Marijuana Business Daily Staff

MJBizDaily employs over 75 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.

LEADERSHIP

CEO
Cassandra Farrington

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.

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Founding Editor & President
Chris Walsh

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 MJBizDaily’s editorial, events, marketing, sales and products divisions. 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.

EDITORIAL STAFF

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Editor in Chief
Howard Burns

Howard has been in the publishing business for 35 years, with 31 of those in the business-to-business space. The bulk of his career –-18 years – was spent at the entertainment trade paper The Hollywood Reporter, including five years as editor and one as editorial director. Howard has also served as editor in chief of the Pittsburgh Business Times, NJBIZ and Moving Pictures magazine. Prior to becoming an editor, he spent five years as a reporter for publications including The Miami News and the cable TV trade paper Multichannel News. Howard is a graduate of the University of Miami.

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Managing Editor, Website & Magazine
Roger Fillion

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 Stelton-Holtmeier

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Editorial Director – New Business Initiatives & Data
Jenel Stelton-Holtmeier

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.

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Senior Editor
Kevin Huhn

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.

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Features Editor
Laura Hamilton

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.

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Website Editor
John Rebchook

John is an award-winning journalist who spent most of his decades-long career as the real estate editor of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver. At different times John also wrote about banking, economic development, cable TV, workplace issues, technology and national and local political issues impacting business. He has also freelanced for Marijuana Business Magazine.
John also published his own real estate blog for almost seven years and was a columnist at the Colorado Real Estate Journal. Before joining the Rocky, John worked at newspapers in Wisconsin, Illinois and Texas.

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Magazine Editor
Kate Lavin

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.

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Research Editor
Eli McVey

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.

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Research & Data Analyst
Maggie Cowee

Maggie has 15 years of experience providing agribusiness research, analysis and education to business owners through land-grant universities, with a specialization in agricultural risk management, niche marketing and feasibility assessment. Maggie holds a master’s degree in agricultural and resource economics.

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Hemp Editor
Kristen Nichols

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.

John Schroyer

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Senior Reporter, California
John Schroyer

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.

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Science and Technology Reporter
Omar Sacirbey

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.

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Cultivation and Extraction Reporter
Bart Schaneman

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.

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HEMP REPORTER
Laura Drotleff

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.

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International Editor
Matt Lamers

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.

Alfredo Pascual

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International Analyst
Alfredo Pascual

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.

Nick Thomas - Finance Reporter

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Finance Reporter
Nick Thomas

Nick has an extensive journalism background, having worked in a variety of media and industries including as a reporter on the UK utilities sector for Bloomberg in London. He was also an early employee for successful digital M&A company Mergermarket where he served as the Content Editor. Originally from the UK, he has a BA in modern languages from the University of Wales (Bangor) and an MA in international studies from the University of Denver.

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Legal and Regulatory Reporter
Jeff Smith

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.

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Conference Content Programmer
Meredith Carli

Meredith has been managing conferences and events in the cannabis industry since 2015. With a diverse background that includes stints at the U.S. State Department, the United Nations and Women Grow, Meredith brings her expertise and diplomatic skills to developing content and lining up speakers for Marijuana Business Daily’s events. Meredith is based in New Jersey.

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Conference Content Programmer
Stacy Rosemore

Stacy has a background in marijuana policy, business education programming and event planning. She has been involved in the Colorado marijuana industry since 2016, working for the Marijuana Industry Group, a prominent trade organization. Her diverse background also includes developing and implementing educational programs and events for chambers of commerce and tourism agencies. At Marijuana Business Daily, Stacy helps line up speakers and develop conference content.

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Conference Programming Assistant
Adam Rivera

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.

Margaret Jackson

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Editorial Designer
Christa Madrid

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.

Margaret Jackson

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Retail and Infused Products Reporter
Margaret Jackson

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.

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