AUSA Management and Board Members have deep experience in capital markets and highly regulated industries, as well as extensive knowledge of the U.S. cannabis industry. Navigating the complexities of the highly regulated cannabis markets is difficult, but we have a demonstrated history of success working through these complexities.
CEO & Director
Mr. Dowty has 25 years of experience evaluating companies and markets to identify key business drivers, spur rapid revenue and profit growth in competitive and highly regulated global markets. Mr. Dowty has held executive and corporate officer positions with several U.S. based NYSE and NASDAQ traded companies and founded several successful start-up companies in North America and abroad. Mr. Dowty’s extensive operational capital markets experience in the International fintech and gambling sectors is closely aligned to the regulatory path of the U.S. cannabis industry. Scott resides in Las Vegas, NV.
Chief Accounting Officer
Ms. Han has over 13 years of experience in public and corporate accounting with expertise in financial accounting/reporting, international accounting, and internal controls. Ms. Han has held several finance and accounting management positions in multi-billion dollar global companies such as Bally Technologies, Scientific Games, and Global Experience Specialists (GES). She was responsible for ensuring adherence to generally accepted accounting principles in financials and leading credit & collections. Prior to that, Ms. Han provided assurance and advisory services at Ernst & Young, a global public accounting firm, with specialties in gaming, real estate, and regulatory compliance including Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Ms. Han has a wide range of expertise in both U.S. and international accounting. Ms. Han holds a Master of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and resides in Las Vegas, NV.
Chief Revenue Officer
Mr. Tzung has over 20 years of experience in M&A transactions, partnerships, investments and strategic planning. Mr. Tzung was most recently head of Corporate Development at Mattel where his team accounted for over $1 billion in brand and product acquisitions and integrating those acquisitions into the day-to-day operations. He also built and led teams to source and initiate growth and technology partnership discussions. Prior to Mattel, Mr. Tzung executed numerous M&A transactions as an investment banker and invested in public equities at a $3 billion long-short investment fund. Additionally, Mr. Tzung formulated strategy for a number of years in PepsiCo’s strategic planning group. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from UCLA and Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Applied Science from Wharton and the University of Pennsylvania. Cleve resides in Los Angeles, CA.
SVP & General Counsel
Mr. Norr has over 20 years of diverse, hands-on experience in commercial litigation including deal development and negotiations. In addition to drafting contracts and corporate governance, Mr. Norr has negotiated and drafted commercial leases, trademark license agreements, food and beverage management agreements, employment agreements, entertainment and performance contracts, and non-disclosure agreements. Regulatory compliance and joint venture negotiations have been the focus of Mr. Norr in several past positions. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University. Daniel resides in Las Vegas, NV.
SVP, Investor Relations & Strategy
Mr. Reuter has over 20 years of deep experience driving new revenue growth and managing companies in the banking and investment sectors. Before joining Australis, Mr. Reuter was Principal Investor Relations for Onex Corp, a private equity firm, Vice President of Asset Management for CIBC and Managing Director at RBC with roles in Hong Kong and New York. In these roles, he built high-value client and strategic partnerships, recruited and developed sales teams and implemented and executed high-impact revenue coverage models. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Lakehead University. Brent resides in Toronto, Canada.
Vice President, Operations & Culture
Ms. Marcos is implementing a culture of high energy, interpersonal relationships, and operational innovations as the Vice President of Operations and Culture at Australis Capital (Nevada) Inc.
Before joining Australis Capital, Lou Kiara managed the payroll department, both domestic and international payrolls for Global Cash Access (GCA) for nearly 12 years, where she was an integral part of unifying a billion-dollar merger between GCA and Multimedia Games to the current company, Everi (EVRI : NYSE). Before Everi, she held a payroll position at the Park MGM, previously known as the Monte Carlo Hotel. She was instrumental in supporting the payroll centralization of the MGM Resorts (MGM : NYSE) properties. Lou Kiara holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree in Marketing. Lou Kiara resides in Las Vegas, NV.
Vice President, Payments
Mr. Ruben brings over 20 years of experience driving rapid revenue and profit growth in the payment space. He possesses vast experience in building strategic partnerships, “one to many” sales alliances and large National sales teams. Most recently Marc served as SVP of Sales and Marketing with Apriva LLC. a technology company based out of Phoenix Arizona. Marc started his payments career in middle-market Merchant Services Sales for CIBC Canada. He has served as VP of Sales for First Data International; VP of Sales for all First Data bank/partner relationships in the state of Florida for First Data USA; SVP of Sales for Southeast for SunTrust Merchant Services under First Data USA and SVP of Sales Southeast for Bank of America Merchant Services. A graduate of Seneca Collage Business School in Toronto, ON Canada. Marc and his wife Kari have resided in Boca Raton, Florida for the past 20 years with their 9-year-old twins and a 16-year-old – all boys.
