This committee impacts all non-healthcare related businesses from an education, compliance and training perspective. Specific effort and focus revolves around industry education and ensuring awareness of the program’s rules and regulations to ensure a safe, successful and fair program implementation. This committee works in partnership with our Government Affairs committee to ensure alignment between the program, the industry, the association and its members.
From healthcare systems, physicians, providers and patients, this committee researches & defines best practices with stakeholders to ensure a safe, responsible and successful program implementation. Physician and practitioner education are paramount to the success of Missouri’s MMJ program and this committee works to accomplished education and training via outreach and partnership with systems / regulators along with other online training, seminars, thought leadership and speaking engagement.
Engage stakeholders, industry and non-industry entities to inform, educate and guide the trade from a business planning perspective. These efforts are best accomplished via member and prospective member outreach, Leadership Council member meetups, business and civic outreach. Some of the business based challenges from a implementation and regulatory perspective include investment, banking, marketing, zoning, business licensing and fair business practices.
This committee works to understand, create, guide and communicate regulatory matters between association members, the board of directors and any relevant state organizations such as the Department of Health and Senior Services, state legislature and Governor’s office. Comprised of industry and regulatory specialists, this committee’s primary role is to focus on regulatory matters related to Missouri’s MMJ program implementation as well as specific lobbying efforts to ensure fair, compliant and expedient program roll out and legislative representation where appropriate
This committee works to understand, review and make recommendations as it relates to association financial matters and budgeting. The end goal of this committee is to ensure the financial stability and durability of the organization in the long term.
This committee works to plan, strategize, execute and measure marketing, advertising, promotion and event efforts to support the association’s goals for education, advocacy and growth.
BOARD ROLES KEY:
|BOD||BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER|
|AB||ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER|
|CCC||COMMITTEE COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR|
|GOV||GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE|
|ICE||INDUSTRY COMPLIANCE + EDUCATION|
|HET||HEALTHCARE EDUCATION + TRAINING|
|BTP||BUSINESS + TRADE PLANNING|
|MAE||MARKETING + EVENTS|
Board of Directors – Chair
Co-Chair | Director of Cultivation – Beleaf Co.
Upon returning to his home state of Missouri, Mr. Curtis helped establish the Beleaf Company. His extensive knowledge and experience working within the cannabis industry will be extremely valuable in guiding the efforts of Missouri medical cannabis stakeholders, regulators and MoCannTrade members.
Larry Ellison CPA
Board of Directors
BOD, GOV, BTP
CFO – Agrios Global USA | Timberland Bay Properties
Lt. Scott Gleason Ret.
Board of Directors
Security Director – TAG Investigations
As a respected member of Missouri’s law enforcement, drug enforcement and investigative communities, Lt. Gleason’s career enforcement experience will play a pivotal role for MoCannTrade and specifically our Industry Education and Compliance committee.
Board of Directors
Industry Education + Compliance
BOD, ICE, CC
Dr. Patricia Hurford MD, MS
Board of Directors
Board-Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pain Management Specialist – SOAR Medical (Spine, Orthopedics & Rehabilitation)
“As a lifelong sports enthusiast suffering many of the aches and sprains that accompany competitive sports, I know stubborn pain impacts functionality, mobility and emotional outlook as well as the ability to deal with everyday environmental stress. Powerful opioid pain medications promise quick relief but often lead to abuse and serious life consequences. Taking the time to listen and thoroughly explain what viable treatment options exist, helps my patients to feel validated, understood and know that I can take care of them.”
Board of Directors
BOD, HET, FIN
Executive Director – Missouri Cures
Ms. Ladd’s current position involves cultivating and maintaining relationships with key policy makers, business leaders and opinion leaders in the medical research field on the state and national level. In 2016 she directed a campaign rallying consultants, patient advocacy groups, volunteers and business leaders in an effort to defeat a ballot initiative—containing language that could potentially harm medical research in Missouri. Her background and experience directly supports the mission of MoCannTrade as well as her role on the Healthcare Education and Training committee.
Board of Directors
BOD, GOV, BTP
V.P. / Deputy General Counsel
Mr. Mays possesses the unique ability to craft sound legal expertise with a focus on the human side of business. He will use his deep transactional and compliance law background to guide MoCannTrade, cannabis industry stakeholders and members with specific impact to our Business and Trade Planning committee.
