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StaffJune 15, 2021
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Rob Tankson is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and co-founder and COO of PrestoDoctor. With his leadership and vision, PrestoDoctor was acquired by Cannabis Sativa Inc. (OTCQB: CBDS) in August 2017 at a $11m valuation. Rob currently serves on the board of Cannabis Sativa.

 Prior to co-founding PrestoDoctor in 2015, Rob worked in the finance and tech industries, including at Google, ClearSlide, and Pacific Wealth Group. While at Google, he managed expense planning, reporting, and analysis for emerging products. After Google, Rob worked on Wall Street as an equity research analyst where he developed a unique forward-looking database to quickly identify changes in industry trends, successfully outperforming the S&P 500 annually. Rob received his BA in Psychology from the University of San Francisco. 

 

Full birth name: Robert Nehemiah Tankson, III

 

Title: Co-Founder and COO

 

Company: PrestoDoctor

 

Years at current company: 6

 

Education profile: I received my BA in Psychology from the University of San Francisco.

 

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis:

 During my time on Wall Street as an equity research analyst, I developed a unique forward-looking database to quickly identify changes in industry trends, successfully outperforming the S&P 500 annually. Earlier in my career, I drove $3.4M+ in new revenue and opportunities for the tech company, ClearSlide. When I was at Google, I increased Chromebook revenue and built tech company partnerships across five key U.S. markets.

Company Mission:

 PrestoDoctor’s mission is to provide cannabis access and education while upholding our high standards in customer service, performance, and professionalism. We are industry pioneers, thought leaders, and continually strive to become the most respected cannabis telemedicine brand in the United States, and eventually globally.

Company’s most successful achievement:

 We’ve reached more than 200,000 patients across eight states and overcome the industry’s inability to leverage traditional advertising and marketing practices. Since we launched, we’ve pursued partnerships, rolled out an affiliate program, and launched virtual clinics to offer services at events nationwide. We were able to accelerate our expansion by securing partial acquisition by Cannabis Sativa, Inc. to generate funding. 

 We are part of a powerful movement. People have been fighting for medical cannabis for decades.  Until cannabis is federally legal, we will do our part and provide access to as many people as we can and we are committed to helping the healthcare communities to really see cannabis as medicine, change federal law, and get cannabis covered by insurance. 

 Has the company raised any capital (yes or no):

if so, how much?:

 Yes, we sold 51% of the company in 2017 in an 8-figure deal to publicly traded Cannabis Sativa, Inc. Before that, the company was self-funded/bootstrapped.

Any plans on raising capital in the future?

 Yes, we are exploring capital raise to further expand our reach in the US cannabis market and eventually globally. We are also exploring other industries in which our telemedicine platform could be utilized. 

 Most important company 5-year goal:

 To complete our U.S. expansion, have a presence in other global markets, and be the most trusted brand in medical cannabis. From the start, our mission has been to provide easier access to medical cannabis utilizing our telemedicine platform. We have a proven concept with nearly 20,000 5-star patient reviews and are excited to accelerate and further scale operations. 

 

 


StaffJune 10, 2021
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Canna Provisions CEO Meg Sanders is a powerhouse and a connecter of people and talents. She took $5mil+ business and turned it into a thriving and growing $100mil+ company in US cannabis. Canna Provisions’ home base is Lee, MA – a small Berkshires rural town. Next on her deck is finding thoughtful new investors that support the vision of what Canna Provisions has successfully built. Her focus on the future is to embolden the Smash Hits proprietary line of cannabis by Canna Provisions, and supercharge the business and bring it to the next level, while continuing to pay good wages and embolden people’s journey wherever they are in their career or life.”My calling has really been to inspire people to be better people, and as an operator of a $100mill+ vertically integrated cannabis brand in Western Massachusetts, I get to practice that every day with Canna Provisions. I’ve been in the industry over 10 years, previously having been CEO of MindFUL in Colorado (I came from compliance and had never stepped foot in a dispensary before 2010), and have seen pretty much everything there is to see and experience in legal cannabis from seed to sale.”

Full name:

Megan Sanders 

Title:  

CEO

Company:  

Canna Provisions

Years at current company:  

3+

Education profile:  

University of Colorado, Metro State University

 

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis:

Before opening Canna Provisions, and before my time as CEO of MindFUL dispensary, I began a youth football club in my hometown of Boulder Colorado. My first year I had 300 kids and 40 coaches and we won two championships. I was basically the proto-female Ted Lasso (call me Theadora Lasso). But also, I started a fly fishing gear company for infants and babies called Anglerbaby when my daughter Taylor was a baby, 1999-2003 or so. My biggest customer was specialty outdoor recreation merchandise retailer Cabela’s, whose catalogue is shipped to all 50 states and to 120 countries. 

