabis reform, Melissa spends her time with her husband Gary, her children and grandchildren. She also owns and runs a small dairy goat farm in East End, AR.
Trinity Herbal Compliance
Biography: Dr. Grifford received his doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. As an undergraduate, he received his bachelors in Biology. He is currently serving as a consultant pharmacist for Trinity Herbal Compliance and support pharmacist for SCA Pharmaceuticals.
In 2011, Dr. Grifford accepted a position with US Compounding Pharmacy, an FDA registered 503 Outsourcing Facility. He was promoted from staff pharmacist, to manager, then to director of the Non-Sterile Department. While overseeing normal day to day compounding processes, he was also involved in extensive research and development of new dosage delivery systems. In 2015, Dr. Grifford took a position with SCA Pharmaceuticals, an FDA registered 503 Outsourcing Facility. During his tenure, he has focused on sterile formulation development, batch record review, SOP implementation, and manufacture troubleshooting. He supervises compounding, labeling, and daily operations in the pharmacy, completes accurate logs of controlled substances and compounding records, performs both pre and post compounding operational checks.
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.
Biography: Rafael Sabbagh is the VP of State Operations for BioTrackTHC. He focuses on implementing statewide Seed to Sale tracking systems, and providing cannabis businesses with the tools they need to run efficient and compliant operations. Rafael has led the implementation of the State tracking system for Illinois and New York, and has been heavily involved with the implementation in various other States including New Mexico and Puerto Rico. He works hand in hand with licensees, law enforcement, and various different government agencies in order to ensure they are provided with custom tailored systems that provide for all of their Seed to Sale Tracking needs, from the ground up.
Trinity Herbal Compliance
Biography: Dr. Rhonda Beck received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the UAMS College of Pharmacy in 2002. She is currently a member of the Arkansas Pharmacist Association and International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists. Dr. Beck has over 15 years of experience in clinical hospital pharmacy, geriatric patient care, and pharmaceutical compounding. She is currently licensed in 11 states. She is an expert in aseptic sterile compounding and formulation development in both sterile and non-sterile dosage forms. In 2010, Dr. Beck accepted a pharmacist position with US Compounding, an FDA registered 503 Outsourcing Facility that holds a DEA manufacturing license. She has spent this time focusing on patient specific compounding and bulk manufacturing. She currently serves as Director of Pharmacy for 503B.
Robert Cormier - Speaker
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.
Biography:Steve DeAngelo is a prominent, life-long cannabis entrepreneur, activist, author, and on-screen personality. He co-founded several iconic cannabis businesses and organizations: Harbor side, Steep Hill Laboratory, the Arc View Group, and the National Cannabis Industry Association. Steve's creative projects include a book, The Cannabis Manifesto; and a Discovery Channel mini-series, Weed Wars. He was a lead organizer and fundraiser for I-59, Washington DC's medical cannabis initiative; and is famed for his successful litigation against the Department of Justice, which halted DOJ's last-ditch 2011 campaign to shut down California,s medical cannabis dispensaries. He lives in California with three dogs, three cats, and his lovely wife Yolanda.
Hemp Ace International
Biography:Joy Beckerman is the Principal Consultant at Hemp Ace International, a New York-based consulting, legal support, expert witness, and brokerage firm serving the global community. She is the President of the Hemp Industries Association, founded in 1994 and sits on the National Board of Directors of NORML, founded in 1970. After opening the first hemp store in New York in the early 1990's, Joy served as Secretary to the Vermont Hemp Council upon passage of the inaugural Vermont hemp bill in 1996. In mid-1998, she commenced an extensive dual career as a compliance and complex civil litigation paralegal, supporting some of the nation's most distinguished attorneys. Joy is an internationally respected voice, writer and renowned public speaker on a spectrum of industrial hemp and Cannabis subjects who has presented at continuing legal education seminars and at numerous colleges, universities, and conferences over the last nearly quarter of a century.
Biography:Jonah used his consumer sales and marketing background to help build MRX Labs into one of the premier testing labs in the country. That experience led to the creation of MRX Xtractors. Jonah is a seasoned business leader and requested speaker in the cannabis and hemp industry. Jonah holds a business and accounting degree from Western Oregon University, and uses his passion for analytics to help customers meet their goals.
