Speakers

Julianne Avallone

Julianne Avallone

Legal Director, Department of Consumer Protection, State of Connecticut
The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) is the licensing and regulatory agency overseeing over 200,000 credential holders in more than 200 industries, including health care, pharmaceutical distribution, liquor production and sale, food supply, weights and measures, legal gaming, real estate, financial services, and construction.

The DCP Legal Division consists of 23 staff members, more than half of whom are attorneys. In addition to licensing enforcement, the Department oversees: 1. The Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, bringing cases against businesses and individuals engaged in deceptive or unfair business practices in the state; 2. Eighteen professional Boards, Councils and Commissions, most of which adjudicate administrative cases; and 3. Lemon Law arbitrations between consumers and vehicle manufacturers.

Prior to joining DCP in 2015, Julianne worked in private practice, with a focus on commercial real estate, corporate acquisitions and financing. She previously served at the City of Hartford overseeing housing and economic development initiatives, and at not-for-profit organizations focused on community and economic development. Julianne has her BS, MBA and JD from the University of Connecticut.
Keiko Beatie

Keiko Beatie

CEO, Greenwave Relations
Keiko Beatie has been a practitioner of Ayurveda, Chinese and Holistic Medicine since the 1970s. Her specialty in Bach Flower and Homeopathic has continued with whole plant cannabis medicine and focusing on education to the community for better patient care and health and well-being. She is the Director of Education for Coral Cove Wellness Resort has she has part ownership. This is an all-inclusive cannabis and psychedelic educational resort with cultivation on the oceanfront of the crystal blue waters of Jamaica.

She is a Board Member for many various organizations starting with OC NORML, The Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Board Member for Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo, Head Judge of Edibles for The Emerald Cup, Regional Lead for the California Cannabis Tourism Association and she is the Host of A Seasoned Perspective for Wrazel Cannabis Broadcasting Network. Keiko has started various companies in the industry from delivery services, cultivation and dispensaries, all to support patient care with natural plant-based medicine.

In the past Keiko passion on holistic natural plant-based medicines took her to study at Twin Lakes Holistic College, Alive Polarity Institute, CIIS Calif. Institute of Intralegal Studies, Esalen Institute, UCLA and LA College of Massage and Physical Therapy. She worked in the music, film, and surf industry prior to dedicating her path to education and patient care with natural and fungi medicines. She has assisted in starting Women Grow OC, and has written for Weedmaps, Marijunia.com, Sensi Magazine, and currently contributing to The Retreat Journal. Keiko’s mission statement is “Acceptance and legalization of Cannabis and Psychedelic medicines through education and outreach for patient care.”
Jeremy Berke

Jeremy Berke

Senior Reporter, Business Insider
Jeremy Berke is a senior reporter at Business Insider where he focuses on the emerging cannabis industry.

At Business Insider, Jeremy has covered the bumpy rollout of Canada's cannabis legalization, the boom in cannabis companies going public in 2018 (and the resulting fallout), multibillion-dollar mergers between cannabis companies and corporations from other industries, the ongoing health effects from vaporizers, the mislabeling of CBD products, and how the world's largest financial, legal, and political institutions are reacting to and planning for legalization.

Jeremy joined Business Insider in 2015 and has covered breaking news, science and the environment, and political campaigns before building up the cannabis beat.
Axel Bernabe

Axel Bernabe

Assistant Counsel to the Governor for Health, NYS Executive Chamber
Axel Bernabe is Assistant Counsel for Health to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. In this role, he oversees all legal and policy deliberations in the health portfolio and provides strategic counsel to the operations, press, and budget teams in the Executive Chamber and the State Department of Health. As part of his responsibilities, Axel oversees the development and implementation of all medical, hemp, and adult-use cannabis initiatives in the State. Over the past four years he has directed and supervised the expansion of the medical cannabis program and the launch of the State's hemp program. Axel is also responsible for driving the administration's proposed Cannabis Act that would comprehensively regulate all segments of the cannabis economy, including the creation of a new Office of Cannabis Management that would permit the implementation of an adult-use program.

