Gold Rush or Pyrite? Legalized Marijuana in Illinois

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

Entrepreneurial Roundtable

August 13, 2018: 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM

CEO/co-founder of medical marijuana firm discusses his career journey and prospects for his emerging industry and its associated controversies.


National Louis University
Room 302
850 Warrenville Road
Lisle, Illinois

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Event Details

Which heavily entrepreneurial industry is now expected to grow fivefold in US sales to $50 billion over the next decade, yet is potentially subject to a comparably dramatic collapse? That's legalized cannabis, towards which North American attitudes are evolving so substantially that Canada is set to be open for business nationwide in 2018 for recreational users.

This month will feature a CEO leading his firm in the industry's medical segment that is permitted in Illinois. Manifesting that entrepreneurially desirable flexibility that has brought him EVP/General Counsel at a top US mortgage bank to his present role, he will offer his insights on his distinctive career journey and the characteristics and prospects of his developing business.


Booth alum/stud/faculy $15

Fee After 8/8/2018 $20

Entrepreneurial RT Member $15

Fee After 8/8/2018 $20

General Public $20

Fee After 8/8/2018 $25


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Deadline: 8/13/2018

Speaker Profiles

Charlie Bechtell (Speaker)
CEO/co-founder, Cresco Labs LLC

Charlie is an attorney and corporate executive who developed premier expertise in regulatory affairs and compliance in a most stringently regulated US industry over his 8 years at Guaranteed Rate Inc.. He notes while he has changes subject matter, his vocational passion has risen. Anadjunct lecturer at Northwestern U's law school, he earned his BS at the University of Arizona and JD at DePaul U.


Greg Gocek, '85 
Booth ER Chairman

Other Information

• Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel, must do so by Wednesday, August 8. There is a no refund policy for late cancellation attempts or for no shows.
Registration cancellations will be accepted until August 9, 2018 at 12:01 AM

Registrations on day of event at NLU are at discretion of Booth ER on a space avaiable basis. Refreshments are ordered based on advance registrations.