Biography:Christina De Giovanni founded the Emerald Magazine in 2012 during her last semester at Humboldt State University, where she graduated with a degree in journalism. Initially a community and activities publication, Christina rebranded the magazine to cannabis three years in, when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. The Emerald Magazine now stands as a resource to demystify cannabis for non-traditional, new medicinal users. Designed to appeal to a boutique culture, the pages of the Emerald Magazine eschew the dude-centric stoner culture and feature no scantily clad women or bong adverts. Instead, easy-to-navigate profiles of companies and reviews of products target Baby Boomers interested in researching a healthy, non-toxic alternative to pharmaceuticals. The Emerald Magazine counts 20,000 in readership and is distributed in the Bay Area, Emerald Triangle, Sacramento, and LA markets.
Biography:David Muret is the Co-Founder and COO of Viridian Staffing. With a diverse background including Public Policy and Law, Information Technology, Finance and Business Development he serves as Viridian's "Swiss Army Knife," providing essential support to Viridian's best-in-class recruiting team. David has extensive experience working with industry organizations, not only serving as a board member but personally spearheaded the effort to broker the merger of four separate organizations to form what remains Washington State's largest cannabis industry association. David's responsibilities include managing all marketing, sales, trade shows, events, contracts, and negotiations as well as the selection, deployment and management of all information technology. David has also become an increasingly frequent public speaker at industry conferences and has even served as a Master of Ceremonies on a couple occasions.
Biography:Ed Rosenthal is recognized worldwide as a leading authority on marijuana. In almost 40 years as America's "Guru of Ganjasm" he has written or edited more than two dozen books about marijuana cultivation and social policy that cumulatively have sold over two million copies. His first book is the only title on marijuana cultivation to be reviewed by the New York Time's Book Review and his latest release, Marijuana Grower's Handbook has become the definitive marijuana cultivation resource and official course book for Oaksterdam University, the leading trade school for the cannabis industry. After almost three decades, his Ask Ed column continues to answer questions on all matters of marijuana from readers around the world.
Biography:Aaron Smith is co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, the largest trade association representing legal cannabis businesses in the U.S and the only one working to advance the industry on a national level. Prior to launching NCIA, Aaron distinguished himself as a public advocate for marijuana policy reform - first under the auspices of a California-based medical cannabis advocacy group, Safe Access Now in 2005, and then as the California state policy director for the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project until founding NCIA in 2010. Aaron has successfully built coalitions with elected officials on both sides of the aisle in order to advance marijuana law reform legislation. Aaron's opinion pieces have appeared in major newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times, and he has been a frequent commentator on national television news networks. Originally from California, Aaron is currently based in Denver.
Biography: Michael Miller is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and business advisor. He began his over thirty five year career in 1987, the heyday of hostile acquisitions as a Wall Street lawyer practicing in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, labor, and intellectual property at Willkie Farr& Gallagher in New York andSkaddenArps in Los Angeles. Michael worked on some of the largest transactions in corporate history at the time, including the takeover of E.F. Hutton, Singer Sewing Machine, Allied Stores, and RJR Nabisco as well as corporate financings for Drexel Lambert led by Mike Milken. Michael moved into investment management in 2008 as a Managing Director of Bel Air Investment Advisers, whichoversaw $5 billion for 300 wealthy families and foundations. After the firm was sold to a Canadian Bank, Michael replaced the ex-President of the Dodgers at Northern Trust to oversee the Wealth Advisory Group in Los Angeles, where he was responsible for over $2 billion in asset oversight, client management, banking and trust and estates. In 2015, Michael left Northern after a near fatal car accident. Michael presently oversees venture investments for a number of high net worth families and is a co-founder of Over 21 Capital Partners, a private investment fund focused primarily on all aspects of the nascent domestic and international cannabis industry. Michael recently launched Table 21, a cannabis dining salon bringing together investors, lawmakers, CEO's, and medical researchers, and The Beach Cities Cannabis Conference in Los Angeles. Michael advised on the launch of the first 24/7 cannabis lifestyle radio station, "Purple Haze" on the Dash Radio Network (the new XM radio providing free, commercial free digital radio with over 30 million subscribers), and is the creator, producer and host of "CannaBusiness"- the first international weekly talk show focused on the economics, legal, medical and regulatory issues facing the nascent legal cannabis industry. Michael's first children's book was published last year, entitled "The Gift". His next writing projects include a novel entitled "Mommy Hours" and a non-fiction political history of intoxication, entitled Weedonomics: from criminal to corporate enterprise. Michael is a frequent public speaker in the areas of start-ups, financial literacy, the national opiate crisis, finding life's balance, as well as being a passionate advocate and public policy crusader on cannabis education and medical research. Michael has advised thousands of start-ups and their founders as a lawyer, financier, board member, strategic adviser and mentor. Raised with the dna of philanthropy and volunteerism, Michael has dedicated a substantial portion of his life to "giving back" and TikkunOlam, or "leaving the world a better place". Michael's philanthropic involvement has ranged from academic institutions such as the Technion and The London School of Economics, to equal access to the arts through the Los Angeles Photography Center and California, the Santa Monica Symphony, and California Lawyers for the Arts, and to social issues through the National Bully Prevention Foundation, the Sunset Hollywood Free Clinic, Bet Tzedek, the Anti-Sex and Child Labor Trafficing Foundation and Project Heal. Michael also donates the use of his home for non-profits monthly and has raised millions of dollars as a result of these efforts.
