Board of Directors

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Ben Kovler , CEO, Founder + Chairman

Ben Kovler is the founder and Chairman of GTI. Ben has served on the Board as Chairman since 2014. Ben brings his extensive experience managing complex operating companies and his deep commitment to philanthropy to GTI. Ben founded GTI in 2014 and has successfully grown it into a national cannabis cultivator, dispensary operator and consumer packaged goods company that produces and distributes a portfolio of cannabis branded products. Additionally, Ben is the Chief Investment Officer for Kovpak II, LLC, an investment partnership that allocates capital into public and private markets across a wide range of industries. He is also co-founder and CEO of Invest For Kids (IFK), an annual forum bringing together portfolio managers, family offices and analysts to share investment ideas to benefit children in Illinois. In its first nine years, IFK generated more than $11 million to benefit 40 youth organizations that have helped 85,000 children. Ben earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, politics and economics from Pomona College and an M.B.A. in accounting and finance from The University of Chicago.

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Pete Kadens , Director

Pete has served as a Director of the Board since 2016. Pete is a serial entrepreneur and dedicated philanthropist. He has started three companies, which have employed thousands of people over the last 14 years, including one of the largest commercial solar companies in the US, SoCore Energy. Pete is one of the founding members of the National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB) and he is deeply involved in the social justice facets of the cannabis industry. In 2018, Marijuana Business Magazine called Pete "One of 20 People to Watch in the Cannabis Industry in 2018". Pete has delivered talks all over the US around issues related to reforming the war on drugs and has delivered a TED Talk on this same issue. Pete believes deeply in, and actively leads, organizations that seek to transform lives and strengthen communities, serving as Chairman of StreetWise (2009 – present), one of the largest homeless aid organizations in the Midwest. He was also a long time board member at The Cara Program, one of the largest non-profit workforce training programs in the Midwest which focuses on preparing individuals on the verge of homelessness for employment. Pete was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus for Citizenship in 2010 by his alma mater, Bucknell University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He was also named 40 under 40 by Crains Chicago Business in 2012. In 2015, Pete was honored with the "Catalyst Award" by StreetWise.

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Anthony Georgiadis, Director + CFO

Anthony Georgiadis is the Director and Chief Financial Officer of GTI. Anthony has served as a Director of the Board since 2016. Anthony is an investor and entrepreneur, having purchased a Florida-based manufacturing business in 2005 that he helped grow into one of North America's largest manufacturers of wall décor. Prior to this, he worked as a principal investing associate for CIVC Partners, a $1.5 billion private equity firm, and as an M&A analyst for Bowles Hollowell Conner &Co. Anthony became involved in the cannabis industry in 2014 after exploring cannabidiol (CBD) for treatment on his swiss mountain dog, who suffered from epilepsy. Since then he has invested in a number of cannabis-related businesses including PAX (vapor technology), Cannasure (insurance), Headset (data analytics), and Baker (customer engagement). Anthony is an avid supporter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, the Drug Policy Alliance, Marijuana Policy Project, and the Special Operations Warriors Foundation. Anthony graduated magna cum laude from Bucknell University with a degree in finance and a minor in mathematics.

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Wendy Berger, Director + Real Estate Subject Matter Expert

Wendy Berger has served as a Director of the Board since February 2015. Wendy brings decades of experience in strategic planning, execution, and exits for rapid growth start-ups, in addition to a tenured career in real estate planning, development, and transactions. This unique combination makes Ms. Berger an incredible asset to GTI as Director and Real Estate Subject Matter Expert. Wendy co-founded and was COO of Neoglyphics Media Corporation, one of the country’s first website development firms where she was integral in successfully scaling the organization from start up to a high-performing corporation with more than 150 employees before it was sold in March 1998 for $65 million. Following, Ms. Berger was employee number 11 at Orbitz, the Travel website founded in 2000 by American, Continental, Delta, Northwest and United Airlines, where she was Director of Strategic Enterprise Planning. Over the last 28 years Ms. Berger has been involved in the real estate business as a lender, property manager, broker and consultant, as well as an investor. Wendy began her career at American National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago (a subsidiary of First Chicago, now JP Morgan Chase) in Commercial Lending and then several years as a principal with Berger Realty Group, an 80-year- old family owned Real Estate business where she focused on residential and industrial property management and development. Now, Wendy is principal of WBS Equities, LLC., which specializes in ground-up construction, renovation, development, sale lease back transactions and acquisitions. Wendy earned her MBA in Finance and Real Estate from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. She received a B.S., cum laude, in Finance and Marketing from Syracuse University.

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Glen Senk, Director + Retail Subject Matter Expert

Glen Senk has served as a Director of the Board since June 2018. Glen is a creative leader who has worked with several of the world’s most iconic brands, beginning with Bloomingdale’s in 1981, where in just seven years he rose to senior vice president and managing director of Bloomingdale’s by Mail. In 1989, Glen became chief executive of the London-based Habitat International Merchandise and Marketing Group. Returning to the States in 1992, Glen joined Williams-Sonoma (NYSE: WSM) as senior vice president and general merchandise manager where he supervised Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Hold Everything, Chambers and Gardener’s Eden and most notably set the strategy and groundwork for Pottery Barn’s rapid expansion and sales growth. In 1994, Glen joined Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ: URBN) as president of Anthropologie, which was then a single-store prototype. During the course of growing Anthropologie into a billion-dollar brand, Glen was named executive vice president of URBN in 2002, elected to the company’s board of directors in 2004, and named CEO of URBN in 2007. Glen also served as CEO for America’s leading fine jewelry brand David Yurman from February 2012 to February 2014, and founded Front Row Partners in April 2014, where he currently serves as Chairman and CEO. Glen currently serves on the board of directors of Aritzia (TSE: ATZ), Boden, Kendra Scott and Opening Ceremony and has previously served on the boards of directors of Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ: URBN), Bare Escentuals (NASDAQ: BARE), Melissa & Doug, Tory Burch, David Yurman, and Cooking.com. Glen holds a BA degree, magna cum laude, in psychology, computer science and mathematics from New York University and an MBA degree in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Psi Chi.

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Wes Moore, Director + Social Impact Subject Matter Expert

Wes Moore has served as a Director of the Board and Social Impact Subject Matter Expert for GTI since July 2018. Wes brings a lifetime’s commitment to social impact and entrepreneurship to GTI. He is a bestselling author, decorated army combat veteran, and Chief Executive Officer at Robin Hood, New York City’s largest poverty-fighting organization. Wes previously served on Robin Hood’s Veteran’s Advisory Board, which brought together leaders from the military, non-profits and government to connect veterans and their families living in poverty to housing, job training, education, counseling and health services. Before becoming CEO at Robin Hood, Wes was the founder and CEO at BridgeEdU, an innovative platform addressing the college completion and job placement crisis. Wes also hosts Oprah Winfrey Network’s "Beyond Belief" and PBS’s "American Graduate Day" and is the Executive Producer and host of PBS’s "Coming Back with Wes Moore", focusing on the reintegration of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Wes is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of "The Other Wes Moore" and "The Work", which capture the fine line between success and failure in our communities. Wes graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. While at Johns Hopkins, Wes founded STAND!, working with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system. Wes earned a MLitt in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. He then served as a Captain and paratrooper with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne, including a combat deployment to Afghanistan. Later, Wes served as a White House Fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Wes has also served on the boards of Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America and Johns Hopkins University.