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Jason Adler

Managing Member
Gotham Green Partners

Jason is a director of The Cronos Group (MJN.V), a geographically diversified and vertically integrated cannabis company that operates within Health Canada's Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations. He is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Gotham Green Partners, a cannabis focused Private Equity Fund. Prior to founding Gotham Green, Jason was the co-founder and CEO of Alphabet Management, LLC, a New York based volatility fund, that focused on identifying mispriced assets across various industries, asset classes and geographies. Jason also founded Geronimo, LLC, an AMEX member broker dealer that made markets in equity options, and he began his career as a market maker at G&a ... (view full description)

Vivien Azer

Managing Director
Cowen and Company

Vivien Azer is a managing director and senior research analyst specializing in beverages, tobacco, and cannabis sectors. Vivien is the first senior Wall Street analyst to cover the emerging cannabis sector, resulting in notable global press coverage across media outlets such as CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Barron’s and Forbes.  Vivien’s coverage of the tobacco and cannabis sectors earned her industry accolades including a spot on Institutional Investor’s All-America Research Team on several occasions. She was also named to MJBiz Daily’s list of “20 Women to Watch in 2019” and selected by Business Insider as a “Rising Star of Marijuana Investing.” Viv ... (view full description)

Jake Bergmann

Founder & CEO
Surterra Holdings

Jake is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Surterra Holdings, Inc.   Since founding Surterra in early 2014, Jake has lead the company in raising more than $50 million of capital, securing 1 of the original 5 vertically integrated licenses in the State of Florida and 1 of 3 vertically integrated licenses in the State of Texas.  After winning its first license in November 2015, Jake also led Surterra’s rapid expansion from 7 to nearly 100 employees and from 6,000 square feet of cultivation space to more than 300,000 square feet of fully permitted production space, among the largest operations in North America.   Prior to Surterra, Jake began ... (view full description)

Debra Borchardt

CEO & Editor-in-Chief
Green Market Report

Debra Borchardt is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the cannabis financial news website Green Market Report. She began her career in the securities industry where she held several securities licenses. Debra left her last position as a Vice President at Bear Stearns to earn her Masters Degree in Business and Economic Reporting from New York University. At that point she embarked on a career as a financial journalist and spent eight years at working daily with Jim Cramer. As a senior producer and reporter at, Debra honed her skills as a journalist earning an award from (American Society of Business Publication Editors)  in 2014 for Best Video - News, “Guess ... (view full description)

Scot Crow

Member & Practice Department Manager
Dickinson Wright PLLC

Scot has extensive experience in corporate, mergers and acquisitions and tax law. His clients rely on him to advise them with respect to their complex financial transactions as well as serving as their outside general counsel. Scot provides proactive advice with respect to sensitive management matters, litigation management, day to day transactional needs and objective assessments for the development of successful business strategies. Scot has served as lead counsel in numerous mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, private offerings, venture capital financings, mezzanine debt offerings, divestures and other related transactions, with an emphasis in the following business sect ... (view full description)

Vikas Desai

WelCan Capital

Vikas Desai is a co-founder and partner at WelCan Capital, a venture capital firm focused on impact investing in the cannabis industry. WelCan invests in high-impact, foundational companies across early-stage, plant touching and ancillary businesses. Prior to WelCan, Vikas was a private equity investor at Oaktree Capital Management, a $100+ billion alternative asset manager, where he focused on opportunistic real estate investments and completed over $2+ billion in transactions. Prior to Oaktree, Vikas began his career at Morgan Stanley as an investment banking analyst, focusing on real estate M&A and capital markets. Vikas has also personally invested in multiple technology companies an ... (view full description)

Arnaud Dumas de Rauly

Chief Executive Officer
The Blinc Group

Arnaud is currently the Co-founder and CEO of The Blinc Group, a company founded to innovate, manufacture and distribute safe, consistent vaping products. Arnaud leads and evaluates operations of the company through international marketing, communication and public relations. Arnaud also serves as the Chair of the ISO Standards Committee on Vapor Products and the CEN Standards Committee on Vapor Products.