Prior to joining the Cuomo administration, Axel was a partner at the law firm of Constantine Cannon, where he was a nationally recognized legal expert in the healthcare sector, particularly on antitrust matters.
Leo Bridgewater

Leo Bridgewater

National Director of Veterans Outreach, Minorities for Medical Marijuana; Chief Innovation Officer, CWCBEducation
In 2001, Leo Bridgewater enlisted into the United States Army in response to the September 11 attacks. There, he spent 5 years as a Telecommunications specialist with multiple deployments to Iraq. After separating from the Army in 2006, he spent another 2 ½ years working for the Dept. of the Army at the Pentagon in Washington DC. Having had 3 battle buddies attempt suicide and 2 being successful, Leo’s advocacy for veterans' rights has seen him testify in NJ Senate Committee to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) added to the NJ Medical Marijuana Program (NJMMP). As a result of his efforts, in September of 2016, NJ Gov. Chris Christie signed bill S-2345 adding PTSD to the NJMMP.
Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown

Assistant Commissioner Medical Marijuana, NJ Department of Health
At the NJ Department of Health, Jeff Brown oversees the newly elevated Division of Medicinal Marijuana. He has years of experience in health policy, government affairs, communications, and both advocacy and electoral campaigns.

In his career, Jeff has worked extensively on the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, particularly the creation of health insurance exchanges and the expansion of Medicaid, has led an association of community-based providers to implement innovative new payment models in Medicaid, and has fought to expand access to healthcare in New Jersey’s urban communities by developing sustainable financing policies.

Jeff grew up in Mercer County and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers University. He is active in the community and serves on the advisory board of the New Jersey Chapter of the New Leaders Council and on the board of trustees of the Trenton Health Team Accountable Care Organization.
Kym Byrnes

Kym Byrnes

Co-founder and CMO, TribeTokes
At TribeTokes, Kim Byrnes drives all the brand's social and marketing strategy. She blends traditional marketing efforts, modern colloquialisms, and digital social culture to subliminally target customers and break into new markets in ways that many cannabis brands have yet to tap. Today Kym works with some of the most forward-thinking minds in the New York City cannabis scene: Kym sits on the Advisory Committee for the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo, a business-to-business trade show event for the legalized cannabis industry. She volunteers and is on the committee for the NYC Cannabis Parade and Rally, one of the longest running cannabis events in the world. Kym is the NYC Ambassador for Women Grow, and frequently serves as a High Times Cannabis Cup Judge.

As a Certified Pilates Instructor and Lululemon Legacy Ambassador, Kym merges her passion for health and cannabis through her “Plant-Based Pilates” CBD fitness platform. On the patient advocacy side, Kym works with Nugg MD to help New Yorkers get their medical marijuana cards. Kym is passionate about the future of cannabis and and the potential impact of cannabis for women, health applications and the growth of the industry. When she’s not educating the world on cannabis, you can find Kym working out, exploring and traveling and of course consuming some of the best cannabis and CBD in the world.
Sang Choi

Sang Choi, R. Ph.

Etain Health, Pharmacist Dispensary Director, Downstate Region
Sang Choi has over 16 years of experience practicing in specialty pharmacies focused on HIV and infectious diseases, oncology, transplants, compounding, and fertility. She received her degree from Long Island University College of Pharmacy and served as the Pharmacist-in-charge and manager of a specialty pharmacy counselling patients with complex drug regimens prior to working with Etain.

Through her extensive experience as a pharmacist, Sang brings strong competencies as a pharmacy manager and patient counselor to Etain Health. Sang prides herself on her ability to interact with patients, and believes in the importance of both high-quality medicine and committed counselling in providing compassionate care to the patients of New York State.
Ariel Clark

Ariel Clark, Esq.

Founder, Clark Howell, LLP
Ariel Clark is one of California’s best and most dedicated business attorneys advising clients in highly regulated, emerging markets.

For over a decade, Ariel has been in the trenches of cannabis law and drug policy reform, helping enact industry-defining regulations while building a client list of leading operators, entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, and healers. When the idea of cannabis business law was considered an oxymoron, she committed her practice exclusively to this emerging industry — foresight that was recognized by Rolling Stone, which named her one of 18 “Women Shaping The Culture of Tomorrow.”Ariel’s hard work, intelligence, and tenacity have earned her a national reputation as one of the industry’s fiercest lawyers.

Ariel works closely with clients on a myriad regulatory and legal challenges in her role as outside general counsel. As the world embraces hemp, the derivative cannabinoids, and other emerging medicines Ariel’s extensive legal and political expertise provide valuable counsel to other trailblazers building successful companies, products, and services.

