Cannabis Conference 2019 Advisory Board

We are pleased to introduce you to the Cannabis Conference 2019 Advisory Board, which is comprised of cultivators, and dispensary and business professionals who were carefully selected for their industry leadership, expertise and passion for the advancement of the commercial cannabis market.

Advisory Board
Leif ABel

Leif Abel
Greatland Ganja

Leif Abel, Co-Founder of Greatland Ganja is a second-generation cannabis cultivator. He resides in Kasilof, Alaska with his wife, two children, and extended family. The Abels cultivate cannabis, both in greenhouses with organic methods, and hydroponically indoors. A founding member of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association, he has focused on public education, community involvement and public input. During the regulatory process in Alaska, he was appointed to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Marijuana Task Force, where he served out his term as chairman. Leif's favorite pastimes include being with his family, hiking, camping and working on his family farm.

Sjoerd Broeks

Sjoerd Broeks
Genetic Development/R&D Director

Sjoerd Broeks is one of the world’s foremost authorities in the cultivation of Cannabis with more than 25 years of Cannabis cultivation and breeding experience. After completing the start up stage at the Pharm as Cultivation Director, Sjoerd is now the Genetic Development and R&D Director for The PHARM LLC, a cannabis cultivation business in Willcox, Ariz. that operates a 320,000 square foot glass greenhouse. Sjoerd is a founding member of The Dutch Consulting Company (DCC). DCC’s operations are based on a collaborative platform. That company has enlisted the support of many of the industries’ leading experts to assist clients, including Harborside Farms in California, where DCC assists in all areas of Cannabis operations..

Laura Day Rivero

Laura Day
Director of Operations
Yerba Buena

Laura Day is the Director of Operations at Yerba Buena in Portland, Ore., among the first eight recreationally licensed farms in Oregon. With more than 20 years of experience working with cannabis across several states, and eight-plus years of experience in strict seed-to-sale environments, she has designed and implemented various successful business models from dispensaries to cultivation focused around environmental stewardship, organic growing practices, creating a nurturing and empowering work environment with exemplary labor practices, and contributing to the local community. Yerba Buena was the first cannabis company to receive the 100 Best Green Companies award by Oregon Business Magazine and won the award in both 2017 and 2018, placing 9th and then 6th respectively in the state of Oregon, across all industries. In addition, Yerba Buena has been voted Best Indoor Grow by the Dope Industry Awards, Best CBD Strain by the Cultivation Classic two years in a row in addition to the Innovation Award for energy efficiency in 2018, Best Cannabis Farm in the Best of Portland by Willamette Week two years running, and the Dope Cup for Best Sativa. Day also serves as Vice Chair on the Board of the Cannabis Certification Council, a non-profit dedicated to establishing standards for organically produced cannabis using fair labor practices.

David Holmes
Owner & CEO

David Holmes has a master’s degree in Mathematics and was an award-winning adjunct mathematics professor. He was awarded a fellowship to conduct research at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Holmes was inspired to cultivate marijuana in 1999 after a visit to a high-tech indoor garden. He launched his first large-scale commercial facility in 2007. Shortly thereafter, Clade9 was formed to meet demand for cultivation experts. Applying his expertise in grow room design and management, as well as world-class nutrients, Holmes focused on medical marijuana strain breeding. He has developed over a dozen strains including the Ying Yang, a high-CDB strain with superior seizure-reducing capacities.

Brooke Gehring
CEO & Co-Owner
FGS, Inc.

Brooke Gehring is the CEO and co-owner of Colorado-based FGS Inc., the parent company of Patients Choice of Colorado (serving medical patients) and LiveGreen Cannabis (serving recreational cannabis consumers). In addition, she serves on numerous State of Colorado working groups that have been involved in cannabis rule-making since 2010. Gehring has developed strong relationships with government officials, state legislatures, the Colorado Department of Revenue, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Department of Agriculture, and has established other profound alliances on a national and international scale. She continues to work collectively amongst the industry groups, professionals and advocates toward further legitimizing the evolving marijuana industry.

Debby Goldsberry

Debby Goldsberry
Executive Director, Magnolia Wellness
Co-Founder, Berkeley Patients Group collective 

Debby Goldsberry is executive director at Magnolia Wellness, an award-winning dispensary in Oakland, Calif., and the managing director of the Berkeley Community Care Center dispensary at Amoeba Music. She co-founded the Berkeley Patients Group (BPG) medical cannabis collective in 1999, directing its growth for more than 11 years. In 2017, Goldsberry published her first book, “Idiot’s Guide: Starting and Running a Marijuana Business.”

Raft Hollingsworth III

Raft Hollingsworth III
Master Grower/Co-Founder
Hollingsworth Cannabis Company

Raft Hollingsworth is entering his fourth year as the Chief Executive Officer of The Hollingsworth Cannabis Company (T.H.C. Co.). Born and raised in Seattle Wash., Hollingsworth graduated from Seattle Preparatory School and continued his studies at the University of Washington, where he joined Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. Hollingsworth started his cannabis company in 2013, and has overseen every aspect—from production to processing and sales. His primary focus is on advancing growing systems and planning for long-term growth and expansion of the company.