Nic Easley

CEO & Managing Director
Multiverse Capital

Nic Easley is a globally recognized cannabis industry expert and a sought-after writer, panelist, and keynote speaker for many top conferences and publications. He is the CEO and Managing Director of Multiverse Capital™, a cannabis venture firm, and the founder and CEO of 3C Consulting, LLC, the leading global strategic cannabis consulting firm. Nic and his team have worked in 16 countries, 34 U.S. States, and two territories assisting nearly 500 cannabis companies across all sectors of the industry. He is known for his passionate commitment to introducing demonstrated best practices from other industries into the cannabis space. His industry-leading track record of building stro ... (view full description)

Ruth Epstein

President, CFO & Director
Tuscan Holdings

Ruth Epstein is the co-founder of BGP Advisors, a California-based boutique business and financial advisory firm, providing capital raising and strategic and marketing advisory services to companies in the rapidly evolving legal cannabis industry. She also serves as CFO for  Treez, Inc. a leading SaaS provider of point of sale/retail management solutions to dispensaries. Ruth is also an active angel investor in the legal cannabis industry. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and spent ten years in investment banking with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York and San Francisco, where she was extensively involved in executing both public and private equity and debt offerings and M& ... (view full description)

Hadley Ford

CEO & Director

Hadley Ford is a healthcare and technology industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience as both an operating executive and investment banker. Mr. Ford has extensive experience in all operational facets of managing a large, world-class patient-centric healthcare operation. From 2005 to 2013, Mr. Ford was the co-founder and CEO of ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc., developer and operator of full-service proton therapy centers for the treatment of cancer. From ProCure’s inception, Mr. Ford grew the company to over 300 employees and $100 million of annual revenue. Prior to ProCure, Mr. Ford spent fourteen years on Wall Street with First Boston, Bank of America and Goldman Sachs, where he ... (view full description)

Al Foreman

Tuatara Capital LP

Al Foreman has over 20 years of professional experience in private equity, corporate finance, and financial technology, and a broad transaction history that includes the origination, structuring, and execution of debt, equity, and mergers and acquisitions transactions globally. Mr. Foreman is currently a Partner and the Chief Investment Officer of Tuatara Capital, L.P. a cannabis-focused alternative investment manager.  In this role Al is responsible for formulating Tuatara’s macro investment strategy and for the structuring and oversight of portfolio investments. Prior to co-founding Tuatara in 2014, Al was a Managing Director with Highbridge Principal Strategies, LLC, a $35 billion a ... (view full description)

Matt Ginder

Senior Counsel
Greenspoon Marder

Matthew Ginder is senior counsel in the Cannabis Law practice group at Greenspoon Marder.  Mr. Ginder represents various cannabis related businesses assisting in many areas of the industry, including licensing, regulatory and compliance, and business transactions.  He also represents individuals and entities interested in investing in state legal cannabis businesses.  Mr. Ginder co-founded and manages a nonprofit organization called the Organization for Safe Cannabis Regulation (OSCR), which advocates on behalf of cannabis related businesses in Florida.  He is frequently sought after to comment on the medical marijuana market and has been quoted extensively in several well-known publications ... (view full description)

Scott Greiper

Viridian Capital Advisors, LLC

Mr. Greiper has had a highly successful 30-year career on Wall Street and in his own businesses, with a focus on helping to back and build emerging growth companies. He is the Founder and President of Viridian Capital Advisors, LLC, a financial and strategic advisory firm dedicated to the medicinal and legal cannabis market. Viridian provides market intelligence, investment banking, and corporate development services to emerging growth companies in the cannabis sector. Its banking practice, through broker-dealer Pickwick Capital Partners, LLC (Member FINRA/SIPC), provides capital and M&A to fund the growth of Viridian's clients, while its advisory practice helps to position and bui ... (view full description)

Robert Groesbeck

Planet 13 Holdings, Inc.

Robert Groesbeck has been in the Las Vegas area for the majority of his life. He has been a long-time entrepreneur, starting and/or assisting in the creation of a number of businesses. Mr. Groesbeck was designated as one of the top forty Southern Nevada Business Executives under the age of forty, on the basis of his professional achievement and community service by the Las Vegas Business Press. Mr. Groesbeck has extensive experience in the legal field. He has practiced law for over 25 years, and has knowledge about multiple aspects of the law. He also served as the Mayor of the City of Henderson from 1993 to 1997. Mr. Groesbeck earned his B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of ... (view full description)

