Governance at a Glance
Mr. Dye has 25 years of experience in private equity, general management, operations, strategy, corporate finance and M&A and served as an integral part of the private equity consortium that acquired Albertsons Companies and led its expansion through over $40 billion in acquisition, divestiture, real estate and financing transactions.
Andy Williams is among America's most pioneering thought leaders and entrepreneurs in the legal cannabis space.
As co-founder of industry-leading consultancy Medicine Man Technologies, Williams has expanded his influence exponentially - helping entrepreneurs in other states via his extensive cultivation expertise and unparalleled business acumen. As a founding partner in phytopharmaceutical company MedPharm, Williams is investing heavily in the future of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis research.
With years of experience in the world's first regulated market, Williams is a leading expert on the cannabis industry. He has been featured in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, BBC and the MSNBC docu-series "Pot Barons," which focused on Williams as one of the show's central characters.
Williams continues to elevate his politically active leadership in the ever-expanding marijuana industry, working daily to protect and grow the cannabis industry as a board member with the Cannabis Trade Federation, which works federally on tax reform and other industry-specific issues, and Colorado Leads, a pro-growth organization focusing its efforts locally.
He also serves as a board member for Flatirons Venture Partners, LLC, The American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp and as a voting member on ASTM Committee D37 on Cannabis, which is currently developing important standards for cannabis, its products and processes for the esteemed worldwide standards organization.
Williams is proud to serve as co-founder and director of the Medicine Man Family Foundation, a community-focused nonprofit investing in impact-driven projects rooted in the communities in which the Medicine Man brand operates.
DeGabrielle is a trailblazer in the cannabis industry and is the founder of Los Sueños Farms, one of the largest outdoor grows in North America. DeGabrielle brings more than 40 years of experience in acquiring, developing, managing, and selling commercial and residential real estate.
Mr. Riera has over 30 years of experience in investment banking and fund management and was the Country Head for Bankers Trust in Venezuela for over a decade.
Since 2010, Ruden has owned and operated cannabis businesses under the Starbuds brand. He has grown this brand into multi-state operations including Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Washington D.C., and international markets. Under his leadership, Starbuds has become one of the most recognized and successful retail cannabis operations in North America. In 2014, Ruden founded Starbuds Consulting, a consulting company which provides strategic advice to start-up cannabis operations. Ruden received his law degree from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, and before entering the cannabis industry, he was a tax attorney in Colorado.