Advisory Board

Don Aviv

Mr. Aviv is the Chief Operating Officer of Interfor, Inc, a 36-year-old corporate intelligence and security consulting firm based in New York. Don oversees day-to-day operations of the company and heads Interfor’s Global Investigations Unit. He has extensive experience in corporate fraud investigations, physical & IT security consulting, crisis mitigation, threat assessments, business risk and corporate investigations and intelligence gathering. Prior to joining Interfor, Mr. Aviv was the Global Security Manager for Parametric Technology Corporation, an international software company. Mr. Aviv is a Board Certified Protection Professional, Board Certified Physical Security Professional. He is also a licensed New York State Private Investigator, attaining certification as a Professional Investigator and serves on the ASIS International Security Services Council.

Dave Charnick

Mr. Charnick is a cannabis consultant in Colorado with expertise in cultivation, processing, business planning, operations, and extraction technology. His years in the industry have provided a wealth of connections to both the recreational and medical marijuana industry. His expertise and deep network of industry contacts can be leveraged to strengthen the business plans of those entering the industry. Currently, Mr. Charnick works as a real estate and property development consultant offering services to the cannabis industry. Dave serves as a relationship manager and subject matter expert for clients to introduce them to sources of industry expertise that they need to execute their business plans and to help assure that they are positioned to succeed. He also tracks business transaction timelines with clients and fosters accomplishment of their decisions and actions to ensure real estate purchase and development plans executed on time.

Michael Cohl

Mr. Cohl’s career spans over 45 years in the entertainment business, producing worldwide music tours including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, U2, Barbra Streisand, and many more, as well as films such as Pete Seeger: Power of Song (Emmy Award), LENNONYC (Peabody and Emmy Awards), a film about Harry Belafonte, Sing Your Song (Peabody Award), and The Rolling Stones classics Live at the Max and Shine a Light. Mr. Cohl has also produced live shows such as the children’s show Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! (2010 Billboard Touring Award for Creative Content) and has spent decades on and off Broadway with shows including SpiderMan: Turn Off The Dark (for which Mr. Cohl was voted Producer of the Year 2011), Rock of Ages, The Lion King, and Spamalot (Tony Award). Mr. Cohl was previously the chairman of Live Nation, was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and has received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. Among his many other awards, Michael has also been honored with the Billboard Legend of Live Award, the TJ Martell Foundation Man of the Year Award, and a JUNO Award for Special Achievement. Mr. Cohl is the founder and chairman of Iconic Entertainment Studios and is currently developing, producing, and promoting over a dozen properties including David Gilmour, Transformers Live!, An Evening with Al Pacino, A Night with Janis Joplin, Alvin and the Chipmunks Live on Stage!, and many more.

Mitchell Fox

Mr. Fox was group president and publishing director of Condé Nast Publications, responsible for more than a dozen of the company’s media properties. In 2000, Mr. Fox helped acquire, and later become the president and CEO of, The Golf Digest Companies. From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Fox oversaw all properties that operate under The Golf Digest Companies’ umbrella. Prior to his position at the Golf Digest Companies, Mr. Fox served as executive vice president of corporate sales of Condé Nast Publications. Mr. Fox was also a member of Condé Nast Publications’ executive management team. In 1994, Mr. Fox was named publisher of Vanity Fair. He was named Condé Nast’s Publisher of the Year in January 1997. In December 1997, Mr. Fox was promoted to the position of vice president and publisher. Prior to that, beginning in 1989, he was publisher of Details magazine, earning Magazine of the Year honors and Top 10 Hottest Magazine honors two years in a row. Mr. Fox is currently the president of WGA Global Marketing Group, a holding company with interests in insurance, media development, cross border e-commerce, and investments in cannabis related businesses.

David Knight

Mr. Knight is currently the founder and CEO of SX Latin Liquors. For the past 30 years, Mr. Knight has grown and managed some of the globe’s most recognizable household brands. He spent the first 10 years of his career at Frito-Lay as a product manager and eventually Frito Lay Australia’s Marketing Director. He then served as Managing Director at Gatorade, where successfully re-negotiating a new bottler contract, launching “Gatorade Frost” and an awarding-winning TV campaign. Mr. Knight was then promoted to Vice President of Marketing at Gatorade International in New York, where he was responsible for building Gatorade’s global brand. In 2004, Mr. Knight served as eBay Marketplaces’ Vice President of International Marketing, charged with building the company’s worldwide presence. Two years later he served as Vice President of Internal Communications, where he developed the best strategies for eBay, Paypal and Skype to communicate any and all information to its thousands of employees.

Mitchell Lowe

Mr. Lowe has been a groundbreaking leader in the home entertainment and tech industries since the 1980s, when he started Video Droid, a rental movie vending machine and store. After starting Video Droid and spending years crafting websites for video stores, Mr. Lowe was asked to help in the formation of Netflix in partnership with Marc Randolph and Reed Hasting. He served as Vice President of Business Development and strategic alliances for Netflix from 1998 to 2003, departing just after their initial public offering to join a small team from McDonald’s to form what became Redbox DVD Rental Kiosks. At Redbox, Mr. Lowe began as Chief Operating Officer, becoming President in early 2009, and playing a pivotal role in scaling Redbox from a handful of rental kiosks to nearly 32,000 kiosks and over $1.5 billion in annual revenue. Since leaving Redbox in 2011, he has served as an independent consultant for entrepreneurs and startups.