Biography: Karen's Crusade for Cannabis, Team CenTex, and Healing" Karen Reeves is a native born Texan. She grew up in Central Texas. Karen has been a proud Cannabis consumer for almost 45 years and she has considered herself a Cannabis Patient for the last 27 years after fracturing her vertebra. In 2012 Karen started her Crusade for Cannabis and in 2014 she founded the CenTex Community Outreach group. Team CenTex has been reaching out across Texas and around the world helping to change hearts and minds through education and compassion. They believe no one belongs in jail for a plant! Karen started a social media campaign called Action For Alex to help educate the public about Jury Nullification after her son was unjustly arrested. Karen is definitely on a Mission to End Prohibition in Texas ! "My 'Crusade for Cannabis' and developing Team CenTex helped me to begin healing from all the pain in my past. Turning my pain into my passion saved my life" quote Karen Reeves
Biography: Mr. Harb is the founder and CEO of IT Risk Managers, Inc. Started at the beginning of the century, IT Risk Managers, Inc. is a national niche insurance broker that provides risk management solutions for niche industries such as the auction industry, cannabis industry, real estate, technology industry or business that use technology. We are the industry's premier brokers of Database (Cyber) Insurance. IT Risk Managers is licensed in 48 states to market all types of Property and Casualty insurance products. For more information visit our website, THCins.com Mr. Harb has over thirty years of experience in the financial services and insurance industries. During his career he has also served as an instructor at Michigan State University and Illinois Institute of Technology. Mr. Harb holds a Masters of Management degree from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelors degree from Northern Illinois University. He co- authored the book Reinventing the Retail Bank published in 1994. He is a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist and has written numerous articles and is a frequent guest speaker at industry conferences.
Biography: Monty Finch, Owner of Pandale Rio Farms, Has observed and interacted with the medicinal benefits of marijuana since 1966. Importing cannabis in the late 60's in Texas, Monty was beneficial to supplying the medicine for the pioneering stages of cannabis science. Testing some of the finest hash oil, Thai Sticks, and Columbian marijuana further pushed his knowledge and belief that marijuana could help heal and led Monty on a medical journey in life. In the mid 70's Monty spent over a decade working in Emergency Rooms, Ambulances, and surgery. After, Monty pursued his love for medicine and was accepted into nursing school. In that time he realized that Marijuana would have a major role in the medical field aiding in positive results of physical recovery and mental wellness. Having previous knowledge of heavy machinery from driving trucks in the 90's Monty went to Iraq as a combat truck driver. After Iraq and struggling with PTSD at home Monty signed up and was accepted to Oaksterdam University, America's first cannabis college. At Oaksterdam Monty learned how to infuse the two things he always believed worked well together Marijuana and Medicine.
Biography: Myra Bell brings to this training compliance upstart 18 years of general law practice, 9 years human resource compliance experience and 15 years teaching experience. She had conducted internal EEO investigations, developed compliance training and created other programs and processes for corporate affirmative action programs. Myra graduated from Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma in 1985 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and from Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with her Juris Doctor (law) degree in 1990. Myra obtained her Professional Human Resources certification in December 2008. Myra had always had a passion for teaching and has found ways to incorporate that passion in the day to day work she does. For example, early in her career, she specialized in representing victims of domestic violence and as part of her advocacy for those victims she developed and taught a domestic violence training course that the Lawton, Oklahoma Public School System sent their employees to for annual continuing education training. Myra has been an Adjunct Professor at St. Louis Community College in St. Louis, Missouri. There, she taught Business Law courses, Paralegal Certification courses and served as Administrator of the Real Estate Salesperson professional licensing program. Myra has found opportunity to continue teaching by developing the materials and program for today's compliance training.
