WINTER 2019 | DEC. 6 | SANTA MONICA

CANNABIS FORUM PAST SPEAKERS

  • Hesaam Moallem, President, CEO, Director, Charlotte’s Web - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Hesaam Moallem

    President, CEO, Director, Charlotte’s Web

    Hesaam Moallem, President, CEO, Director, Charlotte’s Web - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Hesaam Moallem

    President, CEO, Director, Charlotte’s Web

    Hesaam Moallem is a consumer-packaged goods industry executive and attorney with a diverse background that includes leadership and C-level positions in sales, marketing, supply chain, manufacturing, business development, international expansion/operations and legal/regulatory roles. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Moallem spent time as a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry. Immediately prior to joining Charlotte’s Web, Mr. Moallem served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for a fast-growing dietary supplement, fitness and apparel company, where he was responsible for the company’s legal and regulatory functions as well as supply chain, quality, manufacturing and product development operations. Mr. Moallem has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Charlotte’s Web since January 2018 and a Director of Charlotte’s Web since August 2018. Mr. Moallem holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Chemistry and a Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law.

  • Kristi Knoblich Palmer, Co-founder & COO, Kiva Confections - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Kristi Knoblich Palmer

    Co-founder & COO, Kiva Confections

    Kristi Knoblich Palmer, Co-founder & COO, Kiva Confections - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Kristi Knoblich Palmer

    Co-founder & COO, Kiva Confections

    Kristi Knoblich Palmer is cofounder of Kiva Confections, one of the most recognized cannabis companies in California. Kristi is the driving force behind Kiva’s customer service philosophy and has created and applied best practices in sales, distribution and marketing to cannabis operations. Kiva serves the states of CA, AZ, NV, IL, MI and HI with its high-quality edibles, as well as provides category leaders in other verticals through its distribution company, Kiva Sales and Service. Kristi is passionate about creating a healthy regulatory environment for the cannabis industry. She serves as the Board President for CCIA and is a founding Board member of CCMA, two reputable California cannabis trade organizations.

  • John Kagia, Chief Knowledge Officer, New Frontier Data - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    John Kagia

    Chief Knowledge Officer, New Frontier Data

    John Kagia, Chief Knowledge Officer, New Frontier Data - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    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 his years of experience managing research studies for industry-leading clients including Accenture, Microsoft, The George Washington University, and the U.S. Department of State, Kagia brings a keen understanding of how market insights enable organizations to plan, grow, compete, and measure performance more effectively. Kagia received his MSc. in Marketing with a Market Research focus from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School. He concurrently studied Japanese at the university’s School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He received an MA in Management from the University of Durham in the United Kingdom, and his B.A., Joint Honors, in Japanese and Management from the University of Leeds also in the UK.

  • Joyce Cenali, Founding Partner & COO, Big Rock Partners - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Joyce Cenali

    Founding Partner & COO, Big Rock Partners

    Joyce Cenali, Founding Partner & COO, Big Rock Partners - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Joyce Cenali

    Founding Partner & COO, Big Rock Partners

    Joyce leads operations at Big Rock Partners, a strategic advisory firm serving investors and companies at the intersection of food, hospitality and cannabis. Their portfolio includes PharmaCann, Cannacraft, Phylos, Henry’s Original, Kikoko, Sonoma Hills Farm, Garden Society, Sava, and others. She previously founded a boutique artist management firm, and lead business development, licensing and partner integrations for e-commerce start-ups. A long time craft cannabis cultivator, she co-founded of an Emerald Cup winning operation, and served as Co-Chair for Women Grow, Sonoma. She attended Smith College, and lives with her wife and puppy children in San Francisco.

  • Adam Miron, Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer, HEXO - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Adam Miron

    Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer, HEXO

    Adam Miron, Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer, HEXO - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Adam Miron

    Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer, HEXO

    Adam Miron is an entrepreneur who has launched several successful businesses at the intersection of media, brand development, and public engagement. Adam’s past ventures include iPolitics, Canada’s premier online political news site which was then sold to the Toronto Star. Adam has been dedicated to public service throughout his adult life and has contributed to political campaigns at all levels of government. Among notable roles, he is a past National Director for Federal Commissions of the Liberal Party of Canada. Adam turned his entrepreneurial talents to the medical cannabis industry and co-founded HEXO Corp. in 2013. Under his leadership as Chief Brand Officer, HEXO Corp. has emerged as one of Canada’s most innovative medical cannabis producers. Adam’s creativity continues to guide the development of the company’s industry-leading product line, including its award winning Decarb edible cannabis powder and Elixir sublingual peppermint oil cannabis spray, which won first and third place respectively in the Best New Cannabis Product category at the 2017 Canadian Cannabis Awards.

