Angry Grower started growing in a hollowed-out stereo speaker at the early age of 16. The experience of growing his own buds flowered into a love for the cannabis plant and seeded his resentment for society. Over the next 15 years, the Angry Grower was a recluse from civilization but mastered the art of growing cannabis. He quickly advanced from farm hand to trimmer to finally heading multiple greenhouse and commercial grows. Most notably he became the Master Grower of a 2-acre outdoor and 40,000 sq. ft. indoor grow facility in Oregon. He managed a team of 15 while expanding the farm’s operations by more than 30%! He also improved global branding and increased the overall quality and plant yield. In spite of his growing badassery, the staff turned on him and ran him out of Oregon, coining him, the “Angry Grower”. Finding his way to NUGL he now answers grow questions for NUGL’s growing community.
Chef Matthew Stockard
Matthew’s culinary career began in 1998 when he opened his first restaurant in Oklahoma. Since then, Matthew has traveled and studied Culinary Arts overseas and throughout the United States. In addition to pursuing his culinary passions, he has also been catering since 2000. Matthew has had the honor of catering for government officials, city officials, and many other high-end individuals.
It’s no surprise then that Matthew has also spent time being a Private Chef for celebrities and athletes. In 2010, while still attending culinary school, he opened a BBQ restaurant in Long Beach with great reviews that he eventually sold later on. He became an American Culinary Federation member in 2010 and has completed several volunteer events with the ACF.
Matthew has won numerous cooking events during his time as a Chef. He’s won BBQ awards, Cajun/Creole awards, and several other awards to date. His overseas experience is powerfully displayed in his finished culinary works. While working for the Hyatt Regency, he ran several of their 5-star restaurants including a Teppanyaki restaurant, Italian restaurant, Japanese restaurant, and even their Las Vegas style buffet restaurant. Matthew is well versed in butchery, training, and menu planning.
Michael Ashworth is finishing his Master’s Degree in Technical Communications at Northeastern University. He has just moved back to California after 14 years and is grateful for the people who have worked so hard to make the legalization of marijuana possible. Cannabis is a wonderful resource for a healthy lifestyle, and he believes in promoting its positive attributes and the awesome culture that surrounds it.
Joseph Chicas is a social policy expert that guides leading cannabis companies through licensing, compliance and growth strategies. He is the lead policy contributor for Nugl and is a published author. He serves as the Founder and CEO of Cannabiz Venture Partners and is a former policy professor from the University of Southern California. He also led the creation of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Veterans Affairs, which had not been in existence in LA since World War 2 . His articles focus on emerging cannabis policy issues from social equity, global licensing trends to investment strategies. Joseph obtained his BA from UCLA and his Master’s Degree from USC.
Serge Chistov is Chief Financial Partner for the Honest Marijuana Co., and is a Cannabis Industry Expert. His articles focus on technology, innovation, and current political relations. Honest Marijuana has been a leader in cannabis innovation since it’s inception, and with an organic approach to the growth, production, and packaging of cannabis, the company launched the first-ever organic hemp wrapped machine rolled blunts. Honest Marijuana has patented Nanobidiol Technology and is the first company to bring THC-O-Acetate technology and products to market.
Braelee Conticchio is a public relations specialist who also has expertise in social media, influencer marketing, journalism, media, advertising, events, and more. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island, she spent 5+ years living and working in New York City mainly in public relations in the following industries: beauty, health, fashion, cannabis, lifestyle, and hospitality. After moving to California, she switched her focus to concentrate on the cannabis industry. Braelee now enjoys covering any aspect of the cannabis industry with a focus on providing the newest and most interesting information to readers. Braelee also works with NUGL on their influencer marketing program and hosts weekly Instagram Live sessions featuring Canna influencers, brands, dispensaries, and more!
Julie Farha is an Intuitive Insight Coach, Speaker and Author. She uses her gifts to provide clear insight into your life and offers action items for resolution and forward motion. In addition, Julie offers training on her method, Tangible Intuition©, which teaches you how to use your intuition for better decision making and more success in all areas of life. Julie@JulieFarha.com
Anthony Franciosi is the founder of Honest Marijuana Company, which utilizes all-natural cultivation methods to produce only the finest organic and eco-conscious cannabis products. Anthony has shared his marijuana business and cultivation insight for many top cannabis outlets, including Cannabis Business Times, Marijuana Venture, and High Times.
As NUGL’s Director of Content, Sam Kiper is an amazing storyteller and content creator. After serving in the US Navy for seven years, Sam was honorably discharged in 2016 to pursue his talents and passions. He has received degrees from The New York Film Academy and The Los Angeles Film School. As if that wasn’t enough, Sam has managed Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning producers and artists. He has made quite a splash in the entertainment industry in such a short time, and we couldn’t be happier to have him on our team.
Vanessa Macias is the Co-Founder and CEO of Dust To Diamonds, a wellness lifestyle brand out of Southern California. She is studying for her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Devry University and has over 7 years of entrepreneurial experience. She also has a background in fitness training, nutrition coaching and is a published author. With a passion for writing, she believes in providing engaging content to better serve her cannabis community through health, wealth and cannabis-integrated wellness.
Rebecca is a cannabis and health industry consultant who frequently writes about the latest trends in the industry with only one motive that is to create awareness about healthy living. She has been writing for a long time now and is becoming a recognized name in the cannabis industry.
Jessica, an accomplished event coordinator and marketing director with nearly 15 years of experience in her field. Specializing in promotional model and brand ambassadors street teams, event production, sponsorships, and product placement, her advantage is her unique access points and connections within affluent social scenes and the entertainment industry.