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Welcome to Conference

THURSDAY, AUGUST 19, 2021

8:10-8:30am  CT

KEYNOTE: CANNABIS AT A CROSSROADS — THE NEED FOR LEGAL/REGULATORY CERTAINTY, STRUCTURE & RATIONALITY

Mr. Renard’s opening remarks will offer a 40,000 Ft. view of the current federal/state legal/regulatory landscape and dichotomy on cannabis…and what’s on the horizon that may change the equation.

Speaker: Bruce Renard, Executive Director, National ATM Council

8:30-9:15am CT

PANEL: MARKET OPPORTUNITIES & SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT IN CANNABIS

This panel will cover the opportunities in the market, what products are successful, obstacles and keys to successful placement.

Moderator: Philip Webb, President, PDQ Merchant Enterprises, Inc.

Speakers:

  • H. William Baustien, Vice President, ISO Sales, Pueblo Bank & Trust
  • Mike Nelson, Vice President, Business Development
  • Brianna Moriarty, Partner Development Manager, Star Micronics America, Inc.

9:15-9:35am CT

KEYNOTE: REGULATION & COMPLIANCE UPDATE
Regulatory and compliance guidelines have restricted cannabis dispensaries from accessing traditional banking and merchant service channels. This session with a cannabis industry expert explores how fintechs are filling that gap with innovative electronic processing systems.

Speaker: André Herrera, Chief Compliance Officer, Hypur

9:35-10:20am CT

PANEL: POS TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT & SUSTAIN THE RETAIL STORE OF THE FUTURE

The POS retail and payments industry faces multiple opportunities due to the acceleration and adoption of new technology as a direct result of the pandemic. Determining the right POS provider, technology, and best practices for managing customer payments in retail is essential to the future of brick-and-mortar success. Epson, ELO, APG Cash Drawer and ISV (TBD) will share strategies and tactics to utilize mobile technology and enhance the customer experience at the point of sale. With a combined experience of over 100 years, these POS hardware and software providers will address the best in class solutions needed to help merchants improve their operations in 2021 and beyond.

Moderator: Jim Roddy, Vice President, Marketing & Business Advisor, RSPA

Panelists:

  • Stephen D. Bergeron, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, APG Cash Drawer
  • Rick Smith, Director, Business Development, Elo Touch Solutions
  • Linda Sudderth, Manager, OEM & VAR Channel, Epson

10:20-10:40am CT

NETWORKING BREAK – MPC EXHIBITS OPEN

10:40-11am CT

KEYNOTE: FROM TIE TO TIE-DYE

Thinking of dumping the corporate gig and chasing the Cannabis Dream? Does the idea of getting into an unregulated, cash-only business stir the creative imagination? Are you (and your partner) comfortable with throwing out the security and reputation of a W-2 , taking the “early withdraw” penalty on the 401k, depleting you savings, maxing your credit cards? Do you know someone who can find investors willing to risk their reputation on investing in an unregulated industry? And just to keep things interesting, throw a global pandemic in the mix.

Discussing the opportunities, risks, and challenges of starting and scaling a business in the Cannabis Industry.

Speaker: Kevin Morrison, Founder & CEO, NeCO Technologies

11-11:20am CT

KEYNOTE: LANDSCAPE FOR MULTI-STATE CANNABIS & CBD OPERATORS

The fragmented regulatory landscape can be challenging for multi-state cannabis and CBD operators. Jon Udell, attorney at Rose Law Group and communications director at Arizona NORML, marijuana reform advocate and industry leader, will share tips on navigating complex legalities of regulatory compliance and best practice.

Speaker: Jon Udell, Attorney, Rose Law Group and Communications Director, Arizona NORML