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.
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.
Shannon heads the Hemp Industry Daily division at Marijuana Business Daily. Shannon is a B2B multi-media veteran with over 25 years of experience growing digital platforms, trade shows, data driven marketing channels, SaaS sourcing tools, and traditional print media. His most recent experience includes twelve years overseeing the specialty produce agricultural industry’s most respected media brand, The Packer, a division of Farm Journal Media. Prior to that, Shannon ran media businesses focused on consumer lifestyle and other B2B categories in high technology. In addition to his long career in media, Shannon also ran a marketing organization for Fortune 50 tech giant, Intel. Shannon earned his MBA from the University of Kansas.
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.
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.
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 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 Lakewood, Colorado.
Laura has specialized in agricultural journalism for the past 20 years. Most recently she served as the editor of a B2B publication and multimedia properties focused on productivity, efficiency and profitability in commercial greenhouse cultivation. She has reported on multiple aspects of specialty crops including floriculture, fruit, vegetables, citrus and cannabis. She also has served extensively on various horticulture industry association boards. Laura is a Michigan State University graduate and is based in Cleveland, Ohio.
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 Germany, Alfredo specializes in international cannabis markets and regulations. He has an academic background in business and public policy and founded Transnational Cannabis, a consultancy firm that focused on cannabis regulatory frameworks in Europe and Latin America. Previously, he did business development for ICC Labs with a primary focus on developing expansion opportunities internationally.
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.
Margaret Jackson is an award-winning journalist who spent nearly 25 years in the newspaper industry, including seven years as a business reporter for The Denver Post. While at the Post, Jackson covered both residential and commercial real estate and cultivated strong relationships throughout metro Denver’s business community. Though Jackson has most recently focused on real estate and general business news, her previous experience includes reporting on technology, transportation, telecommunications, government, courts and police. She’s worked at publications including the Fort Collins Coloradoan, St. Louis Business Journal and Belleville (Illinois) News-Democrat. Her awards include best reporting from the Colorado Press Association and business and investigative/enterprise reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Jackson has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Ivan Moreno is a reporter at the Hemp Industry Daily, where he focuses on regulatory and business developments in North America and Latin America. He previously worked for 12 years at The Associated Press, where he was correspondent in Milwaukee, Illinois, and Denver. He’s covered state and national politics, major breaking news in every state he’s worked, and was on brief assignments in Mexico City, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Albuquerque N.M.
Monica is an international reporter for Hemp Industry Daily. A Connecticut native based in Berlin, Germany, she heads up the publication’s international hemp coverage with a focus on industry developments in Europe, Africa and Asia. Before covering hemp, Monica spent six years as an editor for the German press agency dpa with reporting stints in Brussels and Rio de Janeiro covering the EU, NATO and illegal mining in the Amazon. She also covered business, politics and general news for Reuters and Atlantic Media.
Based in Manitoba, Solomon covers the cannabis market 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.