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Sol Clahane, Vice President and General Manager for the U.S. Region at Canopy Growth Corporation

This week on The Green Rush we’re chatting with Sol Clahane, Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Region for Canopy Growth. Sol oversees all of Canopy’s commercial operations and brands available in the U.S. market, including BioSteel, First & Free, This Works and the recently launched Martha Stewart CBD product portfolio.

With a deep background in beverages and CPG, our hosts sat down with Sol to talk about making the switch to the cannabis industry, the major partnership between Martha Stewart and Canopy, the organization’s work with Constellation and what’s next for the company as it looks to expand its footprint in the U.S. Additionally we talk with Sol about the importance of female leadership and diversity in the upper echelon of the space, what it is like to work with a celebrity of Martha Stewart’s stature and how she talks to her daughter about working in cannabis and CBD.

As one of the major players in North American cannabis, Canopy Growth is a trendsetter for the industry and Sol’s leadership is one of the reasons why. So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy our conversation!

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 

Sol Clahane, Vice President and General Manager for the U.S. Region at Canopy Growth Corporation

As Vice President and General Manager for the U.S. Region at Canopy Growth Corporation, Sol Clahane is responsible for regional growth, leading sales strategies and business development, while overseeing all Canopy Commercial operations and brands available in the U.S. market. Before joining Canopy, Sol served as the Vice President and General Manager of US Chains for Pernod-Ricard; she has also held senior roles at iconic global brands, such as Brown-Forman, Coca-Cola and Pepsi. She brings to Canopy extensive experience in strategic planning, customer management, revenue growth management and sales operations. Sol has worked closely with several non-profit organizations, including Boys and Girls Club of America, Safe Haven Women’s Shelter and Lapiz Rojo, an organization dedicated to providing school supplies for low-income families in Fort Worth, Texas. Sol holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Political Science from Shepherd University and an Executive Leadership Certificate in Business Management from John Hopkins University.

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This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

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The Green Rush’s 150th Hostful Episode

A message from Green Rush host Anne Donohoe: 

Dear Green Rush friends – Happy 150th episode day!

The Green Rush podcast started as an experiment three years ago (!) and now, 150 episodes later, we have become one of the “go to” podcasts in the industry! We now get pitched (every day!) by other PR pros wanting their execs to come on. It’s been a wild ride! When we started this, I thought we’d maybe do 10 episodes and call it a day. I mean who else would be willing to talk to us?!

Turns out – a lot of people! From “big names” like Jim Belushi, Ziggy Marley, Kevin Smith, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (twice!), Mike Tyson and Senator Tom Daschle, to leaders in the industry like Kevin Murphy, Tahira Rehmatullah, Joe Lusardi, Kris Krane, Chanda Macias, Jeanne Sullivan, Irwin Simon – and the list goes on. We wanted to create a platform where people can come on and have the runway to tell their stories in their own words. We wanted to hear about their personal journeys with cannabis, as well as their entrepreneurial aspirations in this crazy industry. It was created as a space for honest discussion and discourse – with a goal of having our listeners learn something along the way. We hope we have accomplished that goal. 

Big HUGE thanks to the KCSA partners, Lewis (Lewis and then Lewis again), Todd & Jeffrey for taking a chance with us. When Lewis and I came to you with this crazy idea – you said run with it. Nick Opich – you are vital! You keep the trains running on the tracks and you’ve stepped into the co-hosting gig with grace, excitement and confidence! Phil Carlson – ditto! Thanks for your counsel, humor and for jumping in when we need you to (Go Bills!). Shea Gunther – we are nowhere without you. Your passion for the industry combined with your podcasting superpowers are amazing! You are constantly saving our butts! Tiffany Rutowski, Cassidy Colarik & the social media team – thank you for all you do to promote the podcast (and dealing with last minute…. well… everything!). Thanks to Derek Friday who is helping us with the relaunch of our newsletter. And all of our guests who have spent time with us…thank you for sharing your stories with our listeners. And to you guys – our friends and colleagues who have listened, provided feedback and supported us every step of the way – we appreciate you ALL!

