committment-with-circleCanna Angels, LLC, a dedicated angel investment consortium,  is at the forefront of investment opportunities in this exciting new industry…

The Fastest Growing Industry in the U.S.

Our sole purpose is to provide our accredited investors with carefully vetted high quality emerging companies directly involved in the cannabis industry or those with supportive products and services.

Our discriminating approach to this emerging industry is to lead the opportunity curve as it matures, providing early access to potentially lucrative investments. As early investors in Google, Facebook, Oracle, and Apple profited greatly in the tech industry, the Canna Angels, LLC skillful team diligently searches for the most outstanding rising stars in the cannabis industry to present to our investors.

The end goal is to maximize the potential for both entrepreneurs and investors to succeed as partners in the coming “green rush” of business opportunity in the cannabis industry.


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Sherri Haskell

Sherri Haskell, CEO and Founder

Meet Our Founder

Sherri Haskell is an entrepreneur and financial industry trailblazer who has excelled as a Registered Investment Advisor, stockbroker and funds manager. Throughout her career Ms. Haskell has earned 3 SEC securities licenses (series 7, 63 and 65), won top performer recognition in multiple capacities, launched her own hedge fund and financial services company Capital Dynamics LLC, and raised over $150 million in capital. Her far-reaching financial, securities, and marketing acumen have been integral to the launch and fulfillment of dozens of private equity funds.

Advisory Team Members 

Larry Bedard, M.D.

Sausalito, California

  • Partner with California Emergency Physicians
  • Physician, St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco and San Mateo General Hospital
  • Member, American College of Emergency Physicians oPresident1996-1997
  • Member, EMTALA Task Force oChair of ACEP’s International Emergency
  • Medicine Task Force 2000-2001
  • On-Call Task Force with the California Chapter of ACEP
  • Member, California Carrier Advisory Committee.
  • Member, California Medical AssociationoBoard of Trustee from 1996-1999
  • Member, Marin Medical Society
  • Director, Marin Hospital District Board from 1992-1996
  • Member, Marin Heart Association – President in 1983

Dr. Bedard has received numerous awards, including the prestigious John G. Wiegenstein Leadership Award in 1999 for his outstanding contribution to ACEP and local awards from the California Chapter for his distinguished service and work on legislative issues.

Joe Endoso, Investment Banker

Joe is a seasoned investment banker and strategic advisor with $20+ Bil of transaction experience in capital formation, M&A, and corporate finance across public and private markets. He is currently Senior Managing Director at Enverra Capital, an independent merchant bank led by former General Wesley K. Clark. Joe was also the founder and Managing Partner at RedBridge Group, specializing in cross-border equity private placements and M&A/corporate finance advisory, He also served as Managing Director & Global Head–Semiconductor Industry for the Technology Banking Group at ABN Amro, and as Head–U.S. Technology Banking at Industrial Bank of Japan. Joe holds a BA Economics & Mathematics from The George Washington University and an Executive MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Eric Ferraro, Esq.

Eric is the founding principal of Fathom Law and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate, securities and intellectual property law. He advises entrepreneurs, emerging growth and middle market companies in all aspects of business formation, governance, corporate finance, commercial and IP transactions and mergers and acquisitions. He also represents angel and venture capital investors, private equity firms, investment bankers and broker-dealers in connection with regulatory matters, investment and finance transactions

Max Shapiro, CEO

Max Shapiro is a serial entrepreneur who is an integral component on the Silicon Valley startup scene. He is CEO of PeopleConnect, a 15 year old recruiting firm focused on helping early-stage high-tech companies find the talent they need to succeed. In addition, Shapiro is the Co-Founder of Runway, a high tech incubator and produces three monthly pitch events in San Francisco and Palo Alto.  He is also an active Angel investor.

Kim Kasalionias
Founder, Managing Partner

Kim K. is a recognized expert in community banking with a proven track record of over 20 years in the industry. Most recently, as CEO/Chairman of Circle Bank, Kim was responsible for leading 53 consecutive profitable quarters, and has proven experience orchestrating significant financial deals, including the sale of Circle Bank to Umpqua Bank for an over-book-value price. Most recently Kim has launched Breakaway Funding, as Founder/Managing Partner. Breakaway is pioneering hybrid funding models to create new capital sources for small business, more loans for community banks / credit unions and investment opportunities for all investors (accredited & non accredited).

