About

The Team Behind Your Next Success

Creating a Platform for the Emerging Natural Product Industries

 

CMW Media is the leading PR Agency for the natural products industries. We are award-winning industry leaders and producers whose inherent talent is capturing messages worldwide and educating the public.  With hundreds of news clips from AFP, Reuters, Associated Press and more, the overall fundamental understanding about CMW Media is this: if you are our client, our focus is putting the spotlight on your business or organization’s initiatives.

Full-Service

We are a full-service public relations and marketing agency.

Award-Winning

CMW is comprised of multiple award-winning documentary film makers, journalists and marketers.

Efficient

We strive to be unprecedented in our efficacy of publicizing our clients’ key initiatives

One-Stop

We are a one-stop resource for all your PR and media needs.

Our Values

Integrity, ethics, professionalism & community – the foundation of success.

Our Mission

Educates the public on your truths, uniquely, through headline news.

Our Vision

 Catapults life-changing ideas into the mainstream.

 

Andrew Hard

With more than a dozen years of experience as an investigative journalist, Andrew Hard has a passion for strategic communications and helping clients achieve national and international exposure for their products, brands and messages. Hard spent nearly a decade at FOX and FOXNews.com, and has won two prestigious NEAL Awards for his work at Corporate Counsel magazine. Working as FOXNews.com’s Front Page Editor, Hard helped the site achieve a period of unprecedented growth; in his tenure, Hard was responsible for doubling site traffic from 20 to 40 million hits a day, and driving it to a record 80 million page views for the month of October.


Now a global spokesperson for the legitimate cannabis industry, Mr. Hard is proud to serve as CMW Media’s CEO, which already has a track record of demonstrated success for clients such as KannaLife Sciences, Axim Biotech and Medical Marijuana, Inc. Before joining CMW, Mr. Hard was the Director of Marketing at ForwardMetrics and Social Media and Communications Manager at Directed. Hard holds a journalism degree from NYU.

Chief Executive Officer, Co­-Founder

Kyle Porter

With a passion for business and marketing, Kyle Porter got his first taste of success while in college working as the Advertising Director for the school newspaper. Upon graduation with a marketing degree, Kyle began his agency career at a small start-up agency as a Marketing Assistant. With a "knack for numbers", Kyle eventually took over accounting, HR, and logistics as well as continued to grow his marketing responsibilities within the company. After transitioning to a larger agency in Scottsdale, Kyle began his management track as the Director of Operations for Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations managing a team of over 25 staff across three departments. Using the sales skills he had acquired in his time in advertising, Kyle eventually took on a business development role landing the largest contract the agency had ever been awarded that resulted in new revenues in excess of $2million. Realizing that building agencies had become his career path, Kyle transitioned to CMW Media with the hopes to grow the agency to become a worldwide leader in PR and marketing for the Cannabis industry. 

 

"All our dreams can come true if we have but the courage to pursue them." ~ Walt Disney

Director of Operations

Jordan Guzzardo

With more than a decade of experience in the television & film industry, Jordan Guzzardo brings a wealth of production knowledge to CMW Media.  As an accomplished video producer, director & cinematographer, his Emmy Award winning work has been featured in theaters, on television, in prominent film festivals and across the web.  This international experience and exposure has proven beneficial for CMW’s clients.  No matter the situation ­­ from a hot, humid jungle to a comfortable, air conditioned sound stage and everything in between ­­ Jordan’s extensive experience is leveraged into meaningful results for our clients.  In addition to a dozen years of on­the-job experience, Jordan has a Bachelor of Science in Television, Film and New Media from San Diego State University.

Director of Media

Aaron Wood

Aaron Wood has spent the last decade sharpening his strategic communications skills in various positions that allowed him to work with many companies to not only achieve exposure for their products, brands and messages, but also develop the relationships it takes to make it in the public relations and corporate world. Wood spent the last 7 years working for a global public relations firm helping clients create the powerful communications strategies and programs they need to effectively reach key industry stakeholders, maximize brand awareness and drive business growth. During this time, he has gained extensive knowledge in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. Aaron is excited to bring his knowledge of these industries to CMW Media as an Account Manager for various cannabis industry companies including Medical Marijuana, Inc., AXIM Biotechnologies and InMed Pharmaceuticals. Wood holds a degree in communications and broadcasting from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Account Manager

Cassandra Dowell

 

Cassandra's experience working as a business reporter and most recently with cannabis startups in roles spanning public and investor relations provides her with a nuanced understanding of the communication challenges and opportunities in heavily regulated markets.