Lastly – our listeners! You are everything! We love every tweet, every email (even the mean ones) and every “like” on our Instagram. Thank you for coming on this crazy ride with us. 

While we’re at it, we wanted to share some cool new stuff! Like we alluded to, we’re starting up the newsletter again! So if you want to subscribe – go to our website to sign up or email us at greenrush@kcsa.com and we’ll add you to the list. We also have a YOUTUBE CHANNEL! We won’t record all of the episodes (you don’t want to see that much of us….trust me) but from time to time we’ll record the video and stick it up on the channel. Right now, we have some great initial content up there from interviews with Jim Belushi, Earl Blumenauer, Kevin Smith, etc. 

Lastly, we are exploring MERCH! So if you’re interested in a T-shirt, hat, sticker – whatever – drop us a note and tell us what you’d like to see. 

Ok really lastly –  social media channels! Follow us, like us, interact with us! We want to give you content that you LIKE and part of that is…. Actually KNOWING what you like. So – don’t be shy – tell us! 

And as always, don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 

About KCSA Strategic Communications

KCSA is a fully integrated communications agency specializing in public relations, shareholder communications and social media, with expertise in cannabis, financial and professional services, technology, healthcare, digital media and energy. Since 1969, the firm has demonstrated strategic thinking and program execution that drives results for its clients in the ever-changing communications and digital landscape. The firm’s clients are its best references. KCSA’s cannabis practice, which is one of the largest in North America for public relations, investor relations and social media, has been representing companies in the cannabis industry for more than five years. Clients span the entire supply chain from companies that grow the plant, process it and dispense it, to companies that provide consulting services, financial services and even ancillary products such as lighting, nutrients and packaging.

For more information, please visit www.kcsa.com or www.kcsa-cannabis.com.

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This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe, Nick Opich and Phil Carlson of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther at Marijuana Today

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

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Sam Chapman, Campaign Manager for the Yes On Measure 109

Sam Chapman, Campaign Manager Yes On Measure 109 (Psilocybin Therapy) is this week’s guest on the Green Rush. Measure 109 is a carefully crafted ballot initiative supported by medical experts, veterans, and people from over 300 Oregon cities to bring psilocybin therapy to Oregon.

Much like how Oregon led the U.S. on cannabis legalization, this year, on the ballot in Oregon, voters will be able to decide whether to approve the U.S.’s first medical psilocybin program. As the Campaign Manager for this initiative Sam has been instrumental in gaining support for this measure having helped gather over 164,000 signatures supporting the proposed legislation. Against all odds, including COVID-19 we may see the very first legal psychedelics market in the US.

Our host Anne Donohoe sat down with Sam to get a full update on the campaign and talk through some of the critical components of this initiative including why was Oregon chosen to lead the psychedelics movement, how the campaign has been funded, what the program will look like if voters approve of the measure and how long it will take to ramp up the market. Sam also provides more information on his background and how our listeners can get involved to help push this campaign across the finish line. 

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 

Sam Chapman, Campaign Manager for the Yes On Measure 109

Sam is the Campaign Manager for the Yes On IP 34 Campaign (aka the Psilocybin Services Initiative) in Oregon, a ballot initiative campaign seeking to create the first ever state wide regulated Psilocybin therapy program in the United States. Sam has over a decade of experience in advocating for progressive drug policy reforms at the local, state, and national level. His previous experience includes consulting for statewide political campaigns, assisting local governments in writing rules and regulations, and identifying new opportunities within emerging industries. In 2013 Sam co-authored House Bill 3460, the Oregon law that legalized medical marijuana dispensaries. Sam has been a resident of Oregon for 20 years. He holds a baccalaureate degree from the University of Oregon in Philosophy and Political Science. 

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This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

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Psychedelic Science Funders Collaborative Capstone Campaign Virtual Press Conference

This week on The Green Rush we’re publishing the virtual press conference announcing the completion of the Capstone Campaign, a $30 million fundraising effort headlined by the Psychedelic Science Funders Collaborative and MAPS, to support the final stretch of Phase 3 trials required to seek FDA approval of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD.

