Board of Directors

Rodney HuChairman of the Board
Rodney Hu is a serial entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in building successful businesses that provide solutions to diverse and underserved communities. His companies and development projects have been valued at over $250 million. In 2011, as a founder of Vital and Territory dispensary group, Rodney’s leadership and vision set the stage for the $2.6 billion recreational cannabis market explosion in Arizona. His efforts resulted in Territory dispensary being awarded one of the first dispensary licenses in the state (2012) and is a model for legislation in other states. In 2021, Territory was sold to Verano (CNSX: VRNO) for $130 million. He is also the co-creator of Grandaddy Genetics along with cannabis pioneer Ken Estes. Between 1996 and 2004, Rodney spent several years at the top firms on Wall Street—including Goldman Sachs, Bear Stearns and Cantor Fitzgerald overseeing over $1 billion in assets. In 2009, he also co-founded Arizona’s first distillery, the AZ Distilling Company, and is the owner of the Yucca Tap Room, one of Arizona’s most beloved music venues. Rodney took a small music venue and turned it into a multi-million dollar business. He is currently working with the city of Tempe to complete a $100 million development project that will refurbish the center of the city of Tempe and result in over $100's of millions in new revenue for the city’s businesses.
Dave AugerMember
Since 2012, Dave Auger has owned and operated businesses in the Canadian cannabis industry. He has assisted with the setup and build-out of licensed cannabis facilities throughout North America. Dave led and consulted for numerous cannabis companies, and founded Big League Genetics in 2019, which is involved in providing quality genetics to license holders around the world. Dave has been successful in obtaining controlled substance licenses across Canada and brokering deals in Cannabis across the globe. He is the Founder of My Fungi Inc. and was successful in obtaining one of the first Controlled Substance Dealer's Licenses for the production of organic psychedelic mushrooms. Dave enjoys spending time in the mountains with his wife and dog. He also enjoys snowboarding, golf and whitewater kayaking.
Curtis SmithMember
Co-Founder and CFO of Independence Dental with expertise in the healthcare industry. Held senior financial roles across the energy, technology and controlled substance sectors where he has financed, launched and commercialized multi-jurisdictional businesses.