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LeafLink Announces Artie Minson as President and COO

NEW YORK – LeafLink, the world’s largest online cannabis wholesale platform connecting more than 10,000 licensed cannabis brands, retailers and distributors, today announced that Artie Minson will join the company as President and Chief exploitation. Minson will also join LeafLink’s board of directors. In this new role, Minson will be responsible for managing operations, sales, marketing, customer service and corporate functions to support the company’s scaling technology services. Minson will report to LeafLink co-founder and CEO Ryan G. Smith.

Minson brings to LeafLink deep leadership experience in finance and operations, scaling businesses, deepening customer relationships, and managing technology-enabled businesses in regulated industries. Prior to joining LeafLink, Minson founded 715 Capital Partners, which provides seed capital and advice on strategy and operations to technology-driven subscription businesses. Minson’s previous roles include co-CEO, president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of WeWork, chief financial officer of Time Warner Cable, and chief operating officer and chief financial officer of AOL. Minson earned a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia Business School and a bachelor’s degree in accounting with honors from Georgetown University. Minson and Smith are both graduates of Regis High School in New York.

“Artie has an exceptional track record of scaling and operating large-scale, complex enterprises in dynamic industries,” said Ryan G. Smith, co-founder and CEO of LeafLink. “His partnership comes at a pivotal time in the cannabis industry as legalization becomes the norm in states coast to coast with LeafLink technology powering the space.”

“Ryan and the LeafLink team have built the industry-leading B2B technology platform with approximately $5 billion in transaction volume in 2021,” said Matias Van Thienen, Partner at Founders Fund. “Attracting seasoned leaders like Artie is critical to the long-term success of the legal cannabis industry given the complex regulatory environment and expected growth.”

“I am thrilled to join LeafLink at such an important time for the company, our customers, the states in which we operate and the industry,” said Artie Minson, new president and chief operating officer of LeafLink. “As states across the country embrace the health, economic and social gains associated with the normalization of medical and recreational cannabis, it is imperative that the cannabis ecosystem is supported by the best technology products such as LeafLink. LeafLink’s technology solution has established a safe, efficient and compliant marketplace that our customers and the states in which we operate can rely on. With over 40% market share and a unified technology platform that allows operators to specialize and scale, LeafLink has helped usher the cannabis industry into the digital age, revolutionizing the way brands, distributors and retailers manage their operations. »

Minson continued, “LeafLink’s unified technology platform includes the industry’s largest wholesale marketplace, the most advanced supply chain management solutions, best-in-class data and analytics tools, and innovative payment and advertising. Most importantly, Ryan, Zach and the world-class investors at LeafLink have a clear goal of building a top-notch technology company with industry-leading customer service and I’m extremely excited to join the team then that we are executing on this incredible growth opportunity. ”


About LeafLink

LeafLink is the cannabis industry’s B2B platform and has revolutionized the way thousands of brands, distributors and retailers manage their operations. Their industry-defining tools make it easier for cannabis businesses to create, manage, pay, and ship their orders, so they can focus on growing their business. LeafLink’s marketplace processed approximately $5 billion in annual orders in 2021, representing approximately 40% of wholesale cannabis in the United States. Currently, LeafLink serves 30 markets in the United States and Canada with a team of over 300 people in New York, Los Angeles, Austin and Toronto. Backed by leading venture capital firms and strategic investors such as Founders Fund, Thrive Capital, Nosara Capital and Lerer Hippeau, LeafLink has raised over $131 million in equity to date as well as a $250 million credit to provide liquidity to the cannabis supply chain. . Learn more about <>.

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