Mr. LoCascio is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Greenlane. After encountering his first vaporizer at the age of 19, LoCascio sensed the commercial and technological potential of vaporization and began purchasing and re-selling units online shortly thereafter. Since then, Greenlane has flourished under Mr. LoCascio’s continued day-to-day operations. Mr. LoCascio attended The University of Central Florida and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Accounting.
Chief Strategy Officer
Mr. Schoenfeld is Co-Founder and has served as Chief Strategy Officer of Greenlane since May 2018. He is an early adopter and pioneer of vaporization, and he has worked diligently to develop extensive personal contacts within the cannabis industry. Mr. Schoenfeld played an integral role in the adoption and success of numerous successful brands in the vaporization space that have become household names. Mr. Schoenfeld has a keen understanding of the diffusion of innovation and a mastery of the web marketing, advertising, and search engine optimization techniques to accelerate that diffusion. Mr. Schoenfeld studied International Business and earned his bachelor’s degree at Evergreen State College in 2006.
Neil Closner is a nominee to our board of directors. Mr. Closner has over two decades of start-up, technology and health care experience. Most recently, from February 2013 to July 2018, he was the founder, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Canada-based MedReleaf Corp., one of the largest and most profitable providers of medical cannabis in Canada and was acquired by Aurora Cannabis Inc. in July 2018. Prior to establishing MedReleaf Corp., Mr. Closner served as Vice President of Business Development at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, where he launched and managed a number of entrepreneurial enterprises within the hospital. Mr. Closner began his career as a health care-focused investment banker with Salomon Smith Barney (now Citigroup) and has also served as the founder, Chief Executive Officer and/or director of more than half a dozen technology and health care-related start-up companies. He served two terms as the Chairman of the Board of the Cannabis Canada Council, the national industry association that represents the majority of Canada’s licensed cannabis producers. Mr. Closner studied economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He brings to the board extensive leadership experience in the medical cannabis industry as well as experience in mergers and acquisitions.
Richard Taney is a nominee to our board of directors. Since June 2017, Mr. Taney has served as Managing Director of Tuatara Capital, LP, a cannabis industry-focused private equity fund. From April 2016 to July 2017, Mr. Taney served as the founding member of T2 Capital Management, LLC, an investment and advisory company focused on the cannabis industry. From October 2010 to April 2016, Mr. Taney served as President, Chief Executive Officer and director of Curaleaf, Inc. (formerly PalliaTech, Inc.), a cannabis cultivation and distribution company. Prior to co-founding Curaleaf, Inc., Mr. Taney was President and Chief Executive Officer of Delcath Systems, Inc., a medical technology company. Mr. Taney also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of MGT Capital Investments, Inc., another medical technology company. Prior to assuming his public company management positions, Mr. Taney spent 20 years advising institutional and high net worth clients at Salomon Brothers, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Banc of America Securities. Mr. Taney received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University and a Juris Doctor degree from Temple University School of Law. He brings to the board broad management and finance experience as well as extensive experience in the cannabis industry.
Jeff Uttz is a nominee to our board of directors. From September 2013 to March 2017, Mr. Uttz served as the Chief Financial Officer of Shake Shack Inc., an international burger restaurant chain. From September 2001 to June 2013, Mr. Uttz served as the Chief Financial Officer of Yard House USA, Inc., a full service restaurant chain. Prior to that, Mr. Uttz held a number of positions at CKE Restaurants, Inc., working his way up from Manager of Corporate Banking to Vice President of Finance. Mr. Uttz began his career at KPMG where he obtained his C.P.A. From July 2017 to July 2018, he also served as a non-executive director of Pret a Manger, an international sandwich shop chain. Mr. Uttz received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton. He brings to the board extensive financial expertise and significant experience in public company financial leadership.