C. E. Hutton

President & Chief Executive Officer

A native of Denver, Colorado – C. E. Hutton has 30 years of diverse professional experience, with 25 years of high profile executive management experience with Fortune 50 to Fortune 500 companies leading business organizations.

His contributions have spanned various industries encompassing Telecommunications, Energy, Wireless and Cable services. Mr. Hutton’s expertise covers many business disciplines including Customer Operations, Customer Experience, Service, Sales, Customer Loyalty, and Finance in start-up and mature business organizations. C. E. has held direct accountability for annual operating plans of more than $200M inclusive of national and international locations and led organizations as large as 1,400 employees.

He is known for providing vision and strategies to transform concepts into lucrative realities and has a depth of understanding in ensuring that end to end operations are run as efficient as possible, bolstered by solid, replicated business processes, collaboration and consistent execution. His natural curiosity regarding business evolution, trends, opportunities, and consistent performance excellence led him to the Cannabis Industry in 2016. C. E. is an accredited investor with a diverse portfolio of investments in and outside of the cannabis industry, and is a General Partner in two venture funds.

C. E. is driven by helping others through business development and empowerment of communities and also committed to continued learning, business excellence and professional mentoring. C. E. received his B.A. degree from California State University in Fresno, CA and completed the NAMIC Executive Leadership Program at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. Additionally, he has completed a second Executive Program at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Khadijah Adams

Vice President & Chief Operations Officer

Cassondra R. Parker-Adams also known as “Khadijah” in the cannabis industry is originally from Sugar Land, Texas and has been a full-time entrepreneur since December 12, 1997.  

Khadijah began investing in cannabis related companies both privately and publicly held and by late November 2014, she and a business partner formed MIPR, LLC (MIPR Holdings, LLC), a cannabis consulting and investor relations company located in Aurora, Colorado.  

Ms. Adams served as the founder and senior managing partner for 3-1/2 years and was responsible for consulting and connecting accredited investors to viable investment opportunities within the industry.  

MIPR, LLC and MIPR Holdings, LLC were acquired in June 2017 by C. E. Hutton, LLC (Denver, Colorado) where Ms. Adams now serves as the vice president and chief operating officer.  Together, C. E. Hutton and Ms. Adams founded The GreenStreet Academy, an online educational platform that teaches the basics of investing in the marijuana industry.

Ms. Adams is the co-author of The Minority Report an annual marketing analysis of Minority-owned companies in the cannabis and hemp industries.  She is also a public speaker who speaks passionately about investing in diversity; and the lack thereof in the cannabis industry.  Ms. Adams is also very passionate about re-educating the communities most affected by the “War on Drugs” with the truth about cannabis, how and why it became illegal and the economic benefits of positioning as business owners, employees, or investors early-on.  

Ms. Adams sits on the board of the National Cannabis Chamber of Commerce (Denver Chapter); C. E. Hutton, LLC and The GreenStreet Academy and sits on the Advisory Board of ezGreen.  Business Member of the NCIA.

Tim Montague

Co-chief Operations Officer

Mr. Montague, also known in the industry as ‘Monty’, has an established track record of success and contribution in entrepreneurship, organizational turn-arounds and team empowerment across multiple continents and industry sectors including Emergency Medicine, Technology, Media, Telecommunications and Managed Services.  He is well regarded by industry peers and colleagues as a professional who places the needs and success of others at the forefront of his pursuits through mentorship, team-building, coaching and the demonstrable inclination to roll up the sleeves and jump in to contribute to the success and achievement of the Team.

Born and raised in Michigan, Monty’s midwestern values and upbringing are reflected in his spirit and passion towards the principles of universal tolerance and inclusion, and in the pursuit of opportunities to lift those up around him. Having grown up in the woods and waters of Michigan, he is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, camping, endure off-road dirt biking, and adventure travel.

Monty’s present engagements include the mentoring, support and empowerment of businesses across the globe spanning from AUS/NZ to the Americas to EMEA, with more than 700 businesses relying on his expertise and guidance in business operations, sales, organizational procedure, process development and technology adoption/implementation.  

Hugo D. Aviles

Technology

Hugo D. Aviles has expertise in world economics, blockchain technology, social media innovation, and metrics-driven internet marketing strategies. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during Operation Enduring Freedom and is currently the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at iBoss Advertising, an international strategic digital media marketing firm, and hBoss Digital, a digital marketing agency specializing in enterprise monetization scaling for the music industry.

Hugo is also the Portfolio Manager of Blockhash Capital, a blockchain digital asset management company that is firmly committed to providing impressive returns through the use of a diversified and actively managed portfolio of blockchain digital technology assets.

He is also the Co-Founder of Cardconnect – FDIS-Tampa, an interchange management technology platform under First Data, which currently has an annual portfolio of $30+ million under self-directed management. CardConnect provides SMBs & Enterprises with simple & secure credit card payment processing, using industry-leading tokenization & P2PE.

In addition, Hugo is currently the CTO at Arias Intel Corp and the Co-Founder of iBoss Ventures a strategic technology holding company with a focus on developing innovative digital technologies. He also sits on the advisory board of C. E. Hutton, a capital consulting firm and business management company offering strategic services to minority-owned businesses.

