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Our Management Team

WE ARE A FIRST OF ITS’ KIND ELITE TEAM.
WE ARE ALIGNED AND EMPOWERED TO SURPASS AND DEFINE THE INDUSTRY STANDARD.

Judge Shelli D. Hayes, (ret.)

Position: Executive Director of Corporate Monitoring & Consulting Services
Phone: (877) 897-7689
Email: [email protected]

Judge Shelli Hayes (ret.), our Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, brings 5+ years of regulated cannabis industry experience to our team. She has been an active participant in the development and growth of the Illinois cannabis industry since the inception of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. In 2017 Judge Hayes moved to Nevada and co-founded a licensed Cannabis Processing facility, where she serves as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Legal Officer, & Corporate Secretary. In addition, she has served as the Chief Compliance Officer for a Hemp Company in Grand Junction, Colorado. Judge Hayes has established herself as one of the leading African American females in the industry, a champion of social justice, and an indomitable presence in the boardroom.

Judge Hayes has extensive experience working various aspects of operational cannabis regulatory compliance, such as seed to sale, state tracking systems, security, record keeping, general construction, water rights, transportation, disposal and generally the cultivation, production and dispensing of legal hemp and cannabis. Additionally, she has worked with numerous cannabis startups from the ground floor, and with investors seeking to enter the industry through the creation of compliance programs and applications for licensure. She also currently serves as a liaison to cannabis business owners and uninitiated investors seeking to enter the industry. Her previous cannabis work, especially founding and operating a successful cannabis processing establishment, has given her an understanding of the products and services our company will produce, and she is excited to put her extensive expertise to use in her home state of Illinois.

Judge Hayes also served as a Judge of the Circuit Court of a County in Illinois for 18 years. While on the bench, she acquired courtroom legal experience in business, marketing and management. Her last assignment was presiding over a high-volume Civil Jury Trial Courtroom. As a trial lawyer with a law firm in Chicago, IL, her legal practice specialized in real estate matters, condemnation, zoning, litigation and municipal law. Judge Hayes left private practice to serve as the Director of Real Estate Management, County and as Assistant Chief Attorney, County Forest Preserve.

Judge Hayes’ background led to her appointment to the Founding Board of Directors of a Minority Business Association and the Founding Board of Directors of the National Cannabis Legal Association in 2015. She is a Founder of the first annual Minority Business Association Opportunity Summit 2018, Daniels College of Business at University of Denver, which encouraged minority participation and policy reforms in the cannabis industry. Most recently, she became a Co-Founding Board Member of Cannabis Project, an initiative to increase success outcomes for cannabis businesses owned by people of color and headquartered in Portland Oregon. This was launched after the people of Portland voted to invest cannabis tax dollars into communities impacted by the war on drugs. Judge Hayes is admitted to the New York Bar and the Illinois Bar. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York and her Juris Doctorate Degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana. A social justice warrior, with a long history of commitment and change in Illinois, she will be a driving force in every decision our company makes.

Judge Shelli D. Hayes, (ret.)

Executive Director of Corporate Monitoring & Consulting Services

Judge Shelli Hayes (ret.), our Vice President and Chief Legal...

Dotan Y. Melech

Position: Executive Director of Corporate Monitoring & Consulting Services
Phone: (877) 897-7689
Email: [email protected]

Among my friends, peers and colleagues, I am known for my passion to solve problems, creating value with limited resources and entrepreneurial-ism. I enjoy turning struggling businesses around using unique, innovative and cost effective methods, and building companies from the ground up.

Through my career, I have had the opportunity to serve as a federal bankruptcy trustee and a court appointed receiver. This experience has taught me how to be a better manager, advisor and problem solver. To date, I have managed and administered thousands of assets and cases in multiple courts and states.

I earned my B.S.E in Civil Engineering from UNLV and an M.B.A from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to my professional career, I served in the military for 8 years and retired at a rank of Captain.

