meet the Team
Kirk Burns /
Whether it be cannabis, hemp, CBD wholesaling, the trucking industry or motivational speaking, Kirk has an extensive skill set that has proven beneficial in multiple settings. Sales, project development, lead operations and recruitment abilities, are skills that he has cultivated and thrived upon for many years. When it comes to problem-solving, he excels at finding solutions, whether from tried and true methods or from unconventional thinking After selling his trucking firm in 2016, he began working with startups, incubators and mentoring young budding entrepreneurs.
“Happy, Joyous and Free” is the goal of each and every day.
Kirk lives in the greater Chicago-Land area with his better half Laura. They have 5 children and three dogs.
Nick Barile /
After working for one of the largest firms in Westchester County, NY for over 16 years, Nick started his own development firm in Greenwich, CT. His company earned five industry awards for excellence. His firm developed some of the most iconic projects in the Fairfield, CT area. Transferring his skill set to real estate finance, Nick Co-Founded BLR Capital Partners, a real estate advisory firm. With Knowledge and experience in t=financing complicated deals and an introduction into the cannabis and CBD world, he dove into starting Canna-Wealth Elevation with Kirk. Putting a client’s needs first, has always been at the top of Nicks business intent.
‘Be Fair Have Fun’, has been the mantra of his business’s since day one
Nick lives in Stamford CT and has been married to his wife Jill for 25 years. They have two children.
Bob Dubowsky / Senior Account Rep.
During his ten years as the owner of two aerospace manufacturing companies, Bob developed an in depth knowledge of business financing and alternatives to bank financing. Upon leaving the industry, he represented private SBA lenders and joined CWE co-founder Nick Barile at BLR Capital Partners. His interest in CBD, and its medicinal properties, began about five years ago when his best friend’s daughter, who suffers from Dravette Syndrome, was entered into the clinical trial for Epidiolex.
Bob’s hobbies include fishing, cooking and, helping his son and son-in-law remodel houses.
Bob lives in Bristol, CT with Colleen, his wife of 39 years. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Joey Chase /
Senior Account Rep.
Joey has been in the hemp business for 10 years. As a supply chain development specialist, Joey has been working actively in the market establishing platforms for vertical integration; from seed to processed material. His network of partners, buyers, sellers and logistics, brings a valuable breadth to CWE.
Frank Pondiccio / Account Rep
A lifelong entrepreneur, Frank has started and sold several successful business’s. His business career has lead him from the US to Europe and back.
His understanding of buyers and sellers serves him well in our brokerage business. Franks exceptional organizational skills help him to keep many balls in the air and keep our clients updated throughout the sale process.
Franks personal touch to every deal is key to his business relationships and success
Frank lives in Brookfield, Connecticut
Jay Maltas / Account Rep.
Jay has a successful track record of starting and running several business's. His attention to details and customer partnerships are the cornerstones of his business success.
Having worked with buyers and sellers, Jay understands the optics of both sides of a deal.
Jays focus is on originating sales or finance deals with Canna-Wealth Elevation.
Jay lives in Connecticut with his wife, Amy and their three children.
Micheal Pedman / Account Rep
A career sales professional, Michael enjoys over 35 years of involvement in the sales field.
Starting at 12 years old selling newspapers and graduating to working as a sales representative in commercial furnishings products to professional services, he has truly worked in all aspects of the selling world. After working in several field sales jobs in he career, he understands what it takes to be successful in the sales world.
After graduating Cum Laude with a Mass Communications BA, Michael worked as a career “road warrior” sales representative for three different companies in 20 years. His 15 years within the Nutraceutical Industry combined with his various other selling roles in her career provided a deep understanding of the sales process from several different perspectives.
Laura Hopkins / P.R. & Business Coach
Laura provides strategic communications and public relations advice and counsel to senior executives in large public and private sector organizations. She has years of experience providing clients with communication strategies and programs. Laura is a Master Certified Coach, whose mission in life is to help leaders be more successful and happier, using the quickest most efficient path possible. Her clients experience amazing improvements in their productivity, time management, motivation, leadership skills, flexibility, goal attainment, creativity, stress reduction and work/life balance.
Aligns leaders to the vision and future of the organization, support them in execution of key strategies and tactics to move initiatives forward.
Sasha Barile / Investment Analyst
Sasha is known as providing top-notch analytical and resource management advice to startup and vertically growing companies. With a sharp acumen and a logical mind that easily grasps new business concepts, Sasha has an ability to complete deliverables ahead of schedule and thoroughly. Currently an analyst at CWE, she is responsible for evaluating and managing business investment opportunities. Sasha uses the latest in modeling and data analysis to anticipate companies needs. Her best contribution to CWE is preparing each pitch-deck and business plan for a highest possible opportunity to facilitate investor interest.
Vanessa Burns / Internet Tech Consultant
Vanessa has been with Canna-Wealth Elevation since the beginning. She is a tireless problem solver with a natural aptitude for resolving IT problems. From day one she has been involved in numerous projects covering migration to cloud applications to installation of server environments. She is someone who approaches her job with a smile and always likes to be busy and challenged.