Nathaniel Gurien, Founder and CEO

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I know what it's like to be a rebel industry pioneer entrepreneur. It's been a central part of my character for the last 50 years. I've started and operated many small to medium size innovative and disruptive companies. I have decades of experience with sales, vertical integration, marketing, personnel, negotiation, advertising, campaigning, e-commerce, warehousing, shipping, international and domestic trade, as well as attorneys, accountants, bankers, designers, politicians, financiers, property managers, government officials, lenders, activists, merchants, builders, and the like.

I find simple innovative solutions to complicated and seemingly intractable challenges. I set goals and achieve them via meticulous strategy, tactical planning, and execution. For many years, I was a high-profile entrepreneur in the gray market electronics industry and helped pioneer the “underground” culture that went with it. The industry came to an abrupt end with the economic crash of 2008, and I became a licensed N.Y. real estate broker. I was obliged to transition many years of "practical" business practice to a new paradigm of transparency, compliance, confidentiality, regulation and client loyalty.

As an entrepreneur in the legal, regulated cannabis industry, I recognize the importance of making this same transition not only as an individual but for the sake of our fledgling industry and community, as they transition from black market operations to the mainstream.

It has become clear that an MRB’s long-term sustainability is directly proportional to the quality and transparency of its compliance and accountability and FINCANN is committed to helping you achieve this goal.

I decided to focus on compliant banking and payment solutions since they are in many ways fundamental to this goal. To enhance my value to both MRBs and financial institutions, I became a member of national and local banking compliance trade associations, attend their conferences and chapter meetings, and have completed the American Bankers Association BSA/AML Certificate training programs. I have also earned the prestigious accreditation of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) certification, the global gold standard in AML certifications from (ACAMS) Association Of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists® as well as the new CCBP (Certified Cannabis Banking Professional) from CBANK, the banking industry’s leading online national networking, knowledge base and training center.

Always learning from newly-met friends and colleagues, I’ve attended more than 100 trade conferences around the U.S. focused on cannabis, banking, compliance, payments, blockchain and crypto sectors.

I possess entrepreneurial skills and experience that are well-honed in all aspects of running disruptive enterprises, and am happy to offer innovative, expert advice and practical solutions that specialized professionals may find elusive.

Consultations and referral to resources are always complementary! We only accept payment for specifically agreed-upon deliverables.

Tahlia Fagan, Director of Banking Services

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After receiving a Magna Cum Laude degree in International Business and Global Management from New York University, Tahlia went on to a successful, intensely client-centered career in New York City real estate, earning her license as an RE Salesperson and joining the RE Board of New York (REBNY).

Tahlia worked for several top-tier New York area brokerages – Blackstone (StuyTown), Town Residential and Citi Habitats – where her people skills, laser-focused follow-up, and consummate professionalism were key components of her success in this highly-competitive field. Tahlia assisted customers through all aspects of the process, from viewing properties to complex mortgage arrangements, finalizing financial documents, and myriad closing details. In addition, Tahlia was co-founder and principal of Contessa Event Staffing & Management, a business dedicated to meticulous event planning and consulting; organizing, staffing and executing/catering customer parties, events and business meetings. Tahlia’s curation from initiation to finish assured complete customer satisfaction.

Ms. Fagan joined Fincann in early 2018, where she specializes in guiding clients through introduction and successful onboarding with the 125+ financial institutions in our Cannabis Banking Financial Network™. She has completed the American Bankers Association BSA/AML Certificate training programs, and also earned the prestigious accreditation of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) certification, the global gold standard in AML certifications from the Association Of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists® (ACAMS), as well as the new Certified Cannabis Banking Professional (CCBP) designation from CBANK, the banking industry’s leading online national networking, knowledge base and training center.

Tahlia is a "big-picture" individual with impressive negotiation and interpersonal skills who possesses excellent communication and analytical abilities. She has an avid interest in analysis and research and loves to work in a fast-paced and dynamic team environment within a demanding, ever-changing and growing business atmosphere.

David Thompson, Director of Underwriting and Risk

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Dave joins the Fincann team after a 20-year career in the real estate sector, where he served in real estate investment and mortgage lending roles in Oregon and California. He brings compliance, organization, and communication skills necessary for preparing, evaluating and submitting client applications to the institutions in our Cannabis Banking Financial Network™.

At Fincann, Dave is responsible for coordinating applications, working closely with our clients to ensure all required elements are provided and presented to the financial institution in the appropriate formats. He monitors customer risk and transaction profiles and history to ensure that all transactions are made in a compliant manner, calling transactions to the attention of Fincann account managers when necessary for verification with our clients.

Dave holds the prestigious Certified Cannabis Banking Professional (CCBP) credential from CBANC. He has also completed multiple courses and certifications in cannabis banking-specific issues, including in operations, electronic processing, underwriting and risk management, transaction monitoring, portfolio review, due diligence, auditing, cash management, and CBD-specific business and banking coursework, among others.

Bill Walden, Director of Merchant Services

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Bill Walden brings more than 15 years of sales experience to Fincann. Most recently, Bill served as the Director of Sales for an electronic payment processing firm, fluent in the challenges faced by many businesses -- including restricted industries like cannabis, CBD and hemp -- as they decide which merchant processor is best for their needs. As the Director of Merchant Services, Bill works with clients to help them understand their options, take them through the application process, and guide them as they decide which solution is best for them. He also brings significant experience in team building and leadership, staff development, coaching, training, and management to the company. Bill is currently completing the Certified Cannabis Banking Professional (CCBP) credential course from CBANC.
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