Company Mission:

At Canna Provisions our mission is to make life’s journey better by providing premium cannabis products our team gathers in order to present the best of the best to make your supply stop at Canna Provisions a joyous occasion. At each Canna Provisions dispensary in Massachusetts, you will find a great selection of related cannabis products that will “Better your Journey”. We aim to provide and showcase the absolute zenith of customer service and satisfaction within the cannabis space in Massachusetts, carrying only the best partners available in the Commonwealth, while cultivating the best available craft cannabis and exclusive genetics through our proprietary Smash Hits line of Chemdog-grown cannabis.

Company’s most successful achievement:

Besides creating an environment for customer service, education, and community above all else, becoming an award-winning dispensary, being featured in major outlets like the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and launching Greg “Chemdog” Krzanowski’s first ever legal cannabis line after changing cultivation and cannabis 30 years ago – all within the first 2 years of business operations – is a track record of success that just keeps expanding.

Has the company raised any capital (yes or no): Yes.

If so, how much?: $5mil equity/$3mil debt which is just about paid off.

Any plans on raising capital in the future?

Yes. We are looking to recapitalize from a small group of thoughtful investors savvy enough to appreciate what we have successfully built in a short time (and through an unprecedented global pandemic) while remaining industry stewards within our communities we operate in through Western Massachusetts.

Most important company 5 year goal:

Besides closing on our third retail dispensary, most important is to fully realize our business plan – which is maximizing our cultivation capacity (at our currently operating Sheffield location, as well as our forthcoming Lee location), and commence manufacturing of both our own products as well as partnering with and launching thoughtful brands who are looking to enter the Massachusetts market with a leading award-winning retail dispensary and cannabis brand.  

Says Meg: “The humans are integral and a priority for us in our company – and a priority for me. And that doesn’t mean this is a place for everyone. It has to be a right fit for the business, even in discussions with our board who are always concerned about payroll. I believe investing in humans is always worth it.”


StaffJune 3, 2021
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Kathryn Blackwell is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Open Dør, a national cannabis retail franchise headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. With over three decades of experience in the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) sector, Kathryn has built a successful reputation for elevating brands through effective e-commerce development, product innovation, and strategic communications. Her background in the franchised consumer food industry provided a strong foundation for her transition into the cannabis space. Since establishing The Open Dør in 2020, Kathryn has integrated proven franchise strategies and merchandising practices into the dispensary brand to deliver a modern aesthetic and transform the consumer experience. Prior to entering the cannabis market, Kathryn co-founded international franchisor Kahala Corp, which owned more than 12 brands, among them Cold Stone Creamery, TacoTime, Samurai Sam’s, and others, with more than 3,500 locations operating in 23 countries. 

Full birth name: Kathryn Blackwell

 Title: Co-Founder and CEO

 Company: The Open Dør

 Years at current company: 1

 Education profile: I studied at San Jose State University and was on track to earn a degree in both English and Business Administration with a concentration in both Marketing and Management.  I made the decision to leave school to launch a retail smoothie company which was the precursor to the company that eventually became Kahala Corp, an international franchise organization.

 Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis: 

I co-founded international franchisor Kahala Corp, which owned more than 12 brands, among them Cold Stone Creamery, TacoTime, Samurai Sam’s, and others, with more than 3,500 locations operating in 23 countries. 

 Company Mission:

“Step in, all are welcome at The Open Dør.”

The Open Dør’s mission is to elevate the cannabis retail experience with a turnkey franchising solution for dispensary operators. The Open Dør’s modern design aesthetic, proven  operational systems, compliance-driven methods, and customer-focused approach, are setting a new standard in dispensary retail. Take the complexity out of cannabis and step into your next venture.

Company’s most successful achievement:

One of the things that The Open Dør is most proud of so far is that we launched this concept and business during the pandemic. Thankfully, because we have a target audience that is in an emerging and thriving market, we are gaining interest quickly with our concept. I’m also proud of our all-star team, which is primarily female professionals. We are also a women-owned business, which is not the norm in the cannabis industry. Overall, we’ve developed an extraordinary retail experience for the consumer and an educational program for The Open Dør staff. This is something that is not currently available in the marketplace and I’m excited to see how we expand our offerings as we continue to grow. 

