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George Zimmer

Founder and Former CEO of the Men’s Wearhouse, Chairman, CEO, and Founder of Generation Tux

George Zimmer

Founder and Former CEO of the Men’s Wearhouse, Chairman, CEO, and Founder of Generation Tux

George Zimmer is Chairman, CEO and Founder of Generation Tux, an online rental platform for tuxedos and suits. He is also the founder and former CEO and Chairman of the Men’s Wearhouse - the largest retailer of men's tailored suit and dress casual clothing in the U.S. and Canada. A lifelong advocate of servant leadership as the most effective business management model, he is also an advocate for "conscious capitalism" to address income inequality and excessive CEO pay. He is the father of four children and self-described in his LinkedIn profile as a “Business Warrior Monk who roots for the underdog.” George serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and the Oakland Zoo.

Cy Scott

Co-founder and CEO of Headset, Inc. | Co-Founder of Leafly

Cy Scott

Co-founder and CEO of Headset, Inc. | Co-Founder of Leafly

Cy Scott is co-founder and CEO of Headset, Inc., bringing data driven insights to the cannabis industry. Headset helps companies in cannabis succeed by promoting better decision making via market intelligence offerings and operational insights in a sleek, intuitive and easy-to-use package. Prior to founding Headset, Cy cofounded Leafly. Since Leafly’s inception in 2010, Cy helped to grow the site into the world’s leading cannabis information resource, a model of a successful ancillary brand in this new emerging industry. Along with his work at Headset, Cy founded a monthly Cannabis Tech Meetup hosting cannabis entrepreneurs and technology developers, which has now expanded into multiple regions throughout the US. Cy’s favorite strain is Super Lemon Haze.

About Headset
Headset provides data driven insights and reports for the cannabis industry through retail analytics, developed by the same founding team that created Leafly -- the leading consumer app for cannabis. The Headset business intelligence platform provides retailers the tools necessary to optimize operations while the Headset market intelligence platform services provide companies actionable insights built on real-time, aggregate scan data enabling them to better identify trends, spot opportunities and make informed decisions.

Earl Blumenauer

Congressman

Earl Blumenauer

Congressman

Earl Blumenauer was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and has been a life-long resident of Oregon's 3rd Congressional District.

Through his years as a local official in the Oregon Legislature, Multnomah County Commission, and Portland’s City Council, Earl developed a national reputation for his advocacy for public transportation, land use planning, environmental protection, and school funding.

As a state legislator, Blumenauer supported the Oregon Decriminalization Bill of 1973, which abolished criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Elected to the US Congress in 1996, he has been a strong advocate for changes to federal drug laws and has championed several legislative efforts to protect medical marijuana patients, allow the federal government to tax and regulate marijuana, and normalize taxes and banking for marijuana businesses in states where it is legal.

Blumenauer received the National Organization for the Rationalization of Marijuana Laws Award for Outstanding Public Leadership in 2010 and the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Legislative Leadership Award in 2013. He currently serves on the Ways and Means Committee.

Steph Sherer

Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

Steph Sherer

Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

Steph Sherer is founder and Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), Director of Innovations of the International Cannabis and Cannabinoid Institute (ICCI), and founding member of the International Medical Cannabis Patients Coalition (IMCPC). ASA is the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists, and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. Steph has become the foremost international leader and expert on medical cannabis patient advocacy and, alongside the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), has created the first industry standards in the areas of Distribution, Cultivation, Analytics, and Manufacturing, Packaging, and Labeling.

Aaron Smith

Co-founder and Executive Director, National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)

Aaron Smith

Co-founder and Executive Director, National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)

Aaron Smith is co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. Prior to launching NCIA, Aaron distinguished himself as a public advocate for marijuana policy reform — first under the auspices of a California-based medical cannabis advocacy group, Safe Access Now, and more recently as the California state policy director for the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project. Aaron has successfully built coalitions with elected officials on both sides of the aisle.

