meet the Team

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Kirk burns


Whether it be Cannabis/Hemp Funding/Investment, Large-Scale 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. 




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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 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 intents.

‘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 /

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.


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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

To remain far-sighted, you need to surround yourself
with far-sighted visionaries. You need to surround yourself with people who think like you. You need
to surround yourself with people who speak the same language as you. You need to surround yourself with people who fight and refuse to give up on their
destiny. You need to surround yourself with people whose testimonies give you reasons to press on
— D.S. Mashego