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StaffStaffOctober 26, 2020
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5min2180

Full birth name: James “Jim” Hourigan

 

Title: Chief Executive Officer

 

Company: CannaCraft

 

Years at current company: 2

 

Education profile: MBA from the University of Dallas, a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the State University of New York, and certification through executive education programs at INSEAD University in Paris and Ashridge Business School in London.

Latest product offering: At CannaCraft, we have a handful of California’s top brands including AbsoluteXtracts (ABX), Hi-Fi Hops (a partnership with Lagunitas) and Satori Confections. 

Our latest offerings come from Care By Design: We’ve recently reformulated our best-selling ratio line. The tincture and soft gel products now have an increased cannabinoid count by more than 25% per ratio, as well as the minor (but mighty) cannabinoids, CBDa and THCa. And we now offer a groundbreaking new ratio, the highest available in the California market – 40:1. This 40:1 offers those who are less familiar with cannabis to experience its benefits without worrying about psycho-activity. 

Not only has Care By Design added CBD and minor cannabinoids, but we’ve been able to make these improvements without raising our prices. Consumers can experience the wellness benefits of cannabis in measurable doses, and access better value. The reformulated tinctures are available in a new 30ml value size, and the entire line of 36 products across six ratios and five product forms (tinctures, gummies, soft gels, topicals, and vapes) can be found at hundreds of licensed dispensaries around California.

Care By Design Hemp: Formulated and manufactured by the same team of scientists and experts that created our top-selling signature ratio line, Care By Design Hemp is now available online and ships nationwide. 

Care By Design Hemp is available in both sublingual drop and gel capsule form, and includes five effect-based options: Relief, Rest, Calm, Balance, Uplift. Each formulation is created with California sungrown hemp CBD and carefully selected botanical terpenes to maximize therapeutic benefits. Like all Care By Design products, the hemp line meets the highest standards for safety and efficacy and is triple-tested to ensure purity, consistency, and potency.  

Company Mission: Cultivating Health & Happiness through Cannabis

Company’s most successful achievement: Beyond building the most comprehensive portfolio of brands and form factors we are most proud of our work in our community – when we had Fires and now it seems like every year but in 2017 CannaCraft donated 12,000 sq ft office space for the American Red Cross Headquarters for Northern California fire relief.

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

if so, how much?: Through our Friends & Family program – $27m

Any plans on raising capital in the future? We are always looking to improve our financial position but have no formal plans finalized 

Most important company 5-year goal: We would like to have established CannaCraft and our brands across North America as trusted, caring and authentic with consumers. 

 

 


StaffStaffSeptember 24, 2020
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7min8272

Scott Sundvor is President and Co-founder of Space Coyote. A serial entrepreneur and accomplished inventor, Scott is the logistical and financial mastermind behind Space Coyote. He’s a highly driven business leader who developed the systems for product development and inner workings of the company. Scott’s also a true stoner, cultivator, and contest-winning joint roller in both speed and finished product. In less than 18 months, Scott has led Space Coyote to be a top 20 preroll brand in California, carried in over 250 dispensaries. Scott is a Forbes 30 Under 30 awarded MIT graduate and held three patents in the medical device industry before ever considering launching a cannabis company. Before Space Coyote, Scott co-founded Nima, the world’s first portable gluten and peanut sensor, developed for people with food allergies to be able to test their food on the spot. Nima was awarded Time Magazine’s invention of the year and many other accolades. Scott inspires Team Space Coyote daily with his honesty and vulnerability about living with an autoimmune disease, Crohn’s Disease, his quest to find a cure and using cannabis to mitigate symptoms. He encourages employees to take care of themselves first and this passion carries through in Space Coyote’s commitment to fostering a healthy work-life balance.

Full name: Scott Sundvor

Title: President and Co-founder

Company: Space Coyote

Years at current company: 2

Education profile: I received a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2012, with a Minor in Sustainable Energy, and a Concentration in Psychology.

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis: Before working in the cannabis industry, I founded and successfully launched Nima Sensor, where we created the world’s first portable gluten and peanut sensors to test for allergens in food. Our company and product were awarded Time Magazine Best Inventions of the Year in 2015, and I was personally awarded Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2018.

