James Christian

Chief Executive Officer

The Company’s CEO brings 33 years of business experience, including senior level executive roles with responsibilities in business development, sales, marketing, finance, change management, and P&L responsibility. He has experience in private equity, venture capital investment and portfolio company management, including a significant single-family investment office; Board of Directors governance and leadership; corporate finance; commercial and investment banking; capital raise; equity capital; debt financing; mergers & acquisitions; divestitures, financial restructuring and turnarounds. He has significant international experience in Europe and Asia where he managed new business development, banking teams and crisis management (Paribas) and a start-up private equity / venture capital investment initiative (Anschutz Investment Company). His leadership style is positive and empathetic and he quickly becomes a trusted advisor.

The CEO is well equipped to navigate Maryland’s emerging cannabis market having led organizations and teams through challenging business environments in multiple industries – ranging from start-up to Fortune 1,000 – in education, media, technology, telecommunications, and banking. He was first exposed to the cannabis industry in 2014 after being introduced to the Company’s processing arm by a lead shareholder. He then began consulting the Company on business planning, financial forecasting and organization matters, drawing on his industry agnostic executive experience outside of the cannabis sector. His main areas of responsibility are business development, marketing, sales, finance and business office compliance, HR and overall administrative functions. [Since being named CEO of one of the Company’s investors in May 2015, he has overseen a substantial increase in the investor company’s sales in Colorado, promoted its Medical Advisory Board, launched expansion initiatives into emerging domestic and international cannabis markets and raised capital through the introduction of new investors to the company.] He holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College.