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David Tuttleman

Matrix NV

With a family history deeply rooted in operating successful business entities, David Z. Tuttleman has excelled for more than 35 years across a variety of industries, including apparel, consumer goods manufacturing, food & beverage, philanthropic efforts and more.

Born and raised in the Philadelphia area David worked in apparel production for his family’s business. The company started as Corner House, a chain of 1970's discount stores only to grow into what became the Limited's worldwide resource—MAST Industries.

At MAST Industries, David was by his father Stanley’s side as they developed production offices across the world—from Sri Lanka to Seoul, New Delhi to Hong Kong and beyond. Their efforts launched the immense growth of the Limited brands and helped create the fastest growing apparel company in history.

In the early 90’s David worked to create a retail chain called Midshipman, a private label clothing company where he spearheaded a team of dedicated designers and merchants. He then used the knowledge gained to build Frugal Fannies—a chain of women’s only, weekend warehouse stores. David and his partner grew the retail chain to six stores and $80,000,000 in sales.

In 1995, David decided to shift his focus to a different industry—hospitality. Utilizing the knowledge he garnered over the years he launched Kahunaville, a tropical oasis combining dining with entertainment and a nightclub-like atmosphere. The success of the first location spurred growth by way of 15 themed restaurants in the United States and Asia. The popularly themed bar and restaurant found itself a home at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas strip, and thus began David’s commitment to providing job opportunities in the Southern Nevada community.

In 2006, David lost his father to bone cancer and then just a few years later he lost his older sister to brain cancer.

These experiences left a mark upon him— one that challenged him to become involved in healthcare. In particular, watching his sister lose all connection to the world she once thrived in while witnessing the inability for traditional medicines to help her sparked David’s interest in medical marijuana.  He was fascinated as he watched his sister’s legal use of medical marijuana allow her to find joy in her final days.

This experience led David to create Matrix NV, which is now a fully licensed and operational medical marijuana growing and processing company located in North Las Vegas. As CEO of Matrix NV, David oversees every aspect of the company.  Not only was David intimately involved in all phases of construction of the state of the art 26,000 square foot facility, he has in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the business, from process flow in cultivation, security, inventory controls, compliance, packaging design and marketing.

In addition, to his business interests, David is a Trustee of the Tuttleman Foundation, and through his leadership, the Tuttleman Foundation has supported several Pennsylvania based initiatives, including, but not limited to the following; The Franklin Institute, MANNA, University of Pennsylvania’s Urban Nutrition Initiative, West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, YWCA of Chester Pennsylvania, Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia, Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, Maternity Care Coalition, Lutheran Settlement House, Jewish Family Children Services, Prevention Point Philadelphia, Philadelphia Youth Tennis, Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth, and Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Currently, David resides in Wilmington, DE and spends his free time with wife Kristine and his four children.

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