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    5 Things You Need To Know In Order To Succeed In The Cannabis Industry

    Get the scope with these professionals and there own take on the 5 Things You Need To Know In Order To Succeed In The Cannabis Industry

    Dr. Andrew Kerklaan

    Dr. Andrew Kerklaan, DC has more than 20 years of experience at the pulse of the global health and wellness industry. He completed his studies in Toronto, Canada and launched his career in London, England at a prestigious clinic where his patients included rock stars and royalty. Five years later, Dr. Kerklaan returned to his hometown of Montreal determined to bring the best in integrative health care to his own community-based center. His thriving practice provides expert treatment for a wide range of patients and conditions, with a focus on health, wellness, and pain management.

    While caring for thousands of patients for nearly a quarter-century, Dr. Kerklaan continually center at the body’s own natural ability to heal. This observation led to the doctor’s deeply-held philosophy — that the best approach to optimum health is most often a natural, non-invasive one. This belief, along with his patients’ urgent search for natural pain solutions, inspired Dr. Kerklaan to explore the benefits of hemp-based medicine.

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    Jennifer Sanders

    CNS is both a corporate strategy and private equity firm that holds holistic health-related assets. We have a large hold right now on the hemp and cannabis industry; we have six companies and two brands but we also have non-cannabis companies as well. The AURA Ventures Fund is actually new and unlike anything, we have seen in the investment industry. We’re launching a fund and what we’re focusing on is actual holistic healthcare companies that are in mature stages, not in venture capital; they’re already moderate to large companies – think of large essential oil companies, holistic health, yoga and wellness spas – businesses like that with existing brands. They’re looking to raise capital to take their companies a little bit larger or they’re looking for real strategic partners that will help them in advertising, marketing, branding, event strategy, with proven leaders in those industries.

    Within our own CNS portfolio, AURA Venture Funds, and through the AURA creative consulting firm, we take companies that are doing a great job in their state and take them nationally, or companies that are doing well nationally – typically non-cannabis companies because of the challenges – and make them global. AURA as a creative firm is only accepting five select clients in 2018.

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    Ophelia Chong

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    Ophelia Chong is community activist, graphic designer and photographer. She is a partner at The Bevel Group and the founder of Stock Pot Images and Asian Americans for Cannabis Education (AACE). She is driven to help shape the new conversation of Cannabis and is guided by one mission: to advocate for the legalization of cannabis and offer truthful reflections of the faces and communities that embrace cannabis.

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    Matt Rizzetta

    Founder and CEO of N6A. We are a PR and Social Media agency servicing clients in more than 20 industries, with offices in New York, Toronto and Boulder. I was born and raised in New York by a great family, and our business is named as a tribute to the street that my grandparents immigrated to when they came to the United States. I have three beautiful daughters at home – Viviana, Valentina and Simona.

    Craig Frank

    Craig has been a key architect in the development and implementation of the company's vision, strategies and business plan and has developed the company from a concept to its current stage.

    Prior to KAYS, Craig served for 4 years as CEO of Alternative Fuels Americas, Inc. (AFAI), KAYS’ predecessor company. At AFAI Craig led Jatropha plant trials in Guatemala. Honduras and Costa Rica, secured orders for 6 million gallons of biofuel, and developed industry-first programs for the use of wild feedstock. Prior to AFAI, Craig served 11 years as CEO of The Tudog Group, a Florida based business advisory firm. During Craig's tenure Tudog worked with more than 200 companies from 19 countries and 22 sectors.

    Craig is a widely published author with articles on business matters featured in magazines and newsletters internationally, including the publications of the Guatemala American Chamber of Commerce, the Israel Export Institute, the Romanian Chamber of Commerce, and the World Association of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. He is also an in-demand speaker at international conferences, including the Florida Sterling Council, the International Project Management Association, the Central American Center for Entrepreneurship, the Israel Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and the Pino Center for Entrepreneurship at Florida International University.

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    Kyle Turley

    former All-Pro NFL player and successful “power country” musician. Kyle is CEO and Founder of Neuro XPF, a hemp-based CBD product line that is THC-Free and was created to help athletes remain focused, reduce inflammation, aches and pains, and stay in the game. Kyle is also a board member and active supporter of the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, an organization providing medical care and other forms of assistance to retired NFL players in dire need.

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    Nicole wicker

    Nicole served as CFO for several companies and recently led the successful transition of companies from the start-up stage through acquisition or IPO, including SmartPath and Motricity.

    Following graduation from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Nicole started her career with Ernst & Young in the Entrepreneurial Services group, where she worked 11 years and swiftly became lead financial executive in numerous SEC filings, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, including Highwoods Properties, Divot Golf Corporation, BTI, General Parts, Intellikey, and Optometric Eye Care Center.

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    Kevin Liebrock

    Kevin Liebrock, chief operating officer at Bluebird Botanicals in Louisville, Colo., says that's what his company does.And, he says that they post the results online, so customers can check to see that they are "getting the advertised amounts of cannabinoids, like CBD, and that the product is free of contaminants.

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    Ezra Malmuth

    Atlas Edibles is a Berkeley-based company devoted to a healthier alternative to many of the edible cannabis products.

    It offers medical cannabis products called Stratus, Ember, Nimbus and Origin. Stratus is made of zesty lemon caramel with a hint of ginger, toasted almonds, sweet wild blueberries and poppy seeds. It promotes balance, mindfulness & playfulness. Ember is caramel flavored with a hint of heat from the cayenne, crunch from the toasted cashews and a tart finish with dried California apricots. It promotes positivity, functionality & creativity. Nimbus is a rich dark chocolate laced with toasted hazelnuts, pecans and dried currants and rounded off with cinnamon and salt. It also promotes balance, mindfulness & playfulness. And lastly, the Origin which was made with earthy Mexican chocolate with chilies and warm spices, crispy puffed rice and crunchy toasted pumpkin seeds for a very complex combination. This promotes relaxation, healing and well being.

    The company is founded by Ezra Malmuth. He’s a Berkeley native and was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family, which means that obtaining kosher certification for his edibles is a goal, even though he no longer keeps kosher himself.

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    Daniel Wacks

    Daniel Wacks. CEO, State Flower. 60,000 square feet of cultivation located in San Francisco and Las Vegas. I own or co-own seven cannabis businesses in two states with over 100 employees. I serve on two advisory boards for a cannabis VC and a track and trace startup and have recently begun consulting overseas.

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