Cannabis Investing Forum - December 10, 2020
Master of Ceremonies
Master of Ceremonies
John Nemanic, Partner, Green Coast Capital
John Nemanic is a partner in Green Coast Capital International S.A. Green Coast is an international investor providing flexible and innovative financing to the small-cap and micro-cap marketplace in a variety of sectors. Our team consists of experts in capital markets making quick decisions to provide growth capital to issuers.
John is a serial entrepreneur and investor. As co-founder, Chairman and CEO, he exited 3 very successful Internet start ups. In 2006, Hostopia raised 29.2 million (TSX:H), then sold to Deluxe Communications for $124 Million USD. Tucows was sold to the Steinmetz Group for $45 Million April 1999. Tucows current market cap. is over $600 Million. Internet Direct was merged with Look Communications in 1999 with a deemed value of $560 Million
John's current interests are medical cannabis, cultivation, hemp and CBD start ups, with a focus on Colombia. He is married to Sandra Carrillo MD a leading expert in Cannabis for clinical applications, and was appointed as "Clinical professor in charge of the scientific program for cannabis research and education", Faculty of Medicine, University of Panama.
John manages Panamanian and Colombian based businesses. He is a former member of EO Panama and has extensive contacts within Panama. He also is a former member of EO Toronto (1995) and YPO Toronto (1999).
He is actively seeking high-return opportunities to invest in and serve as a director for high-quality cannabis oriented firms. If you are seeking a highly experienced operator, a dynamic leader who understands the growth cycles of start-ups, and how to develop exit strategies please contact John Nemanic.
About Green Growth Partners
Green Coast Capital International S.A is a private international investment firm focused on investing in small- and micro-cap publicly traded growth companies. We provide flexible debt and equity structured investments across several international markets.
We seek to invest in high growth and distressed situations. Green Coast Capital International S.A allocates capital across all industries in four core strategies: discounted equity, convertible debt, convertible preferred equity, and undervalued open market opportunities.
We only manage our own capital giving us the ability to make timely and qualified investment decisions.
Anthony Henderson aka Krayzie Bone
Co-Founder & President, Leaves of Legend
Anthony Henderson better known as Krayzie Bone, is an American rapper, singer, producer, and entrepreneur. He is a member of the rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
Founded by Krayzie Bone, Leaves of Legend is at the crossroads of Cannabis, Culture and Community. Our mantra lies within the communities we reach. We are about our legends, and you, our legacy makers. Our mission is to utilize cannabis and culture to positively impact communities across the geographical spectrum. Leaves of Legend offers premium grade cannabis and merchandise to help further the mission of community awareness and positive action. We, at Leaves of Legend, feel everyone should have the opportunity to Be Legendary.After finding success with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Krayzie Bone recorded his solo debut, Thug Mentality 1999, in 1999. The album was released as a double disc set, featuring a large selection of guest appearances, including Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Mo Thugs, Mariah Carey, ThugLine, The Marley Brothers, Big Pun, Fat Joe, Cuban Link, Gangsta Boo, E-40, 8 Ball & MJG, Kurupt, Naughty By Nature and Snoop Dogg. Largely produced by multi instrumentalist Romeo Antonio The album was certified platinum by the RIAA.
In 2001, Krayzie released Thug On Da Line, which received generally positive reviews from music critics and went gold.
In 2005 Krayzie Bone was featured in the song "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire. "Ridin'" was awarded "Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group" at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. It was also nominated for Best Rap Song. It became number one in December on the Piczo Chart 3 months after its physical release. The song also topped the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart when it was released there. The song ranked #3 on Rolling Stone's "100 Best Songs of 2006" and #91 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop". It was the best selling ringtone in 2006, with 3.2 million sales, certified by the RIAA as the first multi-platinum Mastertone artist in history. It was also awarded the last Best Rap Video at the MTV Video Music Awards, which was awarded in 2006.
