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.

Eugene Hill – Chief Financial Officer

Eugene Hill has an extensive background in corporate finance, financial planning and analysis, mergers and acquisitions, tax, strategic planning and international business. He has been involved in raising over $1 billion in equity and debt financing, and completed multiple deal and non-deal road shows with Wall Street analysts. Eugene played a large role in the early days of Cisco Systems as Assistant Treasurer, where he opened up international offices, obtained investment grade rating from Moody’s and S&P, established a $2 billion commercial paper program and managed a $1 billion fixed income portfolio. From there he served as Assistant Treasurer at Tektronix, Inc. where he focused among other responsibilities, on managing SEC filings and Wall Street industry and analyst communications. Eugene has also worked as a contract CFO and Treasurer to help companies with their capital structures, budgets, accounting and other areas of finance. He received his bachelors of science in finance from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in business from the University of San Francisco.

Bliss Dake – Chief Marketing Officer

Bliss is an entrepreneurial and creative strategist with over 15 years of marketing, general management and operations experience. He has worked in the consumer packaged goods and tech industries in addition to practicing law as an attorney. Prior to joining Golden Leaf Holdings, he played a key role as CMO of Mighty Leaf Tea in building the company into a success story and leading premium tea brand. He conceived and grew the e-commerce channel from the ground up into a multi-million dollar business and one of most popular online tea stores. He has also held positions at LuxN, an optical networking company, and various law firms. Bliss received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco.

Andreas Moppin – Vice President, Sales

Through strong leadership with innovative and strategic sales and marketing ideas, Andreas Moppin has been an intricate part of the growth of every business in which he has been involved in for the past 25 years. Previously the Director of Sales for Organically Grown Company- the largest Wholesale Supplier of Organic Produce in the Pacific Northwest and the U.S., Andreas developed a company-wide account management structure that helped double the company’s business while he was there. He has played a key role in the launching of brands, structuring and training of teams, and in geographic/territorial expansion. Andreas received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College and a MBA from Santa Clara University.

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.