Charlie Bachtell - CEO - Cresco Labs

Charlie Bachtellis CEO and Co-Founder of Cresco Labs, one the leading vertically integrated, multistate cannabis companies in the United States. Named one of the top 100 cannabis industry leaders by Entrepreneur Magazine, Mr. Bachtell has spearheaded Cresco’s organic growth and acquisition strategies to build the most strategic geographic footprint and the leading distribution platform in the North

American cannabis market. Having successfully raised private funding in excess of $200 million, Mr. Bachtell has effectively deployed capital to build shareholder value including the $824 million acquisition of Origin House in 2019, the largest public company acquisition in U.S. cannabis industry history at the time. Deeply committed to driving positive social change, Mr. Bachtell oversaw the launch of Cresco’s Social Equity & Educational Development (SEED) initiative in May 2019, the cannabis industry’s first national comprehensive

social equity initiative promoting inclusion, expungement, equality, access and community engagement.

Mr. Bachtell is a sought-after speaker on the

cannabis industry’s national stages and has been

featured as an industry leader in mainstream

media like CNBC and Yahoo! Finance as well as

in industry publications like Marijuana Business

Daily, Cannabis Business Times and Marijuana

Venture Magazine. An attorney by training and

a former Executive Vice President and General

Counsel for one of the largest mortgage banks

in the country, Mr. Bachtell is recognized as one

of the foremost authorities on regulatory affairs

and compliance in some of the nation’s most

heavily regulated industries. He served on the

Cannabis Legalization Subcommittee of Illinois

Governor JB Pritzker’s transition team, which led

to the passage of legislation legalizing adult-use

cannabis in the state of Illinois, which now serves

as a model for other states to legalize marijuana

by statute rather than ballot initiatives. Mr. Bachtell

serves as an adjunct Professor at the Northwestern

University Pritzker School of Law teaching classes

on the legal and regulatory matters existing in

the emerging cannabis industry and is a founding

member or member of associations across the

country including the National Cannabis Bar

Association, Illinois Cannabis Bar Association,

National Cannabis Industry Association,

Pennsylvania Cannabis Coalition and the Medical

Cannabis Alliance of Illinois.

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