  • Angelica Xavier, Founder, Good Bites Group - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Angelica Xavier

    Founder, Good Bites Group

    Angelica Xavier, Founder, Good Bites Group - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Angelica Xavier

    Founder, Good Bites Group

    Angelica Xavier, founder and creator of GOODBITES, has been called a “Raw Foodie Extraordinaire” and a leading innovator within the raw food movement. After being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis nine years ago, Xavier turned to a predominantly raw food diet after western medicine was not able to adequately treat her ailment. Seeing a significant improvement in her health, she began to perfect raw food recipes and ultimately crafted the complete GOODBITES snack line in her own kitchen. Combining carefully-sourced, nutrient-dense ingredients, GOODBITES is now carried in major markets by Whole Foods, Dean & Deluca, and Thrive Market. During the ongoing success of GOODBITES, Xavier began researching plant-based healing and discovered the benefits of CBD. Not only did she see extraordinary results in her own health, GOODBITES became the first mainstream food company to pivot to CBD-infused products. In 2018, Xavier turned her talents toward new product offerings with both a CBD (hemp-derived) division and an Edibles (cannabis-derived) division. Prior to GOODBITES, Xavier provided consulting services for artists and entrepreneurs for over 15 years, helping their companies reach new levels of success. An entrepreneur herself, this experience naturally transitioned into coaching on health and personal issues. She has organized both group and individualized raw food detox programs which have been used to set many standards for the raw food industry.

  • Larry Sandell, Attorney at Law, Mei & Mark LLP - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Larry Sandell

    Attorney at Law, Mei & Mark LLP

    Larry Sandell, Attorney at Law, Mei & Mark LLP - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Larry Sandell

    Attorney at Law, Mei & Mark LLP

    Larry Sandell is a registered patent attorney with Mei & Mark LLP, based in Washington, DC, and has a decade of experience in Intellectual Property law. Larry has a passion for advising start-ups and other innovative companies—and focuses on food science, cannabis, medical device, consumer electronics, and software technology areas. His legal practice includes drafting and prosecuting patent and trademark applications, counseling clients on strategic IP matters, patent infringement litigation, and arguing federal appeals. He has argued in the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, the Federal Circuit, and D.C. Circuit. Larry also has fought for marijuana law reform since early 2000s. After graduating from Duke University with an engineering degree and before entering George Washington University Law School, Larry served as Assistant Director of State Policies for the Marijuana Policy Project. He ran a successful ballot initiative signature drive in Nevada in 2004, putting legalization on the 2006 ballot; worked on Nevada’s 2002 ballot initiative campaign; and coordinated medical marijuana lobbying efforts in state legislatures.

  • Rashaan Everett, CEO, Good Tree Holdings, LLC - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Rashaan Everett

    CEO, Good Tree Holdings, LLC

    Rashaan Everett, CEO, Good Tree Holdings, LLC - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Rashaan Everett

    CEO, Good Tree Holdings, LLC

    Rashaan Everett is the CEO of Good Tree Holdings, LLC, a vertically integrated cannabis startup. Good Tree has earned 7 social equity licenses throughout California, including a 25,000 sq ft microbusiness in Downtown Los Angeles. Good Tree's technology arm is a proprietary point of sale and technology ecosystem that’s powered by Salesforce. The technology automates compliance, accounting, and delivery operations; making it easy for equity partners to operate their own world-class delivery and/or retail business. Good Tree’s Growing Talent Incubator trains social equity partners to become a Good Tree franchise owner via a robust curriculum and hands-on learning opportunities. Good Tree Capital, a financing partner of Good Tree, currently has loans outstanding in 8 states and provides funding to select graduates of the Growing Talent Incubator.

