Chief Executive Officer and Director
Joe co-founded Cresco Labs, one of the largest vertically integrated multi-state operators in the United States and served as its President until March 2020. During his tenure, he oversaw and grew Cresco Labs from a start-up to a multi-billion dollar company with annualized revenue of over $250 million and operations in nine key states. While at Cresco Labs, Joe also oversaw the completion of fourteen acquisitions in nine states over a span of twenty-four months.
Pete currently serves as Chairman of Kadens Family Holdings, a single family office focused on impact investments. Prior to these roles, Pete served as Chief Executive Officer of Green Thumb Industries Inc., one of the largest publicly-traded legal cannabis operators in the United States with a current market capitalization of over $6 billion. He also previously served as a director of a Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) and the Cannabis Trade Federation (CTF) and currently serves as a director of KushCo Holdings, Inc. (OTCMKTS: KSHB) and NewLake Capital Partners, Inc., a cannabis REIT. In 2018, Pete was named one of 20 People to Watch in the cannabis industry by Marijuana Business Daily. Prior to serving as Chief Executive Officer of Green Thumb Industries Inc., Pete founded SoCore Energy, one of the largest commercial solar companies in the United States. Under his leadership, SoCore Energy expanded operations into 17 states and was named one of Chicago’s most innovative businesses by Chicago Innovation Awards. Pete sold SoCore Energy to Edison International, a Fortune 500 energy holding company. Pete currently serves as the Chairman of the Kadens Family Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to closing the pervasive wealth and education gaps in the United States.
Lisa Gavales has over 30 years of experience as a leader in retail. Most recently, Lisa was the Chair of the Office of the Chief Executive Officer for Destination Maternity, parent company of Motherhood Maternity and Pea in the Pod. From 2018 to 2019 Lisa was the interim Chief Executive Officer of Bluestem Brands, a billion+ dollar direct to consumer organization, parent to Fingerhut and Orchard Brands. Lisa served as the interim President of Fingerhut from 2017 to 2018. From 2014 to 2017, she was the Chair of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Things Remembered, a leading omnichannel retailer of personalized gifts. Prior to that, Lisa was President of direct and Chief Marketing Officer at Talbots from 2013 to 2014 and, prior to Talbots, Lisa was the Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer at EXPRESS, where she spearheaded the launch and development of express.com, a top 100 internet retailer. Lisa was instrumental in building the profile and presence of the brand and, contributed to the launch of EXPR on the New York Stock Exchange. Lisa’s expansive career also includes many years at Bloomingdale’s, where she led the planning and marketing teams, became a general merchandising manager, and helped launch bloomingdales.com. In honing her skills as a dynamic change agent early on, Lisa spent several years as a management consultant for a division of PriceWaterhouse, Management Horizons.