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Harborside Inc. (d.b.a The Harborside Group) is a California-focused cannabis company with retail, production, and cultivation operations built around recognized brands. We currently operate five retail dispensaries and one cultivation facility under a vertically-integrated model focused on the Northern California market.
Harborside Inc. (formerly Lineage Grow Company Ltd.) trades on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker symbol CSE: HBOR.
It’s about the Harborside cannabis retail experience.
Our dispensaries are preeminent NorCal cannabis retail operations with a significant track record and expertise gained through 12 years of operations and ~$300 in cumulative sales1
Harborside’s brand is well known throughout California, the United States and internationally
Retail operations command 2% of California’s entire retail market (see 1,2)
Combining significant production capacity and retail shelf space with distribution capabilities, utilizing over 30 licenses across the value chain to leverage scale and ensure supply chain stability1
Expanding our NorCal market leadership throughout California, focused on retail excellence, branded products, and production capacity to capture shelf space and superior margins
Significant pipeline of near term opportunities for accretive acquisitions
To provide our members with best-in-class, curated selection of cannabis wellness products as the preeminent Northern California cannabis retailer.
California-Focused · Retail Excellence · Branded Product Lines · Production · Capacity Diversified Cultivation
We embody Trust, Choice, & Value through our relationships with customers, employees, shareholders, and the community.
Download our Business Overview Presentation which includes an overview of our vision, strategy, product line, management team, and more.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD & INTERIM CEO
Matt Hawkins is the founder and managing principal of Cresco Capital Management, LLC, a manager of Entourage Effect Capital, formerly known as Cresco Capital Partners, a private investment firm focused specifically on investing in the legalized cannabis industry. Prior to the founding of Cresco, he was a partner and President of a private real estate investment company which acquired REO and NPL from banks and financial institutions across the country. The company completed more than 55 bank-direct acquisitions, deploying over $500 million of capital since Q4 2008. At the end of 2013, Matt and his partners sold their interest. Prior to this, Matt was a Principal/Co-founder of San Jacinto Partners, a fund focused on the bulk acquisition of single-family residential assets and the Managing General Partner of Adjacent Capital, L.P., a private equity/specialty lending fund. He was earlier affiliated with Treadstone Partners, L.L.C., a distressed debt and equity fund. He has an extensive background in both turnaround management and private equity. Prior to joining Treadstone and forming Adjacent Capital and San Jacinto Partners, was associated with Hull & Associates, a regional turnaround management firm. Matt is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.
GENERAL COUNSEL & CCO
Since January 2015, Jack Nichols has served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Harborside Inc. and its predecessor FLRish Inc. Mr. Nichols plays a critical role at the executive level managing all legal matters for the Company, spearheading new policy, overseeing the Company’s compliance team in a rapidly changing landscape, and working with management to mitigate risk.
As part of his commitment to the advancement of regulatory policy in the cannabis industry he sits on the Federal Policy Advisory Group for CCIA (California Cannabis Industry Association). His long career in law enforcement prior to joining us culminated with his role as Special Assistant US Attorney in the District of Maine, followed by General Counsel for Creative Services, Inc. a global security firm serving corporate and government market sectors.
Tom DiGiovanni joined Harborside in December 2019 as our Chief Financial Officer. He started working in the cannabis industry in 2016 as a founding member of Canndescent, where he was the CFO and Chief Compliance Officer. During his tenure there, he established several cannabis industry firsts, including opening the first fully compliant cannabis bank account in California in 2017 and building the first commercial scale cannabis solar energy project in the US in 2019.
Before entering the cannabis industry, Mr. DiGiovanni served in multiple executive roles in finance and operations, including as Chief Financial Officer for Mainstream Energy where he managed growth rates of more than 100% per year, helped consummate the merger of Mainstream Energy into Sunrun Inc and helped Sunrun prepare for their IPO (NYSE: RUN). He is a fully licensed Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a minor in Economics.
Ahmer Iqbal was appointed COO of Harborside in July 2021, post-merger with Sublime. Ahmer was the CEO of Sublime, a cannabis product manufacturer based in Oakland, California. Before becoming CEO, he served as the COO of the company. Ahmer brings more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and supply chain operations to Harborside. His past leadership has been focused on developing and delivering technology-driven business solutions, providing outstanding client service, and driving profitable revenue growth.
Prior to Sublime, Ahmer served at Amazon Lab 126 overseeing supply chain operations of its Kindle e-Reader division. He was responsible for a successful global launch of the first ever water-proof e-Reader. Before joining Amazon, Ahmer worked at Crystal Technology, a subsidiary of Siemens (Semiconductor). There, he transitioned wafer fabrication operations from Palo Alto to Southeast Asia before joining Dewolf Boberg & Associates as a consultant for various medical device, aeronautics, and other manufacturing companies.
