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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carl is a dynamic, driven, and results-oriented entrepreneur. A project manager, client relations, and business development executive with over 20 years of success across corporate, investment, and entrepreneurial ventures. His experience spans the three highly regulated and competitive industries of finance, education, and for the past few years - cannabis. Carl joined Blanc in 2018 as Director of Enterprise Solutions where he worked with cannabis brands to design and launch custom cannabis consumption devices. He also worked closely with Blinc's Shenzhen team on supply chain projects. In his current role, Carl advises MSOs and Canadian LPs on the design and execution of their vape manufacturing SOPs while also managing the day to day operations of the Blinc Customer Success Team.
As a Customer Success Manager at The Blinc Group, Michael’s focus is on automation solutions and assuring customers are successful with Blinc’s products. He is also Blinc’s technical expertise when it comes to filling and capping automation, 3D prototyping, and finding innovative ways to assure quality client support.
Michael has always been customer focused with the ability to explain complex topics in an easily digestible way. His background includes designing an engineering program and instructing mathematics for kids, and as a Data Science and Modern Visualization intern at NASA where he worked on projects in NLP, augmented and virtual reality, and neuromorphic computing. He has a vast knowledge of software engineering, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, CAD design, cartesian machines, and robotic arms.
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.
As the Blinc Group’s premier Executive Assistant, Ashley Bettinger oversees tasks for C-Suite executives as well as facilitates event planning and logistics for her team. A graduate of Florida State University, Ashley has previously managed several high-end salons, overseeing many of their day-to-day operations. In her free time, Ashley can be found roaming the streets of Chicago during the summer and cuddling up with her two cats to watch reality tv in the winter.
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.
Justin Liu is a Senior Engineer at Blinc China. Justin’s comes to us from an impressive career in vaporizer design and manufacturing for a major producer, before which he spent over 20 years in product design and project management as a mechanical engineer. Justin has years of experience working with every material from plastic to carbon fiber to metals and has complete clarity on complex processes like stamping, injection molding, diecasting, extrusion, etc. that are required to bridge concepts to reality. Today Justin works hand in hand with the product innovation team in New York as well as our partners and suppliers in China to bring our ideas to life. He resolves technical challenges, perfects the blueprints for mass production, audits and sources qualified suppliers for critical components, and ensures a clear path for new products from prototype to final production.
Eleven manages The Blinc Group’s shipping and logistics. During her impressive career in international trading, Eleven has worked in the shipping & logistic field for more than 15 years across a number of industries including houseware, hospitality, and electronics. In her last position, Eleven has also expanded her duties to managing the supply chain and sourcing center. She is an expert in managing the many challenges associated with worldwide shipping and logistics, a critical problem solver, and an expert in logistics workflow optimization.
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.
Lambert joined us after a very impressive career in Quality Control & Supply Chain Management. He has held leading positions at various global companies, including at IKEA in South China, Greater China, Asia Pacific, and the headquarters in Sweden. During his time at Ikea, Lambert has developed in-depth expertise in product development, raw materials procurement, manufacturing and production management, quality control, supplier management, and logistics. Today Lambert has put his expertise to work for Blinc China where he heads up project management for industry-leading North American cannabis vaping brands.
Vina Li is the office manager at Blinc China in Shenzhen. She keeps our pens in ink, our pencils sharpened and our schedules on track so we can each tackle our daily duties and emerge victorious. Vina joined Blinc after three years of working experience at an institutional company in Mauritius, and 2 years handling daily operations and trading business management in China. Vina has a bachelor's degree in textile engineering from Taiyuan University of Technology.
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.
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.
Seth is an Account Manager for The Blinc Group in Colorado. A seasoned cannabis entrepreneur with experience in building sales teams and strategies for several companies in the industry, among them iKrusher. Seth currently holds 18 certifications in cannabis related fields including cultivation and operational focuses.
Coming from an operational background within the food and beverage industry, Seth and his wife Samantha started a web-based auditing tool for cannabis companies that brought them to colorful Colorado! Seth has dedicated his life and career to the cannabis industry ever since and continues to cultivate and extract in his free time.
Former National sales manager for Blissco Cannabis Corp. – a leading Canadian wellness brand based in British Columbia and a multi-licensed processor and distributor of cannabis where Nafisa has led the sales department across Canada and managed business with provincial partners coast to coast. Nafisa is enthusiastic about plant-based medicines especially the cannabis plant. Her mission to break the stigma associated with the plant and educate on safe consumption methods has led her to speak on multiple panels and events about all things cannabis.
Today Nafisa represents The Blinc Group in British Columbia, Canada – spearheading sales efforts and supporting the rapid growth of the Blinc brand within the territory.
FAn avid connoisseur of concentrates and vape hardware, Connor joined us after leading sales at iKrusher, an authorized ALD reseller. Connor is experienced in consultative vape hardware sales and has demonstrated ability to oversee client projects from the idea to commercial success. Custom hardware for rosin vaping is his passion and specialty! Connor is a cannabis industry pioneer and is passionately focused on customer experience, safety, compliance, and ultimately functionality
Prior to joining the Blinc group Nate was involved in a CA-licensed plant touching start up, after which he was a successful sales executive at 3Win - a competing vape brand. Nate is extremely passionate about Cannabis and the positive change it has demonstrated on society. He is also well versed in cannabis vaping and advises Blinc clients on perfecting the end user experience, the product - hardware fit. As a canna-entrepreneur and an industry front runner, Nate is dedicated to consumer education and supporting the evolving industry in delivering clean, safe and compliant end-user cannabis products.
Based in California, Nick is a former Account Manager from a competing hardware company. After spending a few years in the US Army, stationed in South Korea, Nick decided to dedicate his time to something he loved - the plant and the cannabis industry. During his time in cannabis vape sales Nick has developed an appreciation for the consumption method as well as in depth knowledge of the technology. Today Nick advises Blinc clients on the ins and outs of vape tech and its’ practical application in cannabis with a goal of perfecting the end consumer experience.
Rachel joined Blinc after graduating from Molloy College in New York with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing. Highly skilled in data analytics, social media marketing, and finance, Rachel has set her sights on the Cannabis industry early on, following in her father’s footsteps. During her climb to corporate employment Rachel has held jobs in consumer and B2B facing positions, and was selected for an international marketing campaign where she received multiple awards and was certified by the Department of Management Science and Technology at The International Hellenic University.
Today Rachel is hyper-focused on learning every component of Blinc with her inaugural responsibility as a Procurement Associate – helping manage our supply chain, compliance, and logistics.
Dan is a young professional, passionate about practical applications of cannabis, data analysis, and marketing communications. As a Marketing Associate, Dan works closely with our Marketing and Sales teams to provide data-based market insights and support ongoing lead generation initiatives while managing digital assets and assisting the creative team with client-related project workflow.
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