Dana Blickensderfer

Marketing

Dana Blickensderfer has proficiency in international public relations, viral marketing, content development, and Internet marketing business solutions. She specializes in driving companies through metrics and data analysis, and her skill in strategic detail drives top talent, creating a culture of excellence.

Ms. Blickensderfer is the COO and Managing Member of iBoss Ventures. She is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at iBoss Advertising, an international strategic digital media marketing firm serving clients from New York to Latin America. She is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of iBoss Digital, a digital marketing agency specializing in enterprise monetization scaling for the music industry.

Since 2010, Ms. Blickensderfer advises and is the director of operations for an established Florida-based law firm with millions settled under its legal management team. As the director of operations, she rapidly developed the structure of the law firm practice and individual roles in the firm, for multiple locations.

Leisa Richardson

Educator - Retired

Leisa Richardson is a military veteran and retired healthcare administrator. Originally from Pennsylvania, she lived primarily in the Washington, D.C. metro area for many years. As a Medical Service Corps officer, her assignments centered on patient administration and advocacy, strategic planning and program implementation, and performance reviews for the Inspector General. She retired from the U.S. Navy in 2005.

Leisa joined a large healthcare organization in 2006 as a Performance Improvement Consultant, spearheading hospital department assessments, making recommendations in both inpatient and outpatient environments. Leisa concentrated on relationships between member hospitals, developing programs to meet industry demands, coordinating teams of clinical and operations experts, and aligning strategic business partners. One of her top achievements resulted in a $1M annual savings in a hospital lab supply chain.

Since leaving full-time employment in 2016, Leisa relocated to Florida where she owns and operates a graphic design company that creates marketing and advertising collateral for a minority college.

Leisa holds a Master of Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA. She was awarded numerous medals and commendations throughout her military career. Leisa is Juran Lean Six Sigma green belt certified.

Emmanuel Neal

Business Development Specialist

Emmanuel is the founder of Fre Thought Business Coaching, LLC and has been consulting and coaching entrepreneurs and businesses for ten years. He has worked with companies doing businses in different industries.  His area of focus included HR, board development and training, executive coaching, business planning, fundraising, product development and launchings, artistic ventures, corporate sponsorship, and grant and loan writing.

Emmanuel has self-published two books of poetry and an anthology, all available on Amazon, and he’s a DJ with 20 years of social and business event planning experience.  

Mr. Neal has a B.S. in Psychology from Bradley University, an M.A.M. in Business and Entrepreneurship from Columbia College Chicago, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Business Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Barry R. Gainsburg, PA

Securities Attorney

Barry R. Gainsburg, Esq. is a cannabis industry and securities attorney. Mr. Gainsburg is nationally known and has been published on numerous occasions providing keen insight into the cannabis and securities industries.

Mr. Gainsburg can assist clients by providing cannabis business consulting, procuring and negotiating government contracts, providing compliance and regulatory consulting services, draft  various agreements, contracts, securities agreements and filings, Oversee corporate governance and Board issues.  Provide advice on marketing, compliance and public relations matters.

Mr. Gainsburg serves as legal advisor for The Marijuana Show, and represents various cultivators, edible producers, dispensaries and other ancillary cannabis businesses. Mr. Gainsburg previously served as General Counsel for BioTrackTHC™.

Mr. Gainsburg attended the Johns Hopkins University and Hofstra University Law School.

Brandy Dijette-Pierce

Brandy Dijette-Pierce has experience in international business and marketing, corporate compliance, and various legal matters. She specializes in analyzing organizational compliance behavior for international and domestic businesses.

In 2015, she was an international marketing analyst for IFSTUDESTE in Juiz de Fora, Brazil. In 2016, she graduated from Hartwick College receiving a B.A. in International Business. In 2019, she graduated University of Dayton School of Law, receiving a Juris Doctorate degree with a concentration in Business Compliance.

Brandy Dijette-Pierce is the Compliance Officer Intern for C.E. Hutton. She believes that every business needs a robust compliance procedure in order to strengthen and benefit their reputation in a  competitive marketplace. Compliance may not be the most “Glamourous” part of a business; but, that is what Brandy Dijette-Pierce is here for.

Michele Cox

Social Media Manager

Michelle is a native of Denver, Colorado Michelle Cox also known as “Chelle” is an Athlete turned Social Media and Digital Marketing Maven who works with CEOs, Executives, and Solopreneurs to help grow their personal and professional brands. After spending half her college career as a Division I Athlete at Tennessee State University she decided to change her focus to a career based on marketing and enrolled at The University of Alabama.

Michelle understands that social media is here, it’s not a passing phase, and it’s important not only for you to be where your audience is, online, but to provide valuable knowledge to your market audience. After spending the last two years of her college career working for start-up companies, Michelle quickly grasped the importance of campaign marketing, primary and secondary research analysis-as it heavily pertains to social media and digital marketing. As well as the value of consistency which can yield a compound effect for your business and brand to flourish long-term.

