ACCCE Education Advisory Board
ACCCE Education Advisory Board is led by qualified individuals with deep expertise in the cannabis industry and risk management.
Brion Nazzaro - President at Association of Certified Commercial Cannabis Experts
Brion Nazzaro is the president of ACCCE. Brion is a frequent speaker at anti money laundering and financial crime compliance events. Brion has over 20 years of experience in private sector risk management. Previously, Brion was the managing director for Copacetic Strategies, providing strategic consulting for commercial cannabis businesses; the global compliance director for WorldRemit, and chief compliance officer for NBH Bank. Brion earned a B.S. in computer science from the University of Denver and a MBA from the University of Denver.
Chris Gunias- Chief Compliance Officer at Higher Risk Deposit Compliance Solutions
Chris Gunias has over seventeen years of experience building Bank Secrecy Act/Anti Money Laundering programs for large and complex organizations including First Data Corporation, Western Union, and WorldRemit. Chris has held various leadership positions in BSA/AML, regulatory compliance, risk management, audit, and Information governance. Prior to joining the financial services industry in 2001, Chris was an intelligence analyst in the U.S. Navy for six years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from CU and a MBA from Regis University. Chris has been CAMS certified since 2007.
Jim Vigland- Managing Partner at Vigland Advisors
Jim Vigland is the managing partner of Vigland Advisors. Vigland Advisors provides accounting services for cannabis businesses ranging from month–end reporting to ad hoc financial analysis, giving management the tools they need to make decisions confidently.
Before Vigland Advisors, Jim worked in public accounting with teams to conduct financial audits and business valuations. He brought that experience to the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division, using a variety of financial data to identify risk and conduct financial analyses on Colorado’s marijuana license holders. Jim played a lead role in developing quantitative risk assessments and financial investigation procedures.
Jim is a certified public accountant, certified fraud examiner, and certified anti money-laundering specialist, and holds a B.S. in accounting from Missouri State University.
Pam Maucher, CAMS VP, Controls & Governance Program Manager at Bank of the West (BNP Paribas Group)
Pam Maucher is a controls & governance program manager at Bank of the West where she manages the first line of defense governance structure as it pertains to BSA, AML, and sanctions risk for all consumer and commercial lending units, branch network, and digital channels. In this role she implements and enhances monitoring methodologies in order to assess control execution and report risks to executive management.
Pam is a certified anti-money laundering specialist and has fourteen years of experience in risk management and financial crimes compliance, assisting both financial institutions and money services businesses with anti-money laundering and sanctions matters. Previously, she held roles at WorldRemit Corp., JPMorgan Chase, and TCF Bank.
Pam earned her B.S. in business administration from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Philip DS Martin, CAMS CEO at Copacetic Strategies
Philip DS Martin is the chief executive officer of Copacetic Strategies. He develops and implements cannabis banking solutions that balance growth with the cost of compliance for financial services clients.
Philip has experience as a state-level cannabis regulator and a financial services compliance officer. Prior to launching Copacetic Strategies, Philip was the Bank Secrecy Act officer for Zeuss Technologies, a payments platform dedicated to the cannabis industry. Previously, he managed the data analysis unit at the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division adapting anti–money laundering techniques to identify non-compliant behavior through the seed-to-sale inventory tracking system.
Philip earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Richmond, The American International University in London. Philip is a former U.S. Marine.