Ariel’s nationally-recognized leadership is reflected in her inclusion in Cannabis Business Executive’s “75 Most Important Women in Cannabis”; mg Magazine’s “30 Most Powerful Cannabis Lawyers”; Cannabis Law Report’s “Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers”; and Entrepreneur’s “Top 100 Cannabis Leaders. ”

Ariel’s affiliations include the International Cannabis Bar Association, California Native American Cannabis Association, California and National Cannabis Industry Associations, and California Growers Association. She is vice chair of the Executive Committee and serves on the Social Equity Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Cannabis Law Section. Additionally, she serves as co-general counsel to Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines; is a member of the Council for the Protection of Sacred Plants; and co- founded the Cannaboss Womxn’s Circle, an active community of professionals collectively advancing feminine leadership in the industry.

Ariel founded the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force, which was instrumental in the passage of Measure M, authorizing the creation of a legal, regulated industry in LA. Over the last ten years, she has advised many other trade associations and drug policy reform organizations on regulatory and legal changes necessary for a thriving legal marketplace.

Prior to founding Clark Howell LLP (originally Clark Neubert LLP), Ariel captained her own firm and worked with California Indian Legal Services in Oakland, Santa Rosa, and Eureka. Her holistic, forward-thinking, and thorough approach to law –coupled with deep policy expertise and progressive vision –is of enormous benefit to clients, colleagues, and fellow paradigm-shifters.
Kelly Crosson

Kelley Crosson

Horticulture & Cannabis Consultant
Kelley Crosson is a horticulturist, designer, cannabis advocate, and public speaker. She owns KC, Inc., a horticulture and design consulting company based in Manhattan. She currently serves as an advisor for the CWCBE and several other US cannabis companies. From 2009 - 2018 she worked with major donors for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP.) MPP played the leading role in drafting, funding, and staffing the historic 2012 Amendment 64 initiative in Colorado - which made CO the first place in history to legalize marijuana for adults and regulate it like alcohol. MPP also led the coalitions that passed measures to legalize and regulate marijuana in Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada in 2014 and 2016, and led medical marijuana and decriminalization reform efforts in multiple states. Kelley also served as Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association (NJCIA) from 2017-2019.

From 1992-2009, she worked as a freelance designer for a multitude of luxury event, home, floral, and garden design companies in San Francisco, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, St. John (USVI) and New York City. Kelley received her BA in English from the Pennsylvania State University in 1991 and is a 2013 graduate of the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden. The main emphasis of her horticulture studies and current practice is low-impact, sustainable design and the use of native plants. While a student at the NYBG, Kelley interned with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in New Jersey to study Helonias bullata, a plant federally listed as a threatened species. She was an instrumental part of the installation team for the 3.5-acre, $15 million Native Plant Garden at the NYBG, which included Helonias bullata and other plants native to the region. She also taught the first class on “Growing Cannabis” at the NYBG in Jan/Feb 2020, and will continue as a guest lecturer in the Fall/Winter 2020 session.
Sherri Franklin

Sherri Franklin

Co-founder, GoVerde Enterprise Development Corporation; Chief Visionary Officer, Ujima Tribe Enterprises, LLC
Sherri Franklin is the co-founder of GoVerde Incubator, LLC, www.goverd.com, one of the largest operating cannabis incubators for social equity ventures in the country, and is Chief Visionary Officer of Ujima Tribe Enterprises, LLC, founded to foster social equity brand and retail ventures marketed under www.verderoad.com.

During Sherri’s foray into the strategy to position social equity front and center as part of cannabis legalization, she has developed a formidable knowledge of cannabis regulation and public policies impacting access to ownership and employment opportunities. Sherri has leveraged her knowledge of organizational development, land-use, construction and community development to help social equity applicants create licensed entities and to structure their ventures for vertical integration within the industry. Sherri is also the CEO of Urban Design Center, www.urbandesigncenter.com, which over the past 30 years, has managed the planning and land-use entitlement, proposal development and project management for over $140 million in government subsidized affordable housing, infrastructure and economic development projects.