 Has the company raised any capital (yes or no):

if so, how much?:

Yes, The Open Dør raised enough money to create the dispensary prototype, formalize the business model, and have a successful launch of the new dispensary brand. 

Any plans on raising capital in the future?

Raising capital is strategically valuable for our business in order to support our plans for business growth and implementation. This will directly help various franchise locations across multiple markets. 

Most important company 5-year goal:

The Open Dør’s expansion plans include having multiple locations throughout legalized cannabis states to offer a safe, consistent and educational buying experience for customers, while helping local entrepreneurs navigate the complexities of the cannabis industry. This goal could be bigger if federal legalization comes through before that five year mark. 

 


StaffMay 28, 2021
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Executive Spotlight: Mike Beaudry

Mike Beaudry is founder and CEO of HERBL Solutions, California’s largest cannabis distributor and supply chain solutions company servicing more than 850 storefront and non-storefront retail licensees. Under his leadership, HERBL brings outstanding people, processes, and technology together to create a powerful supply chain never before seen in the cannabis industry.

Mike has over 25 years of experience leading high-volume distribution companies and held several executive roles in the natural & organic products industry. Mike led the national operations and then spent more than five years as President of United Natural Foods (UNFI), America’s leading distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods. As president, he rapidly scaled UNFI from a regional company with $700 million in sales to a national company with $5 billion+ in the books.

After more than a decade at UNFI Mike spent five years as CEO of Lang Pharma Nutrition, a private label dietary supplement company which manufactures and distributes products for the top retailers in the U.S., including Costco, Walmart, CVS, and Target.

Mike began researching the California legal cannabis industry in 2014 and relocated from Rhode Island to California in January 2016 to focus 100% of his efforts on cannabis. In November 2014 he walked the floor of a cannabis conference and harked back to his roots in natural foods, immediately struck by the similarities: lots of small brands with people passionate about their product. Just as with organic and natural foods, the cannabis show was lined with long-time believers telling their story, relentlessly encouraging others to discover the plant. Today’s multi-billion natural food industry was similarly founded on the backs of artisanal brands, each with their own unique story, yet with a communal mission to bring their goods to market for others who may want and need them.

After a two-year journey to learn all he could about California’s industry and beyond, Mike formally launched HERBL in 2018. HERBL has built a tremendous team to bridge the pioneers and craftsmen with those that can bring their product to the end consumer.

Full Name:

Mike Beaudry

Title:

Founder & CEO

Company:

HERBL

Years at current company:

2016 – Present

Education profile:

High School Diploma

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis:

I was fortunate to have been at the forefront of building out the largest natural food distribution supply chain in the U.S., first as head of operations and then as President of UNFI.  During my ten years there, we rapidly scaled from a multi-regional company with $700+ million in sales, to a national powerhouse doing over $5 billion in sales.

In 2014, I attended a cannabis trade show and I was immediately struck by the similarities between the natural foods sector and the increasingly legal cannabis sector.  First, through the passion of the producers and their relentless commitment to pioneering a new industry, and second, because of the clear complexities of the seed to shelf supply chain – as both sectors required significant expertise in regulatory and health compliance, nuanced logistics, and the need for an independent distributor that could add critical insights to brands and retailers as the market evolved.

After diving into a full-time, two-year journey to learn all I could about the cannabis industry in California and beyond, I launched HERBL in 2018. Since then, we have built a tremendous team to serve this nascent and explosive industry.

Company Mission:

HERBL’s mission is to help make cannabis more accessible to everyone. Our experienced leadership team works to help brands and retailers efficiently manage inventory, assortment, sales, distribution — the whole nine yards.

Company’s most successful achievement:

Having exceeded $265M in sales in 2020 and forecasted to top $380M in 2021, I have never been more certain about HERBL’s competitive advantage, and the ability to create substantial long-term value not only for our stakeholders, but for the cannabis industry as a whole.

Today, HERBL is the largest cannabis supply chain company in the largest cannabis market in the world. We’re exclusively partnered with top-selling brands to deliver over 1,000 SKUs to 850+ retailers across California.

Has the company raised any capital (yes or no):

Yes

If so, how much?:

50+ Million

Any plans on raising capital in the future?

Yes

Most important company 5-year goal:

To continue strengthening the foundation we’ve built in California and taking our proven model into different markets around the country.


