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Aaron Herzberg, partner at CalCann

AARON HERZBERG

Partner & General Counsel

Areas of Expertise
Education
Areas of Expertise
  • Marijuana Law
  • Real Estate Investment
  • Public Policy
  • M&A
Education
  • JD, Hastings College of the Law, University of California
  • BA, economics and history, University of California San Diego
  • Aaron Herzberg is a partner at CalCann Holdings, Inc., a California medical marijuana real estate company with a portfolio of licensed medical marijuana businesses and properties in California. Herzberg is also a strategist, corporate lawyer, cannabis policy expert, and entrepreneur specializing in California’s nascent legal cannabis industry. Recognized for his influence, Herzberg has been interviewed by reporters including Forbes, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times for his insight into the emerging cannabis industry.

    Herzberg’s expertise has allowed him to successfully raise over $28 million in investment capital for his projects at CalCann since January of 2015. These projects include two new licensed dispensaries in Santa Ana, CA known as “OC3” and “Bud and Bloom” as well as a 50,000 square foot soon-to-be municipally licensed cultivation and processing facility in Lynwood, CA.

    Herzberg’s experience and knowledge of the cannabis industry resulted in his serving on the City of Long Beach’s Medical Marijuana Task Force and being a founding member of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association.  In 2015, Herzberg was selected as a Super Lawyer, a distinction that is limited to the top five percent of lawyers nationwide. Furthermore, he is a recipient of an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

    Chris Francy, Chief Operating Officer at CalCann

    CHRIS FRANCY

    Partner & Chief Operating Officer

    Areas of Expertise
    Areas of Expertise
    • Business development
    • Marijuana production and processing
    • Entrepreneurship

    Chris Francy is a serial entrepreneur whose company Xoxide Inc. was acknowledged by Inc Magazine and ranked #104 on its top 500 fastest-growing companies list. Francy was honored by President Obama in the white house in 2012 when he was awarded the “Young Entrepreneur” award during a White House ceremony from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    Chris founded award-winning corporation, Xoxide Inc., a well-established computer components e-commerce retailer. As a result of Francy’s management, Xoxide Inc. reached a milestone of over $100M in annual sales.

    As a partner in CalCann, Chris has been involved in cannabis-related transactions of over $20 million since January of 2015. These projects include two new licensed dispensaries in Santa Ana, California known as “OC3” and “Bud and Bloom” as well as a 42,000 square foot municipally licensed cultivation and processing greenhouse facility in Desert Hot Springs, California. The company is presently acquiring an 11-acre, 180,000 ft2 greenhouse in Monterey County for cultivation and is also in escrow for over 110,000 sq feet of Real Estate in Lynwood, CA where they seek to entitle the facilities for cultivation and processing of concentrates.

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    CHRISTOPHER BOWEN

    Director of Real Estate

    Areas of Expertise
    Education
    Areas of Expertise
    • New acquisition opportunities
    • Tenant relations
    • Property leasing & sales
    Education
    • BS, Real Estate Development & Business Administration, University of Southern California

    Christopher Bowen is a California real estate broker and graduate of the University of Southern California.  Christopher’s experience representing commercial tenants and property owners in acquisitions, sales, and leasing totals over 500,000 square feet and more than $30,000,000 in consideration.  Prior to joining CalCann, Christopher held positions with the largest public and non-profit organizations in Los Angeles County, the City of LA Real Estate Services Division and USC Real Estate & Asset Management, respectively.

    CHRIS "SASS" MCCARTHY

    Manager of Compliance & Regulatory Affairs

    Areas of Expertise
    Education
    Areas of Expertise
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • Compliance & Regulatory Affairs
    Education
    • BS, Economics, University of Florida
    • MS, Econometrics, Finance, & Monetary Economics, Colorado State University

    Chris McCarthy is the manager of compliance and regulatory affairs for CalCann Holdings, LLC. McCarthy studied econometrics, finance, and monetary economics from Colorado State University where he earned his master’s degree in 2013. McCarthy holds a Bachelor's of Science from the University of Florida in Economics and will earn his Ph.D. in Economics from Colorado State in the fall. McCarthy’s past roles in public and private institutions include Director of Nebraska Center for Economic Education, Assistant Professor of Economics & Finance, Research Analyst, Graduate Editor, Data Scientist, & Project Coordinator. McCarthy has worked for Colorado State University, Chadron State College, University of Florida Graduate Editorial Office, and the International Monetary Fund.

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    CHAD WANKE

    Governmental Relations Partner

    Areas of Expertise
    Education
    Areas of Expertise
    • Planning & development
    • Civi engagement
    • Government relations
    Education
    • BA, Geography, California State University, Fullerton

    Chad Wanke utilizes a unique skill set and extensive experience to provide land use and government affairs services to corporate, public and non-profit entities, assisting them with communications to governmental officials, obtaining regulatory approvals, entitlements and strategic planning. Chad has a rare combination of 24 years of private sector business experience and over 15 years of extensive public sector experience. He has served as an appointed, elected and staff level official and has relationships with elected and appointed officials all over California. These relationships give him access to the decision makers his clients need to reach. He is currently a counsil member in Placentia. He attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and California State University, Fullerton where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography. Local universities regularly request Chad as a speaker on planning and development, local government, government relations, civic engagement, and legislative issues.

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