Kyle Kingsley, M.D, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vireo Health, a board-certified physician, serial entrepreneur, and inventor. Dr. Kingsley believes that cannabis-based products are a safer, less-addictive alternative to opioids, alcohol, and tobacco. Dr. Kingsley is focused on building the cannabis company of the future by bringing the best of medicine, engineering, and science to the cannabis industry.
Dr. Kingsley leads Vireo’s physician- and scientist-led team of more than 450 employees in creating best-in-class cannabis products and offering unmatched customer experience. Under Dr. Kingsley’s leadership, Vireo has experienced exponential growth. What began as a company operating exclusively in the state of Minnesota in 2014 has now emerged as one of the country’s leading multi-state operators, with licenses in seven states and Puerto Rico. In March 2019, Dr. Kingsley took the company public, and Vireo Health is now listed on Canadian Securities Exchange, under the stock symbol “VREO” and on the OTC Best Market under the symbol “VREOF”.
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Dr. Kingsley received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Arts degree in German from the University of Minnesota in Duluth and received a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Kingsley is the co-author of the book Medical Cannabis Primer for Healthcare Providers, written to elucidate objective medical cannabis knowledge in the medical community. Through comprehensive, state-wide cannabis programs that integrate healthcare providers, Dr. Kingsley’s solitary goal is to make Vireo Health the safest, most reliable, and compassionate choice for cannabis consumers in all of the states in which the company operates.
John Heller serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Vireo Health. As CFO, Mr. Heller works closely with CEO & Founder Kyle Kingsley, M.D., Vireo’s Board of Directors, and the entire Vireo team to help focus the company on profitable growth and operating efficiency.
Mr. Heller has more than 30 years of combined experience as a financial executive, including extensive experience in the areas of corporate finance, accounting, treasury, capital markets, and investor relations. He has a proven track record overseeing the rapid growth and development of various businesses, including securing growth capital necessary to fund such initiatives. Mr. Heller joins Vireo after serving as Chief Financial Officer of Lift Brands since 2016. He also recently held senior executive positions at Life Time Fitness.
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As a financial leader with experience at start-ups, venture backed enterprise, public companies, and private equity owned organizations, Mr. Heller has extensive knowledge of rapid multi-unit expansion, franchising, securing capital for expansion, and managing investor relations. He has built entire accounting systems from the ground-up and made substantial improvements to existing processes to drive efficiency. Additionally, he has authored robust financial strategies for business planning, led finance committees, and participated on audit committees for the Board of Directors at his past companies.
Mr. Heller is a Certified Public Account (Inactive) and a graduate of the St. John’s University with a B.S. in Accounting.
Christian Gonzalez is the Chief Operating Officer for Vireo Health Inc. Christian is an engineer and manufacturing entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in the medical device, pharmaceutical and aerospace/defense manufacturing industries. Christian founded and has served as the Chief Executive Officer of a successful Medical Device/Aerospace component manufacturing company since 2008. Before that, Christian filled several different engineering and operations roles in the Medical Device and Pharma industries. His knowledge of the startup process, thorough understanding of good manufacturing methods/practices, and commitment to quality are useful tools in an ever evolving industry such medical cannabis. Christian decided to join Vireo Health because he believed in the company's core values and he saw this venture as an opportunity to effect meaningful change in many people's lives.
Dr. Stephen M. Dahmer is the Chief Medical Officer at Vireo Health and a board-certified family doctor whose passion for health and healing has taken him around the globe. A fellow of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, for over a decade he has studied the relationships between plants and people, working closely with diverse cultures and documenting their uses of plants.
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Aspiring to understand ethnomedical systems, as well as the plants and traditional beliefs that support them, Dr. Dahmer has worked in divergent settings including Umbanda terreiros in the heart of Brazil’s second largest slum, Maori clinics in New Zealand, native healers on the Palauan Islands, and as a hospitalist to the Navajo (Dine) Tribe in Chinle, Arizona. Prior to starting full time work for Vireo Health of New York, Dr. Dahmer was most recently Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where he passionately provided innovative primary care for over seven years in New York City where he lives and resides with his family.
Amber Shimpa serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for Vireo Health. From 2014 through 2019, Ms. Shimpa served as the Company's CFO. As CAO, Ms. Shimpa will lead the company’s human resources and business administration teams and further drive the integration of people and culture for Vireo. She will work closely with Chief Executive Officer Kyle Kingsley to perpetuate Vireo’s core values and culture as its workforce continues to rapidly expand. Ms. Shimpa will also spearhead Vireo’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and Diversity and Inclusion programs. Ms. Shimpa serves on Vireo’s Board of Directors and is a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee.
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Prior to joining Vireo Health, Ms. Shimpa spent nine years as Vice President of a $1.6 billion bank focused on commercial, nationwide lending. Her experience in the highly-regulated banking environment has engrained quality and control in her leadership and financial management approach. Banking is often seen as a challenge for operators within the cannabis industry. Ms. Shimpa’s understanding of the strict compliance requirements in the banking industry, coupled with Vireo Health’s scientific and safe medical model, have led to welcoming discussions with banks, and ultimately the first known open banking relationship with a cannabis-related company in the country.
Michael Schroeder serves as Vireo Health's General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Michael has been an attorney for over 27 years, including 6 years in law firm practice in the New York City area and the balance as an in-house attorney. He served as General Counsel for two public companies prior to Vireo Health and worked for companies in a variety of industries. He also oversaw the compliance function at two companies prior to Vireo Health. Michael has broad expertise in the law, including corporate structuring and transactions, securities, employment, contracts, real estate, capital markets, intellectual property, international trade, litigation management, dispute resolution, and administrative law. Michael received a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in Business with a concentration in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a J.D. from Duke University. He joined Vireo Health for the opportunity to use his legal and compliance expertise to help a growing company navigate a complex industry with robust and ever-changing laws and regulations.
Patrick Peters serves as the Executive Vice President of Retail for Vireo Health. In his role, Patrick works closely with Vireo's Executive Team to develop and execute Vireo's strategy to drive efficient, sustainable growth in the company's Retail, eCommerce and Wholesale businesses. Patrick is helping to lead Vireo's retail expansion and rebranding efforts, which will see at least 20 dispensaries nationwide operating under a new brand called, Green Goods.
Before joining Vireo, Patrick serve in senior leadership roles at Calvin Klein, Kate Spade, and Juicy Couture. He is a highly driven retail executive experienced in industry-leading brands across diverse market segments and a thought leader who develops innovative and effective solutions to drive continuous improvement and financial results. Skilled at developing talent, processes, and infrastructure, Patrick is able to drive rapid growth while providing a consistent and exceptional customer experience.
Eric Greenbaum is the Chief Science Officer of Vireo Health and has an impressive combination of scientific and legal expertise. Eric began his career working on stem cell and gene therapies for neurometabolic diseases. He went on to explore the role of protein folding in neurodegenerative diseases and led the team that performed the first biochemical characterization of the newly discovered E46K mutation responsible for a form of early-onset Parkinson‘s Disease.
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After leaving academic science, Eric ran a boutique IP law firm where he crafted global patent strategies for biotech and pharmaceutical inventions. Since joining Vireo Health, Eric has been instrumental in developing our IP portfolio and driving our R&D efforts. Eric received a bachelor of science from Emory University in neuroscience; a masters of science from the University of Pennsylvania in pharmacology; and a JD from St. John’s University.