THE BLINC #CANNAFAM

Meet the team of experts behind the industry’s most trusted vaping products

Our People are the very foundation of our success as a business and an unparalleled influencing force in every aspect of the cannabis and vaping industries worldwide.

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Arnaud Dumas De Rauly

ARNAUD DUMAS DE RAULY

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Arnaud is currently Co-Founder and CEO of The Blinc Group. He is a proven thought leader in the science, technology, and supply chain of vaping products.

Arnaud currently serves as Chairman of the ISO (International) Standards Committee TC126/SC3 on Vaping Products & Chairman of the CEN (European) Standards Committee TC437 on Vapor Products. He is also a member of the informal Marijuana Science and Policy Work Group managed by the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). His assistance and knowledge of the vaping space have been requested by multiple regulatory bodies across North America, Europe, and Asia.

He is also the former President of FIVAPE, the French vaping trade federation and now serves as the organization's Secretary-General for International Relations.

Bilingual in French and English (dual citizenship), fluent in Spanish, Arnaud has worked in France, China, UAE, Tunisia, Spain, UK and the USA. He frequently serves as a keynote speaker at international vaping and cannabis conferences across the globe. Arnaud holds an Executive MBA & a Masters of Engineering Degree.

Alexander Sasha Aksenov

ALEXANDER “SASHA” AKSENOV

Co-Founder, Chief Innovation Officer

Sasha is a Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of The Blinc Group. A hands-on creative leader, a serial entrepreneur, a multiple award-winning brand strategist, and a design industry veteran with a successful 25+ year track record of launching and scaling multinational brands and products.

For the past 7+ years, Sasha’s key focus has been on cannabis vaping, where he has become a recognized thought leader, often quoted and called upon for his opinion by major cannabis brands and key media like Forbes, MJ Business Reporter, and Green Entrepreneur.

His impressive career in roles of founder and managing partner of ventures ranging from branding studios, record labels, media management companies to marketing agencies, where Sasha brought new ideas to market for the world’s leading brands like Novartis, Lufthansa, Harley Davidson, and Verizon among others, is what allows him to provide evidence-based strategic guidance with clear alignment of brand and business goals and a laser focus on the long game.

JAY HIRSCHSON

JAY HIRSCHSON

Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining The Blinc Group, Mr. Hirschson was CFO of StrikeAd, Inc., acquired by Sizmek, Inc. in 2015, as well as TRAFFIQ, Inc., a company he co-founded. Jay graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and later received an MBA cum laude from Columbia University.

ERIC NEWMAN

ERIC NEWMAN

Director of Sales

Former Chief Sales Officer of 3Win Corp, Eric Newman has a proven track record of success in positions of increasing responsibility over a 27 year period. He has held positions requiring full P/L responsibility and shown a proven ability to drive top line growth. Eric has worked with all the major producer processors and lifestyle brands in the cannabis industry across the country. He has consistently built teams and operational routines from the ground up.

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CARL GIORDANO

Director of Enterprise Solutions

A dynamic, driven and results-oriented entrepreneur. A client relations, business development and project management executive with over 20 years of success across corporate, investment and entrepreneurial ventures. He holds two Master’s degrees, one from the University of Chicago and one from NYU.

Givi Topchishvili

GIVI TOPCHISHVILI

Co-Founder

Entrepreneur, investor, and author, with 30 years of market entry experience in Europe, Asia, and the US. Givi has founded and exited multiple companies in the media and marketing space, including Global Advertising Strategies, WeFund Health, and the 9.8 Group. Author of multiple patents and books on marketing strategy.

ALEXANDRA GNEDEVA

ALEXANDRA GNEDEVA

Director of Procurement

A seasoned marketing professional with a passion for building productive relationships with clients, partners, and team members, Alexandra is a strategist focused on identifying trends and tailoring products to meet market requirements.

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GARY KRIMERSHMOYS

Corporate Development

A career in capital markets spanned being a Partner of a market-making firm on the floor of AmEx, wealth management and running European Structured Credit Derivatives at Tullett Prebon LLC in London. He holds the Series 7 and 66 FINRA licenses.

ADRIEN PLA

ADRIEN PLA

Supply Chain Manager

Adrien is based in Shenzhen China, where he manages The Blinc Group’s supply chain and logistics. During his impressive career, Adrien has held key quality control and supply management positions in major companies across Hong Kong, France, Italy, Taiwan, and China. In his latest engagement, Adrien was responsible for sourcing, logistics, and product development for luxury hotels at Palatino Hospitality with a focus on eco-friendly products, materials, and processes. His proficiency and expertise in managing multiple suppliers and assemblers while keeping compliance and logistics in check make Adrien a valuable part of the Blinc team.

