A balanced and diverse team with extensive experience in cannabis and M&A.
President and Director
Mr. John Zorbas is an entrepreneur with a proven track record in the metals exploration and development industry and the investment banking. He has held senior advisory positions in various facets of business including operations, marketing, sales, strategic planning and structured finance.
Mr. Zorbas has been with the Company since June 2008. He also serves as URU Metals Ltd. (Captor Capital investment) Chief Executive Officer since 2 June 2014. He was appointed Chairman of Management Resource Solutions PLC in April 2017. He also served as the President of MGM Productions Group Inc. a company focused in media and retail investments, as well as Director of both ZorCorp Capital Holdings and Starline Capital Holdings Infrastructure Fund. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Monchhichi PLC (former: Mercom Capital PLC) until 23 December 2016. Mr. Zorbas also served as a Director of Stratton Capital Corp. until 20 October 2016. He is a founding shareholder of Asian Coast Development Ltd. Mr. Zorbas holds an Honors Bachelors in Economics from the University of Toronto.
Head of Business Development
Mr. Shawn Groshans has approximately 20 years in merchant banking and corporate finance with experience in private equity investing, advising companies on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, business development, and restructuring. Subsequent to his experience in banking he took a role as Head of Business Development for a global intelligence and cyber-security firm, in addition to his involvement in entrepreneurial ventures which includes the cannabis industry.
Mr. Groshans serves as a Non-Executive Director for Tower Financial and he has previously worked for Salamanca Group, Richmond Park Partners, S-RM and PwC.
Founder and CEO of I-5 Holdings Ltd
(Subsidiary of Captor)
Mr. John MacPhail is most recently the founder and CEO of Captor Capital Corp.
I-5 Holdings Ltd. (Subsidiary of Captor) is a Canadian cannabis company focused on the USA sector. The company owns two dispensaries in California, partnered with two cultivators in Washington state, created growth in a goods and services procurement company, and assisted in the opening of a laboratory in California. Mr. MacPhail was one of the first individuals to recognize the tighter restrictions on retail/dispensary licenses in California and created a strategy going forwards for I-5 to leverage that restriction into a more profitable and defensible position for the company.
Prior to his involvement in the US cannabis space he was Investment Banker he has assisted companies to raise funds and advised management on corporate strategy.
Director of Manufacturing & Cultivation
Mr. Matt Longo has over 15 years operating experience in the cannabis industry and has extensive agricultural and supply chain knowledge. Additionally he has years of experience in general agriculture, and held various operational roles at Anheuser-Busch.
Mr. Longo has guided the set-up of Prop 215 compliant businesses in California and navigated the complex and multi-layered regulatory environments. Mr. Longo has owned and operated two cultivation facilities with a total of 20,000 square feet and employed roughly 100 employees. Prior to his role with Captor he owned and operated a dispensary and was involved in three other cannabis-related business ventures across the United States, including a 70-acre hemp production farm in Franklin, TN and a 22,000 acre licensed hemp farm in Madisonville, Kentucky. Both farms are licensed by the Department of Agriculture and subject to stringent protocols as a hemp producer.
Director of Retail Dispensaries
Mr. Oliver Summers has been a Los Angeles Medical Cannabis advocate since 2005, speaking and promoting cannabis numerous times on the behalf of patients. He has owned and operated three dispensaries in LA since 2006 and is an experienced grower of boutique cannabis strains.
Mr. Summers is an original member and moderator of the Greater Los Angeles Collective Alliance (GLACA), a member of Americans For Safe Access (ASA), Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), Patients Advocacy Network (PAN). He is also a former member of the South Robertson Neighborhood Council, Pico Neighborhood Council, Melrose West Neighborhood Council and UFCW Local 770.
US Legal Counsel
Mr. Berkowitz has practiced corporate, business and tax law for more than 35 years. He has extensive experience in a wide variety of transactions in many industries, with particular emphasis on structuring complex transactions, including entity organization, financing, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and US-Canada cross-border transactions.
Since 2013, Mr Berkowitz has been actively involved with the rapidly-growing cannabis industry, assisting clients in obtaining financing, securing licenses and acquiring cultivation facilities and established dispensaries. Earlier in his career, Mr. Berkowitz practiced as a Certified Public Accountant.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Lipschitz founded a professional firm that provides outsourced back office accounting and CFO services to the restaurant and retail industries since January 2012. Mr. Lipschitz also served as the outsourced President and/or CFO for several restaurant concepts. Prior to this Mr. Lipschitz held various CFO and controller positions with private, public and private equity backed companies such as Spectrum Clubs, Inc. (Spectrum Athletic Clubs), Grill Concepts. Inc. (Grill on the Alley and Daily Grill), San Manual Band of Mission Indians (San Manual Casino and other economic developments), International Coffee & Tea, LLC (Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf), The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated (The Cheesecake Factory), and Wolfgang Puck Food Company, L.P. (Wolfgang Puck Cafes and frozen foods).
In addition, Mr. Lipschitz is a CPA and has worked for a national CPA firm, Laventhol & Horwath. Mr. Lipschitz holds a BS degree in Accounting from California State University, Northridge.
Mr. Kloepper is a former Chief Executive Officer of Frontier Lithium Inc. and has worked in investment banking and structured finance throughout a 30 year career. He has a rounded knowledge of the capital markets, strategic growth and investments.
In the past, Mr. Kloepper has worked in executive positions with JP Morgan, Citibank, Bank of America, and North American Trust in Canada, the US and Europe. Currently, Mr. Kloepper is a director of a number of public companies listed in Canada and the U.S., which are involved in consumer finance, merchant banking, manufacturing and distribution.
His responsibilities range from lead independent director to chairing audit/compensation committees. Notable directorships include: Award Capital (Spot Coffee - food and beverage), National Construction, Mogul Energy (Oil and Gas), DealNet Capital (Consumer finance/merchant banking), Gilla Inc. (E cigarette manufacturer/distribution), Sofit Mobile (App. and technology incubator), and Pacific Software Inc. (Metal Fabrication).
Mr. Appleby is a member of the Chartered Public Accountants of Canada and Ontario, and President and Chief Executive of CFO Advantage Inc., a company that provides CFO, and other financial accounting and compliance services to companies in various industries including junior mining, manufacturing and distribution. Mr. Appleby is currently CFO of a number of reporting issuers in Canada. Mr. Appleby lives in Toronto, Canada.
Mr. Dementev is an independent geophysics researcher. He provides technological solutions and services to companies in various industries including manufacturing, distribution and mining.
Mr. Dementev holds equivalent of Master Degree in Applied Physics from Rostov State University and Post Graduated Degree in Analytical Chemistry from the Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Geo-Chemistry (both in Russian Federation).
Mr. Dementev is currently the Chief Technology Officer for Klimov Design Bureau, leading several international hydrocarbons conversion projects. Mr. Dementev lives in Toronto, Canada.