Expo-Colombia is excited to announce newly confirmed speakers, sponsors, media and marketing partners for the May 9-11, 2019 event in Cartagena, Colombia. There are available speaker opportunities for panels and companies raising capital can apply for the Investor Pitch Contest.
An investor speed dating event has been added during the Thursday evening cocktail party. This will be an opportunity for investors experience a a fast-paced face to face meeting with over 30 companies and listen to CEOs present their best elevator pitch.
The speakers at Expo-Colombia are comprised of both international, Latin American and Colombia plants experts, including:
Vicente Fox was born in Rancho San Cristóbal in the state of Guanajuato on July 2, 1942. He studied Business Administration at the Universidad Iberoamericana and a Diploma in Senior Management taught by professors from the Business School of Harvard University.
In 1964 he joined the Coca-Cola company in Mexico, occupying the position of president of the company for Mexico and Latin America, was Governor of the State of Guanajuato and President of Mexico in the period 2000-2006.
Today he directs the Fox Center, an organization that promotes the development of leadership in children, youth and adults, that is especially directed to programs for the most disadvantaged.
Steve DeAngelo, a globally recognized plants leader, was dubbed “the father of the legal plants industry” by former Speaker of the California Assembly Willie Brown.
Steve is a lifelong activist, author, educator, and entrepreneur who has spent over four decades on the front lines of the plants reform movement. His most notable business achievements include co-founding the Harborside dispensary group, which includes one of the first six dispensaries licensed in the United States; Steep Hill Laboratory, the first plants analytics company; and the Arc View Group, the first dedicated plants investment network. Most recently he founded, FLRish, Inc., one of California’s largest vertically integrated plants companies. FLRish cultivates, processes, manufactures, distributes, and retails plants products in several facilities throughout the state.
Steve is also the author of The plants Manifesto, and originator of the wellness approach to understanding plants. He played a key role in the passage of Initiative 59, Washington DC’s medical plants law; the passage of Prop 64, California’s adult use law; and successfully defended multiple legal attempts by US federal authorities to shutter the doors of Harborside.
His media projects include the starring role in Weed Wars, the first plants-oriented reality TV show, produced by the Discovery Channel in 2011; and a soon to be launched weekly TV show, Ask Steve DeAngelo, on greenflowermedia.com.
Steve believes that a profitable, ethical, politically engaged plants industry will be the most powerful force in spreading plants reform to every corner of the planet. He will not rest and he will not stop until the last plants prisoner is free.
Senator of Colombia for three consecutive periods (2006-2018), promoter of the most important drug policy reform in Colombia:
With CNS Equity Partners and AURA Ventures, Jennifer leverages her expertise in the alternative agriculture and holistic health industries as a corporate consultant for institutional firms and investments. As a founder of CNS Equity Partners, a virtue-based private equity firm, she launched the nation’s first holistic health and plants herbal retailer. The fully integrated retailer, The Green Heart, is actively franchising across the United States.
Jennifer specializes in international investment regulatory compliance and enterprise risk management with over 15 years of experience in leadership and business management. She has the following certifications: Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional, NRS Investment Advisor Certified Compliance Professional, Chief Compliance Officer Qualifying Examination of Canada, and a combination of investment securities licenses. Jennifer has also worked with foreign licensure and regulatory authorities in Canada, China and other countries. .
Jennifer is an avid philanthropist and serves as a Board Member for The Green Heart Foundation, a 501(c)3 non profit that educates the public on the health benefits of the superfoods and medicinal herbs, including hemp and plants.
Len May is CEO and Co-Founder of EndoCanna Health, a bioscience research company specializing in Personalized Medicinal plants using DNA sequencing, and parent company of the EndoCanna Health DNA Test Kit, the most comprehensive personalized plants DNA test and available on the market today.
With over 25 years of experience, Len May, MCS is a pioneer in the medical plants industry having held positions such as the President of the plants Action Network, Board Member and Lifetime Member of California plants Association , as well as a stakeholder in some of the industry’s most iconic brands. His experience also encompasses a strong understanding of branding and compliance, fundraising, and operations.
