Roundtable – W-1315-EHD-FEB2017

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Dale Roberts

CPA, NorthWestCannabisCPA

Dale is the founder of NorthWestCannabisCPA.com. Dale worked as a Revenue Examiner for Sales, Use and Business taxes in the State of Alabama from 2003 to 2010. After moving on to greater challenges, Dale worked his way up the accounting ladder in private companies spending several years as an Accounting Manager in various industries designing, implementing, operating and improving accounting and administrative systems for new and existing companies. Seeking greater challenges, Dale earned his CPA in Alabama and started? NorthWestCannabisCPA.com to tap into the rapidly growing Oregon cannabis industry. Dale currently has an active CPA license in Alabama and Oregon. When it comes to the complex legal and regulatory environment of running a canna-business, having a CPA and an experienced prior regulatory auditor on your side is a valuable resource. Dale's comprehensive experience allows him a multi-dimensional perspective on your business.

Dale Roberts

CPA, NorthWestCannabisCPA

Dale is the founder of NorthWestCannabisCPA.com. Dale worked as a Revenue Examiner for Sales, Use and Business taxes in the State of Alabama from 2003 to 2010. After moving on to greater challenges, Dale worked his way up the accounting ladder in private companies spending several years as an Accounting Manager in various industries designing, implementing, operating and improving accounting and administrative systems for new and existing companies. Seeking greater challenges, Dale earned his CPA in Alabama and started? NorthWestCannabisCPA.com to tap into the rapidly growing Oregon cannabis industry. Dale currently has an active CPA license in Alabama and Oregon. When it comes to the complex legal and regulatory environment of running a canna-business, having a CPA and an experienced prior regulatory auditor on your side is a valuable resource. Dale's comprehensive experience allows him a multi-dimensional perspective on your business.

Karen Sprague

President/ Owner, Karen Sprague essentials

Core Competencies:

  • Former CEO/Owner of a multi million dollar cannabis extraction company
  • Current business Karen Sprague Essentials ��� cannabis consulting firm
  • Product development and marketing
  • High-CBD cultivation and extraction of medical-grade cannabis oil
  • Organic farming for Hemp, CBD, and THC specific strains
  • Extraction equipment operation, design and modification for cannabis products
  • Developing patient-specific therapies
  • Advocate for keeping craft farming alive in Oregon
  • Presented at International Cannabis Business conference in 2015 on Cannabis
  • Spoke directly to the Oregon Senate on behave of cannabis companies
  • Lobbied in Washington DC for fair taxation and banking in the cannabis industry 2015
  • Sat on the OLCC rules advisory committee for testing in Oregon 2016
  • Advisedo Oregon Health Authority on extracts in Oregon 2015
  • Featured in Dope Magazine January 2016- Quality Company and Cultivation
  • Featured in Oregon Leaf- 2014, 2015

Karen Sprague

President/ Owner, Karen Sprague essentials

Core Competencies:

  • Former CEO/Owner of a multi million dollar cannabis extraction company
  • Current business Karen Sprague Essentials ��� cannabis consulting firm
  • Product development and marketing
  • High-CBD cultivation and extraction of medical-grade cannabis oil
  • Organic farming for Hemp, CBD, and THC specific strains
  • Extraction equipment operation, design and modification for cannabis products
  • Developing patient-specific therapies
  • Advocate for keeping craft farming alive in Oregon
  • Presented at International Cannabis Business conference in 2015 on Cannabis
  • Spoke directly to the Oregon Senate on behave of cannabis companies
  • Lobbied in Washington DC for fair taxation and banking in the cannabis industry 2015
  • Sat on the OLCC rules advisory committee for testing in Oregon 2016
  • Advisedo Oregon Health Authority on extracts in Oregon 2015
  • Featured in Dope Magazine January 2016- Quality Company and Cultivation
  • Featured in Oregon Leaf- 2014, 2015

Ben Wu

President, Kush Bottles

Ben Wu, President of Kush Bottles, has valuable experience in managing small, rapidly growing businesses. Prior to joining Kush Bottles, Ben served as a Vice President at Wedbush Capital Partners, a private equity fund focused on acquiring, professionalizing, and accelerating the growth of small entrepreneur-owned companies.