Nick Jack

Nick Jack
Chief Retail Officer
Diego Pellicer - Colorado

Nick Jack is Diego Pellicer - Colorado's chief retail officer, a professional cannabis retail sales expert and overall virtuoso on marijuana. Jack supervises the daily operations of Diego Pellicer - Colorado's retail store including cannabis procurement, sales, cash handling processes, financial reporting, inventory management, customer service, regulatory compliance, client communication, client education and maintains a culture of high-quality customer service. Jack has a vast knowledge of cannabis strains, their effects, proper dosages for patients, ingestion methods and state legislature/compliance. Jack won the 2017 Manager of the Year from the Cannabis Business Awards, and through his leadership, Diego Pellicer won the 2017 Dispensary Retail Store of the Year.

Colin Kelley

Colin Kelley
Board Member, LeafLine Labs/Co-Founder
VP, Haze.Delivery

Colin Kelley is a member of the LeafLine Labs board of governors. LeafLine Labs is a licensed producer/distributor of medical cannabis in Minnesota, where he previously served as the CFO and COO. Kelley is also the co-founder and vice president of Haze.Delivery, a compliance-based medical cannabis delivery platform. Additionally, he consults to executive teams in the cannabis and ancillary products markets.

Emily Kowalski

Emily Kowalski
Director of Cultivation
LeafLine Labs

Emily Kowalski is the Director of Cultivation at LeafLine Labs, LLC, one of two medical cannabis companies serving the patients of Minnesota. She utilizes her 10-plus years of experience in propagation, greenhouse production, and outdoor nursery production to cultivate consistent, healthy cannabis in LeafLine’s state-of-the-art indoor facility. Kowalski never settles for status quo and digs deep into data to drive quality and efficiency within her operation. She received her B.S. in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Rich Kwesell

Rich Kwesell
Co-Founder & Co-Owner
Strawberry Fields

Richard Kwesell is the co-founder of Heartland Industries and Strawberry Fields along with his brother, Mike. After starting their company with three plants in a friend’s spare bedroom, the brothers are currently producing 14,000 lbs. of medical and recreational cannabis every year in Colorado.

Kwesell designed, built and currently operates a 90,000-square-foot greenhouse located in Pueblo County, Colo. He currently oversees all cultivation and production, development of internal controls, commercial grow room design, and integrated pest management (IPM) program design at Strawberry Fields. Prior to that, Kwesell worked in commercial agriculture on a greenhouse in northern Israel and became proficient in nutrient administration, IPM and high-volume plant management with quota-based production.

Claudio Miranda

Claudio Miranda
Guild Enterprises

Claudio Miranda co-founded Guild Enterprises, a brand management company overseeing a vertically integrated family of cannabis brands serving the California market, in January 2015. The family of brands includes Guild Extracts, Guild Cannabis and Guild Genetics. It also operates The Guild, a seed-to-sale medical dispensary in San Jose, Calif.

Kenneth Morrow
Trichome Technologies

Kenneth Morrow has been writing cannabis-related articles and books for more than 20 years. He owns Trichome Technologies, a cannabis R&D company. He also is an award-winning grower and breeder. He has made contributions to many of today's extraction methodologies and holds multiple patents. He consults on all cannabis-related subjects. Find him on Facebook at: Trichome Technologies or Instagram: TrichomeTechnologies.

Crystal Oliver

Crystal Oliver
Washington’s Finest Cannabis

Crystal Oliver is co-owner/founder of Washington’s Finest Cannabis, an outdoor cannabis farm licensed by the WSLCB since August 2014. She also serves as Executive Assistant for Washington NORML and sits on the Cannabis Farmers Council Executive Board. She has been an advocate for small business and family farm friendly regulations in Washington State, and has represented cannabis farmer’s interest as a member of the Washington State Building Code Council’s Cannabis Issues Technical Advisory Group, Spokane Clean Air’s Marijuana Advisory Committee, and Spokane Conservation District’s Voluntary Stewardship Program. Oliver is regarded as an expert in navigating land use issues for cannabis farming and frequently serves as a resource for officials, regulators, policy-makers, and business owners.

Anna Shreeve

Anna Shreeve
Urban Paragon, Inc., Targeted Intent, Inc., and The Bakeréé

Anna Shreeve is President of Urban Paragon, Inc., Targeted Intent, Inc., and The Bakeréé. Shreeve entered the medical cannabis industry seven years ago with her son, and she and her team opened The Baker, a division of Cookie Fam Genetics, a collaboration with legendary breeder “Jigga.” Shreeve’s group holds two recreational producer/processor licenses in Washington, and a recreational retail/processor license in Oregon.

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