Amy Margolis

Founder, Oregon Cannabis Association

Amy Margolis

Founder, Oregon Cannabis Association

Amy T. Margolis is a shareholder with Greenspoon Marder’s Cannabis Law practice group. Her primary practice areas are licensing, compliance and regulatory work in the cannabis industry, as well as continuing to represent clients charged with crimes in either state or federal court. She is also directly involved with the state’s policy discussion around implementation of medical and recreational cannabis and she has been tapped to serve on a number of rulemaking committees.

 
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Bill Griesar

Neuroscience Coordinator, nwnoggin.org (PSU, OHSU, WSU Vancouver)

Bill Griesar

Neuroscience Coordinator, nwnoggin.org (PSU, OHSU, WSU Vancouver)

Instructor, Psychology, Portland State University, Instructor/Outreach Coordinator, Neuroscience, WSU Vancouver, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU; Co-founder of arts-integrated neuroscience outreach nonprofit nwnoggin.org; PhD, Behavioral Neuro, OHSU

Tracy Ryan

CEO, CannaKids

Tracy Ryan

CEO, CannaKids

With a true focus on clinical research, Tracy Ryan has consulted with thousands of patients around the globe on cannabis use & education, and has treated over 500 patients in the last year and a half in California with her own line of CannaKids, Honey Gold cannabis oils. As a cancer mom, advocate, caregiver, cannapreneur and research pioneer, Tracy's fire is fueled by the desire to find her daughter a cure, and all of the patients behind her, the answers they need to help end their suffering.

Rob Bovett

Legal Counsel, Association of Oregon Counties (AOC)

Rob Bovett

Legal Counsel, Association of Oregon Counties (AOC)

Rob Bovett currently serves as Legal Counsel for the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC), where he primarily works on policy matters relating to governance, elections, ocean issues, and drugs. He previously served as the elected District Attorney (2009-2014) and appointed Assistant County Counsel (1992-2009) for Lincoln County, Oregon. He is the author of many of Oregon's drug laws, including those relating to meth lab control.

Mr. Bovett created numerous state and local initiatives that provide science-based solutions to problems caused by substance abuse, such as HOPE and other diversionary programs. He has authored many opinion pieces on drug policy, including those published by The Oregonian and The New York Times, has provided over 500 presentations regarding drug policy, and has appeared on numerous programs, such as Good Morning America, National Public Radio, and PBS NewsHour and FRONTLINE.

Jim McAlpine

Founder, Power Plant Fitness and New West Summit, The 420 Games

Jim McAlpine

Founder, Power Plant Fitness and New West Summit, The 420 Games

Update Jim McAlpines bio: Jim McAlpine is on a mission to change the perception of cannabis and the people that use it via athletics and sports. This Silicon Valley entrepreneur is a father of two daughers and also the founder of “CannaDads”.Over the past 2 years McAlpine has become one of the most well known figures in the cannabis industry and known as the leading expert in the field of cannabis and athletics. “Everything in Moderation Except Sweat” For Jim this slogan is a motto he both preaches and also lives by. Jim’s message is simple and applies to a global audience- anyone and everyone whose lives can be improved with the health benefits.

Beau Whitney

Economist, Whitney Economics, LLC

Beau Whitney

Economist, Whitney Economics, LLC

Beau Whitney is one of the nation's leading cannabis economists. He has published a series of white papers examining the economics of cannabis in the USA. His work in analysis, forecasting and policy has made him a pioneer in cannabis economics.

Jerry Norton

CEO, American Hemp Seed Genetics

Jerry Norton

CEO, American Hemp Seed Genetics

State of Oregon appointed Oregon State Industrial Committee, Founder of Oregon Hemp Convention,Oregon Medical Marijuana Cup, American Hemp Seed Genetics, CBDHoneyStix.com, National Account Manager New Earth Biosensces, Broker Tree of Life Seed Company, State of Oregon Agricultural Hemp Seed AG-R10408331HH Oregon Hemp Industry Association.

