4Front is setting new standards in the cannabis industry and has the vision and scope to drive change at every touchpoint on the supply and demand chain.
If you’re going to lead, you have to think big. When we began as consultants, 4Front brought together some of the best minds in this industry and others — finance, real estate, retail and agriculture — and earned a reputation for winning, helping partners earn more than 50 medical cannabis licenses nationwide.
Today we think even bigger, with a 360° view of the industry, and the assets to impact it: in just two years, we’ve won distribution licenses for our own cannabis operations across four states, allowing for up to 11 dispensaries and three cultivation and processing facilities. All with a singular business model centered around best-practices and people.
CEO & Co-Founder
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.
President & Co-Founder
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 served as associate director of NORML from 2000 to 2005 and executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy from 2006 to 2009. He currently serves on the National Cannabis Industry Association board of directors and pens a column about the cannabis industry for Forbes.
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Leise helps coordinate and manage the company’s many projects around the country. She brings to the COO role more than a decade of experience managing strategy and operations for leading public policy organizations. She joined 4Front in 2013. As an integral member of the early 4Front Advisors team, she has helped dozens of prospective medical cannabis dispensary and cultivation businesses successfully navigate state-managed competitive application processes in several states.
Chief Creative Officer
As an art director and graphic designer for more than 25 years, Karin has worked with a broad range of brands, including Williams-Sonoma, Vino Volo, Barbara Barry, Urban Remedy, and Chronicle Books. Her work has been recognized with a number of awards from organizations like Communication Arts, Graphis, HOW, and Print Magazine. She also teaches Typography at California College of the Arts. She joined 4Front in 2018.
Jeremy is responsible for the buildout and operations of the cultivation and processing facilities that 4Front either controls or manages for partners. Prior to joining 4Front in early 2018, Jeremy was Senior Manager of U.S. Facilities, Projects & Plant Engineering for E Ink Corp., the company behind the digital e-reader display technology used in Amazon’s Kindle and several other popular e-readers. A mechanical engineer by education, Jeremy joined E Ink shortly after it spun out of the MIT Media Lab in the late 1990s and was integral in helping it commercialize the technology and scale the business, including being responsible for designing and building its world-class clean-room and advanced manufacturing facilities.
Jake joined 4Front in 2018 to assist in scaling the organization’s finance department. His responsibilities include supporting fundraising, evaluating M&A opportunities and strategic initiatives, and managing internal and external reporting. Prior to his role at 4Front, Jake led finance at an ecommerce retail startup and spent more than six years in consumer-focused private equity investing and investment banking. Jake graduated magna cum laude from Emory University in 2010, earning a double major in strategic management and philosophy.
Chief Financial Officer
Andrew Thut joined 4Front in 2014 after a career in finance, bringing to the team a wealth of financial-management experience and business acumen. Since then, 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. Prior to his role at 4Front, Andrew was 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.
Chief Compliance Officer
Leah has been involved in the cannabis industry since 2014, when her home state of Maryland passed comprehensive legislation that legalized the cultivation, processing, and dispensing of medical cannabis. A regulatory compliance attorney by training, she began utilizing her legal expertise to counsel individuals and companies joining the cannabis industry on business operations, infrastructure, and regulatory compliance. In mid 2015, she assembled a management team and formed Chesapeake Integrated Health Institute LLC to pursue a dispensary license in Maryland, which the company successfully received at the end of 2016. She is also former CEO of Women Grow, the largest professional networking group in the cannabis industry. Prior to entering the cannabis industry, Leah was an Enforcement Attorney for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard. She joined 4Front in late 2017.
Whit leads 4Front Ventures’ communications and marketing efforts. An award-winning business journalist, Whit first joined 4Front to help develop its publishing activities before transitioning into his current role.
Sean leads the training and staff development at 4Front’s retail projects throughout the country. Prior to entering the medical cannabis industry, he held multiple executive roles in the real estate, finance and technology sectors. He is a former officer in the U.S. Navy and served as a military liaison to the U.S. Ambassador of Jamaica. Sean is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and has a master’s degree in philosophy from Arizona State University. He is also a board member of the Veterans Cannabis Project.
Chief Marketing Officer
Richard has more than two decades of creative leadership and brand-development experience. From concept to implementation, Richard has guided marketing and branding strategy for companies like Williams-Sonoma, The Body Shop, Vosges Haut-Chocolat, and Bed Bath & Beyond. He joined 4Front in 2018.
Don is responsible for providing dispensary management and operational guidance using 4Front’s industry-leading training platform. Don is an Army vet with multiple U.S. and overseas assignments under his belt. After leaving the military, Don applied his team-building experience to the retail and hospitality sector, where he helped best-in-class brands like Hillstone Restaurants, Starwood, Le Pain Quotidien and Sweetgreen develop their cultures by coaching them to adopt thoughtful recruiting, hiring and training practices. He joined 4Front in early 2014.
Government Relations Director
Sam supports 4Front’s business development and government affairs efforts, bringing years of experience in the policy, advocacy and nonprofit worlds. He served on the Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s board of directors from March 2012 to September 2014, chairing the board for the second half of his term, and has advocated for drug policy reform on The Katie Couric Show and in The Huffington Post.
Scott is responsible for the development of 4Front’s dispensary and cultivation projects on the East Coast. As an electrical engineer, Scott spent twelve years designing and managing the implementation of military base security systems in eight countries and thirteen states. The desire to put his talent and energy into a different kind of global effort, one which has the potential to heal millions and make the world a better place, drew him away from a comfortable career and toward the emerging, chaotic world of cannabis. For the last two-and-a-half years he has leveraged his engineering and project-management skills to improve existing and startup cannabis operations in Colorado, Nevada, Illinois, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.