Joe Caltabiano

Professional Overview

About Joe Caltabiano

Joe Caltabiano is a well-known and influential figure in the fledgling cannabis industry, but he is also the very definition of a renaissance man. Caltabiano spent years in the business world, gaining valuable experience in the mortgage lending industry and becoming an expert in the world of restructuring and finance.

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As the Founder of JSC Fund, Caltabiano has been in high demand as a public speaker as well as a consistent contributor to media outlets such as Vice, Bloomberg, Green Entrepreneur, and Marijuana Business Magazine. He has been invited to share his insight with several investment industry panels, including major players like Eight Capital, an investment firm that became involved with the cannabis space early on and has had much success. His current company is a special purpose acquisition company (“SPAC”) targeting an acquisition of one or more cannabis businesses or assets that can create a best-in-class cannabis multi-state operator (“MSO”).

Prior to launching JSC Fund, Caltabiano was the co-founder of Cresco Labs and thrived as their president for nearly a decade. During his time with the firm, Caltabiano led Cresco through numerous multimillion-dollar fundraising rounds and grew the modest to one of the single most lucrative and powerful multi-state operators in the nation. Before co-founding Cresco Labs, he worked as a senior vice president of mortgage banking at Guaranteed Rate, one of the most reputable mortgage lenders in the United States, and was listed among the top 100 loan officers for 10 years in a row. With his extensive background in real estate, management, and marketing, Caltabiano effortlessly wore numerous hats at Cresco,  guiding the company through numerous rounds of multimillion-dollar capital raises, including the company’s initial raise. In addition to running all the revenue-generating activities at the company, Caltabiano launched the Sunnyside retail brand and applied its wellness theme to Cresco’s existing dispensaries and their consolidated product offerings. He also led brand building at Cresco Labs, launching the operator’s house of industry-leading brands including Cresco, Remedi, Reserve, High Supply, Good News and Mindy’s edibles. 

Philanthropy is an enormous part of Caltabiano’s life as well. After being diagnosed with and surviving leukemia as a child, he has unfailingly supported organizations and initiatives to help others in their fight against cancer. The Chicago Leukemia and Lymphoma Society named him Man of the Year in 2008, and Caltabiano has raised more than a million dollars for their charity. In addition, he has also helped organizations such as the Gateway for Cancer Research, the Imerman Angels cancer support network, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Ronald McDonald House.

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