Ben is currently a member the packaging advisory committee for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, and works in conjunction with The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, as well as the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division. Ben also provides advisement for state officials in markets where cannabis has recently been legalized.

He is very familiar with a broad range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, branded consumer products and packaging.

Ben Wu

President, Kush Bottles

Ben Wu, President of Kush Bottles, has valuable experience in managing small, rapidly growing businesses. Prior to joining Kush Bottles, Ben served as a Vice President at Wedbush Capital Partners, a private equity fund focused on acquiring, professionalizing, and accelerating the growth of small entrepreneur-owned companies.

Ben is currently a member the packaging advisory committee for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, and works in conjunction with The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, as well as the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division. Ben also provides advisement for state officials in markets where cannabis has recently been legalized.

He is very familiar with a broad range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, branded consumer products and packaging.

Jon Norling

Attorney, Emerge Law Group

Jon is a renewable energy and corporate attorney representing developers, investors and lenders on matters related to the development and financing of renewable energy projects. Jon has represented developers on most every type of agreement in the development process, and has conducted legal due diligence on behalf of lenders and investors on all types of renewable energy projects. He has managed acquisitions and financing of solar, wind, biomass, and biofuel project companies, as well as cleantech venture companies. Jon has substantial in-house counsel experience and is adept at managing outside counsel. Nationally-recognized speaker on energy law issues. Also a decent tennis player and bluegrass/jazz fiddler.

Admitted to Practice

California

Oregon

Education

Lewis & Clark Law School, Juris Doctor, Law (1997)

Middlebury College, Bachelor of Arts (1991)

Jon Norling

Attorney, Emerge Law Group

Jon is a renewable energy and corporate attorney representing developers, investors and lenders on matters related to the development and financing of renewable energy projects. Jon has represented developers on most every type of agreement in the development process, and has conducted legal due diligence on behalf of lenders and investors on all types of renewable energy projects. He has managed acquisitions and financing of solar, wind, biomass, and biofuel project companies, as well as cleantech venture companies. Jon has substantial in-house counsel experience and is adept at managing outside counsel. Nationally-recognized speaker on energy law issues. Also a decent tennis player and bluegrass/jazz fiddler.

Admitted to Practice

California

Oregon

Education

Lewis & Clark Law School, Juris Doctor, Law (1997)

Middlebury College, Bachelor of Arts (1991)

Janice Knox

Co-founder The CannaMDs, The Canna MDs

Dr. Janice Knox spent 35 years as a board certified anesthesiologist. With her husband and 2 daughters, she is one of the co-founders of the Canna MDs, a group striving to bring the knowledge of cannabis medicine to patients and professionals.

Janice Knox

Co-founder The CannaMDs, The Canna MDs

Dr. Janice Knox spent 35 years as a board certified anesthesiologist. With her husband and 2 daughters, she is one of the co-founders of the Canna MDs, a group striving to bring the knowledge of cannabis medicine to patients and professionals.

Aaron Pelley

Attorney, NWMJ Law

A founding member of the Cannabis Defense Coalition Legal Committee and a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee. Aaron has been a tireless advocate in the War on Drugs and the legalization movement.

Aaron Pelley

Attorney, NWMJ Law

A founding member of the Cannabis Defense Coalition Legal Committee and a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee. Aaron has been a tireless advocate in the War on Drugs and the legalization movement.

Eric Ogden

Cofounder, WeedTraQR

With decades of diverse expertise across multiple business functions including strategic planning, marketing, operations, sales, business development, partner relationship management, customer service, patents, insurance/risk management, and technology development and deployment, Eric Ogden is now Cofounder of WeedTraQR, a rapidly growing traceability compliance software provider for the legal cannabis industry. Founder David Busby and Eric share a passion for process automation and are guided by a vision of turning traceability compliance from burden to competitive advantage with innovative and performance driven software to help the fledgling cannabis industry thrive.

Eric has an MBA from Seattle University.

