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12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Implementing lessons learned to build a professional and productive alliance between the real estate and cannabis industries

Where the KEYNOTE is going to guide attendees through the macro level information around legalization, our panel will take the information one step further and get into the specifics of how the regulations impact today's real estate industry. Cannabis, as the nation's fastest growing industry, is impacting many industries in profound ways -- including the real estate industry. Many professionals have told us they'd like to be a fly on the wall and listen to conversations among those that have been in the industry for a few years.

  • What are their concerns?
  • What were the biggest surprises?
  • What would they do over again -- or what would they change?
  • Why did the introduction of cannabis make real estate values skyrocket? 

Moderator Dana Coffield has been a member of the Colorado media -- formerly with the Denver Post and now with the Colorado Sun, Coffield has witness the launch and maturation of the Colorado Cannabis industry since Day One. Dana will direct a conversation between:

  • John Lord, founder and CEO, LivWell Enlightened Health, one of Colorado's largest dispensary chains.
  • Jason Thomas of Avalon Realty Advisors, who has led many cannabis related real-estate projects.
  • Kyle Lambert and Shannon Grey of the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division.
  • And our Keynote speakers

The luncheon panel provides every NREC attendee the opportunity to listen in to some of Colorado's real estate, regulatory, and cannabis leaders, each bringing a unique expertise and perspective that can only make you more efficient and effective when working with the cannabis industry.

Dana Coffield, Colorado Sun

Dana Coffield is the senior editor for The Colorado Sun, a journalist-owned, ad-free news outlet based in Denver but which strives to cover all of Colorado so that our state — our community — can better understand itself. Coffield is a Colorado native who became a journalist to try and satiate an insane appetite for knowledge. On the quest, she has worked as an editor and reporter at a variety of publications along the Front Range ranging in size from The Rocky Mountain News to the Louisville Times. Most recently she was Senior Editor for News at The Denver Post, where she directed coverage of the Aurora theater shooting that led to the Post’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. Sadly, it was her second shared Pulitzer for a gun massacre. Coffield also did stints at The Associated Press and a couple of trade publications, where she developed a keen understanding of telecommunications infrastructure and organic food. 


John Lord - LivWell

John Lord is owner and CEO of LivWell Enlightened Health, one of Colorado’s leading cannabis companies with 14 locations and more than 600 employees. A serial entrepreneur who has founded, built, and sold several consumer products companies, John leveraged his prior business experience to catapult LivWell to the forefront of the industry, blending marijuana culture and solid business principles to create a company that has a strong brand presence in a very cluttered market place and that provides the best possible shopping experience for consumers from all walks of life.

Since entering the industry, John has been a proactive member of the cannabis business community. His active involvement has been instrumental in guiding the industry towards robust regulation and educating the public on responsible use.

Jason Thomas - Avalon Realty Advisors

Jason Thomas is the Founder and CEO of Avalon Realty Advisors, Inc. in Denver, Colorado. Avalon’s core competencies are in cannabis real estate and business lease/sales, business and property valuations, expert witness testimony and other consulting requirements.

Throughout Jason’s career, he has worked as a broker, property, asset and project manager for some of the world’s largest commercial real estate companies including CBRE, Inc., Cushman and Wakefield, Inc. and Grubb and Ellis, Inc. With over twenty years of commercial real estate experience and having been a stakeholder in Colorado’s marijuana industry since 2009, Jason is uniquely qualified to provide unparalleled real estate and business advisory services to Avalon’s marijuana business clients.

In addition to working in the marijuana industry, Jason is also a speaker with Law Enforcement Action Partnership advocating against the War on Drugs and its unintended consequences. For his business and activism in the marijuana industry, Jason has appeared in local, national and international press and has been included in feature length films, television, radio appearances, magazine articles and commercials.

Jason holds a B.A. in Sociology from Regis University, magna cum laude, and an A.A. in Liberal Arts from Lamar Community College, magna cum laude. He is also a licensed real estate broker, member of the Kappa Gamma Pi National Catholic College Honor Society and is a former Deputy Police Marshall and County Detention Officer.

Shannon Gray - Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

Shannon Gray is the Marijuana Communications Specialist for the Colorado Department of Revenue, with a particular focus on leading the strategic communication initiatives and media relations efforts for the Executive Director's Office and Marijuana Enforcement Division. Previously, Shannon worked at the University of Denver in several positions, including the Center for Professional Development, University Advancement, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and as an adjunct faculty member at the Department of Film, Journalism and Media Studies. Shannon has an MS in Strategic Communication from the University of Denver and a BA in History, minor in Journalism from Wake Forest University

Kyle Lambert - Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

Kyle Lambert currently serves as a Deputy Director for the Marijuana Enforcement Division, overseeing the Analysis and Planning section. Kyle previously served as manager of the Data Intel unit and a Compliance Investigator for both the Field Enforcement and Background Investigation Sections of MED.  Prior positions include a service representative with the Internal Revenue Service and several years as a middle school Phys. Ed & Health teacher.  


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