Movers and Shakers of the Cannabis Drinks Supply Chain.
The 2022 Cannabis Drinks Expo is the premier event for those who want to learn about the future of cannabis drinks.
The expo will feature a variety of presentations from industry leaders, including:
- How to create CBD-infused drinks that people want to drink
- How to make cannabis-infused beer and wine
- How to get your product on dispensary shelves
- How to market your product online and on social media
- What's next for cannabis foods and beverages?
Let’s talk about some of the big names of movers and shakers involved in the cannabis drinks industry and what you will gain from connecting with these fantastic individuals.
Megan Halstead Miller
Megan Halstead Miller is the Chief Operating Officer at Mammoth Distribution. She joined the company in 2022 and previously held the position of COO at Eaze. Previously, she served as the Vice President of Finance at Loggly and held e-commerce and finance positions at DocuSign, Walmart, Yahoo, and Amazon.
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Megan is a serial entrepreneur who has started multiple businesses ranging from e-commerce to software companies. Before joining Mammoth Distribution, she served as COO at Eaze, where she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the industry, including operations, finance, compliance, legal affairs, and HR. Before Eaze, Megan worked at Loggly, where she helped take it from a start-up to one of Silicon Valley's fastest-growing companies.
In startups, few people have as much experience as Ben Larson. He’s a serial entrepreneur and investor who has launched multiple successful companies. He’s also a mentor and advisor to hundreds of startups worldwide.
Ben is currently CEO Vertosa, which has developed a unique technology platform that enables mainstream businesses to enter the growing cannabis industry by providing water-soluble active ingredients that can infuse your products.
Previously he served as CEO of Gateway, the premier cannabis startup accelerator based in Silicon Valley. He also Co-Founded The Startup Boost Fund, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on helping entrepreneurs build great businesses. And Ben was also a Director at The Founder Institute. He helped grow their global program into over 100 cities worldwide by managing operations and recruiting dozens of mentors worldwide.
Wendy's professional career began with a focus on real estate brokerage and finance. In 1985, Wendy founded her real estate brokerage firm in Florida. She was responsible for all aspects of the business, including sales and marketing. Over the years, Wendy has developed relationships with investors and lenders, which has enabled her to expand her business in multiple markets.
In 2004, Wendy founded WBS Equities, LLC, specializing in ground-up construction, renovation, development, sale-leaseback transactions, and acquisition of industrial buildings for food and beverage manufacturers and distributors. WBS Equities has grown into a nationally recognized leader in this niche area within industrial real estate development and acquisitions. In addition to the firm’s focus on real estate development for food and beverage manufacturers and distributors, Wendy has over 30 years of experience in commercial real estate brokerage, real estate finance, and structuring complex real estate transactions.
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Wendy serves on the Board of Directors of Green Thumb Industries (GTI). GTI is a national cannabis consumer packaged goods company and retailer dedicated to providing dignified access to cannabis while giving back to the communities in which they serve through philanthropy.
In 2011, Luke Anderson was a math teacher at a public high school and had yet to step foot in a dispensary in his life. So he never imagined a future where he would be the Co-Founder of a cannabis brand, disrupting the industry with the first THC drink. However, fast forward eight years, and in 2019, Luke joined his good friend and former Bain & Company colleague - Jake Bullock - to co-found Cann Social Tonics, a cannabis-infused beverage line that does just that!
It all started when Jake moved to Colorado for work after college and explored all things cannabis. He quickly became an avid consumer of edibles but was frustrated by their lack of consistency between brands and inability to provide consumers with an accurate dose. This led him to start experimenting with creating his edibles at home using tinctures from reputable companies like Evolab, Bakery Chef's Kitchen, and Baked Bros. His goal was to create a product that allowed for more precise dosing so that consumers could enjoy the benefits of consuming marijuana without having to suck on an entire edible or risk overdoing it on their first try.
Over time, this passion project grew into something much bigger than just making good edibles at home.