Our People

We have experienced talent leading development, buildout and execution.

Officers

Jim Cacioppo

CEO, Chairman and Founder

Erich Mauff

President, Board Member and Founder

Jon Barack

President and Founder

Kimberly Bambach

EVP, Chief Financial Officer

Directors

Peter Adderton

Board Member

Max Cohen

Board Member

Benjamin Cross

Board Member

Steve Monroe

Board Member

Management Team

Olivier Blechner

EVP, Business Development

Ryan Cook

EVP, Operations

Tobi Lebowitz

EVP, Co-Head of Legal Affairs

Matt Leeth

EVP, Co-Head of Legal Affairs

Dr. Laszlo Mechtler

Medical Director, Advisor

Andreas "Dre" Neumann

Chief Creative Director

Michael Perlman

EVP, Investor Relations and Treasury

Daniel Swasbrook

EVP, President, Jushi Europe

Nichole Upshaw

EVP, Human Resources

Trent Woloveck

Chief Commercial Director
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Jim Cacioppo

CEO, Chairman and Founder
Jim brings managerial, start-up, operating, financial and investing experience to his role as CEO, Chairman and Founder of Jushi. Prior to founding Jushi, Jim spent over two decades managing the business and allocating capital in senior management positions at several large hedge funds; two of which were early stage success stories. Jim is Co- Founder and Managing Partner of One East Partners (US$2.3 billion (peak AUM)). Previously, Jim served as President and Co-Portfolio Manager of Sandell Asset Management (US$5.5 billion (peak AUM)) and Head of Distressed Debt for Halcyon Management, a global investment firm with over US$9 billion in assets. Jim has significant experience in private equity and operating several enterprises at the Board and management levels, including in the financial services, technology, chemicals and consumer/leisure industries. Jim earned his BA from Colgate University and his MBA from Harvard University.

Jim Cacioppo

CEO, Chairman and Founder
Jim brings managerial, start-up, operating, financial and investing experience to his role as CEO, Chairman and Founder of Jushi. Prior to founding Jushi, Jim spent over two decades managing the business and allocating capital in senior management positions at several large hedge funds; two of which were early stage success stories. Jim is Co- Founder and Managing Partner of One East Partners (US$2.3 billion (peak AUM)). Previously, Jim served as President and Co-Portfolio Manager of Sandell Asset Management (US$5.5 billion (peak AUM)) and Head of Distressed Debt for Halcyon Management, a global investment firm with over US$9 billion in assets. Jim has significant experience in private equity and operating several enterprises at the Board and management levels, including in the financial services, technology, chemicals and consumer/leisure industries. Jim earned his BA from Colgate University and his MBA from Harvard University.

Trent Woloveck

Chief Commercial Director
Trent brings singular strategic planning and strong business acquisition and cannabis development experience to his role as Chief Commercial Director at Jushi. Trent formerly served as President of TGS National Holdings (an affiliate of The Green Solution), as well as COO at American Cannabis Company, where he worked with his clients to win state cannabis licenses. Trent earned his BS in finance from Miami University.

Trent Woloveck

Chief Commercial Director
Trent brings singular strategic planning and strong business acquisition and cannabis development experience to his role as Chief Commercial Director at Jushi. Trent formerly served as President of TGS National Holdings (an affiliate of The Green Solution), as well as COO at American Cannabis Company, where he worked with his clients to win state cannabis licenses. Trent earned his BS in finance from Miami University.

Erich Mauff

President, Board Member and Founder
Mr. Mauff brings financial and managerial experience to his role as President, Board Member and Founder of Jushi. Erich spent almost 20 years at Deutsche Bank, first heading Capital Markets & Treasury Solutions group, then serving as Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Corporate Finance North America. Erich’s fierce work ethic extends beyond even his executive experience—in 1992, Erich competed in the Olympics for South Africa’s Men’s rowing team. Erich earned his BA from Brown University.

Erich Mauff

President, Board Member and Founder
Mr. Mauff brings financial and managerial experience to his role as President, Board Member and Founder of Jushi. Erich spent almost 20 years at Deutsche Bank, first heading Capital Markets & Treasury Solutions group, then serving as Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Corporate Finance North America. Erich’s fierce work ethic extends beyond even his executive experience—in 1992, Erich competed in the Olympics for South Africa’s Men’s rowing team. Erich earned his BA from Brown University.

Kimberly Bambach

EVP, Chief Financial Officer
Kimberly brings impressive financial and executive experience to her position as CFO at Jushi. Prior to joining the Jushi team, Kimberly served as CFO for a number of high growth ventured back start-ups including Bidtellect and HookLogic. Kimberly has over 25 years’ experience in management and finance for both large public and private corporations. Kimberly earned her BA from SUNY Brockport and her MBA from Pace University.