Eric Ogden

Cofounder, WeedTraQR

With decades of diverse expertise across multiple business functions including strategic planning, marketing, operations, sales, business development, partner relationship management, customer service, patents, insurance/risk management, and technology development and deployment, Eric Ogden is now Cofounder of WeedTraQR, a rapidly growing traceability compliance software provider for the legal cannabis industry. Founder David Busby and Eric share a passion for process automation and are guided by a vision of turning traceability compliance from burden to competitive advantage with innovative and performance driven software to help the fledgling cannabis industry thrive.

Eric has an MBA from Seattle University.

Marco Materazzi

Attorney, Emerge Law Group

Marco is a shareholder with Emerge Law Group. He is a general business lawyer with a practice focused on emerging growth companies, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and a range of other business matters.He has significant experience advising clients with respect to securities offerings, corporate governance, intellectual property protection, regulatory compliance, entity structure, shareholder agreements and general contract negotiation.
Prior to joining Emerge Law Group, Marco was a partner at Tonkon Torp LLP. He also previously worked in London and Hong Kong for Herbert Smith LLP, where he represented corporate clients and investment banks in a range of business transactions, including public securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions.
Marco received his J.D. in 2005 from the UCLA School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Cornell University.

Marco Materazzi

Attorney, Emerge Law Group

Marco is a shareholder with Emerge Law Group. He is a general business lawyer with a practice focused on emerging growth companies, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and a range of other business matters.He has significant experience advising clients with respect to securities offerings, corporate governance, intellectual property protection, regulatory compliance, entity structure, shareholder agreements and general contract negotiation.
Prior to joining Emerge Law Group, Marco was a partner at Tonkon Torp LLP. He also previously worked in London and Hong Kong for Herbert Smith LLP, where he represented corporate clients and investment banks in a range of business transactions, including public securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions.
Marco received his J.D. in 2005 from the UCLA School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Cornell University.

Darrin Farrow

Owner, Green Mile Consulting

Founder of an investment firm, Darrin has over 25 years of experience developing retirement plan software solutions for companies in a variety of industries, helping participants and employers mitigate risk and maximize their investment potential. He also is partnered with a premium cannabis company with locations in 4 states that specialize in cultivation, extraction, manufacturing edibles, and several retail operations.

Darrin Farrow

Owner, Green Mile Consulting

Founder of an investment firm, Darrin has over 25 years of experience developing retirement plan software solutions for companies in a variety of industries, helping participants and employers mitigate risk and maximize their investment potential. He also is partnered with a premium cannabis company with locations in 4 states that specialize in cultivation, extraction, manufacturing edibles, and several retail operations.

Nicholas Kovacevich

CEO, Kush Bottles

Nick is the co-founder and CEO of Kush Bottles, the industry's premier packaging company that recently made the transition to a public company, and now is among the highest market cap of any company in the cannabis industry.

Nicholas Kovacevich

CEO, Kush Bottles

Nick is the co-founder and CEO of Kush Bottles, the industry's premier packaging company that recently made the transition to a public company, and now is among the highest market cap of any company in the cannabis industry.

Dave Kopilak

Attorney, Emerge Law Group

Dave Kopilak focuses his practice on business and corporate law. He has extensive experience assisting clients with business structuring, entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate securities, equity incentive plans, and all types of commercial contracts.

Dave was the primary drafter of Oregon Ballot Measure 91 and has a unique understanding of the corporate law challenges that cannabis businesses face.

Prior to co-founding Emerge Law Group, Dave was a shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, P.C., Oregon's second largest law firm. He also worked on-site at Intel Corporation where he drafted and negotiated numerous contracts. For eight years, Dave was an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, where he taught a mergers and acquisitions lab class. Dave has also served as an Executive Committee Member of the Oregon State Bar Business Law Section.

Dave received his J.D. from University of Oregon School of Law in 1994.

Dave Kopilak

Attorney, Emerge Law Group

Dave Kopilak focuses his practice on business and corporate law. He has extensive experience assisting clients with business structuring, entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate securities, equity incentive plans, and all types of commercial contracts.

Dave was the primary drafter of Oregon Ballot Measure 91 and has a unique understanding of the corporate law challenges that cannabis businesses face.