Board of Directors
Government Affairs – Chair
BOD, GOV, CC
President – Mitchell Hospitality
Jack’s many years of regional, national and international business dealings along with his long career of legal guidance and leadership in the gaming, regulatory and hospitality industries makes him an excellent addition to MoCannTrade as well as the Business and Trade Planning committee.
– Communications Chair
BOD, GOV, CCC, ICE
CEO | Co-Founder Mitchem Companies + CLOVR
Josh has more than 15 years of senior-level national business experience in highly regulated and competitive industries along with 5+ years of cannabis investment / ownership experience. His entrepreneurial expertise in creating and growing companies from the ground up combined with his policy regulation knowledge provides an asset to MoCannTrade’s Industry Compliance & Education committee and the future of Missouri Medical Cannabis.
Dr. Kyle Ostrom MD, FACP
Board of Directors
Internist – Mercy Health
Dr. Ostrom has served as internal medicine physician, Medical Director for Hospice and Palliative Care Department Chair of the Hospital Division and Oncology Committee Community Liaison. Its these roles, his ongoing care efforts in his community and Dr. Ostrom’s Evidence Based Medicine approach that positions his as a trusted leader for MoCannTrade’s Healthcare Education and Training committee.
Board Of Directors
Strategist – Amendment 2 Consultants
Campaign Manager – New Approach Missouri
John Payne served as the campaign manager for New Approach Missouri, which led Amendment 2 to win more votes than anything else on the 2018 ballot. He has also served as the Executive Director of Show-Me Cannabis. Prior to working professionally in the cannabis movement, John held positions as a Research Assistant at the Show-Me Institute, a high school social studies teacher, and a freelance writer where his work appeared in publications including The Week, Reason Magazine, and The American Conservative.
Board of Directors
Business + Trade Planning – Chair
BOD, BTP, CC, FIN
VP Broker / Investor – Savoy Properties
His passion for numbers, investing, and service transcends to his interest in real estate, as Mr. Pennington spends a major portion of his time with Investors and Owners addressing their real estate needs. Whether it’s representing banks on their corporate real estate and loan portfolio—or working with local investors in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of investment properties. John’s business experience and acumen makes him the perfect chair for the Business and Trade Planning committee where he will lead the charge for MoCannTrade stakeholders, members and the impending industry.
Joseph “Chip” Sheppard
Board of Directors
BOD, GOV, BTP
Attorney – Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C.
Mr. Sheppard was instrumental in the birth of the Mo. MMJ industry revising Constitutional Amendment 2 from 2015-2017, explaining its provisions to local groups and potential clients, and raising money for the effort. He has been a business lawyer for the last 35 years; is the Chair of his firm’s Marijuana and Hemp Law Group (7 of the 18 members of the firm); and recently named Lawyer of the Year by Missouri Lawyers Weekly along with Mike Hill, a MoCannTrade advisory board member, for their MMJ initiative work. His involvement in legal associations, community organizations and cannabis industry groups provides insight, expertise and leadership to both MoCannTrade and the Government Affairs committee.
Dr. Mimi Vo, MD
Board of Directors
Healthcare Education + Training – Chair
BOD, HET, CC
Internist – Vo Medical Clinic
Her integrative and evidence based approach to practicing medicine along with her knowledge of medical cannabis serves as a strong foundation for the industry. Dr. Vo considers the health, wellness and safety of her patients and community a top priority and her efforts as part of the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association’s Healthcare Education & Training committee continue to support this.
Brett Williams R. Ph.
Board of Directors
Mr. Williams is an accomplished business owner and community pillar through his decades of pharmacy leadership and customer service. Brett helped build his small, family-owned pharmacy into St Louis’ largest independent pharmacy until selling three of four stores to a national chain in 2011. Brett is a respected medical industry professional focused on improving the lives of his customers and those who rely on him for healthcare leadership and expertise. Brett has led hospital missions in Haiti as well as local/regional disaster relief efforts with the Red Cross. It is this passion and dedication to his community that makes Brett the perfect addition to MoCannTrade and the Healthcare Education and Training committee.
AB, BTP, MAE
Curador | Parlor Social Club | Union Barber Shop | Tower Classic Tattoo | Knife & Flag Workwear
Over the past 15 years, Sean Baltzell has grown from local tattoo artist to owning and operating a network of thriving businesses throughout the St. Louis area, making him one of the most recognizable and successful entrepreneurs in town.
