2020 Southern California Hemp Conference Speakers


We have 22 confirmed speakers.

At the conference there will be three large rooms set up theater style for the speaking sessions. Most of the speaking sessions will be panels of 3 to 4 speakers on a topic such as Farmer to Farmer, Processing, Legal and Regulation, Hemp Ag Equipment & Services, Buying and Selling Hemp Biomass, Hemp Products & Marketing, The CBD Market etc. Speaking sessions will be in one-hour time slots with 30 minutes in-between for exiting and seating the next session audience. There will be 2 one-hour morning sessions, a Noon to 1:00PM lunch break and 3 one-hour sessions in the afternoon from 1:00 PM to 5:00PM.

There will be a complete conference agenda with all speakers, topics, rooms and time schedule available to all those attending the conference.
Contact; Brian 415-243-9000 or brian@ca-hemp.com




Christopher Boucher, CEO Farmtiva

Chris Boucher is a California hemp farmer and CEO of Farmtiva Inc. Farmtiva a hemp seed selling, breeding and hemp flowers in San Diego CA. He travels the country speaking and consulting on behalf of agricultural hemp, and the new American hemp industry. Boucher is widely recognized as one the preeminent figures in the American Industrial Hemp movement. His he helped co-authored "Hemp CBD is Legal in All 50 States" back in 2012. This was instrumental in kick starting the US Hemp CBD industry into a billion-dollar industry as of today. In 1992, with the goal of reestablishing and solidifying an American hemp industry, Boucher organized and co-founded the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), In 1994, Boucher established the first legal hemp research field, since hemp had been legally grown in the US in fifty years. Boucher has grown hemp in several Countries including China Poland Hungary Romania and US. Chris has also helped draft and promote hemp legislation, some resulting in the first hemp agricultural laws in California, Colorado between 1994 - 2017.



Ed Breslin, President & Co-Founder, Making You Better Brands

Ed Breslin is a native Californian from the East Bay. He started Making You Better Brands (MYBB) with his life-long friend and business partner Brian Walker. He is a pioneer in the field of medical cannabis product development to serve the needs of patients and retail consumers. Making You Better Brands produces Xternal, Nternal, LameAway, and K9releaf; topical and internal relief for humans and animals. Their company has received national acclaim in the cannabis industry due to their focus on non-activated acidic cannabinoids, aka the microdose. MYBB products are used by top conditioned MMA fighters and grandmothers alike. Ed operates a CBD products factory near Sacramento with various sales and distribution channels throughout the country. He helped establish the first union and cannabis industry run apprenticeship program at City College in San Francisco. Ed is a dedicated educator on the benefits of CBD and its interaction with the biological endocannabinoid system. He regularly teaches a course at Oaksterdam University on CBD topicals. He speaks on CBD Hemp product and business development from his years of experience with a constantly evolving legal, regulatory and business environment.



John Miller, Founding Partner, Custom Spectrum

John Miller is California State Licensed Appraiser with over 15 years in the experience in the valuation of Land and Crops (www.VerifyIt.co). In 2013, after the passing of his father from cancer, John turned his focus to Cannabinoids as medicine and has become one of the leading experts in the valuation and distribution of Biomass and Hemp derived Cannabinoids. In 2018, John and his partners started Custom Spectrum Inc. which is focused on the extraction, isolation and blending of cannabinoids from Hemp. John is also a Partner in PhytoCannetics Inc which has a Patent pending process for creating water soluble powder from cold pressed hemp juice. John is an experienced hemp farmer and acknowledged expert on the CBD and CBG market. He works with CBD / CBG companies and brands to help them create the perfect mix of function, feeling and flavor. John speaks at workshops and trade shows for farmers and entrepreneurs seeking to enter the world of Hemp and Cannabis.



Linda Delair - Green Building Consultant

Linda Delair is a Green Building Consultant and leader in the emerging hemp building materials industry. She is a LEED accredited professional Green Building Consultant and Board Member of the U.S. Green Building Council Redwood Empire Chapter. Linda is known for her public speaking and networking skills to advance the use of hemp building materials and "Hempcrete". Hempcrete, is hemp and mixed with a lime-based binder producing a rigid material that is cast into walls, between or around structural supports. The material dries to a strong, stonelike substance that's fireproof, mold-proof and insect-proof. While not load bearing, it can be built around a supporting timber frame. Hempcrete takes the place of fiberglass insulation and sheet rock and can be covered with a lime plaster for smooth walls. Linda will speak about how industrial hemp is providing fire-resistant and sustainable building materials for the California building industry.



