Alen Nguyen

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Q: What do you know about our organization? What makes our mission meaningful to you? Why are you interested in committing your time and energy to The Cannabis Alliance?

A: I really like the Cannabis Alliance because it is a culmination of a variety of associations with varying backgrounds and efforts, but all contributing to the same goal, the betterment of the cannabis industry for everyone. This unified effort is the best opportunity we have to ensure that the industry is structured correctly at the legislative level, and all the way down to the consumer level. Unfortunately, those that are in the governing positions of this industry that are crafting the infrastructure do not necessarily have the industry knowledge to put a structure around. This is a great group to provide that to them.

Q: What do you think are the characteristics of a great board member?

A: Open minded, results driven, compassionate, empathetic, diversified, experienced.

Q: Do you have prior board leadership experience? If so, what and when?

A: Yes, I sat on the board of Washington Federation of Marijuana Businesses with Danielle Rosellison for almost two years.

Q: What specific skills, connections, resources, and expertise do you have to offer and are willing to use on the behalf of the organization?

A: I have a bachelors degree in engineering and a masters in business, this foundation give me problem solving skills that are applicable to professional environment.   As I run an ancillary business, I have forged strong relationships with large out of state suppliers that are prominent figures within their own state's cannabis industry and have insight as to what other states are doing, their reasoning, etc.   I understand infrastructure, taking ideas and being able to put a plan together to turn those ideas into reality.

Q: Fundraising is a significant obligation of board service. Are you comfortable asking for money to help fund the mission of the organization?

A: Everyone is a start up in this industry, we all should be used to asking for money in some form.

Q: Do you have any worries or concerns about joining the board?

A: No, not particularly.

Q: Do you have personal aspirations that could be enhanced by board service?

A: I suppose it would be to better understand how the legislative system works so I can better educate myself and others on how they can make a change.

Q: What is your motivation of being involved in the cannabis industry?

A: I wasn't in this industry before 2012 when it went legal. My current business partner wanted me to go into business with him and get in this industry. I knew relatively little outside of my teenage years smoking pot. I did my research and was amazed that this plant was still illegal given all the medical and recreational qualities it has. I actually voted no to I-502 because of my lack of knowledge. Now I'm an advocate, I'm in the industry, and I also am a consumer. That is my personal motivation. As a businessman, the allure of being able to help craft and mold a new industry into what it will be in the future was too much for me to pass up. So having the personal and professional interests align, it's a no brainer for me to be in this industry.

Q: What professional or personal constraints on your time or service might you anticipate? What kind of autonomy do you have over your calendar?

A:  I run a business. I travel frequently. I am married with two young children, much like many people in this industry. I would say the only constraints I have that I can't work around are typically weekends. I work so much during the week that I absolutely dedicate my weekend to my wife and children, so I couldn't do anything then. Weekdays I'm flexible.

Q: Of what importance to you is social interaction with other board members?

A: Important

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