Investor Hot Seat - October 29, 2020
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John Nemanic, Partner, Green Coast Capital
John Nemanic is a partner in Green Coast Capital International S.A. Green Coast is an international investor providing flexible and innovative financing to the small-cap and micro-cap marketplace in a variety of sectors. Our team consists of experts in capital markets making quick decisions to provide growth capital to issuers.
John is a serial entrepreneur and investor. As co-founder, Chairman and CEO, he exited 3 very successful Internet start ups. In 2006, Hostopia raised 29.2 million (TSX:H), then sold to Deluxe Communications for $124 Million USD. Tucows was sold to the Steinmetz Group for $45 Million April 1999. Tucows current market cap. is over $600 Million. Internet Direct was merged with Look Communications in 1999 with a deemed value of $560 Million
John's current interests are medical cannabis, cultivation, hemp and CBD start ups, with a focus on Colombia. He is married to Sandra Carrillo MD a leading expert in Cannabis for clinical applications, and was appointed as "Clinical professor in charge of the scientific program for cannabis research and education", Faculty of Medicine, University of Panama.
John manages Panamanian and Colombian based businesses. He is a former member of EO Panama and has extensive contacts within Panama. He also is a former member of EO Toronto (1995) and YPO Toronto (1999).
He is actively seeking high-return opportunities to invest in and serve as a director for high-quality cannabis oriented firms. If you are seeking a highly experienced operator, a dynamic leader who understands the growth cycles of start-ups, and how to develop exit strategies please contact John Nemanic.
About Green Growth Partners
Green Coast Capital International S.A is a private international investment firm focused on investing in small- and micro-cap publicly traded growth companies. We provide flexible debt and equity structured investments across several international markets.
We seek to invest in high growth and distressed situations. Green Coast Capital International S.A allocates capital across all industries in four core strategies: discounted equity, convertible debt, convertible preferred equity, and undervalued open market opportunities.
We only manage our own capital giving us the ability to make timely and qualified investment decisions.
Carol Ortega, Managing Director, Muisca Capital Group
Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Ms. Ortega is the Managing Director and Founder of Muisca Capital Group. For over 20 years, Carol has continuously demonstrated the ability to successfully guide cross-functional teams and achieve strategic goals for a diverse group of organizations at the international arena.
In Colombia, as a professor for Xavierian University, Carol leaded various research and consultancy projects within the financial industry, taught classes and was the Director of postgraduate programs in accounting. Within the governmental sector, at the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Colombia she provided technical lead on all matters related to the process of convergence towards international standards of accounting (IAS – IFRS) for the country, under this role, Carol co-wrote the standards of accounting and financial information currently applicable in Colombia. Ms. Ortega has authorship on numerous accounting and business related academic publications worldwide. In the U.S., as the Director of Finance and Operations for Adelante Mujeres, Ms. Ortega leaded the research and implementation of the incubator, accelerator and micro-finance program, now the biggest one in the State of Oregon serving the Latino community. as the Deputy Executive Director for InStove, she established the organization strategy, resulting in the first place at the Portland Social Venture Society “Fast Pitch” competition among others, taking InStove from a start-up to a sophisticated, sustainable, growth-oriented, multinational organization.Ms. Ortega has provided business & financial consultancy services to legal cannabis start-ups in the U.S. since 2014, year when Recreational Cannabis was legalized in the State of Oregon and in Colombia since December 2015. Carol is the Founder & BOD Chair of the Colombian Cannabis Entrepreneurs Network (RECC), which foster and serves through its programs and services cannabis ventures in Colombia, founding entity of the first cannabis science event in the Americas called CannaCiencia, a state of the art event that promotes science, research, investment and good practices of the analytical laboratory of Medicinal Cannabis in the Americas.
Carol earned a B.S. in Accounting & Finance a Master’s degree in Management Accounting, from Xavierian University in Bogota, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Canisius College. Buffalo, New York.
About Muisca Capital Group
Muisca Capital Group is the first Latin American investment management firm strategically targeting the emerging legal industry of medicinal cannabis. We establish investment and execution policies that allow us to generate an optimal allocation in diversified portfolios where profitability is maximized minimizing risk. Our due diligence process is traversal and covers the strategic, commercial, operational, financial, IT and corporate social responsibility aspects. Our team of financial consultants, risk managers and business developers combine decades of experience in the financial, pharmaceutical, governmental, academic and service industries in the Americas.
