Ryan Bishara is an experienced cannabis industry leader who has operated retail cannabis facilities in multiple recreational and medicinal markets across the country. Ryan was previously a nuclear security contractor who specialized in the physical security of critical infrastructure in a federally regulated industry. First entering the industry in Colorado, Ryan managed several large dual-license dispensaries for LivWell, one of the largest vertically integrated cannabis businesses in the state. The company operates 14 dispensaries in Colorado and Oregon, holds 48 licenses and has 140,000 square feet of grow space. The company also has a philanthropic arm, LivWell Cares, through which directs its charitable activities and community engagement efforts.
In 2018 joined Green Thumb Industries (GTI), a national cannabis cultivator, processor and dispensary operator. GTI has 10 manufacturing facilities and licenses for 70 retail locations across nine highly regulated U.S. markets. While with GTI, Ryan helped open and operate some of the very first dispensaries in Pennsylvania, one of the East Coast’s expanding medical markets. To help better educate the community, Ryan held medical marijuana workshops, hosted public outreach events, and sponsored local charities.
Ryan currently resides in Santa Barbara with his dog Loosey who you’ll find by his side most of the time!