February 13, 2018


Contact: Mark Gignac

During a thirty-year business career, Jack has worked for two organizations. One was a Fortune 50 consumer financial services company and the other was a mid-market e-commerce specialty retailer selling direct to domestic and international consumers. His responsibilities have included marketing, technology, finance, investment, and corporate governance. Jack is also the founder and owner of Applied Media LLC, which provides strategic web planning and governance services to organizational leaders, as well as management of select non-digital initiatives. Jack also serves on the board of trustees at Greensboro Day School and is a board member, Treasurer, and chair of the Investment Committee for the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation. Jack is a seventh-generation North Carolinian, whose direct descendant, Needham Whitley, was a patriot soldier in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Jack, along with his uncle, is the owner of a family farm in Wayne County, which has been in the family since at least the early 1800s. Jack became interested industrial hemp while researching ways to keep the family farm viable, ultimately becoming part of a much bigger initiative, which has the potential to transform agribusiness for thousands of farm owners and growers across the Southeast.


The Conference Center at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research 150 Slayton Avenue, Danville VA 24540

Monday evening, February 26, 2018 - Networking Reception in the IALR Atrium

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – Daylong Summit of Experts

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