Dispensary Permits Founder
Sara Gullickson, Founder and CEO, Dispensary Permits
Sara Gullickson is the Founder and CEO of Dispensary Permits, a nationally recognized cannabis consulting firm. Established in 2010, Dispensary Permits has secured dozens of cannabis license wins across 13 competitive state markets.
One of the nation’s leading consultants for the industry, Gullickson was named one of Herb Magazine’s Top Ten Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Phoenix Business Journal’s Top Forty Under 40 in 2018.
Gullickson has operational and dispensary opening experience from the East to the West Coast, helping multiple startups achieve funding for new ventures. This year, she was approved for a provisional medical cannabis cultivation and processing license for Strive Wellness of Nevada, LLC, as part owner she will serve as COO of the company.
An industry spokesperson, Gullickson headlined the cannabis tracks at the 2017 Real Estate Wealth Expo in Los Angeles and 2018 Real Estate Wealth Expo in Toronto. Gullickson has also presented at MJBizCon, World Medical Cannabis Conference & Expo, Dispensary Next, Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo, MJAC Investorshub International Conference, Women Grow Leadership Summit, and other national business events.
Gullickson believes it is her duty to help new states and countries shape their government processes. She has personally helped multiple states with their programming and has advocated for medical cannabis policy at Lobby Days in Washington, D.C, and at the Phoenix Capitol. Gullickson has also worked with clients in South America, Europe, and Australasia as they develop their hemp and cannabis programs.
The Dispensary Permits Team
Maxime Kot, Junior Consultant, Dispensary Permits
Maxime Kot has been with DispensaryPermits.com for 4 years and is currently a Junior Consultant with the national cannabis consulting firm that offers seed to sale services with hands on support to marijuana entrepreneurs. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, DispensaryPermits.com is one of the longest standing marijuana consulting companies in the industry. Maxime has assisted clients through competitive business licensing processes to obtain Cultivation, Manufacturing and/or Dispensary permits in eight different states to include Maryland, Hawaii, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Ohio, Nevada and Florida.
Maxime served as a co-chair of Women Grow – Phoenix Chapter from 2015-2017, a local chapter of a national networking group to promote and connect business professionals in the industry. Maxime assisted with hosting monthly networking events that provided essential industry knowledge for those who were new to cannabis, and insight to those who were already established in the industry.
Prior to joining the DispensaryPermits.com Team, Maxime’s background was in marketing where she held various positions within the cosmetics industry. During which she gained experience with branding, marketing campaigns, event planning and product launches.
Maxime graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Marketing at Minnesota State University. During her time at college, Maxime had several publications in a local monthly Business Magazine that highlights and encourages successful businesses.
Faith Fidura, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Dispensary Permits
Passionate about the health benefits of marijuana, Faith enjoys the work of assisting people with the process of establishing a business which provides medical marijuana to those who need it. In her position, work consists of assisting with marketing and sales in active marijuana markets, market research, client relations, blogging and social media marketing, along with administrative duties. Prior to working with DispensaryPermits.com, she worked as a Marketing Coordinator at a human resources service. Faith also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Design Studies with a focus on Design Management from Arizona State University. Throughout her education and work experience, Faith has gained skills in communication, online marketing, programming, strategic planning, time management, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.
Ann Torrez , Junior Consultant, Dispensary Permits
Ann has extensive experience in retail and wholesale management with a solid history of sales success based upon exemplary customer service. In 2014, Ann entered the cannabis industry as a Dispensary Manager in the Phoenix, Arizona where she added to her knowledge of hiring, training, cash management, inventory controls to include seed-to-sale software as well as patient interaction and compliance. In 2015, Ann joined a cannabis infusion to create an educational program alongside an effective marketing program to penetrate commerce within Arizona. Recently, the company has implemented a complete re-brand and launch of 60 edibles in the medical marijuana wholesale market. Developing procedures for distribution to over 100 dispensaries across the state, Ann has an in-depth knowledge of the analysis and implementation of systems to create compliant, safe, and fiscally sound products to sell and transport. Ann joined Dispensary Permits in 2017 to provide additional insight and hands-on knowledge to the team in the preparation and development of applications for new entries into the industry with wins in cultivation, dispensary and processing applications in multiple states.
Prior to the cannabis industry, Ann led the launch of multiple retail stores for AT&T Wireless and US West as retail and wholesale manager. Ann later took this same drive and passion to local non-profits as Fundraising Director at the American Diabetes Association of Southern Arizona and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson. She increased awareness based on the mission of the organizations while assisting in media relations, community awareness, and fundraising events of up to $3,000,000 annually. In her free time, Ann continues to volunteer with local, national charitable organizations, and is an active member of several cannabis-networking groups attending conferences to continually expand her knowledge and impact in the cannabis industry. Ann graduated from the University of New Mexico, Robert Anderson School of Management with a degree in marketing and a minor in child psychology.
