Thomas (Taz) M. Turner, Jr. – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Turner has over 15 years of experience in the capital markets focused on both debt and equity securities in the technology and consumer industries. Since founding Southshore Capital Partners, LP in 2009, Mr. Turner has guided the growth of Southshore’s long/short global equity hedge fund as General Partner. Through his fund, Mr. Turner has invested in public and private cannabis companies since 2012. Prior to Southshore, Mr. Turner held progressive positions at hedge funds and private equity funds with Tala Investments, Trafelet Delta Funds and ABS Capital Partners, where he specialized in technology and consumer investments. Mr. Turner graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in both Commerce and Mathematics.
Ashish Kapoor – Director and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Kapoor has over 18 years of experience in providing capital markets advisory and assurance services as a finance professional. After obtaining his Chartered Accountant designation at Ernst & Young, Mr. Kapoor has gained over 10 years of experience in investment banking; advising clients across various industries. As a senior vice president at Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd., Mr. Kapoor was responsible for the Canadian telecom, media, entertainment and technology investment banking and principal investing group. During his 10 years at Macquarie, Mr. Kapoor completed in excess of $3 billion in successful principal investments and advised on a further $4 billion of mergers and acquisitions for third party clients. Mr. Kapoor was formerly the CFO of DealNet Capital Corp., a consumer finance company, and Transeastern Power Trust (prior to its current name, Blockchain Power Trust), an independent power producer focused on renewable energy sources. Mr. Kapoor is currently the CFO of Gilla Inc., an E-liquid manufacturing business with distribution to over 25 countries, and a director of The Mint Corporation, a globally certified payments company. Mr. Kapoor obtained his Chartered Accountant designation as part of the Ernst & Young’s Toronto practice and was awarded the Gold Medal for first place in Ontario, and the Bronze Medal for third place in Canada on the 2000 Chartered Accountancy Uniform Final Examination. Mr. Kapoor is also a CFA Charter holder and holds a Masters of Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Waterloo.
Nate Nienhuis – Director and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Nienhuis has extensive experience consulting to both public and private companies on all aspects of cannabis operations; including general operations, facility design, management of production and processing facilities, product development and dispensary oversight. Mr. Nienhuis has served as a consultant to various public and private companies since 1996. Over the course of his career, Mr. Nienhuis has served as head horticulturalist at licensed medical cannabis companies in California, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Washington DC, and Canada. Furthermore, Mr. Nienhuis has developed and sold cutting-edge equipment for the safe extraction of cannabinoids and has been at the forefront of devising new extraction methods for processing at scale. As an extraction expert, Mr. Nienhuis has consulted on facility design for commercial cannabis extraction laboratories across the world, including ensuring compliance with Class 1 Division 1 standards for the use of volatile chemicals.
Henry J. Kloepper – Director
Mr. Kloepper is a leading financier and has been involved in investment banking and corporate finance for over 30 years. Mr. Kloepper has a rounded knowledge of the capital markets, strategic growth and investments. Mr. Klopper has served as a director and officer of a number of public and private corporations and has held executive positions with Award Capital, JP Morgan, Citibank, Bank of America, and North American Trust in the US, Canada, and Europe.
Eric Lowy – Director
Mr. Lowy is a Partner at Irwin Lowy LLP, a law firm located in Toronto, Canada. Mr. Lowy’s practice focuses primarily on corporate finance, securities and merger and acquisition transactions, as well as public company governance and regulation. Mr. Lowy has extensive experience in counselling senior management and boards of public and private corporations, including with respect to financial disclosure matters and the preparation of financial statements and related management discussion and analysis. Mr. Lowy has served as a legal advisor to and as a director of a number of public and private corporations.