About Us

With expertise across the value chain, 4Front is building a next-generation company in the cannabis industry.

Cannabis private equity

If you’re going to lead, you have to think big.

We’ve brought together some of the best minds in this industry and others — finance, real estate, retail and agriculture — and earned a reputation as efficient operators and thought leaders. Few competitors have the depth of knowledge and operational expertise this team has acquired since being founded in 2011.

Cannabis industry reform

Policy reform has always been at the center of our business.

As advocates and pioneers who have helped set the tone for what this industry becomes, we’re building a responsible, values-based and people-focused company that informs regulation through practice, ensures access to cannabis through service, and provides value through job creation and community engagement. As we grow, we will always look for ways to use our platform to replace prohibition with opportunity. We see that as a noble calling. It’s worth working hard to accomplish it.

Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen

CEO

Josh provided seed capital to Kris Krane to form 4Front Advisors in 2011 and joined as a full-time team member in 2014 when 4Front began to explore opportunities beyond consulting. Previously, he spent 13 years as an equity analyst and portfolio manager in the financial services industry, during which time he became one of the youngest vice presidents in Credit Suisse’s history. Josh moved into private equity in 2008 because he wanted to have a more meaningful impact on companies.

Kris Krane

Kris Krane

President

Having founded 4Front Advisors in 2011, Kris now serves as president of 4Front. Prior to forming 4Front, Kris served as director of client services for CannBe, a pioneer in developing best practices within the medical cannabis industry. Kris has dedicated his career to reforming the nation’s misguided drug policies, having previously served as associate director of NORML (2000-2005) and executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (2006-2009). He currently serves on the National Cannabis Industry Association board of directors and pens a column about the cannabis industry for Forbes. Kris’ pioneering roots in cannabis advocacy and policy provides a deep understanding of the evolving regulatory environment, which often provides 4Front a head start on seeing and evaluating opportunities.

Leo Gontmakher

Leo Gontmakher

President, Brightleaf Development (Production)

Leo co-founded Northwest Cannabis Solutions, which under his leadership grew to be one of the largest and most successful producers of cannabis products in Washington state. He also served as Chief Operating Officer at Cannex, which merged with 4Front in July 2019. Leo has significant experience in cannabis facility design, construction management, equipment sourcing, operations, branding, sales and marketing strategy, and software solutions. Before entering the cannabis industry, he served on the senior management team at North America’s largest processor and distributor of specialized seafood products. Upon completion of the Transaction, Mr. Gontmakher will also serve as COO of the Resulting Issuer.

Glenn Backus

Glenn Backus

President, Mission (Retail)

Glenn is an accomplished retail executive who brings to Mission a unique combination of operations and product development experience. His former positions include Vice President of Buying at Trader Joe’s, President of Sunflower Markets (a subsidiary of Supervalu), and SVP of Brand, Innovation and Retail Strategy at Topco, the country’s largest retail food group purchasing organization. Glenn also has operated his own retail-strategy consulting firm and founded Revolution Brands, which creates and launches innovative new food and beverage brands. Based in Chicago, Glenn is also a faculty member at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, where he teaches MBA-level classes on innovation, business strategy, and leadership.

Brad Kotansky

Brad Kotansky

CFO

Brad has spent more than 13 years as an investment banker, early-stage investor, and portfolio manager, including time with TD Securities and SAC Capital. In 2012, he founded a real estate investment and development firm in Phoenix, Arizona, developing a portfolio of single-family homes that were ultimately sold to a publicly traded REIT in 2013. Then in 2014, Brad founded Onist, the first household financial management platform that connects families around their financial data and documents. Brad continues to be active in the startup community advising companies as they scale up their growth plans.

Leise Rosman

Leise Rosman

Chief Growth Officer

As Chief Growth Officer, Leise helps coordinate and manage the company’s many projects around the country. She joined 4Front in 2013 and previously served as managing director of 4Front Advisors, the company’s original consulting firm, where she helped dozens of prospective medical cannabis dispensary and cultivation businesses successfully navigate state-managed competitive application processes in several states. Prior to joining 4Front, Leise spent more than a decade managing strategy and operations for leading public policy organizations.

