MJBizDaily employs over 50 staff members across the United States and Canada. The company has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing businesses in the United States and is led by CEO Cassandra Farrington and Chris Walsh, founding editor and vice president. Staff at MJBizDaily also oversee the production and development of the MJBizCon family of events.
Cassandra heads up the cannabis industry leading daily news website Marijuana Business Daily and its family of content resources for the B2B cannabis marketplace, including the internationally recognized family of MJBizCon conferences. Previously a vice president at Citi, she earned her MBA from the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business. MjBizDaily was co-founded by Cassandra and her business partner in 2011. It is now the most established ongoing business to business news organization serving the cannabis industry.
Chris served as the founding editor of Marijuana Business Daily during the company’s launch in 2011, becoming the first journalist in the United States to focus exclusively on covering the business of cannabis. He now helps lead the company and oversees MJBizDaily’s editorial and content team. Chris has been quoted as one of America’s foremost cannabis industry analysts by dozens of media outlets, including Harvard Business Review, NPR, CNBC and the New York Times. He earned an MBA in international business from Regis University.
Roger is an award-winning journalist with decades of business news experience, covering everything from Wall Street regulation to the oil markets and craft brewing. He’s worked for Reuters, The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. He’s also worked as a freelancer for MSNBC.com, Inc. and other publications.
Jenel’s journalism experience began two decades ago at her hometown newspaper in Wahpeton, North Dakota. For the past decade, she wrote and edited for a B2B publication and focused on analyzing management, strategy and trends for business owners and executives, ranging from best practices around M&A to how businesses can adapt to demographic shifts in the workforce. Her work earned several editorial excellence awards from the Specialized Information Publishers Association.
Kevin has worked as an editor for several decades at numerous newspapers and websites across the country, including the Rocky Mountain News, the Boulder Daily Camera, the San Jose Mercury News, the Knoxville News-Sentinel and Fox Sports.
Laura has more than 25 years of business-to-business editorial experience for both online and print publications. She has covered broadband engineering, international cable TV, wireless technology and more.
Kate is the editor of Marijuana Business Magazine, which provides tips and actionable advice to marijuana business executives. She joins the MJ Biz team with nearly 20 years of full-time journalism experience, including a decade managing a wine industry trade magazine in California. Kate graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in print journalism, and her journalism career has included the newsrooms of daily papers across the United States.
Eli has been a data-driven researcher throughout his career. He previously worked as an analyst for Nielsen, where he provided analysis to Nielsen’s retail clients for use in pricing, promotion and assortment decisions. He’s also been a consultant for data companies in the cannabis industry. Eli now employs his analytical expertise for Marijuana Business Daily.
Kristen is a Denver-based reporter for Marijuana Business Daily specializing in the hemp and CBD industries. Previously, she worked at the Associated Press for nearly 20 years. She started covering the marijuana legalization movement in 2009 – when medical stores started popping up around Denver – and wrote about the state’s first legal hemp harvest. Kristen also covered agriculture and politics in Maryland and her home state of Georgia.
A Sacramento-based journalist, John had focused on Colorado politics for most of his career, which included covering the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. In 2012, he covered the Amendment 64 campaign to legalize recreational marijuana for The Colorado Springs Gazette. As then-video editor for The Gazette, he was on hand for the first-ever legal recreational marijuana sale in Denver on Jan. 1, 2014. He’s been writing about the cannabis industry since joining Marijuana Business Daily over the summer of 2014.
Omar has been a professional journalist since 1998, covering everything from international business and Wall Street to politics and religion. His stories have appeared in Newsweek International, the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today and other major outlets. Omar graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1998, and prior to that he was a Bosnian diplomat. He is based in Boston.
Bart has worked as a reporter and editor since 2003 for newspapers in California, Nebraska and South Korea. He has won several awards for his writing and photography, including a Nebraska Press Association award for in-depth coverage of an environmental fight over fracking wastewater.His work has appeared in The Week, the Washington Post, Salon and the Omaha World-Herald, among other publications.
Matt is based in the Greater Toronto Area and covers international cannabis markets for Marijuana Business Daily. Previously, he worked as a business editor, photographer and reporter for newspapers and magazines in three countries, covering everything from the oil and gas industry in northern British Columbia to North Korean defectors in Seoul.
Lisa is an award-winning business reporter specializing in finance and public companies in the cannabis industry for Marijuana Business Daily. Previously, she worked as an investigative reporter at WCPO-9, an affiliate of the ABC network. She has extensive business reporting experience, covering public companies, real estate and health care for newspapers including The Cincinnati Enquirer and Dayton Daily News. Her work has garnered several awards from the Associated Press, Cleveland Press Club and Society of Professional Journalists. She is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jeff is an award-winning business journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers in Colorado, Maine, New Mexico and Alabama. He also has worked as a journalist overseas in Asia and West Africa. His stories have appeared in National Geographic online and The New York Times, among other publications.
Joey has covered the cannabis industry as a freelance writer for Marijuana Business Magazine since 2016. He joined the team in 2018 as a full-time retail and infused products reporter. He was a journalist in San Diego for seven years and covered sports, breaking news, local and state politics, and business for daily and weekly newspapers, a weekly newsmagazine and a startup daily news website.
Kelly has been working with events, speakers and content in various industries since 2007, including at an entertainment event planning & marketing firm in Los Angeles and at a nonprofit in Colorado. She now brings her expertise to the cannabis industry, helping to determine content and line up speakers for Marijuana Business Daily’s events.
Adam relocated to Colorado from New Mexico in 2017 to join the Marijuana Business Daily team, where he assists in developing content and managing speakers for the organization’s award-winning events, including MJBizCon. Prior to joining MJBiz, Adam held various roles in the banking and insurance industries.
Lindsey is a digital journalist, photographer and Content Technology Specialist at Marijuana Business Daily. She has written zealously on the cannabis beat for 5 years with work featured in Vanity Fair, The Denver Post, Leafly, High Times, 303 Magazine and Westword. Before starting at Marijuana Business Daily in May of 2018, Lindsey was the Social Media Producer at The Denver Post as well as Digital Strategist for The Cannabist.
Christa is an accomplished graphic designer who joined the Marijuana Business Daily staff in August 2018. Previously she spent several years designing a group of community newspapers in Tucson, Arizona. Her professional experience includes nearly 10 years as graphic designer and art director of Sail magazine, which included photo direction, responsive design and app development.