Meet The Blinc Group

A Connected Group of Top Vaping and Cannabis Industry Experts

Our Team

Meet the Driving Force Behind Blinc

Our People are the very foundation of our success as a business and an unparalleled influencing force in every aspect of cannabis and vapor industries worldwide. We’re a tight-knit team. Our management and advisory board contribute deep industry expertise and relationships that play an integral in each of our companies.

Sasha Aksenov
Sasha Aksenov (Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Brand & Business Development)

A vaporizer industry thought leader, a serial entrepreneur, founder of Brand Labs NY, an award-winning brand strategist and a marketing industry veteran with a successful 20+ year track record of launching and scaling brands like Sun – Netscape Alliance, Remi Martin, Cablevision, Lufthansa, Thailand Tourism and NYC Department of Education.

Arnaud Dumas de Rauly
Arnaud Dumas de Rauly (Co-Founder and Co- Chief Executive Officer, Strategy & Corporate Development)

Chairman of the International ISO committee on Vaping Standards, Chairman of the European CEN Committee on Vapor Products, former President of FIVAPE in EU, and one of the world’s most renowned experts in Vapor Technology, regulations, manufacturing and distribution.

Givi Topchishvili
Givi Topchishvili (Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Strategy)

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.

Dr. Iggy Vatelman
Dr. Iggy Vatelman Dr. Iggy Vatelman (Managing Partner, Distribution)

A seasoned entrepreneur and a wellness & lifestyle expert. Iggy is a founder of successful lifestyle brands like Nyrtia Health and Ethos Collective, as well as Slon Medical Instrument – an established healthcare product distribution operation with a nationwide footprint.

Gary Krimershmoys
Gary Krimershmoys Gary Krimershmoys (Chief Investment Officer)

Former VP for Penn Investment Advisors, his career includes wealth management, angel investing, trading equity derivatives on the American Stock Exchange and heading the European Structured Credit Derivatives team for Tullett Prebon, the 2nd biggest inter-dealer broker in London.

Max Soni
Max Soni Chief Digital Officer

A digital strategy guru and serial growth hacker behind brands like BBC America and, Max is one of the nation’s top digital strategists with a 3 year track record in vapor tech marketing.

Jay Hirschson

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.

David Rheins

David Rheins is the Founder of the Marijuana Business Association which focuses business intelligence, networking, and commercial opportunities for its members. A business leader with 30+ years experience building and operating organizations as a senior executive for Rolling Stone, SPIN, iVillage, Corbis, Time Warner and America Online.

Alex Tops
Alex Tops Marketing Advisor

As a marketing strategist and entrepreneur, Alex developed investment platforms, award-winning digital products and startups in diverse sectors including cannabis & healthcare.

Jackie Zhuang
Jackie Zhuang Distribution Advisor

Jackie is currently a partner at Broad Far Limited, an international novel vapor technologies product distribution company from China and also Co-owner of Liberty Distribution LLC, which is a California based vapor device distribution company.

Darin Zoffoli
Darin Zoffoli RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT advisor

Darin is a creative visionary, an engineer and a vapor technologies expert. He’s a founder and leader of Nicesteams – a USA based R&D and manufacturing facility that has produced some of the most innovative vapor hardware on the market.

Marie Harang-Eltz, PhD
Marie Harang-Eltz, PhD Scientific Advisor

With a doctorate of Pharmaceutical Sciences from King’s College, Marie studies pressurized metered dose inhalers for the treatment of lung diseases. She managed projects for the Vype brand and now for Enovap which she joined as scientific developer in 2016.

Peter Beckett
Peter Beckett EU Compliance Advisor

Leading EU public policy and regulatory affairs consultant specializing in disruptive innovation. A thought leader in standard setting via CEN/ISO, FDA rule making and regulatory affairs with deep expertise in vapor tech and harm reduction.

Dr. Monica Vialpando
Dr. Monica Vialpando Scientific Advisor

Monica is a pharmaceutical scientist who specializes in vapor products and cannabinoids. She helps clients prepare their formulations for regulatory scrutiny, devises analytical strategies, and advises on scientific and quality control issues.

Alexandra Gnedeva
Alexandra Gnedeva Brand Manager

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.

Jean-Pierre Ceccaldi
Jean-Pierre Ceccaldi Channel Development – EU

Jean-Pierre is based in EU, leading the conversation with our connected group of top vapor and cannabis industry experts to guide the launch and expansion of Blinc incubator companies in the countries of the European Union.

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