The commercial cannabis industry is one of the most highly regulated industries.
The legal history and public perception of cannabis has resulted in the current complex regulatory environment. The risks associated with the commercial cannabis industry are broad, diverse, and complicated. Many of the concepts of risk management are practiced universally across industries but have yet to be adapted to commercial cannabis. The absence of standardized risk management in this industry and the growing need to have qualified and knowledgeable risk experts propelled the creation of the Association of Certified Commercial Cannabis Experts (ACCCE).
Established in 2019, ACCCE is dedicated to advancing the professional knowledge and skills of those committed to commercial cannabis risk management. It is the leading international professional association that connects a global community of like-minded professionals to share ideas, strategies and establish industry-leading risk-management techniques.
Risk management and commercial cannabis experts created the Commercial Cannabis Handbook to develop a common understanding of commercial cannabis industry risk management. Standards of risk management were identified and contributions from a variety of industry professionals led to the development of the holistic Cannabis Risk Management Framework (CRMF).
ACCCE supports the professional development of commercial cannabis personnel across sectors by providing high quality, industry-relevant education and tools for our members.
Promote industry standard terminology
Promote international standards for risk management within the commercial cannabis industry
Educate professionals about strategies and practices required to meet these international standards and industry best practices
Certify professionals and experts with the knowledge to help navigate the complexities of the commercial cannabis industry
Provide an international networking medium through which members can collaborate with their peers
ACCCE Advisory Boards
ACCCE’s advisory boards are involved in overseeing the association and the validation of the certification exams.
Certification Standards Sub Committee
Forming in 2020
Badge Sub Committee
Forming in 2020
Regional Advisory Board of ACCCE
North America & Asia Pacific
Forming in 2020
ACCCE Executive Management Team
ACCCE is led by qualified individuals with deep expertise in the cannabis industry and risk management.
Brion Nazzaro - President
Brion Nazzaro is a proven internal director and chief compliance officer with extensive experience in anti-money laundering/counter terrorist financing (AML/CTF), sanctions, international regulatory frameworks, loss prevention, and risk management. Brion has been the chairman on compliance committee, AML committee, and risk committee at multiple financial institutions. He has also worked with MSBs and FinTechs with various charters, both U.S. and international.
Brion holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and MBA concentrated in finance from the University of Denver. In addition, Brion has achieved recognition as a Certified Commercial Cannabis Expert (CCCE), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and NACD Governance Fellow.
Miya Grampp - General Counsel, VP Finance
Miya Grampp has served as VP finance and development and advised members of the board directors for high-growth companies on exit strategy, complex legal issues, and financial management. Over the last 15 years, she has helped develop and execute strategies for all phases of organizational growth, including planning, business development, diversification, technology, and exit. She has driven business development and managed multiple complex, cross-functional, and time-bound strategic engagements.
Miya has a J.D from The Washington College of Law, American University and a holds a BBA in business honors from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas – Austin. In addition, she has a license to practice law in New York and Texas, which is currently inactive. She is in the process of registering in Colorado as general counsel for ACCCE.
Lisa Freeman - VP Membership
Lisa Freeman is an experienced compliance and risk professional having worked more than 20 years as a regulator, company compliance director, officer, and trainer for multinational financial institutions and the Canadian federal government. She has chaired compliance, anti-money laundering, and training committees and was an internal director. In these roles, she has managed the risk of complex high-risk products and customer segments to create a competitive advantage. She also worked with a multinational company, based in the U.S., to develop the acceptable use policy that would allow the company to service commercial cannabis businesses in North America.
Lisa has extensive experience training others on compliance issues in highly regulated industries and applies that experience to foster a member-centric association with an emphasis on member experience and professional education. As an audit examiner, she has worked extensively with executive and senior management to provide educational outreach on issues related to risk as part of her examination process to better ensure future business success and compliance with regulations.
Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, a certificate in regulatory compliance and legal risk management for financial institutions from Osgoode Hall School of Law. She is also a certified anti-money laundering specialist (CAMS) and a certified commercial cannabis expert (CCCE).
Join the ACCCE Team
Have a passion for the cannabis industry and a deep interest in risk management? ACCCE is looking for experienced and motivated individuals like you!
There are no current openings.
Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a part of ACCCE’s team.