Ben Kovler brings his extensive experience managing complex operating companies and his deep commitment to philanthropy as Chairman of GTI. Ben founded GTI in 2014 and has successfully grown it into a national cannabis cultivation and dispensary operator with 26 licenses across five highly-regulated U.S. markets. Additionally, Ben is the Chief Investment Officer for Kovpak II, LLC, an investment partnership that allocates capital into public and private markets across a wide range of industries. He is also co-founder and CEO of Invest For Kids (IFK), an annual forum bringing together portfolio managers, family offices and analysts to share investment ideas to benefit children in Illinois. In its first nine years, IFK generated more than $11 million to benefit 40 youth organizations that have helped 85,000 children. Ben earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, politics and economics from Pomona College and an M.B.A. in accounting and finance from The University of Chicago. Ben and his wife, Amy, enjoy living in Chicago with their two children.