Nico is currently a partner and the chief cannabis officer at HIGH TIMES. Nico has also served as our cultivation editor for the past 11 years as well as the competition director for all HT Cannabis Cup competitions since 2010.
In 2014, Nico founded the Cannabis Genetics Institute (CGI) in the Netherlands, opening a medically licensed R&D facility that same year in San Francisco. Currently working with notable labs such as Steep Hill in Berkeley, CA and the Cannabis Genomics Initiative at the University of Boulder, CO, CGI is at the forefront of genetic research aimed at reinvigorating the cannabis gene pool as well as developing ailment-specific, custom-bred genetics to the legal and medical marijuana markets. Nico also operates a private, seed-to-sale consulting business that helps build legal cannabis businesses within the North American cannabis industry.
Skye Hanke is a third-generation grower and over the past 15 years, he has worked with many companies in the indoor gardening industry doing brand development and product design with special focus on new technology development. His experience as an indoor horticulturalist and product designer has allowed him to identify and solve problems that occur in indoor gardens, and he has designed several custom processes that help growers increase productivity and consistency. Skye is optimistic about where technology and innovation is taking the industry and will continue to integrate technology and traditional growing techniques that help gardeners ensure that all their plants receive the personal attention they need.
Autumn Karcey is the President of Cultivo, Inc., an engineering and design firm specializing in industry specific solutions for indoor cannabis cultivation facilities and greenhouses. Cultivo’s innovations aim to streamline agricultural productivity without sacrificing quality. Cultivo, Inc. also manufactures state-of-the-art custom fabricated equipment and automation technologies specific to large-scale cannabis cultivation.
Kaiya Bercow is a co-founder at Utopia Farms, a California company focused on premium cannabis for the health-conscious consumer. Through his role as director of operations, Kaiya has the opportunity to oversee the strategic direction for Utopia’s cultivation and manufacturing divisions. Through a commitment to transparency, quality and higher business ethics, Utopia sets a strong example of a responsible cannabis company.
Daniel Peck is an industry veteran in the recruitment and staffing industry and has over 15 years of hands-on experience in nationwide & international recruitment and talent acquisition. Daniel is currently the president and managing partner of THC Talent Solutions, an executive search firm located in Los Angeles, CA, whose clients include both private and public companies in the recreational and medical marijuana industry. Prior to starting THC Talent Solutions in 2011, Daniel successfully ran Principal Search Partners, an executive search firm located in Los Angeles, whose clients included : Google, PayPal, Mercedes Benz, Aramark, Symark Software, Dish Network, DirectTV, Focus Media Solutions, Walla Media and many more. Daniel lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children and is an avid runner, fitness buff and cannabis aficionado.
Debby Goldsberry is a well-known activist and business leader, currently serving as Executive Director at Magnolia Wellness in Oakland, CA. In 1999, she cofounded Berkeley Patients Group (BPG), directing its growth for 10 years. Goldsberry has either founded or served on the board of some of America’s most influential cannabis organizations, including Americans for Safe Access (ASA), Cannabis Action Network (CAN), California NORML and the Marijuana Policy Project. Goldsberry was honored with the HIGH TIMES Freedom Fighter of the Year Award in 2011
Alice & Clark are the founders of High Hipsters, a lifestyle channel dedicated to discussing and exploring their passion for cannabis. By creating new, innovative content that connects millennial marijuana users with weed loving influencers and brands, Alice & Clark hope to lead a new generation of cannabis ambassadors into the modern world.
As chairman of the California Minority Alliance, Donnie Anderson brings a wealth of executive experience by leading market sectors within urban music, film/television and new media entertainment mediums for over 25 years. With over 10 years involvement with advocacy and activism in the cannabis reform movement, Donnie was appointed by Ms. Alice Huffman to chair the NAACP California/Hawaii’s Cannabis Task Force in 2015.
Don Duncan has served on the board of directors since he co-founded Americans for Safe Access in 2002. As the California director, he is coordinating the grassroots and grasstops campaign to fully implement the state’s medical cannabis laws, respond to federal interference and build a broader and more powerful coalition for medical cannabis in California. Duncan was instrumental in galvanizing grassroots resistance to federal raids and in seeding local self-regulatory alliances for medical cannabis providers statewide.
Ebele is a co-founder and co-director of CannaBizWatch, where they lead the organization's business development and educational program work with cannabis communities of color. They are a Yale MBA graduate committed to using business to foster innovation and racial equity in cannabis.
Angela Mazzanti is a model, cannabis enthusiast and social media personality who began her journey in the cannabis industry about three years ago, starting out as a budtender, then moving on to working as a booth model for cannabis events and eventually hosting cannabis events. Currently, she works for Cannabis Capitol, a media company, as well as a host for cannabis-focused events.