With a passion for brand architecture and aesthetic balance this serial entrepreneur is driven by the relentless pursuit of creating culturally relevant hot spots around the St Louis landscape. His expertise in package and product design, coupled with his fine art skills, are the foundational pillars for a conceptual design powerhouse with production and manufacturing capability. Holding licenses in tattooing, liquor and barbering, Sean quickly gained a unique skillset for leading business in highly regulated trade. With his dynamic team in place, Baltzell intends on blazing a trail to the top of the medical cannabis community in Missouri.
Paul Bocci CPA
Chief Financial Officer – Central Ozarks Medical Center
Treasurer – New Approach Missouri
Paul has 36 years of business experience in finance in several highly regulated industries. He has served as CFO of companies in the healthcare, aircraft assembly, and automotive manufacturing industries.
For the last eight years Paul has concentrated on working in the healthcare industry. He has worked with medical practice and facility regulations regarding billing, facilities planning, and facility implementation and accreditation. Other areas of concentration include Medicare & Medicaid regulations, DEA regulations and physician contracting. He has also worked as a liaison for practices with Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers. Over the years, Paul has provided guidance to medical practices and testimony for attorneys regarding Medicare and Medicaid fraud.
L.A. Based Attorney & Investor
Mr. Carpenter has developed expertise in the cannabis industry with particular attention to the legal and regulatory environment of the California medical and adult use markets. Before entering the cannabis industry in 2015, Zachary worked as a senior staff attorney at Orleans Public Defenders in New Orleans, LA. Zachary attended Harvard University and Stanford Law School, where he was a member of the Stanford Law Review.
Dr. Stephanie Cernicek PhD
Senior Chemist – Beleaf Co.
On a daily basis, Dr. Cernicek interacts with patients and physicians to design the most effective medical cannabis plans and products-based on the patient’s specific diagnosis and circumstances. Stephanie’s years of experience as a chemist make her an important member of the MoCannTrade team and an asset to those involved in the Missouri cannabis industry.
Owner – Heimos Nurseries
Having a successful career in the Horticulture industry, both as a businessman and supporter of medical cannabis, Bernie’s experience and contributions directly impact both MoCannTrade and the Industry Education and Compliance committee.
AB, GOV, BTP
Amendment 2 Consultants
Solo Practitioner | Cannajurist
Amendment 2 Consultants was founded by Mike Hill and John Payne, who first worked together as part of New Approach Missouri, the campaign that created and passed Amendment 2 with 65 percent of the vote in 2018. They will bring the expertise and relationships they forged before and during that campaign to assist their clients in the medical marijuana application process and beyond.
Mr. Jones is the CEO, Co-General Counsel and Co-Founder of Strayne, LLC. Since being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.) in 2012, Mr. Jones has taken a particular interest the legalization of medicinal cannabis throughout the United States. Among many other benefits, he has paid specific attention to cannabis studies pertaining to M.S. symptom management and related stem cell research. As his knowledge in the cannabis space has grown, he has consulted and advised clients from other jurisdictions in cannabis related litigation
Corby is an alumnus of the University of University Missouri- Columbia for both undergraduate studies and law school. Throughout his 15-year legal career, Mr. Jones has dealt with myriad issues relating to commercial litigation and real property purchase and acquisition. He has also worked for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (“NAIA”) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) on cases involving student-athlete eligibility, amateurism, student-athlete health and welfare, and civil rights. Additionally, Corby has served as counsel to the NCAA on legislative and governance matters and assisted in the development and implementation of amendments to the Division I enforcement program.
Mr. Jones honed his interpersonal and leadership skills as a 4-year starter at quarterback and eventual team captain for the Mizzou football team. In his last 2 seasons at the helm, he guided his team to the university’s first bowl appearance and subsequent bowl win, in 13 and 14 years, respectively. During his senior year, he was also named as an Academic All-American, and one of 15 National Football Foundation National Scholar Athletes. He played professionally in both the NFL and Canadian Football League, and was inducted into the University of Missouri-Columbia Intercollegiate Hall of Fame in 2003. Corby later (while practicing law) worked as a college football analyst for the Fox Sports Networks. In October of 2016, he was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
Mr. Jones has been a strong proponent in the push for a social equity component in the implementation of Missouri’s Amendment 2. He believes that everyone should be able to both access the medicine derived from cannabis and serve their communities (geographic limitations and socioeconomic status, notwithstanding). As an advisory board member of McCannTrade and member of its Government Affairs Committee, Mr. Jones drafted the initial MBE/WBE provision, which was proposed for presentation to the Department of Health and Senior Services.