Michael Gruber

Managing Partner
Salveo Capital

Michael Gruber is a Managing Partner of Salveo Capital, a private equity fund focused on the cannabis industry.   Mr. Gruber prior to co-founding Salveo Capital,  had been active in advising operators and families in both raising capital and merging/acquiring assets within the cannabis industry, and had made several direct investments within the sector. Mr. Gruber has over 20 years of experience working with early stage investments, particularly in the information technology, financial services, energy, and agriculture sectors. Mr. Gruber is a founding Partner of Independence Equity, a committed venture capital fund focused on investments focused on improving resource utilization ... (view full description)

Catherine Hastings

Innovative Industrial Properties

Catherine (Cat) serves as CFO, Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer of Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc (IIPR) – an NYSE- traded REIT.  IIPR targets medical-use cannabis facilities for acquisition, including sale-leaseback transactions, with tenants that are licensed growers under long-term triple net leases.    Prior to joining IIPR, Cat served as vice president, internal audit of BioMed Realty Trust, Inc. (formerly NYSE: BMR), a REIT specializing in acquiring, leasing, developing and managing laboratory and office space for the life science industry.  She also was director of financial accounting and audit for The Corky McMillin Companies, a privately held real es ... (view full description)

Steven Hawkins

Executive Director
Marijuana Policy Project

Steven Hawkins is Executive Director of the Marijuana Policy Project, the most effective organization in the United States advancing legalization of cannabis for adult use and medical treatment.  He has held a number of leadership positions within the nonprofit sector, including Executive Vice President of the NAACP, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, President of the Coalition for Public Safety and Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.  He began is his career as a civil rights attorney, largely representing persons facing the death penalty throughout the country. He is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU School of Law.

John Kagia

Chief Knowledge Officer
New Frontier Data

John Kagia is considered to be one the pioneering thought leaders in the cannabis industry. He has developed market leading forecasts for the growth of the industry, uncovered groundbreaking research into the cannabis consumer, and led the first-of-its-kind analysis of global cannabis demand. Kagia is a sought-after speaker and his presentations have been regarded as some of the most thought provoking and rich updates on key trends shaping the industry.  He is widely quoted in countless publications (NYT, WaPo, CNN, Fortune, BBC, ABC) and has played an active role in advising lawmakers and regulators looking to establish and regulate cannabis industries.  Leveraging ... (view full description)

Rob Kampia

Executive Director
Marijuana Leadership Campaign

Rob previously co-founded the Marijuana Policy Project in 1995 and served as its executive director for 23 years, leaving MPP in 2017 to found the Marijuana Leadership Campaign, which is based in Austin and Washington, D.C. Rob grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia in Harleysville, Pennsylvania. In 1986, he graduated as valedictorian of his class at Souderton Area High School, and in 1993 he graduated with honors from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science and a minor in English. In the middle of his seven-year tenure at Penn State where he had a full scholarship, he served three months in a county prison near State College after being ... (view full description)

Darren Karasiuk

EVP, Adult Usage, Global
Aurora Cannabis Inc.

Matt Karnes

Founder & Managing Partner
GreenWave Advisors

Matthew (Matt) Karnes has over 20 years of diverse finance and accounting experience. Prior to founding GreenWave Advisors LLC in 2014, Matt worked in equity research focusing on the Radio Broadcasting and Cable Television industries for First Union Securities. Matt also covered Satellite Communication at SG Cowen and in addition, worked with the top ranked Consumer Internet analyst at Bear Stearns & Co – this team was consistently recognized by the Institutional Investor’s “All America Research Team”.  As a sellside equity analyst, Matt authored and co-authored numerous emerging industry research reports including such names as Google, Sirius, XM Satellite Radio, DIRECTV and EchoStar Co ... (view full description)

Steve Klein

Chairman & Chief Strategist

Steve Klein began his career as a corporate tax attorney at Skadden Arps in New York before leaving in 1992 to co-found Apple Core Holdings, a private investment firm located in midtown New York.  Over the past five years, Steve has invested in several cannabis companies and, two years ago, co-founded Flowr with Tom Flow, who previously co-founded Medreleaf.   Steve and his group have led every round of Flowr’s funding to date. Apple Core’s investments include hotels in Manhattan, large event spaces in New York City, technology venture investments in the United States and Israel, and seed investments in hedge funds and venture funds.  Steve's diverse background also includes producing both t ... (view full description)

Kris Krane

New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association (NJCIA)