As a Certified Medical plants Specialist in Medicinal Genomics, May has an in-depth knowledge of genomics, cannabinoids and terpenes and their interaction with the endocannabinoid system, allowing him to consult on formulations targeted to treat specific conditions. May has a Masters of Medical plants and Endocannabinoid Formulation Specialist Certification from the Institute for the Advancement of Integrative Medicine. His areas of expertise include the workings of the Endocannabinoid system and how genetic expression plays a role in human experiences. In his role as CEO of EndoCanna Health, he uses his knowledge of the plant to help modulate those experiences for those looking to incorporate plants into their lives.
Mr. May is an accomplished public speaker having presented on these topics on some of the world’s most prestigious stages in his mission to help educate the population about the healing powers of plants.
Zeta Ceti is the founder and CEO of Green Rush Consulting, a national plants consulting firm since 2011.
With over 20 years experience, he has developed many plants-based businesses throughout the U.S. and successfully helped pioneer some of the best industry practices. Zeta has spent most of his life providing high quality and creative strategic support to some of the most well known brands throughout the state of California and the U.S.
Since 2009 Jared Mirsky and his award-winning plants-focused branding agency, Wick & Mortar have been featured in over 15 magazines including Entrepreneur Media, Forbes, Discovery Channel, Huff Post, CNN Money, Geekwire, The Dieline, High Times, Dope Magazine, NW Leaf Magazine, Leafly, Cashinbis, Top 40 under 40 in Plants Venture Magazine, and most recently the Dope Magazine Industry Award Winners for “Best plants Design Firm,” two years in a row, but for Jared the greatest achievement in his life is his son. Few life experiences are as motivating as having a child early in life.
“It was something that put me in my place.
I needed to focus, I needed to create a legacy for my child,” said Mirsky. Whether he is spending time with his son playing soccer or on FaceTime during those long hours, Jared has made it his priority to be the father his son deserves. Success is simple when you understand how to balance your priorities with your passion but Jared Mirsky has found a way to make his passion his priority..
Lilach Mazor Power is the founder and managing director of the Giving Tree Dispensary, an Arizona-licensed vertically integrated plants company. The Giving Tree's 15,000 square feet of cultivation and extraction, fuels both retail and wholesale sales.
The former Israeli soldier earned her bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from the New England College branch in Tel Aviv before coming to the U.S. and opening The Giving Tree in 2013. Since then, The Giving Tree has continued to grow with plans to open operations in both Puerto Rico and Israel in the coming year.
Lilach places a strong emphasis on corporate citizenship. Her goal is to make a difference within her company, the industry, and the world. In the past five years, she and her team have raised over $90,000 for various charities while providing countless volunteer hours in an effort to give back.
Her latest project is Kindred, a plants lifestyle and product brand which aims to bring people together through plants while evolving the image of the plants user.
Sahar Ayinehsazian specializes in the areas of plants banking, corporate transactions and regulatory. Located in Vicente Sederberg’s Los Angeles Office, Sahar helped to establish and currently co-leads the firm’s banking and financial services department.
Sahar is also a member of the National plants Industry Association’s Banking Access Committee, where she works on strategy and educational advocacy to enable state-licensed businesses to obtain accounts at depository institutions.
Prior to joining Vicente Sederberg, Sahar served as the Director of Regulatory and Governmental Affairs at a multi-state money transmitter servicing the plants industry, where she developed a comprehensive understanding of credit card flow, banking and plants compliance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from the University of California, San Diego and a law degree from Loyola Law School, where she was a Loyola Scholar.
Sahar is admitted to practice California.
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Juan Sebastian Cardona Grisales is a bilingual lawyer specialist in administrative law with a Master's Degree in Mining, Oil and Energy Regulation from the University Externado de Colombia and holds a MBA from CENTRUM Católica (Perú) in association with the EADA Business School (Spain).
