Washington, D.C. — Today, the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp (ATACH) extended its top annual “Captains of Industry” award categories to three honorees who have significantly impacted the cannabis industry in 2020 and made positive contributions to the industry.
This year’s honorees include Canopy Growth CEO David Klein, as ATACH “Beverage Executive of the Year,” Green Thumb Industries’ Chairman and CEO Ben Kovler, as “Captain of Industry,” and Trulieve’s CEO Kim Rivers as “Retailer of the Year.”
Said ATACH President Michael Bronstein about each award recipient:
“David Klein has been a force in beverage for over 15 years, beginning at Constellation Brands in 2005 and serving as the company’s CFO and then being named CEO of Canopy Growth earlier this year. His passion about the cannabis beverage market and leadership are transforming the entire industry. When Constellation invested in Canopy, it marked a historic time in building the cannabis beverage space. In fact, many of the developments we see in this market segment would not have been possible without David’s vision, leadership, and belief in the market.”
“Ben Kovler’s leadership has transformed the landscape of the cannabis industry in not only product offerings, but also, its impact on society and caring for the wellbeing of others. Under his leadership, GTI has grown to be a leader among leaders in the United States cannabis market. Ben has personally made an immeasurable impact for thousands of children through his philanthropic work and the philosophy of community responsibility is the very core of GTI’s corporate stewardship.”
“Kim Rivers truly personifies retail excellence throughout the industry. Trulieve has grown to be the dominant retailer in one of the most important markets to cannabis, that being Florida. Under Kim’s leadership, Trulieve has expanded reach in several key markets and continues to stand apart from competitors in customer experience, selection and quality of products, and awareness they have cultivated few other companies have approached.”
The American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp (ATACH) is the leading United States 501(c)(6) cannabis industry trade organization promoting the expansion and protection of legal sales of cannabis and hemp for industrial, medical, and adult use. ATACH has been named “Trade Association of the Year” and “Corporate Grassroots Organization of the Year” by Campaigns & Elections magazine. ATACH’s membership consists of the most influential businesses in the industry, fifteen organizational memorandum of understanding with state level associations and national organizations.