With 2023 around the corner, everyone is wrapping up their 2022 calendars and reflecting on the past year. Being in the still young cannabis industry, every year is exciting and full of promise: A new state could change their laws by legalizing adult-use cannabis or a city who has been in the game since day-one could update their regulations. It is difficult for cannabusiness professionals to anticipate the upcoming year and plan their strategy.
Experiences / Lessons Learned in 2022 and Looking Forward to 2023
Security: Haley Glover with Sapphire Risk Advisory Group
Haley Glover is the Senior Security Consultant at Sapphire Risk Advisory Group and has over a decade of experience in the security industry. As Senior Security Consultant, Haley is the primary expert on security devices and systems and their implementation into cannabis businesses. Haley works directly with cannabis business owners to ensure cannabis projects and build-outs are completed efficiently and successfully. Additionally, Haley was recently the winner of Security Systems News "40 Under 40" Class of 2020!
Compliance: Ed Linetskiy with AnamiTech
Eduard Linetskiy is the Chief Compliance Officer at AnamiTech, the creator of GreenSpacePro. He is also the Founder of CCBC Group Inc., a cannabis compliance, operations, and business consultancy. Eduard is a recognized expert in the cannabis industry and a pioneer. He was an early team member at MedMen, one of the first Multi-State Operators in the industry. He oversaw all compliance functions at the company, including auditing, operational support, and surveillance. Prior to joining the cannabis industry, Eduard built an extensive track record in financial compliance with high-level positions at global investment bank Houlihan Lokey, MetLife and the New York Stock Exchange.
Business Operation: Nick Hovan with GreenSpacePro
GreenSpacePro is a team collaboration and work management tool designed by cannabis operators for cannabis operators. It is a cost effective, intuitive software that helps your staff manage complex tasks, licenses and locations, deadlines, and projects, all from one easy dashboard. Keep track of important projects, monitor your staff’s productivity, perform self-audits, and stay compliant. GreenSpacePro is where cannabis work gets done.
Construction & Design: Paul Nieboer with Temeka Group
Paul joined Temeka Group as an owner in 2006 and brings a unique perspective to their client service and project management teams. Prior to joining Temeka Group, Paul had 20 years as a retailer opening more than one thousand stores across the U.S. for brands like Hot Topic and Miller’s Outpost/Levi’s. Having worked in almost every mall in the country, this brought a deep and reliable network of national and regional vendors to partner with Temeka Group.
At Temeka Group, Paul continues to bring his retail experience to and shape our customer service to our customers, including, Grammy Museum, Princess Cruises, Fanatics, New Era, NHL teams, NBA teams, MLB teams and NFL teams, Cookies, Stiiizy, Embarc, ASHE Society, Culture Cannabis Club and many more cannabis projects.
Paul has been published in interviews and articles sharing his insight and thoughts relating to program management and most recently with Mike on the April cover of MG magazine discussing Temeka Group’s experience in the cannabis space.
Human Resources: Tommy Truong with KayaPush
Tommy Truong (CPA) is the co-founder and CEO of KayaPush. With over $1 Billion of payroll processed last year, Kayapush helps dispensaries scale through an easy people management platform. Tommy has helped thousands of business owners grow their companies through simplifying workforce management.
Banking: Tim Morland with Abaca
Tim Morland with Abaca guides business owners in the cannabis industry on what you need to achieve affordable financial services built for cannabis operators.
Abaca provides state-legal cannabis businesses with compliant bank accounts, cash management, electronic payments, and other financial services through its compliant, tech-powered cannabis banking platform. Abaca and its partner financial institutions are currently accepting traditional bank account applications in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Dakota. The company’s banking platform also offers lending and payment processing services to cannabis businesses nationwide.