Prior to co-founding Emerge Law Group, Dave was a shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, P.C., Oregon's second largest law firm. He also worked on-site at Intel Corporation where he drafted and negotiated numerous contracts. For eight years, Dave was an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, where he taught a mergers and acquisitions lab class. Dave has also served as an Executive Committee Member of the Oregon State Bar Business Law Section.

Dave received his J.D. from University of Oregon School of Law in 1994.

Alex Tinker

Attorney; Co-Chair, Tonkon Torp LLP Cannabis Industry Group

Alex is an attorney with Tonkon Torp, LLP, where he co-chairs the firm's Cannabis Industry Group. Tonkon Torp was among the first leading business firms in Oregon to embrace the cannabis industry. Alex's practice focuses on resolving business disputes in and out of court. He represents individuals and companies on a variety of claims, including contract disputes, business owner disputes, and business torts. He has helped Tonkon clients win on motions to dismiss, on summary judgment, and at trial, in addition to negotiating numerous favorable settlements. Since 2014, Alex has navigated litigation issues unique to the cannabis context on behalf of cannabis industry clients and individuals and companies doing business with them. Alex was named an Oregon "Rising Star" in business litigation by Super Lawyers in 2016.

Alex Tinker

Attorney; Co-Chair, Tonkon Torp LLP Cannabis Industry Group

Alex is an attorney with Tonkon Torp, LLP, where he co-chairs the firm's Cannabis Industry Group. Tonkon Torp was among the first leading business firms in Oregon to embrace the cannabis industry. Alex's practice focuses on resolving business disputes in and out of court. He represents individuals and companies on a variety of claims, including contract disputes, business owner disputes, and business torts. He has helped Tonkon clients win on motions to dismiss, on summary judgment, and at trial, in addition to negotiating numerous favorable settlements. Since 2014, Alex has navigated litigation issues unique to the cannabis context on behalf of cannabis industry clients and individuals and companies doing business with them. Alex was named an Oregon "Rising Star" in business litigation by Super Lawyers in 2016.

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

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

Shango Los

Podcast host and cannabis business strategist, Shaping Fire

Shango is a cannabis business strategist and host of the popular Shaping Fire: Cannabis Innovation podcast. Before he departed to found Shaping Fire, Shango was founder and host of the Ganjapreneur.com podcast and produced 54 episodes interviewing cannabis luminaries about cannabis business and cannabis as medicine. The show was listened to by tens of thousands every week. Shango was also Director of Content and Brand Strategy for Ganjapreneur.com.

He is also founder of the Vashon Island Marijuana Entrepreneurs Alliance cannabis trade organization and has worked tirelessly to create new markets for cannabis health products produced on Vashon Island.

Shango Los

Podcast host and cannabis business strategist, Shaping Fire

Shango is a cannabis business strategist and host of the popular Shaping Fire: Cannabis Innovation podcast. Before he departed to found Shaping Fire, Shango was founder and host of the Ganjapreneur.com podcast and produced 54 episodes interviewing cannabis luminaries about cannabis business and cannabis as medicine. The show was listened to by tens of thousands every week. Shango was also Director of Content and Brand Strategy for Ganjapreneur.com.

He is also founder of the Vashon Island Marijuana Entrepreneurs Alliance cannabis trade organization and has worked tirelessly to create new markets for cannabis health products produced on Vashon Island.

Preston Greene

General Manager, Yerba Buena Farms

Preston Greene is the General Manager for Yerba Buena Farms, one of the first recreationally licensed cannabis businesses in Oregon, and is a board member of the Oregon Cannabis Association. As a company leader to one of the leading cannabis businesses in Oregon, Preston's combined knowledge and experience with business, law, and community relations make him a well versed and valuable addition to the ever growing and changing cannabis industry

Preston Greene

General Manager, Yerba Buena Farms

Preston Greene is the General Manager for Yerba Buena Farms, one of the first recreationally licensed cannabis businesses in Oregon, and is a board member of the Oregon Cannabis Association. As a company leader to one of the leading cannabis businesses in Oregon, Preston's combined knowledge and experience with business, law, and community relations make him a well versed and valuable addition to the ever growing and changing cannabis industry