Steven Turetsky

Founder & Principal
The Yalla Group

The Yalla Group focuses on providing jet fuel to the front-end development and strategic organization of cannabis start-ups. Currently assisting with fledgling cannabis businesses in Kazakhstan, Zimbabwe, and Native Tribal governments, Turetsky is excited to facilitate regional development through cannabis while educating stakeholders and their communities about how cannabis is much more than a simple naturopathic remedy. 

Previously, Turetsky served as Managing Director of Shi Farms, a national hemp farming cooperative and CBD ingredient supplier based at a 300-acre farm in Pueblo, Colorado. Overseeing 100% growth year-over-year for 3 years was a harrowing task that did not come without bumps and bruises. However, the 28-year-old entrepreneur has taken those lessons learned while building Shi Farms to heart and now utilizes that experience to guide current clients.  

Turetsky began working in the cannabis industry while studying Biology and Economics at the University of Pittsburgh. He landed an internship at infused products pioneer Dixie Elixirs and Edibles in Denver, CO. Turetsky would go on to work at Dixie for three years as National Operations Manager, expanding and overseeing the implementation of the brand and its products into three states outside of Colorado. 
While he’s not working, Turetsky enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains with his St. Bernard, Tova. Turetsky is currently hiking 10 mountains as a fundraising project for suicide prevention. The project, ‘Summits for Suicide Prevention’ has teamed up with MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) to donate all proceeds to their Capstone Campaign to make MDMA a legal medicine. 
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