Kris Krane serves as a Principal at 4Front Ventures, an investment and operations company dedicated to professionalizing the cannabis industry. 4Front's subsidiary Mission Partners operates dispensaries, cultivation and production facilities across the United States.  Its sister company 4Front Advisors has experienced unparalleled success in helping clients navigate the complex regulatory process necessary to obtain medical cannabis business permits in state regulated markets, assisting clients in procuring over 50 dispensary and cultivation licenses in seven states in highly competitive application processes.  Prior to forming 4Front, Kris served as Director of Client Services for CannBe, w ... (view full description)

Abner Kurtin

CEO & Founder

Abner Kurtin is the Founder of Ascend. He has been managing opportunity capital for over 20 years. Prior to Ascend, Abner was the Founder of K Capital Partners a multi billion dollar hedge fund, Ca2 Group a high end real estate development firm in Massachusetts and JM10 Partners Fund. He started his career at The Baupost Group and served as a member of the Presidents Council of Mass General Hospital and Chairman of the Hill House. Abner graduated Harvard Business School and completed his BA at Tufts University.

Chris Leavy

Shire Capital Advisors

Chris Leavy is a partner with Shire Capital Advisors, where he leads an investment group that has deployed over $100 million into private transactions in the cannabis industry. Chris is currently on the board of Ascend Wellness Holdings and the advisory board of Norcal Cannabis Company. He was named 20 People to Watch by Marijuana Business Magazine and was formerly the Co-Chairman of the Investment Committee for MedMen Opportunity Fund II.   Chris brings over two decades of experience in asset management with senior roles at Morgan Stanley, OppenheimerFunds and BlackRock. As a Managing Director at BlackRock, Chris oversaw $115 billion of fundamental equities and was a member of t ... (view full description)

Adam Levin

High Times

Mr. Adam E Levin is the Chief Executive Officer of the High Times Group, and the founder of Hightimes Holding Corp. He has served as HTHC's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since its inception, where he led the acquisition of the Trans-High Corporation in March 2017. Mr. Levin has spent the past 15+ years leading Internet-based technology and e-commerce companies, and leading the acquisitions of a number of businesses such as Pride Media,, and Boxlight (NASDAQ: BOXL). Mr. Levin is the Founder of Oreva Capital, and previously served as Managing Director at Criterion Capital Partners. Mr. Levin has been a featured speaker at many events, such as CES, MIPTV, and MONY Conference, an ... (view full description)

Neal Levine

Cannabis Trade Federation

Neal Levine is an entrepreneur, nationally recognized expert in both cannabis policy and ballot initiative/independent expenditure campaigns, and a leading national advocate for the cannabis industry. Neal co-founded and serves as the CEO of the Cannabis Trade Federation (CTF), which is a national coalition of cannabis-related businesses that represent all aspects of the industry including cultivators, dispensaries, wholesalers, distributors, and ancillary businesses.   Prior to forming CTF, Neal served as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at LivWell Enlightened Health, one of the largest employers in the cannabis industry. In this role Neal led the company’s government ... (view full description)

Steve Malloy

PharmaRolly Holdings BV

Mr. Malloy is the founder and CEO of PharmaRolly Holdings B.V.  PharmaRolly has obtained Federal approval to cultivate medical cannabis and is actively developing a facility in Europe for export. The facility has over 1 million square feet of land for greenhouse grow together with an over 40,000 sq feet building for fully indoor, cultivation and extraction of medical THC & CBD products in accordance with GMP standards.  PharmaRolly expects to commence cultivation operations shortly.

Kendra Mark

2Rise Naturals

Kendra is the Founder and CEO of 2Rise Naturals, a startup CBD company based in Arizona. She specializes in CBD education, product development/formulation, and supply chain for the CBD and nutraceutical industries. Prior to starting 2Rise Naturals, Kendra was a formulations consultant for nutraceutical brands. Her passion for educating the consumer to understand ingredients in products led her to creating her own company and consulting for others willing to adopt clean ingredient panels.

Diana Martinez, MD

Professor of Psychiatry
Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Diana Martinez is psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center. Her research career has focused on imaging the neuroscience and pharmacology of addiction. More recently, her research has moved into the use of cannabis for refractory disorders, particularly neuropathy caused by chemotherapy and improving the tolerability of radiation in cancer patients. The incentive for this has been the promising pharmacology of cannabis combined with the need for definitive clinical trails in this particular field.

Jim McCormick

Kush Bottles, Inc.

