For more than 20 years, Lewis has been working in strategic communications. Having started his communications career in politics, he served as a full-time campaign staffer on the Clinton/Gore 1996 re-election campaign, and worked for then-U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) as his deputy press secretary, Lewis brings a “campaign” mentality to all his client engagements. After moving to private practice, Lewis has amassed vast experience running cannabis-specific programs for companies across the entire supply chain of the industry. This has ranged from companies bidding for a license in NY State, to growers in Colorado, cannabis-specific real estate companies in Washington and Nevada, and the first investment bank to focus solely on the legal cannabis industry. Lewis has also spoken twice at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition on how to create effective campaigns for cannabis companies in an “oddly” regulated industry. Lewis brings a unique mix of traditional PR expertise, mixed with public affairs and social media knowledge, to all his client engagements.
Phil leads KCSA’s Cannabis Investor Relations Practice. He has developed proactive investor relations and communication strategies for several multi-national, micro and small cap cannabis companies. Through his extensive network, Phil has helped position his cannabis clients as thought leaders in the emerging cannabis industry. He has secured speaking engagements at premiere conferences and has organized several cannabis industry panels which have included himself as well as his clients. Phil is a Wall Street and Investor Relations veteran having worked at firms such as JPMorganChase and Merrill Lynch. His experience includes IPOs and reverse mergers, implementing retail and institutional road shows, and providing strategic counsel to clients. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Kent State University.
Elizabeth is a Vice President in the Investor Relations department at KCSA. She works with public companies in the cannabis sector, advising them on a wide range of issues, including corporate positioning, reputation management and day-to-day investor relations. Her clients are involved in nearly every stage of the cannabis industry – including cultivation, commercial activity and provision of support services to the sector. Elizabeth brings her expertise in corporate advisory, which cuts across both banking and investor relations practices, from the UK and U.S.A. Prior to joining KCSA, she worked at other boutique Investor Relations firms as well as investment banks such as Webb Capital and Deutsche Bank.
Steve is a Vice President in Investor Relations at KCSA. Over the past decade, Steve has specialized in the healthcare sector, as both an investor relations professional at a life sciences-focused boutique and a Wall Street professional, covering the biotechnology industry for S&P Capital IQ (formerly Standard & Poor’s Equity Research). Previously, Steve spent five years as an investor relations generalist, focused on providing strategic counsel to global clients in the technology, healthcare, energy and retail sectors. Steve holds an M.B.A. with concentrations in Investment Management/Strategic Leadership from Penn State University and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from SUNY Albany.
Anne is a Managing Director in the Public Relations department at KCSA and has been with the company for more than a decade. Her work spans many different industries including financial services, technology, media & advertising, professional services, consumer products and cannabis. With a passion for innovative companies with good stories to tell, she has honed her skills in strategic planning, writing, media relations, messaging and content creation. She spent most of her life on the east coast, but relocated to Los Angeles in 2013 to open up the KCSA LA office. She holds a degree in Journalism from Monmouth University.
Senior Account Executive
Nick Opich is a Senior Account Executive working in the Public Relations department at KCSA. As part of the Cannabis business team, Nick advises clients on a number of fronts including developing brand messaging, refining and advancing media strategies and securing meaningful print and broadcast media coverage. His clients are involved in all aspects of the cannabis industry including cultivation, extraction, packaging, compliance and branding. Nick holds bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Spanish from Arizona State University.