Kimberly Bambach

EVP, Chief Financial Officer
Kimberly brings impressive financial and executive experience to her position as CFO at Jushi. Prior to joining the Jushi team, Kimberly served as CFO for a number of high growth ventured back start-ups including Bidtellect and HookLogic. Kimberly has over 25 years’ experience in management and finance for both large public and private corporations. Kimberly earned her BA from SUNY Brockport and her MBA from Pace University.

Jon Barack

President and Founder
Jon brings extensive financial and cannabis industry investing experience (both public and private) to his role as President and Founder of Jushi. Jon spent over ten years in investments at various hedge funds, including five years at One East Capital Advisors where he focused on cannabis investments. Jon earned his BA from Princeton University and his JD/MBA from Northwestern University.

Jon Barack

President and Founder
Jon brings extensive financial and cannabis industry investing experience (both public and private) to his role as President and Founder of Jushi. Jon spent over ten years in investments at various hedge funds, including five years at One East Capital Advisors where he focused on cannabis investments. Jon earned his BA from Princeton University and his JD/MBA from Northwestern University.

Peter Adderton

Board Member
Mr. Adderton has over 30 years of invaluable operational and marketing expertise that he brings to his role as Director at Jushi. Peter is a Director and Founder of Boost Mobile, a wireless telecommunications brand based in Australia. Under his leadership, Boost Mobile USA was purchased by Nextel/Sprint and remains a wholly owned subsidiary of Sprint Nextel. Prior to founding Boost Mobile, Peter founded Amp’d Mobile, a wireless company and Mandalay Digital, now Digital Turbine, a mobile solutions provider. At Mandalay Digital, Peter was the Company’s CEO and Director leading it to become a NASDAQ listed company. Peter graduated from Sydney Technical College.

Peter Adderton

Board Member
Mr. Adderton has over 30 years of invaluable operational and marketing expertise that he brings to his role as Director at Jushi. Peter is a Director and Founder of Boost Mobile, a wireless telecommunications brand based in Australia. Under his leadership, Boost Mobile USA was purchased by Nextel/Sprint and remains a wholly owned subsidiary of Sprint Nextel. Prior to founding Boost Mobile, Peter founded Amp’d Mobile, a wireless company and Mandalay Digital, now Digital Turbine, a mobile solutions provider. At Mandalay Digital, Peter was the Company’s CEO and Director leading it to become a NASDAQ listed company. Peter graduated from Sydney Technical College.

Max Cohen

Board Member
Mr. Cohen is a cannabis industry leader and C-Suite executive who has successfully grown a leading cannabis retail company. Max brings comprehensive operational excellence and execution experience in the cannabis industry to his role as Director at Jushi. Max is the Founder and CEO of The Clinic™, a large-scale cannabis retailer. Max is a founding member of the Marijuana Industry Group and current board treasurer, and former member of the board of directors for the National Cannabis Industry Organization, a national marijuana lobbying and policy organization. Max earned his BS in Business Administration from the University of Montana.

Max Cohen

Board Member
Mr. Cohen is a cannabis industry leader and C-Suite executive who has successfully grown a leading cannabis retail company. Max brings comprehensive operational excellence and execution experience in the cannabis industry to his role as Director at Jushi. Max is the Founder and CEO of The Clinic™, a large-scale cannabis retailer. Max is a founding member of the Marijuana Industry Group and current board treasurer, and former member of the board of directors for the National Cannabis Industry Organization, a national marijuana lobbying and policy organization. Max earned his BS in Business Administration from the University of Montana.

Benjamin Cross

Board Member
Mr. Cross is a seasoned leader who has been at the helm of several companies. Benjamin brings more than 20 years of extensive financial markets experience and commodities knowledge to his role as Director at Jushi. Benjamin spent 20 years at Morgan Stanley in both their London and New York offices in the Commodities Division until his retirement in 2015 as a Managing Director at the firm. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Benjamin worked at Merrill Lynch and the commodities exchange. Benjamin earned his BS from Cornell University. Presently, Ben is a Board Advisor to Ursa Space, a geospatial intelligence firm with an emphasis in measuring global oil inventories.

Benjamin Cross

Board Member
Mr. Cross is a seasoned leader who has been at the helm of several companies. Benjamin brings more than 20 years of extensive financial markets experience and commodities knowledge to his role as Director at Jushi. Benjamin spent 20 years at Morgan Stanley in both their London and New York offices in the Commodities Division until his retirement in 2015 as a Managing Director at the firm. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Benjamin worked at Merrill Lynch and the commodities exchange. Benjamin earned his BS from Cornell University. Presently, Ben is a Board Advisor to Ursa Space, a geospatial intelligence firm with an emphasis in measuring global oil inventories.

