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ALEXANDER “SASHA” AKSENOV

Co-Founder, Chief Innovations 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.

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.

Gurpreet (Pete) Sahani

Cheif Executive Officer

Pete joins The Blinc Group’s executive team as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). A transformational executive with foresight and imagination, Pete has an impressive history of surpassing ambitious business goals and delivering operational excellence. He has a consistent record of P&L responsibility positioning organizations for success, spurring growth, and building highly accomplished teams that demonstrate a profound dedication to operational excellence. Bolstered by a strong network of industry contacts Pete is always ready to hit the ground running and deliver results quickly.

Pete’s experience in the cannabis industry is deep and varied, beginning with his exposure to the industry while attending college in Humboldt, CA. He has held leadership positions in operations infrastructure and supply chain functions at leading companies including: VP of Global Sourcing at Greenlane; Director of Operations at a vertically integrated Multi-state Operator (MSO) interim COO at a manufacturer of premium vaporization hardware; and, most recently, Senior Director of Operations & Supply Chain at Calyx Containers. As Blinc’s Chief Operating Officer, Pete brings more than 25 years of global operations management, global supply chain and sourcing expertise, honed while living and working in diverse cultural environments including Japan, China and India.

Demonstrating an entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial spirit, Pete has an innate ability to quickly identify and actualize valuable ideas, employing shrewd strategies that maximize profits, organizational capabilities, operations, and staff performance.

STEVE ABRAHAM

Chief Financial Officer

Steve comes to The Blinc Group after a 30-year career as a professional investor, operator and corporate leader with extensive experience in the cannabis, consumer, media and finance industries. Steve is a principal consultant for The Becket Group, a financial and strategic advisory firm (primarily focused on the cannabis industry) that he founded in 2009 and a Principal of the Equitas Partners Fund – an early-stage cannabis venture capital fund. He recently completed a role as CFO of Berkshire Welco, (DBA The Pass) a Massachusetts-based vertically integrated cannabis company and is co-founder of Cedar Wellness, an adult-use cannabis dispensary operator currently in the state licensing process. Prior to founding The Becket Group, Steve was SVP and Global Head of New Markets and Expert Networks at Reuters Insight, SVP and Head of Corporate Development and Investor Relations for IMAX Corp., VP and Senior Fund Analyst at Merrill Lynch Asset Management (now Blackrock) and Financial Analyst in the Equity Research group at Goldman, Sachs. A former first responder, Steve has a BA from Goucher College in Management/Economics. He is also head of the advisory board for Whole Life Pet products, Treasurer and Director of Savannah Owners Corp., and a limited partner in the Berkshire Opportunity Fund (impact investing private equity).

TERRA BOLDT

Vice President of Sales

Terra is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of revenue growth and profitability. During her impressive career in the cannabis industry Terra has held director of business development and strategic partnerships positions at KushCo and Calyx Containers. Terra is a team leader and a mentor with mature skills in Sales, Project Management, Product Management, Negotiation, Strategy, Market Planning, and Operations Management. Sweat equity reputation. Today Terra leads the sales team at Blinc as she spearheads the company’s expansion with major national clients.

Justin Liu

Lead Engineer & Product Development Manager

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.

ARNAUD DUMAS DE RAULY

Founder & CXSO (Chief Experience & Science Officer)

Arnaud is a founder and Chief Experience and Science Officer (CXSO) 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

Co-Founder, Chief Innovations 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.

Stephen Abraham

Chief Financial Officer

Steve comes to The Blinc Group after a 30-year career as a professional investor, operator and corporate leader with extensive experience in the cannabis, consumer, media and finance industries. Steve is a principal consultant for The Becket Group, a financial and strategic advisory firm (primarily focused on the cannabis industry) that he founded in 2009 and a Principal of the Equitas Partners Fund – an early-stage cannabis venture capital fund. He recently completed a role as CFO of Berkshire Welco, (DBA The Pass) a Massachusetts-based vertically integrated cannabis company and is co-founder of Cedar Wellness, an adult-use cannabis dispensary operator currently in the state licensing process. Prior to founding The Becket Group, Steve was SVP and Global Head of New Markets and Expert Networks at Reuters Insight, SVP and Head of Corporate Development and Investor Relations for IMAX Corp., VP and Senior Fund Analyst at Merrill Lynch Asset Management (now Blackrock) and Financial Analyst in the Equity Research group at Goldman, Sachs. A former first responder, Steve has a BA from Goucher College in Management/Economics. He is also head of the advisory board for Whole Life Pet products, Treasurer and Director of Savannah Owners Corp., and a limited partner in the Berkshire Opportunity Fund (impact investing private equity).