Dotan Y. Melech

Executive Director of Corporate Monitoring & Consulting Services

Among my friends, peers and colleagues, I am known for...

Paulette Firestone

Position: Managing Director Monitoring Services
Phone: (877) 897-7689
Email: [email protected]

Paulette brings to the team 18 years of experience in accounting and finance, including audit and compliance in the highly regulated gaming industry. Former CEO of a Dallas based Commercial Real Estate firm, Paulette is a seasoned professional who understands the complexities of operating a business while keeping a laser focus on the bottom line.

Paulette studied Accounting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is CCIM educated.

Paulette Firestone

Managing Director Monitoring Services

Paulette brings to the team 18 years of experience in...

Mitch Harhay

Position: Managing Director of Information Technology
Phone: (877) 897-7689
Email: [email protected]

Mitch Harhay has more than 25 years of experience in internet technology, management systems and application development.

Prior to becoming the CTO of UnitedAMS, he was the CTO of a firm specializing in web based asset management solutions for both Government and private institutions, as well as, the President of an internet strategy, consulting, and software development firm.  He actively consults with firms in the Cannabis, Health Care, Internet Services and Banking industries.

Mitch Harhay

Managing Director of Information Technology

Mitch Harhay has more than 25 years of experience in...

Sheba Staham

Position: Managing Director Antitrust, Compliance and Trade Regulation
Phone: (877) 897-7689
Email: [email protected]

In 2019, the opportunity to partake as a cannabis regulatory compliance professional in a legal action that is the first of its kind in the cannabis industry was a proceeding, I wanted to be involved in.  This process is referred to as a “Receivership Action”.  The Receivership is a means of allowing a cannabis entity to resolve operational, financial, or general organizational issues and resume business.  It’s a state level resolution to allow a marijuana establishment from becoming bankrupt.  Due to marijuana not being federally recognized, it is a viable solution for the status of the marijuana industry.

In December 2017, I became part of private industry as Director of Nevada Risk Management of Terra Tech Corp.  Prior to joining Terra Tech Corp., I worked for State of Nevada as an Auditor II from 2015 to 2017. I began as a State of Nevada Auditor for a newly regulated market. While working for the State of Nevada, I gained invaluable insight into the regulatory requirements of a newly regulated industry while forging professional and exceptional relationships with other government authority officials, industry leaders and business owners.  

 

My previous work experience includes accounting, auditing, finance, information technology and consulting.  I have over twenty years of experience working in multiple industries for Fortune 500 organizations and has been responsible for financial management, change management, systems implementation, audit engagement management, consulting services, and regulatory compliance.

I am an East Coast native (originally from Connecticut) relocated to Nevada to participate in the newly regulated industry.  Although it was a life-changing decision for me, being that I am of African American, Native-American, and Caribbean decent, my family, friends and support system were perplexed and proud of the decision to take on this new endeavor.  The impetus for the decision was my greater than three-decade experience witnessing the advantages and disadvantages of an underserved urban communities. As a consequence, I have been committed to ensuring social equity, availability of highest quality products, and compliance with local and state industry regulations. For someone like myself there was no better way to create systemic change than by being a part of the system and seeking to understand and change the system to be a positive contributor in the lives of people like myself.  After a period of working directly in the governmental area of the system, I then realized that I had as much to contribute to the development and awakening of the nascent industry. At which point I moved to the private sector of the marketplace to help it move the needle for women like me.  

I hold a B.S. in Business Administration from Boston University, an M.S. in Accounting from University of Hartford, and an M.S. in Information Technology Management from Rensselaar Polytechnic Institute.

Sheba Staham

Managing Director Antitrust, Compliance and Trade Regulation

In 2019, the opportunity to partake as a cannabis regulatory...