Matt Murphy

VP, Compliance
Khiron Life Sciences

Mr. Murphy is an executive leader with broad based domestic and international expertise in both the federal and private sectors. As a Career Special Agent (25 years) with the DEA, he served in a multitude of positions prior to founding the Pharma Compliance Group (PCG). Mr. Murphy is an internationally recognized security expert in the fields of drug law enforcement, risk assessment and system development, regulatory compliance, and training. Mr. Murphy will support the Company by implementing closed loop systems to prevent product diversion and to enhance protocols across Khiron's plant to patient value chain.

Stephen Murphy

Co-Founder & Group Managing Director

Stephen is Co-Founder and Group Managing Director of ECH an unrivalled group of companies at the forefront of the medical cannabis industry. As a cannabis specialist focused on developing the legal European cannabis industry, Stephen is also the co-founder of Prohibition Partners and of Cannabis Europa. With a background in technology, digital media and corporate finance, Stephen works with investors, entrepreneurs and regulators to identify, qualify and maximise the opportunities in this emerging frontier.

Chris Naprawa

Khiron Life Sciences

Mr. Naprawa brings extensive institutional capital markets experience to the Company. Prior to joining Khiron, Mr. Naprawa was Partner at Sprott Capital Partners, Head of Equity Sales at Macquarie Canada, Head of Equity Sales and Trading at Dundee Securities, and Managing Director at Primary Capital. He was also previously founder and CEO of Startcast Solutions, a company successfully sold to a large telecommunications company. Mr. Naprawa holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University.

Jaimie Nawaday

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Jaimie Nawaday recently joined Kelley Drye after seven years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) for the Southern District of New York.  She focuses her practice on government investigations, white collar defense and civil litigation. As a former federal prosecutor, Jaimie draws on her unique insights into the U.S. Department of Justice perspective to provide counsel to cannabis businesses, investors and individuals. She also defends individuals who face federal criminal charges related to marijuana.  She has repeatedly appeared on MSNBC to explain and comment on developing issues in federal criminal law. Jaimie served in both the Civil and Criminal Divisions in the Southern Dis ... (view full description)

Emily Paxhia

Managing Director

Emily Paxhia is a co-founder and Managing Director of Poseidon. Emily has reviewed thousands of companies in the cannabis industry and has worked with countless founders in many capacities ranging from their pitch preparation, go-to-market strategies/product launches to business operations. She holds seats on the boards of directors for portfolio companies and participates as an advisor to multiple teams. Emily also serves on the Board of MTech Acquisition Corp. Emily is very active in the investment decision making and ongoing investment oversight processes working closely with her partners to source investment opportunities,  create meaningful deal structures and to ensure that ... (view full description)

Amy Peckham

Etain, LLC

Amy K. Peckham (CEO) is charged overseeing Etain, LLC  which is New York's only Women Owned and Family operated licensed Medical Marijuana Registered Organization.  In addition to overseeing the corporate mission for expansion to other markets, Amy specifically focuses on day-to-day concerns for Community Relations and Marketing. Ms. Peckham attended Catholic University in Washington, DC, and received her bachelor' s degree from Iona College, in New Rochelle, New York. Her extensive experience includes 15 years as a paralegal, and holding Corporate Secretary and Management Advisor responsibilities in Peckham Family Holdings, Inc., also a family-owned construction material company operating t ... (view full description)

Tahira Rehmatullah

T3 Ventures

Tahira Rehmatullah is President of T3 Ventures Advisory and member of the board of directors for Akerna Corp and Superette. From brand building to hedge funds, Tahira has previously held positions at Hypur Ventures, MTech Acquisition Corp., Marley Natural, Privateer Holdings, City First Enterprises, Perry Capital, and Ernst & Young. She is an investor and advisor to numerous cannabis businesses and entrepreneurs, including the advisory board of The Initiative and the Last Prisoner Project, and is dedicated to developing female and minority leadership in the industry. Tahira earned her MBA from the Yale School of Management and B.S. in Finance from The Ohio State University. She resides i ... (view full description)

George Rogers

Wexler | Walker

George guides government affairs strategy and works with a range of corporate, trade association, and coalition clients to address legislative and regulatory issues. George served as Oversight "Czar" for the Republican Minority and prior to that as an Oversight Committee counsel. He has presented on effective crisis management before the Civil Justice Working Group, which representing many of the largest U.S. companies on tort-related matters. With deep policy expertise and expert procedural skills, George specializes in outmaneuvering his clients’ opposition. ​ With more than 13 years on Capitol Hill, George has close relationships with Republican leadership in both the House and Sena ... (view full description)

