Green Thumb Industries
Wendy Berger has served as a Board Director of Green Thumb Industries (CSE: CTII) (OTC: GTBIF) since February 2015. Since 2004, Wendy has served as a principal of WBS Equities, LLC, a real estate development company that specializes in ground-up construction, renovation, development, sale and leaseback transactions and acquisitions. Wendy is also a very active investor in Cannabis businesses, primarily companies founded and/or led by Women, through her investment entity, Woman Backing Women, LLC. From 2000 to 2004, Wendy held leadership positions in enterprise planning and program management at Orbitz, the travel website founded in 2000. From 1995 to 1999, Wendy co-founded and was Chief Operating Officer of Neoglyphics Media Corporation, one of the country’s first website development companies. For over 25 years, Wendy has been involved in the real estate business as primarily as a developer but also as a lender, property manager, and broker. She began her career at American National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago (a subsidiary of First Chicago, now JP Morgan Chase) in Commercial Lending and spent several years as a principal with Berger Realty Group, an 80-year-old family-owned real estate business, where she focused on residential and industrial property management and development. Wendy brings decades of experience in strategic planning, execution and exits for rapid growth start-ups, in addition to a tenured career in real estate, development and transactions. Wendy earned her Master of Business Administration in Finance and Real Estate from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She received a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in Finance and Marketing from Syracuse University. Wendy sits on the Board of Directors of The Jewish United Fund of Chicago (2001- present), The Chicago Public Library Foundation (2016 – present), Wendy also serves as Board Director and Governance Chair of the Secure Community Network, (SCN) is the official safety and security organization of the Jewish community in North America. Wendy served on the Board of TEDxMidwest from 2010 – 2012. Wendy is an Alumni of the Wexner Heritage Program. Wendy also served as Board Member Vice-President, and Membership Chair at The Standard Club of Chicago (1994 – 2004). Wendy is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and served as the chair of the Real Estate Membership Committee. In 2014, Wendy co-founded Illinois Women in Cannabis (IWC). IWC connects, educates, mentors, and supports Illinois women of all ages and backgrounds in order to maximize their opportunities in the emerging Illinois cannabis industry.
Wendy is an avid Triathlete, having completed 41 Olympic distance triathlons and 13 half marathons. Wendy actively mentor’s young women, helping to guide them through the challenges of leadership and development. Wendy is a frequent speaker on Cannabis related real estate, industrial real estate, and the Cannabis industry and on Women’s leadership roles.