Scot Rutledge

Position: Managing Director Government and Trade Regulation
Phone: 877-897-7689
Email: [email protected]

Scot is a Partner and government affairs specialist with Argentum Partners, a full-service communications firm in Nevada. He provides political strategy, regulatory and government affairs services to his clients in the cannabis industry. Scot has worked on dozens of issue advocacy, legislative, and political campaigns since arriving in Nevada in 2004. His years of experience in political advocacy, campaign finance and management, and government and regulatory affairs has developed his reputation as a trusted voice and advisor to Nevada’s decision-makers.

Scot managed the 2016 campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol in Nevada and continues to serve clients through the implementation of marijuana laws and regulations. His efforts to develop a well-regulated solution to the issue of public consumption of cannabis lead to his role as one of the primary voices on social use policy in Nevada. He continues to work on state and local cannabis consumption legislation and regulations in Nevada and has consulted with regulators across the country on the issue of social consumption of cannabis. Scot is an accomplished public speaker and thought leader and has been featured in dozens of media stories about cannabis legalization and social use laws.
Previously Scot served as executive director of a Nevada conservation organization and worked for Congresswoman Dina Titus.

Scot Rutledge

Managing Director Government and Trade Regulation

Scot is a Partner and government affairs specialist with Argentum...

Jeff Donato

Position: Managing Director Trade Regulation
Phone: 877-897-7689
Email: [email protected]

With over a decade of experience in privilege licensing, Mr. Donato has licensed hundreds of liquor and restricted gaming establishments in southern and northern Nevada. In particular, Mr. Donato has substantial experience in working directly with elected officials, management, and staff on land use and licensing matters in jurisdictions such as Clark County, Washoe County, Douglas County, City of Las Vegas, City of North Las Vegas, City of Henderson, City of Reno, City of Sparks, among others. Since 2007, Mr. Donato has been and continues to be solely responsible for all aspects of State and local licensing, including liquor and restricted gaming, for over 200 corporate and franchise owned convenience stores within Nevada for the world’s largest convenience store chain and one of the nation’s largest gasoline retailers.

Since its inception in 2014, Mr. Donato has been directly involved with the marijuana industry in Nevada and the licensing of marijuana establishments, including the licensing for dispensary, cultivation, and production facilities. In addition, Mr. Donato successfully licensed a liquor distributor as one of the first marijuana distributors in Nevada. Mr. Donato has and continues to work directly with the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board and local licensing jurisdictions on all aspects of licensing and compliance for medical and recreational marijuana establishments, including, without limitation, obtaining and renewing licenses, transfer of interests, relocations, expansions, appointments of and updates to officers and board members, and agent cards. Mr. Donato was part of the team that assisted and advised the first ever Court appointed receiver in Nevada on marijuana matters as they pertain to preserving and protecting the receivership estate, which included 14 medical and recreational marijuana licenses for five failing marijuana establishments in the State of Nevada.

Jeff Donato

Managing Director Trade Regulation

With over a decade of experience in privilege licensing, Mr....

James Hammer

Position: Managing Director Operations and Management
Phone: (877) 897-7689
Email: [email protected]

James Hammer is a Las Vegas native who has 5+ years experience in the cannabis industry. After receiving his degree in Marketing and Business Law from Loyola Marymount University he took an offer to head the marketing department of a newly formed banking compliance company, Integrated Compliance Solutions (“ICS”). ICS’s custom compliance banking software was designed to automate the enhanced compliance requirements necessary for banks to work with cannabis-related companies. During his time with the company, James developed key insights to product development and led overall market penetration strategy. The most influential change that occured during his tenure was reorienting the sales model from direct-to-dispensary to direct-to-bank. The decision to make banks the primary customer allowed for increased flexibility, the elimination of equipment costs, reduction in marketing costs, and a more reliable recurring revenue model by leveraging the bank’s existing customer base. 

