Our team has a legacy of successful investments and inspired entrepreneurship. 


MATT HAWKINS

Matt Hawkins

Managing Partner

  • 20+ years of private equity experience

  • Founded multiple $500+mm alternatives firms

  • Serves on the board of numerous cannabis companies

Matt brings an extensive background in building large alternative investment firms and scaling the companies he invests in. In 2014, Matt had a vision to create the leading private equity firm focused specifically on investing in the legalized cannabis industry.  Prior work highlights:

Partner and President, Tucson Capital Partners - Private equity firm focused on multifamily residential and self-storage assets. Between 2008 and 2013, the company completed more than 55 bank-direct acquisitions, deploying over $500MM of capital. He successfully exited in 2013.

Principal & Co-founder of Adjacent Capital - Private equity/specialty lending fund where he oversaw the sourcing, origination, structuring and closing of over 60 transactions in a 3 year period.

He also became a turnaround specialist through his time at Treadstone Partners and San Jacinto Partners. He is known and respected in the cannabis industry as one of the successful early investors.  

University of Texas at Austin


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ANDY STURNER

MANAGING PARTNER

  •    28+ YEARS OF VENTURE AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

  •    SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR. HAD 2 IPOS (SPLN & MOFN) AND SEVERAL EXITS

  •    SERVES ON MULTIPLE FOR-PROFIT AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT BOARDS

Andy is a seasoned senior executive, c-suite officer, founder, serial entrepreneur and Board Member with success across technology, media, internet, real estate, and cannabis. Prior work highlights:

Miami Angels – Co-Founder - Andy is a very successful angel investor with a passion for guiding executives through complex situations and corporate development.   His broad areas of expertise include strategic partnerships; executive coaching; business development; joint venture (JV); merger and acquisition (M&A); investments; and organizational restructuring.

CBS SportsLine - President of Corporate & Business Development - Andy led this venture-backed interactive media business in corporate and business development, accelerating its growth from 6 to 685 employees, generating hundreds of millions in revenue through its IPO in ’97 and ultimately sale to CBS.

MovieFone – Vice President of Business Development. - After MovieFone acquired his company, Interactive Services, he went on to head their growth efforts through their IPO in ‘94.  MovieFone was sold to AOL in ’99.

While no longer a practicing attorney, he was admitted to the New York, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C. bar associations.

Washington University – B.S.B.A.

Brooklyn Law School – J.D.


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Dov Szapiro

Managing Partner

  • 20+ years of venture and business experience

  • Founded and sold company to a $1+billion firm

  • Successful Cannabis angel investor

  • Early Start in PE and Equity Research

Dov has more than 20 year experience as senior executive, investor, advisor and board member in companies across multiple industries and different growth phases. He has had several significant investments in Cannabis including High Times, BDS Analytics, LoudPack Inc. and Econnabis SAS-sold to Plena Global Holdings. Prior work highlights:

Co-Founder & CEO - AFS Acceptance - His company provided financing for the purchase of cars for consumers with limited or poor credit histories. During the 16 years, he steered the company through credit cycles, a successful turnaround and a complete business model transformation. In 2010, he structured a spinoff and leveraged buy-out of AFS’ other two operating partners, consolidating full ownership and control. In 2015, he negotiated a strategic sale of AFS to Credito Real SAB de CV, Mexico’s largest non-bank financial institution listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange.

Director of Business Development for GovWorks, Inc. - An internet start-up in the e-government sector, whose story was documented in the film Startup.com

Mr. Szapiro started his career in equity research before moving to private equity.  

The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania


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Tiffany lIFF

MANAGING DIRECTOR

  • 20+ years of Leveraged Finance and M&a experience

  • Closed over $1B in distressed syndicated loans for Private Equity Firms

  • Successful Real estate and Cannabis Investor

Managing Director Wachovia Bank - Tiffany has been a seasoned leveraged finance professional her entire career. She is responsible for originating, underwriting, syndicating and closing some of the largest leveraged loans in the market at the time. Tiffany’s coverage of the M&A markets to the private equity firms allowed her network to expand to large national and international syndicated transactions where she was responsible for closing over $1B in leveraged loans.

Managing Partner TPL Analytics - After her retirement from leveraged finance, she founded a firm specializing in investing in real estate and Cannabis investments on behalf of private equity, legal and high net worth professionals.

Tiffany is responsible for all facets of the deal process from cultivating deal flow to underwriting and closing deals on behalf of her network of investors. Tiffany has brought over $20MM of capital to 8 transactions over the last 3 years in the Cannabis space.

Tiffany is married with two children and lives in the South Florida area where she enjoys training for Ironman and Marathon Races.

Florida State University, BS in Finance.


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CODIE SANCHEZ

MANAGING DIRECTOR    

  • 10+ years of investing with institutions

  • Raised over $5B in institutional assets

  • Made 24 angel investments, 3 exits

Codie has worked at leading global investment firms to start and scale new businesses within as well as with small venture firms. She’s an expert at digital, marketing, branding, sales and international JV’s.

Head of Investments Latin America - First Trust - Codie built and led the LatAm & Offshore Business to $2billion+ in AUM, providing ETFs, and alternatives to institutions.

SSgA  – Director Institutional IR - Codie was responsible for the $28 trillion firms institutional investment business in the Southwest and LatAm, with Fortune 500, pensions, SWFs, FO’s and foundations.

Goldman Sachs - Analyst. Focused on commingled funds and PE with a regional focus on the west coast and the tech sector.

Codie’s won numerous awards for her work, such as; Alumni Society Financers Award, LATISM Influencer of the Year, DHCC Exec of the Year, a Robert F. Kennedy Award & two National SPJ Awards. She’s also a contributor in Inc, Entrepreneur , Forbes and others.

Georgetown University MBA

Fundação Getulio Vargas PhD

Arizona State University Honors College



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Matthew Bryant

Vice President 

With 9+ years of finance & accounting experience, Matthew brings a diverse skillset to the Cresco team. Previously, Matthew co-founded Drive Casa LLC, a subprime auto sales & finance company based in Dallas, TX.  While at Drive Casa, he served as the Company’s CFO and helped grow the startup into a scalable, multi-location business.

Prior to Drive Casa, Matthew spent over 5 years working for J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank in New York. At J.P. Morgan, he helped advise public and private real estate, gaming & lodging firms on M&A, capital raising and other corporate finance decisions. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Matthew worked at Hunt Realty Investments in Dallas, focusing on new investments in startup real estate operators. Matthew graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a minor in Accounting.