Michelle has been able to contribute and pitch to platforms like Xonecole where her articles have been featured. She has worked with companies like FireFan – a sports app where she helped to contribute to 50,000 downloads on launch day and acted as a Research Director for The ACTor’s Charitable Theatre Tuscaloosa– a non-profit dedicated to creating a community theatre that allows people of all ages to experience and participate in high quality theatrical productions. Her press releases can be found on platforms like Canna Newsire, EIN Presswire, and Cision PR Newswire. In addition to her professional career, as a college athlete she contributed to the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Championship and got the opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament.

Michelle is always staying up to date on the latest digital marketing trends and investing in her career through online courses and seminars.

Michelle holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations with a minor in Psychology from The University of Alabama.

Michael Souza

Managing Partner & Client Support Services

Co-Founder and CEO of Liberty Call Distribution, LLC (San Diego, CA), a products distribution company that specializes in assisting United States Veterans by helping them position in the cannabis and hemp industries as business owners or investors.

Michael is a veteran Seabee with the United States Navy, and worked as an Utilitiesman responsible for planning, supervising and performing tasks involved in installation, maintenance and the repair of plumbing, heating, steam, compressed air, fuel storage and distribution systems; water treatment and distribution systems, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, systems, as prescribed by drawings and specifications; schedule and evaluate installation and operational tasks; prepare records and reports; maintain individual combat readiness; and perform tasks required in combat and disaster preparedness or recovery operations. After 12 years of honorable service, Michael was injured on the job and was honorably discharged. He moved to Orlando, Florida and began working directly with the CEO of J. A. Croson for a period of three years, and successfully closed an average of $1.4MM in contracts monthly while working as an Estimator. Michael was responsible for designing gas, water and sewer systems for apartment complexes and large scale hotels. He later moved his family to Las Vegas, NV where he worked as a Foreman for companies like Mr. Rooter and Precision Plumbing. In an effort to be closer to family, Michael moved his wife and three daughters to San Diego, CA where he worked as a B2C Salesman with Culligan Water Company surpassing regional sales goals by generating more than $325k in annual sales. Unfortunately due to the work injuries he sustained while in the military, as well as PTSD, Michael was forced into retirement.

While retired, Michael was introduced to medical marijuana as an alternative medicine to prescription opioids to help with chronic pain and PTSD. After witnessing firsthand how minorities were being disproportionately arrested for non-violent drug possession; and how many U. S. Veterans were being denied access to medical marijuana to treat their PTSD, Michael quickly became an advocate for human rights; determined to make a difference in the industry. When California announced the legalization of recreational marijuana, he knew it was his opportunity to not only position in the industry as a business owner, but also help other veterans’ position as business owners in the industry as well. Mr. Souza is a true believer in “We the People” and as a father and devoted serviceman, he is committed to raising awareness to end prohibition as we move to professionalize this newly legalized industry. Mr. Souza became a partner in C. E. Hutton, LLC in November 2017, and serves as the President of Veteran Affairs.

David Canonigo

Web Developer

Originally hailing from the economic capital of Latin America São Paulo, Brazil, David has been working remotely since 2016 and traveling the world. He has lived, worked, and volunteered in six different countries and five different continents. He enjoys learning about the world’s cultures and experiencing diverse realities firsthand. The ability to develop websites and applications from anywhere in the world has played an integral role in unlocking this lifestyle.  

David has expertise in web development, graphic design, SEO, and translation services of Latin languages. He specializes in creating aesthetic and functionable front-end web applications for brands in a number of diverse industries.

Currently, David is getting his degree in Web Development and Information Systems while simultaneously acting as Chief Translator (English to Portuguese) for Colibri Content, a digital marketing agency aimed at bringing technological business opportunities to Latin America. In his free time, he develops components for startups.

In the future, David aspires to further his education by pursuing a doctorate in Software Engineering and researching how technology can impact emerging countries in Latin America.   

Emmanuel Neal

Business Development Specialist

Emmanuel is the founder of Fre Thought Business Coaching, LLC and has been consulting and coaching entrepreneurs and businesses for ten years. He has worked with companies doing businses in different industries.  His area of focus included HR, board development and training, executive coaching, business planning, fundraising, product development and launchings, artistic ventures, corporate sponsorship, and grant and loan writing.

Emmanuel has self-published two books of poetry and an anthology, all available on Amazon, and he’s a DJ with 20 years of social and business event planning experience.  

Mr. Neal has a B.S. in Psychology from Bradley University, an M.A.M. in Business and Entrepreneurship from Columbia College Chicago, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Business Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Adam Edwards

ACQUISITION MANAGER & FINANCIAL ANALYST

Adam Edwards is a native of Missouri City, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Edwards has gained a working knowledge of the cannabis industry through his completion of his Cannabis Business, Budtender, Horticultural Specialist and Grow Basics Certifications.

Mr. Edwards has directly placed $10MM in real estate transactions on behalf of a $500MM hedge fund whose objective was to buy and hold long term real estate investments. In addition, Mr. Edwards has worked as a Financial Analyst where he has analyzed the financial makeup hundreds of companies ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

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