Our core management team is comprised of cannabis industry veterans. We have complimented the operating group with highly respected and experienced professional managers from the legal field, finance, technology and quality assurance and operations. We are committed to maintaining transparency and high standards of excellence in investor communications.
Dale Devore, Co-Founder/Chief Technology Officer:
Dale Devore is considered the “Thomas Edison of Aeroponics” and has 30 years of experience in cannabis cultivation and systems development. He is the original inventor of the AIS aeroponics system. He has been hands-on researching and developing cultivation technology specifically tailored to cannabis in California since 1988. Dale spent numerous occasions between 1999 and 2003 comparing notes directly with Richard Stoner, of NASA’s aeroponics research division, and his biotech team. Since that time, Dale has built and tested more than 50 different aeroponics system variations. Dale also founded two of the most highly-regarded luxury dispensaries in California: Cafe Vale Tudo in Orange County and Cafe Canna Cabana near Palm Springs. Dale opened Cafe Canna Cabana with Darren Walz in 2013.
Steve Crane, Chief Executive:
Mr. Crane is a highly experienced and dynamic executive who has worked as an entrepreneur, CEO and venture investor in the Los Angeles area for over thirty years. Since 2000 he has invested in and joined the boards and management teams of numerous startup and emerging growth companies. He has most recently spent three extremely active years in California’s cannabis industry. During 2016-2018, he built and ultimately sold a 7.5-acre cultivation property in Southern California for a pre-Prop 64 Cooperative. During 2018-2019, he transformed a Central California-based traditional cannabis market operator into a vertically-integrated, regulated enterprise by forming six retail joint ventures and structuring acquisitions of both an extraction manufacturer and a Distribution property. But he is perhaps best known for his work with CorpHQ Inc., a publicly traded venture incubator. Formerly an Internet destination for small businesses, he reacquired the company in 2000, then reorganized, recapitalized and built it into one of the most successful venture incubators in Los Angeles during the period. From 2001-2007 the company built seven companies, taking two to the public markets. During that period, CorpHQ generated five consecutive years of quarterly revenue and earnings growth. After taking the company private, he continued his work in venture finance with the surviving entities until 2016. He originally co-founded CorpHQ in 1993, as the Internet’s first business-to-business destination for the small office-home office market. Under Steve’s leadership, the company grew rapidly, went public and then consolidated into a larger publicly traded Internet company in late 1999. Steve Crane has also participated in high profile advocacy efforts. He served on the OTC-Bulletin Board Best Practices Committee in 1999. In 2002, he co-founded The CEO Council, a Washington DC-based advocacy organization that represented Microcap Market Issuers before Congress and Regulators in 2003-2004. Mr. Crane has agreed to assume the position of President and Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors, at such time as the Company is able to obtain suitable insurance coverage.
Barry Jahn, Chief of Operations:
Mr. Jahn is a talented cannabis cultivator, building contractor and Compliance Engineer in the petroleum and process industries. To begin his career, he worked as licensed building contractor in Southern California for fifteen years. After receiving engineering certifications in 1999, he entered the petroleum and process industries. In 2002, he managed Inspection and Safety on the US Air Force’s $350 million refueling project at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii. The next stop for Barry was the North Slope of Alaska at the legendary BP/Exxon production facility where he served as the Managing Inspection and Safety Engineer, with over 350 direct reports. He returned to Southern California in 2008, and has since split his time between producing engineering and construction projects and consulting to the petroleum and process industries as a Managing Safety and Compliance Engineer. His knowledge and experience in cannabis cultivation, highly regulated industries and sophisticated production and manufacturing environments makes him a key asset to the AIS management team.
Jon Jacobs, Legal Counsel:
Mr. Jacobs is currently the founder and president of The Cannabis Environmental Compliance Advisors (TCECA). TCECA provides compliance, technical, litigation support, and advocacy services for cannabis-related businesses facing pesticide, chemical, and product regulatory challenges. The firm consists of a team of former senior officials and attorneys at the US EPA, private practitioners, technical experts, and state and federal government relations and public affairs specialists, they have over 100 years of unparalleled experience and expertise with federal and state environmental laws. was a former senior manager and senior counsel in the United States Environmental Protection Agency specializing in pesticides and chemical enforcement, environmental justice, and sustainability matters for 27 years. He also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Jacobs joined EPA in 1987 as the first full-time attorney advisor to EPA’s Office of Administrative Law Judges. In 1989 he served as the Division’s Deputy Director co-managing EPA’s nationwide chemicals and pesticides civil enforcement programs. In 1994 he was selected to be a Branch Chief in the reorganized Toxics and Pesticides Enforcement Division where he supervised a multi-disciplinary team of 14 attorneys, case development officers, and scientists.
Darren Walz, Co-Founder, Director, Chief Strategy Officer:
Mr. Walz founded a clothing brand called Qemro in 2009, which experienced rapid growth through hosting exhibits at trade shows such as Magic in Las Vegas, managing online marketing strategies, and licensing music producers’ names to print collaboration products marketed to their fans. Darren brings an impressive ability to manage operations, negotiate with vendors, find required talent, organize people, efficiently delegate tasks, and create a successful marketing strategy. He managed a staff of over 40 employees at the highly successful Cafe Canna Cabana, his partnership with Dale Devore. They had over 15,000 loyal patients and a 4.8 out of 5 stars rating on Weedmaps with 920 reviews.
Victoria Duff, Advisor:
Ms. Duff began her career in 1973 as one of the first female institutional bond brokers in top-tier institutional investment banking on Wall Street. She excelled at top-level business development, marketing, strategic planning, quantitative and technical analysis, business cycles consulting, negotiation, project management, and the creation of new products and services. Her clients included Fortune 100 corporations and top investment advisory firms. Duff has an additional 20 years of experience advising startup and small to mid-size companies on concept, structure, Internet strategy, SEC requirements, investor relations, corporate governance, and reorganization plans. She has served on numerous boards and managed two leading Internet Industry trade organizations. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.