Sherri is a board member of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, a board member and partner of Integrated Equitable Solutions, a property management subsidiary of Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles, a thought leader for the Leimert Park Village 20|20 Vision Initiative, a 15 year member of the Pacific Coast Regional - Small Business Development Corporation loan committee and the Co-Chair of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Parking Reform Working Group. In 1992, Sherri was appointed by Mayor Tom Bradley to the City Los Angeles Department of Planning Board of Zoning Appeals and served as Vice Chair. Subsequently, in 1993, she was appointed by Mayor Richard Riordan to the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation Commission where she served as President and, thereafter, to the Los Angeles Housing Department's Rent Stabilization Commission in 1995 as a board member.
Calvin Frye

Calvin Frye

Founder, Cloneville, Compassionate Caregivers Studio City; Pioneer, Activist, Entrepreneur
Scientist, activist, entrepreneur and Pre-Interim Control Ordinance business (Pre-ICO) license holder, Calvin Frye has over 14 years of experience as a dispensary owner and Medical Marijuana (MMJ) industry consultant. Mr. Frye was recently awarded as part owner, one of the highly sought after West Hollywood edible consumption lounge licenses. Mr. Frye has held several key positions in the Biotech industry for major companies like Xoma, Amgen and Baxter Biosciences, advancing his career from Research Associate to Associate Scientist.

Mr. Frye has more than a decade of experience in the cannabis industry working alongside some of the founders of the MMJ industry (Dennis Peron and Richard Eastman) as well as many of the industry pioneering groups in Los Angeles (Americans For Safe Access and Norml.) Mr. Frye has one of the oldest Pre-ICO licenses in Los Angeles and is one of the first dispensary owners in the entire country.

He has been pivotal in the progression of the cannabis movement throughout the United States. As an activist, Mr. Frye travels all over the United States to help shape and pass current MMJ legislation. He has appeared in numerous documentaries and television shows and has been featured in many magazines as one of the premier voices in cannabis. Nationally, Mr. Frye has been the featured speaker at many conferences including the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition and Blunt Talks. Frye has first-hand knowledge of the regulatory issues affecting the cannabis industry through his extensive work with local LA government bodies and agencies. Currently he is participating in the sponsored mentorship program that oversees and teaches social equity program owners how to operate and run a successful dispensary for the City of Los Angeles. Mr. Frye has also branded his line of cannabis genetics and trademarked the name “Cloneville” which he has attached to his genetics.

In 2009, Mr. Frye consulted in the hydroponics industry where he gained extensive knowledge in the actual growing, set-up and production of cannabis. Mr. Frye also owns Frye Consulting and Management Group, a full-service firm that provides consulting services from startup to full scale production including regulatory expertise. Mr. Frye earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa (Big Ten Conference) in Science Education. He also attended graduate college with emphasis in General Science.
Andi Goldman

Andi Goldman

Managing Member, Equitas Partners Fund
Andi Goldman is the Managing Member of the Equitas Partners Fund, which invests in early-stage cannabis companies in the US and Canada. Andi’s been involved in the cannabis industry since 2014 as an investor, advisor and financial executive, including as the founding CFO & Head of Corporate Finance for FLRish, the management company for the renowned Harborside dispensaries and grow operations. Andi’s been integral as a principal or advisor in raising capital and negotiating financings for both cannabis and hemp companies.

Andi has managed more than $2Bn in institutional investments to date and has been underwriting investments for almost 30 years. Prior to cannabis, Andi was a corporate and securities lawyer, investment banker, senior portfolio manager and senior underwriter, including in private equity at GE Capital and healthcare banking at RBS Citizens.

Andi is a frequent speaker, investment shark, and mentor in the cannabis industry. She holds an MBA from Yale University, a JD from Duke University and a BS in Business Administration from SUNY Albany (graduating magna cum laude). She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst®.
Madelon Gauthier

Madelon Guathier

Co‐founder & Managing Editor, Cannabis Law Digest
The Cannabis Law Digest is a digital platform of cannabis legal resources. Madelon Guathier practiced law in the litigation, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights groups at Pryor Cashman LLP in New York City for seven years. As an attorney Madelon volunteered her services to the Her Justice organization in several matrimonial and immigration pro‐bono cases. She serves on the Special Committee for Drugs & the Law at the New York City Bar Association and regularly contributes as a speaker at nationwide cannabis industry events.

