Steven Ernest

Dir. of Business Development

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.

Registrations & Affiliations

  • FINRA – Series 7, 79 & 66 – Registered General Securities Representative


  • Illinois State University – B.S. in Finance; B.S. in Risk Management; Minor in Economics