He’s a University professor at postgraduate level and has more than six years of experience in mining rights negotiations, formulation/evaluation of investment projects -due diligence-, negotiation of joint operation contracts, surface rights -use of land- and international trading of commodities, as well as in judicial litigation in administrative, environmental and commercial law.
Extensive knowledge in Legal Project Management (LPM), Models of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Integrated Systems of Management of quality, environment, health and safety at work. Juan has ethical principles and values, along with managerial and leadership skills that have enabled him to effectively lead high-performance multidisciplinary work teams and carry out effective negotiations with several stakeholders.
Having been a CEO of several companies, the latest Verde Natural in the plants industry which Rudy build from a small Medical dispensary to become the largest Organic Cultivator in Colorado.
His success is preceded by several awards including The Grow Off (flower), Rooster’s THC Classic (concentrates) and Westword (dispensary). Overall Rudy’s companies thrived because of his emphasis on the unified relationship between executives, managers and the employees creating a “win-win” culture.
Rudy’s proven experience as a successful operator includes business strategy, facility design and construction, cultivation, extraction and retail operations and team building. He realized that most companies don’t have the same standards of what’s important - their people - and rather are driven by profit over purpose.
Rudy believes that the future of the plants industry is at stake and he wants to make sure that it doesn’t become corrupt by corporate greed like the health industry or food industry. YOUR success is the only way to ensure that plants does the good it can do for the world… and that’s why he is on a mission to take purpose driven plants companies to the top.
Lilac has years of experience as a business development and marketing executive in the pharmaceutical sector at Johnson & Johnson and Eli Lilly.
After surveying as a global leader for marketing, research and development for medical plants firm Better, which has subsidiaries around the world, she is currently the CEO of TechForCann, a Tel Aviv-based company that specialized in adaptation of innovative technologies into the plants Industry.
She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Netzer Hasharon (formerly Israel Military Industries). Lilac has extensive global experience developing strategies worldwide in global marketing positions at Kafrit and Teva Pharmaceutical and as a consultant of the Israeli export institute. She holds an MBA from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Douglas K. Gordon
Douglas has almost 30 years work experience spanning finance, media, sales and marketing. He began his career in commercial banking with Bank of America before pursuing entrepreneurial ventures that shaped the next 20 years of his career. He is a visionary leader with a natural ability to look beyond the clutter and inspire others towards long term goals.
In 2016, he founded CanEx Jamaica - the premier plants Business Conference & Expo that takes place in the Caribbean. The conference celebrated 3 years in 2018 with 1500 attendees from 23 countries and over 60 speakers, including keynotes from some of the top industry leaders across the globe. In the three years in which he has been a part of this burgeoning industry, he has spoken at events in Jamaica, Toronto, Washington DC, Mexico City, Trinidad & Tobago and Medellin, Colombia and forged a wide global network with special attention to developing business opportunities in the Caribbean and LATAM.
He serves as Chairman of Zimmer & Co. a medicinal plants and hemp-based CBD health and wellness distribution business, since its inception in 2017, where he inspires and leads the team to new markets and opportunities.
Douglas has extensive experience in media as the founder of the OCEAN Style brand which has become synonymous with luxury lifestyle in the Caribbean. OCEAN Style evolved from a glossy print-only publication to a media operation producing print magazines, digital ezines, television shows and events to an expanding and influential audience.
Douglas was born in New York and raised in Trinidad and Tobago before moving to England and then to the US, where he attended high school in New York before pursuing a degree in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He has traveled extensively and enjoys meeting people and exposure to new cultures.
Aside from business he is the proud father of two girls and an avid advocate for anything related to progress for the Caribbean or a conversation about football, as a longstanding fan of Liverpool Football Club.
T’Shura has a burning passion for customer service excellence. Having served for almost twenty (20) years in the airline industry where she started at AJAS Limited; she quickly ascended to the leadership of Avianca Airlines where she served as General Manager for Jamaica.
