The Cannabis Society Investor Conference Chicago (Invite Only)

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Chicago, IL 60603

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The Cannabis Society in partnership with Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLPis proud to present it's Deal Making Conference on Tuesday, April 30th in Chicago.

We are dedicated to fostering the cannabis community through events, conferences, dinners, & many more. Join us for a unique deal making session and to hear from Industry experts, entrepreneurs, investors and service providers on what is to come in this emerging industry.

Tentative Schedule (subject to change):

3:00 PM: Registration and Deal Making
3:45 PM: Opening Remarks by The Cannabis Society
3:55 PM: Keynote
4:15 PM: Keynote
4:35 PM: Panel Discussion
5:00 PM: BREAK
5:25 PM: Panel Discussion
5:50 PM: Panel Discussion
6:15 PM: Deal Making
7:00 PM: Conference Conclusion

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Tom Zuber, Managing Partner of Zuber Lawler

Tom Zuber has advised some of the most iconic companies in the world on their patent and trademark portfolios. He is at the cutting edge of cannabis patent and trademark law. Tom holds a law degree from Columbia Law School, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Government School, and a biomedical engineering degree from Rutgers University, where he graduated with highest honors.

Tim Sutton, CPP, CHPA Senior Security Consultant Guidepost Solutions LLC

Tim Sutton has more than 30 years of security experience. His expertise includes operational security management and program development, loss prevention, physical security and risk assessments, and technical security systems design and implementation. He has worked with clients in diverse sectors including medicinal and adult-use cannabis, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing, and multi- use properties. Tim has served as Director of Security for two medical cannabis organizations, responsible for any and all security concerns including the designing of electronic security systems and all physical security programs within 12 Medical Cannabis Dispensaries and 5 Medical Cannabis Cultivation Centers in IL, MD, and PA. In addition to his proven track record of providing instrumental security controls and programming in his operational positions, his experience includes providing security consulting services to multiple medical and recreational cannabis clients across the United States including IL, FL, OH, MO, OK, AR, TX, AZ, CA, HI, MD, PA, NY, NV, and ND.


Stevan Bratic, Managing Director/Sole Proprietor and Owner Bratic Enterprises, LLC

Stevan is involved in all aspects of the company’s operations, as well as being actively involved with all cannabis related projects from the design development of the grow process and environment to the occupancy and/or production. Stevan has almost fifteen years of experience in purchasing, operations and sales in the automotive manufacturing environment with Tier 1 supply base and OEM capacity. Stevan took his knowledge from the automotive and expanded his experiences by starting Bratic Enterprises in 2000 within the LED industry for the automotive. Over time, Stevan progressed the company into the commercial and industrial lighting markets building LED circuit boards and sustained growth into the Horticultural, Agricultural and Cannabis markets with LED Grow lights, while realizing the need for a more cost-effective and sustainable energy solution by adding Micro-Grid Systems to the offerings of the company for continued value-add offerings to his customers. Steven’s goal is to offer the best in class energy efficient and sustainable solution at the most competitive price in the market.


Lawrence D. Mishkin is counsel to the Hoban Law Group based in Denver, Colorado and has his own civil practice, Mishkin Law, LLC, in Northbrook, Illinois which represents entrepreneurs and small to mid-size businesses. A lawyer for over 30 years, beginning in 2013, Larry expanded his practice to include representing groups seeking marijuana dispensary and cultivation licenses in Illinois as well as business interests ancillary to the medical and marijuana market. Since that time, Larry’s cannabis based practice has greatly expanded in Illinois and nationwide to now include representations of third party providers to cultivation centers and dispensaries, manufacturers of infused and other cannabis and CBD based products, Illinois health care professionals, Illinois patients, cannabis based investment funds and holding companies, and health care professionals in both medical and adult use markets. Larry regularly consults with and counsels persons and groups looking for entry into or expansion within the medical and adult use cannabis industry as well as the national and international hemp and CBD markets. A regular presenter on the cannabis business conference and trade show circuit, Larry has developed a strong network of connections with persons in all parts of the legal cannabis and hemp industries throughout this country, in Canada, parts of Europe and the Middle East.


Lori Ferrara Co-Founder Treehouse Global Ventures

Lori Ferrara is an experienced adviser and a sought-after investor shark, a seasoned mentor, a mother, a pioneer. Ferrara is a 30-year veteran of highly regulated industries—including international categories such as television distribution and cannabis, where she’s made a habit of breaking through male-dominated industries’ glass ceilings via her tenacious entrepreneurial drive and fierce work ethic.

For more than a decade in the mid-’80s, Ferrara managed syndication operations at Mediatech, Inc. for TV’s biggest titles, from Inside Edition to Jeopardy, Geraldo to The Oprah Winfrey Show. Years later Ferrara opened her own shop, Picture Perfect Partners, which delivered television programming worldwide via satellite for some the largest syndicators in the entertainment industry—including Warner Bros., Tribune Entertainment and Disney.

Ferrara began researching medical cannabis while she nursed her husband, Jim, through a battle with stage 4 tongue cancer in 2012 and fought her own way through an early stage breast cancer diagnosis in 2014. She delved into the ways cannabis component cannabidiol (a.k.a. CBD) was being used as a preventative treatment for potential relapses. As she watched the cannabis industry’s early development, she knew it would need experienced leadership, entrepreneurs and diverse visionaries to legitimize and professionalize the business of regulated marijuana.

Ferrara soon became the first female investor member of The Arcview Group, a network that now consists of 650-plus accredited investors who have put in more than $150 million into more than 160 companies.

Today, Ferrara’s Alexava Holdings, Inc., is a boutique private equity firm focused on mainstreaming cannabis businesses. She was a leading investor with Medicine Man, one of the legal world’s largest and most profitable medical cannabis growers, dispensaries and consulting firms. She is a lead investor with ancillary businesses Atlas Plant Trainer, BLMG Holdings and Rooted Lyfe. And Ferrara has also advised and helped develop business for other marijuana companies, including Lucid Mood, Treatibles, MyDx and Dymapak.

Ferrara’s latest creation is Treehouse Global Ventures, a fund she co-founded that will raise capital for women-owned businesses in the cannabis space. Her vision for Treehouse Global Ventures is to empower, inspire and mentor these female entrepreneurs while also managing a successful, female-led fund.

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