Industry Blazers is a periodic Q&A that spotlights Arizona’s talented medical marijuana professionals who influence and grow the industry. Brought to you by a collaboration between AZmarijuana.com and Proven Media. Do you know someone that is an Industry Blazer in Arizona? If so, email us their name and contact info.
Shansan “Chance” Chambers | Founder of 420 Ultimate Tours
Shansan “Chance” Chambers is an Arizona-based cannabis entrepreneur with more than five years of experience in the industry. He is the owner and founder of 420 Ultimate Tours and Mwisho Cannabis products, named after the Swahili word for ultimate.
Raised by his grandmother in Phoenix, Chance was the first in his family to graduate from college and received his degree from Grand Canyon University. He was inspired to enter the cannabis space after learning his grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. After months of involvement, Chance recognized a need for more dynamic, patient-focused education, especially for seniors. In 2017, he established 420 Ultimate Tours which offers dispensary tours, community and private events catering to different patient demographics.
420 Ultimate Tours has worked with some of the most recognized brands in the industry, including Vapen, Grow Sciences, and the national organization Women Grow.
420 Ultimate Tours is currently operating in Arizona with plans to open in all markets, starting with California and Michigan. As one of the few black cannabis business owners in the community, Chance is motivated to grow and diversify the industry as well as serve as a role model for the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Website: 420 Ultimate Tours
What is your favorite strain name?
What talent would you most like to have?
Besides being a cannabis industry professional, what’s your dream occupation?
Mentor for the youth. Giving back to my family and community.
What motivates you to work hard?
My family and defeating all odds. Coming into the industry I knew it would be a long road. Leaving a legacy for my family and a blueprint for them to follow. I work hard so I can help others whether its financially or through education.
Who do you most admire in the industry?
All the ones who paved the way. People such as Mikel Weisser in the local Arizona market who recently passed away and Steve White. I admire his hard work and dedication. Nationally, I admire Hope Wiseman, the youngest African American dispensary owner.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Overcoming and defeating the odds. Being the first in my family to graduate college.
What is your life motto?
“If there is no struggle there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass. Teamwork makes the dream work.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Take nothing for granted. Be thankful. It’s the small things that count. There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going.
What’s a goal you hope to achieve in the next year?
Grow cannabis business into other markets. Team up with other cannabis brands to educate and involve the black community in the industry.
What’s your favorite part about being in the cannabis industry?
The challenges that the industry presents. Connecting and networking with other ambitious people. The cannabis business brings out the best in me. Accepting all challenges as one of the few black business owners in the community.
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