Norm Ives - Mosaic Insurance Alliance
Q1: 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 us?
A: The Cannabis Alliance is the premier advocacy and education association in Washington state. As a professional that makes a living off of the cannabis industry I believe it is my responsibility to support and advance the interests of clients. Plus they are a bunch of fun canna-peeps.
Q2: What do you think are the characteristics of a great board member?
A: A steward of the association, committed to advancing the industry so that barriers to successful business operation are removed. Leadership, listening skills and commitment to the health of the industry as a whole are a great skill set to start with.
Q3:Do you have prior board leadership experience? If so, what and when?
A: Yes, I served for 4 years on the board of directors for Triangle Pool, a 56 year old community pool. As Facilities Director I led three fundraising campaigns to make critical repairs to allow this community asset to avoid shuttering their doors.
Q4: What specific skills, connections, resources, and expertise do you have to offer and are willing to use on the behalf of the organization?
A: As a commercial insurance broker I have placed more than 400 policies for cannabis related business's in WA state. My client base includes growers, processors, retailers, consultants, testing labs and many other supporting ancillary businesses. This gives me the ability to understand the unique needs of the individual stakeholders and craft solutions to problems that are not in conflict with another licensees operations.
Q5: 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 multiple large scale capital campaigns to on past boards I have served on. More importantly I understand how to make the small ask of folks to help drive the associations mission. Large contributors/supporters are critical to accomplishing large goals but it is involving the smaller donor and keeping them engaged that will drive the association forward in the healthiest way.
Q6: Do you have any worries or concerns about joining the board?
Q7: Do you have personal aspirations that could be enhanced by board service?
A: Not really, my goal is to give back to the community that has been so instrumental to my personal business success. I have no plans to run for political office and believe the alliance is not about marketing of ancillary businesses it is about a community working hard, advancing the industry.
Q8: What is your motivation of being involved in the cannabis industry?
A: Prohibition is evil !
Q9: 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 am a small business owner so like many in the industry my time is extremely valuable and often limited. That said, I believe strongly in the Cannabis Alliance's mission and have enough flexibility in my schedule to adjust as needed to fulfill my responsibilities to my fellow board members and the association's membership at large.
Q10: Of what importance to you is social interaction with other board members?