David Cunic, CEO, UCS Advisors
David M. Cunic is an entrepreneur who specializes in Investor Relations Advisory services. "Dr. David", as most people know him as, has raised capital, expanded several companies, and has employed over 300+ people. He has been in the medical field for 18+ years, has been a business owner for 19+ years, and has been in the cannabis industry for 10+ years. Some people have called him the "triple headed dragon" due to his diversity and experience. Over the past 16 years, Dr. David has started over 10+ companies, in both the public and private sector, and has successfully sold many of them. His efforts in business operations and human resources won him the prestigious Alfred Sloan Award for Workplace Programs and Flexibility. David has assisted many companies in securing millions of dollars for his clients ranging from the cannabis, hemp, energy, medical, water, and the beverage industry. He has served on numerous boards as an advisor and trusted source of information. Dr. David also performs presentations and speaks at conferences on a variety of topics in both the medical sector and cannabis industry.
Jeff Kendig, Managing Partner, Bravos Capital
Jeff Kendig has over 15 years of direct investment experience, utilizing both growth equity as well as buyout strategies. In his current role, he leads the evaluation of investment opportunities, structures transactions and works with management teams to develop and execute operational and growth strategies.
His background includes extensive responsibilities for day-to-day portfolio company management, including crafting long-term strategy, analyzing threats & opportunities, identifying operating improvements, cash flow management, and other general management roles. He is a current or former board member of eight different companies in a variety of industries but has particularly deep experience in business services, technology services and consumer products.
Prior to Bravos Capital, Jeff was a Principal at Caltius Equity Partners, where he ran transactions from origination through diligence, execution, and subsequently served on the board of directors post-closing, providing the necessary support and strategic advice to his various portfolio companies. Before Caltius, Jeff worked at Kayne Anderson Private Investors and Millennium Capital Partners. He began his career in the Strategy Group at A.T. Kearney where he was responsible for executing strategic and operational improvement projects across a variety of industries. Jeff received his M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he was a Venture Fellow, and his B.A., cum laude, in Economics and Italian from Middlebury College. While at UCLA Anderson, Jeff won the Knapp Venture Competition as well as the Draper Fisher Jurvetson business plan competition.
About Bravos Captial
Bravos Capital is an early stage private equity firm with a specific focus on the emerging legal cannabis and hemp industry. Bravos Capital has invested in the ancillary services side of the industry in segments including business services, technology services, and consumer products, but has also invested in numerous plant-touching businesses as well. Bravos has completed 14 investments in the cannabis industry so far, which includes both debt and equity structures. Jeff Kendig is the Managing Partner of the firm.
Josh Kincaid, Capital Markets Analyst, The Talking Hedge
In a galaxy far far away, Josh was a Securities Risk Analyst managing a $650 million fund in the Investment Banking Industry with proven success in finance, compliance, and operations within a highly regulated industry. He’s experienced the Financial Industry’s stringent regulatory environment and survived a myriad of regulatory changes in the Cannabis Industry.
Yet remains informed of potential changes that could impact the industry, to best leverage his client’s resources and maximize success. Josh has been connecting individuals and businesses within all facets of the supply chain since his internship at the World Trade Center. He keeps a finger on the pulse of the industry utilizing technology and data from HeadSet, New Frontier Data and the Cannabis Alliance, remaining informed by analyzing economic market reactions over the last 6 years.
In his spare time, he produces a cannabis business podcast called The Talking Hedge. Josh is an advisor, as well as a Capital Market Analyst, Director of Finance and contract CFO for companies throughout North America. He has a degree in International Business Management from Western Washington University and a Masters in Finance from City University of Seattle and intends to leverage his resources and expertise to drive the Cannabis Industry further.
SuperChronics is a boutique advisory firm that focuses on cannabis finance, data analytics, risk management, and compliance with an emphasis on strategic partnerships, M&As and international expansion.
Lindsay Blackett, CEO, Peakterra Ventures
Lindsay Blackett is successful businessman and a cannabis consultant that has been a leader in the Cannabis industry for the last three years. Lindsay is currently the CEO of Peakterra Ventures Inc., a Holding Co. and Incubator and also is the CEO of Grasslands Taber Collaborative Corportation, which is a 60 acre Cannabis, Hemp and Agri-food cooperative located in Taber Alberta.
