Management Team


David E. Argudo

Chief Executive Officer

Current elected City Official 7+ years. Consults & develops cannabis policies for local municipalities. Pioneer in developing local tax measures of cannabis in California. 25 year career in cannabis with experience in biopharmaceuticals, cancer research, real estate and mortgage financing.

Member of California Growers Association, Member of Humboldt Interdisciplinary Institute for Marijuana Research (HiiMR).


Chief Financial Officer

Fiona Fitzmaurice is a chartered certified accountant with 12 years of experience in accounting and financial control. Fiona is currently CFO of Enforcer Gold Corp. (TSXV: VEIN) and acted previously as financial controller for Noront Resources Ltd. where she was involved in private placements, prospectus filings, flow-through financings and corporate audits. Prior to joining Noront, Fiona acted as a senior accountant and Controller for both private and publicly listed junior companies.

Fiona holds a BA in accounting and finance from the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland.


Chief Operating Officer

A successful serial entrepreneur, Paul Mann’s experience and network spans the globe. He has managed and successfully exited nine start-ups on three continents including Cavio Corporation, Veridicom International, National Connect, The Pacific Business Development Corporation and Winsight Technology.



Christian Scovenna

Sr. VP of Corporate Finance

Christian Scovenna has over eleven years of capital market experience. As Managing Director at a boutique firm, Mr. Scovenna led six portfolio companies within the group, raising capital, business development.

He also spent four years with Frontier Merchant Capital Group as Director & Senior VP of Operations and most recently as Managing Partner with Lions Edge Capital.

Over the years, Mr. Scovenna has been successful in completing numerous M&A activities and capital raises. He currently serves as Director & Sr. VP of Business Development for Enforcer Gold Corp. (VEIN-TSX.V).


Sr. Human Resources / Risk Manager

Thomas Sykes has more than three decades of experience in the private and public sectors, having worked for the Union Pacific Railroad, Southwest Management Consulting, the City of Whittier, the State of California, the City of Commerce, the City of Industry, and managing his own consulting company.  

He is a retired City Administrator / Redevelopment Agency Executive Director for the City of Commerce, and also served in many other capacities during his 32 year career with Commerce, including Recreation Center Director, Management Analyst, Personnel Analyst,  Assistant Director of Special Services, Director of Personnel, and Assistant City Administrator.  As a 16 year elected member of the Walnut City Council, Thomas Sykes served 4 terms as Mayor, serving several years on the Southern California Joint Powers Insurance Authority Board of Directors, where he received his Risk Manager Certification. 

Thomas Sykes is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and has a vast amount of experience in the Personnel, Labor Relations and Human Resources Management field.






Senior Analyst

Mr. Byrne is a professor at the School of Business at Humboldt State University, in the heart of the Emerald Triangle in Northern California, where he teaches accounting, management, and finance. His work as a business consultant includes cash flow analysis, financial modeling, business planning, accounting, budgeting and online services. As a member of the Humboldt Interdisciplinary Institute for Marijuana Research (HiiMR), Mr. Byrne designs, conducts, analyzes, and disseminates research, as well as provides applied expertise to policy makers, researchers, health professionals, businesses, and the media.

With cannabis industry ties to Mendocino, Humboldt, and Trinity counties, Mr. Byrne is well established in the Emerald Triangle as a consultant and subject-matter expert.



Strategic Advisor

Michael Blady most recently served as Director of Invictus MD Strategies Corp (TSXV: IMH), a company focused on several verticals within the burgeoning Canadian cannabis sector including licensed Producers under the ACMPR including investment in the fully licensed facilities operated by AB Laboratories Inc. and Acreage Pharms Ltd and fertilizer and nutrients through Future Harvest Development Ltd. 

Mr. Blady also served as the VP of Sales and Marketing for Future Harvest Development Ltd.


Strategic Advisor

Mr. Selleck has garnered over 25 years of hands-on experience in the construction and disaster recovery industry. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Strategic Response Partners which has successfully grown into one of the United States’ preeminent and largest disaster management firms. Prior to founding Strategic Response Partners, he completed courses in Architecture Design and Structural Engineering and founded his first contracting firm which employed a team of over 60 people.

Mr. Selleck’s companies have restored over 4,000 properties domestically and internationally.




U.S. Legal Counsel

Marc J. Ross is a founding partner of Sichenzia Ross Ference Kesner LLP, which specializes in corporate, securities, litigation and regulatory matters. In the securities and corporate area, Mr. Ross advises companies with their 1934 Act reporting requirements as well as their NASDAQ, AMEX and NYSE and other exchange listing and compliance matters. 

Mr. Ross also specializes in advising marijuana and marijuana-related companies. In particular, he is very knowledgeable in, and often speaks on, the legal issues associated with marijuana and marijuana-related businesses, including the interplay between state laws which legalize  recreational and/or medical marijuana uses, and federal laws which bar such uses.

Desmond M. Balakrishnan

Legal Counsel

Desmond Balakrishnan, a partner with McMillan LLP since 2004, is a member of the firm's Corporate Finance/Securities Law Group. Desmond's current areas of focus include private equity investments, public offerings, new listings, mergers, acquisitions, listed company maintenance, gaming, entertainment and hospitality law. Desmond has acted as counsel on new issues and listings on all Canadian Stock exchanges and inter listings with several international exchanges.