This week we are joined by Damian Fagon, Chief Equity Office of NY State of Cannabis management to discuss:
How the NY Cannabis market will unfold
MSOs in NY
And so much more
Mr. Fagon is a 3rd-generation farmer with a background in international development and agriculture. He has led development initiatives with castor farmers in Jamaica, rice growers in Sierra Leone, and coffee exporters in Guatemala. Since 2017, he has launched and advised commercial cannabis operations in South Carolina, New York, and the Caribbean. As Chief Equity Officer, Mr. Fagon will oversee the social and economic equity initiatives for the Office of Cannabis Management.
Parabola Center is a nonprofit think tank of legal professionals and drug policy experts coming together to protect people, not corporations. Our mission is to provide everyone with access and expertise to participate in the drug policy arena.
This week we are joined by Daniel Muller, Founder & CEO of AeroPay to discuss:
Payment Processing in Cannabis
Disrupting Visa, Mastercard & Amex
About Dan Muller
As CEO, Daniel Muller founded Aeropay in 2017 to create a better, faster and more affordable way to help people move money. Formerly Head of Product and Software Engineering at GPShopper and an Investor with New Colossus Ventures, Dan now leads one of the most advanced payment platforms in FinTech.
Prior to founding Aeropay, Dan acquired over a decade of digital retail, eCommerce, and product experience at Fortune 500 companies. His past clients include Best Buy, Foot Locker, Adidas, Express, Alliance Data and Synchrony. Dan’s expertise has been integral to building Aeropay’s open architecture solutions and offering consumers best-in-class functionality in each layer of the tech stack, including integrated e-commerce, POS, and digital payments solutions.
A Native New Yorker and First Generation Latin American of Uruguayan and Argentine descent, Dan is a member of the Latinx Incubator Program and has been named a Rising Star in Chicago Tech by Crains and to MJ Venture’s 40 Under 40 List. He studied Political Science and Economics at Franklin & Marshall College and is an avid chess player.
This week we are joined by Chris Chiari, Co-Founder of 420 Hotels to discuss
Cannabis Consumption Hotel
Alcohol vs Cannabis Regulations
Public Enemy #1
Haunted Experience & Cannabis hospitality
The 420 Hotels will be amongst the nation’s first hotel chains where guests will be able to consume cannabis onsite in legally licensed lounges. The idea is to convert intimate boutique hotels into high-end, members-only cannabis consumption clubs merged with luxury overnight accommodations. Chris Chiari is a driven entrepreneur and award-winning film producer with a wealth of experience in corporate strategy and regional politics. Skilled in marketing and messaging, he has engaged exclusively with the cannabis industry since 2011 and is a tireless advocate for cannabis policy reform and fostering industry growth.
Chris owns and operates Denver’s historic Patterson Inn, the keystone of The 420 Hotels portfolio. As CEO, he uses his expertise in hospitality, operations and community outreach to address the stigmas and ignorance that still exist around cannabis use while creating a unique and upscale environment for cannabis consumption.
With a deep appreciation for the power of collaboration, Chris has built a wide-ranging network throughout his career spanning corporate boardrooms and the entertainment industry. Public Enemy Number One, a film by Chris Chiari, is a feature documentary about the War on Drugs, and counts entertainer Ice-T as one of its executive producers. The film won awards for Best Producer and Best Storyteller at its world premiere at DOC LA 2019 and Best Documentary at the 2020 Seattle Film Festival. It is currently available for rent on Amazon Prime and streaming on Pluto TV and Tubi. Chris is a former Deputy Director of Colorado NORML, serving for over eight years.. When not working on The 420 Hotels portfolio, Chris likes to stay involved with grassroots advocacy and advancing social reform; he was one of the five members of the petitioners committee of Denver’s successful 2019 psilocybin ballot initiative. In his free time Chris can be found on the rail at a Twiddle show.
This week we are joined by Chris Becker, Co-Founder of Honey Bee Collective to discuss:
Indoor vs Outdoor Cannabis Flower
Honey Bee Collective: The Honeybee Collective was built by the community. Feedback collected from over 1,200 cannabis consumers and enthusiasts has shaped our company and what we stand for. We’re employee-owned and always will be, we’ll look to our community to guide our business, and we’ll prioritize sustainable decisions as we grow.