Biography: An advocate of individual liberty and personal responsibility, Heather Fazio has worked toward limited government since 2009. She served as Executive Director of Texans for Accountable Government from 2011-2014 where her priorities included privacy rights and civil liberties, including marijuana law reform. Heather utilizes her passion for grassroots activism to positively affect public policy. In 2014, Heather began working for the Marijuana Policy Project and built an advocacy-focused coalition, Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy. Now, Heather serves as director of the coalition and remains dedicated to enacting sensible marijuana laws in Texas.
Biography: Rachel Kurtz is Outreach Manager for the National Cannabis Industry Association, working to build bridges for more effective advocacy. She began her career 15 years ago working with bar associations around the country to encourage examination of our drug policies. She later settled into law practice, assisting cannabis businesses in licensing and compliance. Rachel has witnessed the implementation process and outcomes of the regulated adult use industries in Washington and Oregon, and is now honored to be with NCIA because of its important work of reform at the federal level.
Biography:Former COO and current franchise owner, Todd Underwood has overseen CBD American Shaman's exponential growth as a company from producing $60k to $2 million in monthly revenue. With a strong background in web and digital marketing, Todd became involved with the brand by taking over its online redevelopment and implementing a digital marketing strategy to eventually running the entire company. Prior to his involvement with CBD American Shaman, Todd has held executive roles with Ford Motor Credit andAon and continues to own and work with multiple mobile applications and digital properties. He has been featured on the cover of New York Magazine and has starred in two documentaries related to his work with other industries. Moving forward, Underwood aims to continue helping the American Shaman brand with strategic growth and the opening of several additional franchises of his own throughout Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Florida, and Utah.
Biography:Cullen Raichart, Founder and CEO of GreenBroz, Inc. has more than 12 years experience as an entrepreneur and inventor in the cannabis industry. A Veteran of the United States Armed Forces, Cullen is driven to create American-made products that offer solutions to the growing cannabis industry. Prior to founding GreenBroz, Inc., Cullen worked in the corporate world for a Fortune 500 company until realizing his passion for creating innovative products. His goal became the streamlining of the cannabis harvesting process and, in turn, reducing growers time and costs. Cullen is considered a distinguished inventor whose drive has earned him a reputation as a pioneer in automation in the emerging agricultural cannabis industry. GreenBroz, Inc. won the inaugural Marijuana Business Pitch Slam in 2014. Cullen's vision for end-to-end harvesting technology has led GreenBroz, Inc. to become a world leader in automated harvesting solutions.
Biography: Erika Gee is a member of the firm's Government Relaons Pracce and a former Chief of Staff and Chief Deputy in the Arkansas Aorney General's Office. Since returning to Wright Lindsey Jennings in 2015, she has put her years of experience as general counsel for state agencies and licensing boards to work assisng clients in resolving their regulatory and administrave disputes with state government. She also represents clients in government relaons maers, including advocacy and policy development with state agency officials, the Aorney General's Office and the Execuve and Legislave branches of government.