Kevin Hanlon, Assistant Editor, Dispensary Permits
Kevin Hanlon is the Assistant Editor and newest member to the Dispensary Permits team. He has long held a passion for spreading awareness on the medicinal properties of cannabis, and he believes that every adult should have the right to enjoy safe and responsible freedoms as she or he chooses. Kevin holds a J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and a B.A. in English from Arizona State University. He has worked in various areas of the legal field and written for multiple publications and entities.
Our Dispensary Permits Advisors
Heather Archer, Principal and Founding Member of Archer Ives
Heather has been investing in the cannabis market since 2015 in both public and private equity and private debt.
Heather is the co-founder, seed investor and CFO of Jane West, a lifestyle and product company, worked on winning dispensary applications in Maryland and Arizona, consulted on and served as a Board Member of a 7 acre commercial greenhouse in Arizona and continues to seek investment and consulting opportunities in the industry.
Before moving into the cannabis industry, Heather consulted in the insurance industry and was a founder of two registered investment advisors that managed over $800mm in assets. Asset types included senior direct real estate loans, equipment based financing, emerging market lending, structured credit, derivative strategies, mezzanine debt and private equity.
Previously Heather spent over 14 years at Swiss Re where she was instrumental in launching the structured credit business. She structured and marketed multiple deals, established trading relationships for a proprietary derivatives product company and helped launch an asset backed commercial paper conduit in Canada.
Heather has an MBA with a concentration in finance from the New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business and graduated cum laude from Boston College with degrees in Marketing and Philosophy.
Mollie Ring, Chief Financial Officer of McGuffin Creative Group
She is an accomplished executive with more than 18 years of financial, manufacturing, energy and consulting services experience. Mollie currently also serves as the Chief Financial Officer of McGuffin Creative Group, a marketing agency in downtown Chicago. Over her career she has guided companies at various stages of growth and operation in financial investment planning, debt financing, working
capital analysis, and budget management functions, accounting, human resources, regulatory compliance, operations and financial management and tax and valuation support in a variety of industries, including the cannabis industry.
Mollie also spent time as a Senior Analyst in the Business Services sector coverage group at Bank of Montreal where she managed and operated a diverse and complex lending portfolio valued at more than $575 million.
Mollie received an Executive MBA at the University of Notre Dame. She received her B.A. degree from Marquette University with concentrations in Finance, International Business and Spanish.Laura A. Bianchi is the Director of Rose Law Group’s Medical Marijuana practice group, as well as the Director of Business/Corporate Transactions and Estate Planning departments.
Laura Bianchi, Director of Medical Marijuana Practice Group, Rose Law Group
Laura’s practice is concentrated on cannabis law, providing legal advice, guidance and assistance in various realms of the legal cannabis industry, including strategic planning and development, investment and lending relationships and structure, business and financial structure, business, corporate and real estate transactions, agreements and contracts, compliance with state law and local rules, requirements and regulations, best business practices, business consulting, application preparation and drafting, site selection and procurement, and all stages of the Arizona Department of Health Services Medical Marijuana Program.
Laura is on the forefront of the legal cannabis movement and is passionate about providing information, education, and facts about cannabis and the cannabis industry, as well as its business, medical marijuana, economic benefits, potential and investing. Laura is an active member of the National Cannabis Industry
Association and the National Cannabis Bar Association, having previously served as Co-Chair for the Women Grow Phoenix Chapter.
As Director of Business and Corporate Transactions, Laura provides advice and assistance to business and corporate clients in a wide variety of ways, including corporate formation and entity structure, charitable nonprofit organizations, financing, real estate transactions, corporate and residential leasing, acquisition and disposition of real property and businesses, employment/independent contractor,
business, corporate and real estate negotiations.
Directing Rose Law Group’s Estate Planning department allows Laura to assist both individuals and businesses with asset protection, business succession, trusts and will creation among others.
Laura has been featured in Bloomberg, Marijuana Business Daily, Dope Magazine, Denver Post, Arizona Republic, AZ Big Media and numerous other industry and traditional media sources. She was named a “Trendsetter” by Arizona Foothills Magazine, featured in Phoenix Business Journal’s Women & Cannabis and honored by Super Lawyers as a “Southwest Rising Star” and “Top Attorney” in
2016, 2017 and again 2018, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice.Laura earned her JD from Vermont Law School and received a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Political Science, with a language emphasis in American Sign Language, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In her free time Laura enjoys training in mixed martial arts, spending time with family and friends and