Peter Rosenberg

Merida Capital Partners

Peter Rosenberg is a partner and member of the Investment Committee at Merida Capital Partners, a New York based private equity fund focused on investing in the cannabis industry.  Peter has 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, where he has focused on leveraged finance, capital markets, strategic advisory, private equity and asset management. Throughout his career, he has executed capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, and restructuring transactions.  Before joining Merida, Peter was a Managing Director at Duff & Phelps as a Mergers and Acquisitions investment banker specializing in the Consumer and Retail sectors.  Previously, Peter was a Managing Director with ... (view full description)

Jennifer Sanders

Founder & CEO
CNS Equity Partners

With CNS Equity Partners and AURA Venture Funds, Jennifer leverages her expertise in the alternative agriculture and holistic health industries as a corporate consultant for institutional firms and investments.   As a  founder of CNS Equity Partners, a virtue-based private equity firm, she launched the nation’s first holistic health and cannabis herbal retailer. The fully integrated retailer, The Green Heart, is actively franchising  across the United States. A Harvard University Business School graduate, Jennifer specializes in international investment regulatory compliance and enterprise risk management with over 15 years of experience in leadership and business management. She has t ... (view full description)

Diane J. Savino

New York State Senator
The New York State Senate

New York State Senator Diane J. Savino (Democrat, Independent, Staten Island-Brooklyn) was born and raised in Astoria, Queens and was educated at Most Precious Blood Elementary School and Dominican Commercial High School.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from St. John’s University and has a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.   Diane Savino has dedicated her entire professional career towards improving the lives of working families. She began her career in public service as a caseworker for New York City’s Child Welfare Administration, providing direct assistance to abused and neglected children.    ... (view full description)

Adrian Sedlin


A lifelong entrepreneur, Adrian Sedlin builds brands and cash flow businesses from $0-$150MM in sales.Over his 25 year career, Mr. Sedlin has raised over $100MM in capital, created 5 successful exits, and thrived in diverse industries including B2B ecommerce, B2G SaaS, direct response, and consumer packaged goods.   Co-founding his first company at age 21, Mr. Sedlin served as its CEO and sold the business to Student Advantage (NASDAQ; STAD).Following this early career success, Mr. Sedlin served as a C-Suite executive in companies such as Credit2B (EVP; sold to S&P in 2001), Bargain Network (COO; Sold to Vertrue in 2004) and CrimeReports (Acting CEO; sold to Motorola in 2014) ... (view full description)

Timothy Seymour

Seymour Asset Management

Tim Seymour is founder and Chief Investment Officer of Seymour Asset Management (SAM).  SAM provides both asset management and wealth management services for its clients, including direct investment and allocation to private equity and alternative assets.  Tim has over 22 years of investment experience as a portfolio manager, allocator, and capital markets professional across multiple asset classes.  Tim is a recognized voice within the investment community as a trader and market strategist on CNBC.  For the past decade, Tim has been a primary investor voice on Fast Money.  Tim is often cited as one of top finance professionals on Twitter, including The Wall Street Journal’s “Top T ... (view full description)

Brian Sheng

General Partner
Arcview Venture Fund

Brian is the CEO of Asia Horizon Group. Asia Horizon is a US based private-equity holding company focused on the Asian hemp and cannabis industry.  Asia Horizon is the first North American company to acquire a license in China, and is looking to build and execute opportunistic investments into hemp assets across Asia. Prior to founding Asia Horizon, Brian Sheng was a General Partner with Arcview Ventures where he spearheaded the firm's international cannabis and hemp strategy.  Prior to Arcview, Brian was the co-founder of Fresh VC, a leading early stage venture capital fund focused on investments in frontier technologies between U.S and China.  At Fresh, Brian led the investments i ... (view full description)

Eric Stevens

Deputy Executive Director
Florida for Care

Eric Stevens helped launch Florida’s Medical Marijuana Yes on 2 campaign with United for Care in 2013 with John Morgan and Ben Pollara. He served as the Campaign’s Finance Director from 2013-2016 and worked on both the 2014 campaign and the 2016 campaign in Florida. The 2016 campaign passed with the highest margin of any medical marijuana question in any state ever at 71%.   He now serves as the Deputy Executive Director of Florida for Care, a non-profit(c)(4) membership based organization made up of the majority of those involved in Amendment 2. Florida for Care focuses on lobbying and educating elected officials and continuing to enact smart laws for Florida’s medical marijuana ... (view full description)

