Over his thirty year career, Mitchell Kahn has demonstrated a successful track record of business management and entrepreneurship. In 2014, after Illinois passed its medical cannabis program, Kahn co-founded Grassroots Cannabis (“GR”), a company that grows, processes and sells cannabis through its vertically integrated business model in order to provide safe and efficacious cannabinoid products to consumers.
With Kahn in the role of CEO, the company has grown to have operations in eleven states with more than 61 licenses and more than 400 employees, making it the largest private multi-state operator in the United States. Grassroots continues to rapidly expand its footprint and develop the company’s portfolio to address the key medical, wellness and adult-use market sectors.
Kahn also serves as Co-Founder and Chairman of Frontline Real Estate Partners, a Chicago-based real estate investment and advisory company with expertise in the acquisition, development, management, disposition and leasing of commercial real estate properties throughout the United States with a focus on the Midwest. Founded in 2010, Frontline invests in value-add properties and provides transactional and advisory services to banks, financial institutions and owners with a focus on the real estate restructuring industry. The company has acquired properties valued at more than $125,000,000 and has built a successful brokerage and property management business currently managing more than two million square feet of properties.
Prior to forming Frontline, Kahn co-founded and served as President and CEO of Hilco Real Estate, one of the country’s leading real estate restructuring, disposition valuation and appraisal firms. During his tenure, Kahn grew Hilco Real Estate from a startup subsidiary of the Hilco Organization into a company with more than 30 employees and annual revenues in excess of $15,000,000.
Prior to joining Hilco, Kahn served as Senior Vice President of Sportmart, a retail sporting goods chain. During his tenure, Sportmart grew from 20 stores to 70 retail locations throughout the United States and Canada before the company merged with Gart Sports.
Kahn graduated from the University of Wisconsin and Northwestern University Law School. Kahn is actively involved in the Les Turner ALS Foundation and ORT America, in addition to several other charitable organizations.