Paul Rabinovich
Real Estate Executive

Paul is an eminently accomplished senior executive of over 20 years with financial professional expertise in real estate acquisition, development, equity investment, asset management, sustainability/ clean-tech, and as licensed financial advisor. He has successfully completed over $600 million in environmentally sustainable real estate projects. Paul’s impressive career highlights several senior executive positions; Founder of TerraCycle Investments, Principal and Executive V.P. of Canus Corporation. At The Nature Conservancy, he was hand-selected by the President to lead global strategic planning. Paul also served as the Vice Chairman of the Montclair Planning Board (mayoral appointed position) and on the Board of Directors for the College of Science, Sustainability and Mathematics at Montclair State University.

Chester Hurtado
CFO, President

Chester Hurtado is a poised financial executive with over 20 years of senior financial management experience; a strong business sense, proven leadership skills, diverse management experience, and good communication skills. Chester has held CFO positions at several technology, manufacturing, consumer products, and services companies in the Bay Area and internationally. With an affinity for the opportunities that emerging growth present, Chester established TradeWorks Management Services, a consulting company offering interim accounting and finance consulting, management and personnel for companies ranging from start up to multinational corporations.

Aaron Silverman, CEO

Aaron serves as the CEO and Co-Founder of Canna Group Inc. With over 10 years of experience operating dispensaries, consulting to cannabis businesses, and touring the USA providing seminars on launching and sustaining successful business models in the space, he is considered to be a subject matter expert on most things cannabis.

Serving on AHPA’s cannabis committee since 2010 and as a featured speaker, his professional career has focused on investment and deal-execution, specifically bringing investors and entrepreneurs together by structuring, de-risking and establishing successful ventures.

Regina Unegovsky, Esq,

Ms. Unegovsky is an attorney with offices in La Jolla and San Francisco, educated in tax and corporate governance in the award winning Masters of Law, Taxation section of the University of San Diego, School of Law, where she also taught as an adjunct faculty member for several years. With years of specialized experience in the cannabis industry and local, state, and federal regulatory and tax compliance, Regina is in a unique position to provide counseling from a business savvy, tax efficient perspective that will create and preserve opportunities in the discrete licensing and operations of California cannabis franchisors and other licensed professions,

Neal Strickberger
Entrepreneur, Operations

Neal Strickberger is an entrepreneur, independent investor and management consultant with more than 30 years of expertise in software development, operations and business roles. He has held executive positions at Xerox Corporation, Adobe Systems and most recently ebrary, where he was integral in scaling the company from start-up to disruptive top player with an exit by acquisition in 2011. His focus is on operations and execution, using a “systems view” methodology to find the real problems and help companies scale, deliver product and untangle operational challenges.

Marty Higgins, CEO

Marty Higgins, CEO of Harvest, an upscale medical cannabis boutique in San Francisco, is a serial entrepreneur with extensive real estate expertise. Harvest, known for its elegant presentation, private members lounge and commitment to customer service was launched almost 3 years ago and is currently undergoing expansion throughout the Bay Area. Prior to founding Harvest, as Sr. Vice President for Hendricks Berkadia, Marty’s is recognized as orchestrating the creation of the nation’s first Multi-family Investment Banking Company focused exclusively on providing apartment owners with a fully-integrated, multifamily capital markets platform. and then subsequently for launching The Apartment Group, Inc, a commercial real estate investment company in Northern CA. Marty is also the Founder and President of City of Dreams, helping youth living in low-income housing build brighter futures through mentorship and youth development.

Gary Starr
Serial Entrepreneur

A marketing and sales strategist, Gary Starr has been a board member for over two dozen start-ups including two companies that became successful IPOs. He has been a Founder, CFO, COO and CEO. A gorilla marketer, Advertising Age placed him in their Marketing 100 along with Steve Jobs & Richard Branson. He has several publications to his credit and is the is the holder of multiple patents, was one of the earliest successful equity crowd funders, has conceptualized APPs, created solar devices, electric cars, scooters, and other products. Starr, has been a guest lecturer at several universities and symposiums including the University of Hong Kong, and Stanford Graduate School of Business as well as featured radio and television shows including Larry King Live, The Today Show, & CNN. Gary has helped raise over $550 million for private, public, and non-profits.


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