Meris’ background for over 30 years has been in investment banking and financial consultancy with a focus on targeting companies for investment and acquisition purposes, and she has always been one of the very few women in the C-suite of each project. She started her European experience in The Netherlands in 1983 working for an International Venture Group. In 1985, she moved to the United States where she worked for an American Investment Bank that specialized in funding emerging growth companies, as well as mining and software conglomerates.
Meris’ main work has been as a business development specialist for start-up companies, targeting acquisitions to build, finance and nurture into global footprints whether through private funding, public vehicles or direct acquisitions. Her strength is helping create bridges between companies and people. She believes all companies should create global footprints. Going Global has been her mantra forever.
Meris was a competitive swimmer and strongly believes athletes have the time management skills and perseverance that enables them to be successful business people. She supports women in business and mentors young women to strive for executive and board positions whenever possible. She has a degree in Economics from McGill University in Montreal.
Stephen is a principal at Donaldson Brohman Martin, CPA Inc. and has 10+ years of working experience in a variety of roles with public and private companies and is experienced in corporate finance, acquisitions, executive management, corporate communications, corporate branding, shareholder relations and investor lead generation. Mr. Brohman serves as CFO and Director of various public and private companies. Mr. Brohman obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and obtained his CPA, CA (Chartered Professional Accountant) designation while working in public practice (assurance).
Ashleigh is the founder and CEO of Transcends, a marketing agency that excels in branding and facilitates partnerships for technology companies and their global vendors like Microsoft. Her previous roles have included being President for a $100m FMCG company in the US, owner of a Canadian hospitality concept, partner in a VC firm investing in biotech, and sitting on several charitable boards, including running marketing and crisis management for His Holiness, The Dalai Lama during his Canadian tour.
Eugene is an accomplished senior executive in both private industry as a banker, financial and public policy advisor. Mr. Hodgson is an experienced negotiator with First Nations groups and a strategic board member for a number of business and community associations. Director and Audit Chair of Pebble Labs Inc., CFO of Trait Biosciences, Director of Rover Metals Inc, and Director of Maxtech Ventures Inc.
Lindsey was born and raised in New England and relocated to South Florida from Nantucket in 2005. Mr. Perry’s family is credited as being one of the pioneering families to develop the Island of Nantucket as the premier vacation destination on the eastern seaboard of the United States. In 2010 Lindsey sold his business The Tristram’s Group Inc. to retire, and has continued investing in private and public entities.
Mark is a banker by profession with over 30 years of experience in all areas of commercial mid-market lending. He is versed in both public and private transactions and divestitures in a variety of sectors that include wholesale distribution, manufacturing, aviation, transportation, construction, excavation, post production and oil service.
Robert was raised in South Brunswick, New Jersey, received his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. In 1995 Dr. Klein relocated and brought his award winning ways to Boca Raton, Florida. As a dedicated member of the Boca Raton community for over 23 years, Dr. Klein has been fortunate enough to be the official Chiropractor for Florida Atlantic University for 15 years. Dr. Klein has had the privilege of being on the Board of Directors for the Florida Chiropractic Association and has been the Palm Beach County delegate for the last 18 years, plus the past president of the local Palm Beach County Chiropractic Society and Keiser University’s Doctor of Chiropractic program board member, 2018, 2019. Founder of Dr. Klein CBD.
Leah is the visionary founder and CEO of Intercontinental Hemp LLC. In the past six years, Leah has brought together an exceptional transnational team to execute her vision for the full potential of hemp as a product for health and well-being worldwide. Leveraging her 25+ years of finance, banking, management, and sales experience, she has knit together a cohesive plan in a new and fragmented industry. Her hope is to help the world have a better understanding of the uses and benefits of hemp, along with the benefits to the environment and a healthy mind, body, and soul.