During an April 2014 press conference, Krayzie Bone announced that the first installment of the Chasing the Devil trilogy album would be released July 22, 2014 by RBC Records. However, it was pushed back and ultimately released on November 20, 2015.
Aside from music, Krayzie Bone has since then ventured into the business world. He was a founding member of Mo Thugs Family, a collective of Cleveland-based rap and Hip-Hop musical acts. He broke apart from the group in 1999 to form ThugLine Records, or TL. He had administrated the label to fellow Bone Thugs member Wish Bone as its president and co-CEO. The group has presently reunited and continue to tour as a whole ] In many videos he can be spotted wearing a chain that says TL. In 2010 the name ThugLine Records was changed to The Life Entertainment. In order to reach out to more artists and identify the best talent for the label, Conquer The Industry was developed as an internet channel to help up and coming music artists break into the music industry. As a part of his entrepreneurial drive, Krayzie Bone launched a clothing and accessory line named "TL Apparel" which is a direct tie to his music. Many of his fans support his clothing line as they joined him in the grand opening of the store in Los Angeles. In 2018 Krayzie Bone signed a deal to distribute his digital media company,”Krayzie Bone Media” with The Digital Soapbox Network. His first show “Quick Fix”-The Afterhours was his first project with the network. In 2019 he started the conspiracy podcast #TruthTalks which has garnered a large online following.
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.
Dr. Sandra Carrillo, Co-Founder, Medicann IPS
Dr. Sandra Carrillo earned her Medical Doctor degree from Universidad CES in Medellin, Colombia. She holds a Master’s degree in Aesthetic Medicine from Baleares Island University in Spain and completed a Masters program of Anti-aging and Aesthetic Medicine in Argentina certified by the International Antiaging Society.
Dr. Carrillo further holds a Masters in Health Services Management, Universidad Latina in Panama, and is certified by Pharmacology University, a Medical Cannabis Institute, as an E xpert Doctor in Cannabis Medicine, Puerto Rico. She completed the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine CCIC.net Cannabis training program for MD’s, Cannaciencia Seminars Bogota, , Curso Actualizacion sobre las Aplicaciones Terapeuticas de los Canabinoides Universidad CES Medicine, Medellin, and Cannaworld Medical Congress, Medellin. Dr. Carrillo is a member of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines and completed a Certificate Program in Cannabis Medicine from Oaksterdam University, California. She is an advocate for the Legalization of Cannabinoids for Medical purposes. Sandra is fluent in Spanish and English, and conversational in French.
Sandra is a co-founder of the Panama food bank and a volunteer at the Children's Epilepsy Foundation in Panama.
Kim McCarthy, Founding Partner, The Pipeline Strategies
A professional journey that started in human resources and evolved through training & development, organizational efficiency, business resumption & emergency preparedness, recruiting methodology & practice, and consulting.
Having consulted for 20 years, Kim entered the financial services arena with [FINRA licensing] S6, S26, and S63 to champion the role of AVP Recruiting & Marketing, leading Forester’s independent BD/RIA (FESCO) through a three year record growth period, for both recruiting and resulting BD revenue (2013 - 2016).
Kim became a solopreneur (2016) with The Pipeline: Recruiting, offering talent advisory & recruiting services, along with recruitment marketing and creative campaigns. In 2019, Kim entered the cannabis and digital marketing arena by launching Harvest & Plume (hemp) and The Cannabis Sessions (serving both sides of the plant). After receiving accolades for the presentation of information in digital format (aka “the experience”), her unique digital formatting became highly sought after by many brands to share company information - shareholders, business presentations, pitch decks, training, company newsletters, etc.
Her services expanded, offering people strategies to guide organizations towards opportunities in branding themselves as an Employer of Choice. The Pipeline: Strategies was born. Kim advises brands on opportunities in identifying, developing, retaining, and marketing to their ideal employees.
Resuming growth activities (since COVID-19), Kim is in pre-launch for franchising The Pipeline: Recruiting which will offer even more opportunities for building people pipelines and strategies. Or as Kim calls it - “growth for growth.”
