Our team has a legacy of successful investments and inspired entrepreneurship. 


MATT HAWKINS

Matt Hawkins

Managing Partner

  • 20+ years of private equity experience

  • Founded multiple $500+mm alternatives firms

  • Serves on the board of numerous cannabis companies

Matt brings an extensive background in building large alternative investment firms and scaling the companies he invests in. In 2014, Matt had a vision to create the leading private equity firm focused specifically on investing in the legalized cannabis industry.  Prior work highlights:

Partner and President, Tucson Capital Partners - Private equity firm focused on multifamily residential and self-storage assets. Between 2008 and 2013, the company completed more than 55 bank-direct acquisitions, deploying over $500MM of capital. He successfully exited in 2013.

Principal & Co-founder of Adjacent Capital - Private equity/specialty lending fund where he oversaw the sourcing, origination, structuring and closing of over 60 transactions in a 3 year period.

He also became a turnaround specialist through his time at Treadstone Partners and San Jacinto Partners. He is known and respected in the cannabis industry as one of the successful early investors.  

University of Texas at Austin



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Todd Boren

Managing Partner

  •    25+ years of venture and investing experience

  •    Built seven cannabis-related businesses since 2015

  •    Founded two $1billion+ investment firms

Todd has a demonstrated history not only in the venture capital and private equity industry but also as a cannabis operator and serial entrepreneur. Prior work highlights:

President & CEO of Pinnacle Financial Group - $1billion investment firm where Todd brought his strengths of negotiation and rebuilding companies along with an international network of strategic capital partners.

President & COO - International Assets Advisory - Over his ten year tenure he was responsible for streamlining operations and pivotal in growing its client base.

Football Franchise President & Owner - In his role as team at the Arizona Rattlers, Orlando Predators, and Tampa Bay Storm, he revitalized the three professional franchises, a move that raised the sales valuation of the Orlando Predators to 8X its previous worth - the highest valuation in the industry. 

He is a 15-year member of YPO/Gold - Founded Orlando’s Chapter and is on the Board of Directors.


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Andy Sturner

Managing Partner

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. 


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Dov Szapiro

Managing Partner

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.


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Matthew Bryant

Vice President 

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.


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Tiffany last name???

MANAGING PARTNER???

20+ years of Leveraged Finance and M&A experience.

Closed over $1B in distressed syndicated loans for Private Equity Firms.

Successful RE and Cannabis Investor

Managing Director Wachovia Bank - Tiffany has been a seasoned leveraged finance professional her entire career. She is responsible for originating, underwriting, syndicating and closing some of the largest leveraged loans in the market at the time. Tiffany’s coverage of the M&A markets to the private equity firms allowed her network to expand to large national and international syndicated transactions where she was responsible for closing over $1B in leveraged loans.

Managing Partner TPL Analytics - After her retirement from leveraged finance, she founded a firm specializing in investing in real estate and Cannabis investments on behalf of private equity, legal and high net worth professionals.

Tiffany is responsible for all facets of the deal process from cultivating deal flow to underwriting and closing deals on behalf of her network of investors. Tiffany has brought over $20MM of capital to 8 transactions over the last 3 years in the Cannabis space.

Florida State University, BS in Finance.

Tiffany is married with two children and lives in the South Florida area where she enjoys training for Ironman and Marathon Races.


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CODIE SANCHEZ

MANAGING DIRECTOR

10+ years of investing with institutions

Sought after speaker and thought leader

Made 24 angel investments, 3 exits

Codie has worked at leading global investment firms to start and scale new businesses within as well as with small venture firms. She’s an expert at digital, marketing, branding, sales and international JV’s.

Head of Investments Latin America - First Trust - Codie built and led the LatAm & Offshore Business to $2billion+ in AUM, providing ETFs, and alternatives to institutions.

SSgA  – Director Institutional IR - Codie was responsible for the $28 trillion firms institutional investment business in the Southwest and LatAm, with Fortune 500, pensions, SWFs, FO’s and foundations.

Goldman Sachs - Analyst. Focused on commingled funds and PE with a regional focus on the west coast and the tech sector.

Codie’s won numerous awards for her work, such as; Alumni Society Financers Award, LATISM Influencer of the Year, DHCC Exec of the Year, a Robert F. Kennedy Award & two National SPJ Awards. She’s also a contributor in Inc, Entrepreneur , Forbes and others.

Georgetown University MBA

Fundação Getulio Vargas PhD

Arizona State University Honors College