Company Mission: Space Coyote is a cannabis company in a groove all their own. As California’s premier infused joint maker, each Space Coyote combines high potency herb and delicious, out of this world extracts. Crafted for stoners by stoners, Space Coyote celebrates art, equality, and the psychedelic side of cannabis. Collaborations with cultivators, extract brands, and artists are at the core of Space Coyote’s mission. Each joint perfectly pairs full-bud flower with phenomenal concentrates like diamonds, live resin, and hash made by the top extract brands in California. Space Coyote is committed to the betterment of the planet and has an environmental focus on everything they do. Space Coyote can be found in over 320 dispensaries. For more information and to get glazed, blazed, and totally cosmic, visit: www.spacecoyote.org

Company’s most successful achievement: With only $900k in funding, we launched one of the most successful preroll brands in the state of California, and in less than two years on the market, we are now distributed in over 320 shops throughout the state. Our joints are consistently the most delicious, potent, and highest quality on the market, and our brand stands out from the crowd. Our sales have doubled in the past couple months and we expect them to double again shortly. We’ve been highlighted in Forbes, Benzinga, and The Dieline for our work, and this is only the beginning!

Has the company raised any capital: Yes, we raised an angel funding round of approximately $900k in late 2018 / early 2019.

Any plans on raising capital in the future? We’re a profitable company and don’t require additional funding, but we do plan to bring on additional capital in Q4 2020 / Q1 2021 to fuel our marketing and sales budget and speed company growth. We’ve proven our market, and proven that we can grow sustainably, so we now feel confident to bring on additional capital to fuel our growth and dominate our market segment.

Most important company 5-year goal: Within the next 2 years, Space Coyote is going to be the top preroll brand in the state of California. Within the next 5 years, we’re going to be the top preroll brand in the US.


StaffStaffSeptember 16, 2020
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4min5850

Marie Montmarquet is co-founder of MD Numbers Inc., a family of vertically integrated cannabis brands — MD Farms, Marie’s Deliverables, and Legacy Coterie — that provide a range of goods and services to the California supply chain, retail customers, and equity community. Marie is a legacy cannabis operator who’s been passionate about the plant for over 13 years. Her cannabis business expertise and equity activism have put her in the national spotlight. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology, she moved to California from Nashville in 2010. Over the last decade, Marie has created several successful cannabis businesses along with her brother Allen Hackett with whom she co-founded MD Numbers Inc. and its subsidiaries. Marie and Allen are also minority owners of Cannabis Express, having helped build one of the Bay Area’s biggest delivery providers. In addition to developing and scaling successful cannabis businesses, Marie is focused on being an advocate for social justice and equity in the industry. She’s an advisor to the cannabis equity program for Success Centers and offers monthly tours to MD Farms for equity applicants. Marie’s goals for 2020 are to expand MD Numbers and MD Farm’s capacity, develop new properties and build more equity brands; advising, supporting, and championing equity in every way possible.

Full name: Marie Montmarquet

Title: Co-founder

Company: MD Numbers Inc.

Years at current company: 5

Education profile: University of Tennessee — Bachelors of Arts, Double Major Political Science & Psychology

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis: Prior to cannabis, I ran my own commission sales company called Direct Effect Marketing based in Tracy, CA. I hired, trained and oversaw the sales team for Direct TV connections inside Costco, Walmart and BestBuy. I started with the company in Nashville, Tennessee, and within three months had generated enough connections to earn a paid move and promotion to California. I excelled at commission sales and won a Dale Carnegie Sales Award for best sales presentation, which then led to becoming a Sales Strategy Coaching Assistant for Dale Carnegie in the Bay Area.

Company Mission: MD Numbers’ primary mission is centered around corporate responsibility, sustainability, and equity in every facet. We believe in being accountable stewards to the environment, our customers, the community, and our employees, including making sure every decision made is centered around leaving the earth better than we found it.

Company’s most successful achievement: MD Farms and Marie’s Deliverables are 100% Black-owned. Through the years, MD Numbers has retained full ownership and control of its enterprises in a space that is generally hostile toward minority operators and predatory of equity licensees.

Has the company raised any capital: Yes

Any plans on raising capital in the future? Yes

Most important company 5-year goal: Continuing to expand our cultivation footprint and vertical integration into Marie’s Deliverables and future retail opportunities.


StaffStaffAugust 24, 2020
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5min5210

Camille Roistacher is the CEO & Co-Founder of Voyage Distribution, a data-driven cannabis supply chain company, and Wyllow, an inclusive cannabis flower brand launching in select dispensaries across California. Camille is a powerhouse woman of color who began dipping her toes in the leadership pool by becoming Pasadena’s Rose Queen in 2006 when the media dubbed her as a “natural leader” who was “destined for royalty.” Before becoming an entrepreneur, Camille traveled the world to train people from various cultures on how to use new technology platforms, working alongside companies such as Salesforce and DocuSign.

