David is originally from Palm Beach, Florida. He studied Philosophy at Jacksonville University while concurrently studying at the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching with a focus on Leadership Development. Also during that period, he was a Flotilla Staff Officer of Vessel Examinations of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in the largest and most active unit in Northeast Florida, supervising over all matters pertaining to the unit’s Vessel Safety Check Program. During his service, he earned the distinction of being an Honor Guardsman, where his squad performed ceremonies around the state, including the funerals of fallen warriors returning home.
Prior to joining Canna Companion, from 2011 until 2015, David held the position of Director of Marketing and Communications with the Florida Cannabis Action Network, the oldest continuously-operating drug policy reform organization in Florida. During his tenure there, David provided management, marketing, corporate communications, public relations and lobbying services to a wide variety of cannabis-supportive initiatives and organizations, such as: Patients Out of Time; United For Care, a Political Action Committee; Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access; Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and the Republic of Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly. David was also a driving force behind the 2014 congressional bill allowing the Veterans Health Administration to recommend medical cannabis to its patients. During the 2015 Florida legislative session, David played a significant role authoring the state’s hemp bill, Hemp Industry Development Act, with lawmakers. He was also instrumental in the coordination and creation of the petition that was presented to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to reschedule cannabis from Schedule I of the state’s Controlled Substances Act.
In addition to being a highly skilled communicator, David’s natural talent for lobbying, negotiation and strategic planning combined with his academic and professional experience, has resulted in a key and highly valued skill-set that will ensure the Company’s regulatory obligations are maintained at their highest level at all times, while permitting Canna Companion to sustain its lead position in this emerging market sector. David was also instrumental in the professional introduction of the Canna Companion brand to the North American pet products marketplace.