Daniel Garcez, AFIS, CD Simonian Insurance Agency

Daniel Garcez is an insurance professional with a proven background in strategic marketing, business development, and insurance portfolio management. Since 2015, Daniel has developed insurance and risk management portfolios for cultivators, processors, manufacturers, cannabis retailers, and testing laboratories. With a degree in Business Finance and over 15 years of cannabis-related work experience, he considers his major strengths to be industry exposure and cost analysis, compliance, implementation of risk management and policy procedures, and performance evaluation. Daniel is committed to the sustainable development the California hemp industry. He is focused on industry trends, legislative updates, and insurance product development. His has the professional resources to help business executives who want to be current on the importance of securing capital expenditures, intangible assets and managing risk through insurance options.



Jean Johnson, California Outreach Director, Vote Hemp

Jean Johnson is the California Outreach Director for Vote Hemp. She works to educate and influence policy makers, farmers, businesses and the public about the benefits of hemp. She is a go-to expert on hemp policy issues at the California county and state level. Jean is passionate about the role hemp has to play in promoting sustainability and new economic opportunities. She is a contributing writer to HempAccess.com Jean is experienced in strategy, business development and marketing. For many years she worked in the wireless and tech industries. Jean lives on the central coast of California.



Kevin Nowell, Farmer Relations, HiLo Seed Co

Kevin Nowell is a California-based hemp educator, hemp expert and certified organic vegetable farmer who heads HiLo's Farmer Relations department. As such, he works with a wide range of hemp farmers - everyone from folks buying hemp seed for the first time to those with plants already in the ground through post-harvest. Kevin's farm operations have been certified organic since 2014 and last year Kevin grew a successful certified organic hemp crop in California. Through extensive continuing education opportunities Kevin has acquired a wealth of knowledge about soil health, plant health, and all things hemp.



Patrick Goggin, Senior Attorney, Hoban Law Group

Patrick Goggin is a Senior Attorney at Hoban Law Group. He has waged battle on the frontlines of industrial hemp and general cannabis reform for two decades. Patrick led the hemp industry effort with Senator Mark Leno in 2013 to pass California's Industrial Hemp Farming Act. He is an expert on hemp business law, policy and regulation in California and nationally. He sits on Vote Hemp's board and is working to implement hemp research in California. Patrick serves as general counsel for the newly formed California Hemp Council and is a leader in industry efforts to implement hemp farming and processing in California. Hoban Law Group is a nationwide full-service business-oriented law firm serving the cannabis and hemp industry exclusively. Additionally, Hoban Law Group delivers its cannabis and hemp industry services around the globe.



Chris Conrad, Co-Founder, Hemp Industries Association

Chris Conrad is an American author, activist, curator, publisher and court-recognized expert in hemp cultivation and use. He has played a pivotal role in the shaping of modern cannabis reform as the author of such seminal books as Hemp: Lifeline to the Future (1993), Hemp for Health (1997) and Newbie's Guide to Cannabis and the Industry (2017) and by his work as a co-founder and first President of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), founder of the Business Alliance in Commerce and Hemp and a coordinator for the Proposition 215 campaign that made California the first State to legalize medical use of cannabis and Prop 64, which legalized hemp farming and adult use.



Tyler Frank, President & CEO, Hemptopia Inc

Tyler Frank is the President & CEO, Hemptopia Inc. in McMinnville Oregon. Hemptopia provides high quality hemp products, apparel and promotional materials designed around function, comfort and sustainability. He grew the business from the ground up. It has doubled in overall revenue year after year for the past 3 years. Tyler is the founder HempTradingPost.com an online multi-vendor marketplace for verified hemp business merchants. He is also the founder of Hemp 4 Humanity, a not for profit organization that is focused on advancing the hemp economy through education, income and health. Tyler has in depth knowledge on CBD stalk/stem waste processing options for farmers and hemp textile production in the United States vs importing with tari?s. He has served on the board of directors for the Hemp Industry Association since 2014.



Ollie Danner, Founder and CEO, HempAccess.com

Ollie Danner is the founder and CEO of HempAccess.com - Connect. Learn. Review. located in Kern County California. The Hemp Access Network is a national online hemp business platform providing qualified lead and networking opportunities to its members. Businesses and consumers can review products and learn from industry leaders about the latest hemp trends and news. Hemp Access Network provides the ability to quickly receive quotes from reputable companies. Hemp Access also organizes and manages Hemp Meet and Grow events throughout the country, which has become a valuable networking and outreach platform for the hemp industry. Ollie is committed to developing the hemp industry by using technology to connect the best hemp companies with their best qualified business prospects. He is an experienced SEO, sales and marketing consultant for 30 years with an emphasis on sustainable projects and is also on the board of several hemp consortiums.




