Calyx King Consulting | Management Team
The CKC team is comprised of architects and attorneys, entrepreneurs and analysts, cannabis cultivators, advocates, and enthusiasts. We were founded by operators: committed professionals driven to pioneer, establish, and expand a sustainable cannabis industry. Our years of hands-on cannabis cultivation, processing, and retail experience combine with our multi-disciplinary backgrounds to enable CKC to convert cannabis’ complexity into business clarity for our clients.
At Calyx King Consulting, client confidence in our counsel is the singular measure of our success.
As both an experienced attorney and consultant, Chris navigates clients through all phases of cannabis enterprise operations: business planning, formation, and fundraising; licensure and start-up; regulatory compliance; commercial transactions; IP protection and management; and executive strategy.
He started his career as a commercial litigator at Perkins Coie LLP and spent five years in Microsoft’s Legal & Corporate Affairs, advising the Office of General Counsel and the company’s worldwide Operations leaders. As Washington’s and the country’s cannabis industry took shape, Chris returned to private practice with the Canna Law Group, the leading cannabis business law firm, before co-founding Calyx King Consulting.
Chris leads CKC’s Strategic & Business Planning and Native American Ventures groups and acts as the firm’s General Counsel.
Matt converts vision into reality through graphic and product design skills of the highest caliber. He co-founded Calyx King Consulting in order to ensure that the developing cannabis industry was built on principles of sustainability and integrity.
Matt diagrams complex systems into visual form, generates a creative range of images and product design alternatives, and plots out and execute the complete product lifecycle from seed-to-sale.
His accomplished history in architecture and rendering provides for a clear and concrete illustration of the product at every stage, from initial conception to Go-To-Market execution.
Matt leads CKC’s Facilities & Systems Design and Tissue Culture groups.
A twenty-plus year veteran of the consulting industry, Jason has deep and broad experience across a variety of industries in both international and domestic markets. His ability to adapt to new environments, quickly learn new subject matter and collaborate with clients who have diverse needs is unparalleled.
Jason has been deeply engaged with Calyx King Consulting over the past three years, working with clients across several states to manage application development and filing in medical and recreational markets. He has defined and implemented efficient and effective standard operating procedures across cultivation, processing and dispensary operations.
Jason leads CKC’s Management Consulting group.
Jason began working in the medical marijuana industry in the early 2000’s after a career in the furniture, lighting and design business. He translated his construction, design, execution, and strategic-planning skillsets into operational efficiencies and improved yields, and build systems for continuous improvement of processes and methodologies.
His involvement in the medical cannabis industry triggered and fed his passion for genetics and cutting-edge production and processing tools. He aggressively identifies and evaluates developing technologies in order to fully understand and leverage best-in-class tools and genetics.
Practice Director - Regulatory Compliance, Government Affairs & Public Relations
David specializes in the intersection of local governments and the emerging industry of Cannabis. From 2014 through 2017, David served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Policy and Innovation. His policy portfolio included the development of Cannabis Regulations, Labor Standards, the Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative and policies related to Uber/Lyft and AirBnB, among others.
Prior to working in the Mayor’s office, David served as a Policy Counsel for the House Democratic Caucus in Olympia, WA. While there he advised Democratic Representatives on issues related to the Labor & Workforce Development Committee and the Government Accountability & Oversight Committee. This latter committee was tasked with liquor, gambling, tobacco and marijuana regulations.
His volunteer experience includes serving as a Commissioner for the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission from 2011-2014 and as the 2014 President of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington. He is a graduate of Pitzer College and Seattle University School of Law.
Sky knows the product and he knows the business of the product. His fluency in both the vernacular of the cannabis industry and the vocabulary of business analytics drives project success. His experience staffing and leading large teams provides an informed perspective on the industry’s HR challenges, from hiring to training to management.
Whether it’s an ROI-assessment of lighting innovations, situational analyses of micro-climate flora, or operations-management of best-in-class facilities, Sky converts experience into expertise and continues the cycle of learning-by-doing. His deep familiarity with the industry ensures that the right bottom line is established in the first place.