John Downs – Director of Business Development | The Arcview Group
John joined the cannabis industry in January 2015 as Managing Director of the Marijuana International Company (MJIC) where he helped to develop the company business plan and investment materials, raised capital for MJIC’s operations and investments, and allocated investment into Willie’s Reserve, Harvest Shop, and the seed investment into Gateway Cannabis Accelerator, among others.
In May 2016 he co-founded a bay-area contract manufacturer of cannabis infused products, helping to develop and launch several infused product brands to market. He was voted a “Top 3” mentor of the first cohort of Gateway, and was a founding board member of the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA).
Prior to focusing on the cannabis industry, John launched an asset backed film fund, and was a Senior Vice President for boutique broker-dealer Euro Pacific Capital, where he advised on over $130m in primarily alternative and non-dollar denominated assets and securities. Before Euro Pacific, he founded and operated a multi-state wholesale mortgage lender.
John graduated from UC Davis with degrees in History and Political Science, where he was a student-athlete. He lives in Los Angeles, where he enjoys hiking, golfing, sailing, and yoga.