February 11, 2020 4:30pm – 7:00pm Map & Directions

Arizona's Burgeoning Cannabis and Hemp Industry: Panel Discussion

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As an Arizona CPA or other professional, are you currently serving or considering engaging clients in the cannabis/hemp industry? Join your peers and hear a panel of industry experts discuss the tax/accounting, legal, ownership/management and regulation of the industry. Bring your questions and participate in a Q&A. Panelists include a CPA and attorney with years of experience serving cannabis clients, as well as a cannabis business owner and a former state regulator. Leave with a better understanding of the opportunities available to you in this growing industry.

Appetizers and one drink ticket are included with your registration. A cash bar will be available.

4:30 p.m. Registration and Networking
5:30 – 7 p.m. Panel Discussion


The Yard Culinary Dropout
149 S Farmer Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281-3649

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Event Leaders

Holyoak, J.P.

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J.P. Holyoak is owner of the Scottsdale based investment advisory firm Holyoak Wealth Management LLC (“HWM’). Holyoak oversees all aspects of HWM including regulatory oversight, organizational and policy development, financial oversight and strategic planning. Holyoak was named one of the “Ten Most Dependable Wealth Managers for Women in the United States” by Forbes Magazine in 2008.

He is the owner of Arizona Natural Selections medical marijuana dispensary. He became involved with the medical marijuana as a direct result of his ten (10) year old special needs daughter – Reese. Reese was born with the rare neurological condition called Aicardi Syndrome. Marijuana has been the only therapeutic drug to control Reese’s seizures. Holyoak is past President of the Arizona Dispensary Association and was the Chairman of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (Prop 205). In 2016 Phoenix Magazine name Holyoak as one of “The 25 Most Influential People In Valley Healthcare” and Cannabis Business Executive Magazine named him one of the “Top 100 Political Influencers in Cannabis.”

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Humble, Will

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Will Humble is a long-time public health enthusiast and is currently the Executive Director for the Arizona Public Health Association (AzPHA). His 30 years in public health include more than 2 decades at the Arizona Department of Health Services, where he served in various roles including as the Director from 2009 to 2015. He continues it be involved in health policy in his role as the Executive Director for the Arizona Public Health Association.

He has a BS in Marketing from NAU, a BS in Microbiology from ASU, and an MPH from the University of California at Berkeley. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the U of A for engaging partnerships between academic and executive public health.
Humble is a believer in using evidence-based health policy to improve health outcomes and in leading and managing with emotional intelligence.

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Dietrich, Gary Ross

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G. Ross Dietrich, CPA, CIT, is a senior audit manager at Price, Kong, & Co., CPAs, PA. He received his accounting degree from the University of Michigan in 1997 and became a CPA in 2001. He has been with his firm since 2006. His previously experience with another local firm gives him more than 14 years in public accounting. Dietrich has specialized in governmental and non-profit accounting and auditing. He has worked closely with the Arizona Auditor General’s Office and performed numerous financial statement audits and single audits during his career. Dietrich supervises reviews, audits, compilations, and also personal and corporate tax returns. He holds the CIT (Construction Industry Technician) designation supported by the National Association of Women in Construction designating him as a construction industry expert.

Dietrich’s extensive auditing experience has given him exposure to many internal control problems and solutions and insight into many fraud schemes that have occurred with his clients.

He is a member of the Arizona Society of CPA’s, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Other interests include golf, bowling, softball and church activities. Ross currently serves as the president of BNI North Phoenix Business Leaders and serves on the board of Family Promise of Greater Phoenix.

You may reach him at 602-776-6344 or by e-mail at rdietrich@pkcpa.com.

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Smith, Gary

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A seasoned litigator, advisor, mediator, and arbitrator, Gary Smith is one of the leading cannabis attorneys in Arizona, often advocating for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the industry under the Weediator and Weediation brands. Notably, he served as amici counsel to the former Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services in the Arizona Supreme Court petition State v. Jones, restoring cannabis extracts and concentrates to legal status under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. He has also represented dispensary owners and investors in multi-million-dollar litigation and receivership disputes.

Smith has authored numerous articles about cannabis law, and he is commonly invited to share his expertise with professional associations and industry groups. Further, Smith is a founder and current president of the Arizona Cannabis Bar Association, an organization committed to educating lawyers and the public about cannabis law and responsible legislation. He also serves on the board of directors for the Arizona Cannabis Chamber of Commerce.

He also focuses his practice on commercial matters, construction, real estate and administrative law. He has represented a wide range of individual and institutional clients in both State and Federal courts, administrative hearings and arbitration.

Among the most well-known voices in Arizona contracting and construction law, Gary is the author of highly regarded books, manuals, and articles on the topic, including two legal treatises: The Orange Book: The Regulation of Arizona Contractors, 2nd Ed.: Practice and Procedure Before the Arizona Registrar of Contractors and Office of Administrative Hearings and Practice and Procedure Before the Arizona Registrar of Contractors and Office of Administrative Hearings. Additionally, he co-authored “Construction Lien Law in Arizona, A Practice Manual.”

