Hemp Opportunities Investor Pitch Competition
September 29, 2020
1:20 PM - 1:32 PM Allen Witters, CEO, Gravitas Infinitum
1:33 PM - 1:45 PM Barry N. Perkins, CEO, Veed
1:46 PM - 1:58 PM Charles Wu, CEO, Pheno.ag
1:59 PM - 2:11 PM Coleman Beale, CEO, Bastcore
2:12 PM - 2:14 PM Davina Kaonohi, CEO, Element Apothec
2:15 PM - 2:27 PM Jeff Ullman, CEO, GoodFOR
2:39 PM - 2:51 PM Justin Monger, CEO, LOCKEDBRANDS
2:51 PM - 3:03 PM Skip Stone, CEO, Stashlogix
Jim Fitzpatrick, Vice President, Oasis Capital
Moderator Investor Pitch Competition
Jim Fitzpatrick is a Solutioneer, crafting customized solutions to complex opportunities in the Cannabis Industry. Jim is a former Chairman of Costa Mesa Planning Commission and an Architect of Measure x. Jim has helped other Cities draft Cannabis Regulatory Schemes and successfully obtained over 2 dozen Cannabis Licenses. Jim was one of the first to implement Equipment Financing, helped Teams stack capital and is an Advisor to several Cannabis Companies. For Oasis Capital, Jim is a Vice President, responsible for working with Public Companies to allocate Oasis Capital capital.
Jim recently completed a UCLA Accounting Course in Financial Balance Sheet Analysis, with an A on his Final.
About Oaxsis Capital
Oasis Capital is a Family Office, located in Puerto Rico, that makes direct Balance Sheet Investments in public companies, and is sector agnostic. Jim leads Cannabis efforts.
Allen Witters, CEO, Gravitas Infinitum
The companies Allen has founded are still in existence today (20+years), and have delivered billions in earnings and dividends to stakeholders.
Gravitas Infinitum is a holding company focused around strong ESG principles and companies that create sustainable impact.
In the hemp industry it is pioneering biomaterials production by converting waste plastics as food and fuel for the Hemp plant to produce hundreds of nano-level materials for bio plastics, paper, food, oils, and fuels.
Barry N. Perkins, CEO, Veed
Barry N. Perkins is an Investor, Entrepreneur, Corporate Strategy, Strategic Partnership, Business Development, Idealist, and Positive Deviant.
Barry has established a reputation as a results-driven, high-impact executive with a talent for identifying emerging market trends and opportunities. He is known for converting highly creative strategies into tangible results as well as growing top line revenue while increasing profit margins. As a solution-oriented leader, corporate strategist, and business development expert with over 35 years of proven excellence, Barry has delivered exceptional results and positive impact for businesses of all sizes, in all industries and all geographic regions globally.
Veed is a media driven marketplace and membership network of licensed cannabis brands, producers, retailers and distributors and consumers. Veed provides a platform for our cannabis business partners to connect with consumers. Consumers come to Veed for trusted information on cannabis and to purchase products from Veed’s network of cannabis business partners.
Veed is a Commerce Facilitator www.commercefacilitator.com*, legally facilitating commerce for members of our marketplace within the regulated Cannabis industry. Our market network provides a unique 360-degree pattern of commerce where anyone in the Veed network can become a CoSeller of each other’s products. Cannabis business partners on our platform can build sustainable businesses and gain incremental sales while consumers can leverage their power of influence on their social media channels to gain additional source of income.
Charles Wu, CEO, Pheno.Ag
Charles is an executive, entrepreneur and investor with experience in cannabis, vertical farming, direct response marketing, media, telecommunications, network infrastructure, finTech and AdTech. At the age of 16, Charles got his first job cleaning toilets at the local health club. Charles first became acquainted with technology and the Internet at Infonautics Corporation (NASDAQ: INFO) after realizing that computer programming in Perl and other Web languages paid better than manual labor. While trying to figure out a better way to play video games, Charles learned about wireless broadband and during his 3rd year in college, started down a path that in 18 months would become a $3 million / year business. Along the way, Charles partnered with a seasoned business executive and organically bootstrapped Convergence Technologies Inc into a $20 million technology infrastructure company that achieved over 1,000% revenue growth over a three year period was recognized as one of the fastest growing privately held companies by INC Magazine in 2007.