Biography: Gaynell Rogers is, in a word, connected. This natural leader built a career in entertainment and film, managing high-profile artists and studio projects before making a shift into the cannabis industry, where she helped elevate entrepreneurs who long worked on the fringe of acceptance into mainstream business players. Rogers uses the extensive cannabis network she developed over the years to create many new investment relationships in this rapidly growing industry. She parlays extensive experience in management, media relations and marketing into many sectors from cannabis, to creative arts and entertainment, to nonprofit organizations. And while she is a sought-after thought leader in business mentorship, she is equally devoted to furthering social justice and philanthropic causes. Rogers is known for adeptly propelling clients to widespread recognition. She transitioned from the film industry to the cannabis industry in 2009, when she was recruited to be the national publicist for California's largest medical cannabis dispensary, Harborside. She helped its visionary founder, activist and author Steve DeAngelo, gain national attention via feature stories in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fortune and other prominent media outlets in the early days when medical marijuana laws were enacted in only a handful of states. She also worked to develop the first nationally broadcast cannabis-related reality show, Weed Wars on the Discovery Channel, and helped secure his first his first book deal:The Cannabis Manifesto. More recently, as a current development partner with Bond Moroch, a multistate independent marketing agency, Rogers was instrumental in bringing the first-ever national cannabis TV commercial on air for the Hoban Law Group in 2017. She continues to work with the law firm, which has handled a number of federal cases and serves as a go-to expert for media on legal cannabis issues throughout the country. As cannabis legalization proliferates across the nation, Rogers is dedicated to remedying the destructive impacts of the decades-long War on Drugs that greatly affected the nation's communities of color, as is well documented in Oakland, California, where Harborside's headquarters is located. She volunteers for The Hood Incubator, a business organization that helped foster local legislative efforts in Oakland, and resulted in a groundbreaking cannabis business equity program to give priority to longtime Oakland residents in areas where racially disproportionate marijuana arrests were particularly acute. One of Rogers goals is to give these historically marginalized groups the means to achieve business success in states where cannabis has been legalized. She connect and consults with strategic investment connections and provides mentorship to entrepreneurs, freely sharing her wealth of institutional knowledge of the cannabis industry and years of investment experience in this heavily regulated sector. This is mirrored by her dedication to helping women succeed in cannabis business and investing, through her active support and guidance with the California Cannabis Industry Association, the Ellevate Network for professional women and national nonprofit Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Rogers, who is a two-time cancer survivor, is also heavily involved in philanthropy and nonprofit organizations, including Missing Children with the Polly Klaas Foundation, Music Inspired by Literature, Voices of Latin Rock, and Zero Foundation for Breast Cancer, among others. She previously served as president of Bay Area Women in Music and was a founding member of the Professional Women's Network and Breast Cancer Watch. She also has been a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for more than 30 years. Rogers zealous focus on long-term planning and organization are touchstones for her marketing success. She continues to earn global recognition for Harborside and DeAngelo, along with her legacy roster of musicians in personal management. Other past and current cannabis-focused clients include: The ArcView Group, an investment firm in Oakland; edibles maker KIVA Confections; and retailers such as The Farm in Boulder, Colorado, and Harvest in San Francisco. Entrepreneur Jim McAlpine tapped Rogers for media relations and marketing in multiple ventures, including the athletic-focused 420 Games held in several states, the B2B New West Summit and Power Plant Fitness gym. Rogers continues to work actively in entertainment, representing Grammy award-winning slide guitarist Roy Rogers, folk artist Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Brazilian guitar goddess Badi Assad. Before focusing on cannabis interests, Rogers worked extensively with leading film companies, including Russian Hill Recording Post Production, Pixar Animation Studios as the head of feature film publicity, as well as being senior publicist for Lucasfilm Ltd. She has worked on over 25 feature films and hundreds of documentaries and commercials over two-plus decades in the entertainment industry. She also wrote and crafted with internal teams marketing platforms for a number of mainstream companies, including Scharffenberger Cellars, Torani, Phillips DuPont, Skywalker Sound and the original launch of Crystal Geyser. Rogers ambitions as a person of influence in the cannabis industry are rooted in establishing greater gender and social equity, and capitalizing on the continued shift in public opinion and political will around legislation to advance legal, regulated cannabis businesses. She's widely recognized as a creative, meticulous manager, a thoughtful advocate and a supportive business mentor. What's next? Rogers is growing her vast network by carefully forging new connections in cannabis investment and leading the way with inspiration.
Biography: Cassondra R. Parker-Adams also known as "Khadijah" in the cannabis industry is originally from Sugar Land, Texas and has been a full-time entrepreneur since December 12, 1997. Certified Signing Services, Inc specialized in notarizing a variety of commercial and residential real estate documents that closed outside of the Title Company, law office or mortgage companies. Ms. Adams has developed and trained a network of more than 10,000 notaries public nationwide during her career, and her database of clients included industry giants like Countrywide Mortgage, HSBC, JP Morgan Chase, Chase Bank, American Title, Integrated Real Estate, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Mooser & Freibert, PLLC; Mattingly & Ford Title Company, just to name a few. When the real estate bubble burst in 2007-2008, Certified Signing Services was dissolved after 10 years of successfully operating in the real estate space.
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