Speaker Date Topic
Julie Brewer Jul 15, 2020
United Community Services of Johnson County
United Community Services of Johnson County

Julie is the Executive Director of United Community Services of Johnson County(UCS).  UCS in a nonprofit focused on poverty and health and human service issues impacting Johnson County residents. UCS’ core work is illuminating needs and solutions through education and advocacy, fostering a framework for collaboration through mobilizing and planning, and prioritizing community investments through targeted resource allocation. 

Julie has more than 25years of leadership experience in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Prior to coming to Johnson County, Julie was the first Chief Operating Officer of the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties, a political subdivision located in Omaha Nebraska.  She led the annual giving, endowment and major gifts programs for United Way of the Quad Cities in Iowa/Illinois and provided consulting services to non-profits for more than a decade.  She has also directed public relations, advertising and marketing programs for both nonprofit and private sector organizations.

Julie has served as a CASA volunteer, on the Steering Committee for Forward OP.  She currently serves on Johnson County’s Criminal Justice Advisory Council and Community Corrections Advisory Board, the Blue Valley Educational Foundation Board, Advisory Board of the Greenlight Fund, and the Advisory Board of the KC Regional COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund.

Julie received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Public from Northern Illinois University. She and her husband Steve, along with their two daughters moved to Kansas in 2011.

Adam Diltz Jul 22, 2020
The Growing Cannabis Industry in Missouri
The Growing Cannabis Industry in Missouri

Adam Diltz brings nearly 8 years of executive level management business operations experience to the table, 4 of which are in the cannabis field. Adam demonstrates exemplary leadership qualities perfected through the practice of management, sales and athletics. He possesses a desire to continue learning and will work relentlessly to master the task at hand. Adam joined the Verano Holdings, LLC team as the Nevada State Director in September of 2018 and has since evolved into the VP Cultivation Operations role that helps oversee all cultivation operations across the country.

As VP Cultivation Operations, Adam has overhauled staff and standard operating procedures of existing facilities, implemented wholesale sales strategy and utilized industry relationships to increase rolodex of customers and improved yields in the cultivation two-fold in less than 90 days. He has sought out and secured 6 new prime dispensary locations working with local realty professionals, handled all compliance permitting, zoning and planning paperwork and applications for new locations and oversees a 86,000 sq. ft. build out that will increase the facility’s output 10x.

At KIFF Cannabis, Adam was Vice President. He and his fellow managing partners brought the business from 2 employees to 50+ in a matter of 8 months and achieved over $1MM per month in gross sales. Adam then went on to launch Consistent Business Solutions, a Nevada-based cannabis consulting company that focused on helping struggling businesses by increasing efficiency in business practices and increasing yields in their cannabis crops. It was with that reputation that Adam was introduced to Verano management to join their team at Lone Mountain Partners, LLC, Verano’s Las Vegas cultivation facility.

Adam was introduced to the medical cannabis industry working as the Chief Compliance and Operating Officer at ACC Enterprises LLC. There he was in charge of creating and implementing all standard operating procedures for the facility to ensure State and local compliance.

Prior to jumping into the cannabis industry, Adam was a member of the original management team that designed, opened and operated Drai's Nightclub and Beach Club in Las Vegas. He currently also holds a contract for the management of beverage operations at The Zappos Theater located inside Planet Hollywood Casino. Adam's operation has increased gross sales and profit margins in all 5 years at the helm. His focal point in all business endeavors is bringing solid management practices and leadership to run business operations as lean and efficient as possible.

Adam graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of General Studies in Sports Management with a Minor in Business in 2010.