WE ARE BUILDING A LASTING CANNABIS LEGACY
built on a foundation of strong partnerships, branded products & proven processes.
The SLANG portfolio is strategically structured to produce uniquely positioned, scalable brands and products in some of the highest volume cannabis consumable categories. Our portfolio consists of 5 distinct brands and a product portfolio of 30 SKUs that have a proven track record of success. Our products are regularly on the leaderboard as top performers in the states in which we operate. From coast to coast consumers can expect high-quality and consistent products from the SLANG family of brands.
Our company has over 11 years of experience operating in legal cannabis, across numerous state markets and in nearly every product vertical. Operating in a nascent and highly regulated industry isn’t for the faint of heart, when you partner with SLANG, you’ll get the benefits of our experience and our playbook for being a successful operator, from operations to sales and marketing, in one of the fastest-growing industries. We’re committed to continuing to lead the industry in brand and product leadership with a focus on maintaining a strong product development pipeline that satisfies the evolving cannabis consumer’s needs.
SLANG attracts best-in-class partners in the markets in which we operate. Our track record of success and commitment to driving mutual success makes SLANG a compelling partner. When you partner with SLANG, you’re not just licensing brands and packaging, we’re committed to helping facilitate every aspect of our operating relationship to ensure success. The strength of our partnerships are evidenced by their longevity, many of which have been intact for 7 years.
Drew McManigle - CEO
Drew McManigle is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MACCO. He brings both wide-ranging experience, derived from a variety of industries, as well as a solutions-driven leadership style that has led to successful outcomes in numerous complex situations. As interim CEO and Chairman, Mr. McManigle will have oversight over key strategic, operational and financial functions. In addition to existing SLANG management, Mr. McManigle will also have the added support of members of MACCO who will provide senior level operating and financial expertise to enable rapid strategic reviews and business plan implementation.
While at MACCO, Drew has held several leadership and fiduciary roles, including interim CEO and CRO. He has also served as an independent director. Prior to MACCO, Mr. McManigle was a principal of his own firm for 22 years. He had previously been employed by a Fortune 500 healthcare services company and had established the Houston office for a California-based advisory firm. He attended Texas Tech University and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston.
John Moynan - COO
John is the Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel of SLANG Worldwide. Having joined the predecessor to SLANG, Organa Brands, shortly after its inception, John has been instrumental in developing the strategy of SLANG. This track record of success includes the crafting SLANG’s national expansion strategy, the development of its overall corporate structure, and the negotiation of several pivotal partnerships that are core to the company’s success to date.
Mikel Rutherford - CFO
Mikel Rutherford is the CFO of SLANG Worldwide after having served as SLANG’s EVP of Finance since 2018, where he played a key role in the Company’s financial reporting and management as well as several major financing transactions. With 10+ years of accounting experience, Mike has a track record of scaling companies to facilitate fast-paced growth. Mike is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Wilfred Laurier University.
Brittany Hallett - VP MARKETING
Brittany has been with SLANG since August of 2014, when the company was just O.penVAPE. Over the last 8 years, she’s had the pleasure of building and growing the company's portfolio of top performing brands. Brittany and her team have one of the most creative jobs in today’s modern Marketing landscape - figuring out how to drive brand awareness and affinity in one of the most regulated and fragmented industries.
Matt Melnick - VP Operations
Matt has worked with SLANG for a total of 7 years, including 2 years as a third party service provider & 5 years in-house. Matt has worn many hats over his time, including warehousing & fulfillment, purchasing, systems, operations &consulting. Matt has witnessed the growth of SLANG first-hand while leading thecompany through multiple system implementations, opening new facilities & launching new partnerships.
Mike Yerigan - VP Business Dev
As the company’s certified Happyologist, Mike Yerigan aka “Yergi” will make you smile and Slang you something, all in one breath. He came to O.penVAPE back in 2014 with over 15 years of sales management experience from the hospitality industry. With a dedication to developing strong partnerships with specific strategies and outcomes SLANG has found success in achieving top line revenue goals, market growth, profitability and an overall winning culture.
Ruth Chun - Chairman of the Board
Ruth Chun is a lawyer focused on advising regulated businesses in the cannabis, psychedelics, CPG and energy industries. Prior to founding Chun Law Professional Corporation, she was the general counsel and corporate secretary for Newstrike Brands Ltd. / Up Cannabis Inc. and senior legal counsel at HEXO Corp. through its acquisition of Newstrike in an all share deal valued at $346 million. Ms. Chun joined Newstrike in February 2017 and was involved in all significant corporate activity including a successful TSXV listing, debt and equity financings (exceeding $140 million), M&A, regulatory matters and government relations. She is regularly called upon as a speaker, industry expert and guest lecturer at various colleges and universities and is on the advisory board of the Osgoode Professional Development Certificate in Cannabis Law and Regulation.
Ms. Chun currently serves on several boards and is the chairperson of SAVIS of Halton. She served as the first female executive at a leading insurer in southern Africa as the head of legal and compliance and was a partner at Africa’s largest law firm. Previously, she chaired Rio Tinto’s pension fund for Rössing Uranium Mine and was a trustee of the Alexander Forbes umbrella group of funds. She received an Hon BA (Trinity College), MA from the University of Toronto and Juris Doctor from Queens University. She is called to the bar in Ontario, New York and Namibia.