In 2008, Charles launched IPpay, a payment technology platform and in less than 3 years, organically boot-strapped the business to over $1 Billion in payment processing volume.
In 2011, Charles obtained over $50 million in financing through the US Department of Agriculture and negotiated the first non-traditional competitive-carrier spectrum lease and 4G LTE roaming agreement with Verizon to build-out underserved markets throughout Illinois and Indiana.
In 2011, Charles became one of the founding investors of PodPonics, a vertical farming technology company.
In 2013, Charles decided to reboot his career and start fresh in consumer digital media. By 2014, Charles had cornered the online market for Cat memes and Disney princess quizzes by developing viral traffic strategies responsible for generating over 100 million monthly unique visitors. By 2015, this concept called “native commerce” had been implemented in a manner that has generated in excess of $50 million in online direct response consumer sales across multiple verticals and niches.
In 2015, Charles became involved in transitioning PodPonics into a tech enabled vertical farming solution provider. After the successful deployment of this technology in the middle east and the culmination of a 9 month collaboration with the largest North American grower and processor of Organic Packaged Salad Mix, Charles launched Nexem in 2016 to adapt and commercialize this technology for indoor cannabis cultivation. Since then, the 25+ members of the Nexem team have become industry leaders in the design, consulting, build and implementation of High Tech Indoor Cannabis Cultivation Facilities across North America.
Charles is also involved with social justice, advocacy and minority empowerment in the Cannabis industry. Since 2017, Nexem has partnered with Boyce Watkins Enterprises and the Black Business School, one of the largest minority-focused online education platforms with over 80,000 enrolled students, to provide and program cannabis industry education and training to over 5,000 students.
In 2018, Charles became the Chief Revenue Officer of Minorities for Medical Marijuana, the 2018 and 2019 Cannabis Business Association of the Year.
Charles has won numerous Industry Awards and is a frequent speaker at tradeshows, seminars and conventions all across the world.
Charles is also a competitive athlete who has completed the American Birkebeiner (the largest cross country ski marathon in North America), has won his age group multiple times at the Lifetime Chicago Triathlon, completed several Ironman triathlons and hopes to one day qualify for Kona.
Charles attended the University of Chicago for three years, currently lives in Chicago with his 14 year old daughter, 11 year old son, and 2 year old dog.
Pheno.Ag provides a technology platform that allows hemp farmers to produce feminized CBD seeds for under $0.15 / seed.
Coleman Beale, CEO, Bastcore
Coleman serves as CEO of Bastcore and is one of the Co-founders and original seed investors of Bastcore. Coleman has over 15 years of professional experience working in the finance industry. He has worked across multiple disciplines including corporate and commercial banking, investment banking, fixed income securities, correspondent banking and payments. Prior to joining Bastcore as CEO, Coleman was the CFO of a high growth venture capital backed payments company. He also founded a privately-held eye wear company. Coleman is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.
Davina Kaonohi, CEO, Element Apothec
Davina is the CEO and Co-Founder of Element Apothec. She is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in B2C, tech, and recruiting sectors. Experienced with startup strategy development, leadership, people strategy, recruitment, and organizational development.
Founder, entrepreneur and strategic operational leader.
As a strategic leader and brand creator, Davina is passionate about challenging the norm and making a difference with every company she has worked with. With Element Apothec, Davina brings to the table vast experience in team building, business strategy and operational management and a mission to create good in the world.
About Element Apothec
Element Apothec is a new, disruptive CBD brand redefining the body care and wellness industry.