CEO – Beleaf
CMO-Creative Cannabis Consultancy (C3)
Owner – Nature’s Care
Backed by an impressive resume of achievements in the marketing field, Mitch Meyers brings a fresh perspective to the cannabis and hemp industry. After spending several years in the accounting and audit field, Mitch realized marketing and product development was her true calling. She was hired to introduce Bud Light for Anheuser-Busch, which is now the largest selling beer in the world. AB subsequently put her in charge of leading their new products group for 6 years. She was named AdWeek’s Advertising Woman of the Year in 1996.
After leaving there, she formed a marketing and brand development agency, The Zipatoni Company, that worked with many Fortune 100 companies delivering strategic insights and business development programs. She and her partners built the agency to 350 employees, offices in 5 states and $42 MM in revenue annually. They were acquired by IPG, the Interpublic Group in 2003. Since that time, she entered the cannabis industry receiving a dispensary license in the highly competitive Illinois medical market in 2014. The following year, she received a cultivation, production and dispensing license in Missouri for CBD to treat Epilepsy. She continues to consult with companies around the country on cannabis business. Mitch’s seasoned marketing expertise, coupled with her passion for the plant, products and the ultimate patients, makes her one of the leading faces of the cannabis industry.
AB, BTP, MAE
Owner – Advertising Savants
Over three decades, Kevin has led the development of successful, integrated brand development campaigns for a wide range of clients, in industries including tourism, consumer package goods, education, health, financial services, non-profit, entertainment and household goods—in both Business to Business and Business to Consumer categories. Kevin’s philosophy is “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” and its this approach that positions Kevin and his team as powerful partners for shaping the voice and message for MoCannTrade as well as his impact specifically on the Business and Trade Planning committee.
Government Affairs – Communications Chair
President | CEO – Cole Engineering
Kevin E. Riggs is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Majority Shareholder of Cole. Kevin is responsible for the overall management, development, growth, and direction of the firm. He is actively involved in the planning and design phases of numerous projects, as well as client communications.
With 28 years of experience, Kevin is an industry leader. His firm has garnered three national awards and is consistently recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal. His personal achievements have been awarded by the design industry and his peers at the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers. He also devotes a great deal of time and resources to civic and charitable efforts. Kevin received a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Missouri-Rolla. He is a Professional Engineer, licensed in 40 states.
Dr. David Sciortino, DC
Co-Chair | Partner – Noah’s Arc Foundation of MO
Dr. Sciortino is dedicated to help establish systems for organized implementation of medical cannabis in Missouri. With experience with the current, highly regulated CBD laws in Missouri, Dr. Sciortino provides educated input on operations, safety and legalities as well as seed to sell tracking. Dr. Scortino’s many years of treating patients suffering with pain and witness of opiate abuse drives his commitment to see medical cannabis as a suitable replacement and to support the specific goals of MoCannTrade’s Healthcare and Education Committee.
V.P. – Brewster Alexander Security
Living by the credo “no job too large or too small”, Mr. Thomas specializes in guaranteeing each project/user is continuously supported from beginning to end. He brings the same level of dedication and commitment in leading MoCannTrade and its members with security expertise specifically related to highly sensitive, regulated, governmental and/or medical cannabis industries.
AB, GOV, ICE
Solo-Practitioner — Christopher S. White, Attorney at Law
Mr. White joined MoCannTrade in the summer of 2018, providing his unique knowledge and industry insight gained from his experience aiding a Missouri based client’s move into the Colorado cannabis market in January 2017. As of February 2019, that clients’ Colorado business now maintains a robust global footprint and continues to expand. In addition, the company seeks to return “home” to hold a strong presence in the new Missouri MMJ Industry. Mr. White plays a pivotal role in outreach efforts to cities, municipalities and law enforcement agencies throughout the state in order to help the association lay the groundwork for the most successful MMJ program rollout in this country’s history.
Investor/Partner – Gateway Extraction
Mr. Wolf is a supplier of high quality active pharmaceutical ingredients and biochemicals including biological buffers, amino acids and other high purity chemical reagents through his company Xenos Inc. Sourcing unique ingredients from full cGMP ISO certified manufacturing plants in China, South America and Europe is his specialty. He has been involved in numerous FDA cGMP audits including initial FDA NDA/ANDA and 483 submissions. He is familiar with the global markets as well as the logistics, customs, and international laws of these industries. His goal is to give genuine hope and help to the people and children legal medical cannabis will benefit, make a difference in their lives and help to regulate the industry.
