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      Tim Sutton

      By Tim Sutton, Cannabis Security, Beyond Compliance |

      A security plan utilizing the minimum technology and operational procedures to meet compliance requirements with regulations should not be mistaken as a security plan designed to protect the people and property within a cannabis facility. No single state’s security requirements meet the physical protection standards utilized by every type of business. Most state requirements include antiquated and misunderstood elements for security compliance or fail to address many areas entirely.

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      Tim Sutton

      Cannabis Security, Beyond Compliance |

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      Tim Sutton has 35+ years of security experience. His expertise includes operational security management and program development, loss prevention, physical security and risk assessments, and technical security systems design and implementation. He was director of security at Grassroots and Revolution Enterprises, two IL-based MSOs with operations in several states. Tim also chairs the committee for the currently under development ASIS/ANSI Cannabis Security Standard expected to publish Q4 2023.

      Mike Goral

      By Mike Goral, New vs. Established Markets – How to Servive During These Challanging Times |

      New markets to cannabis can benefit from the mistakes made in the past. Capital needs will exceed projections and good record keeping, internal policies and procedures as well as prudent tax planning can help you succeed during these challenging times. This secession will help you develop best practices so that your company can grow and obtain investor confidence.

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      Mike Goral

      New vs. Established Markets – How to Servive During These Challanging Times |

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      Mike leads Armanino's National Cannabis Tax Practice. A tax professional since 1989, he has significant experience in federal, state and local tax from both an accounting and legal perspective. He spent time with multiple Big 4 firms, including serving in KPMG’s Washington National Tax Office, and has worked with cannabis companies both large MSO’s and smaller cannabis companies in all states where cannabis is legal.

      Michael Piermont

      By Michael Piermont, Critical Aspects of Business Scalability |

      Whether you oversee a single-market brand or an MSO, successful expansion hinges on carefully managed information about business operations. Cannabis tech expert Michael Piermont of Leaf Trade will discuss the importance of optimizing cannabis businesses to scale as the industry handles growing pains and varied regulations across legal state markets. Attendees will gain insight on the best ways to monitor their sales, inventory management, payments, payroll and more.

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      Michael Piermont

      Critical Aspects of Business Scalability |

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      Michael Piermont is a seasoned executive and tech entrepreneur dedicated to empowering independent businesses. He plays a critical role in Leaf Trade’s go-to-market strategy, fundraising and customer success operations. He previously co-founded Fanchest, a sports merchandise enterprise that he scaled and led from concept to acquisition, along with amSTATZ, a fitness-business platform for independent operators. He also held executive roles with Fooda, Career Builder, GoHealth and ECOFIT.

      Dario Boyce

      By Dario Boyce, Cannabis Facility Programming: Who, What, Why? |

      Most of the major decisions of cannabis facility design are made in the critical first design iteration called Programming. This process sets the course of the project and operation of the facility. Join as experts guide you through the process, what questions are asked, what decisions need to be made when, special considerations and the ideal course of a facility design project. Join us as experts guide you through the ideal course of a project,

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      Dario Boyce

      Cannabis Facility Programming: Who, What, Why? |

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      Boyce is a project manager at the Cambridge-based architecture firm, Anderson Porter Design, Inc., with local, national, and international experience in architecture and design. Anderson Porter Design brings strategy and design to high performance buildings and spaces. They engage clients in a data driven incremental approach which enables organizational learning around the human activities which drive creation of architecture and interior spaces. Boyce has a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Arch.

      Erica Brune

      By Erica Brune, Top 10 HR Mistakes that Lead to Costly Lawsuits |

      Whether you’re a team leader or C-suite executive, it is critical to understand how to reduce your exposure for employee lawsuits. This session explores workable strategies to help you manage HR at your business with a step-by-step guide. Learn how to navigate the challenges ranging from discrimination and wrongful termination to harassment and employee paperwork by implementing the HR compliance needed to avoid these pitfalls.

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      Erica Brune

      Top 10 HR Mistakes that Lead to Costly Lawsuits |

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      Erica Brune is CEO of Lever1 which provides HR, Payroll and Employee Benefit services. Within five years of launching Lever1, Erica helped drive the company to become Missouri’s Fastest Growing Company of 2017—ranked No. 44 in the nation by Inc. Magazine and Women Presidents' Organization recently named Erica No. 4 in The 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies 2018 and again, No. 7 in 2022. Erica is also seen regularly speaking across the nation as an expert in Human Resources.

      Scott Wall

      By Scott Wall, Plant Sap Analysis 101 for Cannabis Cultivation |

      What is plant sap analysis? How is it different from dry tissue analysis? How and when do you collect samples for submission to a plant sap laboratory? How do you read a plant sap report and interpret the data? And most importantly how do you make management decisions from that data? All this will be addressed in a rapid fast passed presentation

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      Scott Wall

      Plant Sap Analysis 101 for Cannabis Cultivation |

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      Scott has dedicated significant time & resources of NEW AGE Laboratories towards providing North American agricultural and horticultural industries with dependable expedited plant sap analysis. Focuses on providing growers data through plant sap analysis to make actionable management decisions. Turning data into actionable management information to improve plant nutrition, crop yields, and producer ROI.

      Justin Shannon

      By Justin Shannon, Making the Connection between Risk Management and Profitability |

      Exploring the connection between Risk Management and Profitability. The more things you can do on the front end to mitigate risk, the more money you will save on the back. There are a ton of small adjustments that can be made to your operation that will help you to become more profitable. We will go into detail on what can be done to help you make money.

