Who We Are
Ralph M. Amato:
CEO, President and Chairman of the Board of the Company since its inception. From 2001 Mr. Amato has also served as CEO of Ventana Capital Partners (“VCP”), a Corporate Financial Advisory Services firm, providing emerging growth companies access to capital and the public markets. VCP provides capital, resources and processes for their client companies to "go public" via a reverse merger or direct public offering. VCP participates as a principal investor and provides services inclusive of registration statement, equity capital, SEC and corporate attorneys, PCAOB qualified CPA firm, Officers & Directors, strategic partners and PR/IR activities. Mr. Amato has over 30 years in the financial services sector with extensive experience in S1 registration statements, M&A, PIPES, primary and secondary offerings, reverse mergers and OTCQB shells.
Dr. David Wise:
JD, DM, MBA: Consultant: David has 19 years of results driven executive business solutions experience. Entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 firms rely upon his expertise in business operations, management, and leadership strategies, process/procedure implementation, human capital management, M&A oversight, and organizational structuring/ restructuring. His range of clientele span the sectors of IT, Software, Wireless, Telecom, Insurance, Biotech, Automotive, Medical, and Legal. Dr. Wise has advised and closed transactions valued at over $1.5 Billion. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, his Doctorate of Management and MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Justin Costello - Consultant:
Justin is the CEO and Chairman of GRN Funds, a private equity and hedge fund investor in the cannabis industry. Mr. Costello has worked with State chartered banks, credit unions and the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board to assist his clients with adhering to the R.C.W. requirements and codes. Mr. Costello expertise includes structuring debt and equity instruments and liquidating distressed assets for the Washington State cannabis industry. Justin has been labeled the "Fixer" of the industry and facilitates relationships with most of the major producers, processors, retailers, and media players in Washington State. He has introduced compliance and transparency procedures allowing his 502 licensed cannabis clients to legally follow policy and code requirements. Mr. Costello is also the principal investor and CEO of Canna-Exchange, trading company that brokers sales of large scale cannabis for producers and manufacturers. (Elevate Acquisition Corp has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Canna-Exchange). Justin sits as a board member, investor, and consultant for various processing and producer licensed companies in Washington State. GRN Funds is also the main investor in GRO-Alliance industrial park, a 14,000 sf indoor cultivation canopy. GRO-Alliance is also in process to acquire an additional 24,000 square feet in the east bay area of California to serve the San Francisco bay area for indoor cannabis cultivation and edibles products. Mr. Costello originated and managed (12) medical grow facilities in Eastern Washington from 2011-2015. Mr. Costello also serves as a council member of the Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) in its industrial and trade division. He has consulted clients such as Goldman Sachs, Boston Consulting Group, Bain Capital, Caterpillar, Pepsi-Co, Bosch, Samsung, Phillips, and numerous global companies and investment banks. Mr. Costello resides in the Seattle Washington area is a proud husband and father. Mr. Costello completed his undergraduate work at University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) and graduate work at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA).
Dirk Voss – Consultant:
Owner/President, Urban Management Strategies, October 2014 to Current Provides strategic management with a focus on economic and business development opportunities - which includes cannabis industry strategies-planning-application and strategic networking, governmental affairs, community preservation/code enforcement programs, development services, revenue enhancement, non-profit services and review of business operations to assure an optimal performance outcome. Additional service is strategic planning, turnaround management, organizational management, contract and project management. Currently serve on the Planning Commission and RDA Successor Agency Oversight Board for the City of Desert Hot Springs. Previously Dirk served as a Business Administrator, Diamond Generating Corporation, July 2011 to September 2014 in charge of procurement operations and business administration for CPV Sentinel Power Plant in N. Palm Springs (800 Megawatt Facility). From February 2010 to June 2011 Dirk served as the Economic/Redevelopment Project Coordinator, City of Banning. He served as administer of housing, business incentive/outreach and retention program. Oversaw first-time homebuyer program, home rehabilitation grant program and home purchase program with Habitat for Humanity.
Victor Santos - Master Grower - Xfactor Organics - Agriculturist, SoCal:
From January 2014 Victor has served as master grower for eleven California (desert based) cannabis cultivation facilities including outdoor, greenhouse, indoor and hydro grows. Victor is also a partner in Coachella Valley Farms which has been retained to manage the day to day operations of CV Pharms, LLC. CV Pharms has received its conditional use permit (CUP) for cannabis cultivation in Desert Hot Springs (DHS). Victor will serve as Master Grower for CV Pharms. (Elevate Acquisition Corp has entered into an agreement to purchase a majority stake of CV Pharms). Victor’s expertise includes identifying and correcting cultivation deficiencies, problem solving and implementing new procedures for increasing overall yield on commercial grows. Services include providing expertise to site selection, infrastructure, utility planning and build out. Planting phase includes seeds, clones and tissue cultures providing comprehensive “seed to sale” services and staff training. Victor has also created proprietary cannabis strains and maintains a Prop 215 delivery service with over 500 patients.
Frank Lane – Consultant:
Frank has served as President of CFN Media (CannabisFN), since June of 2013. CFN is the leading creative agency and media network dedicated to legal cannabis, assisting marijuana businesses in engaging B2B and B2C investors, customers, capital, and media visibility. Private and public marijuana companies and brands in the US and Canada rely on CFN Media to grow and succeed. CFN launched in June of 2013 to initially serve the growing universe of publicly traded marijuana companies across North America. Today, CFN Media is also the digital media choice for the leading brands in the space. Previously, Frank spent the last decade in the financial communications space and helped launch MUNCmedia, a pioneer in retail investor targeting, in 2007. Frank graduated from Seattle University with a BSEE and lives in the Seattle area.