OUR GOVERNANCE Meet our board of directors.

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Benjamin Kovler , CEO, Founder + Chairman

Benjamin Kovler founded Green Thumb Industries Inc. in 2014. He has been Chairman since 2014 and Chief Executive Officer from 2014 through year-end 2017 and since August 2018. Benjamin is frequently featured as a cannabis industry thought leader in media outlets such as Bloomberg, Barron’s, Business Insider, CNBC and Forbes. He has served on the boards of directors of Springbig, Inc., a cannabis marketing platform since January 2018, and The Cann + Botl Company, a privately held cannabis-infused beverage company, since December 2020. He is also co-founder of Invest For Kids, a not-for-profit organization that hosts an annual investment ideas conference to benefit underserved young people in Chicago.. Founded in 2009, Invest For Kids has raised nearly $18 million, 100% of which has supported over 75 organizations dedicated to improving the lives of Chicago’s youth. Benjamin is also on the board of the Providence St. Mel School and the Academy for Global Citizenship. Benjamin brings his extensive experience managing complex operating companies and deep commitment to philanthropy. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, politics and economics from Pomona College and a Master of Business Administration in accounting and finance from The University of Chicago.

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Anthony Georgiadis, Director + CFO

Anthony joined Green Thumb in 2015 as it was planning to expand outside of its home state of Illinois. Anthony is an investor and entrepreneur, having purchased a manufacturing business in 2005 that he helped grow into one of North America’s largest manufacturers of wall décor.

Prior to this, he worked as a principal investing associate for a $1.5 billion private equity firm and as an M&A analyst for an investment bank.

Anthony is an active supporter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, the Drug Policy Alliance, Marijuana Policy Project, and the Special Operations Warriors Foundation.

Anthony graduated magna cum laude from Bucknell University with a degree in finance and a minor in mathematics.

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Wendy Berger, Director

Wendy Berger has served as a Director since February 2015. Since 2004, Wendy has served as a principal of WBS Equities, LLC, a real estate development company that specializes in ground-up construction, renovation, development, sale and leaseback transactions and acquisitions. From 2000 to 2004, Wendy held leadership positions in enterprise planning and program management at Orbitz, the travel website founded in 2000. From 1995 to 1999, Wendy co-founded and was Chief Operating Officer of Neoglyphics Media Corporation, one of the country’s first website development companies. For over 25 years, Wendy has been involved in the real estate business as a lender, property manager, broker and consultant, as well as an investor. She began her career at American National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago (a subsidiary of First Chicago, now JP Morgan Chase) in Commercial Lending and spent several years as a principal with Berger Realty Group, an 80-year-old family-owned real estate business, where she focused on residential and industrial property management and development. Wendy brings decades of experience in strategic planning, execution and exits for rapid growth start-ups, in addition to a tenured career in real estate, development and transactions. Wendy earned her Master of Business Administration in Finance and Real Estate from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She received a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in Finance and Marketing from Syracuse University.

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Glen Senk, Director

Glen Senk has served as a Director since June 2018. Glen founded Front Row Partners in April 2014, where he currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. In addition, since July 2021, Glen has served as the Executive Chairman of Boden, the U.K. fashion and lifestyle brand. From 2012 to 2014, he served as Chief Executive Officer for America’s leading fine jewelry brand, David Yurman. Glen joined Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) in 1994 as President of Anthropologie, which was then a single-store prototype. During the course of growing Anthropologie into a billion-dollar brand, Glen was named Executive Vice President of URBN in 2002, elected to the company’s board of directors in 2004 and named Chief Executive Officer of URBN in 2007, a position he held until 2012. In 1992, Glen joined Williams-Sonoma as Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager, where he supervised Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Hold Everything, Chambers and Gardener’s Eden and, most notably, set the strategy and groundwork for Pottery Barn’s rapid expansion and sales growth. In 1989, Glen became Chief Executive of the London-based Habitat International Merchandise and Marketing Group. Glen is a creative leader who has worked with several of the world’s most iconic brands, beginning with Bloomingdale’s in 1981, where he rose to Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Bloomingdale’s by Mail. Glen currently serves on the board of directors of Aritzia Inc. (TSE: ATZ) and Boden. Glen has previously served on the boards of Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN), Bare Escentuals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BARE), Melissa & Doug, Tory Burch, David Yurman, Kendra Scott, Opening Ceremony and Cooking.com. Glen holds a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in psychology, computer science and mathematics from New York University and a Master of Business Administration in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Psi Chi.

