Meet our Board of Directors
ATACH Board of Directors
Andy Williams, Medicine Man and Medicine Man Technologies
Andy Williams is the owner of Medicine Man, one of the largest dispensaries in Colorado. In December of 2009, Andy and his brother Pete launched Medicine Man with the concept of being the Costco of marijuana. Medicine Man is now one of the most recognized corporations in the industry and has branched out to assist start up marijuana companies and grow facilities across the country with their consulting company, Medicine Man Technologies. Andy is known as an industry leader and is one of the most influential CEOs in the entire industry.
Prior to founding Medicine Man, Andy served in the US Army for three years in the 3rd Infantry Division. He later went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Southern Colorado. Following this, Andy worked in a number of different manufacturing industries as an industrial engineer, and took on leadership positions at several of these companies.
Charlie Rutherford, Boveda Inc.
Charlie Rutherford is the Business Development Director for Boveda, the Global Leader in 2way Humidity Control and one of the internally best known brands associated with the premium cigar industry. Before 2011, Boveda’s awardwinning products set standards in packaging/production/distribution/storage of premium cigars, food, musical instruments and medical devices. Then in 2011 with the release of cannabisspecific humidity levels for proper curing/storage, Boveda has set more untouchable standards for another industry.
Boveda’s enthusiasm for the cannabis industry is informed by Charlie’s personal story. Never having been a fan of cannabis and skeptical of its medicinal abilities, Charlie reluctantly tried cannabis as an alternative to opiates after a motorcycle accident claimed his left foot. While Charlie is quick to point out he still walks with the grace of a ballerina, he’s been pleasantly surprised to find cannabis use at night is an effective way to alleviate his phantom limb pain while leaving him rested and alert for his morning tee times. As the experts in precision humidity control for packaging, Boveda is on a crusade to know the most about how moisture affects the safety and efficacy of cannabis flower to allow the industry to deliver in the safest, highest quality flower possible.
Christopher Herghelegiu, MMJPay
Chris is a successful investor and marijuana entrepreneur and co- founder of A.T.A.C.H. American trade association for cannabis and hemp. Most recently, Chris founded MMJPAY, a financial services firm for the cannabis industry. In addition, Chris has been featured as a “shark” on the “The Marijuana Show” where he critiqued and invested in early stage companies and has held C level executive roles in many companies including KEEFCOLA – the first cannabis infused beverage in the cannabis space. Prior to investing in the cannabis industry, Chris launched many other successful endeavors including with Absolute Home Mortgage Corporation where he originated over 3 billion in mortgages originations over the last decade.
Mr. Herghelegiu has been an executive producer of many motion pictures and member of Starstream Entertainment,and as well as financial supporter of organizations including Kensington Renewal and Angelight Films. Chris is a Temple University alumnus, having graduated with a BS in Political Science and minor in Latin American Studies, which was facilitated by his deep passion for International governmental affairs. He has over 15 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur in various industries, further satisfying his desire to materialize his inner ambitions. Chris has a strong enthusiasm toward philanthropic opportunities and hopes to continue creating businesses that have the primary focus of helping others.
Erik Knutson, CanCore Concepts
Erik Knutson is the President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of CanCore Concepts and a Director of the SeroVita Holding Corp, a holding company that develops medical cannabis to provide relief from those experiencing chronic medical maladies. Prior to founding this venture, Knutson served in leadership positions within several companies including Isolate Extraction Systems LLC and Superum, Inc. Erik is known industry wide for the brands he has created including Keef Cola the most iconic beverage line in the cannabis industry.
In 2013, Mr. Knutson also cofounded Denver Packaging Company, which is a licensed Colorado Medical and AdultRetail Cannabis Manufacturing company. In 2014 DPAC was recognized as one of the first manufacturing facilities in the City of Denver to pass all Health and Safety inspections with zero critical fails and continues to operate as one of the state’s most compliant facilities. Knutson graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a degree in Business Administration and Management.
Rick Biesecker, Drug Plastics & Glass Company
Rick Biesecker is the President and CEO of Drug Plastics & Glass Company, a manufacturer of plastic packaging, primarily used for pharmaceutical, nutritional and human health oriented applications.The company was founded in Boyertown, PA in 1963. Today Drug Plastics is an industry leader in supplying primary packaging to the healthcare industry.
Biesecker has developed the enterprise into a company of six bottle factories, two closure factories, one mold company, and a research and development center. Biesecker remains driven by the passion and spirit of the company’s entrepreneurial history and its progressive vision and values.
ATACH Captains of Industry Committee
Captains of Industry – Chair
Josh Ginsberg, Native Roots
Josh Ginsberg, Partner and Chairman of the Board for Native Roots, is a Colorado native and clear leader in the cannabis industry with a demonstrated history of fast and strategic business growth from seed to sale. A lifelong entrepreneur with a decade of cannabis expertise, Ginsberg notably built the Native Roots brand from the ground up to become the largest legal marijuana production and distribution company in the world. One of the first to enter the cannabis space, Ginsberg holds badge number 54 out of more than 60,000 issued by the Marijuana Enforcement Division.