Sean Stiefel

Navy Capital

Sean Stiefel founded Navy Capital in 2014, where he manages a long/short portfolio focused on the Global Cannabis Sector. The Navy Capital Green Fund is the first US based Long/Short Public Equity Fund dedicated to Cannabis investing. Prior to founding Navy Capital, Mr. Stiefel was a research analyst and trader for Northwoods Capital Management Partners, a global long/short fund with a fundamental value and special situations investment strategy. Mr. Stiefel had previously served as an associate within an equity long/short fund at Millennium Partners, and he began his career as an equities trading analyst for Barclays Capital. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California&rsqu ... (view full description)

Micah Tapman

Managing Director

Micah is a veteran of both the U.S. Marine Corps and the Fortune 500 world with an MBA and B.S. in computers. As a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist he combines a deep understanding of technology with a focus on business strategy. His time in the Corps provided an outstanding leadership foundation, which melded with business training at SAIC and in graduate school to create a dynamic leader with the ability to motivate and empower those around him. Transitioning from a career in cybersecurity to the world of cannabis allowed Micah to focus more on the strategic aspects of business, identify and assist outstanding new businesses, and apply his portfolio management skills ... (view full description)

David Traylor

Sr Managing Director
Golden Eagle Partners

David Traylor is Senior Managing Director at Golden Eagle Partners, a firm he founded in 2012 to advise life science companies. After advising on various transactions in the life science, he took an interest in the cannabis sector and joined Surna, Inc. (OTC:SRNA) as Chief Business Officer in 2014.  After close to a year stint at Surna, David re-founded Golden Eagle Partners to provide his knowledge to companies across the cannabis sector. Before Golden Eagle Partners, David led the Life Science group at Headwaters MB, a leading boutique investment bank.   Before Headwaters, David served as a Senior Vice President at Caris & Company where he was focused on biopharmaceuticals. ... (view full description)

Smoke Wallin


Smoke Wallin is a highly accomplished CEO, Entrepreneur, thought leader and board member with more than 25 years of success across the consumer products, alcohol beverage, distribution and technology industries. His broad areas of expertise include start-ups, branding, marketing innovation, distribution, transformational leadership, sales and business growth. He has extensive experience in regulated industries at the local, state and federal level. After studying the legal medical cannabis industry and recognizing the eventual convergence between legal cannabis and the alcohol beverage industry, Smoke sought out the right company to back with the right team and best opportunity t ... (view full description)

Chris Walsh

Marijuana Business Daily

Chris served as the founding editor of Marijuana Business Daily during the company’s launch in 2011, becoming the first journalist in the United States to focus exclusively on covering the business of cannabis. He now leads the company’s entire editorial and research team and oversees content-related strategic development initiatives. Chris has been quoted as one of America’s foremost cannabis industry analysts by dozens of media outlets, including Harvard Business Review, NPR, CNBC and the New York Times. He has an MBA and previously worked for more than a decade as a business reporter and editor at daily newspapers.

Tom Zuber

Managing Partner
Zuber Lawler

Tom Zuber is a founder and the Managing Partner of Zuber Lawler.  Zuber Lawler represents clients throughout the world from offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Silicon Valley.  Zuber Lawler represents clients most often on the areas of M&A and other deals; IPOs; intellectual property; regulatory work; and litigation and investigations.  Zuber Lawler’s attorneys work in languages covering 90% of the world’s population.   Mr. Zuber is the relationship partner for some 10 Fortune 500 Company clients of the firm, as well as funds and government entities. He has advised some of the most iconic companies in the world on their patent and trademark disputes, deals and globa ... (view full description)

Amanda de Freitas

Cannaceutical Canada Ltd

Amanda de Freitas is a Toronto based regulatory compliance executive and lobbyist who specializes in Canadian cannabis legislation. She is the CEO of Cannaceutical Canada Ltd, a management consulting firm that focuses on global medical cannabis supply transactions and deal development. Amanda is also President and founder of CannaBiz Solutions Company, a firm that’s primary focus is on domestic medical and adult use cannabis businesses, helping assist them with their regulatory compliance, licensing, corporate and product development strategies. Her expertise within the areas of Canadian Cannabis Regulatory Compliance and Medical Cannabis Brand Development are aligned well ... (view full description)
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