 

Full birth name: Camille Roistacher

 Title: CEO & Co-Founder

 Company: Voyage Distribution Inc. & Wyllow 

 Years at current company: 1 year, 9 months

 Education profile: UC Riverside, Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Finance

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis: Before I became an entrepreneur, I had the opportunity to travel the world to train people to use different types of technology. I worked closely with top companies in the tech space, including Salesforce and DocuSign. This experience is where I discovered my knack for learning the ins and outs of different platforms rather quickly.  Teaching someone else how to use these platforms also came easy, especially after training people in various countries with different cultural backgrounds. 

Company Mission:  Voyage Distribution’s mission is to simplify the path that cannabis travels from the farm to the dispensary, by integrating technology, unique wholesale strategies, and data-driven solutions throughout the supply chain.  

Company’s most successful achievement: We’ve built Voyage Distribution to be more than just a distributor. We’re a supply-chain company that incubates cannabis brands, distributes products across dispensaries in California, and stores cannabis flower in a one-of-a-kind wholesale showroom. What I’m most proud of, though, is that we’re leveraging our vast network of growers who we’ve built trusting relationships with over time, to essentially cut out the middleman for high-end flower and make it more attainable and inclusive to the cannabis community. This was our main goal with launching Wyllow, a flower brand for the conscious cannabis connoisseur that’s powered by Voyage Distribution. Right now we’re leveraging the buzz of Wyllow to raise important conversations around social equity, opportunity and female empowerment. 

Has the company raised any capital (yes or no): No we have not. 

Any plans on raising capital in the future? No, we don’t have any current plans at the moment.

Most important company 5-year goal: 

Before my husband Josh and I decided to start a distribution company, we actually owned a dispensary in California. We shifted direction after realizing the distribution space lacked the efficiency and technology that we knew we could bring to the table. A few years later, we’ve been able to grow a vast distribution company that services California dispensaries, manufacturers, distributors and cultivators. In the next five years, we plan to expand our footprint throughout additional states with a focus on emerging markets that need more representation from female cannabis executives. 

 

 


StaffStaffAugust 5, 2020
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4min7172

Executive Spotlight: Alex Levine, Co-CEO, Green Dragon

Title: Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer

Company: Green Dragon

Years at current company: 5+

Education profile: Tufts University

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis: My entire professional career has been in every aspect of cannabis, from cultivation to manufacturing and retail. I have been involved in real estate transactions, acquisitions of new licenses, operations, and logistics. Green Dragon is now one of Colorado’s largest retail chains and I’m proud to have been integral in building a start-up business into the company that it is today. Outside of the office, I am an accomplished musician, and I play both piano, guitar, and drums.

Company Mission: Our mission is to provide premium products at the most competitive prices, with the best service and lowest operating costs in the industry. Cannabis consumers deserve access to a quality experience at an affordable price point, but too many dispensaries follow an outdated model with high-pressure sales, tiered pricing, or daily promotions. Green Dragon set out from the start to offer every day, Low Pricing, which is how we have established such a loyal customer base in Colorado. Our customers know to expect the best products at the best prices.

Company’s most successful achievement: Growing Green Dragon from a small company of three stores to one of the largest and most profitable chains in Colorado, as well as growth outside of the state with a recent acquisition of a Florida license, are accomplishments that we are very proud of. Staying profitable while operating in the most competitive cannabis market in the country is a top achievement for us. We’re a dispensary in a space where there are more dispensaries than there are Starbucks locations. To remain successful, we continue to focus on our core value of always improving the shopping experience, which guides our decision-making as we adapt to today’s challenges and expand to new markets.

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

Any plans on raising capital in the future? Yes

Most important company 5-year goal: To become a key player in the Florida market. As one of the few approved Medical Marijuana Treatment Center Licensees in Florida, Green Dragon will be opening cultivation, production and extraction facilities, and medical marijuana dispensaries across the state. I was born and raised in Florida, and I’m ready to bring my cannabis knowledge and experience back to my home state.


StaffStaffJuly 20, 2020
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6min4720

Full birth name:
Jay Evans

Title:
CEO and Co-Founder

Company:
Keirton Inc.