Christine Smith

Founder and CEO, Grön Chocolate

Christine Smith

Founder and CEO, Grön Chocolate

Christine is the founder and CEO of Grön Chocolate, one of the largest OLCC licensed edible processors in Oregon. Christine brings over 20 years of experience as a licensed architect before changing gears in 2015 and parlaying her project management experience, her culinary passion and creative background into the cannabis industry. Without outside investment and over the course of less than two years, Christine has led Grön Chocolate from a complete start-up to a successful, expanding edible company with over 20 employees, offering benefits, paid time off and holidays. Christine's prior experience in the development industry was instrumental in Grön Chocolate successfully navigating the industry regulations, becoming the first ODA licensed edible processor in Oregon, the first processor to receive Process Validation approval through the Oregon Health Authority in October 2016 and one of the leading edible companies on the market today. Grön only sources ingredients and products from sustainable, fair-trade partners, provides biodegradable child-resistant packaging with each chocolate bar and is fully committed to elevating the industry standard by making chocolate that truly feels as good as it tastes.

Samuel Grosz

Samuel David Law

Samuel Grosz

Samuel David Law

Samuel Grosz, JD, LLM

Samuel Grosz is an attorney practicing in West Linn, Oregon where he focuses on general business law and tax issues facing cannabis businesses. Samuel has advised many cannabis businesses from small growers to large dispensary chains. Also, he has represented investors nationally who are looking to invest in cannabis businesses. He was an advisor to the supporters of Measure 91, which legalized recreational marijuana in Oregon. After its passage, he worked with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to create administrative rules for Measure 91. He has lobbied for the marijuana industry at both the state and federal level.

He also has an active tax practice, advising business on the tax implications of transactions and representing taxpayers before tax authorities.

Mr. Grosz holds an LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University and earned his law degree cum laude from Seattle University. He holds a B.A. from Portland State University in finance and marketing with a minor in Russian language. Also, he earned a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development from Portland State University.

Prior to his legal practice, Mr. Grosz was a partner in a real estate development firm that constructed residential properties and managed them. He also was the owner of several interstate moving company for over 10 years. During the course of his career he has advised many small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Mr. Grosz volunteers his time at Legal Aid Services of Oregon by assisting low- income taxpayers. He serves on the Oregon State Bar’s Tax Section, Laws Committee and on the Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyers CLE Committee. He is an avid sailor and enjoys traveling abroad.

Mr. Grosz is licensed to practice in both Oregon and Washington.

Scott Jordan

Director of Business Development, Dynamic Alternative Finance

Scott Jordan

Director of Business Development, Dynamic Alternative Finance

Scott Jordan is Director of Business Development for Dynamic Alternative Finance. He has arranged over $25 million in loans and equipment leases for cannabis business owners this past 2 years. Scott is a commercial finance expert known throughout the marijuana industry. He has been interviewed by local TV and radio stations, authored articles and been a featured speaker at national conferences. Reach him at 303.754.2050 or s.jordan@dynaltfinance.com

Sara Batterby

CEO, Hifi Farms

Sara Batterby

CEO, Hifi Farms

Sara is the President and CEO of Hifi Farms. She entered the cannabis industry in early 2015 and has subsequently built, funded, and is now scaling one of Oregon's premier craft cannabis brands. Prior to this, Sara spent 20 years launching, funding and building early stage companies in high-growth, emerging markets. She is a seasoned operator in the areas of marketing, operations, product management and finance. In 2013 she launched an angel fund in Silicon Valley built on the business case for investing in female tech entrepreneurs. Her unique blend of experience with professional investment and early stage operations has enabled her to raise $4.5M in support of her own company and direct additional capital towards companies that she supports as an adviser. She writes and speaks on cannabis risk and investment around the country and sits on the Board of the Resource Innovation Institute, the leading sustainability initiative in the cannabis industry.

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