Edward Schmults has more than 30 years of experience in global branded consumer products, omnichannel retail, product development, finance, operations, IT, and green and socially responsible businesses. He held CEO roles at FAO Schwarz and Wild Things Gear, and COO roles at Patagonia and Red Envelope, where product quality and customer experience drive the success of brands. In addition, Ed has strong operational experience, having set up and improved warehouse, logistics, and technology infrastructure at five different companies. Since 2018, Ed has utilized his extensive knowledge as the CEO of Calyx Peak Companies (“CPC”). In his role at CPC, he set the company vision and direction in multiple states. CPC oversaw licensed facilities for cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution in California; cultivation and manufacturing in Ohio; and cultivation in Nevada.
Ed has spoken at numerous cannabis investor conferences as well as at MJBizCon, the cannabis industry annual trade show. Ed began his career in investment banking at Goldman, Sachs & Company. Ed is also on the board of Vera Bradley and the Board of Advisors of First Insight, a predictive data analytics company. He is a former Vice Chairman of the Board of REI, the large national outdoor retail company. Ed holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics and Political Science from Yale University.
Will Senn is the founder of Urbn Leaf and one of the legal cannabis industry’s earliest entrepreneurs. Over the past 14 years, he successfully built eight early-stage medical cannabis businesses. His focus project, Urbn Leaf, is regarded as one of the most successful cannabis retail brands in California.
Will has also been instrumental in the creation of several highly successful cannabis trade associations. He is a founding board member of the Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce (GACC), whose sole focus is federal cannabis reform. He is the Founder of the United Medical Marijuana Association (UMMC), the legal cannabis industry 501c6 non-profit trade organization representing the licensed and permitted cannabis businesses in the City of San Diego. In 2010, he co-founded the Patient Care Association, one of the first medical marijuana industry associations in the country. He was also a founding member of the Alliance for Responsible Medicinal Access, the trade group instrumental in developing the current San Diego City Medical Marijuana Ordinance. Will is also Founder of Citizens for Patient’s Rights, the political action committee responsible for cutting-edge change in marijuana policy for San Diego County.
Will is an industry leader and an expert in the regulatory and political aspects of cannabis business development. He attended San Diego State University, with an emphasis in business. Originally from the Bay Area, he has lived in San Diego, California since 2003.
Jack Nichols has served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Harborside and its predecessor FLRish for seven years. Jack plays a critical role at the executive level, managing all legal matters for StateHouse while spearheading new policy, compliance, government relations, safety, security, and personnel issues to mitigate risk. He oversaw the reverse takeover with FLRish, which resulted in the Canadian Securities Exchange listing for Harborside. He continues to manage the merger and business integrations through legal and compliance due diligence of organizational functions, assets, finances, leases, and programs. In 2021, he oversaw the acquisition of Sublime, an award-winning cannabis manufacturing company, for a total consideration of $43.8 million, and the purchase of 100% of the issued and outstanding equity interest of Accucanna, the license holder of Harborside’s Desert Hot Springs retail dispensary location, together with the property relating to the Desert Hot Springs, for a total consideration of approximately $4.9 million.
As part of his commitment to the advancement of regulatory policy in the cannabis industry, he sits on the Federal Policy Advisory Group for the CCIA (California Cannabis Industry Association). Leveraging his prior experience as a state and federal prosecutor, Mr. Nichols has effectively advocated for policy change at the state and local levels on key industry issues resulting in reduced tax rates, increased testing batch sizes, drive-through licensure, and the fair treatment of cannabis operators in the regulatory environment.
Robert Bacchi has extensive experience in regulated and unregulated supply chain industries, and has led information technology teams for companies across a variety of industry verticals for more than 20 years, most notably FAO Schwarz.
Robert successfully founded, operated and divested an IT consultancy that was one of the first to develop supply chain applications using a software‐as‐a‐service (SaaS) model. He also provided technology solutions for Fortune 500 companies including Dell, Best Buy, Abbott Labs, Verizon, Rite Aid, and Cisco.
In 2015, Dell awarded Robert the prestigious Global Innovation Partner of the year award for his implementation of a mobile last mile delivery application which drove efficiencies in the Dell supply chain and dramatically increased customer satisfaction.
Most recently, Robert has been operating as Chief Technology Officer for several cannabis businesses covering the entire ‘seed to sale’ ecosystem. During his tenures, Robert ensured that technology supported business strategy, and deployed secure platforms that led to operational efficiencies, revenue generation and employee collaboration.