Keynote Speaker

Dia Simms

Brand Builder & Entrepreneur, Former CEO and President , BRN Group, Combs Enterprises

An award-winning entrepreneur, Dia Simms’ latest venture, BRN Group, is a New York-based cannabis tech company that focuses on building…

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Featured Speakers

Blake Butler

Executive Director, NC Industrial Hemp Association

With experience in politics, media, and public relations, Blake brings a diversity of experience to his position as Executive Director…

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Rocco Petrilli

Chairman, National Cannabis Risk Management Association

Rocco serves as chairman of the National Cannabis Risk Management Association (NCRMA). The NCRMA offers innovative risk management services in…

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Annie Rouse

CEO, Overcome

Annie has been at the forefront of the US hemp industry since 2009 with experience across the three industry sectors:…

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Adrienne Snow

Co-founder & Business Development Manager, Western States Hemp

Adrienne is an entrepreneur who has put her stamp on the Silver State by developing the business framework for a…

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Jackson Garth

Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Verde Leaf

As a hemp advisor, Dr. Garth addresses challenges farmers face in the hemp arena including license acquisition, hemp cultivation &…

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Jonathan Havens

Partner & Co-Chair Cannabis Law, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr

Jonathan is the co-chair of the Cannabis Law Practice, chair of the Food and Beverage Practice at Saul Ewing Arnstein…

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Corbett Hefner

VP, R&D and Business Development, Formation AG

Corbett serves as the VP of R&D and Business Development for Formation AG. Formation AG builds harvest, processing and decorticating…

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Mike Lewis

Co-Founder & Director of Agriculture, Third Wave Farms

In 2014, Mike began farming hemp and helped to develop rules for the Kentucky Pilot Program. He became the first,…

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Andrew Livingston

Director of Economics & Research, Vicente Sederberg

Andrew Livingston serves a unique role as an economist, business analyst, and general cannabis policy work in Vicente Sederberg’s Denver…

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Dr. John McKay

Director of Genetics, New West Genetics

John is a co-founder and Director of Genetics for New West Genetics, a global leader in hemp seed genetics. John…

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Andrei McQuillan

CMO, EcoGen Laboratories

Andrei is the CMO of EcoGen Laboratories, a leading vertically-integrated manufacturer and supplier of high-quality hemp genetics. Andrei is a…

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Eli McVey

Research Editor, Marijuana Business Daily

Eli has been a data-driven researcher throughout his career. He previously worked as an analyst for Nielsen, where he provided…

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Anson Mitchell

Owner and Operator, Vermillion Hill Farms

Anson is the owner of Vermillion Hill Farms in Colorado. He and his team have been growing USDA-certified hemp for…

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Aaron Mullins

Systems Coordinator, Next Big Crop

Aaron is Systems Coordinator for Next Big Crop, a full-service cannabis consulting firm with decades of collective expertise in license…

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Kristen Nichols

Hemp Editor, Marijuana Business Daily

Kristen is a Denver-based reporter for Marijuana Business Daily specializing in the hemp and CBD industries. Previously, she worked at…

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Blake Patterson

CEO, MarketHub

Blake Patterson is Co-founder and CEO for MarketHub Retail Services. MarketHub has proven itself to be a leader in the…

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Chad Rosen

Founder & CEO, Victory Hemp Foods

Chad moved from California in 2014 and put down roots in Northern Kentucky, where Victory Hemp Foods is based. A…

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Josh Schneider

CEO & Co-Founder, Cultivaris Hemp

Josh is a true innovator always pushing boundaries and working to improve upon the status quo. He is CEO & Co-Founder at Cultivaris…

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Alex Seleznov

Treasurer, National Hemp Association

Alex joined the National Hemp Association Board in 2015 and currently serves as Treasurer. He designed the vertical integration of…

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Franny Tacy

Chief Creative Officer and Farmer, Franny's Farmacy and Franny's Farm

Franny is the first female hemp farmer in NC and has entered the scene with a force behind education and…

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Chris Walsh

President and CEO, Marijuana Business Daily

Chris is the President and CEO of Marijuana Business Daily. He served as the founding editor of MJBizDaily during the company’s…

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Marielle Weintraub, Ph.D.

President , US Hemp Authority

Marielle Weintraub, Ph.D. is a founding board member and the current President of the U.S. Hemp Authority. The U.S. Hemp Authority…

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James Yagielo

Co-founder & CEO, HempStaff

James has over 20 years of experience in recruiting and headhunting.  James became an IT Recruiter at 21 years old…

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