After his time with ICS, James was offered the Co-General Manager position at ShowGrow dispensary located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Initially, his primary role was to revamp the standardized operating procedures and correct the compliance deficiencies resulting from the previous management company. He and his partner worked with a former state auditor and compliance officer to create new SOPs and bring the facility back to compliance. The primary focus of these efforts centered on creating a robust inventory management system that encompassed order in-take management, inventory organization, internal auditing, and inventory data compliance. Since then, he and his partner have continued to retool the compliance-dense operating procedures in an effort to create efficiencies, institute practicality, and redesign the employment structure accounting for new roles and responsibilities. James also oversaw ShowGrow’s transition from a medical-only market to an adult-use recreational market. 

As the operation grew, James began developing custom technology pieces to more effectively utilize customer data and improve order management logistics. The system he created centered around a customer-facing mobile application and backend management dashboard. The system was designed to house their internal rewards program, express pick-up ordering, home delivery, and data analytics. Through this platform ShowGrow has been able to build a database of over 100,000 verified phone numbers, 40,000 active app users, and wealth of customer-specific data. The use of this data has resulted in an in-depth targeted marketing platform. Additionally, the accessibility of online ordering has significantly reduced wait times, improved order fulfillment efficiency, increased overall revenue, and led to more complete customer data profiles. Realizing there were broader market applications for this technology, James retooled the backend infrastructure and founded the SaaS product company, Carrot. Carrot is now a service provider for several cannabis retail dispensaries in the Nevada market. 

Given his success in dispensary retail operations and ShowGrow’s turnaround experience, James and his partner were contracted to reopen and manage a dispensary asset in receivership. Working with the court-appointed receiver and state legislators, James opened the newly branded, Wallflower Dispensary in June 2020. With limited budget and runway, James and his partner were able to reopen the failed dispensary and realize profitability within the first 6 weeks of operation.

James Hammer

Managing Director Operations and Management

James Hammer is a Las Vegas native who has 5+...

Kira Hurtado

Position: Managing Director Operations and Procurement
Phone: (877) 897-7689
Email: [email protected]

Kira Hurtado is a hands-on retail cannabis leader with 6+ years experience operating high-volume dispensary storefronts within strict compliance frameworks. As Retail Director of the ShowGrow dispensary chain, Kira opened one of the first licensed medical cannabis dispensaries in Orange County, CA. Within 3 months she expanded ShowGrow’s reach with retail locations in downtown Los Angeles and San Diego. In 2016 she made the permanent move to open ShowGrow’s first multi-state location in Las Vegas, which grew to be one of the top-performing dispensaries in the state under the leadership of her and her H&H Management partner, James Hammer. In an industry first, H&H Management was hired to reopen a failed dispensary operation that fell into court-appointed receivership. Rebranded as Wallflower Cannabis House, the previously distressed asset realized profitability within 4 weeks of operation. With a keen understanding of cannabis consumer demands, a strong appreciation for regulatory requirements, and the ability to innovate with smart solutions, Kira has found navigating the novel and rapidly evolving world of cannabis to be extremely fulfilling.

Kira Hurtado

Managing Director Operations and Procurement

Kira Hurtado is a hands-on retail cannabis leader with 6+...

Cevon Iny

Position: Managing Director Brand and Marketing
Phone: (877) 897-7689
Email: [email protected]

Cevon is a cannabis entrepreneur with a background in luxury goods & fashion retail. Having over a decade of first hand experience with international manufacturing factories, product development, and strategic merchandising, Cevon has built an impressive client base working with top influencers, celebrities, and worldwide retailers, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Le Bon Marché, Revolve Clothing, and more.

Taking from her background leading sales for luxury brands, Cevon focuses on marketability and the end customer experience when creating products & developing brands.  She has a deep understanding of the cannabis category and hands on experience launching consumer products in multiple markets and states, with a unique focus on white space opportunity and strategic partnerships.  Cevon’s commitment to the category has generated finger-on-the-pulse industry knowledge & a deep network.