Kaitlin DomangueMay 27, 2021
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Full name: Fabian Monaco

 

Title: Chief Executive Officer

 

Company: Gage Growth Corp. (CSE: GAGE) 

 

Years at current company: I have been with Gage for over 3 years, since the Company’s inception.

Education profile: 

The University of Western Ontario – Richard Ivey School of Business

M.B.A.

2010 – 2011

 

The University of Western Ontario – Faculty of Law

J.D., Corporate & Securities Law

2008 – 2011

 

York University – Schulich School of Business

B.B.A. (Hons.)

2003 – 2007

 

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis:

I have a vast investment banking and legal background with over 10 years of capital markets experience, however, my most successful professional accomplishment truly lives within the cannabis space. I was fortunate enough to become a key member of the investment banking team at GMP Securities LP (“GMP”) in Canada, which ultimately contributed to the development of the cannabis industry in its early days. While at GMP, I worked on a number of industry-firsts including the first acquisition (Tweed, now Canopy Growth, acquiring Bedrocan), one of the first initial public offerings (MedReleaf) and the first $100 million financing round in the space (Canopy Growth).

 

Following GMP, I transitioned to XIB, who co-founded Canopy Rivers with Canopy Growth, an investment and acquisition firm that has underwritten a number of equity financings, ultimately supporting the industry’s ability to grow. One of the companies Canopy Rivers invested in is TerrAscend, which is now an over $4 billion market cap company.

 

Company mission: 

Gage Growth Corp.’s mission lies in providing premium cannabis to market, positively shaping cannabis culture and nurturing the community. By committing to these core values, we believe we are primed for success and rapid economic growth.

 

Company’s most successful achievement: 

We are proud of the successful build-out of our assets and our brand in a relatively short period of time, and with very limited capital. I believe this tells you two things: 

(1) We have the right people with the right expertise. You cannot build a strong cannabis brand, with expansive cultivation facilities and retail footprints, in a competitive market if you don’t have the proper team in place.

(2) We are an extremely prudent capital allocator. We raised a little less than $60 million before our Reg A+ financing in the fall of 2020, and with that we were able to create a dominant brand, three cultivation facilities and numerous retail dispensaries. This contrasts wildly when you look at some other US companies that raised $300-400 million just to build their core infrastructure.

 

Has the company raised any capital:

Yes

 

If so, how much:

To date, the Company has raised US$110+ million including our recently closed Reg A+ offering which raised a full US$50 million.

 

Any plans on raising capital in the future:

We have a very healthy balance sheet at the moment. Post our Reg A+ offering, we have ~US$40 million cash on hand. I’d also like to highlight the fact that the Company has very minimal debt. So with the cash we have on hand, we are fully funded for all our operational and expansion plans in Michigan.

 

Most important company 5 year goal:

Gage’s most important goal is to build the most dominant brand in Michigan first, and then follow by expanding into other states. We believe Michigan will be a top five cannabis market in the US, and we’d like to capture a significant market share and then replicate the same success in other markets.


StaffMay 22, 2021
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Kristin Jordan an Advocate, Cannabis Real Estate Attorney and Entrepreneur says “Representation Matters In Cannabis”

Lifelong New Yorker Kristin Jordan is a very rare find in the cannabis community— a mix of advocate, conscientious businesswoman, lawyer and empath. She can draft policy, make a profit, partner with law firms and be keenly aware of others, their pain points, and the support they need. Jordan has lived in Albany, Poughkeepsie, Yonkers and Manhattan. She is a true New Yorker who has experienced life in urban, rural and suburban communities. With 23 years of practicing law and deep roots in the communities across the state, Jordan has been doing it with expertise and drive added with the energy and determination to get things done in her state. 

Along with co-founders she helped launch the education and advocacy non-profit Cannabis Cultural Association (CCA), which focuses on preparing marginalized and underrepresented communities on the business of cannabis. Jordan launched the Asian Cannabis Roundtable (ACR) a few years ago seeing the lack of community and connectivity among Asians within the cannabis industry. As founder and Executive Director, Jordan developed the ACR as a professional networking group that goes beyond the superficial meet-and-greet. “There were so few of us at the table. We needed a place to support each other,” remembers Jordan. “At the beginning, it was an informal group that met for Korean BBQ and we would just sit around and educate each other.” Today, the group is 100+ strong and, most recently, their first public virtual event was attended by allies and supporters as well. 