Chris Fontes, CEO and Cofounder, Hemp Exchange

Chris Fontes is the CEO and Cofounder of Hemp Exchange. Hemp Exchange is an online platform for buying and selling industrial and CBD hemp. It was founded in 2019 to stabilize the hemp industry supply chain and prepare the industry for unprecedented growth. Hemp Exchange verifies all platform users before listing or purchasing, providing FDIC backed transactions, and managing the logistics of transportation, It allows for easy, verified transactions to occur in a stable setting. Chris has an extensive background in software development, operations, logistics, sales, and marketing. Leveraging previous experience in highly regulated industries, Chris built the Hemp Exchange to empower verified buyers and sellers to come together and transact in a safe and protected environment.




Roger Tambay, FilmOrganic Co-Founder & Co-President

Roger is an expert in bio-plastic technology and product design with over 25 years' of experience. He works with Growers across the country helping them increase yield and improve efficiency. He has contributed to the success of many clean technology companies by providing unique value to solve customer's problems. He has deep manufacturing and management experience with a global chemical company. Roger will speak about soil-biodegradable mulch film and how is it used, results from CSU yield trials in connection with different mulch film treatments and irrigation levels and lay out and considerations when planting hemp.



Bill Fisher, Co-Founder, President, Scargo Labs

Scargo Lab is dedicated to American-grown industrial hemp processing and extraction. It's mission is to provide customers access to the highest quality, premium CBD products in the effort to naturally and safely improve the quality of health and life. Founded in 2016, as a result of a family cancer experience, Scargo Labs is a leading supplier of full spectrum crude oil and broad-spectrum CBD distillate and isolate. With QA/QC, ISO, and cGMP compliant facilities in Oakland, California. Scargo Labs also crafts its own brand of CBD tinctures. It utilizes a proprietary technology platform that allows products with up to 95%+ concentration of CBD. All of its products are third party tested to be free of pesticides, solvent residues, and heavy metals.




Nicholas Stromberg, Founder, Beacon Hemp

Nicholas Stromberg founded Beacon Hemp in 2019, an industrial hemp breeding and seed production company specializing in feminized seed, high and rare cannabinoids, day-neutral, and co-product cultivars. Nick is a cannabis plant breeder and horticulturalist from Northern California. He attended UC Davis receiving a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Horticulture and a Master's degree in Horticulture and Agronomy. He has been growing Cannabis since 2006 and breeding high CBD chemovars since 2012 under California's Proposition 215. In 2016 Stromberg began growing, selecting, and breeding hemp at acreage scale under Oregonian hemp regulations. In addition to his work in industrial hemp, he has worked as a collaborator with Steep Hill Labs in genomic analyses method development and as Director of Horticulture for several medical and recreational Cannabis companies, including CannaCraft and its affiliates.



Robert W. Selna, Attorney, Chair Cannabis Practice Group
Wendel Rosen LLP, Oakland California

As chair of the Cannabis Practice Group at the Oakland, California-based law firm Wendel Rosen, Robert represents cannabis and hemp clients in matters including licensing, real estate, entity formation, business contracts, and litigation. A champion of the cannabis and hemp industries statewide, he represents companies in the Bay Area, the Central Valley, Humboldt County, Los Angeles and San Diego. As a powerful voice in the state's burgeoning cannabis and hemp industries, Selna frequently presents information at industry events and is interviewed by local and national media outlets to help untangle complex issues surrounding federal, state and local laws. He also regularly publishes articles on ever-evolving cannabis and hemp regulations. Among Selna's clients are the largest contract manufacturer of extracted cannabis products in California, the largest indoor grow operation in Northern California, and a distribution company that services approximately 90 percent of licensed retail stores in the state. Robert chairs Wendel Rosen's Cannabis / Hemp Industry Group. Robert's hemp work includes advising clients on licensing, local and state regulations, real estate transactions and litigation. He frequently publishes articles and speaks at public forums on cannabis issues. With longstanding Oakland roots, Robert is active in his community, serving on several boards and as the chair of a neighborhood non-profit organization.



Sandro Piancone, Founder and CEO of Hempacco Co, Inc.

Hempacco is a leading manufacturer and distribution channel for CBD rich Hemp Cigarettes. Sandro Piancone's vision is to have them in the counter of every single convenience store in the entire United States in two years' time. Mister Piancone has over twenty years of experience in building Consumer Packaged Goods companies. He just exited from a $200 million a year distribution company. Sandro is now focusing his full attention on the Hemp-CBD space. Sandro Piancone is betting hard on FMCG -Fast Moving Consumer Goods. This means infrastructure, warehouses, distribution, even vending machines. He understands that brands build value, that you need more than agriculture, more than private label, more than just a good hook. Sandro believes that technology, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Retail and Distribution are the current and future value of the Hemp-CBD space. Sandro will be speaking about current smokable CBD hemp flower market opportunities. He's not talking about the million-dollar value, he's talking about the Billion-dollar value.



