Business 100 – 2019

Nicholas Keane Vita/Columbia Care

Nicholas “Nick” Keane Vita is the founder and CEO of Columbia Care Inc., one of the nation’s leading cannabis companies. His background of 25 years as corporate leader, strategic advisor, and investor gave him the experience and inspiration to create Columbia Care, its mindset, and “vertical” structure. Columbia Care cultivates, manufactures, and dispenses its products while putting its focus on its guests’ experiences, their personalized treatment, and interactions with their individual wellness specialists (including PharmDs, pharmacists with PhDs in pharmacy). This model has made Columbia Care one of the most successful of all network dispensaries in the United States.

A graduate of Columbia University, Nick began his career as a strategic advisor at S. G. Warburg then as a member of the Healthcare Investment Banking Department at Goldman Sachs. Prior to Columbia Care, Nick was a partner and served as the chairman of the investment committee at Apelles Investment Management, LLC. In 2018 Nick was awarded a Tribeca Film Festival Disruptive Innovation Award for his efforts to combat the opioid crisis as CEO of Columbia Care. His grandmother Helen Keane was born in Ireland.