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YAD Presents: Network and Nosh

Our Moderator

 Jeffrey Zucker

Jeffrey M. Zucker is a serial entrepreneur focused on the cannabis, film, real estate, and tech industries. He is the co-founder and president of Green Lion Partners, a cannabis business strategy firm focused on early stage development in the cannabis industry. Additionally, he is President of Dipstick Vapes and LeafList.

Born and raised in Charleston, SC, Jeffrey graduated from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. While at BU, Jeffrey began founding multiple real estate businesses. He has since founded start-ups in hospitality and film production, including Big Smits Entertainment, based in LA, which develops web and TV series, among other media. Via his parent company, Saltshaker Holdings, which manages a thriving real estate portfolio, Jeffrey also runs a portfolio of angel investments while providing advisement to various companies.

Jeffrey makes all of his business decisions with combined goals of profit and purpose, which includes a desire to carry on his late father’s mission to improve the world.

Featured Speakers

 Ean Seeb

Ean Seeb is a 3rd generation Denver native. He is the co-founder of Denver Relief Consulting and Denver Relief; a nationally recognized boutique cannabis consulting firm and one of Colorado’s former most successful cannabis operations, respectively. In July of 2016, he successfully sold his store to Terrapin Care Station and his cultivation and processing facilities to Willie Nelson. Ean specializes in strategic relationship building and brand development. He is a trusted advisor for establishing a professional network, maintaining public relations, and managing business opportunities for direct-to-plant and ancillary cannabis companies. Ean sits on the Marijuana Education Oversight Committee under appointment by Colorado’s Gov. Hickenlooper, as well as marijuana industry rule making committees under appointment by Colorado’s Executive Director of The Department of Revenue. Ean also served multiple terms as Chair and Vice-Chair of the National Cannabis Industry Association and remains an active board member and Policy Council member today.
He has overseen and been involved with several successful exits and mergers from companies including Rolling Papers, Whaxy, MassRoots, and Denver Relief. He has proven valuable as an advisor or board member for over a dozen cannabis companies by creating opportunities to establish a presence in the cannabis industry for young ancillary businesses while helping existing businesses improve their branding, public relations, and partnerships. He is currently on the Board of Directors for MassRoots (OTC: MSRT), Dympak, Manna Molecular Science and Lighthouse Strategies. Ean has experience working with cannabis technologies including transdermal applications, dosable cannabis concentrates, automated product infusion, and child resistant packaging and labeling. He has testified on behalf of the industry at the local and state level, and has had numerous high-level meetings with federal legislators on topics such as federal banking and tax code reform for state-legal cannabis operations.

Ean is a former BGS chair and the 2012 recipient of the Ruth and Warren Toltz Young Leadership Award from Jewish Colorado. He has been on the Board of Directors of the ADL for 8 years and also sits on the Board of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society where he was the recipient of the 2016 Young Voices Leadership Award. Ean is also a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program, a graduate level Jewish education and leadership program. Finally, along with his best friends Eric Elkins and Ezra Shanken, he is one the three E’s of E-3 Events.

 JJ Slatkin

JJ Slatkin helped found TEQ Analytical Laboratories over two and a half years ago and serves as the Company’s Director of Business Development. TEQ Analytical Laboratories is the country’s premier third party, ISO 17025 accredited, medical and recreational cannabis analytical testing laboratory. In charge of building client relationships, regulatory compliance and investor relations, he has built a deep knowledge of the cannabis industry and working understanding of cannabis science. JJ Slatkin has a background in corporate finance, business development and management. He has worked for several family-owned entities and startups in various industries. Mr. Slatkin holds a B.S.E. in finance from The Wharton School and is a fifth-generation Colorado native. JJ is a previous JewishColorado Young Adult Department (YAD) Chair, winner of the Ruth and Warren Toltz Young Leadership Award in 2013 and currently serves on JewishColorado’s Board of Directors. He is also a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program, a graduate level Jewish education and leadership program.

 Shawn Hauser

Shawn Hauser, Esq., is a senior associate at Vicente Sederberg LLC, the first national law firm dedicated exclusively to marijuana law and policy. Vicente Sederberg was a key player in the historic effort to legalize marijuana in Colorado and leads similar efforts nationally and worldwide. Shawn routinely advises marijuana and hemp businesses in navigating the intersection between state and federal law, managing emerging and complex marijuana laws, business licensing, general business representation, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property. Shawn.directed Sensible Colorado’s local government implementation team following the passage of Amendment 64 and routinely works with local governments, in both Colorado and nationally, to develop and implement marijuana regulations to advance the cannabis industry in a dynamic and responsible manner.

 Mason Tvert

Mason Tvert is director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, a national organization working to end marijuana prohibition at the state and federal levels. He oversees strategic communications, media relations, and online outreach in support of MPP’s efforts to reform marijuana laws in Congress, in state legislatures, and through state and local ballot initiatives. He co-directed the successful 2012 initiative campaign to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Colorado, and he has played a key role in passing several other state and local marijuana policy reform initiatives. Prior to joining MPP, Mason co-founded Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER), a non-profit organization that laid the groundwork for the successful legalization effort in Colorado. He is a co-author of Marijuana Is Safer: So why are we driving people to drink?, and he frequently appears in the media discussing marijuana policy. In 2013, The Denver Post named him Colorado’s “Top Thinker” in politics and government.