Craig has been a key architect in the development and implementation of the company's vision, strategies and business plan and has developed the company from a concept to its current stage. Prior to KAYS, Craig served for 4 years as CEO of Alternative Fuels Americas, Inc. (AFAI), KAYS’s predecessor company. At AFAI Craig led Jatropha plant trials in Guatemala. Honduras and Costa Rica, secured orders for 6 million gallons of biofuel, and developed industry-first programs for the use of wild feedstock. Prior to AFAI, Craig served 11 years as CEO of The Tudog Group, a Florida based firm with business advisory and business development divisions. During Craig's tenure Tudog worked with more than 200 companies from 19 countries. Craig is a widely published author with articles on business matters featured in magazines and newsletters internationally, including the publications of the Guatemala America Chamber of Commerce, the Israel Export Institute, the Romania Chamber of Commerce, and the World Association of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. He is also an in-demand speaker at international conferences, including the Florida Sterling Council, the International Project Management Association, The Central American Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Israel Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and the Pino Center for Entrepreneurship at Florida International University.
W. David Jones –Special Advisor – Business Development
David has been a business development advisor and consultant to AFAI/KAYS since January 2013. In addition to his advisory work involving capital markets, market awareness and company administrative matters, he has worked alongside Craig Frank and assisted extensively with the development and implementation of the marijuana business plan and the launch and day-to-day operations of Kaya Shack™ and other cannabis projects in development.
David owns and operates BMN Consultants, Inc., an advisory firm that engages in various business consulting services. David’s newsletter Wall Street Profit Search is highly regarded for its insights and reporting as to both the OTC and broader Listed Trading Markets, as well as its ability to channel organic news development for sponsored companies on a fully disclosed basis.
David has been an active member of the South Florida business community for approximately 30 years. David has an uncanny ability to spot business trends prior to their emergence and has been active in monitoring and promoting the legal cannabis industry, and his efforts have been crucial to assisting KAYA with becoming the first public company to own and operate a medical marijuana dispensary in the United States.
Mitchell Chupak - Special Advisor – Marketing & Sales
Mitch has been active in project development and marketing projects since 1979, helping to develop large charitable followings for a number of Israel-based health and humanitarian organizations. His most recent project, Jaffa Institute, provides housing, food, clothing and education to hundreds of children from under privileged homes. His consulting firm, Creative Solutions, works with U.S. and Israeli based companies.
Mitch assists and guides KAYS’s marketing program and is responsible for the Company’s positive and hopeful message. His BE KIND campaign represents the KAYS credo in a simple and powerful way.
Board of Directors
In addition to Mr. Frank, the KAYS Board of Directors is comprised of the following highly qualified individuals:Carrie Schwarz
Carrie is the Managing Partner of Athena Assets Management, a New York based hedge fund. Prior to her forming Athena, Carrie served on the Arbitrage team at Bank of America. Carrie has also served as a trader for Metropolitan Capital.Jordi Arimany
Jordi is a native of Guatemala who earned his MBA in the United States. Jordi is a seasoned investment banker and businessman, with experience in both the US and Central America. He has served at both Miami based Latin American Financial Services (Lafise) and Central America’s largest bank, Banco Industrial.
Key Kaya Shack™ Employees
Without the support, wisdom and dedication of our budtenders and the following individuals Kaya Shack™ would not be the outstanding brand it has become:Chad Craig, Vice-President, Retail and Grow Operations serves as our PRF and Inventory Manager.
Bryan Arnold is the Marketing Manager for dispensary operations