An experienced finance professional and entrepreneur, Vishal brings MoCannTrade a wealth of cannabis, finance, media, and business experience. Vishal’s entrepreneurial spirit has grown his primary business, C3 Industries, into one of the leading cannabis companies in Michigan, Missouri, Massachusetts and Oregon, with additional expansion and development underway to enter Connecticut, Illinois and New Jersey. Before founding C3 Industries and Nickel City Pictures (a film and television production company based in Los Angeles), Vishal was a member of Google’s business operations and strategy team, driving business strategy, new product/market growth, and operational improvements across the company’s diverse businesses. He also gained extensive private equity and corporate finance experience as an associate at TPG(Texas Pacific Group) and investment banking analyst at Moelis & Company. Vishal earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He lives in Buffalo, New York with his wife and two children.
MOCANNTRADE BOARD + COMMITTEES
Our association is comprised of business professionals from a variety of industries, backgrounds and expertise working together to provide a meaningful impact on Missouri’s marijuana trade. Our board’s experience in other cannabis-legal states, licensing / compliance / operations as well as navigating Missouri’s business landscape, highlights our role as trusted partner to guide state government, regulators and the marijuana industry.
This committee has nine members reflecting knowledge and expertise pertaining to cultivation approaches, methods, SOPs, GMPs, compliance, challenges and opportunities. This committee is led by the cultivation committee chair and a cultivation focused Government Affairs rep. This committee represents industry, program, regulatory and policy thought, guidance and positions to ensure safe, compliant and successful cultivation operations.
Manufacturing/Testing Lab (MAN)
This committee has nine members that include voices and expertise from industry service providers, licensed infused products manufacturers, processors and testing lab facilities. Representing manufacturing and processing approaches, product and food safety compliance, product testing standards and methods, ISOs and testing compliance, this committee works to identify challenges and opportunities for MIPS and testing facilities. This committee is led by a manufacturing/testing lab chair and Government Affairs rep who work to represent industry, program, regulatory and policy guidance with the goal of safe and compliant product processing and testing.
This committee has 11 members including one from each of Missouri’s eight congressional districts. This committee includes knowledge and expertise pertaining to retail operations, safe and secure product access, patient education and advocacy, staff training, SOPs, compliance challenges and opportunities. This committee is led by a chair and Government Affairs rep to ensure industry, program, regulatory, policy and patient safety guidance.
Transportation | Security | Technology (TST)
This committee has 11 members and includes thought leaders with knowledge and expertise in product and cash transportation, facility security and technology. This committee is led by a chair and Government Affairs rep who will collaborate with the diverse committee voices and also all of the other industry facing committees as transportation, security and technology topics are relevant and woven between all licensed facilities. This committee works to represent industry, program, regulatory and policy guidance to ensure safe, compliant and successful protection of people, product, and facilities.
Government Affairs (GOV)
This committee works to understand, create, guide and communicate regulatory and policy matters between association members, all four industry facing committees, the board of directors and any relevant state and local government entities. Comprised of five 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
Healthcare Education and Training (HET)
Comprising 12 members, this committee focuses on successful education of stakeholders in the community, including patients and physicians. 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 accomplish education and training via outreach and partnership with health systems, physicians and providers along with providing CME credit seminars, thought leadership and speaking engagements.
Board Role Key:
BOD Board of Directors Member
AB Advisory Board Member
BC Board Chair
CC Committee Chair
GOV Government Affairs Committee
HET Healthcare Education + Training
CUL Cultivation Committee
MAN Manufacturing + Testing Lab Committee
DIS Dispensary Committee
TST Transportation, Security + Technology