Jacob Ellman is the Founder of DMO Holdings Corp., and the Publisher of its wholly-owned cannabis business publication, MJobserver.com. As a former derivatives trader on Wall Street, Mr. Ellman applies his knowledge of the capital markets to help cannabis companies grow. As a workaholic, Mr. Ellman says he "wouldn't be able to sleep" without his nightly dose of CBD.View the profile
Jessica Velazquez is Managing Partner and CEO of Indiva Advisors. Jessica is Indiva's main authority on 280E and general tax matters for individuals, partnerships, and corporations. She is responsible for representing clients in federal audit and collection cases and has a wealth of experience with state and local tax matters. She enjoys problem solving and working with clients to achieve their tax and business goals.View the profile
Jim Marty, CPA, CVA is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Bridge West LLC, one of the first accounting firms in the world to focus solely on the cannabis and hemp industries. Jim is a pioneer and a leader in the cannabis and hemp industries and is a nationally recognized and renowned expert on tax, accounting, and banking issues for these growing areas. Jim has been featured on Fox Business News, CNBC, and numerous other nationwide media outlets. In 2012, Jim founded Bridge West and since 2009, the practice has grown to more than 250 clients nationwide. In addition to providing his clients with exceptional tax preparation assistance and unparalleled client services, Jim is accredited in business valuation, intangible asset valuation, and certified in financial forensics. He is a qualified expert witness in juris- dictions in Colorado and California, and on over 30 occasions has provided testimony in Washington, Colorado, and California courts. Jim has testified for several cases in- volving business disputes, mergers and acquisitions, and business valuation issues. Jim began his distinguished career at a national accounting firm in Boston, MA and prior to founding Bridge West, Jim spent more than 30 years as the owner of a public accounting practice that assisted small businesses reach their financial goals.View the profile
MMJ Fin Sol provides its customers with complaint and secure banking, merchant services and loans..Philippa has worked various roles in the cannabis industry in Colorado since 2013. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California. She joined the company as an adviser in 2017 and her role steadily evolved into becoming a Co-Founder. The company has sought out merchant processing and lenders who are open to serving the cannabis, hemp and CBD industry who can provide legitimate, transparent, and reasonable solutions with high levels of integrity and service.View the profile
Scott is founder of the Alternative Finance Network, providing access to funding for cannabis companies. Since 2009 he has been a pioneer in providing loans and equipment leases for cannabis companies and has been called “ The Marijuana Money Man “ by Fox- San Francisco and the Denver Post .He created one of the first companies to provide access to debt based capital, Dynamic Alternative Finance in 2014 and arranged over $30 million in funding . He has taken his existing private capital sources and created an Alternative Funding Network for cannabis business ownersView the profile
The Bank of Denver has been around for more than 65 years providing our customers with banking solutions in a personalized way. We have been learning about the Hemp/CBD industry and the laws that regulate this space. The Hemp/CBD companies that are coming into fruition shows that there is a popular demand for this product. Finding out how we as financial institutions can co-habit with this industry is a goal that should be pursued.View the profile
About the talk
Until federal legalization takes place, banks of any kind assume some form of risk when they decide to shelter the money of companies operating with cannabis. Regardless of whether the bank is in more than one state or not, the banking industry itself is federally regulated, and must therefore abide by the current statues of the federal law. Thus, Whenever your money goes into a bank, it shouldn’t go unsaid that there is some risk that the money may not always be there for you to withdraw. Come learn about risk mitigation strategies and which may be right for you.
03:40 Determining factors between limited, priority and termination SARs
06:54 Merchant processing in banking
21:41 How important is redundancy?
26:31 Transparency while opening a bank account
31:28 Differences and risks between banks and credit unions
33:31 Financial risk factors of banking
36:40 Nevada and California banking
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I'm just very excited and honored to be leading a panel with such esteemed colleagues to my side. So I'm not going to steal their thunder. I'd like to let everybody just introduce themselves really quickly before we kick it off with some thought-provoking questions. I'm Philippa Burgess with MMJ Fin Sol and we are a financial services company for the Cannabis industry hemp and CBD helping with all things banking, merchant processing, and also just being put in a lot of resources out to help growing businesses. Jim
Marty, I'm a CFO and CEO of Bridge West CPAs started here in Colorado sign in Colorado Cannabis tax returns about 10 years ago. And today we're a hundred and twenty-five people and have clients in every state of the union that has some form of legal marijuana and now hemp Hi everybody in my name is Jessica Velazquez. I am also a CPA CFP founder and managing partner of Indiva Advisors. We are also a CPA firm that specifically caters to cannabis and hemp clients.
My name is Scott Jordan and I am a Founder of the Alternative Finance Network. I've been doing loans in the marijuana space since 2009. I put together a network of private lenders hedge funds and family offices in order to help people get the capital. They need to be able to expand in the area of working Capital Equipment lending and real estate lending as well. Glad to be here.