Cannabis Conference 2021 Advisory Board

We are pleased to introduce you to the Cannabis Conference 2021 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
Sjoerd Broeks

Salpy Boyajian
Executive Vice President / Board Chairman
Flower One

Salpy Boyajian joined Flower One in October of 2018 following the acquisition of NLV Organics (NLVO), a renowned consumer brand and luxury cultivator she co-founded in 2014. Through the acquisition, NLVO remains a prominent in-house brand partner to Flower One and has recently been recognized as the top-selling flower brand in the state of Nevada. Since the date of the NLVO acquisition, Boyajian has served as Flower One’s COO of Nevada Operations and formerly as VP of Nevada Operations. A serial entrepreneur and operator, Boyajian has a background in the field of psychotherapy and is a licensed clinician and psychotherapist. Before entering the cannabis space, she served as the Mental Health Director for several leading non-profits in Los Angeles, ultimately founding her own non-profit organization before relocating to Nevada.

Sjoerd Broeks

Sjoerd Broeks
Genetic Development/R&D Director
THE PHARM

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.

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.”

David Holmes

David Holmes
Owner & CEO
Clade9

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.

Nick Jack

Nick Jack
Chief Retail Officer
Diego Pellicer - Colorado

Nicholas Jack is a professional cannabis retail sales expert and overall virtuoso on the subject of cannabis. His knowledge and physical work produced in the field is of the highest quality, accuracy, compliance, and dedication. Jack has supervised the daily operations of Diego Pellicer's retail stores as its Chief Retail Officer, including sales, cash handling, standard operating procedures, financial reporting, inventory management, customer service, regulatory compliance, client communication, and client education. He won the 2017 Manager of the Year award through the Cannabis Business Awards, and through his leadership, Diego Pellicer won the 2017 and 2018 Best Retail Center. He also helps manage Diego Pellicer’s mergers and acquisitions, business consulting, financial audits and management, and has a great understanding of the cannabis sector and its market demands.

Colin Kelley

Colin Kelley
Operating Partner
Merida Capital Partners

Colin Kelley is an Operating Partner for Merida Capital Partners. He is also a board member of LeafLine Labs, one of two licensed producers and distributors of medical cannabis in Minnesota.

Prior to Merida, Kelley served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of LeafLine Labs. Additionally, he has held management roles at Dun & Bradstreet, Investors Bank & Trust, Wind River Capital Management, and Fresenius Medical Care. He has consulted to the SAP Business Incubator and the Civilian Research & Development Fund. Kelley earned his BSBA in Management and Finance from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

Emily Kowalski

Emily Kowalski
Vice President of Cultivation
LeafLine Labs

Emily Kowalski is the Vice President 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.

Claudio Miranda

Claudio Miranda
Co-Founder
Guild Enterprises

Claudio Miranda is the co-founder of Guild Enterprises, a family of cannabis brands that includes Guild Seeds, Guild Nursery, Guild Extracts, Guild Cannabis and The Guild. The brands have received numerous industry awards and media recognition, and Guild Extracts in particular is considered one of the most reputable innovators in the field of cannabis concentrates. Miranda was recently named among the 100 Most Influential People in Cannabis by High Times magazine.

Kenneth Morrow

Kenneth Morrow
Owner
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.

Alisia Ratliff

Alisia Ratliff, PMP
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Victus Capital Ventures, LLC

Alisia Ratliff, the CEO of Victus Capital Ventures and licensed project management professional, is a technical conference speaker, esteemed author, and ambitious entrepreneur. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of North Florida and possessing over fourteen years of leadership experience expanding over several industries—Ratliff uses a breadth of technical knowledge to guide investors’ company start up endeavors. She effectively manages technical and executive teams cross-departmentally to success while simultaneously overseeing all business operations including but not limited to supply chain, manufacturing, laboratory operations and product formulation. Ratliff’s unique leadership style and perseverance to overcome adversity has defined her professional purpose. She strives to advise her clients on what not to do in the early stages of their project, help them avoid repeating failed business models and implement sustainable business strategies no matter the ever-changing regulatory environment and marketplace.

Anna Shreeve

Mark Russ
President (West Region)
Curaleaf

Mark Russ oversees the operations of all Curaleaf brands in the West Region, which includes coverage of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah. Russ is a veteran sales executive who joined Curaleaf from Indus Holdings, a vertically integrated cannabis company, where he served as Vice President, Sales. Previously he worked at Constellation Brands as Vice President and General Sales Manager for the West Region, and at Red Bull North America as Executive Vice President & General Manager for the West Business Unit responsible for all sales, marketing, distribution and operations. Prior to joining Red Bull, Russ served as a Region Director for Pernod Ricard and spent 12 years at Diageo, where his roles included General Sales Manager for the Northeast region as well as National Director of Strategic Accounts. Russ holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University.

Anna Shreeve

Anna Shreeve
President
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.

Mason Walker

Mason Walker
Co-Owner/CEO
East Fork Cultivars

Mason Walker is Co-Owner and CEO of East Fork Cultivars, an Oregon craft cannabis and hemp company. He also serves as Treasurer for the Craft Cannabis Alliance.

Prior to joining the cannabis industry, Mason worked as a journalist for the Portland Business Journal where he co-founded and served as Interim Editor of Sustainable Business Oregon. He also served as Vice President of Oregon Environmental Council's Emerging Leaders Board, working to engage young people on policy and advocacy work at the state level.

A native New Yorker (the state, not the city), Mason holds a degree in supply chain & logistics from Portland State University. He enjoys making dry cider, playing basketball, and backpacking the wild corners of the Pacific Northwest.

Mason Walker

Hope Wiseman
Owner
Mary & Main Dispensary

Born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Hope Wiseman has always been passionate about serving her community. In 2014, Wiseman graduated with an economics degree from the illustrious Spelman College. After spending a year at SunTrust as an Equity Institutional Sales Analyst, Wiseman decided to continue striving for excellence by pursuing her dreams of entrepreneurship. In Fall 2017, Wiseman became the youngest Black woman dispensary owner in the United States with the opening of Mary & Main dispensary in Prince George’s County, Maryland. She has been featured in Black Enterprise, Huffington Post, Blavity, and more. In addition to her entrepreneurial pursuits, Wiseman is a speaker and consultant to individuals who are looking to enter the cannabis industry.