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      Justin Shannon

      Making the Connection between Risk Management and Profitability |

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      Justin is a member of HUB Internationals Cannabis Specialty Practice Group. HUB is the largest cannabis insurance broker in North America serving 750+ clients. He focuses on how all aspects of an insurance program must work together. Creating strategic plans for clients to mitigate cannabis risks and keep them profitable.

      Rose Taylor

      By Rose Taylor, Choosing the Right Tax Entity for your Cannabis Business: Does it align with your long term goals? |

      During this presentation we will go over how different entities are treated for tax purposes, taking into account IRC 280E. The audience will walk away with an understanding of different entity types, their tax treatment, and a checklist of things they need to consider when choosing their entity. This is important for business owners, investors, partners, and future investors. The audience will also have a foundational understanding of what is cost of goods sold as it pertains to IRC 280E.

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      Rose Taylor

      Choosing the Right Tax Entity for your Cannabis Business: Does it align with your long term goals? |

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      Rose Taylor is a well-experienced accountant with abundant professional experience in varying industries and no stranger to the cannabis industry. She is a partner and founder of Redbud Advisors – a full service cannabis accounting firm serving cultivators, processors, and retail businesses. As an Enrolled Agent and accountant for the past 17 years, Rose’s entrepreneurial experience and exposure to companies of all sizes provides her with a unique perspective compared to most in the industry.

      Rob Sanchez

      By Rob Sanchez, ERP Software & Cannabis Connoisseurship |

      Enterprise Resource Planning systems are essential to maximize efficiency and profits of your cannabis business. We’ll review ERPs and discuss Integrations and Compliance during this session first. Then we’ll talk about Cannabis Connoisseurship and why it matters in the industry before putting the two together to see why and how ERPs can contribute too products worthy of connoisseurship. Join Rob Sanchez, Product Manager & Agile Coach at BLAZE for this informative session on Cannabis software.

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      Rob Sanchez

      ERP Software & Cannabis Connoisseurship |

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      Rob is a Certified Ganjier and the owner of Apartment 113 Cannabis Connoisseurship & Consulting and contributing writer for Fat Nugs Magazine. He has a lifetime of cannabis experience, starting as a cultivator and hashmaker in Denver's medical days. He now works as a Product Manager and Agile Coach for BLAZE Seed-To-Sale. Rob is an Agilist and proponent of continuous improvement in all areas of work and life with over 12 years of IT software experience.

      Derek Stucki

      By Derek Stucki, Cannabis odor – Public Enemy #1 |

      Odor is the industry’s biggest public-facing problem – and we are not winning. We will define the current challenge and look at the coming regulatory impact on odor control. A deep dive into why people complain about odor and why it’s complicated is next. Explore available odor control technologies and see what’s working and what’s not. Understand the science of odor elimination. Leave attendees with a clear understanding of challenges and solutions around cannabis odor.

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      Derek Stucki

      Cannabis odor – Public Enemy #1 |

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      Derek is passionate about helping the industry overcome its biggest obstacle – odor. A veteran in the battle against odor from industrial waste to cannabis. As VP of Business Development for Cannabusters, his mission is to help the industry win the odor game.

      Rick Rainbolt

      By Rick Rainbolt, How to Develop & Succeed in the Premium Exotic Flower Niche |

      Learn the fundamentals and the pitfalls to avoid in developing a premium exotic flower grow facility and operation. Learn about facility development starting with selecting the correct property, the type of facility to build, how to precisely control the environment, and setting up a perpetual rotation and cultivation program. We’ll cover the (1) Facility (2) Genetics (3) Cultivation. Learn the 3 fundamentals for success in the premium exotic flower niche, the 5 fundamentals to building a premium exotic flower facility, how to set up the facility for perpetual rotation for monthly harvest and how to set up the facility to properly interact with genetics and cultivation.

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      Rick Rainbolt

      How to Develop & Succeed in the Premium Exotic Flower Niche |

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      Rick founded Hemp Geo Institute, LLC. on January 10th, 2017. Over the past several years, HGI has established itself as the ‘go-to’ organization for world-class cannabis education, resources and the development of CRAFT premium exotic flower grow operations. In 2020, Rick designed a proprietary premium exotic flower, ‘Seed-2-Cure’ facility under the brand Canna Cobra, LLC. which offers continuous production, equipped with top vetted equipment and methods that create a completely controlled micro-environment from seed to final curing. Rick has played a role in the Legislative process in helping states become legal to grow Industrial Hemp/Cannabis in addition to consulting on the development of rules and regulation packages.

      Justin Esquivel

      By Justin Esquivel, Homozygous Genetics, Cannabis Tissue Culture & Advanced Cultivation |

      Take a deep dive into why stable genetics are so important and how you can implement tissue culture into any size cultivation canopy. This will educate & teach the grower how to achieve frosty & flavorful buds time after time! Learn about how to keep your crop bacteria & pest free from start to finish! Become aware of the greatest and most advanced tricks that can be implemented in home or commercial cultivation to achieve exotic premium buds. Understand what to look for when choosing the genetics that you will be cultivating under your BRAND. Once it’s out there, you can’t take it back! The cream always rises to the top!

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      Justin Esquivel

      Homozygous Genetics, Cannabis Tissue Culture & Advanced Cultivation |

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      Esquivel, President & Geneticist, Green Luster Phenos LLC, has been an influencer and leader in the cannabis industry for fourteen (14) years. Esquivel was the head grower and geneticist of a 20,000 sq. ft indoor commercial-scale cultivation operation out in Colorado back in 2012. Justin has consulted with 62 cannabis facilities, 34 of which operate commercial canopies. He brings standard operating procedures to a gold standard. Esquivel also specializes in Cannabis Tissue Culture & Selective Homozygous Breeding, enabling his company to bring tailored offspring to growers globally!

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