Debra Borchardt is the Co-founder and CEO of the cannabis financial news website Green Market Report. Debra has covered the cannabis industry since its earliest stages when she recognized that the legalization story was the biggest business news story of the decade. As a senior producer and reporter at TheStreet.com, Debra was awarded an ASPBE.org (American Society of Business Publication Editors) in 2014 for Best Video - News, “Guess Where People Want To Buy Pot.” Debra is also a Co-Founder of the cannabis women’s executive networking group Industry Power Women. She was recently named a Woman To Watch in 2019 by Marijuana Business Magazine.
Dr. Jessica Knox received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University before going on to earn her medical and business degrees from Tufts University. She completed her postgraduate training in Preventive Medicine at the University of California San Diego while earning her public health degree from San Diego State University.
Dr. Jessica believes that using all-natural remedies to fight disease and promote well-being should be the first-line approach in medical care. With healthcare costs soaring, and access to medical care as limited as ever, she believes the application of lifestyle and natural medicine is key to adequately addressing the current state of public health in our communities and country as a whole. It was out of this belief that Dr. Jessica’s interest in Cannabis Therapeutics blossomed.
Dr. Jessica counsels several hundred patients monthly in the use of cannabis, noting that her patients have a keen desire to use medical cannabis for targeted therapeutic relief. What excites her most is the opportunity to incorporate the current cannabis-related science and clinical data into her counseling on a complete spectrum of lifestyle modalities, so that she can impart upon her patients the most holistic information available.
Dr. Jessica champions patients taking their health and lives into their own hands, and believes that a physician well-studied in Cannabis Therapeutics is in a unique position to responsibly guide his or her patients into more healthful lives.
She is a resident expert at WeedHorn and www.abbibot.com.
Adam Orens is Co-founder of the Marijuana Policy Group. Adam has 13 years of experience in economic and public policy consulting, including market analysis, public finance, and regional economic analysis. Adam has completed numerous studies that analyze the relationships between markets, demographics and government policy. Adam has advised numerous early-stage cannabis businesses and in their formation, and strategic and business planning. Adam has also helped governments implement successful cannabis regulatory systems in Colorado, Canada, Florida and California.
In addition to Adam’s regulated cannabis qualifications, he and the MPG have completed complex consulting engagements for businesses and governments in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas.
Adam’s demographic and economic research related to the emerging marijuana market has been recognized by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post. His recent studies in Colorado, Alaska, Illinois, Maryland and other states have examined many facets of medical and recreational marijuana markets, including providing estimates of annual marijuana consumption by residents, tourists and patients; production management methods; and market supply modalities. Adam was a lead author of the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) 2014 Market Size and Demand report and continues to provide consulting services to the MED.
Sal is a Director at the Marijuana Policy Group responsible for the growth and strategy of the firm. In this role he has helped numerous Native American tribes, early stage companies and established enterprises create and execute effective cannabis strategies ranging from business planning to operational execution. While at MPG Sal has also delivered economic and public policy consulting projects, including market analysis, public finance, and regional economic analysis across North America, Latin America and Europe.
He joined MPG from Oliver Wyman where he worked as a C-Level strategy consultant for technology and energy companies. He has extensive experience working with Cannabis, Regulatory, Technology, and Startup organizations all over the world.
Sal is a regular conference speaker and has covered a variety of topics related to cannabis ranging from regulatory analysis, Native American tribal opportunities and the connected global cannabis market.
Sal holds a B.B.A Business Administration from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and a M.B.A in Finance from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is active with numerous animal welfare, education and children’s organizations. Sal sits on the advisory board of St. Edward’s University and on the board of Candle Light Ranch.
Educated as an engineer with experience in institutional asset management, Morrissey brings a unique blend of technical analytical abilities, intuitive market awareness, and a high-level understanding of institutional risk management to the cannabis industry. Since joining New Frontier Data in 2015, she has developed econometric models to produce some of the most accurate and widely quoted industry market projections in the legal cannabis industry, as well as produced the first preliminary analysis of global cannabis demand. Prior to joining New Frontier, Morrissey was the Senior Investment Analyst at The Hershey Trust Company, where she was responsible for public and private equity investment due diligence and analysis for the Trust’s $12 billion investment portfolio. Morrissey received her B.S. from Columbia University, where she studied Industrial Engineering and Operations Research with concentrations in Applied Mathematics and Technological Entrepreneurship.
Mark Goldfogel is a self-confessed nerd who published software at the age of 17. After college Mark held management positions at John Deere Corporation and director positions at ADP before opening a technology consulting company in Telluride, Colorado in 2002. Following a life threatening Peritonitis infection, Mark co-founded and became the CMO for MJ Freeway, the cannabis industry’s first “Seed to Sale” point of sale system. He then went on to become CEO and co-founder of C4EverSystems, the industry’s first cash management system in an effort to close the loop on cash and validate transactions for banks. In 2015 Mark accepted the position of EVP Industry Relations for The Fourth Corner Credit Union, the first state chartered institution whose field of membership includes a common interest in cannabis and hemp. Mark is dedicated to helping humanity understand the benefits and responsibilities associated with this important plant. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Robert Vanisko oversees the N6A Cannabis Group, which represents a wide variety of companies within the legal cannabis industry. In addition to overseeing group operations, he provides messaging, branding, and strategy support across his base of clients. Robert is a graduate of the University of Miami and resides in Brooklyn, New York.
JAG SINGH IS THE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER AT PROLEIT CORP. HE PARTNERS WITH MEDIUM TO LARGE SCALE PRODUCERS TO CREATE LEAN, EFFICIENT PROCESSES USING DATA TO OPTIMIZE THEIR PLANTS.
WITH AN INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS ENGINEERING DEGREE AND OVER 5 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE AUTOMATION INDUSTRY, INCLUDING A CANNABIS FARM IN CALIFORNIA, JAG KNOWS HOW TO OVERCOME THE CHALLENGES OF DEVELOPING AN AUTONOMOUS PROCESS CONTROL SYSTEM, WHILE MAXIMIZING THE BENEFITS TO THE USER. IT’S NOT ABOUT INDEPENDENT AUTOMATED SECTORS, BUT A COMPLETE, SEAMLESS SOLUTION WITH DATA UNIVERSALLY INTEGRATED INTO EACH TASK- FROM MACHINE LEARNING TO MANAGEMENT REPORTS.
JAG HAS STARTED UP NUMEROUS AUTOMATION SITES, TRAINED PERSONNEL FROM OPERATORS TO MANAGEMENT, AND HELPED DEVELOP REPORTS TO MASTER INTERPRETING PLANT DATA. HIS SEMINARS PRESENT CHALLENGING TOPICS IN AN APPROACHABLE MANNER THAT NURTURE CURIOSITY WHILE PROVIDING ANSWERS.