Steve Monroe

Board Member
Mr. Monroe has a robust record of accomplishment as President of a financial services company and vast expertise in financial markets and risk management. Steve is President and Managing Partner of Liquid Capital Alternative Funding (“LCAF”), an asset-based lender. Prior to joining LCAF, Steve served as National Sales Manager for Short Duration Products at JP Morgan; and previously in a variety of senior management positions covering cash and short duration products at Barclays and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Steve earned his BA from Williams College.

Steve Monroe

Board Member
Mr. Monroe has a robust record of accomplishment as President of a financial services company and vast expertise in financial markets and risk management. Steve is President and Managing Partner of Liquid Capital Alternative Funding (“LCAF”), an asset-based lender. Prior to joining LCAF, Steve served as National Sales Manager for Short Duration Products at JP Morgan; and previously in a variety of senior management positions covering cash and short duration products at Barclays and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Steve earned his BA from Williams College.

Nichole Upshaw

EVP, Human Resources
Nichole brings invaluable experience to her role as Executive Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to Jushi, Nichole was head of Human Resources for RaceTrac Petroleum, a convenience store chain that operates over 500 company-owned retail locations with over 9,000 employees. Nichole was a founding member of RaceTrac’s Women’s organization, LEAD, and has experience building affinity groups.

Nichole Upshaw

EVP, Human Resources
Nichole brings invaluable experience to her role as Executive Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to Jushi, Nichole was head of Human Resources for RaceTrac Petroleum, a convenience store chain that operates over 500 company-owned retail locations with over 9,000 employees. Nichole was a founding member of RaceTrac’s Women’s organization, LEAD, and has experience building affinity groups.

Olivier Blechner

EVP, Business Development
Olivier brings over 20 years of principal investing and corporate finance experience to his role as Executive Vice President of Business Development. Prior to Jushi, Olivier worked with Jim Cacioppo as the Senior Portfolio Manager at One East Capital Advisors. Olivier has previously held several senior roles at hedge funds including Chief Investment Officer of the Polygon Distressed Opportunities Fund, Research Director at Alden Global Capital, Partner at TPG Credit Management. Initially, Olivier worked for Jim Cacioppo as Head of European Credit Opportunities at Sandell Asset Management. Prior to those positions, Olivier concentrated on leveraged finance and rescue financing transactions at Houlihan Lokey and Credit Suisse First Boston / DLJ. Olivier received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1998.

Olivier Blechner

EVP, Business Development
Olivier brings over 20 years of principal investing and corporate finance experience to his role as Executive Vice President of Business Development. Prior to Jushi, Olivier worked with Jim Cacioppo as the Senior Portfolio Manager at One East Capital Advisors. Olivier has previously held several senior roles at hedge funds including Chief Investment Officer of the Polygon Distressed Opportunities Fund, Research Director at Alden Global Capital, Partner at TPG Credit Management. Initially, Olivier worked for Jim Cacioppo as Head of European Credit Opportunities at Sandell Asset Management. Prior to those positions, Olivier concentrated on leveraged finance and rescue financing transactions at Houlihan Lokey and Credit Suisse First Boston / DLJ. Olivier received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1998.

Daniel Swasbrook

EVP, President, Jushi Europe
Daniel brings vast international executive and market experience to his role as President of Jushi Europe. Daniel has a diverse range of international experience: before joining Jushi, Daniel served as head of FRC Distribution for the Americas; as a Managing Director at UBS; and previously in a variety of roles covering global markets at both Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs. Daniel earned a Bachelor of Commerce, Finance & Economics from The University of Auckland and received an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.

Daniel Swasbrook

EVP, President, Jushi Europe
Daniel brings vast international executive and market experience to his role as President of Jushi Europe. Daniel has a diverse range of international experience: before joining Jushi, Daniel served as head of FRC Distribution for the Americas; as a Managing Director at UBS; and previously in a variety of roles covering global markets at both Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs. Daniel earned a Bachelor of Commerce, Finance & Economics from The University of Auckland and received an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.

Michael Perlman

EVP, Investor Relations and Treasury
Michael brings vast investor relations, marketing, finance, market intelligence, and treasury experience to his role as EVP of Investor Relations & Treasury at Jushi. Before joining Jushi, Michael served as head of Investor Relations and Treasurer at KLX Energy Services. Michael earned his BS in Finance from the University of Florida. Michael also earned his Master’s in International Business from the University of Florida.

Michael Perlman

EVP, Investor Relations and Treasury
Michael brings vast investor relations, marketing, finance, market intelligence, and treasury experience to his role as EVP of Investor Relations & Treasury at Jushi. Before joining Jushi, Michael served as head of Investor Relations and Treasurer at KLX Energy Services. Michael earned his BS in Finance from the University of Florida. Michael also earned his Master’s in International Business from the University of Florida.

