Our Team Robert Chavez, President & Chief Executive Officer Robert Chavez is the founder and CEO of Avant-Garde Holdings Americas Inc. He is also a healthcare executive and founder of ExecTeam, LLC, a consulting firm focused on helping private medical businesses improve operations through process efficiencies and executive management coaching. With extensive experience in clinical operations, academic medical business administration, business and strategic planning, and data analytics for decision making, he was inspired to examine the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) as an alternative to opioid therapy and subsequent addiction. Robert acted as a consulting founder of Green Roads Wellness, where he and the Green Roads team contextualized CBD products as a wellness resource for targeted clinical outcomes and educated consumers on the medicinal benefits of cannabinoids. Robert has been heavily involved in the start-up community in South Florida and beyond, having co-founded the first digital Health-Tech seed accelerator in Florida in 2013, Project Lift. Taryn Berk, EVP, Chief Operating Officer Taryn Berk is a co-founder of Avant-Garde Holdings Americas Inc. She is an experienced business developer who has spent her career working with startups in healthcare and non-profit organizations. She brings her expertise and passion together as AGH’s Chief Operating Officer, leading the team to optimize the organization’s mission, vision, core values, strategic priorities and growth goals. Her career was influenced by a nomadic life as she made her home in over ten countries over eight short years. During her time overseas, she focused her skills on developing funding streams for local nonprofits. Taryn's worldly perspective gives her insight into cultural nuances necessary to target specific market segments. Upon her return to the U.S., she lent her experience to startups targeting the healthcare sector, strategically developing relationships through both digital and in- person channels. Sol Alan Saad, EVP, Corporate Development & Strategic Relations Sol Alan Saad is a founding partner of The Phillimore Group, a financial advisory and venture capital firm specializing in the technology sector. Sol is also the Director of Investment Banking at Newbridge Securities Corporation, as well as, a founding partner of Axial Family Advisors, a multi-family office and wealth management firm. Sol has over 40 years of experience in the financial service sector, previously working for Salomon Brothers, Wells Fargo Bank Group and Ladenburg Thalmann, as an investment banker, international financier and venture capital specialist. He works closely with corporate clients, family offices and business holdings, offering a wide array of corporate advisory services such as growth optimization, operational efficiencies, process change and restructuring plans; mergers, acquisitions and divestitures services; market expansion opportunities both domestic and international; and access to capital, buy-out and exit strategy options. Sol received his MBA in Finance from The Wharton School. Joe Farkas, Chief Financial Officer Joe began his career in public accounting with KPMG LLP followed by more than two decades in banking with FleetBoston and Bank of America. He was a Senior Vice President of Operations in Bank of America’s International and Global Corporate Investment Banking Divisions where he spent the majority of his time living and working in Latin America. After returning to the United States, Joe leveraged his business experience and entered the management consulting field where he provided clients with executive level finance, compliance, accounting and business management support. Joe holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and Chartered Global Management Accountant Steve Parkinson, Chief Information Officer Steve has more than 20 years of diverse industry experience delivering solutions and leading technology, operations, development and telecommunications teams. Prior to serving in this role, Steve served as CIO, Senior Director and in Consultant roles for multiple companies including The Grass Roots Group, British Telecom, US Gas & Electric and The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. He is an out front leader with strong ethical, analytical, communications and presentation skills that enables the building and maintenance of productive relationships at all organizational levels. Global experience includes living and working in US and England, and delivering business solutions in U.S., Europe, South America, Australia, and South Africa. Graduating in the UK from Thames Valley University he has a Higher National Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Jim H. Osceola EVP, Government and International Relations Jim H. Osceola III is a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida - Otter Clan. He serves on the Constitution Review Committee, Seminole Tribe of Florida as committee chairman. Following the acquisition of Hard Rock International, Jim was appointed as director of hospitality at the Seminole Gaming Administration in Hollywood, Florida. Jim is also the Owner and Operator of Seminola Products and Seminola Coffee. Mike McCall, Comptroller Mike is a two-time graduate from the University of Miami. With a BBA in Finance and an MBA specializing in International Business. Mike is an Army Airborne veteran having served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. With a decade of experience at DHL, where he most recently has served as CFO of DHL Caribbean, he brings a critical perspective of logistics at a global scale. Armando Chavez, Business Development Armando Chavez is a financial professional with over a decade of experience at Wells Fargo & Company. His roles have centered on businesses and helping them grow through an understanding of their operational needs. He has an exceptional track record of partnering with customers in order to fully understand their businesses, goals, strategies and challenges and assess their needs for the purpose of formulating winning business plans. Armando is a graduate of Florida International University in Miami where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, he also sits on the board of AG Fight Like Me Foundation. Marvin Degon IV, Director of VEDA Sport Marvin Degon IV, is a retired professional ice hockey player who recently joined the AGH team to serve as a leadership liaison with the athletic and sports sectors. The former hockey star has been an outspoken hemp advocate for years. Marvin’s professional hockey resume includes contracts with the most elite leagues in the world. With more than 550 career games played, he has unique insight to the sports world and how ECN products can serve as a supplement in nutrition and aid in recovery. Marvin earned contracts in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Montreal Canadiens, the American Hockey League (AHL) with The Hartford Wolfpack and Hamilton Bulldogs, The Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) with the Wolfsburg Grizzlys and the Eisbären Berlin and the Erste Banke Eishockey Liga (EBEL) with EC Villacher SV and HDD Olimpija Ljubljana, he also sits on the board of AG Fight Like Me Foundation. Robert Schremp, Athletic Liasion Rob Schremp joins the team as the AG Health Athletic Liaison. Rob brings great experience from his professional hockey career which spanned over 16 years. He is well known throughout the hockey community as an innovator in the sport. Rob earned elite contracts in the most prestigious leagues in the world including The National Hockey League, Kontinental Hockey League, Swedish Hockey League, Deutsche Eishockey Liga, and The National League. Rob uses his athletic platform to inform and educate on the stigma of mental health and natural sustainable solutions for mental illness. Schremp is an active philanthropist, he also sits on the board of AG Fight Like Me Foundation. Joyana Anisio, Organizational Development Joyana Anisio is a recognized leadership and talent development specialist. She brings extensive experience in executive development, coaching and training solutions for all levels of an organization. Joyana has been very successful in creating customized learning solutions tailored to the specific needs of the organization. An avid writer, Joyana has a wealth of experience in speech and script writing for business communications. As an accomplished executive coach, Joyana is adept at identifying and addressing the key areas of development for leaders. Joyana received her undergraduate degree from York University in Toronto, Ontario. Eric Irwin, Organizational Development Eric Irwin has been consulting at the C-Suite level for many years. His extensive background in sales and human resources has provided many large and small corporations successful solutions for hiring, talent development, and succession planning and change management. Eric is widely recognized for his ability to provide robust solutions for various organizations in the areas of recruitment, productivity, engagement and retention needs. As an accomplished speaker on HR workforce analytics, Eric has been a guest lecturer at several Canadian universities in addition to presenting and executing meaningful solutions to companies in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Eric received his MBA from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.