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We have assembled an elite group of talented individuals who all have prolific experience in cannabis, urban agriculture, environmental sustainability, and cannabinoid research. 

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THE FOUNDERS

Two invested individuals embark on a journey to change the status quo in the hemp market, access to equity opportunities, and workforce development. Despite hurdles at every turn they are determined to put their knowledge and experience to work for their community.

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Co-Founder & CEO
DOMINIQUE HARVEY

Innovation at the world's largest companies including Cisco systems, 3M, and Groupon. Starting his career with Chicago based company Groupon, he later went on to 3M, and finally the multinational technology conglomerate...

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Co-Founder 
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STEVEN PHILPOTT, JR.

“2020 forced me to really acknowledge my trauma as an African-American man from Chicago. My grandfather was a U.S. Navy veteran who served his country. For him to have been jailed for possession of cannabis while self-medicating during...

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Education

Raising awareness within the Hemp industry.

Equity

Uncovering opportunities of ownership for minorities.

Empowerment

Guiding resources towards social justice and workforce development

Advisory Board Member
MILA K.
MARSHALL

Mila is an environmental professional with nearly 15 years experience. As the Clean Water Advocate for the Sierra Club IL she works to mobilize and energize diverse networks across Illinois around clean water issues related to wastewater, agriculture and industry. Besides working on water issues, she is the owner of Herb & Planning Associates, an environmental consulting firm based out of Chicago. 

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Advisory Board Member
BOBBY
SIMMONS

A well-respected NBA standout, small forward Bobby Simmons has spent 12 years in the elite league, where he has played for the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets and San Antonio Spurs, as well as one season with the NBDL’s Reno Bighorns. 

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BOARD MEMBERS

Advisory Board
Member
ANTON
SEALS, JR

Anton Seals Jr. is a South Shore Chicago, IL native and the board chairperson of the South Shore Works Planning and Preservation Coalition. He is a multidimensional servant leader, organizer, entrepreneur, educator, community connector, and Impact producer. Blending his varied interests Anton has consulted with philanthropic, political leadership, corporate, and community-based organizations to focus on authentic "equity in action" via community engagement, advocacy/policy, and social enterprise development. 

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Advisory Board Member
JASON
NELSON

Jason Nelson currently serves as the “Senior Vice President of Horticulture” at Cresco Labs and has over 8 years experience in the modern regulated cannabis industry on top of a BS/MS in Agronomy and Horticulture from Kansas State University. After completion of a BS in Agronomy, Jason joined the burgeoning Medical Cannabis Industry in California beginning in 2002.

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Advisory Board Member
RON
HOLMES

Ron Holmes is a Chicago-based government and political affairs consultant with ties to city, state and federal government.  Before starting his consulting practice, Ron served as Communications Director for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin’s re-election campaign or what one Chicago Sun-Times’ reporter dubbed “the race of his (Durbin’s) life”. In that capacity, Ron was responsible for shaping a winning vision and message...

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Legal Counsel
MAX C.
FRAZIER

Max Christopher Frazier, Esq. is currently a commercial litigation attorney at a private law firm in Chicago, Il. Mr. Frazier’s current areas of practice include commercial litigation, insurance coverage matters, and cannabis law. Mr. Frazier has primarily worked in civil litigation and prides himself on handling matters effectively and efficiently for every case he works on.

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Chief Operations Officer
EMILY D.
HARRIS
 

Emily Harris is the Director for Strategic Development and Operations for IMGA, an entrepreneur, public health practitioner and trained researcher. While her primary work has been working with state and federal agencies as a consultant to streamline the healthcare payment process for the under and uninsured residents in and around Chicago, during the pandemic Emily transitioned from healthcare consulting to Policy and Data management on multiple NGO Governmental COVID-19 outreach projects.

Chief Marketing Officer
EARLE H.
LAWRENCE, III

As a former teacher in New York City, Earle is passionate about education, the pursuit of knowledge and looks forward to the opportunity to help others.

 

He obtained his BS in Marketing from North Carolina A&T State University and acquired the title of Professional Interpener (cannabis sommelier) and Certified Cannabis Consultant from The Trichome Institute.

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