Ryan Allway October 1st, 2018 Industry Visionaries to Converge in Oakland for Fourth Annual New West Summit, a Conference Featuring Celebrity Speakers and... Tech-Driven Cannabis Conference Spotlights Hottest Industry Trends and the Most Disruptive Innovations

Ryan Allway

October 1st, 2018

Industry Visionaries to Converge in Oakland for Fourth Annual New West Summit, a Conference Featuring Celebrity Speakers and a Cannabis Career Fair

OAKLAND, Calif.—Sept. 26, 2018—For three days in October, cannabis industry leaders will again gather at the fourth annual New West Summit to focus on the game-changing, disruptive developments in technology, science, media and investment within the cannabis space.

The conference brings together the best and the brightest international entrepreneurs, thought leaders, top-level investors, innovative brand developers and creators to tackle the future of cannabis technology and science.

Many luminaries in the cannabis space will take the stage at this one-of-a-kind B2B and peer community networking event, including Tim Seymour of CNBC; Weed The People documentary producer Ricki Lake; Viceland host Krishna Andavolu; startup icon and Slow Ventures founder Dave Morin; Men’s Wearhouse founder George Zimmer; rapper and Cookies Clothing founder Berner; former NFL player Kyle Turley; entrepreneur and lead singer of Rebelution, Eric Rachmany; professional snowboarder Travis Rice; UFC champion Frank Shamrock; and professional skateboarder Bob Burnquist.

“This is a B2B technology, science and investment conference that happens to be about cannabis,” said Jim McAlpine, New West Summit Founder & Producer. “To succeed in this industry, you need to have your finger on the pulse of tech advancements and media trends.”

Held Oct. 11-13 at Oakland’s Marriott City Center, New West Summit features more than 100 exhibitors, 50 panels, 150 speakers, an investment symposium, a special Consumer Day with a career fair and more. Organizers expect more than 4,000 attendees at the conference.

Attendees will receive a crash course on the most dynamic and disruptive segments of the North American cannabis industry, which is already valued at $9.2 billion and projected to grow to $47.3 billion within the next 10 years.

Top minds in business, law and finance—such as Jennifer M. Sanders, founder of CNS Equity Partners; Bob Hoban, Managing Partner at Hoban Law Group; and Giadha Aguirre de Carcer, founder and CEO of New Frontier Data—will speak at New West Summit, predicting trends and discussing what’s next for nonprofits, venture capital-backed startups, publicly traded companies and entrepreneurial crowd-funding.

Featured speakers such as Derek Peterson, CEO of Terra Tech Corp., will discuss whether cannabis is really the next billion dollar internet boom. Leading communications experts including Mark Larkin, General Manager of CNET Television, and Josh Otten, Founder & Chief Content Officer at PRØHBTD Media, will explore social media, marketing, activism, modern branding, shifts in media coverage and the entry of Fortune 500 brands to the legal cannabis space. (Find a complete list of speakers here.)

For the second year in a row, New West Summit wraps up with a special Consumer Day and Career Fair. The Career Fair will help connect prospective employees with more than 30 companies looking to hire for all types of jobs, from entry-level budtending and behind-the-scenes operations to management and executive positions. Outside the Career Fair, there are ample opportunities to learn insider information about the industry from experts, discover the latest products and meet fellow enthusiasts.

See the event schedule for a complete list of panel topics. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Shawna McGregor, Grasslands, at 917-971-7852 (shawna@mygrasslands.com).

About New West Summit

New West Summit focuses exclusively on technological advancements in the cannabis space and the disruptive forces at play in science, investment and media for this evolving industry. The Oct. 11-13 event at Marriott City Center in Oakland, California, features 100 exhibitors, 50 panels, 150 speakers, an investment symposium, afterparties and more. Learn more at www.newwestsummit.com.

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Shawna McGregor

Grasslands: A Journalism-Minded Agency



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Ryan Allway

About Ryan Allway

Mr. Allway has over a decade of experience in the financial markets as both a private investor and financial journalist. He has been actively involved in the cannabis industry since its inception, covering public and private companies.

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