Picks and Shovels

Amy Poinsett is a co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of MJ Freeway Business Solutions, a woman-owned software company focused on providing a business software platform including point of sale, inventory tracking, manufacturing and cultivation management software for marijuana businesses.

A talented and well-respected leader, Amy provides strategic direction and guides the high-performance culture of her team. Her determination for regulating the medical marijuana industry is wide-known as is her passion for creating the best software platforms for the medical and adult-use marijuana industry.

An alumnus of the University of Denver, Amy has directed technology development teams in software, application design, and research analysis across various business sectors within financial services, luxury tourism, and medical technology, resulting in high revenue returns and stable corporate growth. As a successful entrepreneur, Amy has founded, directed and held COO and CEO positions for various high-earning technology start-up companies in the point of sale and e-commerce spaces.

Amy is recognized nationally as an industry expert and has been a frequent guest speaker at many industry events. She has been interviewed and quoted by many local and national media outlets including CNN Money, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Forbes. She was featured as one of Cannabis Now’s Eight Cannabis Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2014.

Scott Matthew Dittman, CEO FusionPharm, Inc. (Manufacturer of the PharmPod growing system)

Scott is a long-time Colorado resident and graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder. Scott received his degree in Business/Finance and went on to acquire his CPA in 1991.

After spending two years with Arthur Andersen and Company’s San Francisco office Scott found his calling within Arthur Andersen in their enterprise small business consulting group. After a two years in the Enterprise group and a stint in AA&Co’s Sydney Australia office Scott decided to pursue his interest in real estate and return to Colorado.

Scott became CFO and minority owner of Equity Custom Homes, Inc in 1995. After eight years at Equity Custom Homes, Scott became President and majority owner in 2003. Scott also founded and ran Comprehensive Building Solutions, a Butler Manufacturing franchise specializing in steel buildings.

Scott has served as CEO of FusionPharm, Inc. since 2011 and is the inventor of the PharmPod growing system. PharmPods are used extensively by professional cultivators of produce as well as cannabis across the US and in  Canada.

Scott has been active in numerous charities and organizations around Colorado, most recently as a member of the Board of Directors of the Denver Buff Club, supporting athletics at the University of Colorado. Scott and FusionPharm are founding members of the National Cannabis Industry Association where Scott is active in lobbying at the state and national levels for cannabis policy reform.

Steve B. Warnecke is CEO of Evolutionary Genomics, Inc., an agricultural research company, Chair of the Board and CFO of VetDC, Inc., a veterinary pharmaceutical development company, Board Member of the University of Iowa Cardiovascular Research Center and Senior Vice-President for Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation.

Mr. Warnecke is active in the Colorado entrepreneurial/angel capital community including capital raising and going public transactions. Prior positions include CFO of Targeted Medical Pharma (NASDAQ-TRGM, a pharmaceutical company), CFO at Bacterin International (NASDAQ-BONE, a human biologics and medical device company), Lead Independent Director/Audit Committee Chair for Evolving Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ – EVOL, an international telecom software company), Board member of Boppy Company, Senior Vice-President of Strategic Planning for First Data/Western Union (NYSE – FDC) and Chief Financial Officer for Frontier Airlines (former NASDAQ company acquired by Republic Airways). Mr. Warnecke graduated from the University of Iowa with a BBA in accounting, finance and management and passed the CPA exam in 1979 prior to spending the first twenty years of his career in the construction industry.

Mr. Warnecke lives in Castle Rock, CO with his wife, Wendy and sons, Jake and Bryan. Bryan has been treated for cystic fibrosis at Children’s Hospital for his entire fourteen years. Mr. Warnecke also serves on the Board of Directors of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Chad Brue founded Brue Capital Partners (BCP) in 2011 to acquire commercial real estate properties, multi-family properties, and operating businesses in the Denver Metro Area.  BCP focuses on the acquisition and development of commercial real estate properties, multi-family properties, and the purchase of operating businesses throughout the Denver metro area.  In addition to acquiring nine industrial properties in the last 18 months (all leased to marijuana cultivators), other recent transactions include successfully refurbishing a 66 unit apartment building, acquiring a roofing company and constructing a 77,000 SF office building at 17th & Platte Street in downtown Denver.  In total, BCP currently owns over $47 million worth of real estate and operating businesses in the metro area.

After beginning his real estate career at Grubb & Ellis Company, Chad was recruited to CBRE - a Fortune 500 company and the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm – to form the company’s Colorado Private Capital Group (PCG).  Chad expanded the group’s market share in Colorado from near zero to over 25% in just three years, personally transacting on over $1 billion of commercial real estate sales.  Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to Managing Director of PCG nationally, overseeing 180 brokers in 21 markets.  During his five year tenure as the head of PCG, he expanded PCG’s reach into 54 markets across the US and Canada consisting of over 350 brokers and staff.   At the peak, his team traded $6.2 billion in commercial real estate in a single year and generated over $100 million in annual revenue to the firm.

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