In 2003, T’Shura joined US Airways where she served as Station Manager for several Caribbean Islands including Jamaica, where a fivefold increase in flight activity was realized under her leadership. Always challenging herself, T’Shura moved on to Jamaica’s sole electricity distributor, JPS, where she started as Parish Manager for St. James in 2012 and was shortly thereafter promoted to Regional Director with responsibility for almost half of the island.
Her expertise in Customer Service and Operations Management was easily and immediately felt across the region, as she leveraged technology as well as social media in serving her more than two hundred thousand customers.
The holistic growth of her team members was of paramount importance to T’Shura, who ensured they were exposed to the areas of professional, physical, spiritual and financial development.
She has successfully and consistently led her team to achieve outstanding results and has received several awards throughout the process.
In February 2018 she took on the role of CEO of Zimmer & Co. Under her leadership, the health and wellness distribution company, with primary focus on medicinal plants and hemp-based CBD products, has grown its portfolio to over 100 products, sells into over 200 retail outlets in 3 countries and currently employs 10 team members.
T’Shura is the Immediate Past President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She sits on the board of CanEx Jamaica and CannaMexico and is the Executive Director of the I Love MoBay Foundation.
He is Colombian, Medical surgeon from the University of Cauca. CIMA biological medicine specialist. Master in Political Studies at the Javeriana University. Doctorate in 'Paz y Conflicto' from the University of Granada in Spain. Member of the editorial committee of the first decennial education plan in Colombia. Professor at the University of Tolima in the Medicine, Nursing, Education, Forest Engineering, Biology, Economics and Distance Education programs.
Professor at the University of Ibagué, Faculty of Medicine of the Technological University of Pereira. He was director of the Observatory of peace and human rights of the University of Tolima. Creator and former director of the specialization in human rights and civic competences of the University of Tolima. Director of the line of research in pedagogy of human rights of the Masters in education of the University of Tolima.
Member of the university network of professors for teaching human rights (REDH). Creator of the undergraduate program in political science at the Universidad del Tolima. Director of the political science research group Hanna Arendt of the Universidad del Tolima. Councilman and president of the Council of Ibagué. Former candidate for mayor of Ibagué. Political advisor. Journalist and columnist in the press, radio, internet portals and university magazines. National and international speaker.
Mohammad Hassan is the Founder and CEO of NaturBazaar, a Natural product manufacturer and Super-Cooperative management startup in Colombia, with initial focus on plants based products.
Mohammad has a passion and vision for creating a sustainable & revolutionary plants business that can truly change the world as we see it and invites everyone to join his quest to achieve this goal. He has made a commitment as a business leader, educator, a technocrat by growing a global network in the natural products industry with a focus in the exploding plants and Hemp markets.
Mohammad has experience in multiple industries that include Industrial Automation, Robotics, batch and assembly line production projects planning, execution, documentation and handover. Some of his notable projects include OT &CT solutions and services for F500's like GE, Nestle, Cargill foods, Toyota, Kalyani steels, Cadbury etc. He's also the founder and main advocate lobbying for the legalization hemp in the south of India for the NGO SIIHA.
Dr. Sandra Carrillo is a Medical Doctor, and Medical plants Expert.
She graduated as a Doctor in Medicine (MD) in 1997 from the Universidad de Ciencias de la Salud CES, Medellin, Colombia. She worked in ER (Emergency Room) and as a GP (General Practitioner) in various Hospitals. She completed her Post Doc Master in Esthetic Medicine from the Universidad Illes Baleares, Spain. Subsequently she earned a Certification as an Esthetic Medicine Specialist in Buenos Aires Argentina. She also earned a certification as Specialist in Anti-aging Medicine from the Unione Internationale of AntiAging Medicine (France), and holds many other certifications. .
After developing an interest in plants Medicine, she completed her Master’s Degree in Health Care Management in Universidad Latina of Panama. During the last few years, she has dedicated herself to the study of the use of Canabinoids in Medicine, obtaining a Certification as an expert in Cannabinoid Medicine from Pharmacology University in Puerto Rico, and she is also certified in plants Medicine from Oaksterdam University in California. She is also a member of ICRS (International Canabinoid Research Society), and a member of IACM (International Association for Cannabinoid Medicine).
