Founder & CEO
Guardian Data Systems
NCIA Board Member, CPP Certified (ETA), Banking, ERP, Point of Sale, Payment Processing, Cash Management, Consulting & Management
Lance Ott, Founder and Director of Business Development at Cirrata Ventures, Founder of Guardian Data Systems, and former Director of National Bank of CA, is a 18-year veteran of the cannabis, banking and financial services industries with additional expertise in FinTech, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), merchant services, operations, compliance and consulting. Lance is also a Certified Payments Professional â€œCPPâ€ through the Electronic Transactions Association. Since the inception of Guardian Data Systems, Lance has become a ubiquitous presence at cannabis industry conferences and events produced by the National Cannabis Industry Association, International Cannabis Association/Cannabis World Conference, MMJ Business Daily, Israel Cannabis/CannaTech, Native Nations Events and Secure Cash Transport Association. He has been regularly featured in national media and his profile is highlighted in the third edition of ArcViewâ€™s Annual State of Legal Marijuana Markets Report. Last year, Mr. Ott was ranked #38 in the top 100 most influential cannabis business executives by Cannabis Business Executive. Lance is currently serving his fourth term on the Board of Directors for the National Cannabis Industry Association and has served as a member of the Ethics Subcommittee. Cirrata Ventures and Guardian Data Systems are Sustaining Members of the NCIA. Lance is also a Certified Payments Professional â€œCPPâ€ as certified through the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), which is the largest association in the payments industry. The purpose of the ETA is to influence, monitor and help shape the merchant acquiring industry by providing leadership through education, advocacy and the exchange of information.