Felicia Snyder was a Founding Executive at Tokyo Smoke, one of Canada’s most recognized cannabis brands and a leading Canadian cannabis retailer. Felicia led the company through its merger with Doja Cannabis and its eventual sale to Canopy Growth. Post-acquisition, Felicia was Vice President at Canopy Growth, managing Canopy’s portfolio of premium cannabis brands. Prior to Tokyo Smoke, Felicia worked for several years in South Korea at Samsung Electronics in its Global Strategy Group and Smart TV Services Group where she led a variety of projects related to business strategy, acquisitions, investments, and developing new partnerships, products and services. She was also a Senior Market Manager at Google in Mountain View. She began her career as a Management Consultant at Oliver Wyman, a global consulting firm.
Kevin Albert worked in the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch & Co. for 24 years. Now retired, he is currently managing a portfolio of private investments, the majority of which are in the legal cannabis industry. From September 2010 through December 2019, Mr. Albert was a Senior Partner of Pantheon Ventures LLC (“Pantheon”) and a member of its six-person Partnership Board. For most of his nine-year tenure there, he was responsible for the firm’s global business development, and during this time Pantheon’s assets under management increased from approximately US$25 billion to approximately US$50 billion.
From 2006 until 2017, he also served as an independent director on the board of Merrill Lynch Ventures, LLC, a series of private equity partnerships offered to Merrill Lynch employees aggregating over US$1.8 billion of original committed capital. He currently serves as an independent director on the boards of Harborside Inc, Osiris Ventures, Inc. dba, NorCal Cannabis Company, Octavius Holdings Inc dba, Flow Cannabis Company, and Achari Venture Holding Corp I, a special purpose acquisition company targeting a merger with a non-plant touching cannabis company. Mr. Albert has a BA and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles where he continues to be involved as the Chair of the Board of Visitors of the Economics Department.
Sandra Levy is currently the Chief People & Culture Officer at the Canadian Olympic Committee where she oversees all aspects of human resources, health and safety and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Sandra is a senior human resources executive with over 25 years’ experience in human resources and legal roles. She is a lawyer by training and brings proven management expertise from both national and global organizations including, Magna International Inc., PlyGem Inc. and RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust.
Sandra has strong corporate board and volunteer board experience. Currently she sits on the Create TO (City of Toronto) Board of Directors and chairs its Human Resources Committee. She also sits on the board of Trustees of Sir Corp Investment Trust and chairs its Governance Committee. Previous boards include ResReit, York University and the Scarborough Hospital Foundation.
Sandra is a two time Olympian for Canada and competed in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games in the sport of field hockey.
Todd Boudreau is an attorney and the Founding Partner at ACL Capital Partners. Todd Boudreau brings over 20 years of legal and business experience assisting global companies and investment managers on a wide range of matters including venture, growth, and control capital partnerships, business sale and acquisition transactions, strategic partnerships, joint ventures, and US expansion. Mr. Boudreau is highly experienced in assisting family offices, sovereign wealth funds, pensions and endowments with direct and co-mingled investments and fund managers with direct investment transactions, fund formation, and US partnerships. He represents companies in industries such as technology (including software and fintech), life sciences, health services, medical devices, consumer, and aerospace and defense. Prior to founding ACL Capital Partners, Mr. Boudreau was the Co-Chair of the Private Equity Investments & Buyout Group with Morrison & Forester and the Chair of the Investments & Buyout Group with Foley & Lardner.
Mr. Boudreau is also an active member of the legal and business community. He is the current Chair of the American Bar Association’s Institutional Investment Committee and has consistently received the highest Martindale-Hubbell AV Ranking of “Preeminent” by his legal industry peers. He serves on various committees of the Institutional Limited Partners Association (“ILPA”) and as the founding sponsor for the ILPA’s emerging managers conference. Mr. Boudreau has also served on the board of directors of the Association for Corporate Growth, as a judge for MassChallenge entrepreneurship competition, and the Verizon Powerful Answers Award. Mr. Boudreau is an advisor to multiple emerging fund managers, start-up companies and has ongoing partnerships with the Swiss-based Swissnex and VentureLab entrepreneurship program for technology and life sciences, the India-based Venture Catalysts start-up incubator, and Harvard Business School’s search fund accelerator program. Mr. Boudreau is also a board member for the non-profit CareerSpring and serves as an advisor for the non-profit CareQuest Innovation Partners incubator program.
Adam Crocker, CFA is Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Logbook Investments, a value fund with research on core positions enhanced by insights from books. Logbook launched in 2016 and is seeded by his former employer. Prior to Logbook, Adam was a co-manager at Metropolitan Capital Advisors. Before joining Metropolitan, he was an analyst at Morgan Stanley Investment Management conducting research on behalf of growth and value investment teams. He began his career in Leveraged Finance investment banking at JPMorgan. Adam is a graduate of the Value Investing Program at Columbia Business School and has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Columbia University.
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