Director of Investor Relations, Board of Advisors
Stifel Nicolaus, Vice President 1998-2010
- Managed and Participated in over one billion investment banking offerings.
- Grew retail book in excess of thirty-five million from phonebook and phone.
- Niche expertise in financials
Robert Kane Consulting, President 1998-Present
- Business plan consulting
- Investment banking consulting
- Written in excess of one hundred business plans, models, and valuations.
The Write Note Foundation, Chairman of the Board
- Grew program from three hundred participants to over one thousand.
- Expanded board and resources
- Led an organization with over thirty five employees
The Single Parent Resource Center, Chairman of the Board
- Developed annual business plans
- Created community service program
- Led the organization
Elon College, Elon College, North Carolina 1992-1995
Isabella Cannon Leadership Scholar
Major – Economics
Minor – Business Administration
Leadership, Finance, Computer, Marketing, Managing, Training, Sales, Business Plans, Consulting, Investment Banking
Richard Cowan – Lecturer, Board of Advisors
Dean of Cannabis Business University
Mr. Richard Cowan has decades of experience in a wide variety of business ventures. He has served on the board of a number of companies, both public and private, and is currently the chief financial officer and one of the directors of Cannabis Science Inc., (OTCBB:CBIS), a pioneering U.S. biotech company that is focused on developing pharmaceutical cannabis products.
Mr. Cowan is widely known for his published writing and political activism. However, his political past is not what most people expect. Mr. Cowan was president of the Yale Young Republicans, chairman of the Party of the Right in the Yale Political Union and he was a founding member of Young Americans for Freedom.
In December 1972, the National Review published Mr. Cowan’s article titled “Why Conservatives Should Support the Legalization of Marijuana.” This caused quite stir. In his book Smoke and Mirrors, Dan Baum said that this article “opened a second front in the war on drugs.” Time magazine even carried a story about the article.
In December 1986, the National Review published Mr. Cowan’s article titled “How the Narcs Created Crack.” This feature article has been cited in various scholarly journals as the origin of the economics of contraband, including “The Iron Law of Prohibition: the harder the enforcement, the harder the drugs.”
From August 1992 to August 1995, Mr. Cowan was the national director of NORML, The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. In 2000, Mr. Cowan did one of the earliest experiments with live video on Pot-TV.net, The 420 MarijuanaNews. It continued as a prerecorded streaming VBlog until 2005.
Mr. Cowan’s written word has appeared in a variety of newspapers and other publications, including the Atlantic Monthly. He has also made many television appearances, including interviews on numerous news programs, like CNN, and a variety of talk shows.
Mr. Cowan received a bachelor of arts in economics from Yale University in 1962.
Since 1997 Cowan has also published MarijuanaNews.com, one of the earliest “blogs”.
Chief Operating Officer, Board of Advisors
Cannabis Business University
Ron Dennis has a successful track record of product development – from magazines to IT infrastructures to indoor soccer arenas.
Mr. Dennis was the creator, publisher and editor of Kush LA, a popular medical marijuana lifestyle magazine. He was responsible for the initial concept of a magazine that is now found in every legal collective and 7-Elevens in Los Angeles County, reaching more than 30,000 readers monthly. In September 2009, Mr. Dennis sold his majority interest in Kush LA for a substantial profit.
Prior to Kush LA, Mr. Denniswas president and CEO of WYMA, Inc., an advertising, promotions and publishing company. Mr. Dennis coordinated all sales, marketing, production, printing and mailing of Community Magazine, which is found in more than 100,000 homes per month. Mr. Dennis was responsible for developing new advertising acquisition strategies, increasing the number of active clients by 50 percent.
Mr. Dennis also created the Restaurant Hotline, a unique phone service that allowed consumers to be connected to every restaurant in designated markets for free. He was an executive-level contributor and part of a five-person team responsible for launching this venture-funded company that sold this technology to a larger organization.
From 1988 to 2007, Mr. Dennis was COO of Standfacts Credit Services,a mortgage industry credit reporting agency. While with Standfacts, Mr. Dennis played a key role in the company’s ranking as one of the industry’s best credit systems. Mr. Dennis ensured that all systems were available 24/7 with zero downtime in a complex technical environment with 50 workstations, 2 server locations, and multiple redundancies.
Mr. Dennis also was the builder & general manager of CHATSWORTH ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE, an indoor soccer arena. He served as one of the primary catalysts for starting up the facility. Mr. Dennis sold his majority interest in spring 2007 for a substantial profit.
Mr. Dennis graduated with a B.S. in business with honors from California State University Northridge, where he was a campus student leader.
Clifford J Perry – Founder
Cannabis Business University
Cliff has been a successful entrepreneur & business consultant that has advised, and influenced a multitude of diverse clients.
Cliff has enjoyed an illustrious career as gourmet chef, patisserie and restaurateur. In the beginning he began to build his sphere of influence and strategic alliances with the clients and patrons that experienced his culinary and hospitality talents.
In business Cliff owned and participated in the conceptualization, start up and ownership of 17 restaurants including the Cinnabon master franchise for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
Throughout Cliff’s career he has been involved in the promotion of musical and entertainment talent, products and services to diverse industries from business aviation, concert promotion, real estate development, telecommunications, mining of precious metals, television production, educational seminars, network marketing and franchising.
As a business consultant, companies, investors and individuals have trusted him to help them figure what they want or need in order to participate more effectively in today’s “Global Economy”, than find the right resources, and accomplish what needs to be done.
Cliff lives by the credo “What you conceive and believe… You will achieve!”