Ryan Sevigny


Ryan Sevigny
High Tide Holdings

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: DAVE'S! (For those that don't know....DAVES is our mission: Dedicated to the Advancement of a Vital, Ethical and Sustainable Cannabis Industry)- I'm a stakeholder in the industry and want to make sure that the stewards in this game are not being driven by just a few of the big money interest but rather by sustainable small business’s. I first got involved with the Alliance in January of 2017 and over the past 9 months I have been able to volunteer for various events but the Legislative Committee has taught me the most. Working with Lara and Danielle on the issues that directly affected how I will run my company are not only intriguing to me but a core responsibility of a small business owner with the goals of building a small business driven industry.

Q2: What do you think are the characteristics of a great board member?

A: Here is what I look for when I hire employees: - Positivity/Attitude - Integrity/Honesty - Commitment - Professionalism - Adaptability

Q3: Do you have prior board leadership experience? If so, what and when?

I'm currently on the Cannabis Farmers Council and previous to that I served on a handful of strategic sales committees while I was employed with the E&J Gallo Winery.

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: I spent 10 years with the Gallo Winery both domestically and internationally developing and running sales teams. My last role with the winery was managing our distributor network in the NW with P&L responsibilities. In this industry, many of my connections from the past play well with regards to legislative/regulatory connections. One of the biggest reasons why I think I can add value to the Cannabis Alliance is because of some of the influential connections/resources I have available.

Q5: Fundraising is a significant obligation of board service. Are you comfortable asking for money to help fund the mission of the organization?

A: I have no issues asking for money or resources to help fund the Cannabis Alliance.

Q6: Do you have any worries or concerns about joining the board?

A: Time is my biggest worry about the board. I know that there is a lot to be done and that's one of the reason's I want to help but also the greatest deterrent.

Q7: Do you have personal aspirations that could be enhanced by board service?

A: Serving on the board will help build my overall network and give a level of credibility to my company.

Q8: What is your motivation of being involved in the cannabis industry?

A: I'm a stake holder and want to see this industry grow responsibly.

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 do travel frequently but also have autonomy to set my our calendar.

Q10: Of what importance to you is social interaction with other board members?

A: Somewhat Important