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- Advisory board member

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, Brionwas 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. 

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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 bachelors degree in accounting from CU and a MBA from Regis University. Chris has been CAMS certified since 2007. 

Jim Vigland Advisory board member

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 monthend 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.   

ACCE Education Advisory Board Member

Kirk Barry, CCCE, CEO at Clarion Compliance

Kirk is the CEO of Clarion Compliance and an ACCCE Certified Commercial Cannabis Expert (CCCE). A veteran of the U.S. Army, he also served many years in law enforcement before founding and operating his own criminal and civil investigations firm.

Kirk developed the Clarion Compliance national database and local government-focused consulting model based upon his unique understanding of specific government and industry stakeholder needs. Kirk’s focus is on effective compliance solutions that the banking industry, insurance industry, and local and state governments need for early identification of non-compliant activity and the assurance of compliance from the commercial cannabis industry.

Kirk assists commercial cannabis businesses in understanding their unique risks, tailoring a risk management program that suits their risk appetite, and bolstering communication with external stakeholders, including local and state governments, banks, insurance companies, and other ancillary providers.

Philip DS Martin- Advisory Board Member

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 antimoney 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.  

If you are interested in becoming a part of ACCCE’s team, please see our careers page for current open positions.