As the world slowly wakes up and gets back to business, things are revving up here at MJ Brand Insights. The latest development is that our parent company Jage Media has elected business media powerbroker Kerry Gumas to its board of directors.
“Kerry brings extensive experience from decades of launching, building, and optimizing trade shows and related media assets,” said George Jage, CEO of Jage Media. “He will be a tremendous asset as we scale our events and expand our offerings.”
Jage Media is a B2B media company that produces distinctive events and focused content to accelerate the growth and profitability of cannabis brands and retail operations. Kim and George Jage have helped build some of the fastest growing events in the trade show industry, including the Off-Price Show, World Tea Expo, and MJBizCon. This October the company will launch MJ Unpacked at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
“Kim and George have a long history of creating success in fast-growth and emerging markets. I’m excited to join them in building this legacy event for the cannabis industry,” said Kerry Gumas. “Having observed the cannabis industry for some time, I believe their events are perfectly positioned to meet the market needs as companies accelerate to create national brands and retail chains.”
Kerry is founder and CEO of Metacomet Advisors, which provides strategic advisory and board services to technology, marketing services, information companies and event owners and, via Metacomet Ventures, co-invests in early stage and growth businesses. Kerry co-founded and served as a director and CEO of Questex, a leading global business information and event producer, and previously held senior executive positions at Reed Exhibitions, Advanstar, and IDG. His industry affiliations include prior service as chairman at the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) and service as board member of Connectiv, the global business information association division of SIIA.
Mr. Gumas joins Kim and George on the board alongside Roy Bingham, co-founder and director of BDSA, the leading cannabis market intelligence and consumer insights publisher, and Megan Klein, founder and CEO of Little Saints, a cannabis CPG brand based in Michigan. Patrick Rea, former executive director of Canopy Boulder and current managing director of the Poseidon Garden Fund, will step down from his board seat and remain on as a board observer. Scott Berman, president and co-founder of the Panther Group, will continue as a board observer.