John R. Downs serves as an Executive Vice President for Asia Horizon and is based in Los Angeles.
Mr. Downs was previously Director of Business Development for The Arcview Group, where he oversaw business and corporate development including revamping the structure of Arcview’s forums, spearheading Bridge and Series A financings, and the formation of FINRA registered broker dealer Arcview Capital.
Mr. Downs began investing in the cannabis industry in January 2015 as a Managing Director of MJIC (now Manifest7). He is an active investor and advisor to early-stage cannabis companies. John was Entrepreneur-in-Residence and voted a “Top 3 Mentor” of Gateway Accelerator in Oakland, previously sat on the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) Legislative and Manufacturing sub-committees, and was a formation board member of the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA).
Prior to joining the cannabis industry, Mr. Downs was a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor for alternatives-focused boutique wealth management firm Euro Pacific Capital, where he advised on over $130M in assets for HNW clients and participated in dozens of corporate finance transactions for small-cap high-growth companies. In 2006, he founded and operated a multi-state wholesale mortgage lender, funding over $300M in loans in 18 months of operation. During his 20+ years in business, finance, and entrepreneurship, he has experienced firsthand the inflation and bursting of the telecom, dotcom, housing, and commodity bubbles, giving him a unique perspective on markets and investing. He is a certified yoga instructor and holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.