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.

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 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 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.

Kathi Lentzsch

Kathi Lentzsch

Member of the Board

Kathi is the current CEO and president of Bartell Drugs, one of the oldest and largest independent pharmacy chains in the country. Ms. Lentzsch has more than three decades of experience in retail operations and management, including time in executive roles at Pottery Barn, Pier 1 Imports, and Cost Plus World Market, a subsidiary of Bed, Bath and Beyond.  Kathi also previously served as CEO of Elephant Pharmacy, a new pharmacy concept that offered health-conscious consumers a health- and wellness-minded product selection, including a mix of allopathic, alternative and more holistic remedies. It was during her time at Elephant Pharmacy that Ms. Lentzsch became interested in medical cannabis.

Betty Aldworth

Betty Aldworth

Member of the Board

Betty is executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, the largest single-issue student advocacy organization in the world. Since joining SSDP in 2014, she has led the organization through its most substantial growth period. She previously served as deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association and, before that, worked as a consultant helping cannabis-related businesses and nonprofit organizations manage community outreach, public relations, advocacy, and policy reform. She served as spokesperson and advocacy director for Colorado’s successful 2012 Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.

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