 

Notably, Cassandra served as V.P. of Communications for Revolution Enterprises, Illinois’ largest licensed medical cannabis cultivation and laboratory company. Independent investment bank Ackrell Capital recognized Revolution as one of the top 100 privately owned cannabis companies in 2016. Prior to joining Revolution, Cassandra was a B2B reporter covering finance and business trends within the cannabis and healthcare industries. During her time as a Chicagoland newspaper editor, she received more than 10 Illinois Press Association and Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awards for her coverage of mental health and housing issues. Cassandra holds a journalism degree from Roosevelt University, where she was also an active member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. 

Account Manager

Jordan Lowe

Jordan was born and raised in Sacramento, CA and is a recent graduate of California State University, Sacramento, where he obtained a Bachelor’s of the Arts in Communication Studies, with an emphasis in Public Relations/Image Management.

 

He held numerous leadership positions in college, including the titles of Vice President of Communication and Public Relations for his fraternity and Digital and Social Media Committee Chair in the Sacramento State chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Jordan is passionate about making a positive social change in the world, which is a major part of what makes his career at CMW Media so fulfilling.

 

Outside of the office Jordan enjoys traveling, distance running, playing tennis, and other fitness activities.

 

PR Account Assistant

Christian Rodas

Christian Rodas serves as the Senior Photographer and producer for the CMW media team. Even as a kid, Christian would play with his mother’s old 35mm camera, often snapping out of focus photos of his brothers or the family dog. However, Christian had few aspirations of ever being a professional photographer. It wasn’t until he discovered a passion for story telling did he finally find what he assumes is his calling in life. After studying Journalism at San Diego State University, Christian worked as a photojournalist for the San Diego Union Tribune where he covered a variety of different news and sporting events. Christian brings the same dedication and work ethic to the stories he shares the CMW Media network.

Senior Photographer

Sean Hunsche 

Since graduating with a VFX degree from  Platt College, Sean Hunsche(rhymes with crunchy) has animated, illustrated, and designed for a wide variety of companies. He has designed for major brands from Bigelow to Aleve and also numerous small startups.

 

Sean is driven to provide the highest quality work, no matter the client or project. His drive and passion have led him to find success throughout his career. Never content with doing the same thing twice, he constantly strives to find new solutions to clients problems. Solutions that not only function well but also look great too. Whether he’s animating a new logo, designing an infographic, or editing video, Sean’s versatility has served him well over the years. This versatility has repeatedly been useful while at CMW, allowing him to jump between multiple types of projects in a single day.  Sean is excited to be a member of CMW’s team, and looks forward to the many projects that lay ahead.

 

Peyton Moon

Peyton Moon joins the team as an experienced graphic designer skilled in company branding, logo and package design, online advertising and creative consulting. Graduating Cum Laude from Western Oregon University, she holds a bachelor’s degree in business and visual communications and has worked over 4 years as a producer/freelancer.

 

Focused on creating meaningful design solutions and partnerships with clients, Peyton is passionate about design not only as a profession but in everyday life. As a new addition to the San Diego area, her time has been one of enjoyment and she looks forward to making a positive contribution to the CMW Media team.  

Graphic Design Coordintor

Hunter Snow

Hunter Snow was born and raised in San Diego, CA. He attended Platt College ­ San Diego where he found his passion for Filmmaking and documentary work.

 

He has earned a Bachelor's degree in video production and has worked in a wide range of positions as a freelancer. His endeavours have led him to gain valuable experience working live events, instructional & fitness videos, real­estate photography, short films and various commercials; including a popular Valley View Casino commercial.

 

His time at CMW Media has been a very positive experience spent collaborating on documentaries, live events, and national viral campaigns. He is currently the Equipment Supervisor and a lead photographer at CMW.

Photographer