With a Certificate in Advanced Mediation from the Pepperdine University School of Law: Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Smith is highly skilled in ADR. He has worked on partnership disputes, construction defect, design defect, real estate purchase, employment contract breach, business purchase disputes, consumer fraud, banking and purchase contracts. Smith also has ample experience in arbitration, having handled construction design and defect, personal injury, contract disputes and professional fees. He has been appointed to the American Arbitration Association roster of neutrals for both Mediation and Arbitration and has taught ADR classes for the association.

Smith earned his Juris Doctor at the California Western School of Law. He is admitted in Arizona, Colorado, New York, North Carolina, the U.S. District Court, 9th Circuit District of Arizona and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

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Giordano, Josephine

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Josephine Giordano, CPA, ABV, CFE, CFF, CBA, ASA, CDBV, CIRA

602 544 3558 • jgiordano@kotzinvaluation.com

Adelphi University, MBA, Corporate Finance, 1993
Hofstra University, BBA, Accounting, 1984

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)
Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
Certified Business Appraiser (CBA)
Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA)
Certified in Distressed Business Valuation (CDBV)
Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor (CIRA)

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA)
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
American Society of Appraisers (ASA)
Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors (AIRA)
Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA)
Maricopa County Bar Association: Bankruptcy Section; Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Section

Giordano Forensic and Valuation Services, PLLC (Phoenix): Principal/Owner (2013-2015)
Simon Consulting, LLC (Phoenix): Managing Director (2014-2015)
Sierra Consulting Group, LLC (Phoenix): Managing Director (2005-2013)
Spinelli Corporation (Scottsdale): Financial Consultant (2004-2005)
White Giordano & Associates (Phoenix): Partner (1999-2004)
American Express Tax and Business Services (Phoenix): Tax Professional/Business Appraiser (1997-1999)

Conducted detailed financial and industry analysis and due diligence to determine the value of closely held businesses, business
units, professional practices, and emerging growth companies. Valuations included income, market and asset based approaches.
Performed business valuations across a broad spectrum of industries, for a variety of purposes, including employee share
ownership plans (ESOPs), marital dissolution, estate and gift taxes, dissenting and oppressed shareholder litigation, buy-sell
agreements, bankruptcy and reorganization proceedings, mergers and acquisitions, and damages in commercial litigation.
Reviewed and analyzed financial information for purposes of identifying and calculating normalization adjustments.
Performed analysis of industry and financial data to determine applicable value drivers and risk characteristics for a variety of
different businesses and industries.
Developed financial models, analyzed industry trends and risk characteristics, and developed discount rates for the valuation of
closely-held businesses.

Served as court-appointed Special Master in forensic accounting matters.
Reviewed accounting records of various entities for purposes of analyzing and identifying preferential payments, Ponzi schemes,
fraudulent conveyance allegations and asset diversions.
Performed complex fraud investigations and forensic accounting services for financial institutions, privately held companies, and
government agencies.
Traced cash receipts and disbursements and reconstructed accounting records and financial transactions.

Assisted legal counsel in the pre-complaint through trial phases of various commercial litigations. Support services included
business valuations, detailed financial analysis, and forensic accounting analysis and preparation of expert reports.
Prepared detailed expert reports and rebuttal analysis of opposing expert reports.
Reviewed related-party transactions and disclosures.
Reviewed accounting and corporate records for purposes of highlighting factors supporting alter ego allegations.
Prepared graphs and exhibits used by legal counsel at trial.
Reviewed opposing experts’ reports and depositions and prepared questions used to cross-examine opposing experts.

Represented debtors, creditors and trustees in all phases of formal bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court restructurings.
Prepared budgets and forecasts for cash collateral and plan confirmation purposes.
Provided expert witness testimony in bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings.
Assisted in assessing viability and feasibility, identifying assets, reviewing financial position and enterprise and liquidation
values, identifying potential voidable transfers and fraudulent conveyances, developing business plans and projections,
reconciling and analyzing proof of claims and evaluating plans of reorganization.
Performed valuations of business units and assets for plan confirmation, collateral assessment, fraudulent conveyance
and preferential payment analysis.
Developed detailed financial models to determine solvency at various points in time for preference and fraudulent conveyance
litigation and to determine potential recovery to secured unsecured creditors under a variety of different assumptions.
Assisted with the preparation and filing of bankruptcy schedules, statement of financial affairs and monthly operating reports.
Assisted with the liquidation of assets and sale of business units.

Provided oversight and responsibility during court-appointed receiverships for the day-to-day operations and financial management
of both small and large multi-state operations in numerous industries.
Managed litigation and adherence to regulatory compliance.
Managed process and procedures of government/regulatory audits.

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