Founder & CEO, Wana Brand
Heralded as “The Queen of Legal Weed” by Inc. (May 2017) and “The Martha Stewart of Edibles” by Entrepreneur (Jan. 2019), Nancy Whiteman is Founder & CEO of Wana Brands, the producer of best-selling products Wana Sour Gummies and WanaCapsXR. Nancy founded Wana Brands in 2010, and now Wana Brands is ranked the No. 1 edibles brand in sales revenues in the United States, according to BDS Analytics (November 2018), experiencing consistent month-over-month growth of market share in the incredibly competitive market. Nancy directs the development of partnerships and licensing agreements domestically and internationally. She also leads the company’s strategic vision, and has been instrumental in Wana Brands’ growth into new and emerging markets.
Prior to founding Wana, Nancy was a principal with The Whiteman Group, a sales and marketing consultancy, and previously held a range of senior level marketing and business development positions including Vice President, Marketing and New Corporate Ventures for the Paul Revere Insurance Group in Massachusetts. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is a member of the Colorado Cannabis Manufacturers Association, National Cannabis Industry Association and Marijuana Policy Project. In November 2017, Nancy was named No. 1 most important woman in cannabis by Cannabis Business Executive, up from No. 4 in 2016.
Included in the 2018 Inc. 5000 list at #1087 and boasting a three-year growth rate of 455%, Wana Brands is the No. 1 edibles brand in the United States, with more units and dollars sold than any other brand, according to the October 2018 BDS Analytics report. Wana leads the industry in quality, consistency and potency, featuring a full line of edibles, including market-leading gummies and WanaCapsXR, a family of extended-release cannabis capsules that provide symptom relief for up to 12 hours. Wana products are available in Colorado, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada and Illinois. Wana is currently onboarding in Florida and Michigan to serve medical marijuana patients. The Company expects to enter California, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Missouri, Massachusetts, New Jersey and internationally in Canada by 2020.