About Marijuana Cultivation and Consulting

Optimal Growth is comprised of a team of experienced professionals with a passion for medical cannabis and commitment to success.

Our core goal as cannabis consultants is to use our over 25 years of combined personal experience in cultivation, business development and retail distribution and apply that knowledge to you, our valued client.

With every client, we take great pride in providing the best advisement and guidance possible. Thus contributing to you, achieving your company’s long-term and short-term goals.

Optimal Growth Inc.

From everyone on the Optimal Growth team, we thank you for considering us as your potential cannabis consultants and look forward to meeting with you.

Meet The Team

David Najera

Founder & CEO

David is a medical marijuana careerist and “ganjapreneur” with over thirteen years’ industry experience.  Prior to founding Optimal Growth Inc., David owned and operated four dispensaries, owned three cultivation sites, and served as an intermediary broker, connecting cultivators to the ever-growing medical marijuana retail market.  David has seen and experienced firsthand the rapid changes in the industry over the past decade, giving him expertise and insight into all aspects of “cannabusiness.”  Attributing his success to business savvy and industry experience, David has become a leading cannabis industry consultant, specializing in streamlining operations, real estate services, developing new investments, and operations management.

David also proudly served his country as a U.S. Marine.

Joel Garcia

Founder & Senior Cultivator

Joel brings over fourteen years’ experience of marijuana cultivation in a wide variety of grow environments. Joel began his career as an indoor, boutique grower — making his mark in the industry through top-notch cultivation of the hottest strains.  In 2006, Joel expanded into outdoor and greenhouse cultivation and mastered the art of designing and building out new cultivations sites from scratch.  With an expansive network of cultivators, Joel holds the secrets to industry-tested practices, including cultivation space design, irrigation, grading, organic pest control, nutrient regiment design, environmental controls, and environment impact reduction.

Joel owned and operated a franchise of Stop & Grow Hydroponics cultivation supply stores before selling them and dedicating his full energies to cultivation projects.

John Manolian

Director of Cultivation

John is an Emerald Cup Judge and has worked closely with their development. As well as working with and co-founding Loompa Farms. John advises and consults with Optimal Growth inc., Frey Vineyards, Mendo Greenhouse, Humboldt Grace, Beneficial Seed Exchange, and others smaller start ups. Experienced in all aspects of the cannabis industry. John is friend and ally with most veteran breeders and growers of today and the past.

You can see some of John’s work by Googling “loompa farms” or looking at his social media accounts @official_loompafarms @lf_oompapa

James Strand

Senior Advisor

James brings to the table a powerful and impressive depth of experience that spans the public and private sectors.  James previously worked as a U.S. diplomat responsible for overseas embassy operations as well as finance and budget management for five U.S. embassies.  Managing embassy budgets and finances of over $6 billion, James became proficient in the intricate and dynamic aspects of financial accounting in ever-changing regulatory climates.  Prior to founding Optimal Growth Inc., James sought out, developed, and structured cannabis industry investments.  In 2015, he helped entrepreneurs launch two dispensaries, four delivery services, and four cultivations sites.  James also worked as a private consultant in the cannabis and tech industries, specializing in strategic growth, branding, efficiency analyses, maximization of profits, and operations management.  James’ robust experience and adaptability make him well-suited to oversee and give direction to our rapid growth in this highly-regulated and burgeoning industry.

James began investing in the medical marijuana industry in 2008 after a close friend successfully treated his chronic illness with medicinal marijuana.  James is a proud alum of UC Berkeley and UC San Diego, where he graduated with the highest honors from both his undergraduate and graduate programs.  James also proudly served his country as a U.S. Marine.

Joseph Gasbarri

VP of Business Development

Joseph is a lifelong entrepreneur with extensive operational, management, and finance experience. He graduated from Indiana University with a dual degree in 1994. His experience ranges from founding and consulting many businesses in a broad spectrum of industries including: construction, technology, hospitality, internet marketing and medicinal marijuana.

Joseph has over twenty years experience in the cannabis industry. He has spent the last decade assisting cultivators in the transition to legal medicinal marijuana farmers. By using his extensive experience as a CFO, COO and CMO; along with interfacing with organizations that include the State Board of Equalization, Worker’s Compensation, Alcohol Beverage Control, EDD, OSHA. Joseph is able to provide the essential skills to achieve success for his clients

Jason Kamen

Senior Cultivator

Jason has been cultivating both indoor and outdoor marijuana in California for over 20 years. Medical Marijuana activisim has been on the forefornt of his goals for many years.

He has held multiple positions at Safe Access Now in Santa Barbara County. As the coordinator of Americans for Safe Access, he has played an instrumental role in the opening, operating and managing of 3 dispensaries in Santa Barbara, California.

Additionally, Jason has also managed and consulted for three medical dispensaries and their respective cultivation programs in Denver and Boulder, Colorado.

Jason specializes in cultivating boutique varietals. Currently he is growing and breeding with some of the world’s most sought after strains.

With his decades of cultivation experience, this has made him a master of space design, irrigation, pest control, nutrient regiment and environmental controls.

He brings with him the knowledge and experience that can only be gained through generations of cultivation to provide for our clients.