Featuring Joe Green, Co-Founder of PSFC; Rick Doblin, Founder and Executive Director of MAPS; Amy Emerson, CEO of MAPS Public Benefit Corps as well as major donors Tim Ferriss, Author and Entrepreneur and Alan Fournier, Founder of Pennant Capital, the press conference highlights the excitement around the potential of psychedelics, the wholesale reassessment of drugs like MDMA and psilocybin and their potential to help address some of the defining mental health crises of our time.

With an interim analysis of the first Phase 3 trial showing greater than 90% probability to significantly effect treating PTSD, this final funding round could help put MAPS’ clinical trial on track to submit to the FDA for approval as soon as 2022. For those following the path to FDA approval for psychedelics, this episode is a must listen to. 

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 

Joe Green, Co-Founder and President of PSFC

Joe Green is the co-founder and President of PSFC. Joe supports causes that have a high potential for systemic impact, yet limited resources to achieve their full potential. PSFC was created because medical trials of MDMA and psilocybin have shown compelling evidence to treat millions of people who suffer from mental health issues, but there was insufficient funding to complete the next phase of trials. Joe is a social entrepreneur who has spent his career addressing significant challenges by marrying technology with community organizing. Joe co-founded Causes, which empowered more than 100 million people to make an impact; NationBuilder, a leading software provider for organizers; and FWD.us, which has mobilized the tech community around immigration and criminal justice reform. He is currently the chairman and co-founder of Treehouse, an organization that builds communal housing apartment buildings in Los Angeles, and chairman of Or Halev, a center for Jewish meditation.

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This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

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Christian Schenk, Chief Executive Officer of Driven Deliveries

Christian Schenk, Chief Executive Officer at Driven Deliveries, is this week’s guest on The Green Rush! Driven Deliveries is one of California’s fastest growing online cannabis retailers and direct-to-consumer logistics companies. Founded by experienced technology and cannabis executives, the company provides e-commerce solutions, online sales, and on-demand cannabis delivery to 92% of California’s population. Driven’s success has led to record revenue for Q2 in 2020 and now sees the company offering legal cannabis consumers over 450 products and delivery to their door in less than 60 minutes. 

With COVID-19 leading to a massive influx of cannabis consumers looking for delivery options, our hosts Anne and Phil wanted to sit down with Christian to get an idea of the uptick his business has seen in recent months. Christian also touches on Driven’s technology and the consumer trends his team has been following under the conditions of COVID-19. As cannabis delivery continues to gain acceptance in major markets, Christian and his team have their finger on the pulse of how these capabilities will transform the future of cannabis retail. 

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 

Christian Schenk, Chief Executive Officer of Driven Deliveries

Christian Schenk is an accomplished transportation and payment technology executive with extensive public company experience and a profound track record of generating sustainable, rapid growth. Mr. Schenk joined Driven Deliveries in April 2019 as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Since then, the company has successfully completed acquisitions of 2 cannabis retailers: Ganjarunner and Budee Inc., making Driven California’s largest licensed, online retailer. Mr. Schenk has taken Driven from what was a sputtering startup to a rapidly growing public entity with more than $29M in forecasted earnings.  The company is based in sunny LA and is home to more than 400 employees across the state of California.  

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This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Phil Carlson of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

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Kyle Detwiler, Chief Executive Officer of Clever Leaves

Kyle Detwiler, CEO of Clever Leaves, a multi-international operator with operations and facilities in Colombia, Portugal, the United States, Canada and Germany, is today’s special guest on The Green Rush. A KCSA client, Clever Leaves recently entered into a definitive business combination agreement with Schultze Special Purpose Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: SAMA) to become a NASDAQ-listed public company in the Fourth Quarter 2020. 

Our hosts Anne and Nick sat down with Kyle to discuss the upcoming public listing as well as the Company’s operational expansion into new markets like Portugal and Australia. As one of the leading voices on the growth of the international cannabis marketplace, Kyle gave our listeners a deep dive into the markets to watch outside of the U.S. and Canada, how the COVID-19 crisis has affected the cannabis import/export business and what the future of Clever Leaves and the cannabis industry will look like. For our listeners keen on following the international opportunities in cannabis, you will not want to miss this episode. 

