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GCT100 2023 Nominees: Media, Marketing & Events




In an industry beset with stigmatic and regulatory headwinds, the way the story of cannabis is told is crucial. These are the folks who are telling that story and shaping the narrative of the plant in traditional and new media, via professional communications services, and at gatherings around the world where ideas are shared and new cannabis friends are made. Here’s to the journalists, podcasters, event-planners and PR pros.


Vlad Bautista & Ramon Reyes
Co-Founders, Happy Munkey
New York, NY, United States

Tim Blake
Founder, Emerald Cup
Laytonville, CA, United States

Adelia Carrilo
Co-Founder, Blunt Brunch
Phoenix, AZ, United States

Tariq Cherif & Matt Zingler
Co-Founders, Rolling Loud
Miami, FL, United States

Dani Diamond
Founder, Hall of Flowers
Austin, TX, United States

Mark Edwards
Marketing Director, Lucky Leaf Expo
Dallas, TX, United States

Cassandra Farrington
Co-Founder & Strategic Advisor, Marijuana Business Daily & MJBizCon
Denver, CO, United States

Douglas Gordon
Founder, CanEx Jamaica
Montego Bay, Jamaica

James Greg
Founder, Marijuana Venture Interchange
Mercer Island, WA, United States

Steve Hager
Founder, High Times / Cannabis Cup
Los Angeles, CA, United States

George & Kim Jage
Co-Founders, MJ Unpacked
Seattle, WA, United States

Vivian McPeak
Founder, Seattle Hempfest
Seattle, WA, United States

Alex Rogers
Founder, ICBC
Medford, OR, United States

Marketing & PR

Ricardo Baca
Founder & CEO, Grasslands
Denver, CO, United States

Madison Fiore
Founder, CEO & Growth Strategist, Fiore Media
Venice, CA, United States

Jordan Isenstadt
SVP, Marino PR
New York, NY, United States

Kristy Jozwiak & Angela Menninger
Co-Founders, Duality Public Relations
Phoenix, AZ, United States

Rosie Mattio
Founder & CEO, Mattio Communications
New York, NY, United States

Alice Moon
PR Agent, Trailblaze
Los Angeles, CA, United States

Angela Pih
Head of Marketing, StateHouse
San Diego, CA, United States

Shannon Reed
CMO, Omura
Venice, CA, United States

Tiffany Watkins
CEO, Affinity Bio Partners
Sacramento, CA, United States

Lisa Weser
Founder & CEO, Trailblaze
Los Angeles, CA, United States

Zoe Wilder
PR Agent
Los Angeles, CA, United States

Media & Publishing

Tom Angell
Editor, Marijuana Moment
Los Angeles, CA, United States

Marguerite Arnold
Journalist, Cannabis 101
Frankfurt, Germany

Johnathan Cilia
Editor, Lovin Malta
Valletta, Malta

Javier Hasse
Founder & CEO, El Planteo
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ellen Holland
Editor, High Times
Oakland, CA, United States

Steve Jones
Journalist, Cannabiz
Sydney, NSW, Australia

Tiffany Kary
Journalist, Bloomberg News
New York, NY, United States

Eoin Long
Founder, The Cannabis Review
Dublin, Ireland

Peter McCusker
Editor, BusinessCann
Shotley Bridge, England, United Kingdom

Maureen Meehan
Editor, Benzinga
Detroit, MI, United States

Stephen Murphy
Co-Founder, Prohibition Partners
London, United Kingdom

Jason Raznick
Founder, Benzinga
Detroit, MI, United States

Amanda Siebert
Author & Journalist
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Sara Brittany Somerset
New York, NY, United States

Steven Voser
Gordon, VCT, Australia

Will Yakowicz
Journalist, Forbes
New York, NY, United States

Mona Zhang
Journalist, Politico
Arlington, VA, United States


Bruce Barcott, Hannah Staton & Alyssa Yeoman
The Rollup by Leafly
Seattle, WA, United States

Anuj Desai
The Cannabis Conversation
London, United Kingdom

Dan Humiston
Founder, PodConX
Vail, CO, United States

Tad Hussey
Cannabis Cultivation & Science
Chehalis, WA, United States

Diana-Ashley Krach
Your Highness Podcast
Baltimore, MD, United States

Bethany Niebauer
Blunt Business
Denver, CO, United States

Kirk Nyquist & Trevor Shewfelt
Reefer MEDness
Dauphin, MB, Canada

Emily Paxhia & Cy Scott
High Rise
San Francisco, CA, United States

Joe Rogan
The Joe Rogan Experience
Austin, TX, United States

Rena Sherbill
Cannabis Investing Podcast, Seeking Alpha
Tel Aviv, Israel

Chris Walsh
Seed to CEO by MJBizDaily
Denver, CO, United States

Andrew Watson
Everyday Retail
San Francisco, CA, United States

Brian Weber
Lit Up Founders
Jersey City, NJ, United States

David Woje & Rachel Woke
Colorado Springs, CO, United States

Corrie Yelland
Cannabis Health Radio Podcast
Victoria, BC, Canada



Cannaconvo with Peter Su of Green Check Verified

Cannabis Last Week with Jon Purow interviews Peter Su of Green Check Verified. Peter Su is a Senior Vice President with Green Check Verified, the top cannabis banking compliance software/consultancy in the space. A 20+ year veteran of the banking industry, Peter serves on the Banking & Financial Services committee of the National Cannabis Industry Association. He chairs the Banking and Financial Services Committee for the NYCCIA & HVCIA. He is an official member of the Rolling Stone Cannabis Culture Council. And, he is on the board of the Asian Cannabis Roundtable, serving as treasurer.

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