Cannabis Industrial Marketplace

Ryan Lafferty

Kush Design Studio
Co-Founder & Chief Operations Officer

Session Title: Leveraging Integrated Partnerships to Develop an Operational Cannabis Facility

Time: June 25th, 2020, 1:15pm EST

Professional Summary

About Kush Design Studio

At Kush Design Studio, we think different.

We are a full-service, vertically integrated, design & build agency dedicated to the cannabis industry and beyond. We have assembled a team of professionals from traditional industries as well as experts within the cannabis space to work with you, which allows us to have a unique and agile approach to all of our projects.

At Kush Design Studio, we’ve spent years cultivating relationships with leaders in the national cannabis industry as well as service providers with proven expertise in their own fields. As a result, we’ve assembled a dream team of professionals equipped to turn your cannabis business vision into reality. 

What makes Kush unique is that we’re much more than just a cannabis consulting firm – we’re a one stop shop for your cannabis business’ licensing, compliance, design, construction, marketing, and business development leads. We don’t just give advice. We help create the brand. We design and build the facilities. We oversee legal compliance and Stage 2 success. Most importantly, we work with our clients to get them in business as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

You dream it, we bring it to life.

Our Mission
To grow with, give back to, and act as leaders within the communities we serve.

Our Vision
To transform the industry through a commitment to positive change and innovation.

About Ryan

Ryan Lafferty is the Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer at Kush Design Studio.

My greatest joy is being married to my high school sweetheart for 21 years and the chance to be a dad to three amazing boys ages 16, 12 and 10. For the past 20 years I have worked with Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and startups to implement change and inspire creative ways to approach and solve challenges and opportunities.

I am an innovator, creative problem solver and professional educator with over twenty years of experience managing, developing and delivering creative solutions to complex problems. I have a proven ability to build high-performance operations, lead collaborative teams, generate revenue, and strengthen business relationships.

As a collaborative designer, my range of experience includes corporate branding and social responsibility, design thinking and service design, entrepreneurship and business development, innovation and change management, internal and external communications, marketing strategy, research and analysis, media and public relations, product development and design.

I work with teams to ignite creative thinking, design new products, enter new markets, explore company strategy, strengthen or redefine brands, evaluate new or existing processes and develop team creative chemistry.

My focus is on the value and strength of opposition thinking, and the power of innovation that is inspired by the chaos. Using my Engage, Encourage, Empower and Expect Model to rapidly create something new and unique, I lead organizations down a path toward best practices, and uncover creative ways to empower teams to function at the highest level.

Current Roles

  • Oversee the day-to-day operation of Kush Design Studio, and with the leadership team, set the strategy for the organization.
  • Cultivate, secure, and manage current and potential clients.
  • Develop and direct the branding, construction design and build, go-to-market strategies, marketing, operations, packaging, and investor relations campaigns for current clients.
  • Driven by Design Thinking, leverage technology and low tech solutions to awaken creative potential using imagination, and artistic inspiration to uncover creative and innovative outcomes.
  • Understand the customer’s wants, needs and triggers and engage at an emotional level to uncover obstacles and inspire change.
  • Turn dreams into realities.

Session Abstract

It all starts with a dream, or a hope, or a mission, or a purpose, or a calling. But how will you bring it to life?

The task of creating an operational cannabis facility can be an extremely complicated, and overwhelming process. You need a plan, and a team. That’s where we can help.

At Kush Design Studio, we’ve spent years cultivating relationships with leaders in the national cannabis industry as well as service providers with proven expertise in their own fields. As a result, we’ve assembled a vertically integrated, dream team of professionals equipped to turn your cannabis business vision into reality.

This educational session will focus on the importance of working with integrated partners to coordinate:

  • Branding
  • Construction Design & Build
  • Go-To-Market Strategies
  • Investor Relations
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Packaging
  • Security & RFID Installation
  • Signage & Promotion