Matt Hawkins, CEO of Cresco Capital Partners, a US based private equity investment firm dedicated to investing in the cannabis industry, is this week’s guest on The Green Rush. Since its inception in 2014, Matt and Cresco have invested over $50 million in the cannabis industry helping to give accredited investors access to a diversified range of investment opportunities in the space including cultivation, retail, and ancillary services. To date, the Cresco team has done well in recognizing cannabis ‘unicorns’ having been early investors in power players like Acreage Holdings and Green Thumb Industries.
For this episode, our hosts picked Matt’s brain to learn how he’s been so successful over his 20+ years in private equity and what it was like in the early days approaching high net worth individuals to peak their interest in the cannabis space. In addition, Matt expounds on how investing in cannabis has evolved over the last five years, why he’s skeptical of investing in a straight cultivation play or CBD and his advice and preach for patience for those looking to make a strong deal.
If you’re an investor, someone trying to make money in the cannabis industry, or just someone who closely follows marijuana market trends, then this is the episode for you! And after the interview, make sure to check out crescocapitalpartners.com to learn more and make sure to tell them The Green Rush sent you.
Matt Hawkins, CEO of Cresco Capital Partners
Matt Hawkins brings an extensive background in building large alternative investment firms and scaling the companies he invests in. In 2014, Matt had a vision to launch Cresco Capital Partners and create the leading private equity firm focused specifically on investing in the legalized cannabis industry. Prior to diving into the cannabis realm, Matt previously served as Partner and President of Tucson Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on multifamily residential and self-storage assets. Between 2008 and 2013, the company completed more than 55 bank-direct acquisitions, deploying over $500MM of capital. He successfully exited in 2013. Matt also was Principal & Co-founder of Adjacent Capital, a private equity/specialty lending fund where he oversaw the sourcing, origination, structuring and closing of over 60 transactions in a 3 year period. He also became a turnaround specialist through his time at Treadstone Partners and San Jacinto Partners. He is known and respected in the cannabis industry as one of the successful early investors and serves on the board of numerous cannabis companies.
Links to guest’s social media:
- Matt Hawkins’ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-hawkins-11288a2/
- Cresco Capital Partners LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cresco-capital-partners-llc/
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This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Lewis Goldberg of KCSA Strategic Communications.
Special thanks to our Producer Nick Opich and Program Director Shea Gunther at Marijuana Today
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