Lindsay has been a partner in Arete Cannabis Consulting Inc. since May 2018. Arete is a boutique consulting firm that assists clients with building their cannabis businesses including business plans, Health Canada applications, municipal permits and project management. Prior to being a co-founder of Arete, Lindsay was the President and founding Director of the Canadian Cannabis Chamber, an aggregator of cannabis businesses.
Lindsay Blackett is a former Member of the Alberta Legislature and The Minister of Culture and Community Spirit from 2008 to 2011. Along with two years experience of previously working in the Prime Minister’s Office Lindsay brings a wealth of regulatory public sector experience in Ottawa, Edmonton, municipally and as a CEO of Chiniki First Nations.
Lindsay has advised many clients on how to set-up their business and now will bring the leadership and expertise along with 15 years of supply chain management in the electronics industry has lead him to visualize, build and manage a 60 acre Cannabis, Hemp and Agri-Food incubator that will focus on craft cannabis and premium brands that will be distributed within Canada as well as being exported worldwide.
Peakterra is a curator of companies involved in plant science and agritech.
Terry Buffalo, CEO, American Cannabis Company
Terry Buffalo is a seasoned executive in the financial services that that transitioned into the cannabis sector. Mr. Buffalo serves as the Chief Executive Officer of American Cannabis Company, Inc. (ACC) based in Denver, Colorado. His ability to convey complex information in a concise and straightforward manner combined with his expertise in investment, regulatory compliance and audit responsibility has positioned Mr. Buffalo to be an effective member of the ACC team as the company continues to expand.
About American Cannabis Company
ACC began in 2013 as a fully-fledge provider of end-to-end industry-specific consulting solutions for those looking to start or improve their operations. After having secured many license opportunities for clients both domestically as well as internationally, the ACC brand is pivoting to become a vertically integrated multi-state operators.
Tim Lozott, CEO, Green Life Capital
Tim Lozott, a US Marine veteran has expertise at the C-Suite, V-Suite and senior management level in the the real estate, hospitality, consumer packaged goods, digital media, and cannabis sectors. He most recently effected organizational turnaround and took an underperforming and undercapitalized cannabis company to a performing thriving company, the result was taking the company to a successful liquidity acquisition event of $70M, which was just under 9x the capital invested. He has expertise and over two decades of professional experience in finance and operations management within start-ups and global multi-billion-dollar organizations, including experience in capital raising, mergers & acquisitions, investment fund management and growth strategy development. Mr. Lozott’s experience from the REIT and REIT investment fund management industry includes leading large teams across multiple locations: raising over $1.5 Billion in asset backed securities; raising over $2 Billion in private-equity investments from institutional investors, and obtaining over $250 million in debt financing.
Green Life Capital
“We make it easier for small private companies to raise capital by providing one-stop, full-spectrum capital solutions and strategic advisory services”
Green Life Capital is an investor and a strategic partner…empowering private-equity, small-cap companies and providing one-stop, full capital stack investment and strategic advisory services.
Last year our team deployed $120 million in commercial real estate loans and $43 million in working capital loans. This year we have $500 million in assets under management to deploy in debt financing, and we have an extended network with access to over $6 billion. Whether it is speed or price you are looking for, look no further than Green Life Capital. We are also raising capital for our private-equity funds, business development company fund and our venture capital funds.
After much thought about what we can bring to emerging growth companies we landed on, Teamwork, Communication, Effecting Change, Agility, Innovation, Simplification, Efficiency, and Profitability.
We're filling a huge void by 1) bringing professional institutional funding to small-cap emerging growth companies, 2) maintaining a niche focus on industries that we understand and where we have operational experience, and 3) providing strategic advisory services to the young companies competing in their space.
We have a team of experts and have developed relationships that are centered around navigating the issues of emerging growth companies, mitigating risks, strategic growth and development.
In addition to investing capital in selected Client Companies, we also makes sure each client has a clearly defined business and financial plan, and the ability to reach its financial goals and objectives. Because of our expertise to help companies obtain successful funding and execute business strategies post-funding our Client Companies have the ability to secure additional funding far more efficiently than otherwise possible.
We pride ourselves in having a Disciplined Investment Philosophy developed over years of experience in capital markets.
Our investment approach emphasizes value-add, capital preservation, minimization of downside risk, in addition to engaging in due diligence from the perspective of a long-term investor.
Whether you're a company seeking to raise capital or an investor - consider joining us on our mission to be the pre-eminent source of expertise and capital and market support for emerging growth small-cap private companies.