Madelon holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago and obtained her J.D. from Rutgers Law–Newark.
Bruce Linton

Bruce Linton

Chairman & CEO, Collective Growth Corporation (NASDAQ:CGROU)
Chairman & CEO, Collective Growth Corp.; Founder & Former Chairman, CEO and Co-CEO of Canopy Growth Corporation (CGC), formerly Tweed Marijuana Incorporated, a cannabis company based in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada. Bruce Linton founded Tweed in 2013 and renamed it Canopy Growth Corporation in 2015. Canopy Growth Corporation was the first cannabis company in North America to be listed on a major stock exchange and to be included on a major stock index. Bruce led CGC from a TSX-V listed start-up company with an $80 million market cap to the NYSE/TSX listed company including more than 30 M&A activities, ranking number one on the TSX30 with a market cap of over $20 billion by the summer of 2019.

Bruce’s experience as a Founder, CEO and Board Member across a diversity of sectors was a huge influence for the success of CGC. Earning market support for capital raises of over $6 billion in public capital markets and private placements, the company funded capacity growth and opened new markets, including a $5 billion CAD investment by Fortune 500 beverage company, Constellation Brands. Bruce is co-founder and was Chairman & CEO of Canopy Rivers, Inc.

Notably, throughout his career, Bruce has been responsible for the acquisition and/or disposition of nearly $4 billion in business assets and has established regular engagement with the World Bank and Asia Development Bank.

Currently he holds the positions of: Executive Chairman for Vireo Health International, Inc.; Executive Chairman for Gage Cannabis Co.; Co-Chairman for Martello Technologies Group; Co-Founder of Ruckify; Executive Chairman for Wolverine Partners Corp. He is also special advisor with better Choice Company, and Director with Mindmed.
Leonard Marshall

Leonard Marshall

Managing Partner & CEO, Marshall Procida Development Group LLC
Leonard Marshall is a legendary New York Giants Defensive Lineman and two-time Super Bowl champion. After a decade as a Giant ALL-PRO Leonard’s been a central figure for raising awareness of probable CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), with which he was diagnosed in 2013. Active in pro sports from 1983 to 1995,he is outspoken regarding his consumption of Cannabidiol (CBD) to manage symptoms of CTE.

Marshall has formerly served as brand ambassador of Elixinol Global Solutions of Australia and the USA. He’s currently a board of advisor to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, A board members for the advocacy organization Athletes For Care, an active board member for Care Plus of Paramus New Jersey, a benefactor of the Nat King Cole Foundation, and heads the Leonard Marshall Foundation, which advocates for inclusive safety issues associated with sexual and civil assault.

Marshall has a long list of Brand Ambassadorships he has served throughout his career including additional CBD groups.

In addition, Marshall is presently managing partner of Marshall Procida Development Group LLC presently working on a development at Malcolm Shabazz Plaza in Harlem. He’s building 120 affordable homes and 50,000 square feet of retail commercial space in conjunction with NYCHA and HPD New York. The first of its kind for New York City.
Roz McCarthy

Roz McCarthy

Founder & CEO, Minorities for Medical Marijuana (M4MMJ)
As the Founder/CEO of Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc., Roz McCarthy is responsible for the day-to-day operation and is the chief strategist involved in developing public policy, advocacy, education, and marketing campaigns to promote awareness, information, and education about the efficacy of medical marijuana. It is a varied role that includes planning, marketing, advertising, public relations, event organization, fund development, sponsorship, and research. The work is often challenging and fast-paced. With over 22 years of experience Roz is a constant creator of marketing and branding campaigns and business development strategies. A direct & target marketing consultant who assists with marketing plans, writes copy, and designs top-pulling mailings, ads, catalogs, and web pages for business, nonprofits, consumer, and professionals.

Roz also hosts a weekly call in Cannabis 101 talk platform entitled “CannaTalk with Roz.” When asked should marijuana be legalized for medical use.......Without hesitation Roz boldly says yes! "In 1983 my father lost his vision due to glaucoma and in 2005 my mother passed away after a courageous battle against breast cancer. I'm sure if medical marijuana were available the plant could have made a difference and improved their quality of life."

Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc. (M4MM) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on advocacy, education, and outreach as it relates to the social, medical, business, and public policy aspects of the cannabis industry. M4MM is a membership based organization working hard to make sure people of color have a true quantifiable opportunity to participate in this marketplace and are afforded adequate access to care despite their economic situation. M4MM currently has presence in 20 states throughout the US as well as a chapter location in Jamaica.
Sumit Mehta

Sumit Mehta

CEO, MAZAKALI
Sumit is a cannabis strategist, an internationally recognized speaker and the author of the MAZAKALI GreenPaper®, an authoritative voice on deep industry trends in its fifth year of publication with over 50,000 subscribers. In addition to his role at MAZAKALI, Sumit serves on several cannabis company boards and is the Vice-Chair of the Banking and Financial Services committee for the National Cannabis Industry Association.

Sumit is the former Director of Finance for the Arcview Group, and prior to entering the cannabis industry full-time in 2016 spent 20 years on Wall Street at Merrill Lynch, Raymond James, UBS and JP Morgan in roles that spanned portfolio management, investment planning, capital introduction, strategic consulting, institutional relationship management and corporate business development.

Sumit has earned an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and a BA with Honors in Economics with minors in Math and Physics from the University of Texas at Austin. Sumit holds investment banking, brokerage, M&A and investment advisory securities licenses and resides in San Francisco where he enjoys motorcycles, yoga, cannabis and the great outdoors.

His short description of MAZAKALI:"We help investors place capital, and we help companies raise capital, only in Cannabis."
Celeste Miranda

Celeste Miranda

CEO, MACE Media Group
Celeste Miranda is a seasoned marketing professional who has gathered significant notoriety in the cannabis industry over the past 6 years (10 additional in mainstream marketing). She has taken many cannabis start-ups through very successful launches, gaining unmatched exposure for what are now some of the largest industry brands. Celeste is a frequent speaker on marketing in the cannabis industry at some of the largest cannabis industry expos and events.

She has pioneered the most renowned and highly-educational cannabis publications in the industry starting with Terpenes & Testing / Extraction Magazine, Cannabis Compliance & Packaging News, and the most recent being CBD Health & Wellness Magazine. She also produces events such as Terpenes & Testing World Conference 2018, the entire CBD Expo Tour, CONCENTRATION 2019: a Cannabis Extraction Conference, CannaFarm Con, and the Cannabinoid + Natural Products Expo all powered by her publications. She sits on several boards within the cannabis industry including the Cannabis Cultural Association, CALM and MC4MS.
Joe Moore

Joe Moore

Co-Founder, Psychedelics Today
Joe Moore is a co-founder of Psychedelics Today. He is a long time student of psychedelics, psychology, and of the pioneering psychedelic psychiatrist, Dr. Stanislav Grof. After discovering the work of Dr. Stanislav Grof in 2001, Joe began studying psychedelics. In 2003 he started participating heavily in Holotropic Breathwork workshops. Joe spent time community organizing in Boston around permaculture, psychedelics, breathwork, shamanism and more. His biggest event in Boston was the “Ayahuasca Monologues” in 2011.

In addition to running Psychedelics Today, Joe coordinates Breathwork workshops in Breckenridge, Colorado. Joe previously spent 15-years in the software industry.
Gia Moron

Gia Morón

President Women Grow; CEO, GVM Communications, Inc.
Gia Morón is the President for Women Grow. She oversees the company’s day-to-day operations, internal and external communications, education programming, and strategic partnerships. She began working with Women Grow headquarters in January 2017 as Director of Communications, after transitioning from the Women Grow New York City market in 2016. With 25 years of experience in public relations, in 2012 Gia launched GVM Communications, Inc., a public relations, brand and business development firm. Her client base ranges from small to mid-sized businesses, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs, authors and celebrity clients. Prior to launching her firm and working with Women Grow, she was a Media Relations Officer in the Corporate Communications department for fifteen years at the Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

While at Goldman Sachs, Gia oversaw various business areas from Private Equity, Urban Investment, Investment Research and Technology to the firm’s organizational focus on Corporate Engagement, Diversity, Recruiting, Human Resources and Corporate Services. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Gia was Director of Promotions and Publicity for six years at The Fremantle Corporation, an international television distribution and production company.