Marketing manager for Seattle-based Van der Pop, Wang joined the founding team as a college intern while the brand was in development. Since launch in January 2016, she has shaped the brand's coveted feed and followers.
Fashion and lifestyle industry veteran, Cindy Capobianco launched CAPOBIANCO, a boutique brand marketing agency servicing best-in-class brands in food, fashion, lifestyle and personal care industries, with her husband in 2003. Cindy is a co-founder of Lord Jones.
Susan is currently the Executive Director of C.A.R.E. (Cannabis Awareness, Research & Events). As a serial entrepreneur, she has worn many hats including expertise in digital media, marketing, social media, start ups, advertising, business development, public policy, market research, film production and cannabis cultivation.
When Dan Rocha started 420 Web Pros in 2009, little did he know, he would eventually be considered an industry leader. With his social media expertise and innovative spirit, Dan has gone on to create his own brands dabbado, Compassesh and Megasesh, and partnered with companies like Endocaps, Sauce and Jr. Doobs as lead brand developer. Dan has positioned himself as a major influencer in the cannabis space and is continually excited by industry prospects. @420webpros www.420webpros.com
The mission of Grow for Vets USA is to help reduce the staggering number of veterans who die each day from suicide and prescription drug overdose. We provide veterans with the knowledge and resources necessary to obtain or grow their own medical cannabis.
To date, Grow for Vets USA and its affiliated chapters have given away more than $1M in medical cannabis products to thousands of American heroes. Our purpose is to provide veterans with unique products, programs and services designed to assist them in living with injuries sustained while protecting our freedom.
Derek is a certified public accountant with experience navigating Tax Code 280E, which disallowed individuals to deduct ordinary and necessary business expenses to operate their cannabusinesses. David started California Cannabis CPA with the goal of helping businesses identify and apply tax strategies to increase their cash flow while making sure they are in full compliance with all applicable rules and regulations.
Harry Resin has been in the cannabis business for the last 20 years. He began his career in the golden era of the Amsterdam cannabis scene, growing and breeding. He was a partner with two different seed companies and an early inductee into the HIGH TIMES Seed Bank Hall of Fame. He is also the founder of URB, a mobile dispensary located in the bay area.
Robert Rosenheck is the founder of Lord Jones, makers of fine cannabis infused products. Rob is also president of the Hollywood Hills Wellness Association, a collective that provides safe access to patients throughout Southern California.
Chris Van Hook is a national expert on organic agricultural regulations. He is a USDA Organic Certifier as well as a California cannabis compliance attorney. Chris has run Clean Green Certification Program, bringing sustainability standards into the cannabis industry since 2004.
Craig & Marc Wasserman have a combined 50 years of experience practicing law. Through the wonders of social media (Instagram), the "Pot Brothers At Law" have arrived on the scene with their "15 Second Tips of the Day" which have helped numerous people either avoid arrest or be in the best position possible to defend charges.
Allison Margolin is a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles, as well as a freelance writer. Profiled on the front page of both the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily Journal in 2006, one of Margolin’s federal cases was covered in two front page stories during 2013.
Heather Hoffman is the co-founder, CMO and head of product development at Pura Vida Health, an organic edible company. In 2012, Hoffman began experimenting with medical cannabis, curing her epilepsy and sparking a genuine passion for teaching people about the many healing benefits of cannabis.
"Marijuana lawyer" Heather L. Burke worked closely with renowned California medical marijuana attorney Omar Figueroa before opening her own practice in Nevada City. With attorney Zenia Gilg, Burke completed a five-day evidentiary hearing regarding cannabis’ Schedule I status in U.S. v. Pickard in the Eastern District of California.
Lauren Vazquez is the “Fired Up Lawyer"—a cannabis business attorney and social entrepreneur who has worked for over a decade to end cannabis prohibition and advance alternatives to the failed War on Drugs.
Adam Steinberg is a co-founder and head of business development for Flow Kana—a sustainable cannabis brand that partners with local, artisanal farmers, helping them form agricultural cooperatives so that they have the scale and volume to compete.
In 2006 Kenny co-founded two well-known medical cannabis collectives in West Los Angeles and Venice Beach. In 2008, Kenny co-founded The Venice Cookie Company—California’s premiere manufacturer and distributor of infused products (now known as VCC Brands), including top-selling chocolate and beverage brands, 4.20 Bar and Cannabis Quencher.
Kary Radestock, chief executive officer of Hippo, brings over 20 years of award-winning print and packaging expertise, as well as a network of top brand makers, marketers and print production experts in the nation to this emerging market.