About Our Founder
Ed Gehres is a seasoned business executive with direct C-level executive experience in multiple industries including cannabis and hemp, technology, transportation, and marketing services as well as consulting experience across financial, healthcare, media and entertainment, retail, manufacturing, food, government and military and more. The sheer diversity of his experience in business is hard to achieve, hard to find, and, for many, extremely valuable. It’s this wide breadth of experience with a broad catalog of measurable successes that led him to form Navvee.
After attending the University of Southern California for his bachelor’s degree on an Army ROTC scholarship, Ed attended Pepperdine University School of Law where he focused his legal studies on business and commercial law topics including the Uniform Commercial Code, Intellectual Property Law, Corporate Finance, Real Estate Finance, Insurance Law, International Business Transactions, Agency and Partnership, and Mediation and Arbitration courses. He took and passed the California State Bar Exam in 1993 and sat for and passed the Nevada State Bar over 26 years later in 2019 while at the same time building the Nevada State operational footprint for Curaleaf.
Ed was commissioned as an officer in the US Army and, following law school, served on active duty including a tour in Korea. After leaving active duty, Ed entered the food industry in a product development and sales role before continuing on to a technology consulting role with Coopers & Lybrand and later PwC. He then moved on to the software industry where he worked for over 15 years, working his way up through businesses, eventually achieving the role of Chief Operating Officer. He later took on leadership roles with digital marketing agencies and even transportation companies before taking a leadership role as the Nevada State President for Curaleaf where he led the integration of 6 separate businesses. Ed later also served as the EVP of Operations for Holistic Industries, Inc., one of cannabis’s largest privately held multi-state operators, reorganizing and overseeing cultivation, production and distribution operations across 7 different states.
Navvee is Ed’s chance to spread his accumulated knowledge, experience and expertise to his associates and clients, and to help build better businesses.
“Navvee” is short for “Navigation” or “Navigator”. It’s what we do.
It’s not your usual business law firm. Our experience is in how to actually run businesses, INCLUDING how the law supports and frames a business’s operation.
In short, Navvee is a “business first” firm.
We focus on what businesses need to get things done.
On what it takes to build and develop strong operations.
On providing the advice and materials and documentation that is needed to put together productive business relationships.
On first understanding business purposes and motivations and then focusing on getting the legal work done as quickly and efficiently as possible so that the legal department isn’t responsible for slowing or even killing a business deal.
Our range of business experience is broad. We’ve worked with clients from multiple industries. Clients that range in size from brand new, small business start-ups, to venture capital backed small to mid-size companies, all the way up to global multi-nationals perpetually on the Fortune Magazine list of the largest companies in the world.
At Navvee, we’re kind of like the navigation or maps function on your smartphone or in your car: We can help you plan out a great route, get to your destination fast or take the scenic route with all of the great stopovers along the way, skip the traffic or routes with accidents, and quickly adjust with you should your business take an unplanned or unintentional detour.
And we do our best to make it easy for you to work with us on an ongoing basis.
Let us help navigate your business success.
Check out our packaged services, our legal practice areas and some of the industries we have experience in and then get in touch to get started. We believe you’ll be glad you did.
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