Julie Berliner

Julie Berliner

Founder & CEO, Sweet Grass Kitchen Julie Berliner is the Founder and CEO of Sweet Grass Kitchen, a Denver-based edible cannabis manufacturer founded in 2009. Sweet Grass Kitchen specializes in cannabutter-based edibles, and distributes to over 150 centers throughout Colorado. In addition to her role at Sweet Grass Kitchen, she is also a founding member and chair of the Cannabis Business Alliance Edibles Council. Julie has represented the edibles industry as a panelist on workgroups organized by the Marijuana Enforcement Division to develop policies on infused product serving size and potency levels and packaging. Julie graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in education and psychology in 2008. When a friend asked that her popular chocolate chip cookie recipe be infused with cannabis for sale at his dispensary, she decided to take a left turn and launched Sweet Grass Kitchen. The company’s products are  infused with single strain, full-flower cannabis plant, grown in house to ensure a consistent, safe, and reliable crop-to-table confection....
Wanda L. James

Wanda L. James

CEO, Simply Pure Dispensary Ms. James is the CEO of Simply Pure Dispensary and the managing partner at the Cannabis Global Initiative (CGI), a marketing and consulting firm that specializes in public relations, regulation and political outreach. surrounding the decriminalization and legalization of cannabis. Ms. James is a leading advocate in the cannabis industry. She and her husband were the first African Americans licensed to own a medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado, and the cutting edge cannabis edible company, Simply Pure, which is now a recreational and medical dispensary. Wanda’s political, professional and financial work on cannabis reform has led to her being named the 2010 Marijuana Advocate of the Year by Westword Magazine and has featured her in numerous national and international shows including: Smile Jamaica, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CBS Sunday Morning Holiday Special, “Eat, Drink and be Merry” and on CNBC’s Marijuana USA. Ms. James past clients have included Jared Polis for Congress in Colorado’s CD2 and Lt. Colonel Jay Fawcett for Congress in Colorado’s CD5.  In 2008, Ms. James was appointed to President Obama’s National Finance Committee and became one of the largest bundlers of donations for President Barack Obama in Colorado. Prior to starting her own venture, Wanda was the Corporate Director of Marketing at Southern California Presbyterian Homes and the Southwest Regional Sales Director for two Fortune 100 companies, Unum Insurance and Avery Dennison. Wanda graduated from the University of Colorado in 1986. Upon graduation, she was commissioned an officer in the United States Navy.  Her position in Naval Integrated Underwater Surveillance (IUSS) transferred her to Virginia Beach, Bermuda and New...
Amy DiIullo

Amy DiIullo

CMH Brands & VP of Sales and Business Development for, Willies Reserve Amy DiIullo is the VP of Business Development for CMH Brands, the Colorado licensee of Willie’s Reserve. A cannabis industry veteran, Amy has spent a decade working in every aspect of medical and recreational marijuana businesses. She is currently focused on accelerating business development, growing sales distribution and revenue, developing channel marketing programming, brand strategy, and aligning consumer segmentation with new product development in and outside the cannabis space. Amy is constantly seeking out and developing new market opportunities to stay ahead of the competitive curve in this ever-growing industry.  ...
Anita Pluymen

Anita Pluymen

Founder, Mia Chocolates In a world full of inferior and often dangerous food, we sometimes find ourselves blessed with a chef who is committed to sourcing the finest ingredients and creating products whose purpose is to nourish us from the inside out. Master chocolatier Anita Pluymen has spent a lifetime creating this kind of food and with her most recent focus on chocolate has given us a line of prolific flavors and subtle nuances. Whether your passion is for a Slow Dance or an Indian Summer, in these products you will find intricate connections between food and nature itself. A graduate of Ecole Chocolat and a student of Paule Caillat in Paris, Anita presents Mia Chocolates, a line full of wisdom, intuition, health & balance, presenting a subversive argument against mediocrity in our...
Lynn Honderd

Lynn Honderd

Co-founder and COO, Mary’s Medicinals Lynn is co-founder and COO of Mary’s Medicinals, Mary’s Nutritionals and Mary’s Pets. She also leads Mary’s Foundation for Caring, a 501(c)(3) foundation dedicated to patient education and outreach. Over the course of more than fifteen years experience in capital markets, Lynn was instrumental in the marketing strategy and successful IPO execution of many companies across diverse industry sectors. She has served in a variety of senior positions with organizations including Bank of America and UBS Paine Webber. Lynn’s expertise in financial services and business development has proven invaluable in the quickly evolving cannabis industry. With her strong acumen for managing complex business operations, Lynn has conquered the labyrinth of local, state and national cannabis regulatory requirements — an integral part of Mary’s fast success. Evaluating new business opportunities and partnerships from all angles, Lynn has helped to position Mary’s Medicinals as the leading producer of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis products in multiple states. Her dedication to quality, accuracy and innovation enables Mary’s to bring to market unique products that isolate the benefits of cannabis and other vital plant extracts for optimum patient care. Lynn holds a BS in Finance from Pepperdine University and BS in International Business from University of San...