Diane and her husband Jay are the founders of Canna Advisors, a cannabis enterprise consulting firm which has spent the last two years advising clients through the competitive state application process for cannabis business licenses. Her guidance has helped Canna Advisors earn one of the best track records in the industry, winning licenses in CT, MA, NV, and IL. Their national perspective on the evolution of the industry and experience as operators makes them uniquely qualified to advise their clients as new states come to market.
Before their work at Canna Advisors, Diane and Jay founded one of the first medical cannabis dispensaries in Colorado in 2009—Boulder Kind Care (BKC)—which received one of the first licenses in the state. Under her management, BKC quickly earned a reputation as one of the most professional and patient-focused dispensaries in the state. They sold BKC in 2012 to focus on business consulting and advocacy.
Diane is a lifetime member of the ArcView Investment group and is a member of the Selection Committee and frequently mentors entrepreneurs that come to ArcView looking for investment capital. She also is a mentor for Canopy Boulder, a business incubator that often feeds candidates into the ArcView Group.
Diane is a founding member and benefactor of Women Grow. She is also a founding member of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), and has served many roles within the organization as it has grown, including taking on the role of Event Coordinator for the annual Gala Event for three years, yearly participation for Lobby Days in Washington DC and writing an industry report entitled, A Tale of Ten Cities. She is a current member of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) and a member of the Sensible Society for Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP).
Diane often speaks at events as an expert in the cannabis industry and enjoys connecting people and opportunities within her vast network in the cannabis industry.
November 2012 - present
Diane is a Founding Partner of Canna Advisors. Her role within the business is in operations and client services.
Boulder Kind Care
October 2009 - May 2012
Diane and her husband, Jay founded one of the first medical cannabis dispensaries in Colorado in 2009—Boulder Kind Care (BKC)—which received the 7th license in the state. Under her management, BKC quickly earned a reputation as one of the most professional and patient-focused dispensaries in the state. They sold BKC in 2012 to focus on business consulting and advocacy.
Construction Design Group
January 2003 - October 2009
Diane and her husband Jay own Construction Design Group, a real estate developement business. Diane held a real estate license and her husband Jay, is a licensed commercial general contractor. Together they bought, developed and sold single family affordable homes and luxury second homes in the mountain resorts. When the real estate collapse occured, they decided to move into the brand new and unregulated cannabis industry.
Various High Tech Companies
February 1992 - January 2003
Diane has more than a dozen years in the high tech enterprise software industry. Riding the boom in the early 1990's. Specializing in executive sales, Diane's quotas ranged in the multi-millions. She earned frequent awards for exceeding her quotas and achieving record sales. Diane left sales to start her own business, Construction Design Group.
Shawnee Mission North
1982 - 1985
University of Kansas
1985 - 1986
Johnson County Community College
1986 - 1988
Diane earned her Associate's Degree in Fashion Merchandising while she attended college at night while working and being a mom during the day.
Baker University/ Webster University
1992 - 1996
Diane continued to pursue her degree in Business Management while working full time. She is currently shy approximately 16 credit hours from obtaining her Bachelor's Degree.
Approximately how much would it cost to apply for one of the vertically integrated license in the state of Pennsylvania?
Approximately how much would it cost to apply for one of the vertically integrated cannabis licenses in the state of Pennsylvania?