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We are K&H Consulting

We are a professional financial services firm dedicated to providing sound accounting, tax, and advisory solutions to cannabis businesses. We understand the unique cultural, political, and legal environment in which our clients operate and can assist with navigating through complex industry issues.

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Our Team

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Maritza Bermudez

Founding Partner

Maritza Bermudez is a founding member of K&H Consulting, a licensed Las Vegas based professional services firm focused on assisting businesses in the cannabis industry with accounting, tax and advisory services.

 

Maritza is an experienced compliance and audit professional skilled at providing assurance and advisory services. She brings with her over a decade of diverse business experience gained from working at closely held businesses and publicly traded multinationals across a variety of industries such as insurance, gaming and retail. Her broad work portfolio makes her uniquely adept at identifying issues, determining root causes and delivering practical business solutions designed to add value and improve financial, compliance and operational processes.

 

Prior to starting her own company, Maritza traveled the world as an audit team leader for Walmart, Inc. performing targeted audits with special emphasis on cash management, ethics, and fraud. She was heavily involved with a global policy review of the company’s Anti-Corruption Compliance Program in support of the Compliance and International Finance areas.

 

Maritza is a passionate cannabis activist and most recently served as the Industry Liaison for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol in support of Question 2, a Nevada state ballot initiative that successfully legalized marijuana for recreational purposes in 2016. As part of her effort to expand her cannabis knowledge, she also worked in retail dispensary operation as a professional budtender with Blüm Las Vegas, a subsidiary of Terra Tech Corp, a publicly traded cannabis company.

 

Maritza holds a Masters in Accounting degree from Nova Southeastern University and Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin. She is also a licensed Notary Public for the State of Nevada. She is an active participant of Wellness Education Advocates of Nevada, a patient advocacy group and business member of Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Association and National Cannabis Industry Association.

Jessica

Jessica Velazquez, CPA

Founding Partner

Jessica Velazquez is a founding partner of K&H Consulting, a licensed Las Vegas based financial services firm committed to providing sound and practical accounting, tax, and advisory services to the cannabis industry. She is the firm’s main authority in tax matters for corporations, partnerships, individuals and representing clients before the IRS.

 

Ms. Velazquez previously held various positions with public accounting firms PwC, RSM & EY. She left pubic accounting in 2008 and held the positions of Tax Supervisor for e-retailer Zappos.com and Corporate Tax Director for SHFL Entertainment Inc. These experiences afforded her the opportunity to branch out as a sole practitioner in 2013 where her emphasis was on tax planning and strategic business consulting for publicly traded and closely held companies.

 

In 2015, she recognized a need existed for financial service professionals to support the business operations of this emerging industry. Her passion for the cannabis movement and over 15 years of tax and accounting experience in a variety of industries (real estate, gaming, retail, manufacturing) have come full circle with K&H Consulting. She has since made it her passion to learn everything there is to know about cannabis tax law and expand her experience with IRC §280E federal/state income tax matters to provide clients with the best services to meet their needs.

 

Ms. Velazquez holds a Master of Science in Taxation from DePaul University, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Southern Illinois University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in IL, NV. She is on the Board of the Minority Cannabis Business Association and belongs to several professional organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of Tax Professionals, Nevada Society of CPAs, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, National Cannabis Industry Association, California Cannabis Industry Association, and the Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Association.

Julian Tolliver, CPA

Controller

Julian Tolliver is the Controller for K&H Consulting. He brings experience spanning over 9 years as a private and public accounting professional utilizing his knowledge of best practices for accounting compliance, a background in Federal and State tax, license compliance, and financial assurance services to provide a complete accounting overview to the emerging cannabis industry.  

 

Julian honed his skills in private and public accounting in domestic and international companies in the manufacturing, health care, telecommunications, and construction industries before joining the team at K&H Consulting.  

 

Julian is a cannabis legalization advocate who joined K&H Consulting because the firm gives him the opportunity to be a financial consultant as well as an advocate for the industry as it develops. He supports decriminalization of cannabis on the federal level, believing that research on cannabis will gain the support it needs to advance our understanding of the medicinal qualities of the plant, aiding in providing patients with the proper care they deserve. 

 

Mr. Tolliver earned his Master of Business Administration at Texas A&M Commerce and his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Nevada Reno. He is a licensed CPA in Nevada and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nevada Society of CPAs.  

Edward Reyes

Accounting Manager

Edward Reyes serves as the Accounting Manager for K&H Consulting and performs financials reviews, tax return preparation, bookkeeping, and other general accounting consulting work.

 

Edward’s experience with small business operations, his dedication to understanding the concerns of the cannabis industry, and his commitment to excellence are just a few of the assets that he brings to the firm. He serves as the firm’s lead QuickBooks Certified Expert.

 

Edward is an advocate for patient rights and decriminalization of cannabis. He believes patients deserve access to a plant that has the potential to offer an alternative to pharmaceuticals without the threat of criminal prosecution.

 

Edward earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Northern Illinois University in 2012. He is dedicated to using his skills and passion to make positive change in the world.

Stephanie Till

Public Relations Manager

Stephanie Till is the Public Relations Manager for K&H Consulting. She promotes, supports, and contributes to the company’s mission to provide sound professional services to the emerging cannabis industry in Nevada and nationally through managing the firm’s brand messaging. Stephanie does this through researching, writing, and copyediting internally generated content and by curating third party resources to shape K&H Consulting’s public voice through print, digital, and social media platforms.

 

Stephanie leverages her research background as an asset that keeps the firm up to date on legislative and regulatory changes, and to delve into developing concerns of the cannabis industry to aid the firm in finding practical business solutions for its clients. Previously utilizing these skills as a graduate student at UNLV until May 2017, she focused on researching the histories of underrepresented groups and on developing exhibits and materials for a broad audience, a skillset that informs her approach to the nuanced landscape that is the cannabis industry.

 

Stephanie brings passion and dedication as a cannabis activist. She currently serves as a member of NORML, helping to promote responsible cannabis laws and regulations. She previously aided UNLV SSDP in community outreach on Question 2. She uses her passion for this subject to not only remain as versed in cannabis legalization and regulation as possible but to use this information to inform legislators and the public at large.

 

Stephanie earned her Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2017.

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