About Us

 The Cannabis Infrastructure and Technology Group, Inc. (The CIFT Group) was formed to take advantage of the new opportunity in the decriminalized sector of the cannabis industry and to bridge the gap that currently exists between the traditional participants in the decriminalized cannabis industry and Wall Street and Main Street while uniting and aligning the different verticals within the cannabis industry. 

The CIFT Group has begin to unify and connect established companies in the cannabis industry across the product, distribution, retail, consulting, financing, media, and technology sectors to create a vertically integrated company designed to go public on NASDAQ with a Regulation A+ Offering.  Our potential listing on NASDAQ is predicated on the strategy that we are not directly involved in the production of cannabis, because none of our business units touch the plant.  We are soley providing the necessary ancillary products, services, and technology for cannapreneurs to cultivate, process, and manufacture their products.  

Our Management Team

Benjamin Lee

Chief Executive Officer

Ben has been an infrastructure and technology provider to the cannabis industry and has been working on mergers and acquisitions for several public companies for the past several years. He is also a Certified Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and has attained the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation. 

Brian Tucker

Chief Operating Officer

Brian is an award winning business executive & entrepreneur with Black Belt level training in Six Sigma.  In the 90's, He led Business Operations for Motorola, spending a year in Brazil and managing over 70 associates in Latin America. Afterwards, he spent 3 years in China for Fiskars as General Manager where he opened an office which moved $130M in annual spend from Western suppliers. 

Dean Skupen

Chief Financial Officer

Dean has provided financial consulting services related to operating, accounting and reporting issues. He was a principal & business advisor at Stonefield Josephson, Inc.  (now Marcum, LLP) and was in charge of consulting on equity and debt derivative transactions for both public and private transactions.  He has been involved in the public offering process with over 100 companies. 

David Rheins

Chief Media Officer

David is the founder of the Marijuana Business Association, which hosts cannabis industry trade events, professional education seminars and meetups around the US, and publishes MJHeadlineNews, MJNewsNetwork.com, and Marijuana Channel One. David is a speaker, moderator, a syndicated columnist, and a thought leader in the cannabis industry. With 30+ years of experience building and operating best-of-breed media and marketing organizations, David has been a senior executive for Rolling Stone, SPIN, I Village, Corbis, Time Warner and America Online.

Bert Sugayan

General Counsel

Bert has served as President of Oxford Computer Group, General Counsel for Corbis and ARIS Corporation, and as an attorney with law firms both in the U.S. and abroad. Bert is an accomplished business executive and lawyer with extensive legal and business experience in the technology, media and professional service industries. Bert assists clients on a wide variety of business and legal matters, including business formation, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic business planning and advisory services, and also acts as outside general counsel for many of his clients.

Our Advisory Board

Michael Ng


Michael Ng serves as Chief Executive Officer of The Style Merchants Limited (Formerly North 22 Technology Services Group Limited) and has been its Executive Chairman since February 1, 2000. Prior to founding North 22 Technology Services Group Limited, Mr. Ng co-founded Legend Holdings Group Limited (“Legend”) in 1998 and listed the company on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in 1994. Legend is now known as Lenovo Group Limited, (HKSE Stock Code: 0992).

Tracy Ryan


Tracy Ryan is the founder & CEO of CannaKids & SavingSophie.org. Tracy has dedicated her life to educating herself on the medicinal powers of marijuana in treating her own daughter’s disease, as well as  pediatric & adult cancers, autism, epilepsy and more. Tracy and her family have been featured on The Doctors, National Geographic, CNN, Entertainment Tonight, Huffington Post, and many more and are also the key focus of the documentary, “Weed The People”.

Mike Tankel


Mike was brand manager at AT&T during the height of the long distance wars & an agency executive where he led the way in digital transformation of brands including Tampax, Hollywood Video, Acura, Lotus, Mitsubishi, Jenny Craig, Balance Bar, Cirque Du Soleil, MGM Hospitality and Venetian Sands. Within the entertainment world Mike has worked on such projects such as The Twilight Saga, Skyfall, Guardians of the Galaxy, Olympus Has Fallen, and many more.

Dario Echeverry

Scientific Advisor

Mr. Echeverry is co-founder, partner, board member, and top executive of Global Energetix (Canada), Ocean Science Technologies (California), and Altered Labs LLC (Delaware). He is also partnering with publicly traded corporations fully dedicated to developing Green and Blue Technologies. These corporations are fully dedicated to create, develop, spread and implement Blue and Green technologies. 

Samuel Thomas

Scientific Advisor

Sam is the founder of Westcoast Separations in California, and co-founded, Hydrochrom Resources Limited in Lagos, Nigeria and remains on its scientific advisory board. Sam has a reputation for building new organizations, energizing, and refocusing existing groups. Under his leadership, the creation of lab equipment maintenance programs that enabled better asset management was adopted globally by Amgen. 

Dr. Jack Morris

Scientific Advisor

Jack began his career developing new ceramic materials and manufacturing processes for GE followed by a 20-year career as a materials scientist and manager for AT&T, Lucent and Alcatel-Lucent.  His last 10 years there were spent evaluating and establishing global supply chains.  Currently, he has been CEO of Efftec International, a diversified supplier of lighting and other accessories used by farmers and gardeners. 

Fred Lee


Fred Lee has over 40 years of entrepreneurial experience in multiple industries, such as manufacturing, corporate re-engineering, real estate, renewal energy, and business consulting.  He has worked with Fortune 500 companies around the world such as Radio Shack, JC Penney, Philips, and Marriott.  He also serves as the Chinese ambassador for the United States Green Energy Council.