The Cannabis Society Business Conference - Las Vegas (Invite Only)
317 S 6th St, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA
The Cannabis Society in partnership with Zuber Lawler is proud to present it's Deal Making Conference on April 1st in Las Vegas.We are dedicated to fostering the cannabis community through events, conferences, dinners, & many more. Join us for a unique deal making session and to hear from Industry experts, entrepreneurs, investors and service providers on what is to come in this emerging industry.
5:30 PM: Registration and Deal Making
6:00PM: Opening Remarks by The Cannabis Society
6:10 PM: Investments in Cannabis Panel
6:30 PM: Impact of Hemp Legalization in the Market Place Panel
6:50PM: Product Innovation Panel
7:10 PM: Deal Making
Confirmed Guest Speakers:
Michael Boniello, Managing Director at Poseidon Asset Management
Michael is a Managing Director at Poseidon Asset Management, one of the longest running 100% cannabis-focused investment firms in the industry. After amassing an 18-year career across many areas of traditional finance with the past five as a cannabis investor and consultant, Michael is focused on raising capital for companies which have reached their Series A and higher rounds of funding. Poseidon oversees one of the longest running dedicated cannabis investment funds, Demeter Capital Group LP, with over $100MM Assets Under Management. The Poseidon team has focused on a diversified strategy covering a range of company stages and industry subsectors across the capital spectrum and just recently launched their second fund, Demeter Capital Group II LP.
Brandy Keen, Co-Founder and Senior Technical Advisor for Surna Inc.
Brandy Keen has been designing and consulting for environmental systems in indoor agricultural facilities for over thirteen years. Ms. Keen co-founded Hydro Innovations where she served as its Director of Operations. Currently, Ms. Keen is the Co-Founder and Senior Technical Advisor for Surna Inc., which acquired Hydro Innovations. Surna has been involved in consulting, equipment sales and/or full-scale design for over 800 grow facilities since 2006 making us a trusted resource for indoor environmental design and control management for the cannabis industry. Ms. Keen is often engaged as a speaker on climate control and energy efficiency by several organizations and has been interviewed by Bloomberg News and cited in numerous industry publications. Her experience lends an understanding of all perspectives in the cultivation facility, including the cultivator, the owner, the investor, the regulating body, and the community. At Surna, she guides licensed PE's in mechanical design of facilities, teaches solutions to consumers who know little about the systems they are purchasing, designs systems that meet local regulations and reduces energy consumption, and improve on standard and outdated practices. Ms. Keen’s expertise recently brought her to participate in the Cannabis Sustainability Work Group through the City of Denver, as it provides best practices for sustainability (including water and energy efficiency) in the cannabis industry.
Casey Connell, President, Contender Gardens
Casey Connell has been growing cannabis for two decades. Connell has always placed a high premium on product research and development, concentrating on bio-controls, using and testing beneficial insects with cannabis in an effort to be pesticide free. He has helped other farmers achieve their integrated pest management (IPM) goals. In 2013, Connell founded Contender Gardens LLC, a regulated I-502 producer/processor in Spokane, Wash. Connell is also an executive board member of the cannabis farmer’s council in Washington State and speaks frequently about IPM.
Matthew Abel, Founder, Cannabis Counsel, P.L.C.
Matthew Abel is the founder and Senior Partner of Cannabis Counsel, P.L.C., a boutique marijuana law firm in Detroit, Michigan. A 30-year veteran lawyer, he also is Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Since passage of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act in 2008, Cannabis Counsel, P.L.C. has rapidly grown to include not only business clients and issues, but also employment, drug testing, family law, contract, real estate, landlord-tenant, and other issues surrounding cannabis. Abel is a lifetime member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a member of the National Lawyers Guild and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.
Stacey Mulvey, Creator, Marijuasana
Stacey Mulvey founded Marijuasana, a yoga and lifestyle company which teaches the integration of cannabis with mindful movement and creative practices; as well as co-owner and head of sales and marketing for Hawaiian Cannabis Concierge, a luxury travel company specializing in small group retreats and high-end cannabis vacations on Kauai. She created her own teacher training program for the Marijuasana Method, and has been featured in Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Forbes, The Boston Globe and Washington Post.
Madison Rodgers, Cannabis Consultant/Contractor
Madison is a Las Vegas native, cannabis patient, and activist in her community. For over two years, Madison has worked within the industry to help open flagship stores, standardize SOPs, and care for her fellow patients. You can usually find her outdoors with her dogs and partner, studying law, and attending local and state legislative hearings.
Lezli Engelking, Founder of FOCUS - Foundation of Cannabis
Lezli's career is a proven track record of success launching new products, companies and even a new industry. Lezli is a strategic self-starter who possesses two decades of professional experience across cannabis, government relations, pharmaceutical, mental health, non-profit, and publishing industries. Her strengths lie in identifying client needs and delivering customized solutions and streamlined processes that ensure quality, safety, compliance, and increased revenue. Her passion for community outreach, coalition building, and public policy issues combined with her love for new challenges and her ability to envision simplified solutions to complicated situations makes Lezli the perfect candidate and uniquely qualified for her work ensuring the highest standards are met and maintained as founder of Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards (FOCUS).
Krista Whitley, CEO of Altitude Products
Altitude Products exists today thanks to the trailblazing leadership of Krista Whitley. An award-winning fast growth entrepreneur, Krista Whitley has spent her career creating organizations poised for explosive growth in underserved industries. Of Krista, business legend Kevin O’Leary said, “She’s the real deal.”
With a heart for serving others, Krista was Las Vegas Market Leader for Women Grow, founding member of the Las Vegas Conscious Capitalism Chapter, and a dedicated board member for several non profits serving the Las Vegas community over two decades of residency. As an investor, Krista has invested in fellow female entrepreneurs like the eponymous Jane West brand and mentors young entrepreneurs from all backgrounds to educate, inspire, and connect them to the resources they need to be successful. As the mother of two young girls, Krista is determined to blaze a trail so bright that the next generation of lady leaders never experiences the sexism she has had to overcome.
Known as a real time connector, Krista founded Altitude Products on her couch and has grown it into an award-winning fast growth plant medicine empire with a 100% female Board of Directors and leadership team. Named by Green Entrepreneur as one of the Top 100 Cannabis Leaders in the Medical category for their exacting standards with a commitment to improving the quality of life for people and pets, Altitude Products is on a mission to save lives by replacing dangerous pills with innovative plant wellness products. Named by the Cannabis Business Awards as the “Most Innovative Company” of 2018, Altitude Products continues to set a new standard for excellence in plant medicine innovation.
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