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 

Kyle Detwiler, Chief Executive Officer of Clever Leaves

Kyle Detwiler is CEO of Clever Leaves. Prior to the integration of Northern Swan and Clever Leaves in 2019, Detwiler served as CEO and co-founder of Northern Swan Holdings as well as co-founded Silver Swan Capital, an investment firm focused on niche and underfollowed sectors. He was also a Principal at The Blackstone Group, a leading alternative investment manager with $472 billion in assets under management. As an early member of the Tactical Opportunities Fund, Detwiler was involved in the management and served as a board member of seven investments with roughly $1 billion of Blackstone capital. Detwiler was previously a member of the private equity practice at KKR, focusing on transactions in the oil and gas, energy, natural resource and health care sectors. He began his career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. Detwiler graduated with distinction from Harvard Business School and cum laude from Princeton University.

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This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

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Heather Cabot, Award Winning Journalist and Author

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Award winning journalist and author Heather Cabot is today’s guest on the Green Rush! Heather joins our hosts Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich to talk about her new book, The New Chardonnay: The Unlikely Story of How Marijuana Went Mainstream, a deeply reported journey into the new world of legal cannabis. Drawing on exclusive interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of cannabis including Snoop Dogg, Bruce Linton, Beth Stavola, Ted Chung and Jeff The 420 Chef, Cabot’s book explores the confluence of social, economic, and political forces that have brought marijuana into the mainstream.

Our hosts chatted with Heather about her reporting journey for the book including her preconceived notions about the industry before her first trip to the Marijuana Business Conference in Las Vegas, the evolving demographics of cannabis consumers, the social and racial justice movement within the industry, her craziest stories while being embedded with some of the biggest names in cannabis and how she explained to her family and friends that she was working on a book about cannabis.  

The New Chardonnay hits shelves this week and as ‘Good Morning America’ exclaims, this book is an absolute must read. Heather is an absolute delight and thorough coverage of the burgeoning cannabis industry is something readers and our listeners will not want to miss.  

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 

Heather Cabot, Award Winning Journalist and Author

Heather Cabot is an author, award-winning journalist, keynote speaker and former ABC News correspondent and anchor. Heather’s long career spans print, digital and television news in cities around the country where she worked as a local TV reporter and anchor from 1994 to 2002. In 2002, she was hired by ABC News to report from Washington, DC on breaking national news stories for the network’s NewsOne affiliate division. The stint led to a New York-based post for the network filing stories for Good Morning America and World News Tonight and serving as co-anchor of World News Now and World News This Morning.

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This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

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Leo Gontmakher, Chief Executive Officer of 4Front Ventures

4Front Ventures CEO Leo Gontmakher is today’s special guest on the Green Rush. Our hosts Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich are talking with Leo, who was recently installed as CEO of the multi-state operator, to chat with him following the Company’s earnings report that boasted impressive full-year and Q4 results. The Green Rush team wanted to sit down with the 4Front’s new man in charge to get a fuller view at the company’s success to date and his vision for the future of the company.

With cultivation, production and retail operations across ke adult-use states like Washington, Michigan, Illinois and Massachusetts, Leo and 4Front provide a unique perspective on the exciting growth taking place in those markets. Additionally, we’ll get Leo’s thoughts on what’s next for the industry, particularly as the COVID-19 crisis carries on, his vision for the future of the Company and what factors are most important when it comes building a successful consumer brand. 

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 

Leo Gontmakher, Chief Executive Officer of 4Front Ventures

Leo Gontmakher co-founded Northwest Cannabis Solutions, which under his leadership grew to be one of the largest and most successful producers of cannabis products in Washington state. He also served as Chief Operating Officer at Cannex, which merged with 4Front in July 2019. Leo has significant experience in cannabis facility design, construction management, equipment sourcing, operations, branding, sales and marketing strategy, and software solutions. Before entering the cannabis industry, he served on the senior management team at North America’s largest processor and distributor of specialized seafood products.

