February 16, 2018 at 10:18 am EDT | by Peter Rosenstein
Comings & Goings
Brad Davis, Comings & Goings, gay news, Washington Blade

The ‘Comings & Goings’ column chronicles important life changes of Blade readers.

The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at comingsandgoings@washblade.com.

Brad Davis, gay news, Washington Blade

Brad Davis (Photo courtesy of Davis)

Congratulations to Brad Davis chosen to head the new division of Acorn Paper. Acorn Paper Products Company is one of the largest independent, family-owned paper and packaging companies in the Western United States. This new division, Acorn Paper Cannabis Packaging (APCP), will focus on meeting the paper, packaging, janitorial/sanitation and custom promotional needs of the cannabis industry. David Weissberg, CEO of Acorn, said, “We recognize the tremendous opportunity that the cannabis industry presents to our company. This will be a $70B industry in just a few years, and Brad Davis is the perfectly positioned executive to lead our initiatives in the space.” Upon accepting the position Brad said, “I am proud to represent one of the largest privately held packaging companies on the West Coast. With their long history of success and vertical focus in areas from agriculture to wine, addressing the needs of the entire cannabis supply chain is a natural addition to the Acorn family.”

Davis is a senior sales, marketing and business development executive. He has a record leveraging innovation to drive revenue and market share growth. His background includes several C-suite corporate sales executive posts at major digital media organizations including Disney, AOL and Comcast. He is a recognized “lifestyle brand expert” in fashion, parties & events, and was recently recognized by Angeleno Magazine as one of Los Angeles’ “Modern Men.”

Congratulations also to Mario Enríquez who began his new position as domestic programs manager with the LGBTQ Victory Institute. In this position he will help deliver top-notch training and executive development programming to openly LGBTQ public leaders and future leaders. Victory’s suite of programs is aimed at growing the skills and leadership capacity of participants from college-aged to mid-career public servants. He will lead the Victory Congressional Internship (VCI) and Victory Congressional Fellowship (VCF) programs and manage recruitment and selection process for VCI and VCF and work with the director of domestic programs. In addition he will serve as deputy director in the planning and execution of the International LGBTQ Leadership Conference, which brings together 500+ LGBTQ officials and other policy makers

Prior to joining Victory Institute, Enríquez worked as a summer program coordinator with the George Washington University–Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute. Before that he was with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) as a Higher Education Graduate Fellow. He worked as a Youth Leadership Associate with the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).

Mario Enríquez (Photo courtesy of Enríquez)

Congratulations also to Kimberley Bush, named interim executive director of the DC Center. The DC Center’s mission is to educate, empower, celebrate, and connect the LGBT communities.

Bush came back to The Center a year ago after serving as executive director of the DC Shorts Film Festival, to serve as director of arts and cultural programs. Prior to that she had been at The Center as program director of Reel Affirmations. Bush said, “I am excited to have this new opportunity to serve the LGBTQ community in D.C. and to use my knowledge and experience to promote all the programs of The Center.”

Prior to coming to The Center, she worked for the Del Ray Artisans Art Gallery and had been a board member and then executive director of One in Ten when it ran the Reel Affirmations Film Festival.

Kimberley Bush (Photo courtesy of the D.C. Center)

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