Big Picture – A Deep Dive Examination of Australis Capital Inc
Australis Capital Inc Snapshot
Australis Capital synthesizes decades of relevant expertise, strategic alignment, and capital investment execution to build shareholder value in the cannabis value chain, both in the United States and abroad. With unique market experience, access to capital, operational expertise, and sophisticated deal structure know-how—combined with a significant emphasis on regulatory compliance and strict adherence to local and state laws—Australis Capital is positioned for nimble execution in a rapidly evolving market.
CEO & Director
Mr. Dowty has 25 years of experience evaluating companies and markets to identify key business drivers, spur rapid revenue and profit growth in competitive and highly regulated global markets. Mr. Dowty has held executive and corporate officer positions with several U.S. based NYSE and NASDAQ traded companies, and founded several successful start-up companies in North America and abroad. Mr. Dowty’s extensive operational capital markets experience in the International fintech and gambling sectors is closely aligned to the regulatory path of the U.S. cannabis industry. Scott resides in Las Vegas, NV.
Michael J. Carlotti
EVP & CFO
Mr. Carlotti has 23 years of experience in corporate finance, capital raising, investing and mergers & acquisitions. Mr. Carlotti spent 10 years of his career as an investment banker having completed several IPO’s and secondary equity raises, M&A transactions, senior and subordinated debt capital raises and leveraged buyouts and three years as an investment partner at a $900 million hedge fund. Since 2008, he has held various senior corporate roles most recently as Treasurer for three publicly traded gaming companies whereby he oversaw treasury, financial planning and analysis, optimal capital allocation, capital markets initiatives, mergers & acquisitions, investor relations and risk management. Mr. Carlotti holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles and graduated with a Bachelors in Science, Summa Cum Laude, from Boston College. Michael resides in Las Vegas, NV.
SVP & General Counsel
Mr. Norr has over 20 years of diverse, hands-on experience in commercial litigation including deal development and negotiations. In addition to drafting contracts and corporate governance, Mr. Norr has negotiated and drafted commercial leases, trademark license agreements, food and beverage management agreements, employment agreements, entertainment and performance contracts, and non-disclosure agreements. Regulatory compliance and joint venture negotiations have been a focus of Mr. Norr in several past positions. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University. Daniel resides in Las Vegas, NV.
SVP, Mergers & Acquisitions
Mr. Tzung has over 20 years of experience in M&A transactions, partnerships, investments and strategic planning. Mr. Tzung was most recently head of Corporate Development at Mattel where his team accounted for over $1 billion in brand and product acquisitions and integrating those acquisitions into the day-to-day operations. He also built and led teams to source and initiate growth and technology partnership discussions. Prior to Mattel, Mr. Tzung executed numerous M&A transactions as an investment banker and invested in public equities at a $3 billion long-short investment fund. Additionally, Mr. Tzung formulated strategy for a number of years in PepsiCo’s strategic planning group. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from UCLA and Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Applied Science from Wharton and the University of Pennsylvania. Cleve resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Lou Kiara Marcos
Vice President, Operations & Culture
Ms. Marcos is implementing a culture of high energy, interpersonal relationships, and operational innovations as the Vice President of Operations and Culture at Australis Capital (Nevada) Inc.
Before joining Australis Capital, Lou Kiara managed the payroll department, both domestic and international payrolls for Global Cash Access (GCA) for nearly 12 years, where she was an integral part of unifying a billion dollar merger between GCA and Multimedia Games to the current company, Everi (EVRI : NYSE). Before Everi, she held a payroll position at the Park MGM, previously known as the Monte Carlo Hotel. She was instrumental in supporting the payroll centralization of the MGM Resorts (MGM : NYSE) properties. Lou Kiara holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree in Marketing. Lou Kiara resides in Las Vegas, NV.
Vice President, Accounting
Ms. Han has over 13 years of experience in public and corporate accounting with expertise in financial accounting/reporting, international accounting, and internal controls. Ms. Han has held several finance and accounting management positions in multi-billion dollar global companies such as Bally Technologies, Scientific Games, and Global Experience Specialists (GES). She was responsible for ensuring adherence to generally accepted accounting principles in financials and leading credit & collections. Prior to that, Ms. Han provided assurance and advisory services at Ernst & Young, a global public accounting firm, with specialties in gaming, real estate, and regulatory compliance including Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Ms. Han has a wide-range of expertise in both U.S. and international accounting. Ms. Han holds a Master of science degree in Accountancy from University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and resides in Las Vegas, NV.
Vice President, Cultivation & Integration
Mr. Gjoraas has broad experience in the cannabis industry, ranging from cultivation, consulting, manufacturing, post-production and sales. With a successful background in cannabis business operations, Mr. Gjoraas has managed organic cultivation both mixed light greenhouse and Indoor, manufacturing facilities, developed and implemented consistent operating procedures. Mr. Gjoraas is focused on creating strong, dynamic teams with an ability to execute successfully in the cannabis industry with a keen sense of market trends. Currently he resides in California and has been active in the cannabis industry across the west coast.
Director, Communications & Awareness
Ms. Clapp specializes in content and digital marketing, driving brand awareness through engaging content, press releases, and advertising while developing exceptional client and investor relationships. She has almost a decade of experience pivoting marketing strategy, establishing brands, rebranding, and expanding digital presence for companies in a range of industries including retail, agriculture and technology. In addition to broad experience in social media platforms and website design, she is certified in Google Analytics. Ms. Clapp holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies, majoring in Business Management from Cazenovia College. Ashton resides in Scottsdale, AZ.
Director, Business Development
Mr. Jones has extensive, comprehensive cannabis expertise, with experience in all stages of cultivation, production and post-production. With a successful background in management and business development, Mr. Jones provides a unique industry perspective enabling him to guide Australis’ pursuit of noteworthy brands while strategically expanding influence within the cannabis industry. His extensive product knowledge provides a foundation for partners to build and expand symbiotic brands in the quickly evolving cannabis industry.
Casey focuses on identifying the latest trends, the most exciting new products and most insightful enterprises to expand Australis’ portfolio of innovative cannabis companies. Casey holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University. He resides in Las Vegas, NV.
Director, Business Development
Mr. Marcos has extensive experience in the FinTech industry having adopted various roles with Sales, Marketing, and Accounting with Everi, formerly known as Global Cash Access. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Mr. Marcos will utilize his knowledge and experience to cultivate partnerships with high profile brands, promoting customer loyalty and drive growth. He resides in Las Vegas, NV.