Cassandra co-founded Marijuana Business Daily in 2011 and its portfolio of content resources for the B2B cannabis marketplace, including the internationally recognized family of MJBizCon conferences. She presided over the company’s rapid growth as CEO and transitioned to board chair in 2020. Previously a vice president at Citi, she earned her MBA from the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business.
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 oversees the company’s day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives. 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.
Jess leads the team producing MJBizCon, the multiple-award winning trade show that tens of thousands of cannabis professionals attend each fall in Las Vegas. She is a proud member of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) and the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) having earned her Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) designation. She holds a BA degree from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.
Pamela has been a B2B communications leader for over 20 years, working in sectors as diverse as clinical medicine and advanced manufacturing. Rooted as a journalist, she led content and strategy for events and media teams at UBM as well as overseeing the company’s internal communications and internal and external re-brand. Folio Magazine named her a “Corporate Visionary” and one of the “Top Women in Media.” She joined MJBizDaily in Fall 2019, overseeing the editorial team and media revenue.
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.
Moose 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 FoxSports.com.
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.
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 covers cannabis cultivation and extraction. He has worked as a reporter for Marijuana Business Daily and Marijuana Business Magazine since 2016. Prior to that he was the editor in chief of the Scottsbluff Star-Herald as well as national editor of the Korea JoongAng Daily. A graduate of the University of Nebraska, his work has also appeared in the Washington Post and Catapult, among others. He lives in Colorado.
Based in Ontario, Solomon covers the retail cannabis sector for Marijuana Business Daily. He previously covered Canadian cannabis legalization for the Winnipeg Free Press, where he launched a Canadian cannabis news vertical called The Leaf News. Before that, Solomon covered business news for Canada’s national public broadcaster CBC News as an online reporter and a TV news producer. Solomon holds a master of journalism degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.
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.
Based in Toronto, Kate has been writing about cannabis for industry-focused publications and mainstream outlets such as the Guardian, Globe and Mail, Postmedia and Maclean’s since 2017. Before developing a marijuana beat, she was the online and social media manager for alt-weekly NOW Magazine. Kate graduated with a master of arts in journalism from Western University in London, Ontario, in 2008.
Chris Casacchia is an award-winning journalist, editor and media consultant based in Los Angeles. As technology editor of the Orange County Business Journal, he profiled some of the most influential executives and companies in the world. Before moving to California, he served as a staff writer at the Phoenix Business Journal, where he chronicled the subprime mortgage meltdown and global financial crises in one of the hardest hit markets in the nation. His newspaper career began in his native Chicago, covering everything from wrongful convictions to the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. His work has appeared in MSN Money, Los Angeles Business Journal, California Business Journal, Sporting News and other major outlets. He earned a Master’s degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he served as an adjunct professor.