Outside of her professional accomplishments, she continuously works with a number of non-profit organizations in New York City and mentors up-and-coming young women entrepreneurs across the country to South Africa. Gia currently resides in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY, with her daughter.
David O'Brien

David O'Brien

President & CEO, Massachusetts Cannabis Business Association
David O’Brien is the President and CEO of Massachusetts Cannabis Business Association with a mission to convene, voice, and advocate for the Commonwealth’s cannabis business community and ancillary services. David has spent his career providing public engagement, government relations and strategic communications counsel to the private, public and non-profit sectors at the state, national and international level. A pioneer in the Massachusetts Cannabis industry, David previously served as the director of East Coast government relations for Weedmaps where he led strategy for cannabis legalization, regulation and taxation. He also developed and provided municipal officials with data-driven research to inform effective adult-use cannabis zoning laws.

In the course of a political and communications career that has spanned thirty years, David has served as President of North Bridge Strategies, worked on eight US presidential campaigns – four as a staff member, and served as a Clinton Administration presidential appointee at the Corporation for National Service and US Small Business Administration. David also held senior positions on Governor Deval Patrick’s political action, inauguration, and campaign finance committees.

David holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and a BA from Merrimack College. He is an elected member of the Democratic National Committee and the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee.
Alex Seleznov

Alex Seleznov

Treasurer, Board Member, National Hemp Association
Alex Seleznov is Treasurer and Board Member of the National Hemp Association, joining the Association in 2014 and the Board in 2015. He is a serial entrepreneur currently providing business coaching and consulting at YouBeyondSuccess.com. The Founder of the Pure Hemp Botanicals CBD brand in 2015, he operated several hemp industry companies related to growing, processing, and retailing hemp products. Prior to obtaining those positions, he spent three years in the horticulture industry with one of the largest greenhouse growers in the western United States.

Named one of the top 100 people to know in Cannabis by The Hemp Connoisseur magazine, Alex has spoken for numerous industry events including: NOCO, Colorado Ag Forum, CWCBE, the Original CBD Expo, and others including providing content and Company coverage to Greenhouse Grower Magazine, MJ Biz, and Hemp Industry Daily.

Alex brings over 20 years of financial expertise and business acumen to clients around the globe. He has worked in a diverse array of industries including manufacturing, public accounting, health care, and financial services.
Keith Stroup

R. Keith Stroup, Esq.

Founder, NORML
Keith Stroup is a Washington, DC public-interest attorney who founded NORML in 1970. Stroup obtained his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois in 1965, and in 1968 he graduated from Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC. Following two years as staff counsel for the National Commission on Product Safety, Mr. Stroup founded NORML and ran the organization through 1979, during which 11 states decriminalized minor marijuana offenses.

Stroup has also practiced criminal law, lobbied on Capitol Hill for family farmers and artists, and for several years served as executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). In 1994 Stroup resumed his work with NORML, rejoining the board of directors and serving again as Executive Director through 2004. He is currently serving as Legal Counsel with NORML.

In 1992 Stroup was the recipient of the Richard J. Dennis Drugpeace Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Drug Policy Reform presented by the Drug Policy Foundation, Washington, DC. In 2010 he received the Al Horn Award for Advancing the Cause of Justice from the NORML Legal Committee. And in 2012 Stroup received the High Times Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2013 Stroup published the history of NORML entitled It’s NORML To Smoke Pot: the 40 Year Fight for Marijuana Smokers’ Rights.
Dr. Stu Titus

Dr. Stu Titus

CEO, Medical Marijuana, Inc.
Dr. Stuart Titus is a veteran of the financial services and medical healthcare industries with over thirty years of combined experience in each discipline. In the investment banking industry, Dr. Titus worked with well-regarded firms including A.G. Becker, Prudential-Bache Securities, and Credit Suisse-First Boston. After leaving Wall Street, Dr. Titus opened and operated his private physiotherapy practice specializing in microcurrent and stem cell therapeutic treatments.

Now, Dr. Titus, a 10-year pioneer of the cannabis industry, is the Chief Executive Officer of the first-ever publicly traded cannabis company in the United States, Medical Marijuana, Inc. Dr. Titus has been involved in all aspects of the medical marijuana and industrial hemp industries as he also oversees a robust portfolio of subsidiary and investment companies. Through his leadership, Medical Marijuana, Inc. became the first company to deliver cannabis brands across U.S. state lines and international borders, making hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) available across 50 states and in dozens of countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and many European nations.