To further enhance the cannabis industry professional networking circuit, Jordan launched Mannada, which means ‘to meet or gather’ and comes from her birth culture, Korea. It is a nod to her Asian roots and serves as a reminder to the Asian community that they are seen. She also chose the name for a practical reason. “I chose a non-cannabis name because I was fearful about having our bank account closed…again. That had happened to me in the past when I had a hemp consulting company.”

Understanding both the advocacy and business aspect to the industry, Jordan developed a series of conferences centered on industry education which she and her team produced, the Cannabis Law Summit, the Cannabis Media Summit, and more recently the Cannabis Real Estate Summit all drawing people from across the state and country. 

Never one to settle, Jordan expanded her platform to align business and advocacy by launching The Maze, a free weekly go-to event guide listing industry events that both communities of people can support and stay informed. 

Jordan is the former Director of Real Estate at Acreage Holdings where she managed the real estate portfolio in a highly regulated industry with an ever-changing dynamic regulatory process, down to the municipal level, she has also worked at leading law firms representing the cannabis industry. Speaking with Jordan re-tell her professional career, it is easy to notice that she is an expert in putting feedback into action, and she anticipates the cannabis community’s needs. “Sometimes even before the industry realizes it,” she says. “I want to create intentional spaces that provide a high level of education for the cannabis industry so this state can flourish.” And, build an industry that leads the country and leaves a strong legacy.

 


StaffMay 19, 2021
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Silo Wellness (CSE: SILO), which is based in Canada with operations in the US and Jamaica, is expanding its psychedelic portfolio to include 5-MeO-DMT as well as psilocybin and ketamine. The company cultivates psilocybin mushrooms in Jamaica, conducts psychedelic wellness retreats in two countries, and is testing a patent-pending psilocybin nasal spray in Jamaica with additional formats on the way. They have also announced a licensing agreement with the Bob Marley estate and will launch the world’s first global mushroom and psychedelics brand under the Marley name within the next month.

Full name: Douglas K. Gordon 

Title: Chief Executive Officer  

Company: Silo Wellness 

Years at current company: 1 

Education profile: Bachelor of Arts in Economics, University of Pennsylvania

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabisBefore entering the cannabis industry, I founded OCEAN Style, a luxury lifestyle Caribbean magazine encompassing print, electronic, broadcast, and digital publishing. 

Company Mission: We are passionate in our quest to make psychedelics widely available and to assist and support as many people as possible to help them reduce trauma or enhance performance and live more fulsome lives. We do this by bridging modern science with indigenous traditions to remove barriers to access psychedelics and make them easier to administer and ingest. 

Company’s most successful achievement: There are a number of developments of which I feel a great sense of pride, but I think it would be to recognize, as an early mover in functional mushrooms and psychedelics, the importance of having a path to consumers that would allow them to become educated on the health and wellness benefits of mushrooms and the important role that functional mushrooms play in the education and widespread acceptance of the transformative and healing power of psychedelics. With those considerations in mind, we identified the need for a globally recognized, trusted and relevant brand partner and were successful in entering into an exclusive global collaboration with the family and estate of legendary musician Bob Marley.

Has the company raised any capital (yes or no): Yes 

If so, how much?: C$5.1 million in our recent round 

Any plans on raising capital in the future? As we grow, operationalize and further expand the business plan, we expect there will be additional funding rounds to fund our global expansion plans.

 Most important company 5-year goal: To establish ourselves as a leading global psychedelics and wellness company that offers products that are helping to support people in leading better, more rewarding, and more fulfilling lives. With the estate of Bob Marley and the brand we are developing together, we will create the first-ever global mushroom brand. Over time, we will introduce a portfolio of quality branded products with the intention of becoming the leading global brand in the functional and psychedelic mushroom category.

 


StaffApril 20, 2021
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Gia Morón is the Founder & CEO GVM Communications, Inc a public relations, brand strategy and business development firm. She launched the company on April 20, 2012. The firm’s client base ranges from small to midsize firms to successful entrepreneurs. Ranked in Forbes in 2019 as one of the leading PR firms in cannabis, Gia and her team work closely with lobbying firms, policymakers, MSO to small operators. Her diverse team of professionals collectly have over 3 decades of experience.

In addition to GVM Communications, Gia is also the President of Women Grow, the largest professional network for women in the cannabis industry. At the company, Gia oversees the company’s day-to-day operations, internal and external communications, education programming, and strategic partnerships.

