GROWING FOR SUCCESS
We know the industry from the plant up.
Christopher E. Galvin
Founder & Managing Director
Christopher’s role at Hypur Ventures is to develop the strategy of the fund and to execute that strategy through the sourcing of investment opportunities. As Chairman and CEO of Hypur, Inc., Christopher is in contact with industry players of all kinds, as a service provider and strategic partner. Businesses are not in competition with Hypur but instead are able to accelerate their growth by being part of the Hypur platform. The cannabis industry – from state and local governments to financial institutions to cannabis businesses – are all interested in having access to electronic payment through Hypur. Christopher’s cell phone rings a lot.
Prior to founding Hypur in 2014, Christopher founded and served as CEO and Chairman of several public and private companies. He began his career in investment banking – focusing on mergers and acquisitions and structured finance – and has deep experience in corporate finance, hedge fund and private equity strategies.
Tahira is responsible for the advisory and management of portfolio companies as well as investment sourcing and execution for Hypur Ventures. Utilizing her background and experience with startups, finance and the cannabis industry she serves as a strategic advisor to early stage venture leaders and investors. She has a passion for developing female leadership in the cannabis industry and is a proponent of social justice initiatives that empower communities adversely affected by the war on drugs. She was named one of the Most Powerful Women in the Cannabis Business by Fortune Magazine and Complex.
Prior to joining Hypur Ventures, Tahira served as the General Manager of Marley Natural, where she was responsible for the brand launch as well as managing the day-to-day operations of the company. She also was a Portfolio Manager at City First Enterprises where she was responsible for underwriting, structuring and managing deals for their community development and investment portfolio. Before this position, Tahira was an associate at Perry Capital where she led research initiatives for their asset-backed securities team. Her career path as a consultant began at Ernst & Young’s Financial Services Advisory practice.
Tahira earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management, where she was a Yale Entrepreneurial Institute Venture Creation Advisor. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration as well as one in Pre-Medicine from Ohio State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a Presidential Scholar. She currently resides in New York City.
Tyler leverages his extensive experience in building brands, managing key relationships and strategic partnerships. Tyler has been at the forefront of expansion efforts for over four years and touches financial institutions, government officials, regulatory bodies and the state legal cannabis industry. As a result, he possesses an intricate knowledge of the banking and regulatory climate, key industry influencers, industry dynamics and market history. He has also become a key contact for media outlets, analytics companies, industry consultants and investment firms searching for reliable, accurate sources of industry information. Tyler’s contacts and relationships in the US state legal cannabis industry are unparalleled.
As a result of his influential value, he was selected to be a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Banking Access Committee. He is also a member of the Forbes Business Development Council, frequently publishing articles about the banking and payment environment in the cannabis industry. Tyler founded and managed a large beverage company prior to joining the Hypur team and was a Professional athlete in the New York Mets Organization.
Patrick has been active in the California real estate finance industry for 25 years. His lending experience includes all types of real estate, including land acquisition, construction, commercial and development. His recent involvement funding properties for the cannabis industry and knowledge of California cannabis licensing is an asset to our organization.