Diane Czarkowski

Diane Czarkowski

Founding Partner, Canna Advisors Diane and her husband Jay are the founders of Canna Advisors, a cannabis enterprise consulting firm which has spent the last two years advising clients through the competitive state application process for cannabis business licenses. Her guidance has helped Canna Advisors earn one of the best track records in the industry, winning licenses in every state where they’ve consulted. Their national perspective on the evolution of the industry and experience as operators makes them uniquely qualified to design, build, and manage operations for their clients as new states come to market. Before their work at Canna Advisors, Diane and Jay founded one of the first medical cannabis dispensaries in Colorado in 2009—Boulder Kind Care (BKC)—which received the 7th license in the state. At BKC, Diane was responsible for managing the dispensary while Jay focused on cultivation operations. Under her management, BKC quickly earned a reputation as one of the most professional and patient-focused dispensaries in the state. They sold BKC in 2012 to focus on business consulting and advocacy. Diane is a founding member and benefactor of Women Grow. She is also a founding member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, and has served many roles within the organization as it has grown, including participation in the Lobby Days in Washington DC and writing an industry report entitled, A Tale of Ten Cities. She was a board member of the former Women’s CannaBusiness Network (WCBN), and is a current member of Americans for Safe Access, the Marijuana Policy Project and Students for Sensible Drug...
Nicole Kennebeck

Nicole Kennebeck

Director of Retail Operations, Ajoya Nicole Kennebeck began working for Ajoya in December 2011. Formerly Compassionate Pain Management, Ajoya is transforming the cannabis experience by providing individualized care to help customers choose quality products and accessories that meet their needs and preferences. Kennebeck worked her way up through the organization and now serves as Ajoya’s Director of Retail Operations. In this position, she hires, trains and manages staff; develops and implements standard operating procedures to improve employee performance and retail sales; and manages social media and marketing, networking and public relations. Nicole combines her keen interest for the cannabis industry with knowledge and experience she’s gained from attending numerous leadership trainings. She is constantly looking for innovative and creative ways to inspire her staff, increase sales and give back to the community. Previously, Kennebeck worked for 15 years in the service industry, where she became an accomplished customer service representative and developed a passion for solution-based problem solving. Kennebeck holds an Associate of Fine Arts from McHenry County College as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies from Columbia...
Meg Sanders

Meg Sanders

CEO of MiNDFUL Meg Sanders, as CEO of Mindful, heads the largest woman-led cannabis company in America. Mindful is one of the most respected and most recognized cannabis producers and infused products manufacturers with medical and recreational dispensaries operating across the state of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Black Hawk, Denver, and Berthoud, and soon expanding with licenses to operate in Aurora, in the State of Illinois and more in the works. Meg is also a General Partner in Marimind Cannabis Engineering, a national and international cannabis consulting company providing a wide range of services within and around the cannabis industry throughout the United States. Mindful is engaged in an aggressive growth strategy and is on track to double production and distribution outlets over the next six months. Mindful’s driving philosophy is enshrined in the company name (courtesy of Meg’s creativity and brilliance), which is to be mindful of yourself, your co-workers, your community, the plant, and the patients and customers in everything we do. Meg continues to be a leader in the legal cannabis movement and industry and has been featured in media globally including 60 MInutes, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Le Monde, NPR, NBC, Der Spiegel, The Wall Street Journal,BBC, High Times, CBC and many more. She was a key part of the establishment of regulations for the legal marijuana industry in Colorado, having been the only industry representative appointed by Gov. Hickenlooper to be involved in their creation. She is a sought after resource to assist countries, states, counties, and municipalities a in forming their Medical Marijuana Programs. Meg has been with Mindful management since the...
Justin Jones

Justin Jones

Justin Jones, Managing Member Denver Consulting Group Justin Jones is one of the founding entrepreneurs of the Colorado cannabis industry.  In 2009, he co-founded JGB Ventures, LLC (dba DANK), a licensed medical grow and dispensary in Denver, Colorado. In 2014, DANK became one of the first dispensaries to receive licensure to sell recreational marijuana and has since quadrupled in size. Since 2014, Jones, along with the members of his partnership group, has started several ventures that have established them as industry innovators and leaders. They licensed Kush Bottles, the market leader in child resistant packaging for the industry; started Denver Consulting Group (DCG) to provide consultation, training and support documents to the national growing cannabis industry; and most recently, developed CannaScore a compliance audit application for licensed cannabis...
Kayvan Khalatbari

Kayvan Khalatbari

Founder, Denver Relief & Denver Relief Consulting Kayvan Khalatbari has been a cannabis policy reform advocate in Denver, CO for more than a decade, working closely with S.A.F.E.R. and Sensible Colorado long before there was a dollar to be made in the cannabis industry. Since then Kayvan has started several businesses in the cannabis space, including Denver’s oldest dispensary Denver Relief, Illinois’ largest cannabis producer Cresco Labs, Nevada’s philanthropic juggernaut Silver Sage Wellness and world-renowned cannabis consulting firm Denver Relief Consulting (DRC). Kayvan has maintained positive and progressive advocacy as the number one priority in all businesses, putting social progress and improving cannabis perception ahead of profits, including founding the GREEN TEAM in 2009 with business partner Ean Seeb. Over the past three years DRC has assisted clients in over a dozen states, Washington DC and Canada with securing licenses or improving their existing businesses. License wins include the top applications scores in Nevada and Illinois and winning one of the five licenses recently awarded in Florida. DRC’s partners in Illinois (Cresco Labs) continue to push the envelope with regard to advancing the cannabis movement, including being the first cannabis business to sponsor a national sporting event in the Chicago Marathon and creating an infused product line partnership with James Beard Award winning chef Mindy Segal. Kayvan sits on the board of directors for the National Cannabis Industry Association, the Illinois Cannabis Industry Association, the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association, the Council on Responsible Cannabis Regulation, the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra and is co-chair for a environmental stewardship committee within the Denver Department of Environmental Health. Kayvan’s other cannabis industry...