Dr. Carrillo is a leading advocate in Panama for the Legalization of plants for Medicinal Purposes. She appears as an expert witness during numerous sessions held government Assembly Health Commission responsible for drafting and implementing the legalization of plants for medical use. The proposed law is awaiting approval.In Panama, Dr. Carrillo has made numerous appearances on the most popular TV talk shows, News Channel reports, Radio and print media advocating for the Legalization of plants for medical use. Dr. Carrillo has appeared as Speaker and lecturer at various conferences including Cannatech 2019 Panama. At the Faculty of Medicine, University of Panama, she was a key note lecturer to a combined class of students, faculty members and other interested medical professionals. .
She is a passionate on need for more in-depth research into cannabinoids since she strongly believes it is essential to gather more data and scientific evidence. She is currently Co CEO and Medical advisor to Savia Andina Organics. .
Dr. Sandra is an active volunteer for different charities and foundations such as an epilepsy children’s foundation in Panama. Moreover, in 2014, she was a co-founder of the highly successful Banco de Alimentos, Panama’s first and only food bank..
Dr. Carrillo’s main goals are to educate Doctors on the benefits of plants Medicine and conducting research for creating better medical grade products for patients.
Fidel Moreno (Huelva, Spain, 1976) is a writer, journalist and musician. He is currently director of Cáñamo, the magazine of the culture of plants, both in its Spanish edition and in the Colombian one. He is a professor of Writing at the SUR school of the Círculo de Bellas Artes (Madrid) and radio collaborator at SER (A vivir en verano, 2018) and COPE (Herrera en COPE). He has been coordinator in the project of The Mental State. As El Hombre Delgado has published three books-disco (El Hombre Delgado, 2005, And natural disasters, 2008, and And reality, 2018). He is the author of the essay What are you singing to me? Memory of a century of songs (Debate, 2018).
Uruguayan Medical Doctor graduated from the Medicine School of the Universidad de la República and specialist on Endocannabinology and Drug field. Founder and current president of the Uruguayan Society of Endocannabinology (SUEN). Board Member of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines (IACM), and member of the International Cannabinoids Research Society (ICRS). Throughout Dr. Raquel Peyraube career, she has been involved in training, prevention, treatment and drug related harm reduction, including innovative theoretical and methodological developments with an emphasis on ethical issues, which earned me regional and international recognition. Dr. Raquel has been ad hoc advisor of the National Board on Drugs (SND) and the Institute of Regulation and Control of plants (IRCCA) of Uruguay, and actively participated in the elaboration of the law that regulates plants. Currently Dr. Raquel also ad hoc scientific advisor of policy makers in different countries. She has designed and directed the International Medical plants and Endocannabinology Course for physicians, nurses and pharmacists endorsed by IACM and protocoled it to be implemented in different jurisdictions. Researcher at the Social Sciences School of the Universidad de la República in Uruguay working on regulating models for medical plants and the evaluation of the Law 19172, and member of the group of experts working on the public health recommendations for plants regulation coordinated by the O’Neill Institute of the Georgetown University, Washington DC, and the Washington Office for Latin America (WOLA). Dr. Raquel is an active lecturer in many Universities and governmental events. Currently dedicated to Endocannabinology clinical practice, research, medical education, and advising on Drug Policy Reform towards models more efficient, pragmatic, and based on science and public health ethics, particularly in plants regulation models. HEADSHOT LINK in BOX: https://plena.app.box.com/file/399201714044 LINKEDIN (if available): https://www.linkedin.com/in/raquel-peyraube-118981a9/
