Founder of Novium and investor in multiple cannabis companies and start-ups, Mr. Averdick has cultivated many strategic relationships throughout the cannabis industry. Averdick has his sights set squarely on professionalization of the sector and helping to usher in cannabis 2.0. Currently CEO of a mid-size Multi-National Insurance company, Averdick brings a multitude of resources to the operation including in-depth experience working with government regulators, developing new product lines and conducting nationwide roll outs as well as managing a national sales force of 100+ representatives. Under his management, the 37-year-old company has enjoyed 4 straight record years with both sales and net profits up over 400%.
Seasoned entrepreneur and award winning, high performance sales and operations leader with over 19 years of increased P & L responsibility and success in business development, operations, outside sales and sales leadership/management in different industries. Mr. Winkler has built sales organizations from one location, and a couple of employees to 8 locations in 7 states with over 350 employees generating over $30 MM a year in revenue. A majority of his experience has been in the healthcare industry (medical devices, robotics, pharmaceuticals and biotech) as well as business services. Jason has invested in multiple cannabis companies and cannabis ancillary businesses in various states and has built an extensive support network within the industry.
Ben Platt's primary background in public accounting, working as Managing Partner of Kresge, Platt, & Abare CPAs since 2002. Ben’s professional mission is to help business owners be successful in achieving their goals. Using his experience working with clients, he has also participated as apartner or sole owner in many entrepreneurial businesses including banking, direct selling, real estate development, mini-storage, blogging, affiliate marketing, and others. He has worked as CFO of several mid-sized ($10-$15MM) organizations helping those businesses install systems that enable owners to operate efficiently and provide management with valuableinformation to make better decisions.
Rev. Dr. KymronDeCesare
Chief Research & Scientific Officer
Mr. deCesare has also served as the Chief Research Officer of Steep Hill Labs in Berkeley, CA for the last 7 years. Kymron came to Steep Hill as a Co-Founder of Halent Laboratory in Sacramento, CA, a science- based cannabis testing company, which he co-founded with Dr. Donald Land in 2011. Kymron trains Steep Hill scientists and serves as a developer of various research programs, protocols and methods. Kymron is regarded as an industry leader in the cannabis science and analytics testing market. He is sought after as an expert and lecturer on the complexities of the cannabis plant for healing in the medicinal marijuana market, development of specific therapies, and protection against contaminants. Kymron has over 46 years of experience consulting MD physicians around the world on the powerful healing capabilities of botanical therapies. He has carefully derived targeted terpene therapies and developed an extensive IP catalogue to treat a multitude of symptoms that result from various disease processes for thousands of patients. He advises growers, developers and consumers on all aspects of the cannabis industry. Previously, Kymron was hired as an analytic chemist for the California National Primate Research Center in Davis, doing atmospheric chemistry. Kymron believes that with marijuana/cannabis use integrating into society, it’s important that it do so in a safe and healthy manner that will minimize potential problems and adverse events. He often gives seminars and lectures on the medicinal herbal techniques, on symptoms of different illnesses and which strains of cannabis and how they affect them. Kymron is also passionate about making sure that the public is aware of the harmful effects of pesticides and fungus that can be present, and what can be done to minimize or eliminate such problems.