Dominic Marella
Director & Partner

Dom is a girl-dad of three and a regular volunteer lunch “mom” at their schools. No stranger to highly regulated markets, Dom spent nearly a decade in the commodities and derivatives industry. Taking that compliance-focused experience to a fintech startup in Chicago, Dom launched the cannabis practice group at Paro, a digital-first accounting platform. He worked with dozens of cannabis entrepreneurs seeking licensure in Illinois – building financial models and business plans during the adult-use dispensary application round. Building elite finance teams for cannabis companies with limited resources and excessive 280E tax burdens, Dom grew the cannabis group to be the fastest-growing vertical supporting start-ups, legacy operators, and MSOs. In 2021, Dom joined Abaca and opened the Chicagoland office. As VP of Business Development at Abaca, Dom leads the sales team to nationally bring full-service banking and treasury management solutions to cannabis operators.

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