Co-Founder & CEO
Mr. Ron A. Smalley Jr. is the founder of Vista Green Group and co-founder of Vista Green Capital Management, LLC. Ron has more than 25 years in business start-up, senior management, government licensing/approvals and operations. His entrepreneurial experience includes founding and operating a full- service government regulated environmental. In his capacity as President and Chief Executive Officer, Ron handled all aspects of the business including budgeting, operations oversight, staff recruitment/training, handling corporate finances, and implementing policies and procedures consistent with governmental licensing requirements and regulations. This experience provided him with operational capabilities and expertise that were directly transferable and relevant to the high growth and government regulated medical cannabis industry in Maine.
In 2011, recognizing the growing patient need and changing legislation, Ron worked with an early mover medical cannabis start-up company in Maine that had obtained four of the state’s eight medical cannabis dispensary licenses. He was responsible for planning and developing two state-of-the-art cultivation facilities additionally, he opened four dispensaries.
Since 2012, Ron has worked with numerous clients competing for limited licenses in Massachusetts, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, Florida, Maryland, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Ohio, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Michigan and New Jersey. This delicate process includes interfacing with local and state government officials, site selection, design and engineering activities, construction management, lease negotiations, writing business plans, and pro-formas.
Ron is renowned in the medical marijuana field as the go-to guy for managing relationships with government officials and the licensing process. His operational in-sights into how cannabis licenses are allocated and awarded is invaluable for new-comers and old hands alike.
Areas of Expertise: Financial Modeling, Capital Raising, Business Plan Writing and Long-Term Strategic Planning
Virentium Advisors LLC is a financial advisory firm, dedicated to providing the most comprehensive and insightful analysis of the U.S. cannabis industry ranging from initial operational analysis to strategic capital formation maximizing returns for operators and investors. Virentium also serves as an Interim Chief Financial Officer for companies in a transition phase of development. Clients include: Champlain Valley Dispensary in Burlington, VT; ICC Holding, LLC dba Revolution Enterprises in Downers Grove, IL; Keystone Integrated Care near Pittsburgh, PA; and Patients Choice/LiveGreen, based in Denver, CO.
Tripp Murray, MBA received his undergraduate degree from Babson College and his MBA from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. He spent over two decades in investment banking environments specializing in healthcare, consumer products and REITs. Tripp was asked by a publicly traded company, listed on the NASDAQ, to explore financial opportunities in the legal cannabis space for investment opportunities. Through this experience, Tripp forged relationships with industry leading operators and financing sources. Tripp currently works at Champlain Valley Dispensary in Vermont as their Director of Sales & Business Development. He also maintains his consulting business, Virentium Advisors, LLC.
Mr. Brandon Tibbetts has been in sales/business development for over 15 years. In that time, he worked for two Fortune 500 companies. Brandon reached double digit growth 12 out of 15 years throughout his medical device sales career. In addition to his sales career, Brandon created his own company, Precision Biologics, and has successfully run multiple service lines including medical cannabis for over 5 years. Prior to joining Vista Green Capital Management, Brandon Co-founded NuPharm Biotech which focused on the development of CBD products and operations.
Brandon graduated from Hardin Simmons University in 2003. While attending HSU, Brandon was a 4 year starter on the Cowboy football team. Brandon graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology but soon found his passion in sales immediately after graduating with Depuy Orthopedics a Johnson and Johnson Company.
Brandon brings his grit, determination and his never take “NO” for an answer mentality to the Vista Green Capital Management team. Brandon has been happily married for 13 years to his wife, Haven, and together they have 3 children.
Director, Market Analyst
Mr. Joseph S. Kalinowski, CFA, is a member of the CFA Institute as a Chartered Financial Analyst. Joseph works with institutional investors and financial analysts reviewing investment opportunities in the cannabis, hemp and business support space.
He began his career in the securities industry in the early 1990s where he focused his research on the investigation of data trends, oversaw the production of various aggregate series, applied behavioral finance theory and provided data for regular use in financial publications.
Joseph is recognized by the Wall Street community as an expert in earnings forecasting, macro analysis and behavioral finance. As a resource to institutional investors as well as policy makers at the Federal Reserve Central Bank, Joseph is frequently called upon by institutional investors and members of the Federal Reserve board as a source regarding the sentiment of analysts, institutional investors, strategists and money managers.
Joseph has appeared on CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, Reuters, Nightly Business Report and Fox Business. His work has been cited in Forbes, Business Week, Financial Times, Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Reuters, Bloomberg, USA Today, New York Post, and the Dow Jones News Wire. Joseph has also authored articles published in Global Investor, Buyside Magazine, TraderPlanet and The Street.com.
Joseph graduated from Hofstra University, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Banking and Financing. He is a member of the CFA Institute, the Market Technicians Association and the New York Society of Securities Analysts (NYSSA). Joseph was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2001.