Element Apothec is the trustworthy brand conscious consumers are demanding. They have created clean, safe and effective products with medical oversight and are committed to complete transparency. They look to disrupt and change, for the better, an industry that has abandoned responsibility for their consumers' well being and health.
Jeff Ullman, CEO, GoodFOR
Jeff Ullman is a multiple serial entrepreneur. Most experts declare entrepreneurs should not admit their defeats but as a life-long entrepreneur I've had a challenging life making lives healthier, wealthier & happier. Changing consumer behavior can be punishing: I know the thrill of ascending unclimbed mountains (making million$ for myself & partners) along with the humility in falling from grace (with grace): Entrepreneur vs. EntreMANURE.
In 1976 I created my first breakthrough socially responsible company, Great Expectations Video Dating and helped 100,000+ couples marry.
In the '80's & '90s co-created 2400+ hours of TV series: Love Connection (12 seasons); TailDaters (4 seasons); Authored: The Singles Almanac; 12 Secrets for Helping Find Love & Commitment; The Lost Love Life of the Workaholic.
I loved helping change romance for the ages. Yet it wasn't long ago when people scoffed at 'losers'; singles who chose a new route to happiness by opting for modern search tools like video dating. Critics cried: "No one will pay to find love!" (Yet I was the first to prove it untrue & exited quite successfully)
My wife Cindy & I created Twoology.com to help couples stay happily together by remembering their Relationship ABCs: Always Be Courting. (Another successful exit)
I've raised million$ for charities; am a non-monotonous monogamist & a devoted dad.
In 2013 I quietly entered the medical cannabis industry helping match people with information that was good for them.
In 2015 I created the YPO (Young Presidents Organization) Cannabis Industry Wealth & Health Group.
In 2016 I dived deeply into pharmacogenetic testing to save my wife's life from Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer: found the right researchers, clinicians & cannabis. She's healthy!
In 2018 my wife, Cindy Ullman, and I created GoodFOR® and invite you to exceed your expectations by finding the wellness products which can be good for you and your loved ones.
GoodFOR’s breakthrough pain products are superior to any other pain topical. They work to relieve aches and pains in seconds, last longer, and are far less expensive. They are so extraordinarily good for pain relief of all kinds that the company guarantees their effectiveness, or double your money back.
As good for health as they are, they are even better for investors who recognize the wealth value. The Company’s global trademarks make it extremely attractive to sell to a buyer with healthcare, beauty, performance, and an infinite array of consumer products and services
Justin Monger, CEO, LOCKEDBRANDS
Justin Monger, Co-Founder & CEO LockedBrands LLC. Justin is a retired Aerospace & Defense Exec from Raytheon Company (35 years). While at Raytheon, he was the Program Director for the Royal Air Force Sentinel R1 ASTOR Program ($1.5B contract), and lead several international business development organizations. Justin founded LockedBrands in 2017 and since that time has been dedicated to the integration of smart technologies with modern design to produce cutting edge personal lockbox systems.
At LockedBrands, we make communities safer by producing cloud-connected personal lockbox systems that are secure, reliable, and cost effective.
Skip Stone, CEO, Stashlogix
Skip Stone received degrees in Civil Engineering and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Most of my career followed my education path; I was an environmental consultant for treating industrial-contaminated groundwater, then was an sales application engineer worked for a manufacturer of water treatment equipment, and then as the Vice President of a representative firm selling for many different companies that manufactured municipal water treatment equipment. When the cannabis industry began, I jumped at the chance to put my sales, engineering, and business experience to work on the ground level of a new industry. In my free time, I enjoy skiing, biking, hiking, live music and spending time with my kids.
STASHLOGIX makes innovative cannabis storage products and handbags that promote responsibility and discretion. We believe you can be a parent, a professional, or just be yourself, without worrying about your kids accessing your edibles or without the judgment that comes from the tell-tale odors.