Keirton is a global leader in engineering solutions to streamline cannabis cultivation and — since launching in 2007 — has outfitted 80% of the world’s leading cannabis producers, across over 30 countries, with custom equipment.

Years at current company:
13 years (2007-present)

Education profile:
Keirton is the outcome of my professional experience in electronics and telecommunications, and my passion for the positive impact cannabis can have on the mental health and well-being of millions of people across the world. That said, I would consider myself a life-long learner – I’ve continued education by seeking experts in business, mentors, and reading a minimum of 24 business books a year.

I’ve also been a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization since 2015, through which I’ve benefited from various university programs around the world, including London, San Diego, and Portugal. I also actively participate in my Forum group, touring successful businesses along the West Coast to learn from CEOs and their leadership teams. I have recently joined YPO where I look forward to learning from other great leaders.

This approach to learning has really allowed me to draw from various perspectives to facing challenges.

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis:
When I was ten years old, I had a paper route. Every morning, I was up, out and making my deliveries by 5am. It made my mother pretty nervous considering it was usually dark outside at that time, but sticking it out, even after being regularly chased by dogs, made everything seem easier after that. It’s one of my earliest memories of feeling like I’d accomplished my goal and feeling like “I’d done it”.

Company Mission:
Cannabis can play an important role in many people’s lives – from supporting mental health to chronic and acute illnesses, cannabis can help many people improve the quality of their lives and wellbeing.

That said, when cannabis became legal for medical use in Canada in 2001, I saw how demanding medical cannabis production was – the harvest and production of cannabis took tens of people, if not more. This led to a strain on the supply chain and, ultimately, people who needed it having systemic issues accessing good quality, reliable cannabis.

We are driven by our passion to transform the cannabis industry for the better – for producers and consumers alike. We do this through our commitment to ongoing transformation. We leverage first-to-market automation technology and exceptional customer experience to address the market’s largest pain points: quality and safety. Professional cannabis producers have come to rely on our award-winning proprietary Twister trimmer technology for safe, efficient, reliable, and professional cannabis trimming and production. Whether it’s with small home grow trimmers or elite solutions that trim over 600 lbs. per hour, industry professionals have grown their business and improved their bottom line for over a decade with Twister trimmers.

Company’s most successful achievement:
One of the things that I’m most proud of is the scale of our impact on people around the globe. Our Keirton team has developed a range of innovative engineering solutions that streamline commercial cannabis cultivation.

Since launching in 2007, we’ve outfitted over 80% of the cannabis industry’s leading legal cannabis producers, across over 30 countries, with custom equipment. We have established ourselves as a global leader in engineering solutions to streamline cannabis cultivation. Additionally, our products, including our Twisted Trimmer — a high-volume leaf trimmer — process about three million kilograms of legal cannabis every year.

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

Any plans on raising capital in the future?
Not at this time.

Most important company 5-year goal:
We are focused on the impact that we can have on access to safe, legal cannabis. We are working to expand our business and transform the industry. Our five-year vision is to provide technology improving the entire cannabis value chain. We are prioritizing integrating artificial intelligence and machine learning technology into cannabis production and cultivation. AI will improve the safety and quality of the flower, alleviating ongoing consumer and cultivator concerns.


StaffStaffJune 18, 2020
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4min7860

Full name: Emma Chasen

Title: Co-founder

Company: Eminent Consulting

Years at current company: 2018-present (2 years)

Education profile: Brown University, B.A. Biology, Ethnobotany and Medicinal Plant Research, and Pre-medical Sciences

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis: 

Creating a specialized course of study within the Biology department at Brown was a big accomplishment for me. To be able to design my curriculum to study Ethnobotany and Medicinal Plant Research allowed me to excel and has aided me exponentially in my career in cannabis.

Company Mission: 

We know the eccentricities of the cannabis industry and therefore we approach shaping its culture accordingly. Our mission is to guide and influence emerging cannabis entrepreneurs to successfully implement a craft ethos and cutting-edge business model through scientific-based educational initiatives and authentic collaborative relationships.

Company’s most successful achievement:

Launching our online educational training program on the fundamental elements of cannabis and its purported effects is a major accomplishment for us. We so believe in the power of education and how incredibly necessary it is to help this industry evolve in an ethical and intelligent paradigm.

Guiding and assisting our Oklahoma clients, Resonant Cultivation, in the successful launch of their cultivation facility and growth of their business has been so rewarding. We are so proud to see them succeed in the Oklahoma market.