Her work elevating products in cannabis has garnered recognition from outlets ranging from Thrillist to New York Magazine.  High Times Magazine featured her as one of the leading Women in Weed in 2019.

Cevon Iny

Managing Director Brand and Marketing

Cevon is a cannabis entrepreneur with a background in luxury...

Alfred Moran

Position: Managing Director Corporate Oversight
Phone: (877) 897-7689
Email: [email protected]

Mr. Moran is the co-owner of a company that has provided property preservation and marketing services for over 70,000 residential properties across the country. Mr. Moran’s company was previously an M&M; contractor for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Prior to that he served as a HUD Regional Administrator and later as HUD Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development.

A former Assistant United States Attorney, he has extensive legal knowledge and experience regarding corporate law and complex real estate transactions, primarily in the distressed sector. Mr. Moran also served as the co‐chairman of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He has a BA in History from the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Northwestern University’s School of Law.

Alfred Moran

Managing Director Corporate Oversight

Mr. Moran is the co-owner of a company that has...

Edward Norton, CPP

Position: Managing Director Security & Compliance
Phone: (877) 897-7689
Email: [email protected]

Mr. Norton is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP).  He is certified by ASIS, International, the security industry’s premier professional association.  He is a 30-year veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served as a Military Policeman.  He is a combat veteran who service in Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.  He holds licenses as a Private Investigator and Security Services provider in Nevada, Arizona, and Washington states.  He has provided security consulting services to United AMS since October of 2008.  Mr. Norton was an executive with three major international and national security services providers and was the licensed agent for each in the state of Nevada.  In 2016 the Department of Homeland Security awarded his company a Protective Security Officers contact in the state of Washington.  With the advent of medical marijuana legalization in Nevada he began to focus on providing security consultation and services for the cannabis industry. The city of Las Vegas sought his expertise when developing ordinances regulating the cannabis industry.  He spoke at city council and attended workshops advising the City and Planning Department on how to develop appropriate security programs and how to best implement those programs.  He as conducted several Semi-annual Security Audits for license holders in the cannabis industry.  He has helped these companies to come in line and stay in line the regulatory requirements.  He has provided the required security training for clients and his employees.  He developed, trained staff, and implemented the physical security program for Nevada Pure, which held cultivation, production, and medical dispensary licenses, and provided security for a 70,000 square foot facility. He has been the security consultant and security services provider for the CWNEVADA Receivership Estate, the first court directed receivership in the cannabis industry.

Edward Norton, CPP

Managing Director Security & Compliance

Mr. Norton is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP).  He is...

Catherine G. Moran Ayeni

Position: Managing Director Monitoring Services
Phone: (877) 897-7689
Email: [email protected]

Mrs. Ayeni has served in both the public and private sectors throughout her career. She served as General Counsel and Legislative Director to Representative Richard Raymond during the 82nd Legislative Session in 2011. She was responsible for providing legal and policy advice on current and proposed legislation. She regularly drafted Bill Analyses, analyzed the constitutional implications for proposed legislation, produced talking points for the Representative, and met with lobbyists and constituents.

Mrs. Ayeni has utilized this experience throughout her career in the private sector by ensuring that her clients are in compliance with relevant rules and regulations and advising them on their legal rights and duties. She currently specializes in all aspects of business formation, trademark applications, and contract drafting, review, and negotiations.

Catherine G. Moran Ayeni

Managing Director Monitoring Services

Mrs. Ayeni has served in both the public and private...

Pancy Coffman, CPA

Position: Managing Director Accounting
Phone: (877) 897-7689
Email: [email protected]

Pancy Coffman has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 2000. She gained her accounting experience working in the audit and tax department of Arthur Anderson and Deloitte, and was the two-time recipient of the Deloitte Employee of the Month Award in the Las Vegas tax department. Pancy left Deloitte to begin her own practice. She provides bookkeeping and tax services to a variety of clients including, but not limited to, multi-state restaurants, high net worth individuals, real estate entities, legal and medical professionals. She is committed to serving her clients and continues to expand her knowledge and practice.

