Mr. Ernest is an Investment Banker with Viridian Capital Advisors and is responsible for investor relations and building the infrastructure of the firm in order to scale distribution. Steve leverages a decade of experience in the capital markets as well as 4 years of full time focus within the cannabis industry. He has been an angel investor in the space since 2015, co-founded a capital advisory platform called Mazakali in 2016 and sits on the finance committee for Students for Sensible Drug Policy.
Prior to joining the cannabis industry, Steve spent nearly a decade in the financial capital markets across sales, investment banking, business development, valuation, trading, client relationship management, wealth advisory and investment planning.
Steve’s past experience includes: Financial Advisor, J.P. Morgan Securities, Underwriter, State Farm Insurance and Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual. Steve earned B.S.s in Finance and Risk Management with a Minor in Economics from Illinois State University and currently holds Series 7, Series 66 and Series 79 licenses.