2020 cannabis science conference east keynote speakers

Stormy Simon

CEO, High Times

Former President, Overstock.com

 

Stormy Simon is an e-commerce pioneer, corporate leader, and the newly appointed CEO of High Times, the leading global brand in cannabis culture.

 

Hailing from a blue collar family in small-town Utah, she was married and a mom by the time she was 17, and divorced with two kids by 21. With early roots in radio, media buying and marketing, in 2001, a temp agency placed her at what was supposed to be a short-term assignment in the sales department at Overstock.com.

 

Stormy thrived at Overstock, building internal departments including Branding, Marketing and Customer service, where she coined the phrase “Customer Care.” She was promoted to VP of Branding in 2004 after writing and producing the iconic “Discover the Secret of the Big O” campaign, which propelled Overstock into becoming a household name. She was also instrumental in taking the company public and led the organization to become a top 25 trafficked e-tail site. Stormy garnered numerous distinctions for customer service including ranking in the top 4 AMEX/NRF Customer Choice Awards, and was elevated to President of the nearly $2B company in 2013.

 

Under her leadership, Overstock was named to Forbes’ list of “America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies.” She was also honored as Power Player by the National Retail Federation in 2016, and awarded Top Innovator by Utah Women in Tech in 2015. A devoted mentor to her female employees and a longtime advocate for women overall, one of her proudest achievements was growing the ranks of female executives at Overstock from 7% to 33%.

 

In 2016, Stormy stepped down from the Presidency at Overstock and followed her passion into the burgeoning world of Cannabis. A longtime cannavangelist and recreational usage proponent, she began working at a cultivation center in Denver where she immersed herself in understanding Cannabis growth cycles and distribution. Inspired and educated by her new colleagues, Stormy became a medical advocate, which led her to join the board of Cannakids, a California-based brand focused on supplying medical cannabis products to patients of all ages. Cementing her role in the industry, she joined the board of High Times in 2017, and was named CEO in January 2020 while retaining her board seat. In this new role, Stormy will bring her e-commerce expertise to the iconic brand, focusing on digital expansion to better allow consumers to connect with Cannabis.

 

Active across multiple verticals, Stormy also serves on the boards of Opu Labs, a tech-based, modern skincare system, 101 Studios, an LA-based entertainment company dedicated to creator-driven storytelling, and an emerging rideshare company called TRYP. She also spent two years as a Strategic Officer for Mtrac Tech, a blockchain payment system for cannabis-related businesses. Dedicated to service, she has volunteered her time to a variety of non-profit boards including the Columbus Community Center, which provides jobs to adults with mental disabilities, the Advisory Board of YWCA, Boys & Girls Club of SLC, and the Jon Huntsman Gubernatorial Committee of Economic Development. A passionate advocate for veterans, Stormy is an ardent and longtime supporter of Wounded Warrior Project, a charitable organization that helps active duty service members and veterans.

 

Stormy is currently gearing up to release a new podcast that will be available for download weekdays at 12pm called “Lunch With Stormy.” The engaging, 30 minute format will allow the audience unfettered access as Stormy shares her worldview, signature humor, and natural curiosity on a variety of daily topics. Joined by a rotating roster of tastemakers, influencers, thought leaders, and surprise boldfaced names, “Lunch With Stormy” will take listeners along an utterly unique and thought provoking journey.

Dr. Sue Sisley

President & Principal Investigator 

Scottsdale Research Institute 

 

Dr. Sue Sisley MD is an Arizona-based physician practicing Internal Medicine & Psychiatry. Sue is President of Scottsdale Research Institute & Principal Investigator for FDA-approved randomized controlled trials examining safety/efficacy of smoked marijuana flower for treating pain, post traumatic stress disorder PTSD, and opioid substitution.


Sue is striving to put crucial medically-active plants/fungi thru entire FDA drug development process to eventually be available in the market as a safer alternative to synthetic pharmaceuticals.


Scottsdale Research Institute in conjunction with their 501(c)(3) arm Field to Healed Foundation is collecting objective data hoping to urge health insurance companies to pay for whole plant botanical medicines similar to conventional pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Dustin Sulak

Co-Founder, Healer

 

Dustin Sulak is an integrative osteopathic physician and leader in the emerging field of cannabinoid medicine. His clinical practice focuses on treating refractory conditions in adults and children. Dr. Sulak received undergraduate degrees in nutrition science and biology from Indiana University, and a doctorate of osteopathy from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sulak is the founder of Integr8 Health and Healer.com. He is a passionate teacher of clinicians, patients, and professionals, and sits on the board of two cannabis education nonprofits.

Dr. Bonni Goldstein

Owner & Medical Director, Canna-Centers Wellness and Education

 

Bonni Goldstein, M.D., is the owner/medical director of Canna-Centers Wellness and Education, a Los Angeles-based cannabis speciality practice that opened in 2008, focusing on treating seriously ill children. She is medical advisor to Weedmaps.com, the first & largest global technology and media company in the cannabis space. Dr. Goldstein’s first book, Cannabis Revealed, was awarded “2017 Semifinalist Book of the Year" by the American Botanical Council. Her next book, Cannabis is Medicine, will be published by Little, Brown Spark.

Suzanne Wainwright-Evans

Owner, Buglady Consulting

 

Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, a graduate of the University of FL and has been working in the horticulture industry for more than 29 years. She is a graduate of the University of Florida with degrees in both Entomology and Environmental Horticulture. Her focus has been on biological control and using pesticides properly. She has worked throughout the United States and internationally consulting to greenhouses, nurseries, theme parks and grows. She is the owner of Buglady Consulting, now in business 20 years.

Jeff Bisberg

CEO, illumitex 

 

Jeff Bisberg is the CEO of illumitex. Jeff came to illumitex from GE where he was Chief Strategy Officer for GE Current’s IOT platform. Prior, Jeff was CEO of Albeo, ranked as a Top 10 fastest growing company by INC magazine and acquired by GE in 2012. Mr. Bisberg has twice been named E&Y Entrepreneur of The Year Finalist and won numerous awards including 23 patents. Jeff Bisberg graduated from Northwestern University with a MS.

Amazon John Easterling

Plant Medicine Specialist, Happy Tree Microbes

 

Since 1976 Amazon John Easterling has been an explorer and treasure hunter in the Amazon rainforest where curanderos taught him plant medicine. His original degree is in environmental studies. His 28 years of rainforest plant medicine experience have been profiled in TV documentaries. Amazon John’s passion for cannabis medicine began in earnest when a serious chronic health challenge he suffered from was reversed in days by using traditional plant medicine from Indigenous tribes in Peru. He founded Amazon Herb Company in 1990 and continues to research and formulate plant medicine. He serves on the board of Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research. His new focus is on how to naturally influence plants for maximize therapeutic expression (visit the Happy Tree Microbes exhibit booth at CSC 2019 to learn more).