Christina Visco (Chris), is a retail and cannabis professional who was issued a license as the only WBE, Woman Owned, medical marijuana dispensary chain in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Chris received the highest score on her application in SE Pennsylvania. In just three years, her operating experience produced the highest volume stores (3) in Pennsylvania serving over 45,000 unique patients. In November 2020, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania issued Chris a second license to operate an additional 3 stores. Chris has also been awarded licenses in Illinois and West Virginia. Chris’ success in the cannabis space is largely based on her 30+ years as a merchant in the retail industry having overseen merchandising operations for 300 stores for a large retail chain. Chris has also owned multiple businesses in the manufacturing/wholesale industry as well as a marketing firm. Chris begins any operation by recruiting, mentoring, and developing a highly experienced team bringing both cannabis experts and retail/business professionals together. The team participates in a rigorous training program designed to develop processes and procedures to ensure regulatory compliance in every market where she operates. With a passion for philanthropy, Chris operates 2 non-profits surrounding the marijuana industry, education, and victims of the war on drugs. In each community where Chris operates, she begins with fostering relationships in the community through charitable donations, volunteer efforts, financial and physically supporting drug treatment, homeless shelters and victims of domestic violence. Chris was awarded with Philadelphia Business Magazine’s philanthropy award in 2020 due to her nonprofit association with Th Urban League of Philadelphia. Both nonprofits will serve the communities of Ohio prior to award of a license. In her role as CEO, Chris establishes all the initiatives for the company, creating a culture of inclusion, diversity, stewardship, compliance, and patient focused care. Chris prides herself in building communities and a work force so everyone rises together. All employees of Ohio Capitol will be paid a living wage with the minimum salary for an entry level position at $15.00 per hour. The benefits which Chris offers promote company loyalty, reduces turnover and allows for recruitment of the most qualified applicants. The cannabis industry is notorious for underpaying and providing little to no benefits for their teams by hiring part time employees instead of full-time employees. Ohio Capitol will provide the most comprehensive benefits package in the industry including, 80 - 120 hours of paid time off depending on position, highest quality healthcare benefits including eye and dental at an 20% contribution for employees, 401K distributions, disability, life insurance and profit-sharing bonuses.
As CEO of Ohio Capitol, Visco will lead a team of qualified professionals for every aspect of operations and regulatory compliance. Visco’s background with over 30 years as a retail merchant and wholesale/manufacturing professional qualify her to: Develop and oversee all global initiatives and operational strategies. Regulatory compliance and compliance with Ohio code 3796, federal, state and local regulations. Develop compliance manual and training for organization including all corporate policies and procedures. Oversee compliance audits. Adhere to HR, HIPPA and Osha regulations. Manage, maintain, and oversee 3rd party security professionals, security plans, audits, investigations, and compliance. Ensure compliance with operational timeline as outlined in Ohio code 3796 as demonstrated by Chris’ previous licenses which have all been first to market. Initiate financial budgets and plans based on demographics and patient access. Develop SOPs compliant with Ohio code 3796. Ensure compliance of all HR initiatives & benefits with federal, state and local laws. Oversee Security SOPs, installation, audits, and maintenance. Oversee and manage all merchandising and retail operations including: HR functions for employees. Build a team of qualified professionals. Manage all state affiliation and required training of staff in compliance with Ohio code 3796. Establish training and education. Offer benefits, 401K, salary scale, and bonus structure. Initialize recruiting, job fairs, hiring, and onboarding of the team. Educate and develop workforce. Establish a medical advisory board. Merchandising - In partnership with Ohio Capitol’s CFO, Molly Dunne who has 35+ years of experience as a retail financial executive to establish: Reporting data for merchandise planning. Open to buy budgets, SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis, long range 5-year plans, long range KPI (Key performance initiatives),5-year cash flow analysis and stock to sales ratios by grower, category, and product. Track patient count projections, average transaction time per patient, for staffing purposes, ensuring exemplary patient focused care. Create a daily sales tracker which projects daily sales and sales plan, average retail per transaction, patient count for this year vs. last year vs. Plan. Implement product assortment analysis tools to maintain appropriate inventory level by weeks of supply and inventory turn ensuring a “first in, first out” principal to maintain fresh inventory by product and batch. Require daily, weekly and monthly inventory audits to ensure inventory integrity and prevent diversion. Retail Operations - Ensure compliance with Ohio code 3796, and all other federal, state and local laws and regulations. Oversee education protocol for all regulatory compliance, security, cannabinoid and terpene training and all company SOPs. Ensure quarterly continued education with medical professionals, education directors to promote responsible use of cannabis and team building. Oversee a seasoned team of retail professionals and medical professionals and all operations. Preserve, protect and maintain all security protocols and audits required by Ohio code 3796. Establish and oversee 24/7 patient support for the Ohio patient population directed by our medical professionals. Recordkeeping - Ensure all transactions are captured within the established seed-to-sale (STS) software program, Metrc. Establish inventory control and auditing to prevent diversion. Maintain financial records for the entire operation which will be made available immediately upon request by the department. Manage and secure all required logs pertaining to visitors, patients and caregivers as well as all other records required by the department. Maintain and preserve all delivery manifests, purchase orders, and product returns if applicable and produce documents immediately upon request. Maintain all security records including camera footage for a period of 2 years, far exceeding Ohio code 3796, which will be made available to the department immediately. The success and sustainability of any business begins and ends with people. The group of people an organization assembles, from the receptionist to the CEO, will determine its success or failure. The Organization has assembled an incredibly strong team of diverse individuals who bring unique qualifications, strengths, perspectives, and disciplines to our organization. By utilizing and building on everyone’s strengths, The Organization has already developed a comprehensive, strategic business plan, targeted site locations based on extensive research and analysis, built highly developed financial plans, negotiated fiscally responsible purchase agreements, developed strong professional and community partnerships, and recruited the most distinct group of experts imaginable.