Diego Pellicer Worldwide Leadership Team

The Diego Pellicer Worldwide leadership team has worked in the cannabis industry since 2009, assisting multiple independent companies in planning, building out and operating licensed cannabis businesses that include all business-to-business and business-to-customer/patient functions such as cultivation, testing, processing, wholesaling, dispensing, compliance, and taxation. In addition to performing and managing each of these business functions, the management team has extensive experience in working with vendors and suppliers for all materials needed to construct, remodel, and operate facilities associated with cultivation, testing, processing, and dispensing regulated cannabis.  The leadership team, supported by its high-caliber advisory team, is well equipped to maneuver the complicated legal environment of establishing and running a profitable and legal cannabis business and generate the market awareness that will produce increasing share value over time based on its core skill set.

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Ron Throgmartin
Chief Executive Officer & Board of Directors

Throgmartin joined Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc. in 2013. He previously served as an independent consultant for medical marijuana, managing state licensing, compliance, retail operations and production. Throgmartin was actively involved in his family business, a publicly owned and operated electronics and appliance retailer which at its peak, had retail operations in 16 states and more than $2.4 billion in annual sales. In 1989 he started his own commercial development company, developing more than three million square feet of commercial projects with leading retailers.

Nello Gonfiantini III
Chief Strategy Officer & Board of Directors

Gonfiantini joined Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc. as a consultant in 2016. In 2017 he was made vice president of real estate. He has more than 40 years of experience in the real estate and financial sector including president and chairman of the board of Home Federal Saving Bank of Nevada which was later purchased by American Federal Savings Bank. He also formed Specialty Mortgage Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust. In 2015 he founded Crystal Bay Financial to assist corporate and real estate clients find solutions to complex and multifaceted financial challenges.

Christopher Strachan
Chief Financial Officer

Strachan brings more than 20 years of executive management experience in corporate operations, marketing, securities and finance to Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc. Strachan joined the company in January of 2016 with a focus on developing all financial aspects of Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc. Prior to joining the company, Strachan was the president of Helisports LLC, a business development consulting company, the CEO of Rhodes Architectural Stone and the director of marketing and sales of Glasair Aviation.

Joseph J. Tomasek, Esq.
General Counsel

Tomasek joined the company as general counsel in June 2016, and is responsible for corporate compliance and securities law matters. Tomasek has represented both private and public companies in general corporate, securities and merger and acquisition matters for over the past 35 years. In addition, he has served as a member of the board of directors for public companies. Currently, Tomasek is affiliated as of Counsel with the New York City law firm of Mintz & Fraade. Tomasek received his bachelor degree and law degree from Seton Hall University and earned a Certificate d’Etude from the University of Strasbourg, France.

Neil Demers
Owner/Operator, Diego Pellicer Colorado

Demers won the Cannabis Business Awards’ 2017 Executive of the Year. He is an expert in all aspects of the cannabis industry including retail, grow, and edible and concentrate operations. He specializes in the development, growth, execution, and compliance of cannabis retail stores, commercial grow warehouses and large-scale edible and concentrate companies.  In 2010, he graduated from the University of Denver with a Master of Science in Finance and started his career in the cannabis industry.  He also has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Economics from Colorado State University.  Upon completion of his studies, he began planning for the eventual growth of the cannabis industry in Colorado with expectations that it would spread throughout the United States. He currently owns and operates one of the leading, award winning dispensaries in Colorado, Diego Pellicer.  Prior to his current venture, he was the Chief Operations Officer of multiple retail and grow operations in Colorado; and then a leading edible company.  His forward thinking and expertise in business, the cannabis industry, and finance allow him to understand the changing landscape of the cannabis industry in a way that is extremely important to his success. He also sits on the board of directors for Clover Leaf University, the first nationally accredited cannabis university ever.

Nick Jack
Chief Retail Officer, Diego Pellicer Colorado

Jack is a professional cannabis retail sales expert and overall virtuoso on the subject of cannabis. His knowledge and physical work produced in the field is of the highest quality, accuracy, compliance, and dedication. He has supervised the daily operations of Diego Pellicer - Colorado's retail stores as its Chief Retail Officer, including sales, cash handling, standard operating procedures, financial reporting, inventory management, customer service, regulatory compliance, client communication, and client education. He also helps manage Diego Pellicer’s mergers and acquisitions, business consulting, financial audits and management, and has a great understanding of the cannabis sector and its market demands. He has a vast knowledge of cannabis retail operations, cannabis strains, customer hospitality, product mixes, merchandising, marketing, human resources, and state compliance. He is a major contributor to the brand’s success and development. His unrivaled work ethic and focus lead him to win the prestigious 2017 Manager of the Year award by the Cannabis Business Awards. Furthermore, and Diego Pellicer-Colorado won Retail Dispensary of the Year in 2017 & 2018 and Cannabis Brand of the Year in 2018 by the Cannabis Business Awards, Best Dispensary for a Newcomer by Westword's Best of Denver Reader's Choice Award in 2018, Best Designed Dispensary by LeafBuyer.com in 2017, Leafly List winner multiple times, THC Classic's 2018 Flower Top Choice, and more under Mr. Jack’s leadership. He is also on the board for the 2019 Cannabis Conference in Las Vegas.