Mr. McDonald is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of CEA Industries Inc. (previously Surna Inc.), as well as President of its subsidiary Surna Cultivation Technologies LLC. He joined the Board of Directors of Surna Inc. in 2018 and was appointed CEO later that year.
Prior to joining Surna he led sales and business development as National Sales Director for Seeley International and as Vice-President-Sales for Coolerado Corp., a manufacturer and marketer of innovative, energy-efficient environmental control systems. He led the sales of the company, growing revenue from near zero to become an INC. 600 high-growth company award winner. Along with the company’s CEO, he was instrumental in securing growth equity funding from a cleantech investment fund. The company was later acquired by a large strategic competitor.
Mr. McDonald’s recent career work has included the cleantech, energy efficiency and HVAC industries. He is also the author of Cleantech Sell: The Essential Guide To Selling Resource Efficient Products In The B2B Market.
Prior to joining Coolerado, Mr. McDonald spent over ten years in private equity and M&A where he was involved in numerous transactions in the technology, manufacturing, and power development industries. As a business development officer with private equity acquisitions groups, and later as founder and principal of a specialty M&A finance firm, he identified, financed or acquired numerous transactions with total enterprise value of several hundred million dollars.
Mr. McDonald was previously a consultant to international banks with KMPG’s Financial Services Practice and served as on the Board of Directors of Keating Capital, Inc., a publicly-traded business development company that made investments in pre-IPO companies. He has served as a mentor for companies in the CleanTech Open and as a judge in the competition.
Mr. McDonald is a U.S. Army veteran and former Cavalry officer. He earned a B.S. degree in Engineering and Economics from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. and an M.B.A. degree from the Harvard Business School.
Randy Shipley is the Chief Strategy Officer of RSX Enterprises Inc. RSX Enterprises Inc. provides supply chain management and solutions to cultivation operations through a cooperative of industry leaders in environmental services, lighting, building structures and green technologies that assists cultivators in fast-start build-outs with maximum ROI.
A cannabis industry veteran, Randy turned in 2014 towards what he believes is the largest growth industry opportunity in the world – the cannabis industry. He was a founder of the Marijuana Investor Summit, held appropriately on 4/20/2015 in Denver where the first CannaPitch was held before an audience of 1000+. This helped launch other summits and expos each featuring educational workshops including the World of Cannabis in Las Vegas, the California Cannabis Business Expo, and the Cannabis Capital Summit in Las Vegas. He successfully exited this business with the sale of his cannabis businesses to MJIC Inc where he served as Chairman and President.
Previously, Randy was an officer and chief revenue officer with Carrier Access Corporation (CACS) which went public in 1998 on the NASDAQ leading the company in market growth from $68M to a high of $2.2B in twelve months where CACS was recognized as the fastest growing IPO on the NASDAQ.
Prior to Carrier Access, Randy worked at Williams Companies in their telecommunications divisions where he launched and participated in multiple product launches that exceeded more than $100M in revenues including their carrier, Frame Relay, and ATM services while leading their executive accounts team that provided services to Fortune 100 companies including IBM, Comdisco, Compuserve and others.
Nick Etten is the CEO of Lone Star Bioscience, a Texas based medical cannabis company. With over 7 years in the cannabis industry, he previously served as the Head of Government Affairs at Acreage Holdings, a vertically integrated, multi-state operator of cannabis licenses and assets in the U.S. Nick is also the Founder and Chairman of the Veterans Cannabis Project (VCP), an organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of cannabis access issues for U.S. military veterans. His career has been focused on the growth equity market, and previous positions include Vice President of Global Business Development for FreightWatch International (successfully sold to UTC), Director of Corporate Development for Triple Canopy (a zero to $150M revenue company in two years) and investment professional at Trident Capital, where he focused on the cyber-security space and led over $100M in investments.
Earlier in his career, Nick was an investment banker at Thomas Weisel Partners, where he participated in more than 20 IPOs totaling over $1B raised and served on active duty as a U.S. Navy SEAL officer. He earned an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BS in political science from the United States Naval Academy. Nick lives in the Chicago area with his wife and two young sons.
Marion Mariathasan is the CEO and Co-Founder of Simplifya LLC (www.simplifya.com), the cannabis industry’s leading regulatory and operational compliance software platform. The company’s suite of products takes the guesswork out of confusing and continually changing state and local regulations. Featuring SOPs, badge tracking, document storage, tailored reporting and employee accountability features, Simplifya’s Custom Audit software reduces the time clients spend on compliance by up to 45 percent. Mr. Mariathasan, a Sri Lankan native and immigrant to the United States, is a serial entrepreneur who has founded or advised numerous startups.
He is currently an investor in over twenty domestic and international companies that range from cannabis companies to dating apps. Mr. Mariathasan studied Architecture and Computer Science at the University of Kansas and Computer Information Systems with a minor in Business Management from Emporia State University. He is a regular guest speaker at events such as Denver Start-Up Week, Colorado University's program on social entrepreneurship, various universities on the topic of entrepreneurship and the United Nations Global Accelerator Initiative.
Troy Reisner is the CFO of Keystone Tower Systems, Inc. (www.keystonetowersystems.com), a technology innovation and manufacturing company that is disrupting the commercial wind tower industry by bringing automated manufacturing technology that will produce towers 10x faster than current factories with technology that can be deployed on-site. At Keystone, he leads the finance and accounting functions, including capital raising and corporate governance matters, and serves as an executive team member.
Prior to joining Keystone, Mr. Reisner was a partner with Deloitte from which he retired. He spent over 30 years advising public companies on audit, accounting, M&A and SEC reporting matters in the St. Louis, Missouri, New York, New York and Denver, Colorado practices. Mr. Reisner brings significant cumulative knowledge and expertise in accounting and auditing, including PCAOB auditing standards, M&A transactions, financial due diligence, financial reporting, including expertise in SEC rules, regulations & reporting, internal controls over financial reporting, and capital market and corporate governance experience and expertise.
Mr. Reisner earned a B.S. degree in Accounting from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and practiced as a Certified Public Accountant for over 30 years and is licensed (inactive) as a CPA in the State of Missouri.