Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
John Barker Dalton joins the Company’s Board of Directors as a Board member and as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Dalton is the Founder and has served as Managing Director of Dalton Adventures, LLC (“Dalton Adventures”) since 2010. The assets of Dalton Adventures that constitute the business of SevenFive Farm, a purpose-built cannabis greenhouse facility in Boulder County, Colorado, were acquired by the Company in May 2020 (as described below). Mr. Dalton has over a decade of experience in the cannabis industry. Mr. Dalton created SevenFive Farm after living 5 years in Costa Rica working in sustainable development. His focus was on site study, master design and material sourcing. Prior to working in Costa Rica, Mr. Dalton co-owned and operated Robb’s Music, an iconic music instrument store in Boulder, Colorado.
Steve Gutterman CEO and Board Member Steve Gutterman brings more than two decades of success building and leading high growth businesses in highly regulated industries, with an extraordinary record of having increased annual revenue and market capitalization of the companies he has led by over $500 million and $2 billion, respectively. Most recently, Mr. Gutterman served as President of Harvest Health & Recreation (CSE:HARV), one of the largest cannabis multistate operators in US, where he was instrumental in taking the company public and led its global operations. Prior to that, he served as CEO of market research company Mobile Accord. The company developed a database of over 400 million users and served customers like Coca Cola, Unilever, P&G and the World Bank, the State Department and the CDC. Before that, Mr. Gutterman served as President and Managing Director of MBH Enterprises, a private equity company that specialized in infrastructure and financial services. Mr. Gutterman also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of E*TRADE Bank (NASDAQ: ETFC), a $35 billion federally regulated thrift. Mr. Gutterman holds a JD/MBA from Columbia University and BA in Political Science from Tufts University.
Adam Hershey has over 25 years of investing experience in the public and private markets. He is currently the founder, Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager of Hershey Strategic Capital, LP an opportunistic, alternative asset manager focused on active investing in small cap, public companies, since inception in July 2009 to the present. He invests in both public and private companies, covering multiple industries with a typical investment time frame of 3-5 years focused on fundamental, long term absolute returns across the capital structure. He is the founder and Managing Member of Shore Ventures I, LP, Shore Ventures II, LP & Shore Ventures III, LP subsidiaries of Hershey Management.
Mr. Hershey was a Partner and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at SIAR Capital, LLC. a single-family office specializing in undervalued and emerging growth companies based in New York City from September 2007-December 2016. At SIAR Capital, he invested in public and private companies and worked closely with management in those companies to create economic value. SIAR Capital broadened its investment mandate to include opportunistic investments across asset classes.
Mr. Hershey graduated with a B.S.M from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business.
Mr. Travia is an experienced cannabis investor and company builder who founded Wildcat Advisory Group in 2017 and Wildcat Investment Management in 2018. Wildcat Advisory Group is a diversified business and investment consultant that advises small and medium size public and private companies, institutional investors such as family offices, private equity funds and hedge funds, and institutional-quality service providers. Wildcat Investment Management provides investment management services. Prior to launching Wildcat, Mr. Travia co-founded Tradex Global Advisors in 2004 and Tradex Global Advisory Services in 2014. While at Tradex, Mr. Travia served as the COO and Compliance Officer of the firm, Director of Research for the fund of hedge funds business and Head of Risk Management for the single hedge fund business. He holds a BA from Villanova University.
Mr. Williams’s career in financial services spans 30 years and includes several high profile industry positions. Mr. Williams served as a director of Planet Payment, Inc. [Nasdaq: PLPM], a company which processes merchant payments internationally, beginning in August 2013 before being elevated in February 2014 to Chairman and CEO, which positions he held until it was sold in 2018 to the Fintrax Group, a leader in payment processing. Before that, from 2004 until 2009, Mr. Williams was President of World Wide Payment Processing for Global Payments [NYSE: GPN], and served as its Advisor to Global Payments on Business Development and International Operations from 2009 to 2013. He also served as Managing Director of Pay Anywhere, LLC from 2012 until 2013. He also served as President of the Merchant Services Division of National Processing Company, one of the nation’s largest processors of credit card, debit and check transactions. He holds a BA from La Salle University.
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