BOARD MEMBERS

President at AZC3 and Partner at Zuber Lawler LLP

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Janet Jackim, Esq.
Zuber Lawler

Janet Jackim is a former Vice President, Real Estate, and Assistant General Counsel at The Circle K Corporation. A Best Lawyers in America® honoree, Janet brings big company business practices and legal skill to small and medium-sized businesses. For the past four years, Janet has focused her practice on advising businesses making their mark in the cannabis industry: dispensaries, farmers, cultivators, and producers; investors, partners and lenders; vendors; and landlords and tenants. During 2011-2013, Janet served as counsel to dispensary certificate applicants and thereafter was key to settling partner disputes, buyout transactions and restructuring businesses. Her sound legal advice, coupled with advanced technical, operational and financial business acumen, provides a robust representation in this emerging, rapidly changing industry. For industry leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators, Janet’s creativity is an added plus to analyzing and resolving the cannabis client’s issues.

 

As the industry grows and matures and Arizona and federal laws evolve, Janet stays current in assessing developments applicable to her clients and how they can adjust and realize upon presenting opportunities.  Janet Jackim has completed more than $1 billion in mergers and acquisitions (sales price) of large and small businesses during almost four decades as a cannabis, commercial real estate and business attorney. Over the past two years, leadership at numerous Arizona dispensaries and cultivation facilities has changed hands, reflecting an industry in transition and promises of bigger rewards in the event the voters approve a recreational/adult marijuana initiative. The pace of these changes is likely to continue during 2019. Many of the acquiring companies are cannabis conglomerates from other states, requiring Arizona counsel as they seek to add to their portfolio of operations. Arizona’s regulatory environment facilitates the change of control of dispensaries. Acquisitions of dispensary and cultivation operations, newly licensed farm fields, strategic partnerships between dispensaries, farmers and exclusive vendors and the reassessment of management services are common topics of Janet’s daily work. Cleanup and refinement of poorly or quickly drafted entity documents, services agreements and licensing protections are critical to maintaining licensing, creating a competitive advantage and retaining bargaining power with vendors.

 

Positioning a cannabis company’s next phase in the growth cycle is key in this highly competitive industry, whether by acquisitive or organic growth, strategic alliances, internal, equity or debt restructuring, merger or initial public offering. Janet and her seasoned Zubner Lawler & Del Duca colleagues offer critical employment, litigation, securities, appellate, restructuring and corporate business experience for these transactions. To keep abreast of daily Arizona and federal cannabis news and developments, Janet actively participates in the Arizona Cannabis Bar Association, the International Cannabis Bar Association (National Cannabis Bar Association), and numerous other industry organizations, including the Marijuana Industry Trade Association and Hemp Industry Trade Association. Janet is also a contributing member of the Meritas Cannabis Practice Steering Committee of North America, working with law firm affiliates across the United States. In June 2019, Janet spoke at the State Bar of Arizona’s annual convention on “Arizona Cannabis M&A Transactions: Not Your Typical M&A.”

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Tina Dancer, Board Secretary
Zuber Lawler

Paralegal at Zuber Lawler LLP

Secretary of the AZC3 Board of Directors 

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Tina Dancer joined the Chamber as Secretary to the Board in August 2019.  She became a Board Member in March 2022. Tina is also the Secretary to the Board of the Arizona Cannabis Bar Association and an active member of the Marijuana Industry Trade Association.

Tina has been a cannabis paralegal for over nine years and a business and real estate paralegal for over 20 years, most currently working with Zuber Lawler LLP. She was an active residential realtor from 2009 – 2012. In addition, Tina is a patient advocate in the cannabis industry.

Tina is the online care minister, facilitating weekly online chats for virtual church services and bible studies via YouTube with the City of Grace Church and facilitated women’s bible studies at local Adult Care Facilities for many years.

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Lee Olsen, Cannabis Entrepreneur

For the past eight years, Lee Olesen has devoted his full-time efforts to winning and operating Licensed Medical/Adult Use Marijuana Dispensaries, Infusion, and Cultivation 
Licenses. Lee has served as owner operator of two dispensaries, three cultivation and one mfg. facility in Colorado. In addition Lee has designed and overseen the development and 
construction of cultivation facilities in Arizona, California and most recently in Massachusetts.  In Massachusetts Lee created 253 Organic LLC from the initial licensing to an operational vertically integrated Adult use Marijuana facility. 253 is the first and only facility that is Kosher certified in the state. Lee is also a member owner of 1964 Management LLC, 
a company working on JV opportunities in Arizona. In addition Lee provides consulting services under his company Pasatiempo Investments and often serves as acting CEO until 
projects are operational and producing revenue.

 

Prior to entering the Marijuana industry Lee was a successful entrepreneur creating and running a number of companies. He created Allbrite Technologies one of the industries first in 
developing sunlight viewable LCD displays which was sold to a public company in 1999.  Prior to these positions Lee was President/Founder, Contract Manufacturing Inc., Executive 
V.P./Partner, Electro Surface Technologies, and C.O.O., American Surface Mounted Devices. Lee also held management positions with subsidiaries of Caterpillar Tractor and Square D Electronics.  Lee had the distinction of being the youngest Manager at Caterpillar in 1984.

Delano Phillips, General Counsel
Hana Meds

Hana Meda General Counsel, Head of Business Development / Compliance

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Delano Phillips serves as General Counsel and Head of Business Development/Compliance at Hana, a vertically integrated cannabis company based in Tempe, Arizona. He oversees a diverse portfolio of brand assets for the organization including product lines Dutchie™, Willies Reserve™ and Revival Infused Edibles™. In addition, he leads projects related to compliance/inspections, cultivation expansion, acquisitions, dispensary operations, R&D, and product launch. An executive leader at Hana since 2019, Delano was instrumental in brokering the company’s acquisition and managerial transition between the previous and new ownership group. 
 
