Since 1977, Harold Kestenbaum has been one of the world’s foremost franchise attorneys, compiling an unparalleled list of clients that make up a Who’s Who of the franchise food industry. From May 1982 until September 1986, Kestenbaum served as franchise and general counsel to Sbarro, Inc., the national franchisor of more than a thousand family-style Italian restaurants, and also served as a Director on Sbarro’s Board from March 1985 to December 2006. Other more notable clients along the way include 1-800-FLOWERS, Nathan's Famous, and Five Guys, one of the leading burger franchises of our day.



From September 1983 to October 1989, he served as President and Chairman of the Board of FranchiseIt Corporation, the first publicly traded company specializing in providing marketing, consulting services and equity financing to emerging franchise companies. Kestenbaum has more than 140 active franchise clients in foodservice and other retail sectors.

Over the past 30 years Mark Keeley has been the Chief Financial Officer for a number of private and public entities, as well as a signing partner for 15 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he was the leader of a financial management consulting business that generated annual revenue of $25M from over 10 multi-year contracts with over $500M in ceiling value.

Keeley brings experience from some of the largest and most sophisticated companies in the world, as well as mid-level and startup companies. He regularly works with the highest levels of senior management, boards of directors, external auditors, investors, and regulators to build consensus and reach a common understanding of complex financial matters. He has testified to the United States Congress regarding financial accounting and auditing aspects of the U.S. Federal Government and served as PwC’s representative to Congressman Michael Conaway.

Robert E. Hunt has more than 10 years of experience in the cannabis industry as an attorney, consultant, and entrepreneur. Rob was a founding Partner, and the Lead Industry Executive of Tuatara Capital, the World’s largest private equity firm dedicated to cannabis based businesses. Mr. Hunt was responsible for leading Tuatara’s deal generation efforts, operational due diligence and the execution of new investments, and remains a member of the General Partnership. Rob has become one of the most sought after experts in the industry generating worldwide media coverage that includes The BBC, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, Fortune, US News & World Report, CNN Money, NBC News, ABC News, as well as dozens of other major publications and national media outlets.

Rob is leading 1st Foods efforts to gain immediate traction for Holy Cacao, while building a flexible and sustainable business model that will thrive as the industry matures. Specializing in legislative and policy issues, Rob will help 1st Foods navigate a rapidly evolving legal landscape, while opening the door to numerous opportunities through his unrivaled rolodex of legal cannabis connections.