DIRECTOR OF RETAIL
Pedro Fonseca comes to Harborside with over 32 years of natural food and retail experience, most recently with Whole Foods market for over 27 years. Pedro has held several positions, from leading retail facilities to Executive Vice President of Retail Operations and Executive Vice President of new store development and construction across the US and Canada, overseeing over 85 retail locations and 10,000 employees, resulting in 1.2 billion dollars in sales across the mid-Atlantic region. Pedro’s passion is building teams and businesses through mentoring, motivating, communication, collaboration, and an inclusive culture. Pedro is passionate about interdepartmental collaboration and partnership, from marketing to supply chain, resulting in fully integrated programs and processes.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Alexis Mora is a creative problem-solver and strategist who loves building and scaling brands to a global level. In 2016, her “Dia de los Muertos” Campaign for Nestlé won Top Shop’s Top 100 Award and her work at BLOOM FARMS, a top ten Cannabis brand in 2018 and 2019, has been featured in Vogue, Rolling Stone, LA TIMES, SF Weekly, and more.
She specializes in crafting memorable customer experiences while driving ROI through digital, retail, and event platforms. Her work spans internationally in health and wellness, active lifestyle, cause marketing, functional beverage, and cannabis industries.
SR. VICE PRESIDENT OF COMPLIANCE AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
Conrad Gregory leads the government relations and compliance activities of Harborside Inc., one of the oldest and most respected cannabis brands in the United States. His work covers the policy and politics of the cannabis industry as well as the development of current and future licenses. Prior to joining Harborside, Gregory helped run several successful political campaigns at the local, state and federal levels before moving to Sacramento to work for then-Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom as Chief Consultant for Economic Policy. Gregory’s work culminated in overseeing the Lt. Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, which ultimately influenced Proposition 64 to legalize cannabis in California. In addition to his work at Harborside, Gregory currently serves as the Board President of the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) and is a founding member of Oakland Citizens for Equity and Prosperity (OCEP).
Vice President of Human Resources
We welcome Marian Robinson as our new VP of HR beginning at the start of Q2 2020. Ms Robinson is a Human Resources executive with 13 years experience designing and leading HR strategic initiatives, developing talent, and creating HR best practices, policies and processes in alignment with the needs of the business.
Ms. Robinson was hired for her extraordinary capabilities to oversee the changing landscape that our industry must maneuver on a weekly basis with a proven track record for talent acquisition. Before joining us at Harborside, she held senior executive positions at Target, Orchard Supply Hardware, a 100 store retail chain with 5,000 associates, and most recently was the Senior Director of Human Resources at the largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the country.
Alex is focused on building the Canadian technology ecosystem and has several active roles. Alex is the Canadian Partner of AngelList, the most successful start-up investing platform in the world with over $2 billion of assets under management. Alex launched the platform in Canada in early 2017 and is responsible for $90 million in assets under management. Alex is the founder and managing director of Tech Toronto, an organization that develops the technology and innovation economy in Canada. Alex is also the Managing Partner of N49P, a venture fund that invests in early stage Canadian technology companies. Prior to his current activities, Alex has extensive operating experience having worked for technology companies in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. This includes co-founding HomeSav which was acquired by Rebellion Media, and helping launch Simply Business which was acquired by The Travelers Cos. Alex also has significant professional services experience having worked for McKinsey & Company and for Lehman Brothers in their technology mergers and acquisition group. Alex has a BCom from McGill University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Kampian CPA, CA, ICD.D, has a long track record as a financial executive with a number of Canadian public companies and has over 30 years of financial management experience. Mr Kampian is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Edge Financial Consulting Services Corp where he is acting as Chief Restructuring Officer for Muskoka Grown Inc and PharmHouse Inc, both Canadian Cannabis Licensed Producers. Mr Kampian has served as Chief Financial Officer of DionyMed Brands Inc and Chief Financial Officer of Mettrum Health Corp., which was acquired by Canopy Growth Corp in early 2017. Previously Mr Kampian was Chief Financial Officer of Algonquin Income Fund (now Algonquin Power and Utilities) where he led and supported debt and equity capital raising. Mr Kampian also served on the Board of James E. Wagner Cultivation Corporation, where he was on the special committee during its restructuring process. Mr Kampian also serves on the Board of Red Pine Exploration Ltd where he is Chair of the Audit Committee. He previously served on the boards of Grenville Strategic Royalty Corp (currently Flow Capital Corp.) and CannaRoyatly Corp where he was the Chair of the Audit Committee for both companies. Mr. Kampian is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Charter Professional Accountants of Ontario and the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Andrew Sturner is the co-founder and managing principal of Entourage Effect Capital, LLC, a private investment firm focused specifically on investing in the legalized cannabis industry. Andy is also an investor in, and advisor to, Cresco Capital Management, LLC. Prior to the co-founding of Entourage Effect Capital, Andy has been a seasoned senior executive, C-suite officer, founder, serial entrepreneur, consultant, angel investor and board member with nearly 30 years of success across technology, media, internet, real estate, cannabis and nonprofits. A seasoned executive with a proven track record of creating innovative partnerships and joint ventures, he has significant experience growing and expanding companies with an emphasis on leadership development. In his executive career, Andy has founded, co-founded and held leadership positions at many successful venture backed companies including two publicly traded companies: CBS SportsLine.com (NASDAQ: SPLN) and MovieFone (NASDAQ: MOFN). Andrew earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Washington University, Saint Louis; and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Brooklyn Law School. While no longer a practicing attorney, he worked as a workout and restructuring attorney at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP a US-based law firm providing transactional and litigation guidance to leading multinational corporations, investment banks and private equity firms in the U.S. and abroad and was admitted to the New York, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C. bar associations.
