BevNET & NOSH Present:A Cannabis Forum for Food & Beverage
Cannabis, the fast growing industry expected to reach $25 billion by 2025*, is turning heads and attracting businesses across industries to invest.
The food and beverage industry is invited to discuss and learn how the emerging cannabis market could impact their business at the one day industry forum. Hosted on December 4th, the Friday between NOSH Live and BevNET Live, attendees of either conference will receive special rates to Cannabis Forum. Standard admission tickets are also available.
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Past Speakers: Industry Trailblazers Speak at the Cannabis Forum
Co-founder & President, Think BIG
Willie Mack is a brand marketing executive, creative director, and photographer with over 20 years of experience in creative and executive leadership in New York City and Los Angeles. He has led teams to execute award-winning marketing campaigns for clients that include Absolut Vodka, Estée Lauder, GQ, Microsoft, Montblanc, Persol, Ray-Ban, TED, the Obama Administration, Vanity Fair, and Wired Magazine. He is also a co-founder of Think BIG, where he serves as the company’s president and leads its executive management and strategic vision. He became involved with the company when CJ Wallace, founder of Think BIG, was his client at Flint Studio. Willie was drawn to the company because he shares CJ’s vision of removing the stigma associated with cannabis use, both for healing and to stimulate creativity. Willie has used cannabis to inspire his creativity for most of his adult life. He credits it with driving his photography and his work on creative campaigns for global brands. Before starting Think BIG, Willie most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer for Starling Brands, Inc. and Jayden’s Juice, a CBD-rich cannabis strain thousands of people worldwide have used to treat symptoms associated with severe epilepsy, anxiety, autism, pain, and cancer in addition to using it for general health and wellness. In 2015, prior to his work with Starling Brands, Willie founded Flint Studio, an LA-based cannabis branding studio. In 2011, he founded Bleecker SP, a boutique creative studio based in LA and NYC. He also served as Head of Marketing for Bionic Yarn, an eco-textile innovation company that spearheads global ocean plastic pollution campaigns.
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.
Dr. John Oram
CEO and Founder, NUG
Dr. John Oram is CEO and Founder of vertically-integrated cannabis company NUG, which operates the highest volume cannabis extraction facility in California, producing the majority of concentrates and other infused cannabis products sold in California under the NUG label and other leading brands. John holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in environmental chemistry and engineering from the University of California Los Angeles and bachelor’s degrees in analytical chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder. A veteran of the industry since the early 2000s, John possesses extensive knowledge on how to operate a successful cannabis company from seed to sale. Prior to founding NUG, he co-founded CW Analytical Laboratories--recognized as the most trusted analytical laboratory in the state--to establish standardized testing and certification protocols in order to ensure the safety and quality of medical cannabis.
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.
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.
Head of Beverage, Caliva
Chris Cuvelier is Head of Beverage at Caliva. Chris started his career focused on beverages, working in the juice and smoothie industry before taking a life-changing trip to Brazil in 2001 where he fell in love with Açaí and was inspired to start Zola. A few years later, he expanded Zola to include Coconut Water, his favorite hydration drink after a good surf session. In 2016 Zola was sold to growth investors KarpReilly and Chris stayed on as CEO doubling down on his passion for delicious plant-based drinks. In late 2018, Caliva’s CEO, Dennis O’Malley and Chris were speaking about disruption at a beverage conference in 2018. Chris had long seen Cannabis as the ultimate plant-based ingredient and began consulting for Caliva soon after meeting Dennis. Recognizing the opportunity to be a leader in cannabis beverages, Caliva acquired Zola in May 2019 to quickly accelerate Caliva into the cannabis infused beverage category.
Partner, Margolin & Lawrence
Allison was one of the first lawyers to specialize in cannabis and has built a burgeoning practice over the last 15 years that is unrivaled in the space. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Columbia University, Allison combines top credentials and an extensive depth of experience in cannabis business law, with a lifelong passion for cannabis policy reform. In her current focus on cannabis business regulation and compliance, Allison has guided her clients— licensed dispensaries, growers and manufacturers— through the complex and ever-changing laws and regulations governing medical and adult-use cannabis.
Founder & CEO, Grasslands
Ricardo Baca is a 20-year veteran journalist, keynote speaker and thought leader in modern media and drug policy circles. He served as The Denver Post’s first-ever marijuana editor and founded news vertical The Cannabist, where he extensively covered the advent of adult-use cannabis and related issues across the country and around the world. In 2016, Mr. Baca launched Grasslands: A Journalism-Minded Agency to work directly with business leaders in highly regulated industries, including cannabis, energy, hemp and healthcare. He has received numerous accolades for his trailblazing work covering drug policy, cannabis business and culture, and continues to columnize and host podcasts for a number of top publications. Mr. Baca was named Marketer of the Year by AdCann in 2019.
Stay the Friday Between NOSH Live and BevNET Live
Hundreds of food and beverage leaders will come together in Santa Monica for NOSH Live on December 2nd and 3rd, and BevNET Live on December 7th and 8th Together, the business conferences provide a one-two punch, focused individually on the business of packaged natural food and beverage. With hundreds of food and beverage professionals coming together we have the opportunity to explore an emerging market, the fast growing cannabis industry.