Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Director
A seasoned investor and expert manager of private equity funds with over two (2) decades of domestic and international experience, Kyle has a track record of growing de novo companies to industry leadership in the fields of fund/asset management, property management and insurance. Kyle also served on the boards of multiple international investment and hedge funds before pivoting in 2016 to the regulated cannabis industry, where he closed four funds and consolidated them to form the vertically integrated GH Group.
President and Director
Graham is a serial entrepreneur who began his career as part of the original team at Software.com, taking the company public in 1999. Shortly thereafter, he served on the board of Seacology and was part of the founding team at Sonos, where he was involved with product design, development, sales, and customer support. After Sonos, Farrar served as a board member for Heal the Ocean, was a founder and partner of ebook publishers iStoryTime Inc. and zuuka, and founded a Santa Barbara luxury rental company. He first ventured into the regulated cannabis industry by founding Elite Garden Wholesale, an agriculture technology company focused on developing products for the hydroponics industry.
Hector De La Torre
Hector’s career has been defined by his public service and outstanding record of leadership. From 2004-10, Hector represented the 50th District in southeast Los Angeles County to the California State Assembly, where he focused on health care, the environment, and good governance. Previously, he was a member of the South Gate City Council for 8 years, including serving 2 years as Mayor. In 2011, Hector became the Assembly-Appointed Member of the California Air Resources Board, a position he still holds, where he focuses on goods movement, environmental justice, and green technologies. He served as the executive director of the Transamerica Center for Health Studies, a national nonprofit focused on helping people better understand health coverage, and today is chair of the board at L.A. Care, the largest public health plan in America, as well as a trustee of Occidental College, where he received his B.A. He did his graduate studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington
University. Hector has been an early and vocal advocate for cannabis policy reform and remains dedicated to serving the industry.
Bob Hoban sits at the center of a large commercial cannabis industry network that he has cultivated since 2008 as an attorney, an entrepreneur, and an executive. He is a visionary industry leader who has founded, created, bought, and sold over fifteen of his own cannabis companies. He is Co-Founder of Gateway Proven Strategies, a leading global cannabis industry consulting firm. Previously, Bob constructed the Hoban Law Group to become a leading full-service commercial cannabis industry law firm. He also served as a cannabis policy instructor at the University of Denver, where he lectured on cannabis regulation and policy. Bob has crafted cannabis policy solutions for over thirty different countries around the world and has consistently been recognized as one of the most influential people in the global cannabis industry by a variety of organizations and publications. He received his Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado, his J.D. from the University of Wyoming, and his B.A. from Rutgers University.
Lameck Humble Lukanga
Lameck Humble Lukanga was born in a small village in Uganda, where he spent the first decade of his life enduring genocide, famine and extreme poverty. At the age of 11, he and his family were granted a political asylum, allowing them to come to the United States to seek refuge, which he calls “the biggest blessing of my life.” Since, Humble has gone on to become a venerable young leader in finance. Humble owns Life Line Financial Group, a wealth management firm servicing world-class performers and leaders in business, sports and entertainment. In addition to Life Line Financial, Humble serves on the board of trustees for the University of New Mexico and the board of directors for various companies. He holds both a Bachelors and Masters in Business Administration from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico. Humble is passionate about social entrepreneurship, financial literacy, freedom and the orphans of Uganda. He is a philanthropist, teacher and self-proclaimed “ambassador of hope”.
Jamie Mendola is the Head of Strategy and M&A for Mercer Park L.P., which is a family office focused on the cannabis sector that controls the Sponsor. Mercer Park provides management services to Ayr Wellness, a U.S. multi-state operator with key assets in 7 states and the parent of the Sponsor of Mercer Park Brand Acquisition Corp., which is focused on creating the largest independent platform of cannabis brands. Jamie has nearly 20 years of experience as a public and private equity investor and has been an active investor in the cannabis industry for several years. Prior to joining Mercer Park, Jamie was the CEO and Portfolio Manager of Pacific Grove Capital, a San Francisco-based hedge fund focused primarily on investments in consumer, technology and cannabis. Pacific Grove was named the best new hedge fund by Hedge Funds Review in 2015 and Jamie received accolades from Institutional Investor as a Hedge Fund Rising Star and was named as one of Tomorrow’s Titans by The Hedge Fund Journal. Prior to founding Pacific Grove in 2014, Jamie was a Partner at Scout Capital, which had assets under management of approximately $7 billion. Previously, Jamie worked as a Principal of Watershed Asset Management, a private equity analyst at JLL Partners and an investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan Chase. Jamie graduated with a B.S. in Management, summa cum laude, from Binghamton University in 1999, where he was also a 4-year letter-winner in Baseball, and earned his M.B.A. from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 2005. He resides in San Francisco with his wife and four sons.
One of basketball’s most impactful Hall of Fame coaches, George has defined his career, from basketball to business, by his relentless dedication to leadership and mentoring. In 1964, he joined the coaching staff at his alma mater, Villanova, before becoming the first African American basketball coach in the Pacific-8 Conference (now the Pac-12), the head coach at Washington State, the University of Iowa and USC, and an assistant coach of the medal-winning U.S. Olympic teams of 1984 and 1988. While coaching, he published two books and afterwards became a broadcaster for Fox Sports and CBS. Nike subsequently named George Director of International Basketball, kicking off his life as an executive; he would go on to key positions on the boards of the NCAA, NABC, USA Basketball, and Nike, Inc. He was the recipient of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame’s John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award and the co-founder, with former NFL GM Michael Lombardi, of leadership program The Daily Coach. As a result of his dedication to civil rights and service as additional security during 1963’s famed March on Washington, George is the current guardian of the original draft of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Jocelyn began her career as a Teach for America Corps member in New York City. She began her career in real estate investment in 2013 with Beach Front Properties LLC and managed a $500M portfolio of opportunistic real estate investments. In November of 2016, Rosenwald began supervising the operations of 4 funds in the regulated cannabis industry which would eventually be consolidated to form GH Group. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Education from Hunter College, and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Business. She is a Co-founder and current Board Director of GH Group.