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Matt Hawkins is the founder and managing principal of Cresco Capital Partners, LLC (“Cresco”), a private equity firm focused specifically on investing in the legalized cannabis industry. Since its inception in the summer of 2015, Cresco has made 14 investments out of its first fund and is currently raising this fund, Fund II.
Prior to the founding of Cresco, he was a partner and President of a private real estate investment company which acquired REO and NPL from banks and financial institutions across the country, with particular interest in multifamily residential and self-storage assets. The company completed more than 55 bank-direct acquisitions, deploying over $500MM of capital since Q4 2008. In 2013 alone, the company bought close to 10,000 Class B and Class C value-add multifamily units across the Sunbelt of the United States. At the end of 2013, Matt and his partners sold their interest.
Prior to this, Matt was a Principal/ Co-founder of San Jacinto Partners, a fund focused on the bulk acquisition of single family residential assets and the Managing General Partner of Adjacent Capital, L.P., a private equity/specialty lending fund.
He was earlier affiliated with Treadstone Partners, L.L.C., a distressed debt and equity fund. He has an extensive background in both turnaround management and private equity. Prior to joining Treadstone and forming Adjacent Capital and San Jacinto Partners, was associated with Hull & Associates, a regional turnaround management firm.
Matt is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.
As the Managing Partner and Founder of MacArthur Capital, LLP, Todd Boren delivers over 25 years of securities industry, venture capital and private equity experience, as well as an international network of strategic capital partners. Within the cannabis industry, Todd has built a successful and respected team of operators and has invested in and built seven cannabis-related businesses since 2015.
Prior to investing in the cannabis industry, Todd served as Managing Principal and Founder of two FINRA broker dealers; International Assets Advisory and the Pinnacle Financial Group, bringing a strong background of reviving and rebuilding companies along with an international network of strategic capital partners.
Credited with being one of the key players in the resurgence of the Arena Football League (AFL), Todd played a pivotal role in the revitalization of three professional football franchises, the Arizona Rattlers, Orlando Predators, and the Tampa Bay Storm, a move that successfully raised the sales valuation of the Orlando Predators to 8X its previous worth -- the highest valuation in the industry, at the time.
He is a 15-year member of YPO/Gold, founded the Orlando Chapter, is on the South East Regional Board of Directors and has been instrumental in the growth and support of a 24,000 member network of global leaders; together conducting business in 130 countries.
Andy is seasoned senior executive, c-suite officer, founder, serial entrepreneur and Board Member with 28 years of success across technology, media, internet, real estate, and nonprofits. A seasoned executive with a proven track record of creating innovative partnerships and joint ventures, he has significant experience with growing and expanding companies with an emphasis on leadership development with 2 IPOs and 3 exits. Andy is an impact investor and has been described as a “provocateur” with a passion for guiding executives through complex situations. He is equally comfortable working with family-owned businesses, as he is working with CEOs of large organizations solving complex issues for institutional investors. Leveraging extensive experience in entrepreneurship, he is a valuable asset for startups and small to midcap companies looking for acumen in corporate development and organizational restructuring. His broad areas of expertise include international business; strategic partnerships; executive coaching; business development; joint venture (JV); merger and acquisition (M&A); fundraising; investments; and team building.
Andy led all corporate/business development for a venture-backed interactive media business, accelerating its growth from 6 to 685 employees generating hundreds of millions in revenue through its IPO and ultimately sale to a Fortune 500 company. While no longer a practicing attorney, he was admitted to the New York, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C. bar associations.
Dov has more than 20 year experience as senior executive, investor, advisor and board member in companies across multiple industries and different growth phases. Most recently, his focus has been in the emerging medical and adult use cannabis industry, where he has several significant investments including High Times, BDS Analytics, LoudPack Inc. and Econnabis SAS. Other portfolio companies include a company focused on consolidation and rollups in the healthcare space; a HealthTech startup; a Fintech company in the customer acquisition/validation and payments processing space; a lease-to-own company serving the ride-sharing / Transportation Network Companies; a private student lender; and a leading multinational manufacturer of flexible packaging products in Bogota, Colombia.
In 2001, he co-founded Star Auto Finance, a company providing financing for the purchase of cars for consumers with limited or poor credit histories. In 2007, he led the merger of Star with two other companies to form AFS Acceptance, which he served as CEO until 2017. During the 16 years, he steered the company through various credit cycles, a successful turnaround and a complete business model transformation that included transitioning from a lender in a single state, to a national lender in over 30 states. In 2010, he structured a spinoff and leveraged buy-out of AFS’ other two operating partners, resulting in consolidation of full ownership and control of the business. In 2015, he negotiated a strategic sale of AFS to Credito Real SAB de CV, Mexico’s largest non-bank financial institution listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange.