Pancy Coffman, CPA

Managing Director Accounting

Pancy Coffman has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since...

Don Parker

Position: Managing Director of Valuation Services
Phone: (877) 897-7689
Email: [email protected]

Don holds the coveted Chartered Financial Analyst® or CFA® designation and is also a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). Prior to founding Gryphon Valuation Consultants in 2003, he spent over 20 years in the investment industry as a global equity strategist & portfolio manager with his own firm and also served as an advisor to other investment management companies.
Don has been engaged in literally hundreds of valuation assignments world-wide involving various types of companies and industries. In addition to providing expert witness services in cases of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, economic loss and corporate restructuring, he has been at the forefront of providing precedent-setting valuation opinions and expert testimony relating to the budding business of legalized cannabis.
Don is a member of the CFA Institute, National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts, the Southern Nevada Estate Planning Council and the Clark County (NV) Bar Association. He has served as president of the CFA Society of Nevada and the Financial Planning Association of Nevada and is also a past president of the Summerlin Rotary Club.

Don Parker

Managing Director of Valuation Services

Don holds the coveted Chartered Financial Analyst® or CFA® designation...

Cord Pereira

Position: Managing Director Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG)
Phone: 877-897-7689
Email: [email protected]

Cord Pereira is Senior Director at Noun Ventures where he oversees business development and special projects. Pereira has extensive experience in startups and media ventures stemming from his long career as President of Diamond Sports and Entertainment, where he oversaw a portfolio of companies including professional sports franchises, arenas/stadiums, concert/event promotions, concession operations and media production. Pereira served as President of SISCOM, a technology company with cutting-edge digital video/data services for leading media and sports companies including ESPN, NBA, NHL, and IMG. Pereira was co-creator and executive producer of “The Great Skate Debate”, credited as the first-ever televised home-audience judged (over the internet) sports competition (figure skating), airing prime time nationally on CBS from 1996-1998. Pereira graduated from University of California Santa Barbara, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Sports Management. Pereira is also a music producer and lead guitarist in the Doublewide Kings.

Cord Pereira

Managing Director Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG)

Cord Pereira is Senior Director at Noun Ventures where he...

Jason Dvorchak

Position: Managing Director Corporate Oversight
Phone: (877) 897-7689
Email: [email protected]
Jason Dvorchak brings a unique breadth and depth of experience to every complex project he tackles. His background in technology and project management allows him to process the requirements of an opportunity, analyze it from both the big picture to the tactical details, and manage the resources to see it through.
As a project leader within a private equity firm focused on green technology startups, he honed his ability to recognize inherent value and find creative pathways to capitalize on it. Jason repeatedly demonstrated his ability to act as the hub of innovative projects, efficiently communicating and managing everyone (and everything) involved. His unending drive inspires others and keeps the path clear to ensure focus stays on the key objectives while minimizing distractions.
The importance of creating and maintaining the right environment for success, including trusting and respectful relationships, is critical to Jason. He invests the time necessary to ensure they’re maintained. This approach extends to anyone he works with making him approachable and fair. Throughout his experience he has learned that hard decisions are often necessary and he is capable and willing to make them, with strength or compassion, as necessary.His dedication to delivering on a vision is unparalleled.

Unique contributions towards his fields include:
  • Serve as Voice and Interpreter between dissimilar corporations, organization, and industry groups.
  • Established processes and parameters for non-visual support of unfamiliar applications in EPC industry.
  • Reset production and retail operations, resulting in retail profitability after 14 days in cannabis industry.
  • Develop rapid response to critical logic flow and infrastructure in air freight and cargo industry.
  • Board, financial, operational, and organizational oversight across multi-million revenue companies.

Jason Dvorchak

Managing Director Corporate Oversight

Jason Dvorchak brings a unique breadth and depth of experience...

