MEET THE TEAM

 
 
 

Kimberly Carlson has repeatedly created meaningful and lasting connections between business, community, and the environment. She is able to find the mutually beneficial meeting point between the business and the consumer while always considering the environmental impact of actions taken. Her experiential marketing skills include creating proprietary live art performance events which have proven success in building the business and the brand. A belief that collaborations are essential has fueled her team building skills and employing creative minds has garnered much success for the businesses she has been integral in developing.

Kimberly’s education includes life experience from being employed since the age of 15 to launching her first successful business at age 20 and being awarded for her second business launch at age 22. Her formal education includes Colombia College Chicago for Public Relations and Marketing as well as Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) with a focus on the lean start-up, product innovation and business management through their, Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine top ranking, School of Entrepreneurship.

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Don Steinberg has been at the forefront of new business concepts many times, and now brings a lifetime of experience to Marijuana Strategic Ventures, Inc., that will serve to benefit the company in a myriad of ways. In the 1980’s Don developed stock option analysis and trading programs. This led to his management of floor traders on multiple options exchanges and gave him the knowledge and insight he needed to successfully take other companies public.

In the early 90’s, he co-founded Globalcom 2000 and entered into the prepaid phone card business, which at that time was an almost unknown market. Globalcom 2000 became one of the largest phone card companies in the United States, as well as its fastest growing. In 1994, Don developed an interest in the telecom “Callback” business, and co-founded One World Communications. He subsequently traveled the world, opening up 187 training centers in only 9 months, and created the world’s largest International MLM global sales force selling telecom services.

In 2006, Mr. Steinberg formed Club Vivanet as an International MLM, selling a variety of services. In 2008, he merged Club Vivanet with a publicly traded company. In 2008, Don recognized the emerging opportunities in the Medical Marijuana industry and changed the name of Club Vivanet to Medical Marijuana Inc., which became America’s first publicly traded company in the Marijuana industry. In 2011, he successfully managed the acquisition of Medical Marijuana Inc. and the transition to new management.

In 2015, Don founded Marijuana Company of America, Inc. an OTC Market quoted company. He resigned from that company in 2019 to pursue other interests.

Don has vast experience in building and managing start-up companies, managing public company compliance, and spent years managing floor operations on various stock exchanges. Mr. Steinberg has had a life-long career in international sales and marketing, with over 40 years of experience developing and running successful businesses. Using this breadth of experience, Don will provide guidance for the Company, and is actively involved in its future and growth. 

James Hancock, COO

Mr. Hancock has garnered recognition serving in numerous senior positions as a turnaround and merger and acquisition specialist throughout his 40-year career.

 

His career has taken him from Texas to New York to California where he ran or owned several different types of companies. He has been President, CEO, COO, and VP of Sales & Marketing within public and private companies in financial services, investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, telecommunications and payment processing industries.

Most recently, as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Global Payout, Inc., a publicly traded company on the OTC markets from 2010 to 2018, Hancock worked within the financial services industries as a program manager and payment processor for prepaid card programs, where he is most proud of launching nearly 40 nationally and internationally, custom-designed, prepaid debit card programs.

 

Hancock has a vast amount of knowledge of the public company industry and due to his experience and reputation, he has access to a network of top SEC attorneys, accounting firms, investment bankers, and qualified management teams. Besides being a creative, forward-thinker, Hancock also shares his lessons learned from the past which has proven to be most helpful to his clients.

 

Hancock earned a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law, San Diego, and a Bachelors of Business Admin from Southern Methodist University. He served in the U.S. Army holding the rank of E-5.

Andrii Buznia, Director of Acquisitions Europe

Andrii Buznia is a Ukrainian refugee with an extensive leadership background in global marketing and growth. Andrii delivered project management and business consulting services to scale 100+ projects for international clients such as HubSpot, Deluxe Marketing Solutions, Virgin, General Electric, Peace Corps, Franklin Covey, Oxford University Press, Harvard University, Vodafone, H&M, Marriott, National Geographic, Starbucks, Disney, Walmart and Victoria’s Secret.

Working with clients from over 40 countries, Andrii has proven his ability in start-up launches, life cycle management, and has proven outcomes using Earned Media and Paid Media.

His achievements include consultation services to the Head of the Ukrainian Business Support Center to win $4M Peace Corps grant to develop the economy of Ukraine, winner of 10 educational, economic, scientific and business development awards for the development of the Ukrainian financial system and growth of the economy. He was selected by the Ukrainian Executive Committee as official interpreter in negotiations between former US Ambassador to Ukraine (Carlos Pascual) and the Mayor of Mykolaiv (Vladimir Chajka). His lists of experience and achievements. Andrii graduated with his MBA from the Wisconsin International University, with his MA in Finance and BA in Economics from European University of Finance, Management and Business.

Robert Hymers III, Strategic Consultant

Mr. Hymers was a member of Ernst Young's National Tax Group for five years. During his tenure at Ernst & Young, he provided tax services to private equity firms, hedge funds, REITs and banks.  He is the founding managing partner of Pinnacle Tax Services, an LA based CPA firm. Mr. Hymers has been a licensed CPA in the state of California for 14 years. He has produced five feature films and is the President of the Hymers Family Foundation for Arts and Education that helps support underprivileged youth in the greater Los Angeles area.

Brenda Andrews, Communications Director

Brenda Andrews, Studio Owner, is an accomplished Creative professional with deep experience in the corporate, non-profit, commercial, and academic arenas. She is respected in the industry for her endless creativity, proven work ethic, and dedication to excellence through leadership by clients, colleagues, and business partners. Andrews is an innovative, strategic intellectual that keeps an eye on the big picture with highly focused tactical execution to meet objectives. Outstanding verbal and written communication skills to craft, position, and disseminate programs that resonate with targeted audiences and drive results. A robust collaborator and relationship builder with all levels of staff, management, and business partners. A great leader and mentor.

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Before creating Blackfrog Digital, Greg started his career at Bush Industries, where he was responsible for many things over time, including product development, sales & marketing, and significant M&A work. His expertise allowed him to drive the continual improvement process as the company grew from 500 to over 5,000 employees.


As the principal of Blackfrog, he has helped hundreds of companies across multiple industries with their growth through marketing and business process support.

He spends his free time working with local animal rescues at educational & fundraising events.