Andres has held posts of leadership and great responsibility with proven results leading projects, developing new business and intellectual capital. He is a strategic leader and a highly qualified consultant who has worked with top management to solve key strategic issues for companies in different industries. He is highly experienced in developing and implementing successful operations at a global scale. Andres is a Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Clever Leaves, one of the leading vertically integrated plants licensed producers in Colombia. At Clever Leaves, Andrés has led the development of its first 15 Hectares of GACP certified cultivation facilities, the design and construction of a GMP certified extraction and formulation plant, and the development of a robust pipeline of clients and brands. By leveraging the highest-grade technology and practices from the international pharmaceutical and plants industries, Clever Leaves is positioned to lead the production of low-cost, high grade medical plants extracts for global exportation. Prior to Clever Leaves, Andres was a Co-Founder & Managing Partner Founding of mojo Ventures, a unique late-stage company builder focusing on working with startups and small companies to achieve unprecedented growth and profitability. mojo Ventures is based on a business philosophy around two main building blocks: first, that an inspired team will be able to reach extraordinary results regardless of the specific tasks at hand. Second, that an effective combination of Strategy, Execution, and Resilience is required to succeed in the business world. Before being an entrepreneur, Andres was President/CEO at IQ Outsourcing, a leading Colombian Business Process Outsourcing Firm that is part of the Sanford Group of Companies. It serves the Financial Services, Healthcare, Pension Funds, and Telecommunications markets. From its creation, IQ has been known to effectively combine top notch technology and operational excellence to effectively transform its clients’ business processes. IQ Outsourcing had U$40MM in revenues and operated 10 facilities in Colombia with over 2,200 employees. During his tenure as CEO, Andrés has led a business and operational transformation of the company as well as a dynamic growth and internationalization process. Prior to joining IQ, Andres was a Principal Member at Booz & Company, a management consulting firm, based in Mexico City and a member of the Senior Team of the North American Consumer and Retail Practice. He was responsible for leading projects, developing new business and intellectual capital for the Firm, and supporting the management of the Mexico City Office. Sponsored by Booz Allen in recognition of the performance during the three previous years working with the firm, Andres obtained an MBA at HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL. He is B.S. Industrial Engineering and B.S. Economics from Los Andes University in Colombia of which he graduated with honors (top 3% of the class).
The first thing you need to know about Jim Belushi is that he’s a performer. Not just an actor, not just a comedian, not just a singer, but a performer. Which is pretty much all those things put together and multiplied by two or five or something. The second thing you need to know—and this is, in some way, more important than the first thing—is that he has absolutely no shame. None. Zip. Zero. Jim has been a favorite of film, television and stage audiences for more than 30 years, one of the great leading character actors equally at home in drama and comedy, and a gifted performer who can also hold a room as front man of his rhythm and blues band. A proud Chicagoan, Belushi graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Speech, Education and Theatre before moving on to become a resident member of Chicago's famed Second City for three years. In 1979 he left for Hollywood, where writer-producer Garry Marshall cast him in the Paramount Television series -Who's Watching the Kids- and later in -Working Stiffs- with Michael Keaton. His Hollywood career took off from there. In 1983, Jim wrote and appeared in Saturday Night Live for two seasons. Other television credits include starring in the Oliver Stone/ABC miniseries -Wild Palms- and the critically acclaimed series -Beggars and Choosers.- He guest-starred on “ER” and numerous other television shows. Most notably, Jim starred in the ABC hit comedy -According to Jim,” in which he played the husband (in a marriage that actually works) and the father of three children. He also served as executive producer, music composer and director. After wrapping 182 episodes for its eighth and final season, the family favorite series also hit a milestone when it launched into off-net syndication in 2007. In 2010, Belushi starred in CBS’s one-hour drama “The Defenders,” playing a colorful defense attorney in Las Vegas who would do anything to win for his clients. Belushi has also had an illustrious film career. Jim’s first film was also Michael Mann’s first film. “Thief” was a drama in which he played James Caan’s partner in crime. Then he flip-flopped to a comedic role in “Trading Places.” But it was his work in Edward Zwick's -About Last Night- with Rob Lowe and Demi Moore that brought Belushi his first serious attention as a film star. In the 1986 feature, he reprised the role that he had played on stage in David Mamet's Obie Award-winning -Sexual Perversity in Chicago,- from which the film was adapted. His feature credits since then show an extraordinary range: He was James Woods' spacey DJ buddy, Dr. Rock, in Oliver Stone's -Salvador;- the mentally handicapped dishwasher befriended by Whoopi Goldberg in the Andrei Konchalovsky film, -Homer and Eddie;- and the defiant high school principal standing up to drug dealers in -The Principal.