Lauren Fraser

Co-Founder & Executive Director, The Cannabis Distribution Association

Lauren Fraser is Co-Founder and Executive Director for the Cannabis Distribution Association, which was founded in June 2016 and today has over 60 members across California. Lauren has been a champion for the cannabis distribution segment for the past several years, as an operator and as an organized representative. In 2015, she co-founded River Distribution which became the first and one of the largest permitted cannabis distributors in the State. Today she supports licensed distributors and those seeking licenses through her work with the Association and as an independent consultant. In addition to her role with CDA, Lauren sits on the Board for California Growers Association.Prior to the cannabis industry, Lauren worked in financial services with The Vanguard Group, as Human Resources and Corporate Wellness Director for IDEA Health & Fitness Association - the largest association of fitness professionals globally, and as an independent consultant for startups in multiple industries including fitness, health and wellness, entertainment, luxury, medical device, and green technology.

Lauren holds a degree in Finance and a Masters in Business Administration from San Diego State University and shares a life-long passion for social entrepreneurship.

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.
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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. 
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