Scott Howard is a trusted and highly respected human resource leader. He brings over 25 years’ experience to Growth Network Holdings as the Head of People and Culture.
Scott began his career at Hewlett-Packard at a time when the company was revered for its progressive and humanistic corporate culture. Following his tenure at HP, Scott joined Sun Microsystems where he managed human resources and organizational development at the fastest growing company in tech at the time. Following the explosive growth of the tech industry, Scott thrived through the .com boom and bust before taking on leadership roles in HR with Intuit, Bruker Nano, and Oracle.
In 2018, Scott pivoted from tech to enter the cannabis space as an HR leader for MedMen where he helped pioneer growth for the industry as a whole. Scott now brings his wealth of experience to Growth Network Holdings where he will be leading human resources and driving corporate culture.
Scott holds a Masters degree in Organizational Development from Michigan State University, a BS in Psychology from UC Davis and is an obsessive though uncredentialled doodler, skier, musician and father of two millennials.
Born and raised in Australia, Gavin Hadwen is a specialist in Finance and IT, with significant experience in all stages of the manufacturing cycle.
With a degree in Accounting from Curtin University, Mr. Hadwen has finance, accounting, and IT experience across multiple industries, including industrial adhesives, personnel care consumer products, and apparel. Mr. Hadwen’s career includes positions that range from production floor operations to accounting and finance.
From 1998 to 2010, Mr. Hadwen worked in the Adhesives and Personnel Care divisions of Henkel, where he held positions as Management Accountant, IT Director, and Divisional PMO Controller.
In 2011, Gavin began working with Rentokil as the South East Asia CFO. His responsibilities included oversight for all regional operations in Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam. When he moved to the United States in 2012, Mr. Hadwen worked as the General Manager for Lawman Sportswear before transitioning to the East 8th Group, where he worked as the Director of Finance, HR, and Operations.
With over 18 years of experience in supply chain operations, product development, and corporate strategy, Edward Wang is a results-driven leader with a proven track record of success in various management and executive positions.
Before serving as the Head of Distribution for Growth Network Holdings, Edward Wang was the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Operations for Irwin Naturals, the country’s leading producer of soft-gel herbal formulas. There he managed all operational functions, ranging from new product development to logistics, as well as spearheaded the company’s transition into CBD products, helping to launch over 10 CBD lines across diverse delivery platforms.
Prior to Irwin Naturals, Edward Wang served as the Vice President of Strategic Sourcing before becoming the Group Vice President of Global Sourcing for Beachbody LLC, a multilevel health and fitness company with over $1 billion in annual sales. While at Beachbody, Edward launched BEACHBAR, 80 Day Obsession, and 2B Mindset – projects that diversified the company’s portfolio, led to a dramatic increase in sales, and strengthened brand loyalty.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Wang held leadership roles in Designer Protein and Roll Global, where he launched POM Coffee and built out Landmark Vineyards after they were acquired by Fiji Water.
Mr. Wang received his MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Sean Sand is a finance executive who operates with a general manager mindset, a rare combination that has led to his leadership success in both domestic and global markets. As the CFO for Growth Network Holdings, Sean brings with him extensive experience in the cannabis and finance industry, with a focus in leadership, strategic planning, and execution.
Before serving as the CFO for Loudpack Farms, Mr. Sand was recruited by Barry’s Bootcamp to provide fiscal leadership in financial planning and analysis, external reporting, treasury, risk management, legal, business development, IT, and procurement functions.
Prior to Barry’s Bootcamp, Mr. Sand held finance leadership roles in Fortune 500 companies that include Pepsi Bottling Group, The Walt Disney Company, and NBC Universal, as well as Arthur Andersen and Metagenics.
Sean received his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA from the University of Southern California.
Howard Davis has 19 years of Executive Management, M&A and Private Equity experience, and is based in Los Angeles, CA.
Prior to joining Growth Network, LLC, Mr. Davis was the CEO of Assemble Systems where he provided strategic and operational leadership for the technology spinout. In his role as CEO, he was responsible for creating a new data management category in the construction industry and positioning the company for sustainable growth. Under his leadership annualized revenue grew 125%, the customer base grew to over 125 clients including 40% of the largest general contractors, and the Company engaged in strategic partnerships with six industry leading software providers, including Oracle and Sage.
Mr. Davis previously was a Principal at Red House Associates, a Houston, TX based early stage investor focusing on software and technology investments. Mr. Davis was part of the investment team for LiquidFrameworks and Onit.
