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 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.

AJ Mekky
AJ Mekky Chief Creative Officer

Branding and creative design specialist, with over 20 years at the intersection of strategy, design, and technology, AJ served as a senior creative executive at global Fortune 500 companies and consulting firms, like KPMG and Bayer Consumer Health, developing and managing world-class design work, brand experience, and communication strategy.

Max Soni
Max Soni Chief Digital Officer

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

Jay Hirschson
Jay Hirschson CHIEF FINANCIAL ADVISOR

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.

Edd Pratt
Edd Pratt Advisor, Sales Manager

Edd is a results-driven operations and sales executive with 36 years of experience. Edd’s previous position was with Kush Holdings (OTC:KSHB) in a role of EVP of Sales, before he was COO of Wizard International and Co-Founder and CEO of New Paradigm Health Systems.

David Rheins
David Rheins COMMUNICATIONS & NETWORKING advisor

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.

Jeff Vandiver
Jeff Vandiver National Sales Manager

Jeff is a seasoned sales executive and leader focusing his entire carrer on the tobacco, vape and consumer packaged goods industries. He has a successful 20 year track record of growing and managing national accounts, leading sales teams and scaling product adoption nationally. Jeff holds a Master of Business Administration from Shorter University.

Joshua Jenkins
Joshua Jenkins Account Executive

Advocate and entrepreneur in the Cannabis Industry, Josh is a former United States Army Special Operations Soldier, Valedictorian, and Co-Founder of Loyal Penguin, Inc. Josh has effected legislative changes, advancing the access of the Cannabis Industry to more members of the American Veteran Community. He comes to the team with an understanding and ability to build client relations, while helping those clients achieve amazing results.

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.

Nolan Lee
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!! and Ethic Clothing.”

Creek Silente
Creek Silente QC 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.

Carl Giordano
Carl Giordano PM, 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.

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.

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.

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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