Leafbuyer presents The 2016 Powerlist – 8/1/2016
DENVER — The top business leaders in the Colorado cannabis industry.
The legal U.S. cannabis industry is expected to grow 25% and will reach nearly $7 billon in 2016.
Forging the path, many Colorado cannabis businesses are poised to become nationally recognized brands. Currently, the leaders of these businesses are going head-to-head here in the Centennial State.
How do dreamers become industry icons?
What does it take to build a business against all odds?
Who are the most influential business leaders in this industry?
The men and women on the 2016 Leafbuyer Power List were nominated by peers and professionals in the cannabis industry. These business leaders and entrepreneurs are shaping the fastest-growing, most competitive and potentially the most societal changing industry in the history of Colorado.
Jake Salazar, CEO - MMJ America (including Vault Genetics and Blue Label Holdings)
Owner of one of the oldest licenses in the industry, Jake Salazar started MMJ America back in 2007, and really got off the ground in 2009. Their seed company, Vault Genetics, began in 2012 and provides MMJ America with prime cannabis cultivated by selective breeding. Avid marijuana users who always personally sought the very best seeds and flower, Salazar and his team first mastered their cultivation strategies. They weren't interested in rushing into the market just to increase brand visibility. Instead their top priority was growing, optimistic that this long-term strategy would bring in patients and consumers. Salazar hopes to see MMJ America as a nationally recognized brand in five years, and with 18 Cannabis Cups already under his belt, he is on the right path. Early in the game, Salazar foresaw the potential of the industry and fought through the criticism of naysayers who are "now trying to invest in our company." He attributes his own success to his wife who supported him in the hardest times. Another aid has been his life-mentor and renowned lawyer, Mark Brian. "Every major transaction that has unfolded, or anything I've ever done business-wise, he has helped me with." In his free time, Salazar likes to stay very active with wakeboarding, snowboarding, baseball and a lot of golfing.
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