Colleen Lanier

Executive Director, Hemp Industries Association (HIA)

Colleen K. Lanier began promoting the hemp industries in 2013 when she coordinated with the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) to launch the first state chapter in Tennessee. As a former legal assistant turned publishing and marketing coordinator for a water and wastewater trade association, Colleen dedicated her expertise to execute a successful strategy to legalize hemp in Tennessee. The campaign included a widely shared educational component on social media that reached 20 million people. In 2014, Vote Hemp recruited Colleen as National Outreach Coordinator. She served on the advisory committee to the Tennessee Department of Ag in the development of their hemp program. She's worked with activists, policy writers, regulators, legislators and industry stakeholders to identify pathways for the hemp industries nationwide.

In 2017, Colleen became Executive Director of the HIA. She works with the Board of Directors to lead the vision and execute strategies for the association. Colleen led the engagement with Hoban Law Group to facilitate swift board action resulting in HIA v. DEA III. Colleen is working to establish a legal defense fund for the industries and envisions the normalization of hemp farming and the crops' commodities in the marketplace and the home.

Matthew Greene

New York, NY, USA
CEO & Founder, Edible Science, LLC

Matt Greene has spent his entire career in the marketing, advertising and AdTech industry. His fascination with technology began in 1987 while working with his client Steve Jobs in developing the launch strategies for NeXT Computers. Starting in 1998, Matt pioneered online advertising and supporting technologies for the digital ad agency he founded, Blue Ribbon Digital, where his team drove innovation across all aspects of digital media - from Search to Mobile and Video, his agency measurably generated over $2BB in revenues for their Fortune 100 clients. In this capacity, Matt has spoken at leading conferences such as AdTech, iMedia Summits and the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA. Starting in 2015, Matt re-focused his energies on the burgeoning cannabis industry knowing that the need for innovation in technologies to support the industry would be mandatory. With his his new company, Edible Sciences, he and his team on concentrating their energies in solving the #1 problem facing the edibles sector: Dosing Accuracy. He will be speaking at Binghampton University's TIER Talks in SEPT '17 on technology innovations occurring in the cannabis ancillary space.

Brett Finkelstein

Boca Raton, FL
Managing Director, Phyto Partners LP

Brett is an experienced executive, venture capital and private equity investor and advisor. He has partnered with, worked with and developed key relationships with numerous premier private equity, investment banks, and venture capital companies. As one of the founders of Phyto Partners LP, Brett’s fundamental ambition for the company’s stakeholders is to creatively apply his unique resources of extensive operating skills, certainty to close, access to capital, extensive network of resources and relentless pursuit of excellence to facilitate a more super-charged evolution for enterprises we fund, launch, and maintain activist roles in. For the powerhouse companies we invest in, advise, and or buy we will be providing more investment value and a comfort level for our financial capital partners, as well as our portfolio companies that join us. Phyto Partners LP was profiled in Forbes as one of the leaders in the cannabis industry. Phyto has invested in half of what CB insights profiled as the trailblazers of 2017.