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Team

The CannaKorp Team

We are a highly experienced, cohesive team of executives and experts with a track record of success

CannaKorp™ is led by a highly experienced, cohesive team of executives with a track record of success, and is backed by experts in the field.  Our management team has over 150 years of experience in both large enterprises and start-ups covering consumer products, technology and services in the areas of marketing, sales, product development, engineering, design and manufacturing. Our leaders have all held senior positions at companies such as Keurig, P&G, PTC, MIT Lincoln Labs, Solo, Deloitte Consulting, Sundstrand, Culligan and Redfin. We all share a passion and vision to improve the experience for patients and consumers of legal herbs.

Dave Manly
Chairman

Dave is responsible for strategic initiatives and leadership of the company. Dave has over 35 years experience creating and driving consumer and investor value behind some of America’s most cherished brands.

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James Winokur
Co-Founder & CEO

James has been instrumental in developing the formal business plan, pro-forma, investor relations and early customer feedback process. He is responsible for the daily management and operations of the company.

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Michael Bourque
Co-Founder & Inventor

Michael is the inventor of the Wisp system and is responsible for new product development and future innovation.  Michael is an insatiable inventor who balances creative ideation with critical analysis.

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Ian Tinkler
Chief Technology Officer

Ian leads our technology team responsible for bringing the Wisp system to market—including the Wisp vaporizer, CannaCup™ portion packs, and CannaMatic packaging lines.

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Greg James
Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Greg leads all sales, marketing activities at CannaKorp™ including the development of our worldwide partner ecosystem. Prior to joining CannaKorp, Greg held senior positions at both large enterprises and technology start-ups.

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Jeremy Krause
Co-Founder & Vice President

Jeremy is responsible for fundraising activities, as well as business development. He will be building and maintaining relationships with our strategic partners from producers and distributors to retailers and labs.

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Basil Karanikos
Vice President, Packaging Engineering

Basil is one of the foremost experts in pod and cup technology and is applying his expertise in portion pack and automated filling machine technology to the suite of CannaKorp products.

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Angela Arena Foster
Vice President, Product Management, Regulatory and Corporate Responsibility

Angela Arena Foster is the Vice President, Product Management at CannaKorp and is responsible for product strategy, regulatory management and project management. Angela is an operations & strategy executive – MBA & MS.IS – with 15+ years of experience in startup to Fortune 100 companies.

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Board of Advisors

Travis Howard
CEO, Shift Cannabis Co.

Mr. Howard splits his time between corporate management practices and the legal areas of dynamic
entrepreneurial industries, including the ever-evolving medical marijuana industry. He holds a Juris
Doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Business
Administration from Colorado State University.

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Dr. Lester Grinspoon, MD
Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Lester Grinspoon (USA, 1928) is one of the most respected and outspoken proponents of cannabis, Dr. Grinspoon originally set out to prove it was a harmful drug. In 1967 he began research to scientifically define the dangers of marijuana. His studies led him to a surprising conclusion, the opposite of his hypothesis.

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Vinit Nijhawan
Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, Academic

Vinit Nijhawan was Managing Director, Office of Technology Development at Boston University where he launched 8 venture-backed and successfully executed a patent monetization program. Vinit teaches MBA courses on Entrepreneurship at BU Questrom School of Business, over 400 students have taken his courses. Vinit has over 30 years experience building five startups: as CEO of three, five were acquired.

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Dr. Jordan Tishler
M.D., Inhale MD Health & Wellness

Dr. Tishler is a leading expert in the field of Medical Cannabis therapeutics.  As an Emergency Physician, he has treated countless alcoholics and drug users. His observation that he had never seen a Cannabis overdose lead Dr. Tishler to delve deeply into the science of Cannabis safety and treatment.  

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Jeanne M. Sullivan
Chief Inspirational Officer, Sullivan Adventures LLC and Co-Founder, StarVest Partners
Jeanne M. Sullivan – Advisor, Investor, Speaker is passionate about delivering ideas – information – and inspiration to entrepreneurs and is a fierce advocate for legalization and regulation of the Cannabis industry. Jeanne is a co-founder of StarVest Partners, a venture capital firm in NYC and long- time tech investor, now a special advisor to her firm.

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