Category: 40 Under 40

Jake Heimark

July 8th, 2019

Heimark analyzed future projections for the edibles market and then turned his findings over to his father, the former chief information officer at Swiss Bank UBS. They “both agreed that the business opportunity was unbelievably compelling,” Heimark says. Heimark took what he learned to California and started PLUS in 2015.…

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Bethany Rondeau

July 5th, 2019

Bethany has already been in the cannabis business for longer than most. She and her husband got their start in Washington’s medical industry more than 10 years ago when they opened the Olympic Sinsemilla dispensary. When the state folded the medical program into the recreational market in 2016, she and…

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Jeannette Ward Horton

July 5th, 2019

“Because Oregon is known for being very white, people in the beginning were skeptical that we weren’t going to find cannabis businesses owned by people of color to fund, but that has proven to be unfounded,” Horton says. “We’ve had over a 300% return on investment with these businesses. That,…

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Michael Steinmetz

July 4th, 2019

In February, Flow Kana completed a $125 million round of financing, bringing the company’s total amount of capital raised to $175 million. In addition to helping fund the company’s next venture into manufacturing, Steinmetz says the money will also be used to continue its mission of supporting local and sustainable…

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Helen Cho

July 3rd, 2019

Unlike many who lament the changing regulatory landscape of cannabis, Cho finds it to be the industry’s most endearing quality. “This level of growth and change has been able to engage me,” Cho says. “I’ve never had such a fulfilling job.”  

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Munib Bhandari

July 3rd, 2019

After visiting the West Coast, Bhandari and his brother settled on Oregon and decided to make their way in the processing industry because “we’re not farmers.” Bhandari says his business background and knowledge of distribution channels give Grasse a leg up over the competition, as does the company’s decision to…

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Liz Merritt

July 2nd, 2019

“It’s really hard to be a normal person in a normal world when you grow cannabis, have kids and you’re a woman,” Merritt says. “My story is that I’m an ordinary person and I can do extraordinary things.” But Healthy Roots wasn’t just an impulse. Merritt lost her mother to…

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Christopher Dell’Olio

July 1st, 2019

Prior to working in software, Dell’Olio worked in the music industry and sees cannabis as a similar bridge between “culture and corporate.” WebJoint appears to be doing just that, having raised $4.5 million in venture capital thus far. “It’s really cool to be solving problems in an industry that hasn’t…

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Wes Abney

July 1st, 2019

“By month three, we were making money and we’ve never turned around,” Abney says. Since then, the company’s publishing arm has expanded with Oregon, Alaska and Maryland versions of the Leaf (Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania are coming later this year), now totaling 65,000 copies of the free magazines each month.…

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Steve Albarran

June 28th, 2019

But as a dual citizen who spent his childhood in Mexico City, Albarran had a darker outlook on cannabis. Like many Americans, he was taught that drugs were bad, but in Mexico, he says, drugs are the root of all evils in the country. “Really every problem Mexico has with…

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