Kim holds a dual Master’s degree in Public Administration and Training & Development from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral & Social Sciences from [THE] Ohio State University.
Residing in Boulder, CO, Kim enjoys the trails and open space with her rescue Husky-Mute, Pixie Blue, while planning an intentional hemp community with modern technology, yet, designed for alternative and sustainable living.
Always a work in progress, Kim continues to learn, grow, and learn again, while presenting information so that others can grow, as well.
Mandy Lile, Founder, Potency No. 710
Potency No. 710 CEO Mandy Lile’s got that Southern charm bluntness down to a science – in fact, the first thing you’ll notice upon meeting her is her Kentucky accent.
Growing up, her father spent 13 years of his life in prison for marijuana and although it carries a stigma, Mandy took it as inspiration to show everyone the beauty in this potent plant. She opened her first skincare clinic at the ripe age of 20, quickly developing a knack for plant-based, non-toxic products. And when she moved to LA and met and fell in love with her now-fiancé Harry, she found herself walking through clouds of smoke as the two ventured into the cannabis business.
The two applied their combined knowledge of both the skincare and cannabis industry to create Potency No. 710, a line of balanced beauty products fueled by non-toxic, plant-powered ingredients. One of their favorite ingredients is CBD from full spectrum hemp. This ingredient is one that has gained much interest and elevated support throughout the beauty industry. That is why we utilize it in our Gold Serum and we recently reformulated our Modern Mist spray to include all that this hempsational plant has to offer!
Michael Newman, President & Co-Founder, Worth Street
Michael has often been described as a “swiss army knife” of solutions. It is with this vigor that he approached the problem of limited banking capacity for the cannabis industry. With support from venture angel investment he began his quest.
He founded Worth Street, LLC, in Colorado as a specialty bank financial advisory firm. A collaboration between fintech/reg-tech and traditional banking. Worth Street commenced operations in April 2020 to provide access to banking services for the cannabis industry. Later in Q2-2020, recognizing a key friction point in the cannabis industry, Worth Street developed a direct lending solution designed to lower the cost of capital to the cannabis industry while concurrently addressing the concerns of institutional lenders/investors.
Career highlights include:
Ron New, Managing Director, Worth Street
Ron New joined Worth Street as its second employee. His extensive and diverse capital markets background, problem solving and leadership experience made him ideally suited to aid in solving the unique financial challenges of the cannabis industry. Ron’s role with Worth Street is as extensive and diverse as his capital markets experience; including strategy and product development, management of the investment portfolios, research and counterparty assessment. He also has oversight of client onboarding, custody relationships, business development and regular interaction with Worth Street’s reciprocal services bank providers. He has been called the heart and soul of client relationships and cross-platform operations. Career highlights include:
Tyler Beuerlein, Chief Revenue Officer, Hypur
Tyler Beuerlein serves as Chief Revenue Officer for the Scottsdale-based FinTech company that provides banking and payments solutions for cash-intensive industries such as cannabis, CBD, and money services businesses.
In his role as Hypur’s Chief Revenue Officer, Tyler leverages his extensive experience in building brands, managing key relationships and strategic partnerships. Tyler has been at the forefront of Hypur’s expansion efforts for over five years and touches financial institutions, government officials, regulatory bodies and the state legal cannabis industry. As a result, he possesses an intricate knowledge of the banking and regulatory climate, key industry influencers, industry dynamics and market history. He has also become a key contact for media outlets, analytics companies, industry consultants and investment firms searching for reliable, accurate sources of industry information. Tyler’s contacts and relationships in the US state legal cannabis industry are unparalleled. As a result of his influential value, he was selected to be Chairman of the National Cannabis Industry Association Banking and Financial Services Committee.
He is also a member of the Forbes Business Development Council, frequently publishing articles about the banking and payment environment in the cannabis industry.
Tyler founded and managed a large beverage company prior to joining the Hypur team and was a Professional athlete in the New York Mets Organization.