Vice President, Cultivation & Integration
Mr. Gjoraas has broad experience in the cannabis industry, ranging from cultivation, consulting, manufacturing, post-production and sales. With a successful background in cannabis business operations, Mr. Gjoraas has managed organic cultivation both mixed-light greenhouse and Indoor, manufacturing facilities, developed and implemented consistent operating procedures. Mr. Gjoraas is focused on creating strong, dynamic teams with an ability to execute successfully in the cannabis industry with a keen sense of market trends. Currently, he resides in California and has been active in the cannabis industry across the west coast.
Director, Communications & Awareness
Ms. Clapp specializes in content and digital marketing, driving brand awareness through engaging content, press releases, and advertising while developing exceptional client and investor relationships. She has almost a decade of experience pivoting marketing strategy, establishing brands, rebranding, and expanding digital presence for companies in a range of industries including retail, agriculture, and technology. In addition to broad experience in social media platforms and website design, she is certified in Google Analytics. Ms. Clapp holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies, majoring in Business Management from Cazenovia College. Ashton resides in Scottsdale, AZ.
Director, Business Development
Mr. Jones has extensive, comprehensive cannabis expertise, with experience in all stages of cultivation, production, and post-production. With a successful background in management and business development, Mr. Jones provides a unique industry perspective enabling him to guide Australis’ pursuit of noteworthy brands while strategically expanding influence within the cannabis industry. His extensive product knowledge provides a foundation for partners to build and expand symbiotic brands in the quickly evolving cannabis industry.
Casey focuses on identifying the latest trends, the most exciting new products, and most insightful enterprises to expand Australis’ portfolio of innovative cannabis companies. Casey holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University. He resides in Las Vegas, NV.
Director, Business Development
Mr. Marcos has extensive experience in the FinTech industry having adopted various roles with Sales, Marketing, and Accounting with Everi, formerly known as Global Cash Access. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Mr. Marcos will utilize his knowledge and experience to cultivate partnerships with high profile brands, promoting customer loyalty and drive growth. He resides in Las Vegas, NV.
Director, Business Development
Mr. De Artola is a dynamic and highly motivated leader. He brings over 8 years of business experience from highly regulated FinTech industries. Mr. De Artola has held several leadership roles in global organizations where he successfully led teams in relationship management, support, operations, and business development. Prior to his work at AUSA, he held leadership positions with Everi Holdings Inc. and Fastenal Canada. Mr. De Artola is a keen proponent of ‘customer first’, and will assist AUSA’s commitment to delivering a high level of customer satisfaction.
Ms. Miller has 11 years of experience in Corporate Accounting in the Gaming, Manufacturing and Technology industries. Her experience includes 3 years in internal audit, reviewing company processes and ensuring adherence to internal controls as well as working with the business to identify and promote process improvement initiatives. More recently, Ms. Miller held management positions over General Accounting functions. This included managing all aspects of the general ledger, overseeing the monthly, quarterly and yearly financial close process, ensuring adherence to US GAAP, and developing and leading process improvement initiatives focused on the financial close process. Ms. Miller holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Washington and a Masters in Business Administration, with an emphasis on Finance, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). She currently resides in Las Vegas, NV.
Ms. Saito has more than 12 years of combined experience in public and corporate accounting. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Saito worked with growing and mature businesses in a number of industries, including construction, real estate, restaurant, retail, and live event. Her experience encompasses financial reporting, budgeting, data analyzing, integrating new acquisition, and designing and documenting internal control. Ms. Saito obtained her bachelor’s degree from the California Polytechnic University, Pomona and has been a Certified Public Accountant (California) since 2009. Currently, she resides in Las Vegas, NV.
Ms. Vaughn has broad experience in the cannabis industry, with a particular focus on cultivation, production, and post-production sales. Working in partnership with dispensary leadership and operations teams, Ms. Vaughn successfully developed and implemented consistent operating procedures for some of the highest volume dispensaries in Las Vegas. Her knowledge of the cannabis retail space and its consumer base has assisted her in establishing training and relationship building programs for sales teams in and out of dispensaries. Ms. Vaughn resides in Las Vegas.