With each conference comes new opportunities to discuss the most recent and pressing successes and challenges within the cannabis industry. That’s why we are proud to routinely welcome talented leaders from across the country to present and meet with our community. NCIA strives to offer education in every area of the industry and to every level of professional. #NECannaBizCon presenters will cover a multitude of different topics including a full track focused on the Northeast to help you prepare your business for success in this emerging market.
We look forward to sharing the most up to date information with you as over 100+ thought leaders present at Northeast Cannabis Business Conference, February 19-20 in Boston, MA. In the meantime, please get to know some of them as we present 10 Noteworthy #NECannaBizCon Speakers:
Nancy Lake, Director, Compliance Anchor
Nancy Lake has over 15 years of experience in the BSA/AML world. Nancy was CAMS certified in 2008, received her CAMS-Audit certification in 2013, and her CAMS-FCI certification in 2015. She has served as BSA Officer in multiple community banks where she successfully created and implemented the entire BSA program including one bank with a number of international MSBs. She has conducted bank-wide BSA/AML training including Board of Director training. Nancy has experience working with and implementing several automated BSA/AML monitoring systems. She is utilizing her BSA experience and 19 years as an educator to provide assistance to community banks in the areas of training, risk management, and the development of sound internal programs and best practices.
Ryan Rapaport, Head of Market Development, Best in Grow
Ryan Rapaport is the Head of Market Development of the retail optimization platform for Best in Grow. He works with top cannabis brands who are grossly underserved with technology and strategy to ensure their investments in their most important assets… people. Ryan has spent the last seven years as a leader in SaaS business development and enterprise sales strategy, with a focus on people technology with companies like PeopleMatter (Acquired by Snag) and Vangst.
Dr. Stephanie Wedryk, Director of Research and Development, Rx Green Technologies
Dr. Stephanie Wedryk graduated from The Ohio State University with a PhD in Horticulture and Crop Science in 2011. Her PhD research focused on organic weed management and urban vegetable production. Dr. Wedryk worked for a large agricultural cooperative focused on product development for several years. She joined the Rx Green Technologies team as Director of Research and Development in October 2017. Stephanie is excited to help cannabis growers optimize their operations through an increased scientific understanding of cannabis.
Steven Monacelli, Co-Founder & Partner, Restivo Monacelli LLP
Steven Monacelli, CPA/PFS, MST, is Co-Founder and Partner of Restivo Monacelli LLP, an innovative tax, accounting, and business advisory firm established over 25 years ago and recognized nationally as a 2019 Best of the Best Firm, Top 400 Firm and Fastest Growing Firm by INSIDE Public Accounting. As a CPA with more than 30 years of accounting, tax, and business consulting experience, Steven helps clients nationwide implement growth and exit strategies that maximize their business value and ensure compliance with complex tax laws. Steven’s first-hand business experience and diverse skill sets earned him Congressional Recognition in honor of being named one of the “Top Public Accounting Professionals” in 2015.
Meg Nash, Senior Associate Attorney, Vicente Sederberg LLP
Meg Nash is an attorney for Vicente Sederberg LLP, a leading national cannabis law firm. Meg works in the Boston office, where her practice focuses on counseling clients through the state licensing application process, land use and zoning requirements, and regulatory and compliance matters.
A consummate team player, Meg enjoys collaborating with cannabis entrepreneurs and other professionals involved in the licensing process- including engineers, architects, and local officials- in order to gain an in-depth understanding of her clients’ ambition. These collaborative relationships with clients empower her to provide the strategic legal advice and regulatory guidance which helps her clients achieve their goals.
Margeaux Bruner, Lobbyist & Corporate Social Responsibility Consultant, Perpetual Harvest Sustainable Solutions
At Perpetual Harvest Sustainable Solutions, Margeaux Bruner monitors and assesses trends, external environment, and internal practices; makes recommendations to develop/adjust strategies to meet the changing business and market conditions. She is a registered lobbying agent and consultant. She currently serves on the National Cannabis Industry Association’s State Regulations Committee as well as Minority Cannabis Business Association’s Policy Committee. She is a leader for National Expungement Week (NEW) and is a national speaker on leadership, diversity, equity and inclusion.
Benton Bodamer, Attorney, Dickinson Wright
Benton Bodamer has represented a wide range of public and private companies, as well as many of the leading international private equity sponsors.
He regularly advises clients on complex domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, minority investments, divestitures, and restructurings. Mr. Bodamer also routinely counsels privately held businesses (including sponsor portfolio companies) on general corporate matters, governance, corporate best practices, and commercial transactions.
Jennifer Whetzel, Founder & CEO, Ladyjane Branding
Jennifer Whetzel is a marketing professional and founder of Ladyjane Branding. For over 25 years, Whetzel has been branding, advertising, marketing, strategizing and researching for Fortune 500 companies and B2B/B2C small businesses. After finding significant symptom relief in medical cannabis and emotional support from community members, she was inspired to use her professional expertise to help businesses in the cannabis industry develop smart, strategic and consistent brands that create deep connections with consumers. Jennifer’s signature creations, Ladyjane’s Archetypal Segmentation Model, Brand & Consumer Personality Quizzes and Two-Hour Brand Makeover all empower entrepreneurs in the industry to take their brand strategies into their own hands to stand out and sell more.
Bryan Passman, Founder + Hunter, Hunter + Esquire; The GIGG®
Founder of cannabis industry talent acquisition firms Hunter + Esquire and The GIGG®, Bryan is internationally renowned in executive search and advisory in the Cannabis, MedTech, Pharma, Biotech, Packaging and Food & Beverage (FMCG) Consumer Packaged Goods industries. His clients have included small and large NA-based cannabis companies, many dozens of market-leading blue chip & startup companies in the Healthcare life sciences and (food + adult beverage) Consumer Packaged Goods industries as well ancillary technology companies serving the CPG and Hospitality industries. Bryan’s Talent Acquisition expertise spans all Commercial, Operational, Financial and Technical disciplines.
Milan Patel, Co-Founder & CEO, PathogenDx
Mr. Patel leads the strategic vision, financial health and global growth of PathogenDx, a Scottsdale-based company that provides disruptive DNA-based pathogen testing technology and solutions for cannabis, botanical, food and agricultural industries. He has extensive experience in corporate finance, mergers, and acquisitions, business strategy and planning, infrastructure and organizational development, and controls, compliance, and audit and has led several company exits. Milan earned his BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Detroit Mercy; an MS in Biomedical/Medical Engineering, University of Michigan; and an MBA in Finance and Marketing, University of Detroit Mercy.