Dr. Robert Flannery
Dr. Robert Flannery (PhD, University of California, Davis) is an expert in crop optimization practices, with specialization in the optimization of hydroponic, cut-flower production. During his time at UC Davis (voted the #1 university in the world for Agricultural Sciences), Dr. Flannery worked under the tutelage of Dr. Heiner Lieth and advised commercial flower growers producing crops ranging from roses and Gerber daisies to Cannabis. Dr. Flannery served as Production Director of SPARC, a vertically integrated cannabis growing and retailer based in San Francisco. During his time at SPARC, Dr. Flannery oversaw the launch and management of 5 cultivation sites, where he set up horticultural practices that are standard in non-Cannabis commercial grows, but are wholly absent in the Cannabis industry. Through his guidance and standard practices implementation, crop production increased an average of 33% in total flower production. Under Dr. Flannery’s guidance, the quality of Cannabis at the many cultivation sites he oversaw had also increased (cannabinoid concentrations increased 37%).
Dr. Flannery is active in the cannabis industry as both an expert advisor on growing, as well as a specialty lighting company focused on serving Cannabis cultivators, while promoting efficient energy use. Dr. Flannery is also the Founder of Sierra Consulting, a cannabis consulting company. He serves on the agriculture committee for the California Cannabis Industry Association, has worked with representatives on the Cannabis Commission at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and often lectures around cannabis topics.
Outside the world of Cannabis, Dr. Flannery enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, cooking, exercising, photography (his primary subject is his daughter), and anything “gadget-y”. Although he enjoys watching football, he much preferred playing it. He was a 2-time All-American and 1-time Academic All-American football player in college.
In the creative world of media, marketing and advertising, Cory Isaacson is a master of innovation and disruption, well known for cutting through traditional marketing silos and creating new ways of connecting with consumers that are changing the industry.
Over the years, Cory has been recognized for his groundbreaking work in pop culture, marrying Hollywood celebrities and Fortune 100 brands, including Diddy & Burger King, Budweiser & the Rolling Stones, Dove and Glee, Verizon and Kevin Hart, Axe One Night Only with 50 Cent, TI, Mary J. Blige, and more.
Isaacson has always had a healthy disdain for the status quo. After succeeding in key leadership roles at notable agencies, such as Omnicom’s Radiate Group and EMI (a Promo top 10 agency), he identified a need to reinvent the traditional agency model. Isaacson partnered with former Pepsi exec Aaron Walton and Earvin “Magic” Johnson to bring a new agency vision to life. In 2005, Walton Isaacson, “The Planet’s Most Interesting Agency,” was born.
Isaacson is actively involved in the development of the Walton Isaacson vision, client strategy and brand creation. With offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Tokyo, the agency boasts a premium client roster, a top-notch team and dynamic growth.
Clients include MillerCoors, Lexus, Spalding, Macy’s, McDonalds, The Academy Awards, Constellation Brands, Wells Fargo, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tony Roma’s and many more. Walton Isaacson’s unique approach has earned them PROMO’s Pro Award, Ex Awards, Tellys, Effies, Davies, Stevies, and recently, an Ad Age Small Agency Award and Black Enterprise’s Advertising Agency of the Year, to name a few.
While running his next generation creative agency where he executive produced Season 4 of Versus & Flow and started a television and film division, Isaacson’s entrepreneurial talents also have extended to co-founding the fastest growing super premium tequila, AVION (a Harvard case study on brand building) and a guest appearance on HBO’s hit TV show Entourage (alongside Mark Cuban & Breaking Bad’s Bob Odenkirk).
A graduate of The University of Wisconsin, with a Bachelor of Arts in History, Isaacson is a guest lecturer there and is a sought after speaker and advisor. He sits on the committee for Children’s Hospital “Champions for Children”, SOS Children’s Village, JDRF in addition to “Skate for Celiac.” He resides in Chicago with his wife and children.