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

Any plans on raising capital in the future? No, we hope to stay entirely self-funded

Most important company 5-year goal:

To effectively launch and market our online training program so that states with cannabis public access programs adopt and recommend the standardized training for all industry personnel. And, to continue to help our clients develop their businesses and achieve great success in new and emerging markets.


StaffStaffJune 3, 2020
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7min13770

Executive Spotlight: Tyler Robson 

 

Title: Chief Executive Officer and Director 

 

Company: The Valens Company 

 

Years at current company: 8 years 

Education profile: Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Saskatchewan, which he attended on a Football scholarship. 

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis: Tyler began his journey in the Cannabis space cultivating and growing licensed medical marijuana plants at an early age to support patients including his father. Since then he knew, understood, and believed in the wide spectrum of benefits created by the cannabis plant and he knew it was his mission to bring this category and its benefits to the masses. Tyler took a break from growing to pursue his studies in Biology at the University of Saskatchewan, graduating with a BSC, which he attended on a football scholarship. Passionate about Academics as well as Athletics, he has always known the value of teamwork, perseverance, and grit. After University he returned to the Cannabis category to start and manage a number of growing operations which eventually led to the creation of Valens GroWorks, now The Valens Company. After returning to Kelowna, Tyler pursued research and development, plant innovation and life sciences, with an emphasis on medical cannabis and its applications in the treatment of seizures, chronic diseases, pain control, and neurological symptoms, and was eventually appointed as CEO of the company. 

Company Mission: Our mission is to become the world’s most trusted partner for best-in-class cannabis extraction, testing, formulation, product development, and custom manufacturing.

Company’s most successful achievement: In just a few years since its founding in 2017, Valens has become the largest publicly traded third-party extraction company in Canada with an annual capacity of 425,000 kg of dried cannabis and hemp biomass at our purpose-built facility in Kelowna, British Columbia which is in the process of becoming European Union (EU) Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliant. Today, the Company is quickly establishing a leadership position in Canada’s Cannabis 2.0 phase, offering consumers a wide range of product formats, including tinctures, two-piece caps, soft gels, oral sprays, and vape pens as well as beverages, concentrates, topicals, edibles, injectables, natural health products with a strong pipeline of next-generation products in development for future release. In March this year, the company launched a line of cannabis-infused beverages, produced under a white label agreement with A1 Cannabis Company (a subsidiary of Iconic Brewing). The beverage line includes BASECAMP, a CBD-forward iced tea, and SUMMIT, THC-forward citrus water, both of which are available online at the Ontario Cannabis Store.                          

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

If so, how much? In 2018, the company raised $41M in capital. In April 2019, $43,125,000 gross proceeds were raised through bought deal financing providing a strong cash position to be able to execute on the company’s growth plan.

Any plans on raising capital in the future? Valens has a strong balance sheet with $44.3 million in cash and short-term investments and a networking capital position of $80.4 million as of February 29, 2020. We are confident in our ability to sustainably manage our growth, having reported three straight quarters of profitability and benefiting from revenue visibility as a result of our multi-year contracts. As we continue to invest in building out our infrastructure and seek to enter new markets, we will continue to assess how best to generate and allocate capital in order to optimize ROI for our shareholders.

Most important company 5-year goal: Over the next five years, The Valens Company will be strategically focused on the following goals: 

  • Broaden End-product and Delivery Capabilities: Broadening its white label offerings to become the largest third-party cannabis product development and manufacturing company in the world.
  • Operate With Global Standards: Continuing to ready its business model for exportation to high-value international markets.
  • Provide Unique, Customized Offerings: Further developing our unique, IP-based product technology platform offering customized white label services.
  • Increase Capacity: Significantly increasing existing extraction capacity of 425,000 KG of hemp and cannabis to keep up with expected demand.
  • Build Reputation: Gaining more partnerships and establishing itself as the trusted partner of choice by various leading Canadian and international brands, including CPG companies.