Before joining Redhouse he worked with Quest Software in Corporate Development where he led acquisitions for the Virtualization Software Group. In this role he identified strategic acquisitions, managed negotiations, and led the due diligence and transaction processes.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Davis was with GI Partners were he focused on fund investments, post-transaction operational improvement, and strategic bolt-on acquisitions for the portfolio companies. Mr. Davis was part of the investment team for Digital Realty Trust, The Planet, EV1 Servers, PC Helps and Linc Facility Services.
Mr. Davis received an MBA from The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas and holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Alabama
Since 2009, Mr. Jezzini has been a prominent industrial designer for cultivation and distribution systems in the cannabis industry. Through the development of proprietary cultivation methodologies that allow for propagation of the strongest plants, larger yields, and market-leading profit margins, Mr. Jezzini has solidified himself as an innovator in a highly-competitive, rapidly-evolving market.
Since 2011, Mr. Jezzini has operated cannabis dispensaries across Los Angeles. Through his extensive retail experience, he has identified a substantial hole in the market. Thus, The High Note was born – a dispensary model that welcomes both the connoisseur and curious in a premier environment reminiscent of high-end hospitality. Seeing this need in California and other legal cannabis markets, Mr. Jezzini designed The High Note model to be replicated across the country.
Prior to founding Growth Network Holdings, Mr. Jezzini began his career in real estate as a senior underwriter with Wells Fargo. After Wells Fargo, Mr. Jezzini joined The Mortgage Store Financial as the Director of Business Development, where he managed a national sales team of over 300 employees in the retail and wholesale divisions, both of which were responsible for over $3 billion in funding.
In addition to his real estate experience, Mr. Jezzini co-founded Solomon One in 2009, a real estate development company based in Los Angeles. Solomon One specializes in residential and commercial properties, and in developing commercial properties with a value in excess of $300 million.
John Cavan specializes in intellectual property with a focus on entrepreneurial ventures.
Over the last eight years, Mr. Cavan has worked extensively with medical marijuana establishments in California and Nevada, counseling them on an array of legal issues including, but not limited to, compliance, contract drafting, real property leasing, land use, and federal forfeiture litigation.
Through his work, Mr. Cavan has become one of the leading attorneys in the cannabis industry, with regards to navigating new laws and existing regulations in the business landscape.
Before working in cannabis, Mr. Cavan prosecuted over 100 trademark applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, as well as copyright applications through the U.S. Copyright Office; and, has litigated four cases in front of the Trademark and Appeal board, and over twenty-five cases in the state and federal courts of Nevada on issues pertaining to copyright infringement, insurance, rights of privacy and publicity, trademark infringement, employment, contract disputes, corporate, dissolution, forfeiture, and partnership.
Mr. Cavan is an attorney and member of the California and Nevada state bars.
As the Director of Retail Operations, Richard Tran brings to Growth Network Holdings over 20 years of direct experience with a proven track record in streamlining operations, driving profits, and building high-performing teams.
Preceding Growth Network Holdings, Richard held leadership roles at Michael Stars, Sephora, and Armani Exchange. At Michael Stars, Richard led retail, e-commerce, and wholesale operations. As the Regional Operations Manager for Sephora, he oversaw 60 locations with more than $300 million in revenue and over 700 employees. He spearheaded organizational and retail initiatives intended to pare costs, increase revenue, and reduce turnover. These included launching system upgrades, such as a POS rollout, streamlined scheduling, and a robust communications workflow; improving efficiencies in remodels, relocations, and new store openings; and, rewriting policies and procedures.
Mr. Tran received his Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems from the University of Houston.
Heather Rodman is a passionate brand-builder and marketer, with diverse experience in start-ups, as well as established organizations in the consumer-packaged goods industry.
As the Brand Manager for Loudpack, Heather drove innovation, branding, and marketing initiatives for four industry-leading cannabis brands. She led the rebranding of Loudpack’s flagship brand, developed the Dime Bag and Loudpack Legacy brands, and drove innovation across the company’s portfolio.
Prior to Loudpack, Ms. Rodman drove branding and marketing initiatives for Old Milwaukee Beer, Dog Tag Brewing, and Ole Smoky Moonshine. She created, directed, and managed traditional and digital brand strategy, spearheaded sales programs, and established strategic partnerships with prominent entities including Live Nation, Dierks Bentley, Harley-Davidson, and more.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Rodman was the Marketing Manager at Rockstar Energy Drink, where she oversaw initiatives for Motor Sports, including NASCAR and Motocross, and developed her appreciation for building and nurturing brands through strategic partnerships, grassroots marketing, and sales efforts that engage all aspects of a business.