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MEREDA’s DevelopME Lunch and Learn Seminar ‘Real Estate and Financing Issues in Maine’s Cannabis Marketplace’

Event organizer: Shelly R. Clark
Event Date & Time: September 18, 2019 11:30 am until September 18, 2019 1:00 pm
Contact email: info@mereda.org
Maine Real Estate & Development Association | Contributed
Maine Real Estate & Development Association | Contributed

PORTLAND — Maine Real Estate & Development Association’s DevelopME Committee will present “Real Estate and Financing Issues in Maine’s Cannabis Marketplace” 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Portland Public Library’s Rines Auditorium, Monument Square.

Come hear from industry members and stakeholders on the current climate for conducting business with cannabis companies here in Maine with a focus on land use regulations, municipal relations, and banking & financing hurdles. We will be joined by Josh Quint, director of operations for Canuvo, one of the state’s eight licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, Garrett Corbin, a legislative advocate for the Maine Municipal Association, and Gene Ardito, president and CEO of cPort Credit Union.

Lunch will be held 11:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. followed by the program 12-1 p.m.

Joshua Quint is director of operations for Canuvo, one of four vertically integrated Medical Marijuana Dispensaries licensed by the State of Maine.  Josh has helped lead Canuvo to the forefront of the cannabis market in Maine.  In this position for the past six years, Josh interacts with all aspects of the cannabis industry, from cultivation facility design to product development to public policy.  Josh has worked with regulators and legislators at the municipal, state and federal level to improve state-run marijuana programs and ensure public health and safety standards for businesses operating in the cannabis market.  Josh was born and raised in Minot, Maine and now resides in Bridgton.

Garrett Corbin began working as a legislative advocate for the Maine Municipal Association in April 2013. Garrett received his BA degree from Boston University, his Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law, and his MA from the Muskie School. Before coming to MMA, Garrett worked in a number of capacities with and for the Maine Legislature. Garrett’s advocacy is focused in the areas of energy, marijuana legalization, intergovernmental relations and judiciary.

Gene Ardito has held the role of president and CEO of cPort Credit Union since 2004. With assets of over $230 million, cPort Credit Union employs 81 staff and serves over 24,000 members with four locations in Portland, Augusta and Scarborough. cPort was founded in 1931 as the Government Employees Credit Union of Maine, serving primarily federal employees including postal workers and military personnel. In 2005, Ardito led the expansion of the credit union’s charter to serve Maine’s five most populous counties and rebranded GECUME to cPort Credit Union. In 2018, cPort Credit Union opened its third Portland branch at 35 Middle Street in the Old Port.

Ardito is a graduate of Providence College.  He spent the first ten years of his career working in corporate finance positions at Central Maine Power during a time of incredible regulatory and economic change and under the leadership of thought leaders such as John Rowe and David Flanagan.  Ardito then spent ten years working in corporate finance positions at UNUM raising capital and managing world-wide banking relationships through strong organic and merger related growth.  Following UNUM, Ardito became a senior relationship manager within Fleet Bank’s Corporate Banking Group and successfully grew relationships with large insurance companies throughout the United States including Prudential, Pacific Life, AIG, Guardian Life and Allstate. A Portland resident, Gene has served on the boards of the UNUM Foundation, Diocese of Portland, and Community Financial Literacy.

Your RSVP is requested by Wednesday, Sept. 11. Payment is expected at the time of registration. No refunds will be granted to anyone who registers, but fails to attend or who cancels after that date.

Ticket Prices: Members: $15 each | Non-Members: $25 each. Prices increase by $10 after Sept. 11.

To register, please visit mereda.org.

This DevelopME Lunch & Learn Seminar is sponsored by cPort Credit Union.