What an exciting time for an amazing plant and the business that revolves around it! Perhaps, in times such as these, providence raises up individuals for the part they can play in a cause greater than themselves. With this in mind, I am transitioning towards the canabis industry.
Since the beginning of time, the cannabis plant has benefitted every facet of human experience as food, medicine, heat, light, clothing, paper, shelter, transportation and natural intoxicant. It is profound to watch as this amazing plant seeks to regain its intended place as a helpmate to mankind. Paid with so great a cost in lives effected over the last century, I can't think of a cause I would rather be a part of.
Commercial legacy institutions of big alcohol, tobacco, banking, pharmaceutical, chemical and private prisons are aligned against the existing cannabis industry. Their market position benefits from governmental regulatory and legal agencies taking up Goliath's fight. Todays successes are only beginning steps on the path toward building an industry infrastructure. Institutional resistance will continue until the regulatory and tax authorities are firmly established and they are buying into and consolidating mature channels. The national opioid epidemic is providing strong motivation for an initial look at the medicinal properties of cannabis for vast numbers of suffering individuals and those who must deal with addictions aftermath.
The cannabis industry is still colored by the Anslinger manufactured, sub-culture mindset and must embrace mainstream integration to pass the “grandma test”. Obviously, there is a lot of creatively expressed, industry-wide passion and optimism. However, in facing both issues of a brand new industry operating in a confusing, adversarial legal and regulatory environment, there is an enhanced need for “all i’s dotted and t’s crossed”. The means to accomplish this is:
• Organizational efficiency
• Operational discipline
• Consistent best practices
• Cross-over appeal of diverse sociographic and demographic groups.
Integrating these means into business, sums up my career. Never has a better opportunity presented itself that more holistically uses my passion, talents, expertise and experience (Including being injured and experiencing medicinal benefits that kept me functional and free from the grip of opioids for over a year). My excitement is not only in an immediate benefit for myself and company. Shaping a revolutionary and disruptive business legacy by generating revenue, building up successful team members and durable client relationships while helping individuals...THAT is exciting!
The Good: Fortunate throughout my career to serve small and corporate business in a management capacity. I now match expertise to passion in a new field of growth opportunity. My goal being to produce a consistent profit and loss statement and a strong balance sheet, resulting in higher equity for principals. This is accomplished by translating understanding into strategic vision with a tactical action plan using linear processes, creative strategies and best practices.
My life-fires are: being naturally extroverted with a genuine love for people combined with a thirst for knowledge. Which enables me to travel extensively enjoying great friendships of all ages, races and cultures and reading 100-200 pages daily for years. Natural traits of humor, charisma, empathy and openness combine with fearless communication skills. All work towards connecting me with any audience in any forum. This includes supervising, teaching, training and speaking in front of live audiences or on television, radio and theater. This leads to higher than average sales, profitability and client retention with natural abilities in negotiations and resolution of difficult situations between parties.
The Bad: I have had a challenge in the large corporate environment. Although loved by clients and staff while turning excellent numbers, I did not navigate the layers well. Given my inclination to prioritize the needs of clients and staff, we should discuss your large corporate environment and prioritization of position objectives.
The Ugly: Relocation to Michigan was rocky with divorce, custody issues and a disappointing initial vocational experience. So, I took myself out of the game, focusing on what was most important. Caring for and raising my son as a single dad while living a new reality of life has in so many ways, made us stronger and better than ever.
It is upon the turning of a page towards a new chapter that yours and my paths now cross.