Mr. Allen is a seasoned executive with extensive financing and transaction experience having built multiple companies through a combination of organic and acquisition-driven growth. He has recruited operating teams and shaped strategy in several competitive and dynamic industries. Mr. Allen is the Founder of Geronimo Capital LLC, a cannabis industry investment firm. Previously Mr. Allen was President of Acreage Holdings (“Acreage”), a cannabis multi-state operator. Mr. Allen joined Acreage’s predecessor company in 2017 and lead the transition from a 5-employee investment vehicle into a vertically integrated company with centralized operations. During his tenure Mr. Allen was responsible for multiple financing rounds, a complex roll-up, dozens of acquisitions, executive recruiting and an initial public offering. At the time of of his departure in April of 2019, Acreage was the largest multi-state operator with the broadest footprint in the United States.
Immediately prior, George Allen was Chief Investment Officer of Cambridge Information Group (CIG) a large family office with a focus on digital content where he managed a portfolio of private and public direct and indirect investments.
From 2011 to 2014 Mr. Allen led an acquisition-driven restructuring of Blucora (NASDAQ: BCOR) into a leading provider of wealth management and tax software and prior to Blucora, Mr. Allen spent nine years at Warburg Pincus, managing investments in the communication, media and technology sectors, and Goldman Sachs in New York and Hong Kong, where he invested capital in distressed securities.
Mr. Allen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and lives in Rhinebeck NY.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Ainsworth is a co-founder of Lowell Farms Inc. and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. In 2006 Mr. Ainsworth founded Pastry Smart, the first American Humane Certified and Organic bakery and confectionary manufacturer in the United States. Specializing in research and development, Mr. Ainsworth consulted with multiple Fortune 500 companies and developed Pastry Smart products for globally recognized retailers such as Whole Foods Markets and Costco Wholesale Corporation. Prior to forming Pastry Smart, Mr. Ainsworth served as Executive Pastry Chef for Pebble Beach Company and in a similar capacity for The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company. He has served as a Pastry Chef under Master Chef Alfonso Contrisciani at the former Opus 251 in Philadelphia, a Pastry Cook at Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino, and began his career in the pastry kitchens of the Atlantic Inn and Lucca's.
A member of the American Culinary Federation since 2013, Mr. Ainsworth is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, where he studied Pastry and Food Service Management, and he holds a certification from the French Pastry School.
Lead Independent Director
Ms. Harkness is currently the Managing General Partner of OPES Holdings, LLC. From 1980 to 2011 Ms. Harkness was CEO of Pacific Plastics & Engineering, a leading medical device manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay area. Ms. Harkness was formerly the Chairperson of National Association of Manufacturers, a member of the Board of Directors for Dignity Health Hospital, and Chair of the Silicon Valley Capital Club Board of Governors. She is a past recipient of the National Association of Manufacturers "Freedom Award," the NAWBO "National Woman Business Owner" award, the Wells Fargo Bank "Outstanding Entrepreneur" award, and the Junior Achievement's Hall of Fame for Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Philanthropy "2018 Legacy Award." Ms. Harkness holds a B.S. degree from Cal Poly, and MA and Administration credentials from San Jose State.
Mr. Anton has served as Chairman and CEO of Anton Enterprises, Inc. since 2005 and Managing Partner of Anton Venture Capital Fund LLC since 2004. Prior to Anton Enterprises he was Chairman of Anton Airfood, Inc. from 1989 to 2005, the airport foodservice company he founded. Mr. Anton is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Culinary Institute of. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Media Research Corporation, the Board of Directors of QSpex Technologies Inc., and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Thalians Foundation for Mental Health at Cedars-Sinai. Mr. Anton formerly served on the Board of Directors of Air Chef Corporation, a leading private aviation catering firm in North America, the Board of Directors for Morton's Restaurant Group, the Board of the British Restaurant Association, the Board of Trustees of the William F. Harrah College - University of Nevada in Las Vegas, and the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. Mr. Anton is a recipient of the Silver Plate Award for "Chain Operator of the Year" from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association and the "Golden Chain Award" from Nation's Restaurant News.
Chief Financial Officer and Director
Brian Shure serves as Chief Financial Officer for Lowell Farms Inc., a leading vertically integrated cannabis company with world-class capabilities, including cultivation, extraction and manufacturing, brand sales, marketing, and distribution. An experienced and disciplined financial manager with more than 20 years of thought leadership as a portfolio manager and business operations executive, Mr. Shure applies his veteran talent to Lowell Farms Inc.’s growing market position in a rapidly changing and highly regulated industry; ensuring that the organization continues to achieve success within the boundaries of compliance.
Mr. Shure has served as President of Ambrose Capital Partners, an investment management firm directing public and private investments since 2008. He served as Chief Financial Officer of MedData, a revenue cycle management company in the healthcare industry, where he oversaw significant organic and M&A growth. Mr. Shure joined MedData following the company’s acquisition of Cardon Outreach, where he led finance and M&A strategy as Chief Financial Officer, growing EBITDA from less than $1 million to more than $30 million. He has also served as a Partner and was on the investment committee at Maximus Capital, a hedge fund dedicated to public health care investments.
Mr. Shure is on the board of Prevent Cancer Foundation, the only United States-based nonprofit organization solely dedicated to cancer prevention and early detection, and he has served on the Board of Beyond the Boroughs, a New York-based national scholarship fund.
Mr. Shure holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University
Mr. Gates serves as the Founder and President of Three Oaks Strategies LLC, a Virginia-based consulting firm that advises companies and individuals on strategic communications matters and public policy. He is also Founder and President of Three Oaks Asset Management LLC, a family office and venture capital firm that works to augment its financial participation with management advice, marketing advice, and relationship-building advice.
Jeffrey Monat has invested in cannabis companies since 2013, funding both cultivation and ancillary businesses. He has been with Merida Capital Holdings since 2018 and is a partner in all four of its funds, where he serves in a primary analytical role for the funds’ investments. Mr. Monat has been a member of Merida Merger Corp. I’s board of directors since August 2019. Since 2018, Mr. Monat has served as Chairman of the Board of Steep Hill Labs. From 2000 to 2002, he was with Goldman Sachs, where he advised clients on M&A transactions, financial valuation, and corporate governance issues. He worked in the Goldman Sachs Principal Strategies Group from 2002 to 2003, analyzing public-market opportunities for the firm’s proprietary investment fund. From 2003 to 2010, he was an investment analyst at Rockbay Capital, where he helped grow the firm to $1 billion in assets under management. From 2010 to 2012, he was with FrontPoint Rockbay, an event-driven hedge fund in New York where he evaluated prospective investments and helped build the firm’s investment analysis infrastructure. Mr. Monat also served as a Senior Analyst at Seven Locks Capital, a long/short equity hedge fund from 2012 to 2016 and was a Senior Analyst at Sage Rock Capital, an event-driven hedge fund based in New York from 2016 to 2018. Mr. Monat is treasurer and trustee of the Social Smarts Foundation, Inc., an after-school program that helps children with special needs improve their social skills. Mr. Monat received a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.