Management Team

William Simpson Chief Executive Officer

William founded Chalice Farms turning the company into one of the leading cannabis brands and retail dispensary chains in Oregon. After experience with the communications industry, mortgage business and venture capital funding start-ups, William became involved in Oregon’s medical marijuana industry. He designed and installed numerous grows in the Pacific Northwest and started The Green Future Garden Hydroponics LLC  in 2009, which included a consulting element focused on building-out dozens of state-of-the-art grow facilities. In 2013, William received a license to open-up one of Portland’s first medical marijuana retail locations, the Powell House Cannabis Club. The following year he launched the Chalice Farms brand along with updating the dispensary to the new brand platform. William leveraged this early experience in the medical marijuana industry to develop innovative manufacturing, sales and marketing practice for the Chalice Farms brands and retail platforms.

Mike Genovese – Chief Operating Officer

Mike was the former COO and Managing Partner of award-winning Chalice Farms. He has extensive experience in finance, account management, business and sales. His career started out working as an accountant with Grant Thorton LLP, and from there he spent time with the Oracle Corporation focusing on account management including managing relationships with Techtronix, Nike, Hitachi and Goodyear Tire. Mike also developed expertise in residential financing as a licensed branch manager and loan officer with Paramount Equity, Inc. Prior to joining Chalice Farms, he played a key role in managing data monetization for clients while working in the advertising and data management industry. Mike holds a Bachelor of degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Craig Eastwood – Chief Financial Officer

Craig brings almost three decades of progressive financial leadership, which includes public company experience, to Golden Leaf Holdings. Most recently, Mr. Eastwood served as CFO at Powin Energy Corporation. Prior to that, Eastwood was the corporate controller at Erickson, a leading specialty aviation company. He has also held senior financial leadership positions with ESCO, Daimler Trucks, and Pharmaceutical Product Development. He started his career in public accounting with Deloitte, is a licensed CPA, and earned his accounting degree from the University of South Africa.

John Magliana – Corporate General Counsel

John Magliana, Corporate General Counsel, is a widely recognized general counsel and transaction lawyer with over 31 years in planning, negotiating, structuring, conducting effective due diligence examinations and implementing international and domestic business transactions to his clients’ optimum tax and business advantage. He has been lead counsel in literally hundreds of business transactions including both equity and asset sales and purchases, as well as all forms of reorganizations, financings, and restructuring, involving both public and private companies. John has also served in a variety of business capacities over the years with early-stage and established companies, including President, V.P. of Corporate Development, Secretary and a Director, giving him a practical insight that is rare for attorneys. John was here at the inception of the Company and helped guide management through the strategic business and legal decisions which ultimately led to the Company going public in October of 2015.

Board of Directors

Gary Yeoman – Director

Gary, who is serving as GLH’s board chairman, has served as the Executive Chair of iLOOKABOUT since June 2013, after previously serving as a consultant to the company. He is also the President of Yeoman and Associates Inc., a private real estate consulting company. From 2005 to 2011, Gary served as CEO of Altus Group, a TSX-listed real estate consultancy firm that supplies software, data and analytics intelligence. During his term as CEO, he led Altus through a seven-year growth period during which the company increased revenues from $75 million to approximately $325 million. During this period, Gary reorganized, re-focused and directed the business expansion from 15 Canadian offices to over 65 offices with business in 64 countries, orchestrating the acquisition of 25 companies located in six different continents at an approximate capital cost of $250 million.

Peter Saladino – Director

Peter is a passionate entrepreneur who has built and managed a variety of successful companies. He founded BMF Washington, one of the largest cannabis producer processors in the state of Washington. He has designed and developed turn-key marijuana facilities in Seattle and Raymond, Washington. In addition, Peter is the principal owner of the South Fork Business Park which is a 20 acre site zoned exclusively for cannabis production. He helped found the Washington CannaBusiness Association which has played a significant role in supporting the growth and evolution of the legal cannabis industry in Washington. Peter is also currently President of Charter Construction, a multi-state construction company with over 300 employees and sales of $150,000,000 annually. He is a graduate from the University of Washington and sits on the board of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of King County.

Michael Cohl – Director

Michael Cohl’s career spans over 45 years in the entertainment business, producing worldwide music tours, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, U2, Barbra Streisand, and many more, as well as films such as Pete Seeger: Power of Song (Emmy Award), LENNONYC (Peabody and Emmy Awards), Big Easy Express (Grammy Award), a film about Harry Belafonte, Sing Your Song (NAACP Image Award), and The Rolling Stones classics Live at the Max and Shine a Light. Mr. Cohl has also produced live shows such as the children’s show Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! (2010 Billboard Touring Award for Creative Content) and has spent decades on and off Broadway with shows including SpiderMan: Turn Off the Dark (for which Mr. Cohl was voted Producer of the Year 2011), Rock of Ages, and Spamalot (Tony Award). Mr. Cohl was previously the chairman of Live Nation, was inducted into the Canadian Rock ‘n’ Roll/Music Hall of Fame, and has received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. Among his many other awards, Michael has also been honored with the Billboard Legend of Live Award, the TJ Martell Foundation Man of the Year Award, and a JUNO Award for Special Achievement.Michael is the founder and chairman of Iconic Entertainment Studios and is currently developing, producing, and promoting over a dozen properties.

Alex Winch – Director

Alex Winch brings to GLH more than 30 years of financial industry expertise, particularly regarding the capital markets in the U.S. and Canada. His career includes working on Bay Street in Toronto as a stock market analyst with McCarthy Securities, Davidson Partners, and Sprott Securities. After starting up and running a private stock market research company, Grange Avenue Research Corporation, Mr. Winch went on to launch hedge funds in both Canada and the U.S.. In addition, he has experience launching companies through his time with solar focused energy provider, Mondial Energy. Mr. Winch’s career also includes positions on various boards, including those of Thunderbird Resorts and Sunreports. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University. Alex Winch is a CFA® charterholder.

Bob McKnight – Director

Bob, co- founded Quiksilver in 1976 and has served as the company’s President, CEO and Chairman of the Board since its inception until 2015. Under his watch, Quiksilver has grown from a startup to a worldwide corporation with revenues of $2.5 Billion. Today, Quiksilver, Inc. is a globally diversified, world leader in outdoor lifestyle apparel with their three main brands of Quiksilver, Roxy and DC. Quiksilver, Inc. has over 5000 employees, operates in over 100 countries and has close to 700 retail stores in the world. Bob served on the Quiksilver Inc. NYSE Board as Chairman for 27 years. Today Bob serves as a consultant and Ambassador to the company, and manages the Quiksilver Foundation. He is also on the Board of Otis College of Art and Design, The Wrigley Institute, The Ocean Institute in Dana Point, and Jones Trading and Associates. Bob continues to teach classes in finance and entrepreneurship annually at USC, UC Irvine and Stanford.

Gary Zipfel – Director

Gary served as capital partner and board level advisor for start-up stage companies, providing business planning, strategic direction, and scenario analysis. He worked with companies from a diverse array of industries including cannabis, vertical green space appliances, mountain home design and construction, commercial real estate, bicycle parts design and manufacturing, digital advertising, jet engine repair, healthcare notification systems, restaurants, and breweries.