Dr. David Yablonsky, DO
Board Certified Internist – Associated Physicians Group | Victory Men’s Health
As a physician already working in a medical cannabis legal state, Dr. Yablonsky’s experience with patients, medical systems and regulators will have a direct and immediate impact on MoCannTrade’s Healthcare Education and Training committee for a safe, responsible program implementation in Missouri.
Tightline Strategies | MoCannTrade Communications
Jack Cardetti has served for a decade as a spokesman and communications adviser for public officials and political campaigns. He has worked on some of the most successful campaigns in Missouri in recent years including the highly successful campaign for New Approach Missouri | Amendment 2 which had the highest vote tally of any item on the Nov 6th 2018 ballot. Jack was instrumental in getting the electorate to understand and support Amendment 2 and will continue to work with MoCannTrade, New Approach and Missouri stakeholders to ensure steady communications and updates related to the successful program implementation of medical cannabis in Missouri.
CEO – Midwest Canna Expos
Executive Director – Greater STL NORML
Outreach Coordinator – New Approach Missouri
Vice President – MoCannTrade
Karin has continually advanced the needs of the cannabis and medical cannabis industries in Missouri since 2016 including her roles with NORML, New Approach Missouri, as volunteer Executive Director of Missouri Cannabis Industry Association (MCIA) as well as her latest endeavors with Midwest Canna Expos. Karin is part cannabis activist and part business minded industry shaker. As an organizational leader and event producer, she has proven her value immensely in her ability to lead, manage, organize, direct, plan and ensure that we continue to advance marijuana law and program reform for the sake of patients, businesses and communities.
Executive Director | President
MoCannTrade President | Executive Director
After hearing Senator Eric Schmitt’s impassioned speech for CBD on the Missouri Capital floor, It has been Mr. Mullins’ passion to see medical cannabis become a reality in the state.
“I recognize the rising tide of cannabis nationally and the positive impact it has on people’s health. I’m excited to be leading our association and look forward to working with the industry to implement a safe, responsible program that more than anything, helps people.”
Secretary – MoCannTrade
Since November 2018, Eric’s volunteer role with MoCannTrade has continued to evolve and more recently included some scoped, contract admin work. Eric has increasingly become involved with and shown interest in the Missouri cannabis industry. After an 18-year career at AT&T with numerous IT roles in software development, project management and vendor management, Eric left the company to travel and explore new opportunities. He has board experience with Non-Profits including Epworth Center and as treasurer for the St. Louis Gaelic Athletic Club. He studied management information systems and finance at Saint Louis University and received his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Steve St. Arnold CPA
Serves as CFO of Blue Dart Ventures LLC, within the Mitchem Companies. Mr. St. Arnold has been the CFO since 2011 and in addition serves as Chief Compliance Officer for the same entities. Prior to joining the Mitchem companies, Steve was the Vice President of North American Finance for Danisco, a worldwide food ingredient company from March 2000 to July 2011. Prior to 2000, Steve held positions in the industrial lubricants industry for Fuchs Lubricants. Steve has a BBA from UMKC and an MBA from Avila University.
Strategic Capitol Consulting | MoCannTrade Lobbyist
Mr. Tilley is a former Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives. After being elected to the House in November 2004, he became the Majority leader in January 2007 and then was elected Speaker in November 2010. He was instrumental to the Republican pick up of 17 seats that year. In 2012, Mr. Tilley left office and founded Strategic Capitol Consulting (SCC) a government affairs and consulting business, which primarily handles state and some local government business. In just four years, SCC has grown from a one-man firm with a single blue-chip client to a four-person team with a roster of clients ranging from associations to large cap, technology and emerging market companies. SCC maintains offices in Jefferson City, Chesterfield and Perryville, Missouri.
Outside General Counsel
Partner – Armstrong Teasdale LLP
General Counsel – MoCannTrade
Mr. Walter has spent years studying the industry’s remarkable expansion through state legislation and ballot initiatives, notwithstanding cannabis’s Schedule 1 designation under federal law. His vast industry knowledge, experience in state licensing, and representation of private sector clients have uniquely prepared him to support MoCannTrade’s mission of ensuring that Missouri’s medical marijuana industry is safe, compliant, fair, and effective for patients, license applicants, and businesses serving the industry.