Dr. Stuart Titus, Ph.D., is an industry innovator who has been involved in the growth of many companies in the cannabis industry, and started his relationship with Medical Marijuana Inc. by becoming its seventh investor. Titus’ is also a Wall Street veteran, where he was a bond trader for 11 years. Dr. Titus earned his undergraduate degree at Rollins College, and his Ph.D. from the Open International University.
“We were the first to create a U.S. pipeline of hemp-based CBD products to Brazil, Mexico and other countries, and we’ve had tremendous demand for our products. As we expand this pipeline in the coming years, we really believe we’ll see economic improvement not just in the United States, but all over the world.”
Titus’ diverse background in both finance and healthcare is the impetus behind his strong passion to help others by supporting the greater cannabis industry. A graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, Titus majored in economics and minored in business administration. He got his start on Wall Street where he worked as a bond trader for eleven years, managing a trading and underwriting department as a V.P. for CS First Boston Corp. Titus then went on to earn his PhD from Open International University, an educational organization affiliated with the World Health Organization.
Dr. Titus holds a Fellowship with the American Academy of Pain Management and clinical association with the American Association of Integrative Medicine. He practiced as a British Physiotherapist for over fifteen years, running clinics that specialized in integrative pain management and injury rehabilitation, treating over 40,000 patients. His first-hand experience with therapeutic hemp oil products for wellness led him to Medical Marijuana Inc. and drives him to continue to support the emerging cannabis medical marijuana and industrial hemp industries in the United States and abroad.
For nearly 10 years, Blake Schroeder has been a leader at international direct sales companies, where he has helped them massively increase revenue.
As the former COO of ForeverGreen International, he drove the rebranding and growth of the company’s line of nutritional supplements in Europe. At MonaVie, he substantially grew the company’s European product line.
Initially taken by the passion and vision of the Medical Marijuana, Inc. staff, he contributes extensively to the strategic direction of the organization. He is also CEO for direct sales company Kannaway®, which sells hemp-based botanical products for health and wellness.
“I enjoy dramatically delivering performance results, improving operations, and pioneering new business strategies that bring natural hemp to people all over the world.”
Schroeder is also chiefly responsible for Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s domestic and international sales, as the company’s products have been legalized as medications in a variety of international markets. He is a firm believer in the power of hemp and its health properties and is excited to play a role in this growing industry.
Schroeder holds a B.S. in Finance from Utah State University, as well as JD from Syracuse University’s College of Law.
Brooke Beers uses his more than 20 years of financial management experience to help Medical Marijuana, Inc. overcome the unique financial obstacles faced by cannabis companies while driving improvements in the company’s public reporting practices to increase transparency.
Beers was promoted to CFO of Medical Marijuana, Inc. in December of 2019 after having served as the company’s VP of Corporate Finance. Prior to his arrival, he was the CFO of Astute Networks and before that, the CFO of the Consumer and Small Business Products Division at EMC Corporation.
Proud of already having helped Medical Marijuana, Inc. account for 10 percent of the nation’s hemp-derived CBD market, Beers is enthusiastic to further optimize the company's financial performance.
“It’s encouraging to work with a large group of highly motivated professionals and claim our stake in the global CBD industry.”
Beers leads Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s accounting department, handling the company’s budget management, public financial reports, e-commerce offerings, and forecasting needs.
Beers holds a B.A. in Mass Communication from Doane College and an M.S./M.B.A from Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Professional Accounting.
Stephen Jones brings to the Kannaway team nearly 20 years of experience in direct sales, marketing, finance, and international logistics. A native of Sheffield, England, Stephen manages Kannaway’s marketing team and develops the company’s branding message. Leveraging his business and marketing education from Sheffield Hallam University as well as his European ties, Stephen helps spearhead Kannaway’s expansion efforts on the continent, including his efforts in organizing various events across the EU to generate buzz as well as build Kannaway brand awareness and knowledge.
“I could not be more excited about being at Kannaway,” Stephen says. He relishes being on “a team of people who are going to fundamentally change the world” and impact “the lives of customers around the world.”
As CMO, Stephen wears many hats as the leader of several different teams within the portfolio of companies within parent company Medical Marijuana, Inc. He is tasked with the creation, development, and execution of the long-term strategic brand marketing goals across the different product and company brands. This includes overseeing the direction, development, and distribution of Kannaway’s blog, advertising channels, social media pages, and product packaging, all of which establishes a world-class online presence and consistent interaction with stakeholders.
Furthermore, Stephen is responsible for identifying new areas of revenue generation along with the development and implementation of various strategies designed to increase brand awareness and ROI of the companies under the Medical Marijuana, Inc. umbrella. He also attends regional and national events when necessary to help spread Kannaway’s messaging with his infectious smile and engaging British wit.
Gibson brings to Kannaway® more than 25 years of experience in global operations positions. His experience includes coordinating the global operations of large scale companies, responsible for their worldwide, end-to-end supply chain management and product delivery.
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Chris Prine has been CEO of Prines Lines since 1994, which acts as a manufacturers’ representative for five U.S. furniture-manufacturing companies with distribution worldwide. Mr. Prine has an intrinsic understanding for the world of manufacturing and distribution. From 1988 to 1994, Mr. Prine served as Marketing Director for the Cleator Corporation, an office furniture manufacturer. Mr. Prine is an industry advocate and San Diego community leader.
Robert Cunningham has over 40 years of executive experience in financial services and venture capital. He currently is CEO of The Providen Group, an alternative banking firm. Prior to The Providen Group, Cunningham was the founding partner in Placer Financial Group, a mortgage and real estate development company. Cunningham also served as Trustee for the U.S. Department. of Justice, and as a board member for numerous firms.