As CEO and partner of Native Roots, Ginsberg overhauled the company and its strategic direction to create a widely known and renowned cannabis brand. He grew the company to 19 retail locations with nearly 800 employees while operating the largest state of the art indoor cultivation facility in existence at 200,000 s.f. With three other facilities, the total of Native Roots growing operations is 240,000 square feet, with an output of over 30,000 lbs. of cannabis a year. He also has built and established a complete Marijuana Infused Production facility (MIP) where Native Roots produces all styles of concentrates using every industry approved extraction method. They use butane, ethanol, Co2, propane and coldwater methods of extraction. Native Roots turns out approximately 15,000 grams a week of final product. He is responsible for producing two very recognizable and wellknown edible brands, MarQaha and Lord Jones.
Ginsberg paved his road to success in the cannabis industry with a propensity for defining steep goals and achieving results. In 2009 he entered into the business with a small grow that he quickly grew to 8000 s.f. and included an acquisition of a retail location in 2010, The Dandelion, which continues to be a renowned medical dispensary in Boulder, Colorado. Skilled in Management, Strategic Planning, Business Development and Leadership, Ginsberg holds dual degrees with a Bachelor’s degree focused in Economics and Computer Science from Bucknell University. He participated in J.P. Morgan’s young executive program in New York City before venturing to Boulder, Colorado where he still resides with his wife and two young children.
ATACH Industry Influencers Committee
Industry Influencers – Chair
Adolphus A. Busch V, Keef Cola
Adolphus Busch is from St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Colorado in 2009. Adolphus has developed unparalleled expertise in the industry by working with some of the top brands – including BioTrack and Lightshade -to learn the ins and outs of the sector. Adolphus is currently helping build Keef Cola’s market place expansion and now focuses on key accounts and distribution. Adolphus has been a thoughtful advocate thinking through the end of prohibition, it’s historical meaning, and moving responsible industry forward. Adolphus graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Corporate Finance and Investment Analysis as well as a certificate in Entrepreneurship.
Albert is an operationally focused executive who leverages his strategic vision to drive production and impact a company’s bottom line. He is the CEO of MedPharm Holdings, a phytopharmaceutical and intellectual property holding company that develops innovative cannabis products. Albert holds a B.S. from Metro State University and a graduate degree from Colorado State University Business School. He is a member of ASTM’s D-37 Committee on Cannabis and is an ally for the Doctors for Cannabis Reform. Albert has been a part of and helped develop a number of successful companies to include: ClickFox, The Regis Company, Qualvu, CBDDOSE.com, HealthGrades.com and Medicine Man.
ATACH Florida Co-Chairs
Ken Stillwell, VitaCanna
Ken Stillwell is a Florida native and the Chief Operating Officer of the SPIN Companies which is Florida’s largest privately owned buyer and seller of single family homes. He has been involved in over 5,000 real estate transactions over his career. Ken is known as a dynamic executive leader who gets things done. He has 20 years’ experience as a successful entrepreneur – excelling in all aspects of operations, sales and marketing.
Ken Co-Founded Florida Advanced Supplement Technologies (FAST) with Lee Kearney in 2014 with the belief that Florida’s patients needed access to medicine and could become one of the leading regulated medical cannabis states. Ken was a major supporter of Florida’s campaign for Amendment Two, sitting on the Executive Policy Council for United for Care and currently sits on the Florida for Care Executive policy council. Ken and the FAST team have been heavily involved on the ground in Florida with both state and local governments working hard to promote a fair and open free-market approach to cannabis legalization.
FAST wants to lead responsible medical cannabis production in Florida and is seeking an MMTC license.
Lee Kearney, VitaCanna
Lee Kearney is the Broker & Owner of SPIN Real Estate. He earned a degree in Business and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida. Lee began his real estate career in 2004, and since then Lee’s companies have seen tremendous growth with property sales volume now over $100 million annually. Kearney founded SPIN with his wife, and together they have developed it into the premier real estate investment company in the Tampa area. Kearney’s operation has also recently expanded into the burgeoning Miami market.
ATACH Co-Founder and Lead Consultant
Michael Bronstein is the cofounder and president of Bronstein & Weaver, Inc. – one of the country’s leading political media, strategic messaging, and government affairs firms. Michael has garnered national and international recognition for his strategy and has been named: a member of the “Dream Team” of American Political Consultants, a “Mover & Shaker” by Politics Magazine, a Campaigns & Elections Magazine’s Rising Star, a PA2010.com “Top Ten” political consultant, a “40 under 40” consultant by the American Association of Political Consultants, City & State Magazine’s “40 under 40,” and one of the 500 most “influential” political consultants in the country by Campaigns & Elections Magazine.
Michael has been a leading voice for the emerging cannabis industry promoting professionalization, standards, public and consumer safety, and marketplace expansion. Michael was recognized as the nation’s 45th “Most Important Political Influencer” on Cannabis Business Executive’s “Top 100” list.
Michael also serves as: a national executive board member of the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Production, a executive member of ASTM International’s historic D37 cannabis standards committee, a campaign strategist for New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform, as well as a member of Florida’s United for Care policy committee. Prior to founding Bronstein & Weaver, Inc., Michael worked for the British Labour Party for Prime Minister Tony Blair’s reelection campaign, where he helped manage the design and creation of the Labour Party’s national media.
Michael earned his undergraduate degree in American Studies from Cornell University and attended the London School of Economics as a Hansard Scholar.