The legal Cannabis industry generated 7 billion dollars in 2016. By 2020, that number is projected to grow to 20 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.
Our panel of experts will discuss entrepreneurship, industry trends, investment opportunities, due diligence, compliance best practices, the legal landscape, Trump, & everything else New Yorkers need to know before committing time & money into Cannabis ventures.
Learn & connect with other High NYers. High NY is New York's #1 Cannabis Meetup.
The Expert Panelists
Named by Fortune & Complex as one of the most powerful women in the cannabis business, Tahira previously served as General Manager of Marley Natural, where she was responsible for launching the brand & managing day-to-day operations. She now focuses on advising entrepreneurs & early stage venture leaders to bring their ideas to life, utilizing her cannabis, startup, & finance experience.
Prior to entering the cannabis industry, Tahira was a Portfolio Manager at City First Enterprises, focused on underwriting, structuring, & deal management for CFE's community development & real estate investment portfolio, & an associate at Perry Capital, leading research initiatives for the asset-backed securities team. Tahira began her career as a consultant in Ernst & Young's Financial Services Advisory practice.
Fred Gross -Chief Investment Officer, Leaf of Life International Holdings Inc
Fred Gross is a former hedge fund manager, entrepreneur & volatility trader. He holds a Masters in finance & economics from NYU & has been investing & capital raising in the cannabis space over the past 3 years as the founder of ManhattanCanna Fund & 77th Street Finance. His record of success includes trading strategies that in 2007 produced returns of 300%, in 2008 produced returns of 75%, & the completion of three successful cannabis capital raises as the Head Market Partner at CannaFundr in 2014-2015.
Leaf of Life invests in innovative science & techonology solutions for the global Cannabis industry. The company is focused on building a cashless banking infrastructure for the global Cannabis industry as well as facilitating the development of premium medical grade CBD & THC oils.
Cristina Buccola, Esq
Cristina is a partner in Pistil Point Cannabis & also serves as its Chief Legal Officer. Prior to joining Pistil Point, Cristina was the General Counsel of Trans-High Corporation, the parent company of High Times Magazine & the High Times Cannabis Cups. Her legal practice blends multiple disciplines, including transactional, M&A & private equity, intellectual property, labor & employment, regulatory, & government work.
Cristina is also the founder CBCounseland is retained by cannabis companies, private investors, & entrepreneurs for her legal strategy, business acumen, & negotiation skills. She also positions cannabis, lifestyle, & wellness personalities & brands to expand their sphere of influence while protecting their rights & managing their other transactional matters. Interested in connecting with Cristina? Please do so throughwww.cbcounsel.com
Michael Zaytsev, or Mike Z, is an author, cannabis activist, & Leadership Coach. He previously worked as a financial analyst for J.P. Morgan & in enterprise sales at Google. After teaching a Leadership & Teamwork training class to his coworkers at Google, Mike became fascinated with coaching. Now a Professional & Master Certified coach, he helps entrepreneurs maximize their personal growth & social impact without burning out.
As the organizer of High NY, Michael has produced 20+ Cannabis education events in NYC.Mike Z is a highly sought after speaker & has delivered a TEDx talk called 'Thinking Differently About Cannabis.' His book, 'The Entrepreneur's Guide to Cannabis' has been featured in Vice, Mic, & The Huffington Post.
- 7:00 PM: Food, Refreshments & Friendship Time
- 7:30 PM: Welcome to High NY with Mike Z + Community Announcements
- 7:35 PM: Business & Investment Panel + Audience Q&A
- 8:30 PM: More Friendship Time
- 9:00 PM: The End
AS ALWAYS THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO CANNABIS CONSUMPTION OR TRANSACTING PERMITTED. Please respect our beautiful venue & our crappy laws.
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