  • Errol Schweizer, Co-Founder & Partner, mood33 - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Errol Schweizer

    Co-Founder & Partner, mood33

    Errol Schweizer, Co-Founder & Partner, mood33 - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Errol Schweizer

    Co-Founder & Partner, mood33

    A partner in and co-founder of Mood 33 and Herbl Distribution, Errol Schweizer was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. A longtime drug policy reformer, he co-founded a campaign to overturn the Rockefeller mandatory minimum sentencing laws in New York State. He also has over 25 years experience in retail, food service, supply chain and manufacturing, including leading the national grocery program at Whole Foods Market for close to a decade. There, he was responsible for the financial performance and product assortment for over 80 product categories, and achieved a 300 basis point margin improvement with over a dozen consecutive quarters of double digit comps. His Grocery team helped many innovative companies become household names, including Califia, Maple Hill, Suja, Justin’s, and Annie’s, and popularized food trends such as Non-GMO, Grass-fed, Biodynamic, Hemp and Fair Trade. Errol has been named one of the top 25 retail game changers in the food industry by Supermarket News. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Fairway Markets, Byrne Dairy, Nuttzo, Farmer Direct Organic Foods, Demeter USA and the Non GMO Project, as well as a partner and co-founder of Basics Market and Good Catch, and an advisor to Good Eggs, Heyday Coffee, and General Mills, among others.

  • Will Kleidon, Founder & CEO, Ojai Energetics - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Will Kleidon

    Founder & CEO, Ojai Energetics

    Will Kleidon, Founder & CEO, Ojai Energetics - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Will Kleidon

    Founder & CEO, Ojai Energetics

    Will Kleidon founded Ojai Energetics in 2014. His goal was to provide the purest, healthiest, and most ethically produced cannabidiol (CBD) product on the market… giving people a viable supplement for living the most effective and healthiest life possible. Four years later, the small business is a leader in cutting-edge, science-driven organic nutraceutical and medical food products for achieving optimal physical and spiritual health. Will has collected one of the most interesting executive boards in the world, including famous athletes, doctors, and well-connected members of the entertainment industry. Prior to founding Ojai Energetics, Will coordinated a sustainability summit with 25 organizations and 500 attendees. He went on to study permaculture in Australia, where he apprenticed with one of the world's leading experts, Professor Robyn Francis, at Permaculture College Australia.

  • Ari Sherman, Co-founder, Evo Hemp - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Ari Sherman

    Co-founder, Evo Hemp

    Ari Sherman, Co-founder, Evo Hemp - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Ari Sherman

    Co-founder, Evo Hemp

    Ari Sherman and Jourdan Samel are Sales & Marketing executives in the natural products industry. Ari and Jourdan Co-Founded Hemp Health, and natural foods brand Evo Hemp, to facilitate the evolution of the United States family farm. By establishing a supply chain of U.S. grown hemp, they’re working to revive the country’s agricultural system. The Evo Hemp brand was created to bring innovative hemp based consumer products to the U.S. market. Evo’s product line consists of organic energy bars, hemp protein powder, hemp hearts, hempseed oil, and hemp extracts. Their products can now be found in over 3,000 retail stores nationwide. In 2017, Ari and Jourdan were recognized by Forbes magazine as a 30 under 30 member in the Food and Drink category. Their mission is focused on reviving rural communities out of poverty through industrial farming. Recently, they announced their partnership with Alex White Plume, a U.S. army veteran of the Lakota Tribe. This partnership will highlight how hemp can be used as a tool for economic growth and prosperity in rural areas.

  • Jourdan Samel, Co-Founder & CEO, Evo Hemp - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Jourdan Samel

    Co-Founder & CEO, Evo Hemp

    Jourdan Samel, Co-Founder & CEO, Evo Hemp - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

    Jourdan Samel

    Co-Founder & CEO, Evo Hemp

    Ari Sherman and Jourdan Samel are Sales & Marketing executives in the natural products industry. Ari and Jourdan Co-Founded Hemp Health, and natural foods brand Evo Hemp, to facilitate the evolution of the United States family farm. By establishing a supply chain of U.S. grown hemp, they’re working to revive the country’s agricultural system. The Evo Hemp brand was created to bring innovative hemp based consumer products to the U.S. market. Evo’s product line consists of organic energy bars, hemp protein powder, hemp hearts, hempseed oil, and hemp extracts. Their products can now be found in over 3,000 retail stores nationwide. In 2017, Ari and Jourdan were recognized by Forbes magazine as a 30 under 30 member in the Food and Drink category. Their mission is focused on reviving rural communities out of poverty through industrial farming. Recently, they announced their partnership with Alex White Plume, a U.S. army veteran of the Lakota Tribe. This partnership will highlight how hemp can be used as a tool for economic growth and prosperity in rural areas.

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