We had the good fortune of connecting with Maxime Kot and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maxime, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I’m naturally, a risk adversed person, which is ironic because I’ve built a career and a business advising individuals and groups to take large amounts of risks. I think of risk as anything that pushes someone outside of their comfort zone, as simple as hiking Camelback Mountain (if you’ve never done it before) to investing in a business. When it comes to making risky decisions, while I do my due diligence, it always boils down to trusting my gut, and it has never served me wrong. Being a cannabis business consultant, over the years, I’ve advised individuals and groups to invest in what most still believe to be risky, but have also witnessed great success and return on investment in an unbelievably short turnaround – which in turn pushed my naturally risk adversed self and threshold/idea of risk enough to start and invest in a business, let alone, during a pandemic.
What should our readers know about your business?
The Cannabis Business Advisors is a cannabis business consulting firm that specializes in applications/licensing, facility openings, business operations and mergers and acquisitions. We are a woman owned and operated team of experts with more than 20+ years of combined cannabis experience, having participated in over 20 markets within the U.S. and 5 countries. For the past 6 years in the cannabis industry, it’s been an honor to be part of shaping the cannabis industry and witness a historical movement with cannabis legalization. To say it was easy building a career and a business as a minority woman in her 20s, would be a lie. Overcoming challenges wasn’t an option for me, I had to, you just figure it out. I was fortunate enough to have people in my camp who provided support and advice during challenging times which helped a lot. I’ve learned to truly never take anything for granted, remain humble and be honest. As the business grows, I want the company to breed opportunities for young women to build a sustainable career, just like my mentor now business partner did for me.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love how Arizona gives you a constant vacation vibe, it took me a while to get used to when I moved here 7 years ago. I would definitely plan a staycation at a resort, maybe the Andaz or the JW Mariott. We’d plan a trip to Sedona because that is a must-see for visitors and it never gets old, go off-roading or horseback riding then have dinner at my favorite restaurant Mariposa Grill, they have great food and the best views. Of course a lot has changed since COVID, but working under the impression things have normalized, as a huge foodie, we’d probably spend the rest of our time restaurant/bar hopping in the Valley: Little Miss BBQ, Steak 44, the Parlor, just to name a few – but nothing beats home cooking, so I would likely plan a few meals/gatherings with close friends.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are 2 – my mother and mentor. Growing up, my mother raised me to believe anything was possible if you put your mind to it and tried really hard, “if there’s a will, there’s a way!” I remember thinking my mother was superwoman and could make anything possible, I attribute my perseverance to her. My mentor (now business partner) showed me there are people that want to share success and will advocate for it, I thank her for providing me with the business opportunities I have today.