Krista Whitley

Krista is the founder and CEO of Altitude Products, a Las Vegas-based company that develops and manufactures CBD products under 11 different brands. Altitude Products’ mission is to provide innovative plant wellness products for people and pets. Krista was also the Las Vegas Market Leader for Women Grow and a founding member of the Las […]

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Debbie Custer

Debbie founded Coeus Research, a Virginia-based research firm for startup consumer products. Coeus provides entrepreneurs with key strategic processes to launch their businesses efficiently and cost effectively. Debbie has more than 30 years of food and beverage product-development experience and has launched several brands to a national and international marketplace. She is known for developing […]

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Rachael Z. Ardanuy

Rachael is a Denver-based cannabis business attorney and the founder of RZA Legal. She provides clients with guidance and counsel related to obtaining licenses, regulatory compliance, packaging and exiting the cannabis industry profitably. Prior to moving to Colorado, Rachael began her legal career in Florida, where she worked on legal issues such as family law, […]

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Frank Lampe

Frank is a healthy-living veteran with nearly 30 years of industry communications, marketing and management experience. Frank currently serves as the VP of Communications & Industry Relations for the United Natural Products Alliance, an international trade association that focuses on best practices and regulatory and legislative advocacy for the dietary supplements market. Prior to this, […]

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Mason Walker

Mason is the co-owner and CEO of East Fork Cultivars, an Oregon-based craft cannabis company. He also serves as the Treasurer for the Craft Cannabis Alliance. Prior to this, Mason worked as a journalist for the Portland Business Journal where he co-founded and served as interim editor of Sustainable Business Oregon. […]

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Bob Crumley

Bob is the founder and CEO of Founder’s Hemp, a vertically integrated hemp company based in North Carolina. He also founded the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association. Previously, Bob founded the largest consumer law firm in North Carolina as well as a real estate development company. […]

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Alex Seleznov

Alex joined the National Hemp Association Board in 2015 and currently serves as Treasurer. He designed the vertical integration of Advanced Extraction and established the Pure Hemp Botanicals brand. After leaving in March of 2020, Alex continues with his non-profit service and entrepreneurial spirit. Prior to his involvement in hemp, Alex held financial and operational […]

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Donna More

Donna is the Managing Partner of the Chicago office of Fox Rothschild. Donna’s practice is focused on highly regulated industries such as gaming, liquor and medical cannabis. She provides counsel to clients throughout the U.S. on compliance, regulatory and corporate issues. Prior to this, Donna was the president of the International Association of Gaming Advisors […]

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William Bogot

William is a partner in the Chicago office of Fox Rothschild, a national law firm with 27 offices around the United States. He represents clients in highly regulated industries, including cannabis and gaming. William also has worked as an adviser to the Illinois Gaming Board, where he advised the governor’s office on all aspects of […]

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Cory Sharp

Cory founded HempLogic in 2015 and was the first farmer to grow hemp under the Washington state pilot program. He currently serves as the company’s CEO, where he is dedicated to delivering better hemp farming through education, innovative commercial farming practices and genetics. HempLogic has developed into a magnet for farmers seeking education on industrial […]

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Trey Riddle

Trey is the founder and CEO of Sunstrand, a leading supplier of hemp fiber and other sustainable materials for technical and industrial applications. Sunstrand currently operates two hemp decortication facilities in North America. Prior to Sunstrand, Trey founded Gradient Engineering, an engineering services firm focused on polymer composite applications. […]

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Dr. Jenelle Kim

Dr. Jenelle is the founder and formulator for JBK Wellness Labs, a beauty and health supplement company offering custom extracts and premixes rooted in East Asian medicine. In this role, she is responsible for formulating skin care products and dietary supplements. Dr. Jenelle helped to pioneer finished CBD products in 2012 with JBK Wellness’ luxury […]

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Tegan Adams

Tegan is the CEO of New Maple Holdings, a Toronto-based company offering cannabis investment products and expertise. In this role, Tegan is working to expand New Maple’s footprint as a global leader in GMP supply-chain management. Previously, Tegan was a director at a Health Canada-accredited lab in Toronto, where she visited and reviewed many cannabis […]

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Smoke Wallin

Smoke is the president of Vertical Companies, a multi-state vertically integrated cannabis business. He also serves as president & CEO of Vertical Wellness, which was created to pursue the hemp & CBD business globally. Smoke oversees distribution, investor relations and sales and marketing at Vertical as well as capital formation and acquisitions. Prior to his […]

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Marielle Weintraub

Marielle Weintraub, Ph.D. is a founding board member and the current President of the U.S. Hemp Authority. The U.S. Hemp Authority Certification Program is our industry’s initiative to provide high standards, best practices and self-regulation, giving confidence to consumers and law enforcement that hemp products can be trusted. Marielle was introduced to hemp and CBD in […]

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Holly E. Johnson

Holly serves as chief science officer for the American Herbal Products Association, a national trade association comprised of more than 350 member companies. Holly is currently active in standards setting in AOAC’s Cannabis Analytical Sciences Program and AOAC’s Stakeholder Panels for dietary supplements and foods. Previously, Holly was the laboratory director for Alkemist Labs, a […]

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Russell Crawford

Russ has served as president of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance for the past six years. He also holds the position of director and adviser to Naturally Splendid Enterprises and consults with non-competing hemp businesses. Previously, Russ was a project manager and business risk analyst. His background includes commodity trading, transportation and operations for major […]

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Sean Covi

As senior advisor with the Growth Management Group, Sean works to help business owners keep more of the money their companies already earn. Sean partners with businesses and their tax planners to implement expense controls that reduce tax and operational costs and improve profit and financial performance. He works with cannabis and hemp businesses to […]

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Anat Baron

Anat has spent her career moving at warp speed while staying ahead of trends – and sometimes shaping them.  She has led major organizations through periods of internal upheaval, intense competition and market disruption. Anat is best known as the wunderkind behind Mike’s Hard Lemonade, where she helped grow the company into a $200 million juggernaut […]

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