Norm Ives

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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 have seen first hand the education, information and value this organization delivers to its members and overall mission and I want to do my part to contribute.

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

A: TEAM PLAYER, Strong communicator who has ability to listen, active within the industry, strong networker, long term visionary that can prioritize short term projects to deliver on mission statement and long term goals.

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

A: yes, I was a board member (Facilities Director) for Triangle Pool for 3+ years. I joined the board because this 50 y/o community resource was preparing to cease operations with only enough income/reserves for 2-3 months of operation. While on the board I ran two major capitol campaigns to make critically important facility and infrastructure improvements to ensure survivability.

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 placed more than 200 policies for cannabis business clients in the last 18 months alone. In addition to frequent speaking engagements to industry groups. Types of connections: Licensees (prod, proc & retail) , Insurance Executives, attorneys and other ancillary businesses.

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

A: Yes, I have run capital campaigns in the past and understand that the art of the small ask (for donations) from membership is as important as the big ask from someone to sponsor big $

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

A: Not really, I have experience with working within diverse groups with competing personal objectives that have to work collaboratively towards group goals

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

A: Not directly, while this may lend additional credibility to my standing in the industry my main motivation is to benefit the industry that has benefited my business in untold number of ways.

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

A: Giving back to the industry that is underrepresented within the business world. I am an educator at heart and believe service providers like myself that benefit from supporting this industry have a responsibility to move it forward.

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 have autonomy and full control of my schedule. This is not to say that I am not busy with appointments and other commitments but I believe in the cause of this organization and would prioritize my board responsibilities for scheduling purposes.

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

A: Neutral

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