Matt Harris

Position: Managing Director Employee Programs and Benefits
Phone: (877) 897-7689
Email: [email protected]

As President of Coreprime, Matt oversees the management and strategic growth of the firm. Matt’s leadership and industry expertise has enabled Coreprime to become one of the fastest-growing Employee Benefits advisory firms in the Western U.S.

Matt is active in both the Nevada and Southern California business communities. Matt currently serves on the Board of Directors of the UNLV Football Foundation and is an active member of the USC Alumni Club of Las Vegas, the USC Alumni Group of Orange County, the Northern Nevada USC Alumni Association, and the LMU MBA Alumni Association. Matt played football at the collegiate level with both USC (2000-2001) and UNLV (2001-2003).

Holding a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University, Matt resides in Las Vegas with his wife and four daughters.

Matt Harris

Managing Director Employee Programs and Benefits

As President of Coreprime, Matt oversees the management and strategic...

Ranson Shepherd

Position: Managing Director, Cultivation Specialist
Phone: (877) 897-7689
Email: [email protected]

With over 15 years of experience developing and executing strategies for new and growing businesses, and is highly experienced in entrepreneurship, management, business planning, international business development, engineering, growth-oriented operations, and decision analysis. Ranson guides businesses to create the future they envision with data from multiple markets & industries he’s involved in focusing on analytics, metrics and data points to make well informed decisions. Ranson has a proof of concept that will add value in all phases of the operations.

Ranson is a co-founder with Pegasus Nevada based out of Las Vegas, which is a venture that was able to have a full ROI one year from sales with a 42% net profit margin that created a great win for his journey. Being his flagship state where they have multiple cannabis licenses under holding along with numerous management service agreement contracts along with involvements in markets across the country. In the last two years he has led fundraising for his partnerships bringing in over $100 million to be allocated to multiple ventures across the country. He is also participating in multiple Native American management contracts ranging from a wide range of services within the cannabis industry. Most recently

Ranson was a part of a leadership team tasked through a receivership appointed by the courts in Nevada and state agencies to turn around a massive case of management negligence, misleading investors, nonpayment to employees, vendors, supplier and taxes. Last week that project was approved & settled by the involved parties on a positive roadmap to profitability and or liquidation. But his one project that brings tremendous excitement is the Louisiana State University Ag Center contract which he recently just sold off shares in a merger deal with a group of large local Louisiana based business families pursuing the medical research & studies on cannabis focusing on tissue culture, pain management, inflammation and CTE in efforts to give validation/confirmation on effects of the plant based alternative since 2017. In 2019 & 2020, alongside one of his longtime partners in Bradie James, he was able to participate & contribute to a ground breaking paid internship with LSU students in his Nevada based cannabis ecosystem of companies focusing on seed-sale education which ultimately opened up various international opportunities.

Ranson, a Native Hawaiian was born and raised in Waimanalo, Hawaii and graduated from Kailua High School. He pursued an academic scholarship at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2003 where he also walked onto the football team under hall of fame coach John Robinson. He later finished his studies pursuing a business management degree. Ranson started his professional career in the nutrition & supplement field before transitioning into the hospitality/night life industry where he built up a strong participation resume of projects. He eventually joined Pegasus Nevada because of the unique opportunity to work with highly successful business families in the Nevada market, customer centered culture, and innovative vision led by data to make their mark in the various opportunities.

In addition to his career, Ranson is focused on putting his passions and skills to good use by supporting local organizations and projects in Las Vegas along with his home state of Hawaii. He offers volunteering or charitable donations to local youth projects such as Fight Capital Foundation and the Cure 4 Kids Cancer Foundation. Providing underserved youth the ability to learn self-defense and life skills, which helps drive key mental health care initiatives along with confidence building for the Las Vegas youth. Ranson also advocates for the NYFL with The Las Vegas 49ers Youth Organization promoting football as an outlet for the Las Vegas Youth. In his spare time, you can find him on the Judo/Jiu-Jitsu mats with his three children, local athletic club or youth football field.