StaffStaffMay 15, 2020
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Kimberly Stuck was the first Marijuana Specialist for the Denver Department of Environmental Health, and therefore, the first Marijuana Specialist for a public health authority in the Nation. Conducting compliance inspections, license sign-offs, running pesticide investigations, writing press releases, conducting recalls, conducting shelf stability and CBD source approvals, she’s done it all. The industry lovingly started calling her the “weed-whacker,” primarily because she has disposed of 28 million dollars of Cannabis/Cannabis products in 2016 alone, due to non-compliance. She has greatly helped Colorado develop requirements, and has also helped California Department of Public Health (CDPH) develop their regulations. She has knowledge of all local, state and federal cannabis and health regulations. During the years as a regulator, she grew a love for the industry and the people in it. While working as a regulator, she noticed a huge gap in the industry when it came to Compliance Consultants. She knew she could make a huge difference and save cannabis companies millions through active preventative measures, if she started her own company, and has already been named one of the 13 women who will help shape the cannabis industry. With the support of the industry, she decided to launch Allay Cannabis Consulting. The company’s goal is to help the cannabis industry thrive on a global scale.

Title: Founder/CEO

Company: Allay Consulting, LLC

Years at current company: 3 years in July

Education profile: BA in Human Nutrition, CP-FS, CQA.

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis:  Becoming a CP-FS (Certified Professional – Food Safety) and being a Public Health Investigator for the DDPHE (Denver Department of Environmental Health), it was a great job and I was fortunate to be offered the position. I had a lot of food safety training before taking on this job, but it was this position that gave me the opportunity to first work in the cannabis industry. Without that opportunity, I would have never been able to reach the goals I have so far, in the industry that I love. 

Company Mission: To use our unique set of knowledge and skills to assist the cannabis industry in producing safe, consistent, and compliant products. We also want to help protect cannabis workers, and to help normalize the cannabis industry, as a whole, through education and certifications.

Company’s most successful achievement: We recently assisted with the Colorado CHAMP initiative (Colorado Hemp Advancement & Management Plan), and helped write the Colorado Hemp plan, which will be submitted to the USDA. We have partnered with four accredited certifying bodies that have agreed to certify cannabis companies to cGMP and ISO standards, and have helped many companies in the industry achieve their certification goals. We also opened another location in Portland, OR in December, and are continuing to grow our team.

Has the company raised any capital (yes or no): No. I saved enough money once I knew what I wanted to do, to be able to launch without a partner or outside capital. 

Any plans on raising capital in the future? Not at this time. We have done pretty well without it so far, but I never say never. 

Most important company 5-year goal: To continue to do good for the industry, treat our clients like family, and support them in any way we can to help them succeed. We want to keep growing the business organically, and only hire team members with the same love for the industry that our current team has. We are and will continue to be, involved in regulatory affairs in new, up-and-coming states, training regulators, and fighting for fair and safe regulations within the cannabis industry.


StaffStaffMay 7, 2020
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Executive Spotlight: Wendy Alison Berger

Title: Board Director / Member of the Board

Company: Green Thumb Industries OTC:GTBIF / CannaVu

Years at current company: 5 years / recent

Education profile:

Syracuse University: Bachelor of Science, Finance and Marketing, 1988

Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management; MBA, Finance and Real Estate, 1993

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis: Following my entrepreneurial dream and creating WBS Equities, LLC which specializes in ground-up construction, renovation, development, sale-leaseback transactions and acquisitions of food manufacturing and food distribution facilities.  I’m also incredibly proud of having co-founded Illinois Women in Cannabis in 2014 with GTI’s Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs Dina Rollman. IWC connects, educates, mentors, and supports Illinois women of all ages and backgrounds in order to maximize their opportunities in the emerging Illinois cannabis industry.

Company Mission: GTI’s mission is to promote well-being through the power of cannabis. CannaVu’s is to provide advertisers the ability to purchase digital advertising while meeting and exceeding state and federal requirements.

Company’s most successful achievement:  It’s hard to choose one “most successful” achievement for Green Thumb but I think what stands out most is how we’ve created the right team to thrive in a highly dynamic and evolving industry, and our diligent approach to capital allocation. CannaVu is the best at what it does and I’m excited about the achievements we’ll make this year.

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

If so, how much?: GTI has raised $250 million in equity since 2018 and $105 million in debt.

Any plans on raising capital in the future? We like the position of our balance sheet. With our recent sale and leaseback transactions and the cash flow generated from our business operations, our growth plans are funded, and we are optimistic about our future. CannaVu may raise capital this year.

Most important company 5-year goal: GTI wants to continue to expand access to Green Thumb’s branded cannabis products such as Beboe, Dogwalkers, Dr. Solomon’s, Incredibles, Rythm, and The Feel Collection that help the well-being of so many people. CannaVu wants to remain the premier platform for canna-compliant digital advertising.



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