Hemp Industry Daily’s parent company, Anne Holland Ventures Inc., employs over 75 staff members across the United States and Canada. The company – which also runs Marijuana Business Daily – has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing businesses in the United States and is led by CEO Cassandra Farrington and Chris Walsh, vice president of editorial and strategic development.
Cassandra Farrington heads up the cannabis industry leading daily news website Marijuana Business Daily and its family of content resources for the B2B cannabis marketplace, including the internationally recognized family of MJBizCon conferences. Previously a Vice President at Citi, she earned her MBA from the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business. MjBizDaily was co-founded by Cassandra and her business partner in 2011. It is now the most established ongoing business to business news organization serving the cannabis industry.
Chris served as the founding editor of Marijuana Business Daily during the company’s launch in 2011, becoming the first journalist in the United States to focus exclusively on covering the business of cannabis. He now leads the company’s entire editorial and research team and oversees content-related strategic development initiatives. Chris has been quoted as one of America’s foremost cannabis industry analysts by dozens of media outlets, including Harvard Business Review, NPR, CNBC and the New York Times. He previously worked for more than a decade as a business reporter and editor at daily newspapers.
Shannon heads the Hemp Industry Daily division at Marijuana Business Daily. Shannon is a B2B multi-media veteran with over 25 years of experience growing digital platforms, trade shows, data driven marketing channels, SaaS sourcing tools, and traditional print media. His most recent experience includes twelve years overseeing the specialty produce agricultural industry’s most respected media brand, The Packer, a division of Farm Journal Media. Prior to that, Shannon ran media businesses focused on consumer lifestyle and other B2B categories in high technology. In addition to his long career in media, Shannon also ran a marketing organization for Fortune 50 tech giant, Intel.
Shannon earned his MBA from the University of Kansas.
Kristen is the editor of Hemp Industry Daily, where she leads coverage of the hemp and CBD industries. Previously, she worked at the Associated Press for nearly 20 years. She started covering the marijuana legalization movement in 2009 – when medical stores started popping up around Denver – and wrote about the state’s first legal hemp harvest. Kristen also covered agriculture and politics in Maryland and her home state of Georgia.
Laura has specialized in agricultural journalism for the past 20 years. Most recently she served as the editor of a B2B publication and multimedia properties focused on productivity, efficiency and profitability in commercial greenhouse cultivation. She has reported on multiple aspects of specialty crops including floriculture, fruit, vegetables, citrus and cannabis. She also has served extensively on various horticulture industry association boards. Laura is a Michigan State University graduate and is based in Cleveland, Ohio.
Monica is an international reporter for Hemp Industry Daily. A Connecticut native based in Berlin, Germany, she heads up the publication’s international hemp coverage with a focus on industry developments in Europe, Africa and Asia. Before covering hemp, Monica spent six years as an editor for the German press agency dpa with reporting stints in Brussels and Rio de Janeiro covering the EU, NATO and illegal mining in the Amazon. She also covered business, politics and general news for Reuters and Atlantic Media.
Ivan Moreno is a reporter at Hemp Industry Daily, where he focuses on regulatory and business developments in North America and Latin America. He previously worked for 12 years at The Associated Press, where he was correspondent in Milwaukee, Illinois, and Denver. He’s covered state and national politics, major breaking news in every state he’s worked, and was on brief assignments in Mexico City, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and New Mexico.