Dr. Titus is a graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., where he majored in Economics and minored in Business Administration. He earned his Ph.D. degree from the Open International University, which is a World Health Organization (WHO)-chartered affiliate. He holds a Fellowship with the American Academy of Pain Management and clinical association with the American Association of Integrative Medicine.
Chloe Villano

Chloe Villano

Founder & CEO, Cloverleaf University
Chloe Villano is the President and Founder of Clover Leaf University. Ms. Villano is a business consultant and entrepreneurial executive with 17 years of experience in business startups and turning companies toward success. Chloe is also the owner and founder of Clover Leaf Consulting®, working for years as one of the most sought-after cannabis business consultants in the industry.

She has consulted for, developed, started, sold, and performed due-diligence for valuation on hundreds of successful MJ business nationally. After working with countless businesses such as dispensaries, centers, mass cultivation facilities, kitchens, labs, and cannabis brands, she has used her experience to influence the growth of the industry to be safe, regulated, and responsible. She has worked alongside numerous government agencies to assist with the implementation of business standards, educational standards, and business procedures.
Geoff Whaling

Geoff Whaling

President, Collective Growth Corporation
Geoff Whaling has volunteered for seven years to advance the hemp crop in America and serves as Chair of the National Hemp Association, the nation’s largest Hemp advocacy group based in Washington D.C. Considered the leading non-partisan voice for the industry, Whaling has worked with the White House and members of Congress to pass federal legislation. He is now focused on developing the hemp industry, working with groups including the United Nations, and regulators, and addressing issues as this industry evolves.

He serves as Co-founder and President of Collective Growth Corporation which today is the largest publicly traded fund focused on building the hemp supply chain in America. The Company, Co-founded by former Canopy Growth Founder and CEO Bruce Linton, raised $150 million before beginning public trading under the ticker symbol CGROU.

Whaling was Co-founder and former President of HIP Developments LLC, a wholly owned division of Canopy Growth Corporation and Strategic Advisor, CBD and Hemp to Canopy Growth, the world’s largest Hemp and Cannabis Company. In those roles, Geoff lead CGC’s expansion into the Hemp and CBD industry in the United States.

Born in Canada, and a dual Canadian/U.S. citizen, Geoff Whaling’s areas of expertise are wide ranging given the diversity of his government, business, entrepreneurial and philanthropic work. A profound sense of “wanting to serve” remains an integral part of his life.
Christine Ianuzzi

Christine Ianuzzi

CWCBExpo, Show Director
Christine Ianuzzi brings an experienced skillset across several industries including technology, business operations, cannabis and hemp. As an executive she has been a trigger for change and a leader in disruptive and progressive businesses in many blue-chip companies since 1987 including ABC Television, ABC Radio Networks and HBO.

In 2015 Christine joined her family of serial entrepreneurs who have owned and operated hundreds of trade shows within various industries over many decades – many in emerging business sectors. Today, Christine is a Partner and Show Director for trade shows that focus on the cannabis and hemp industries: Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions (CWCBExpos). Christine is a Board Member for the National Hemp Association.

Affiliations/Recognitions: National Hemp Association – Board Member; 10 Most Interesting Females in Cannabis, Weed Reader (February 2018); Distinguished Alumna Award, Baruch College (2018); New York University-Polytechnic Board of Trustees (2012 – 2015); Dedicated Alumna Award NYU-Poly Alumni Association 2011 Honored with the NYU-Poly i²e Recognition Award 2011 (Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship); President of the Alumni Association of Polytechnic Institute of NYU (2009-2011); Member of the Polytechnic Institute of NYU International Board of Directors, Polytechnic Alumni Association 2007; “35 Most Admired Engineers in Radio,” Radio Ink April 2007 & Radio Ink April 2009
Greg Marco

Greg Marco

CWCBExpo, President
Greg Marco has been in the tradeshow industry for over 25 years. Prior to Joining Leading Edge Expositions and becoming the President in 2019, Greg has worked in the tradeshow industries of Franchising and Computer Technology.

Greg brings a diverse expertise in business development, sales, marketing and digital strategy. He is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey. Greg enjoys spending his spare time with his family at the Jersey Shore, volunteer coaching various sports in his community and playing golf.

He is happily married with two children and resides in New Jersey.
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