Prior to founding AFS Acceptance, he was a Director of Business Development for GovWorks, Inc. was an internet start-up in the e-government sector, whose story was documented in the film Startup.com. Mr. Szapiro started his career in equity research before moving to private equity. Mr. Szapiro graduated from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Dov has been a member of the Miami Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization since 2006. Dov lives in North Miami Beach with wife Daryl and 3 children; Sam, Alex and Jake.
With 9+ years of finance & accounting experience, Matthew brings a diverse skillset to the Cresco team. Previously, Matthew Co-founded Drive Casa LLC, a subprime auto sales & finance company based in Dallas, TX. While at Drive Casa, he served as the Company’s CFO and helped grow the startup into a scalable, multi-location business.
Prior to Drive Casa, Matthew spent over 5 years in New York working for J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank. At J.P. Morgan, he helped advise public and private real estate firms on M&A, capital raising and other corporate finance decisions. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Matthew worked at Hunt Realty Investments in Dallas, focusing on new investments in startup real estate operators. Matthew graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a minor in Accounting.
Beginning a unique journey to success from a self-made moonshine operation, Matthew founded the now nationally distributed Enlightened Grain Spirits Portfolio out of a garage in Winter Park Florida. Subsequently managing a boutique creative and consulting start-up, as well as leading corporate development for a dynamic medical device and biologics company in the Life Sciences, Matthew is an ambitious entrepreneur with visionary zeal and an unyielding appetite to face new and dynamic challenges.
Matthew’s background in controlled substances and his understanding of the intricate multi-tiered tax and distributions structures that regulate and monitor the domestic alcohol industry earned him an early opportunity in our nation’s budding Cannabis Industry as a strategic advisor and consultant to select private interest groups in Florida. During the architecture, development and ongoing debate of Florida’s Amendment 2 Referendum as well as SB1030, or the 2014 Compassionate Use Act, Matthew provided human capital recruitment, thought leadership, infrastructure design, deal development and risk analysis to clients throughout the legislative process.
Bringing over forty years of multidisciplinary insight and executive experience, John leads the charge as it relates to strategic planning, startup execution and on-going management of large-scale business development programs to Cresco Capital Partners. John is a best practices expert in all aspects of strategic marketing and business building; notably go-to-market strategy, customer acquisition and customer profitability practice areas. John has successfully lead strategic business building efforts at the Foods Division of the Coca-Cola Company, the A.C. Nielsen Company, The Seagram Company, Pearl Brewing Company and Marriott International. These activities resulted in the establishment of whole new lines of business, which significantly expanded the scope, share, and profitability of the respective enterprises.
In addition to the above mentioned accomplishments, John co-founded two very successful technology companies: Decision Support Services which was sold to the IBM Corporation; and Decision Base Resources, which was sold to Young & Rubicam, LLP.
Jenny is a tech entrepreneur and futurist with 10+ years of experience in marketing, communications, and business development. In 2014, Jenny began consulting in the cannabis industry and has been at the forefront of the legal cannabis movement since. As a guest lecturer and teacher, she has spoken about cannabis front of Syracuse University's Executive MBA program, Harvard Business School clubs, industry conferences, private investment clubs and other consumer and trade groups.
Prior to her involvement in cannabis, her entrepreneurial drive lead her to multiple successful startups over the last decade, including a digital agency acquired by Deloitte and an iPhone App that was featured on Apple’s first TV show in 2017, Planet of the Apps, where she pitched to Will I Am, Gwenyth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and Gary Vaynerchuk. Jenny graduated from University of Washington’s School of Business, with honors.
An accomplished attorney and entrepreneur who has built, deployed and managed multiple successful businesses within the US and European industries of high-end wines, green water treatment and real estate consulting. Ms. Sharf-Abramson received both her BA in Economics (summacum laude) and her J.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Sharf-Abramson has worked at various high profile New York based law and spent years providing senior leadership in the executive search industry.
More recently, Ms. Sharf-Abramson has advised family offices and high-net worth investors on real estate and other private equity investments including legal cannabis investments particularly in California. Her primary area of expertise includes development, structuring and acquisition of real estate opportunities (including cannabis compliant real estate) and other private equity deals.