Focused on providing commoditization, medical research, real estate assets, and community in the cultivation segment of the cannabis industry through large scale and specialized canna-farming. With an extensive background in operations, his strategies focuse on producing quality tested and consistent harvests for both the medical and recreational segments. Stephen has operated under cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, medical research (Univ. of West Indies), retail, and exportation licenses in multiple countries. MBA from South University, Summa Cum Laude.
Credentials based in culinary, hospitality, and sustainability for over 40 years. For 17 years he was the founding member and partner in a private boutique consulting firm. Their specialty is culinary, sustainable farming, and cannabis programs. For 10 years he has obtained international experience in medical cannabis recipe development, and consulting in various segments of medical cannabis. Currently a guest speaker and visiting professor at universities in China, Italy, Netherlands, and Peru. Topics taught are culinary, sustainable farming, organic sustainable farming, and cannabis clinical studies.
Currently sits as the Chair of Dickinson Wright’s Government Investigations and Securities Enforcement Practice. Has practiced in the private sector for over 20 years and served 14 years as a Senior Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, a US federal criminal prosecutor, and a New Orleans Assistant District Attorney. A mix of corporate transactional, litigation and investigations defense extending well beyond the cannabis industry and cover a wide-range of industries worldwide. He has represented corporations and officers, directors and other senior officials in federal and state securities, FCPA, export, government contracts, and other government investigations. He regularly and successfully defends parties in investigations by all offices of the SEC, the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section, United States Attorneys' Offices throughout the country, FINRA, state securities regulators, and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). Is known for challenging facts, advocate effectively and secure favorable outcomes.
Serves as the President of Pomona Valley Medical Group, Inc., serves as the Chairman and President of ProMed Health Care Administrators, and serves as the President of Upland Medical Group. Since 1991, he has also been the President and Medical Director of Chaparral Medical Group, Inc., a fifty physician multi-specialty group that he founded in Southern California, within which he created a strong Endocrinology Department that is an ADA Certified Centerof Excellence for Diabetic Education. Has served as the President of each of the ProMed group entities since 1994 (2002 in the case of Upland Medical Group). Has been a Director of Prospect Medical Holdings Inc. since June 1, 2007. Completed his Endocrinology Fellowship at Bellevue NYU Medical Center in 1978. He is board certified in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of both the American College of Endocrinologists and American College of Physicians.
Focused on ensuring medical integrity in our cannabinoid development program, medical affairs and pharmacoeconomics strategies to support products in clinical development. He oversees quality assurance and quality control protocols to continuously improve end quality, safety, and user experience. With a B.S. in Biology from Eckerd College and a Ph.D. in bioinorganic chemistry from The Johns Hopkins University, he has over 17 years experience spanning the interfaces between molecular biology, biochemistry, and organic chemistry. Experienced in the synthesis, extraction, purification, and characterization of bio-active organic compounds, He has provided his expertise in the domestic industrial hemp and international medical cannabis industries as an advisor on cannabinoid isolation, purification, quality assurance/control, and formulation of hemp and cannabis-derived products.
With 30 years of international cannabis cultivation experience in both the Caribbean and United States, there is no contest as to being one of the top master growers in the world. His skills span from both controlled indoor and large volume outdoor harvest programs. Through experience he has gained proficiency in nursery, propagation, indoor, and outdoor grow strategies. As a High Times Cannabis Cup winner for the best Indica strain (All People's Medicine), his focus is on connecting the dots between propagation, soil, irrigation, planting, harvesting, curing, processing, and inventory control.