Jim Scott is an accomplished entrepreneur and investor with a unique blend of transaction, operating, and leadership experience as well as a deep passion for business. With nearly 30 years of investing and advisory experience, he has completed successful transactions for clients of all sizes – from scrappy startups to multi-billion dollar enterprises.
In 2018-19, Jim led Receptra Naturals, one of the fastest growing hemp and CBD product companies in the US. Under Jim’s leadership Receptra experienced a six-time increase in revenue. He is also the Managing Partner of Littlehorn Investments LLC.
Jim began his investment banking career in 1992 at Salomon Brothers Inc. in their domestic mergers and acquisitions group. During that time he moved to London to assist in launching Warburg’s global chemicals investment banking group. Once successfully launched, Jim transitioned back into mergers and acquisitions in London with a focus on cross-border transactions.
Throughout his tenure at Salomon Brothers and UBS Warburg, Jim advised clients on over $20 billion in transactions across multiple industries working with companies such as The Dow Chemical Company, Metallgesellschaft AG, Swiss Air, General Motors, Roadmaster Industries Inc., and British Petroleum.
Jim graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston University School of Management with a degree in Finance and Operations Management.
Mike is Founder and President of Type 2 Ventures Ltd. a global advisory firm where he is an investor in, and advisor to, a number of ventures across the global cannabis and plant-based medicines industries. Mike serves on the advisory board of Kanabo, an Israeli cannabinoid formulation company where he advises on global strategy. Prior to founding Type 2 Ventures, Mike was SVP Global Affairs at Plena Global Holdings Inc., working with large scale cultivation assets in South America to provide raw materials and cannabis derived active pharmaceutical ingredients to global manufacturing partners. Prior to that, Mike was VP Legal & International Business Affairs at Canadian Licensed Producer MedReleaf Corp. He held this position with MedReleaf through a variety of industry pioneering milestones both operationally and in the capital markets through to its acquisition by Aurora Cannabis for C$3.2 Billion, the largest cannabis industry exit to date. Mike has been licensed to practice law in Canada and Israel where he articled in the IP and Technology Licensing department of Meitar, Israel’s leading international law firm where he worked with some of the world’s leading technology companies and is a former international law clerk to the Hon. Justice Asher Grunis at Supreme Court of Israel.
Kevin Albert has worked in the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch & Co. for 24 years. Now retired, he is currently managing a portfolio of private investments, the majority of which are in the legal cannabis industry. From September 2010 through December 2019, Kevin was a Senior Partner of Pantheon Ventures LLC and a member of its six-person Partnership Board. For most of his nine year tenure there, he was responsible for the firm’s global business development and during this time Pantheon’s assets under management increased from approximately $25 billion to approximately $50 billion.
From 2006 until 2017, he also served as an independent director on the board of Merrill Lynch Ventures, LLC, a series of private equity partnerships offered to Merrill Lynch employees aggregating over $1.8 billion of original committed capital. He currently serves as an independent director on the board of Osiris Ventures, Inc. dba, NorCal Cannabis Company as well as Neighborhood Holdings, Inc. a private real estate management company which enables renters to build financial equity in their homes and neighborhoods. Kevin has a BA and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles where he continues to be involved as the Chair of the Board of Visitors of the Economics Department.
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