- In 2010, Belushi traveled to Berlin to shoot the part of a hard-talking publisher in Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost.” Other dramatic and comic film roles include the -K-9- franchise for Universal Studios with the beloved Jerry Lee, -Joe Somebody,- -Red Heat” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Hughes’ -Curly Sue,- -Taking Care of Business,- -Once Upon a Crime,- “Return to Me,” -Mr. Destiny,- -Only the Lonely,- -The Man with One Red Shoe,- -Real Men,- -Jumpin' Jack Flash,- -Jingle All the Way,- -Retroactive,- “Underdog,” and one of Jim’s favorites, -Gang Related- with Tupac Shakur. Additionally, he voiced the Squirrel in the animated feature “The Wild” and the Woodsman in the animated feature “Hoodwinked.” He has leant his voice to hundreds of animated television shows including “The Mighty Ducks,” “The Tick,” “Pinky and the Brain,” “Hey Arnold,” “Rugrats,” “AAAHH! Real Monsters,” “Scooby Doo,” and “Superman.” Belushi has also stayed close to his stage background, both on and off- Broadway. In 2011, he made his way to the Great White Way and earned rave reviews as the star of Garson Kanin’s “Born Yesterday.” This revival was directed by Tony Award-winning director Doug Hughes. His previous stage appearances include on Broadway in Herb Gardner's acclaimed -Conversations with My Father- at the Royal Theatre and for Joseph Papp as the Pirate King in -Pirates of Penzance.- He starred off-Broadway in Sam Shephard’s -True West- at the Cherry Lane Theatre, in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of John Guare's -Moon Over Miami,” and in Richard Nelson’s “Baal” at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Besides acting, Jim is also a musician. Jim and Dan Aykroyd, together as The Blues Brothers, opened for The Rolling Stones at Soldier Field in Chicago in 2005 and performed at the SARS benefit in Toronto for over 400,000 people, at which the Rolling Stones also performed. Jim also headlines his own group, The Sacred Hearts, which is the official house band for the House of Blues chain of venues. They are a rhythm and blues band that performs 40 nights a year at clubs, casinos and corporate events all over the country. For over 18 years, with harmonica in hand, Belushi and the bands have entertained President Clinton, Vice President Gore, Senators and other politicians. Belushi and Aykroyd recorded an album entitled “Have Love, Will Travel” that was number one on the blues chart. Additionally, Belushi recorded and released three other albums: -Blues Brothers Live from Chicago,- The Sacred Hearts' -36 x 22 x 36,- and the soundtrack to “According to Jim.” Jim Belushi added authorship to his repertoire when he released his first book in 2006 entitled Real Men: According to Jim. In the book, Jim explains how to do just about everything- from picking up women and choosing your friends to sticking up for yourself. Most recently, Belushi teamed up with his “According to Jim” co-star Larry Joe Campbell and four other talented and hilarious Second City alumni to create Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy. The group brings an improvised comedy sketch show to stages at colleges, comedy clubs, performing arts centers, corporate events, and casinos nationwide. On the small screen, Belushi was showcased in the 2015 HBO miniseries “Show Me A Hero,” created by David Simon (“The Wire”) and directed by Paul Haggis Then in 2017 Jim appeared in David Lynch’s reboot of the iconic “Twin Peaks.” Recent feature film credits include “North of Hell,” “The Whole Truth” (directed by Oscar-nominated Courtney Hunt), “The Hollow Point,” “Katie Says Goodbye,” the award winning festival favorite “Sollers Point,” and appearing opposite Kate Winslet in Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel.” Jim is a dedicated family man and has little time outside career and family. In his spare time he participates with many charities in the community and beyond including Los Angeles veteran’s treatment center, Stuart House and the Rape Treatment Center, The Joyful Heart Foundation and beyond.
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