Prior to entering the cannabis space, Delano spent more than fifteen years in the financial services sector managing tens of millions of dollars in assets for clients at highly recognized firms such as Merrill Lynch, UBS and E*Trade.  During this time, he secured his Series 6 and Series 63, Series 7 and Series 66 investment licenses, and state insurance producer’s license to his portfolio of achievements.  
 
Delano received his Business & Sociology undergraduate degree from Arizona State and added his Juris Doctor in 2012. Beyond his professional career, Delano has committed to youth leadership through volunteer work with organizations including Junior Achievement, The First Tee, and coaching high school football. He is dedicated to educating youth and adults on topics including substance abuse, the justice system, and the importance of education.  Delano has a son and a daughter whom he loves to travel with whenever he gets the chance.

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Kim Prince, PR Specialist
Proven Media

Proven Media, CEO

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Kim Prince is the owner of a marketing communications and PR firm that specializes in strategic investor and marketing communications for medium to large-sized, compliant-conscious companies. She has a strong background in corporate messaging strategies, public relations, and strategic communications for corporations, brands, and C-level executives. She has a passion for helping clients succeed and founded Proven Media in 2009 in order to do so. Proven Media is a reputable, results oriented company that serves B2B and B2C companies throughout North America, and was recently named one of the Top 5 Most Powerful Cannabis PR Firms by the NY Observer. She was named a "Star Maker" by NV Magazine for her work in promoting clients and brands.

 

Outside of the cannabis industry, Prince has served on the board for the non-profit Foothills Caring Corps, and served on the boards of other non-profit organizations including Career Connectors, the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, and the Foothills Community Foundation. She is the former membership chair of the Arizona Business Marketing Association, and a graduate of Northern Arizona University.

 

Prince was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year and the Alliance All-Star Award from ASU West and the Phoenix Business Journal. She has been a professional panel moderator at industry throughout the country, and an invited speaker at marketing associations and colleges to teach others how to maximize communications budgets and gain media exposure.

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Parisa Rad, Co-Founder
Blunt Brunch

President at Fourtwenty COllections & Co-Founder of Blunt Brunch

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Matthew Rizzo CPA, CVA, Managing Director at O’Keefe, provides business valuation expertise in many types of transactions including buy/sell side valuation for mergers & acquisitions and gift/ estate tax valuations. Mr. Rizzo provides litigation economic damages analysis to clients in shareholder disputes as well as disputes on patent infringement, warranty and contract breaches across various industries. Mr. Rizzo has extensive experience in strategic advisory, capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, and valuations services for the cannabis industry.

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Matt Rizzo, CPA, CVA
O'Keefe

O'Keefe, CPA, CVA, Managing Director

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Matthew Rizzo CPA, CVA, Managing Director at O’Keefe, provides business valuation expertise in many types of transactions including buy/sell side valuation for mergers & acquisitions and gift/ estate tax valuations. Mr. Rizzo provides litigation economic damages analysis to clients in shareholder disputes as well as disputes on patent infringement, warranty and contract breaches across various industries. Mr. Rizzo has extensive experience in strategic advisory, capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, and valuations services for the cannabis industry.

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Gary Smith, Esq.
Guidant Law

Attorney at Guidant Law Firm

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A seasoned litigator, advisor, mediator, and arbitrator with Guidant Law Firm, Gary Smith is one of the leading cannabis attorneys in Arizona, often advocating for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the industry under the Weediator and Weediation brands. Notably, he served as amici counsel to the former Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services in the Arizona Supreme Court petition State v. Jones, restoring cannabis extracts and concentrates to legal status under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. He has also represented dispensary owners and investors in multi-million-dollar litigation and receivership disputes.
 

Gary has authored numerous articles about cannabis law, and he is commonly invited to share his expertise with professional associations and industry groups. Further, Gary is a founder and current president of the Arizona Cannabis Bar Association, an organization committed to educating lawyers and the public about cannabis law and responsible legislation.
 

He also focuses his practice on commercial matters, construction, real estate, and administrative law. He has represented a wide range of individual and institutional clients in both State and Federal courts, administrative hearings, and arbitration.

 

Among the most well-known voices in Arizona contracting and construction law, Gary is the author of highly regarded books, manuals, and articles on the topic, including two legal treatises: The Orange Book: The Regulation of Arizona Contractors, 2nd Ed.: Practice and Procedure Before the Arizona Registrar of Contractors and Office of Administrative Hearings and Practice and Procedure Before the Arizona Registrar of Contractors and Office of Administrative Hearings. Additionally, he co-authored “Construction Lien Law in Arizona, A Practice Manual.”

 

With a Certificate in Advanced Mediation from the Pepperdine University School of Law: Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Gary is highly skilled in ADR. He has worked on partnership disputes, construction defect, design defect, real estate purchase, employment contract breach, business purchase disputes, consumer fraud, banking, and purchase contracts. Gary also has ample experience in arbitration, having handled construction design and defect, personal injury, contract disputes, and professional fees. He has been appointed to the American Arbitration Association roster of neutrals for both Mediation and Arbitration and has taught ADR classes for the association.

 

Gary earned his Juris Doctor from the California Western School of Law. He is admitted in Arizona, Colorado, New York, North Carolina, the U.S. District Court, 9 th  Circuit District of Arizona, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th  Circuit.