Some of Our Expert Presenters & Mentors

What makes our training the best in the CBD industry are the people who provide the information and insights. CBD Training Academy presenters and mentors are some of the top industry leaders with deep domain knowledge and expertise. (For a list of speakers and schedules for each event, see the specific registration page).

Justin Walsh

Justin is a senior litigation attorney at Gleam Law and a “cum laude” graduate of Seattle University School of Law and has been named a Rising Star by Superlawyers.com for seven consecutive years – 2012 through 2018.

Justin advises clients on Cannabis, CBD, and Hemp regulation and provides representation of clients before the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board and assists clients with all aspects of their business, including formation, transactions, protection of intellectual property, LCB compliance, FDA compliance, and all other aspects of this ever-changing field. https://www.gleamlaw.com/cannabis-attorneys/justin-walsh/

Dr. Adam Abodeely MD, MBA, FACS, FASCRS

Double Board Certified in both General Surgery and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Dr, Abodeely has been utilizing cannabis to augment the treatment of both medical and surgical diseases. He has studied the science of cannabinoid therapy for over 8 years and to date has had over 6,000 patient visits for medical cannabis utilizing both THC and Non-THC based formulations.  www.reservemd.com

Dr. Jake Felice, N.D., L.M.P.

Dr. Jake Felice, N.D., L.M.P. is a charismatic public speaker and social media expert on the topic of medical cannabis. As a consultant and national cannabis brand ambassador, Dr. Felice provides scientific, medical, public relations, and compliance based advice for companies in emerging and existing cannabis markets. Dr. Felice has consulted for major cannabis companies including for Willie Nelson’s brand, Cannabis Basics, Medical Marijuana 411, Seattle Central College, and The Academy of Cannabis Science. He is a recognized cannabis expert and blogger at www.CannabisMatrix.com.

 

Vern Mathis

Vern is the Owner and Operator of State Licensed Medical Marijuana and Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries and is the President of the Oregon Growers Association. He is also Owner and Operator of two State Licensed Grow Operations Cannabis Instructor, a Consultant and Expert Witness.

Gene Fein

Gene Fein is a veteran music entertainment and technology executive who saw the opioid crisis as the primary reason to start researching CBD in 2012 and then form TheraJoy in 2016. Since then, Gene and his team have been studying domestic & international markets, legality, legislation, product efficacy, product verticals, retail environments, etc. https://www.therajoypharma.com/

Shira Adler

I'm that that "funky spiritual-soccer-mom" — a soulpreneur that gets you activated, engaged, and inspired. Known as #MAMA (Modern Alternative Mom Advocate), #ThePotMom, #MetaphysicalMrsFields, and #EdgyGoddess, I'm a bold and bodacious babe out to change the world.

https://shiraadler.com/

Erik Tonge

Erik Tonge' is a service-focused professional with a history of working with CEOs, business leaders and executives of all levels.  He spent a decade in the payroll services industry where he was a major contributor in two successful startups. Most recently, he has taken his experience to ShipBob, a leading ecommerce fulfillment startup, one of the fastest growing startups not only in Chicago but in the world.  Erik prides himself on going the extra mile to educate clients on how to grow their business and their ecommerce distribution storage needs. www.shipbob.com

Rick Diamond

Rick Diamond is the Chief Executive Officer of the CBD Training Academy. He has been the CEO of 3 healthcare tech startups and was cofounder and CEO of a leading training company that he built and sold. He is also an advisor to Wyllness, a transformational disease management platform that leverages Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to deliver better health outcomes to patients around the world. www.cbdtrainingacademy.com

Phillip Northcutt

Philip is a former United States Marine, a cannabis consultant, the founder, and acting CEO of Sierra Gold Hemp. He was raised in Long Beach, lived in Green Valley for several years before opening the Sierra Gold lab in Pahrump, Nevada. He started his entrepreneurial path as a party host, then opened a cafe, and a vintage store before moving into the cannabis sector. Phil founded Land-4-215, 420FarmlandUSA.com, Sierra Gold Distribution, and ROS1N (Ros_One) Extraction Machines. Phil is a member of the University of Nevada-Hemp Advisory Board, he serves on the board of directors for KVMR.org, and is a member of the Farmer Veteran Coalition. He has produced cannabis events and speaks publicly about cannabis, education and veteran issues.

Kurt Metros

Kurt Metros is the co-founder of Extract Consultants, leading developers of terpene blends and flavors specifically designed for use in CBD, hemp and cannabis products. For the last 25 years, Kurt has worked closely with B2C corporations, including pharmaceutical giants, to help build their brands. His business development experience allows him to help companies develop innovative and unique products to meet various market demands. He earned his B.A. in Economics at Loyola University of Chicago. www.extractconsultants.com

Jonathan Brown

Mr. Brown is currently the head of Business Development at ACS Laboratory, the largest cannabis and CBD testing laboratory in the Southeastern United States. ACS Laboratory promotes third party laboratory testing through highly accurate, clinical grade technology. ACS currently performs third party testing for hundreds of CBD clients nationwide and the majority of cannabis growers in the state of Florida. Jonathan is a firm believer that cannabis, CBD and Hemp products need to be as clean and safe as possible for the end consumer. Prior to ACS, Jonathan worked for Balanced Body Labs, LLC as a marketing and business development representative.  www.acslabcannabis.com 

John MacKay, PhD

John A. MacKay earned his B.A. in Chemistry at the St. Lawrence University. He also earned his PhD. At the University of Vermont, where he focused on Inorganic Chemistry and on the synthesis of cancer fighting compounds. John is a widely recognized scientific expert in sub and supercritical fluid for chromatography and extraction within the botanical space. John seeks to merge the seemingly disparate technologies together and create a synergy to optimize your workflow. His method is based on Six Sigma principles and practices.

Christopher Flores

Christopher Flores is the Director of Marketing and Business Development for Leap Payments. He is passionate about business and entrepreneurship. With over 15 years of online sales and marketing experience, including selling all his mother’s household appliances on eBay without her knowledge. Christopher's background also includes International Import/Export negotiations and Mid-Size Corporation Business Development.
www.leappayments.com