The CannaVision management team, directors, and advisors are comprised of professionals in the areas of law, medicine, agriculture, pharmacology, manufacturing, supply chain, construction, marketing, financial, human resources, and public relations. With decades of combined experience, the team is instrumental in advancing cannabis laws, gaining much needed licensing and making CannaVision a growing enterprise on all fronts. Since 2017, our team has worked alongside local professionals to cultivate Hemp in Puerto Rico and in the U.S. for use in our expanding initiatives.
David A. Russell – President & CEO
For over 32 years, David has served in senior level management and leadership positions focused on building strategic relationships, business development, and corporate strategy. Through entrepreneurial fortitude, he built a lucrative financial practice and served as the National Association of Insurance & Financial Associates (NAIFA) to advance the insurance and financial services industry in the United States. Basing his life in the service of others, David created several nonprofit companies to create jobs and to provide housing. Most recently, he created iRight Motion Foundation to give positive outdoor experiences to people with disabilities.
Areas of Expertise
- Business Development
- Strategic Partnerships
- Financial Management
Noel Garcia – Chief Operating Officer
Native of Puerto Rico and graduate of the Inter American University, Noel earned a Masters Degree and has spent the past five years in agricultural development. He is a consultant for the Environmental Quality Board in PR, where he prepares reports for the EPA. Noel is in charge of the CannaVision Puerto Rico farming operation, and is a CBD production researcher.
Areas of Expertise
- AgrICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
- Environmental Stewardship
- Hemp Farming and CBD Production
Scott Anders – Corporate Finance & Accounting
Scott Anders, CPA, began his career working in both public accounting and private equity. After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington, Scott set his sights on Federal and International tax services. He then transitioned into private equity accounting for some of the nation’s largest investment banks. Scott holds his Certified Public Accountant license in Texas and has years of experience guiding companies on operational and financial strategies. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA). Scott lives in the Dallas Fort Worth area and is active in his community by serving in many positions for several non-profit organizations in both an executive role and as a board member.
Areas of Expertise
- Financial & Tax Planning
- Risk Management
Ana Luna – Executive Administrator & Logistics
Ana grew up in Mexico working in her family’s equipment business. After attending a private college, Tecnológico de Monterrey, she moved to the United States and began her path to citizenship. Working her way up to an account manager, supporting insurance agents in both English and Spanish, she gained the confidence and capital to venture out on her own. While balancing her role as mother to three children, Ana built a growing trucking business and serves as Executive Administrator and Logistics Manager for CannaVision.
Areas of Expertise
- Business Administration
- Scheduling & Strategic Planning
Rafael Picó Seda – Master Agronomist
Graduated as an agronomist from the University of Puerto Rico. He began his professional career in the Department of Agriculture where he worked for 25 years, and held multiple positions, where he supervised the offices of Market Inspection, Plant Health, Market Regulation, Agrological Laboratory, Coffee control and others. He was also Assistant Director of the Rural Development Corporation for Puerto Rico and Regional Director of the Department of Agriculture. From 1997 he assumed responsibility for leading the Agricultural Credit Council attached to the Economic Development Bank of Puerto Rico (BDE) and studied banking at the University of North Carolina.
Pico then worked as Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Salinas, Puerto Rico and, in 2011, returned to the government as Principal Assistant to the Executive Director of the Puerto Rico National Parks Company. In 2012 he became the Executive President of Integral Development of the South (DISUR), a non-profit entity that promoted the economic and social development of fifteen municipalities in the Southern Region of Puerto Rico, where the government, private enterprise and academia were integrated linearly. In 2017 he was appointed as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources of Puerto Rico. Currently, he serves as Consultant and Advisor in areas related to Economic Development.
Areas of Expertise
- Agricultural Development
- Farm management
- economic development
Board of Directors
The success of any company begins with the quality of the people who support it. CannaVision boasts a world-class lineup of directors, advisors, and contributors who offer priceless connections and expertise in essential areas. Thanks to these professionals, our journey has a bright future.
In addition to his duties with CannaVision, Mr. Russell is a Principal of iRight Benefit Consultants, LLC and spends time promoting iRight Motion, a charitable organization focused on providing outdoor experiences to disabled children and adults. David is passionate about giving.
Mr. Hegland is a principal investor in CannaVision, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business from Iowa State University, and is part of a large multi-generational farm operating in the Midwest.
Judge Walter Marrero Melendez
Judge Marrero, a practicing attorney and former criminal court judge in Puerto Rico, has been a cannabis and hemp advocate for over 10 years. He is well connected in the medical cannabis, and hemp, industries and is working with Dr. Ellenby to grow CannaVision’s corporate footprint.
Native of Puerto Rico and graduate of the Inter American University, Noel earned a Masters Degree and has spent the past five years in agricultural development. He is a consultant for the Environmental Quality Board in PR, where he prepares reports for the EPA.
Mr. Markley, a principal investor in CannaVision, is a commercial and residential real estate developer and investor in Florida. As a Licensed Real Estate Broker, Dennis is active as a consultant and property manager primarily in the Tampa Bay area. He also has the distinct honor of traveling internationally for the World Bank as a management consultant.
Master Agronomy Advisor
Marc Ellenby received a Master’s degree in Agriculture and Horticulture from the University of Florida. He owns 190 acres of tropical fruit orchards in Florida, and manages a 75 acre bamboo agro-forestry project in Belize, growing 75 acres of bamboo and perennial tropical crops amidst 1,900 acres of tropical rainforest.
Dr. Herve Mbanya
Dr. Mbanya received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from Texas Southern University and currently owns a pharmacy in Austin, TX. Dr. Mbanya is passionate about CBD and holistic medicine, believing that it transcends the modern ideals of western medicine.
Mr. Eberhardt has an impressive history as a powerful leader and innovator in the technology, insurance, and financial services industries. Currently, he has assembled a team of experts and specialists dedicated to research and development in the hemp industry, focusing on uses and benefits. Jim is the CannaVision investors advisor and serves as the point of contact for new investors.
Contributors & Friends
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