Andreas "Dre" Neumann

Chief Creative Director
Dre brings over three decades of advertising, entertainment, and technology experience to his role as Chief Creative Director. Before joining Jushi, Dre served as Creative Director and Head of Content for Idean, a leading global design agency, and was instrumental in building out Idean’s US footprint with key clients such as IBM, HP, Rolls Royce and Ericsson. Dre is also known for his photography and has worked with people/groups like Queens of the Stone Age, Iggy Pop, Foo Fighters, ZZ Top, and Lenny Kravitz.

Andreas "Dre" Neumann

Chief Creative Director
Dre brings over three decades of advertising, entertainment, and technology experience to his role as Chief Creative Director. Before joining Jushi, Dre served as Creative Director and Head of Content for Idean, a leading global design agency, and was instrumental in building out Idean’s US footprint with key clients such as IBM, HP, Rolls Royce and Ericsson. Dre is also known for his photography and has worked with people/groups like Queens of the Stone Age, Iggy Pop, Foo Fighters, ZZ Top, and Lenny Kravitz.

Dr. Laszlo Mechtler

Medical Director, Advisor
Jushi’s Medical Director, Dr.Mechtler is a world-renowned expert and a foremost leading U.S. physician in the study of therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids and related research. Dr. Mechtler is a Professor of Neurology and Oncology and has been practicing for over thirty-four years. He is an international lecturer, has edited five books,and has written over 100 publications. Dr. Mechtler serves as the Medical Director of the DENT Neurologic Institute and DENT Cannabis Clinic based in Buffalo, New York.

Dr. Laszlo Mechtler

Medical Director, Advisor
Jushi’s Medical Director, Dr.Mechtler is a world-renowned expert and a foremost leading U.S. physician in the study of therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids and related research. Dr. Mechtler is a Professor of Neurology and Oncology and has been practicing for over thirty-four years. He is an international lecturer, has edited five books,and has written over 100 publications. Dr. Mechtler serves as the Medical Director of the DENT Neurologic Institute and DENT Cannabis Clinic based in Buffalo, New York.

Matt Leeth

EVP, Co-Head of Legal Affairs
Matt brings invaluable cannabis industry legal expertise to his role as EVP, Co-Head of Legal Affairs at Jushi. Before joining Jushi, Matt served as General Counsel at The Green Solution, one of Colorado’s largest cannabis companies, and its related entities. Matt earned his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida and earned his JD from Florida State University College of Law.

Matt Leeth

EVP, Co-Head of Legal Affairs
Matt brings invaluable cannabis industry legal expertise to his role as EVP, Co-Head of Legal Affairs at Jushi. Before joining Jushi, Matt served as General Counsel at The Green Solution, one of Colorado’s largest cannabis companies, and its related entities. Matt earned his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida and earned his JD from Florida State University College of Law.

Tobi Lebowitz

EVP, Co-Head of Legal Affairs
Tobi brings extensive legal and human resources expertise to Jushi. Tobi recently served as the Associate General Counsel of KLX Inc. (formerly KLXI), where she played pivotal roles in the sale of its aerospace segment to Boeing for $4.25B and the spin-off of its energy segment into a new, publicly traded company (KLXE). Tobi earned her BS from University of Florida and JD from University of Florida – Frederic G. Levin College of Law. Tobi holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification.

Tobi Lebowitz

EVP, Co-Head of Legal Affairs
Tobi brings extensive legal and human resources expertise to Jushi. Tobi recently served as the Associate General Counsel of KLX Inc. (formerly KLXI), where she played pivotal roles in the sale of its aerospace segment to Boeing for $4.25B and the spin-off of its energy segment into a new, publicly traded company (KLXE). Tobi earned her BS from University of Florida and JD from University of Florida – Frederic G. Levin College of Law. Tobi holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification.

Ryan Cook

EVP, Operations
Ryan brings extensive cannabis operations experience to his role as EVP of Operations at Jushi. Before joining Jushi, Ryan founded The Clinic™ and served as COO the last 10 years overseeing all aspects of day-to-day operations including oversight of all retail, cultivation and manufacturing facilities. His background in commercial real estate and development has been crucial in the management of all construction activities. Ryan earned his degree from the University of Colorado in the School of Architecture and Planning.

Ryan Cook

EVP, Operations
Ryan brings extensive cannabis operations experience to his role as EVP of Operations at Jushi. Before joining Jushi, Ryan founded The Clinic™ and served as COO the last 10 years overseeing all aspects of day-to-day operations including oversight of all retail, cultivation and manufacturing facilities. His background in commercial real estate and development has been crucial in the management of all construction activities. Ryan earned his degree from the University of Colorado in the School of Architecture and Planning.

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