9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Who better to help us define and understand the cannabis industry than those who operate in it daily. For those currently leasing to a cannabis tenant, has the property been adequately prepared? What if you acquire a new portfolio and a cannabis clients comes with it? You don't know what you don't know, and what you don't know can be costly. In this session, attendees will learn the terminology unique to the cannabis industry, as well as specific data around utilization and cost when building and maintaining a property leased by a cannabis tenant.
Brandy Keen, Surna
Brandy Keen has been designing and consulting for environmental systems in indoor agricultural facilities for over ten years. In 2006, Ms. Keen co-founded Hydro Innovations where she served as its Director of Operations. At Hydro Innovations, she developed a sophisticated knowledge of the controlled environment agriculture industry and established herself as an expert in the garden and indoor climate. Currently, Ms. Keen is the Co-Founder and Senior Technical Advisor for Surna, Inc., which acquired Hydro Innovations in 2014. Surna develops innovative technologies and products that monitor, control and address the energy and resource intensive nature of indoor cannabis cultivation. Surna also provides consulting and reporting services for climate control, odor control mitigation and biosecurity. Prior to Hydro Innovations, Ms. Keen’s career includes highly technical sales, entrepreneurship, and leadership in the semiconductor and construction industries.
A trusted resource for environmental design and management, Ms. Keen has had varying levels of involvement (from consulting to full scale design) with over 700 unique grow facility designs ranging from small cultivation operations to facilities in excess of 100,000 square feet.
Ms. Keen is often engaged as a speaker on climate control and energy efficiency by organizations such as NCIA, CWCBE and CannaCon and has been interviewed by Bloomberg News, cited in numerous industry related publications and has responded to Reddit followers via an AMA session. Her background in environmental management in cannabis cultivation is unparalleled. Her unique experience lends an understanding of all perspectives in the cultivation facility, including the cultivator, the business owner, the investor, the regulating body, and the community. In her role at Surna, she is required to guide licensed PE's in mechanical design of facilities, teach solutions to consumers who know little about the systems they are purchasing, design systems that meet local regulations and reduce energy consumption, and improve on standard and outdated practices. Ms. Keen’s expertise recently brought her to participate in the Cannabis Sustainability Work Group through the City of Denver, as it looks to provide best practices for sustainability (including energy efficiency) in the cannabis industry. Her coverage of a worldwide market has exposed her to every conceivable cultivation practice, giving her a wealth of experience shared by few.
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