Dr. Timothy Scott brings years of enterprise board-level management experience to MJNA, having served on the Board of Directors of NatureWell Incorporated from 2001-2008. Prior, Dr. Scott served on the Board of Directors of ICH Corporation, which owned 265 restaurants with approximately $265 million in revenues and 7,800 employees. Scott serves as Chairman of the Board of Project Reach World, Inc., a San Diego-based charity that helps struggling families build their communities.
Before she joined Medical Marijuana, Inc., Sides served as COO for HDDC, also known as San Diego’s CannaBANK®, a Medical Marijuana, Inc. major shareholder that funds the research of hemp-based opportunities.
Sides has experience as an attorney and director of company growth, previously serving as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for EH Building Group II, LLC, one of Florida’s fastest-growing developers in 2006-2008. The company won awards for design, marketing, and production.
“I became a part of Medical Marijuana, Inc. because I could see the changes that could be made, how lives would significantly benefit from bringing CBD to the market, and honestly, to make a difference.”
Before she joined EH, she served as the Legal and Operations Manager for the Commonwealth Network Corporation and the Director of Legal Affairs for Power Sports, Inc. focusing on corporate and real estate transaction law.
Sides is a member of the Florida State Bar Association, and she earned her Bachelor of Science from Palm Beach Atlantic College, where she majored in Business and Organizational Management. She lives in San Diego.
As Operations Director of Kannaway® Europe, Jakub Duda will apply his extensive European direct marketing knowledge to successfully growing Kannaway® Europe and building the company’s brand ambassador presence.
Prior to his new role at Kannaway® Europe, Poland-native Duda worked with Kannaway® CEO Blake Schroeder running two successful European businesses that each grossed in excess of $50 million per year. He brings that experience with him to his role with Kannaway® Europe as he helps guide the company’s international operations.
To sustain the high-quality direction of its brand ambassadors, the company leans on Justin Stephens as Director of Member Support. Justin oversees Kannaway’s support team and is tasked with expanding its members to meet the demands of both the company’s customers and brand ambassadors.
Says Kannaway CEO Blake Schroeder about Justin: “He has the skills and experience to ensure our customers and brand ambassadors are treated to first class service.”
Previously, Justin worked for ForeverGreen, a large international network marketing company headquartered in Utah, where he gained several year’s experience working with Europe as Operations Manager and then Director of Sales and Operations. This helps him sustain an excellent support system for Kannaway’s brand ambassadors, who are both the face and backbone of the company, as well continue its domestic growth and European expansion.
A native of Utah, Justin has a business background and is “excited to work with a company that’s making a difference” and strives to ensure “a fantastic experience to our team around the world.”
Combining his passion and nearly a decade of success in customer service/relations, Justin is an important cog in Kannaway’s growth and success.
In his role as HempMeds® President, Todd Morrow oversees all facets of the HempMeds® organization, focusing on continued growth and development of the company’s premier brand, Real Scientific Hemp Oil. Morrow is tasked with running HempMeds® operations, launching new product offerings, and building and maintaining the global market for HempMeds®.
“HempMeds is a company with a rich background as a pioneer in the hemp CBD industry, and has helped people all over the world with its innovative product lines. I’m excited to play a role in strengthening the HempMeds presence worldwide,” said Morrow.
Morrow brings two decades of experience in product development, merchandising, and marketing in the retail industry to his position with HempMeds®. Prior to his role with HempMeds®, Morrow served as Vice President of Merchandising and Merchandise Planning & Allocation for Santa Monica-based company, Independent Pet Partners Holdings, LLC. Before that, Morrow held various leadership positions at Petco Animal Supplies and Pirch, a luxury appliance and plumbing retailer.
Raul Elizalde is one of the most notable cannabis advocates in Mexico. Founder of the Por Grace Foundation, Elizalde gained notoriety in Mexico after he joined President Peña Nieto on stage shortly before the President announced the country would pursue a compassionate new approach to the use of medical cannabis.
Elizalde is well versed in the politics and restrictions on medical cannabis use in Mexico, personally navigating the system to win the right to access CBD oil products for his daughter. Since then, he has worked alongside families facing similar circumstances seeking the benefits of CBD.
Elizalde provides his passion as an activist and his knowledge of Mexico’s cannabis regulations to his role as President of HempMeds® Mexico, helping to shape the company competitively within Mexico’s shifting position on medical cannabis use.
Elizalde also contributes to the company’s expansion across the Latin American market from its headquarters in Monterrey.
Caroline Heinz takes the reins of HempMeds® Brasil as its Director of Operations. Mrs. Heinz guides the company’s day to day functions to help spearhead its expansion in the country, including efforts to connect doctors and patients, open doors to new products, and more.
Heinz has played a vital role as part of the HempMeds® Brasil team since its launch in 2014, working on brand development and marketing. Previous to her involvement with HempMed® Brasil, Heinz worked in numerous high-level positions in various Brazilian and U.S. organizations such as world renowned media outlet TV Globo.
“HempMeds® Brasil has been instrumental in accessing cannabidiol in Brazil, where we work with thousands of families who need help legally accessing RSHO ™,” says Caroline. “I am very excited about this new responsibility within the company that I so admire.”
Mrs. Heinz earned her Masters of Business Administration degree from San Diego University for Integrative Studies, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Communications from UNIVERCIDADE, in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, majoring in Journalism.