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About Higher Yields
Cannabis Consulting

We are an international Cannabis consulting firm located in Denver with a passion for cannabis and business

Higher Yields is a cannabis consulting firm that has been successfully serving the commercial cannabis industry since 2008. HYC has developed exceptional garden management systems, business processes, and technical skills as its cornerstone. The company was developed with these components and has maintained its integrity by providing industry expert consultants who have unique combinations of business and professional expertise in the industry. Our marijuana consulting firm has proven over time to be one of the best options for marijuana businesses seeking assistance and advice in this highly competitive industry from garden management to business development and most anything in between. The difference between Higher Yields Consulting and other consulting businesses is our extensive experience in a relatively new industry.

Our thorough understanding and hands-on experience in the industry and the business decisions required in order to become successful from the foundations of the industry are bar none, the best around. When other managers or consultants fall short Higher Yields Cannabis is here as an industry leader with the knowledge and expertise your business requires to get ahead and to continue building as this industry catches fire across the nation.

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Whether you already own a cannabusiness or want to get into the business we can help.

Our Team of Canna Advisors


Cory Waggoner

Founder & CEO

Cory an, Illinois native, is the founder and CEO of HYC. Cory has been a true entrepreneur all his working life. He found his groove when he founded HYC in 2015.


Emily Seelman

Senior Technical Writer, Licensing & Legalese

Emily is originally a lawyer from Pittsburgh, PA. She has joined us here at Higher Yields as one of our cannabis licensing experts. Her legal knowledge and licensing experience makes her a multi-faceted and valuable teammate, ensuring our clients can out their best foot forward during the licensing process.


Adam P. Kolbach

Media Production & Podcast Host

One of the newest members of HYC, Adam hails from Philadelphia. A graduate of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, an award winning painter, artist, and musician.


Shannon Bustos

Executive Account Manager & Real Estate

Shannon is originally from the Denver area. She has a Real Estate background which started when she started working for her father. Shannon also has experience managing a dispensary and a family.


Mercedes Woods

Government Relations Coordinator & Project Manager

Mercedes is one of our in-house Government Relations Coordinators. She aims to educate government officials about cannabis and how to legalize correctly, including how to implement effective social equity programs for those disproportionately effected by mass incarceration and the war on drugs.


John Valdez

President & Real Estate Director

John, a Denver native, is part owner of HYC and our Real Estate Director. John also enjoys being an entrepreneur and has made a long and successful career of it.


Tess Yancey

Event Director and Project & Operations Manager

Tess is our Event Director and Project and Operations Manager. She ensures that any and all events held by HYC run smoothly, leaning on her knack for efficiency and aesthetically pleasing design. Tess also plays an integral role in our Diversity and Social Equity team.


Dionne Carroll

HYC Design & Build Team Engineer

A graduate of Purdue University Dionne is our CAD and blueprint specialist. She entered the cannabis industry to help enact social change. She also loves to help clients realize their design. Dionne also brings a varied skill set.


Derek Porter

Expert in Cannabis Security Services

Derek is our Cannabis Security expert. A veteran of the USMC who uses his knowledge, skillset, and training to protect those in the cannabis industry. He enjoys time with his wife, and daughter, and his two German Shepherds.

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Amelia Mouw

In-House Writer & Content Contributor

Amelia is an in-house writer and content contributor, and one of the newest members of the HYC team. She aids in everyday editing and content generation for our blog and our clients, and also occasionally lends a hand on podcasts.


Marissa Cortes

Compliance Director & Organizer

Marissa is our Director of Compliance. She ensures that all of our clients meet compliance standards when applying for a cannabis license or permit. She also does proactive government outreach to follow and further the cannabis agenda.

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Jesse C. Larson

Design Build Project Manager

Jesse is our Design Build Project Manager. He ensures that our client’s builds go as smoothly as possible, facilitating seamless communication between our clients, vendors, build teams, and HYC.


Kris Teegardin

Director of Government Relations & The "Mayor"

Kris served as the Mayor of Edgewater, Colorado, and as a City Council Member. He's an expert at working within government frameworks to advance the cannabis industry.


Taylor Evans

Client Support Advocate

Taylor Evans is Higher Yields’ Client Support Advocate and the Executive Assistant for our CEO and Founder, Cory. She was born and raised in Illinois, and began her professional career with managing a dental practice and assisting the practicing doctor.

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Antony Edward

Business Development Executive & Innovative Leader

Anthony is trained in advanced negotiations, technology solutions including but not limited to CPaaS, UCaaS, SaaS and cloud managed services and an expert in strategic and consultative sales. Furthermore, he has over 20 plus years in leadership development training.

Get In touch with higher yields

(844) HI-YIELD

Address 2590 Walnut St., Denver, CO, 80205



Schedule a Free initial consultation

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