Ranson Shepherd

Managing Director, Cultivation Specialist

With over 15 years of experience developing and executing strategies...

Fred Dashiell , Esq.

Position: General Counsel & Legal Business Advisor
Phone: (877) 897-7689
Email: [email protected]

Frederick E. Dashiell is a transactional and business lawyer with more than 30 years of experience in asset management, real estate conveyancing, federal regulatory and labor law, appellate advocacy and criminal and civil litigation.
As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and private counsel, he has counseled the U.S. government, bank clients, and private business clients in more than $300 million of business transactions involving REO property disposition, asset management services, asset-based lending, residential and commercial loan closings, asset forfeiture seizures and real property acquisitions.
He has served as an Assistant Regional Attorney at the Solicitor’s Office, U. S. Department of Labor, as a Supervisory and Criminal Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, as an Associate Counsel and Lead Real Estate Counsel at a national law firm, as the Deputy General Counsel of a premier REO Management and Marketing Government Contractor company, as General Counsel of a national Bankruptcy Real Estate Sales Solutions company, and as Managing Partner of Dashiell & Associates, P.C.
He is a graduate of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, IL, Juris Doctor, 1979, and Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, A.B., cum laude, 1976.Frederick E. Dashiell is a transactional and business lawyer with more than 30 years of experience in asset management, real estate conveyancing, federal regulatory and labor law, appellate advocacy and criminal and civil litigation.
As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and private counsel, he has counseled the U.S. government, bank clients, and private business clients in more than $300 million of business transactions involving REO property disposition, asset management services, asset-based lending, residential and commercial loan closings, asset forfeiture seizures and real property acquisitions.
He has served as an Assistant Regional Attorney at the Solicitor’s Office, U. S. Department of Labor, as a Supervisory and Criminal Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, as an Associate Counsel and Lead Real Estate Counsel at a national law firm, as the Deputy General Counsel of a premier REO Management and Marketing Government Contractor company, as General Counsel of a national Bankruptcy Real Estate Sales Solutions company, and as Managing Partner of Dashiell & Associates, P.C.
He is a graduate of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, IL, Juris Doctor, 1979, and Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, A.B., cum laude, 1976.

Fred Dashiell , Esq.

General Counsel & Legal Business Advisor

Frederick E. Dashiell is a transactional and business lawyer with...

Mary Seehafer

Position: Administration, Corporate Compliance & Oversight
Phone: (877) 897-7689
Email: [email protected]

Mary Seehafer

Administration, Corporate Compliance & Oversight

Wendy Wong

Position: Bookkeeper, Accounting Services
Phone: (877) 897-7689
Email: [email protected]

Wendy has been with Pancy Coffman CPA since 2013. She gained her accounting and financial experience at the Firm. Wendy has extensive working knowledge of QuickBooks online and QuickBooks desktop. She specializes in professional services, restaurants, and small businesses in many industries. Wendy has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Wendy Wong

Bookkeeper, Accounting Services

Wendy has been with Pancy Coffman CPA since 2013. She...

Brittani Firestone

Position: Security & Compliance
Phone: (877) 897-7689
Email: [email protected]

Brittani is a born and bred Texan, graduating from St. Edwards University with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. Brittani’s primary passion for service led her to a 15-year career in law enforcement with the Dallas Police Department and the Office of the Attorney General Fugitive Unit.

Making the leap from law enforcement to consulting, Brittani maintains her guiding principal of service while helping companies implement safety and compliance protocols to combat the security threats of today’s everchanging environment.

Brittani Firestone

Security & Compliance

Brittani is a born and bred Texan, graduating from St....

Tabitha Dvorchak

Position: Admin Support
Phone: (877) 897-7689
Email: [email protected]

Tabitha Dvorchak

Admin Support