With over 25 years of experience in communications, prior to launching her firm and Women Grow, Gia was a Media Relations Officer in the Corporate Communications department for fifteen years at the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Before joining Goldman Sachs, she 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 and mentors up-and-coming young women entrepreneurs across the country. She is a board member for Minorities for Medical Marijuana, advisory board member for CWCBE, and Coalition Member for Start-SMART NY. Gia currently resides in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY, with her daughter.

GMR Executive Spotlight Interview Q & A:

Full birth name: Gia Morón

Title: Founder & CEO

Company: GVM Communications, Inc

Years at current company: 9

 

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis: Instead of successful I would like to say most helpful professional experience before cannabis was working on Wall Street. The knowledge and experience I gained during my time there prepared me for the cannabis industry. But to directly answer the question, launching this company was my most successful accompaniment. I did it by myself. Self funded. No financial assistance from anyone. While GVM reflects the initials in my name, the company name actually stands for Great Visions and Minds Communicating.

Company’s most successful achievement: Lending our expertise in advising some influential people inside and outside of the industry. Seeing their brands and strategies flourish feels rewarding knowing we had a part in their success. Due to confidential agreements we cannot disclose names or details but we have full confidence in our knowledge and talents.

Has the company raised any capital (yes or no): No

Any plans on raising capital in the future? Yes, we have goals to expand into other areas of communications.

Most important company 5 year goal:  Our goal is to expand to multiple communications platforms to provide service and education. COVID heightened our awareness that key tools are missing for small businesses and I strongly believe we can deliver a need to the business community as we see a necessary shift evolving.

 

 


StaffApril 20, 2021
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Geoff Doran is a cannabis industry veteran with experience in launching cannabis brands, building cannabis technology and distribution. Geoff’s background is in advertising, marketing and fundraising for educational foundations. He is based in Southern California and currently owns and operates two California cannabis business licenses as well as a suite of cannabis brands. Geoff’s first venture in cannabis was co-founder to the world’s first online wholesale marketplace for the cannabis industry. In his home state of Missouri, he received his bachelor’s degree from Drury University.

GMR Executive Spotlight Interview Q & A:

Full Birth Name: Geoff Doran

Title: Founder & CEO

Company: Van Doran Brands, Inc.

Years At Current Company: 2 years 

 

Most Successful professional accomplishment before cannabis: Assisted in one of the largest grand openings for the Hardee’s Franchise system in 2008. 

Company’s Most Successful achievement: We finally received the approval for our acquired licenses to begin operations under our name in 2020 during the height of the pandemic. Under unique circumstances, we have been able to grow 30% month over month since getting into market. 

Has the company raised any capital: Yes.

How much: I raised a small friends and family pre-seed round. 

Any plans on raising capital in the future? We are going to remain bootstrapped and self-funded until we expand beyond California. 

Most Important company 5 year goal: 

We would like to be a top 5 cannabis brand in California and operating in 3 other states. 

 


StaffApril 20, 2021
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Ave Miller is a veteran sales and account manager that has been in retail management, retail sales for 7+ years and the cannabis retail sales space for 2.5 years. Ave transitioned into the cannabis space in 2017 and was one of the original members of the Select Oil California Launch. During this time he learned all aspects of the cannabis vape industry and was immediately placed into a management role and was head of manufacturing and Fill production. Shortly thereafter, Ave transitioned to being Assistant manager of supply chain and curating relationships with 100+ growers in the state. Ave Co-Founded Fly Beverage Co in January 2020 and has been instrumental in the early market traction the company has seen to-date.

 

GMR Executive Spotlight Interview Q & A:

 

Full birth name: Ave Benjamin Miller

Title: Chief Global Sales Officer

Company: Fly Beverage Co.

Years at current company: 1 year and 3 months

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis: Named top performing  store manager for the western region of Zumiez, INC, a specialty clothing store for their annual holiday sales contest. When I arrived at the store it had experienced a loss of 10% per year for the previous seven years.  By focusing on the details, and developing strong relationships with customers and staff,  sales increased  by 27%!

Company Mission: Providing affordable and accessible cannabis to the masses

Company’s most successful achievement: Developed relationships resulting in product placement at nearly 200 California dispensaries  expanding into 23% of the dispensaries in  California in less than 12 months.

Has the company raised any capital (yes or no), if so, how much?:  Yes! We are on a bootstrapped start-up budget and have raised around 750K our money through friends and family.

Any plans on raising capital in the future?  Yes, we are raising funds for expansion and are looking to raise another 2 million dollars.

Most important company 5 year goal:  Scaling into every market in North America, Israel and globally with healthy growth and  sales and sustainable strategic partners.

 


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