 

Adrien holds a Master’s degree in Science of Management from IÉSEG Business School in Paris and an MBA from the National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan.

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CREEK HE

Quality Control Manager

Creek joined us after 5+ years in operating SKK Technology, a nicotine and cannabis vaping product manufacturer. Before this Creek spent 15+ years focusing on quality control procedures and supply chain management for Walmart, Bombay and Lowes. Now in charge of Blinc’s Sourcing and QA team in Shenzhen.

Tyler

TYLER KIRKPATRICK

Account Executive

Tyler is a seasoned cannabis marketing and sales professional, based in Colorado. Over the course of his impressive career in cannabis sales, Tyler has represented business interests of the industry’s leading brands, including Apothecary Extracts, Binske, EVO Lab, and Dixie Elixirs. Tyler is detail-oriented and results-driven without losing sight of high touch customer service and support. With over 14 years of sales experience and a very deep-rooted relationship with cannabis professionals nationwide, Tyler has what it takes to help any brand grow and thrive.

GRETCHEN GAILEY

GRETCHEN GAILEY

PR & Media Relations Consultant

Gretchen Gailey has worked in the cannabis industry for the past six years in a communications and government affairs role advancing the industry through its data and the stories of those involved. She is the founder of Panoptic Strategies, a consulting firm that works specifically with cannabis clients to make sure they have the traction they need to grow their businesses and influence policy makers.

While in cannabis, Gailey most recently worked at KCSA Strategic Communications and as the Executive Vice President of Communications & Government Affairs for New Frontier Data where she developed and implemented an integrated strategic communications plan to advance the company's brand identity, making it one of the most recognized companies in the cannabis space. She has also worked with lawmakers to inform them on tax policy and provided the U.S. Senate Finance Committee with the data necessary to draft cannabis tax legislation.

Before joining the cannabis industry, she served as the Communications Director for Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA), the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Gailey also has a wide depth of knowledge in communications stemming from more than 10 years of experience as a journalist with Fox News and NBC News in Washington, D.C. She has interviewed heads of state, covered natural disasters, political campaigns, terrorist trials and told the stories of countless Americans across the country.

Gretchen holds a Bachelor degree in Journalism from Penn State University.

Nolan

NOLAN LEE

Social Media Manager

Nolan is an NYC pro-skateboarding legend, a cannabis connoisseur, and a proven master of social media engagement. At a young age, Nolan has founded his own successful skateboarding brand, then moving on to applying his skills to building the social strategy behind East Coast cultural icons like POW!! skateboards and Ethik Clothing Co.

BOHDAN

BOHDAN "BO" BURMICH

Sr. Multimedia Designer

Bo is an integral part of our product design and creative support team. His unique skill set and perspective come from a very diverse 20+ year creative career. Bo’s past positions include creative leadership roles with major ad agencies, design and branding studios, film and animation firms as well as entertainment and record labels. During his impressive career, Bo has worked on strategic creative solutions for major international brands like Reuters, DirecTV, Lufthansa, Pfizer, Novo Nordisk among many others. Bo is meticulous in his approach to aligning the business goals with creative solutions and has a passion for creating unique, functional product experiences.

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OUR CLIENTS

A few words from industry leaders

Quality control and compliance were our most important factors for choosing a hardware designer, producer and supplier. Blinc was chosen over others considered based on their reputation and experience for these key factors.
A team of rockstars across the board, from brand realignment to product development to training and support - big thank you!!!
The integrity of that medicine starts with the hardware that is used to deliver it and we knew that partnering with the Blinc Group was the best way to provide that kind of quality and reliability to our patients.
Working with Blinc Group was a completely seamless experience. Our team is very particular and detail-oriented, but Blinc was able to walk us through all our questions and queries to create a product we are stoked about.
The Blinc Group's unmatched customer service and supply chain diligence give us the peace of mind needed to provide our patients and customers with a quality product.
You guys are the best! Keep up the great work! We look forward to working more with Blinc as our hardware partner!
We could not be happier with our choice to work with The Blinc Group, and look forward to continue innovating with them in the future.
The alignment between our two companies is fantastic. Blinc takes safety and quality as seriously as we do, and the outcome of the working relationship has both teams excited...
The Blinc Group produces high quality products and provides great, attentive, and friendly customer service. We especially appreciate their documented attention to testing and compliance.
Fume Labs and the Blinc Group are incredible partners and we’re very fortunate to be working with them on our first product.