Andrew Thut

Andrew Thut

Chief Investment Officer

Andrew was an early investor in 4Front, joining the company full time in 2014. He brings to the team a wealth of financial-management experience and business acumen having previously served as managing director of the BlackRock Small Cap Growth Fund at BlackRock Advisors LLC. During his 11-year involvement, the $2 billion fund ranked in the top five percent of all domestic small cap growth funds. He also had past stints at MFS Investment Management and BT Alex Brown. Since joining 4Front, he has immersed himself in every facet of the cannabis industry, from the relevant financial drivers of the industry to hands-on experience with dispensaries and cultivation facilities.

Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen

CEO

Josh provided seed capital to Kris Krane to form 4Front Advisors in 2011 and joined as a full-time team member in 2014 when 4Front began to explore opportunities beyond consulting. Previously, he spent 13 years as an equity analyst and portfolio manager in the financial services industry, during which time he became one of the youngest vice presidents in Credit Suisse’s history. Josh moved into private equity in 2008 because he wanted to have a more meaningful impact on companies.

David Daily

David Daily

Director

David Daily is the CEO of Gravitron, LLC which he founded in 2004. Commonly known as Grav.com or Grav, its original invention was the first all-glass gravity bong, the Gravitron, which was an instant success and has become a cult classic. Since the Gravitron, Mr. Daily has designed or led the Grav design team to bring over 500 unique top-line products to the cannabis market. In 2018, Grav was named in the 50 best companies to work for in cannabis by MG magazine.

Eric Rey

Eric Rey

Board Chair and Director

Eric Rey is a director and consultant to Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. where he previously served as President and CEO and which he founded in 2003. Mr. Rey has managed agricultural research, product development and commercial programs for more than 21 years. Prior to Arcadia he was a partner at the Rockridge Group, a consulting firm focused on agricultural biotechnology, and was formerly Vice President of Operations for Calgene Oils, a Division of the Monsanto Company. Mr. Rey is a director of Phytelligence, Inc. and Texas Crop Science LLC and holds a B.S. in Plant Science from the University of California at Davis.

Anthony Dutton

Anthony Dutton

Director of Corporate Development

Anthony was the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer & Director at Cannex Capital Holdings Inc. (CSE:CNNX) and will remain with 4Front Ventures in a senior capital markets role as well as overseeing early international business development ventures. Anthony also is a Principal at Delu Corp. a strategic and financial advisory firm based in Vancouver and Director of Trakopolis IIoT Corp. (TSXV:TRAK). Anthony has over 30 years experience in public markets, public venture capital, corporate finance and strategic business development. Anthony is on the boards of Cannex Capital, Trakopolis IoT Corp. and Value Capital Trust.

Leo Gontmakher

Leo Gontmakher

President, Brightleaf (Production)

Leo co-founded Northwest Cannabis Solutions, which under his leadership grew to be one of the largest and most successful producers of cannabis products in Washington state. He also served as Chief Operating Officer at Cannex, which merged with 4Front in July 2019. Leo has significant experience in cannabis facility design, construction management, equipment sourcing, operations, branding, sales and marketing strategy, and software solutions. Before entering the cannabis industry, he served on the senior management team at North America’s largest processor and distributor of specialized seafood products. Upon completion of the Transaction, Mr. Gontmakher will also serve as COO of the Resulting Issuer.

Expertise Across the Value Chain

Marijuana cultivation

Cultivation

Forged in one of the country’s most competitive cannabis markets, 4Front’s cultivation experts have demonstrated they can execute at scale. Our team has developed two >50,000-square-foot indoor cultivation facilities in Washington with yields of more than 300 g/sq. ft. and we’re now working on the next iterations in Massachusetts and Illinois.

Marijuana processing, extracting & manufacturing

Processing, Extracting & Manufacturing

In Washington, 4Front operates one of the largest cannabis-product manufacturing facilities in the world where it produces some of its top-selling brands of flower, edibles, and oil-based products. We have expertise at scale with multiple extraction methodologies, including CO2 and volatile solvents.

Medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries

Distribution & Retail

4Front believes it has invested more time and money in building a scalable and customer-centric retail model, including best-in-class training and support, than virtually any other U.S. competitor. We currently own, operate, or manage 11 medical dispensaries or adult-use stores in Arizona, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Operational Footprint

Expanding our Reach

4Front currently owns, operates or manages six cultivation and production facilities and 11 retail facilities across nine states. Merger and acquisition discussions are ongoing in California, Nevada, Connecticut, Arizona, and Ohio.

  • Existing Operations