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This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

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Ryan Crandall, Chief Product Officer and SVP Sales for MariMed

Today on The Green Rush, hosts Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich are chatting with Ryan Crandall, Chief Product Officer and SVP of Sales at MariMed, a leading multi-state cannabis and hemp operator focused on health and wellness. With operations in both adult-use and medical states across the U.S., MariMed covers all touchpoints of the cannabis supply chain including cannabis cultivation, cannabis-infused products, and dispensary operations.

Following the Company’s recent report that it is experiencing improved cash flow from operations due to robust sales in the adult use programs, the Green Rush team wanted to sit down to chat with Ryan about how the company has weathered the COVID storm as well as what the MariMed has planned for the second half of 2020. In addition, our hosts cover the MariMed’s expanded operations in Massachusetts and Illinois and MariMed’s approach to branding that has allowed its products to stand out amongst the competition. 

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 

Ryan Crandall, Chief Product Officer and SVP Sales for MariMed

Ryan Crandall, Chief Product Officer and SVP of Sales is responsible for MariMed’s national sales initiative and growing MariMed’s portfolio of products and brands. Crandall holds a solid combination of medical cannabis product development expertise combined with global sales and business development in the technology industry. Crandall was the cofounder of Betty’s Eddies™, a branded line of delectable, precision dosed, all natural, cannabis-infused fruit chews. Previously, Crandall rose through the ranks to Director of Enterprise Field Sales in North America & Global Head of Business Development for major cybersecurity and software corporations, including RSA and EMC. Crandall built national and global sales teams that skyrocketed sales and closed numerous million dollar transactions with government and Fortune 500 corporations.

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This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

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Bill VanFaasen, Interim Chief Executive Officer and Glen Leibowitz, Chief Financial Officer of Acreage Holdings

Today on The Green Rush, hosts Anne Donohoe and Lewis Goldberg are sitting down with Bill VanFaasen, interim Chief Executive Officer and Glen Leibowitz, Chief Financial Officer of Acreage Holdings, one of the best known multi-state operators in the U.S. cannabis industry. Following the recent transition of Kevin Murphy from CEO to Chairman of the board, The Green Rush team wanted to sit down with the new leadership to get an in-depth on where the company stands today and its growth strategy going forward.  

In the conversation, Bill expands on how his experience has prepared him for his new role as interim CEO and filling Murph’s shoes, the recent restructuring of Acreage’s deal with Canopy Growth and offers updates on the Company including its entry into New Jersey. Additionally, both Bill and Glen expand how the restructuring will affect Acreage shareholders, the Company’s plans for its hemp holdings and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the business.

Acreage is considered one of the bellwether MSOs of the American cannabis industry and investors monitoring the space will not want to miss this conversation. 

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 

Glen Leibowitz, Chief Financial Officer of Acreage Holdings 

Mr. Leibowitz has over 20 years of finance and accounting experience with expertise in building and scaling operations, improving controls, enhancing IPO readiness and working to manage an organization through accelerated business growth. During his 9 years at Apollo, Mr. Leibowitz  held various key roles within the finance organization including the accounting lead in taking the organization public in 2011. Under his tenure, he Implemented the public reporting framework, accounting policies and directed the company-wide Sarbanes-Oxley program. Prior to Apollo, Mr. Leibowitz spent almost 10 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers focused on multiple complex foreign registrant financial statements and client IPO documents across sectors including: alternative asset managers, Internet/software, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, and mining. Mr. Leibowitz serves on the board of directors and is the audit committee chair for PowerPlay NYC, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and educating girls through one-of-a-kind sports and academic enrichment programs.

Bill’s VanFaasen, Interim CEO of Acreage Holdings

Bill VanFaasen first served as Chairman of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts from 2002-2007. He served as interim President and CEO from March-September 2010. In 2010 he was elected Chair of the Board of Directors for the second time, retiring in March 2014 when he was named Chair Emeritus. Bill joined Blue Cross in 1990 as EVP and COO. He served as President and CEO from 1992-2004 resigning as President and served as CEO until 2005. He was SVP of Operational Services at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, serving in operational, marketing, and health care capacities over 20 years

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This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Lewis Goldberg of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich and Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

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