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William Gruver, Director

William Gruver has served as a Director since April 2019. William currently is a Senior Fellow at the Open Discourse Coalition and a Professor Emeritus at Bucknell University, having previously held the Howard I. Scott Chair in Global Commerce, Strategy and Leadership and serving as a professor since 1993. In addition, for the last 25 years, William has been a consultant retained by clients to provide strategic consulting and advisory services. From 1972 to 1992, William worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co., the international investment banking firm. In the wake of the 1987 stock market crash, in 1988, he was named a General Partner of the firm and Chief Administrative Officer of that firm’s largest division—the equities division—which, under his leadership, reorganized and redeployed its people and capital to become one of the firm’s most profitable areas. Prior to his tenure with Goldman, Sachs & Co., he served as a qualified officer of the deck in the nuclear submarine force of the United States Navy. William currently serves on the audit committee of Private Client Bank, a multi-billion-dollar Swiss institution. From October 2003 to June 2013, he was a director of TheStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: TST), a leading financial news and information company, where he was also a member of the audit committee and served as chair of the compensation committee. He previously served as director and audit committee chair for Geisinger Health, a $7 billion integrated health care system, from 2005 to 2020, and as audit committee chair of Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, from 1996 to 2008. He is also a national arbitrator of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He has received the Lindback Award for distinguished teaching and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Award for his contributions to inter-collegiate athletics at Bucknell University. His thinking and writing have been widely published in outlets such as the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the New Republic, Finanz und Wirtschaft and Public Radio International, as well as several academic journals. William received his Bachelor of Arts with distinction from Dartmouth College and his Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.

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Dorri C. McWhorter, Director

Dorri McWhorter joined as a director in February 2022. She currently serves as the CEO of YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, a role she assumed in August 2021, and since 2020, is director of Lifeway Foods Inc. (NASDAQ: LWAY), where she is a member of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committee and Compensation Committee. From 2013 through June 2021, Dorri was the CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago where she increased the impact and organizational sustainability of the YWCA Chicago including, increasing the operating budget has grown from $10.5 million in 2013 to an expected $35 million in 2021, expanding services and participating in initiatives across the region, including Census 2020 outreach and engagement, COVID-19 relief, Contact Tracing, and community economic development efforts on the south and west sides of the city by the acquisition and strategic integration of other direct service and policy organizations. She has led YWCA’s development of innovative digital services and led the process for the YWCA to partner on the development and launch of an exchange traded fund (ETF) for women’s empowerment (NYSE: WOMN) in partnership with Impact Shares, which is the first non-profit investment advisor to develop an ETF product. Priding herself on being a socially-conscious business leader, committed to creating an inclusive marketplace by leveraging a cross-sector approach of engaging business, civic and community partners, Ms. McWhorter included in the inaugural list of “The Blue Network”, comprised of the top 100 innovators in Chicago, by Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation and recognized by Good City Chicago receiving its Innovative Leader Award. Dorri is a 2019 Inductee in the Chicago Innovation Hall of Fame. Dorri is also a CPA. Prior to joining the YWCA, she was a partner at Crowe Horwath, LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the U.S. She also held senior positions with Snap-on Incorporated and Booz Allen Hamilton. She also serves on the Board of Directors for William Blair Funds and Skyway Concession Company (Chicago Skyway). Dorri is also active in the accounting profession having served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), former Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Illinois CPA Society. She is a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the First Women’s Bank. Her civic and philanthropic leadership includes the board of directors for the Chicago Center for Arts and Technology, 1871 (Technology Business Accelerator), Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Civic Consulting Alliance, Civic Federation, and Forefront. Dorri received a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master of business administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Lake Forest College.