In addition to his role at Balanced, Erik is the Producer of the Investing in Cannabis podcast. He also mentors startups at Gateway Incubator.
Prior to joining the cannabis industry, Erik spent almost a decade in the accounting + finance world covering everything from cost accounting, fixed assets, payroll, tax accounting, business development, sales, client relationship management, financial planning, investment management.
Erik’s past experience includes: Executive Producer of Elevate (startup cannabis conference), CFP/Financial Advisor at WP Advisors, Senior International Tax Analyst + Cost Accountant at Carefusion, Fixed Assets Analyst + Payroll Specialist + Merchandising Analyst at Costco.
In 2018, Erik was nominated as a Top 5 Cannabis Accountant in California at the California Cannabis Awards. Erik also earned a BA in Finance from University of Arizona and holds Series 65, CA Life Insurance, and CFP credentials. In addition, Erik is Advanced Certified in Quickbooks and is a Xero Advisor.
For the past 8 years Brandon has immersed himself in the early stage technology ecosystem. Since that time, he has served in key marketing, sales, and product strategy roles with five technology startups. As a result, he built deep domain experience in SaaS, Marketplaces, Logistics, and Cannabis.
Since 2015, Brandon has been the host of 'Investing in Cannabis'. A weekly podcast featuring the founders and investors in the legal cannabis industry. He is also a mentor at the Gateway Incubator, and frequently speaks at business focused cannabis events.
Brandon first fell in love with the startup funding process during his time curating the LAUNCH festival and acting as first filter for angel investor, Jason Calacanis.
Several years ago, he began assisting VC veterans Gordon Rausser and Gordon Fallone with due diligence of several of their investments. Due to his close relationship with the team, Brandon recently joined OPAC and serves as their CMO.
Brandon graduated with a BS in Political Science & Business from the University of Arizona.