Amy M. Steinfeld, Attorney & Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Amy Steinfeld serves as office managing partner of the Santa Barbara office and co-chair of the firm's Cannabis & Industrial Hemp industry group. Her unique practice focuses on the intersection of land use and water law. Amy has more than a decade of experience in the permitting and development of controversial projects throughout the state. Amy has worked on cannabis-related issues in California since the passage of Proposition 64. She supports indoor and outdoor cannabis cultivators through the land use permitting and licensing process. This includes ensuring compliance with California's complex land use, zoning, environmental and water laws. Amy regularly advises water districts, regulated utilities, cities, developers and agricultural interests in all aspects of water law Amy also works closely with industry groups to educate the public and decision makers on issues facing the hemp and cannabis industries. Amy writes and speaks regularly on water, land use and cannabis issues.



Dion Markgraaff, Vice President, US Hemp Building Association

Dion Markgraaff, is a hemp educator, business development professional and Vice President of the US Hemp Building Association (USHBA). The USHBA supports and advocates for hemp building professionals, hemp building projects and hemp building materials in the United States. Dion speakers about hempcrete, hemp boards, hemp plastic, and their growing role in green building and construction. He brings people together with a shared mission to use hemp as a sustainable building resource. Beyond education he speaks on the practical uses of hemp in building and the certification of hemp building materials. Dion has more than 28 years of experience in the cannabis and hemp industry. He is on the board of advisors of the California Chapter of the Hemp Industry Association. He has achieved many "firsts", starting with founding Europe's first hemp store "Cannabis in Amsterdam" in 1993, organizing the first medical cannabis dispensary in San Diego in 1997 and founded one of the largest cannabis patient rights groups "San Diego Americans for Safe Access" in 2002. Dion was the first to open Mexico to legal Cannabinoids in 2016. Mr. Markgraaff graduated with a dual Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Political Science and History from San Diego State University, using cannabis/hemp as a subject in his senior thesis.



Tony de Veyra, Hemp Farmer & Researcher

Tony de Veyra is a researcher and cultivator that has been working with hemp since 2016. He currently works for Buenaventura Coast on variety certification and farm management. In 2019 Tony developed a hemp agricultural pilot program called the Hemp Research Network for the World Cannabis Foundation and joined WCF's Board of Directors as Secretary. Tony has a bachelor's degree in Plant Science from Cal Poly Pomona and is a graduate of Quail Springs Permaculture. He is a farmer with years of experience cultivating citrus, avocados, exotic fruits, vegetables and hemp. He is committed to land stewardship and soil restoration. He has been conducting research on hemp agronomy and horticulture since 2015 and obtained a DEA hemp seed import permit as part of an MS in Plant Science project at Cal Poly Pomona in 2016. In 2018, Tony collected data from four hemp farms, totaling 60 acres in Ventura County as part of his thesis project.



Greg Magdoff, PharmLabs, CEO & Founder


The Founder, Greg Magdoff, is a cannabis industry expert who has had his hands in the dirt from the very beginning, allowing him to truly understand the cannabis industry from seed to sale. Greg has an extensive background in business marketing and a vast experience with chemical science; specifically chromatography. Greg, who graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing; worked for over a decade in one of the largest sales and marketing brokers in the United States representing major clients such as GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson and Johnson, Del Monte Foods, Delta/Moen, Quaker and Gatorade. Greg opened the first PharmLabs LLC in 2011 and has continued to launch additional ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited cannabis chemical and biological analytical testing laboratories in Hawaii and California over the past few years. Greg was instrumental in the software development and testing of PharmWare, a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), used throughout cannabis analytic laboratories across the country. Greg helped create the first laboratory robotics/automation system designed specifically for cannabis laboratory sample preparation known as the CannaDeck. The CannaDeck System is an automation platform including a robotic sample processing system designed to automate sample prep for cannabis analysis of potency, pesticides, heavy metals, terpenes and residual solvents. In addition, the system performs microbiology assays, working with petri dishes as well as 3M Petri Film Plates via a patent-pending SBS-compliant Processor Module. The CannaDeck system also automates ELISA assays, providing a comprehensive automation solution for cannabis testing labs.



Jeff Nunes, Zoi Ag Consulting LLC

Jeff Nunes is a consultant at ZOI Ag Consulting. He has been studying and practicing alternative farming techniques for over 25 years. Jeff is a well regarded specialist in crops that yield oil, as well as pulp, hurd, fiber, and seed for industrial and agricultural purposes. He is also known for advocating the importance of biotechnology and bio intelligence. Using alternative farming techniques, Jeff and a team of companies work together to use advanced technology to accumulate data needed to increase the beneficial bacteria and fungi to elevate the absorption of Elements and Minerals that would boost production in Orchards and field crops.