ALEXANDRA GNEDEVA

Digital Director of Operations, North America

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.

ADRIEN PLA

General Manager, Blinc China

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.

PAUL VIOLA

Senior Customer Success Manager

Paul Viola is a seasoned customer relations professional with over 22 years of experience.

After owning his own business in the Food and Beverage industry, he has been able to transfer his skill into Customer Relations and Managerial roles with the Medical, Home Goods, and Trucking industries. He brings his decades of experience as a critical thinker and problem solver to work every day to identify optimal solutions for The Blinc Group customers.

TAYLOR CIGANEK

Customer Success Manager

Taylor Ciganek is a seasoned Cannabis professional with over six years of Medical Cannabis Industry experience in Maryland working with small start ups as well as multi-state operators. Taylor has a Masters’s Degree in Cannabis & Science Therapeutics from the University of Maryland and is working towards a Masters’s in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing. With a high level of experience in cannabis, Taylor was able to successfully pivot into many different leadership positions which include; Social Media & Marketing Manager, Inventory & Wholesale Purchasing Manager, and Sales Manager, all which led to the role as the Customer Success Manager for The Blinc Team!

ASHLEY BETTINGER

HR Coordinator and Executive Assistant

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.

Kevin Ye

Production Engineer

Kevin is a product development & New Product Introduction engineer. For 17 years, he has been mainly engaged in the demonstration of new product structure, process and manufacturing, and the evaluation of DFM/DFA /PFMEA, etc. He worked for Foxconn, a large manufacturing company, on the Apple’s iPhone for 10 years. Kevin is familiar with the production of various engineering documents and reports. Rich experience in manufacturing, cost analysis and production time reduction.

Steven Pan

Quality Control Specialist

Since graduating from university in 2010, he has been working in the field of product testing and inspection. The types of inspection products mainly involve household consumer electronics, furniture, auto parts, handicrafts, and groceries. Factory quality ISO9000 and social responsibility BSCI factory inspection. He started to work in HQTS in 2016, during this period he was mainly responsible for dispatching various factories to conduct product quality inspection and export container monitoring, including quality inspection of electronic cigarettes as well. Steven is very familiar with the working principle and functions of e-cigarettes, and can detect product abnormalities for the first time through production line observation and end-of-line QC. His experience and expertise allow him to urge the factory to rework and rectify in time when needed. Steven’s work at Blinc minimizes the risk factor for our customers and end-users.

RACHEL WAHLER

Procurement and Order Manager

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.

ELEVEN TAN

PMC & Logistics Manager

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.

AGATA NOWAK

Staff Accountant

Agata is an experienced finance professional with 16 years of exceptional service in multinational corporations. Holding a Master’s degree in finance and accounting, complemented by a Bachelor’s degree in economics, she has developed a robust skill set in financial management and analysis. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated expertise in international finance and earned a reputation for effectively managing financial operations for large organizations.

Beyond her professional achievements, she is also an ardent lover of outdoor activities and the natural world. Hiking is one of her favorite pastimes, allowing her time to be immersed in the beauty of nature while keeping physically active. Exploring new places through travel is another passion that fuels her curiosity about different cultures and landscapes, enriching her understanding of the global economy.

In her leisure time, she finds solace in good music, which serves as a source of inspiration and relaxation. Her connection with nature extends to her commitment to environmental conservation, as she believes in the importance of preserving our planet for future generations.

Combining her financial expertise with her personal interests, she strives to maintain a balanced and fulfilling life while making a positive impact in both the professional and natural realms.

Connie Liang

Accounting & HR, Blinc China

Connie graduated from Huizhou University in Guangdong Province. Before joining Blinc China, Connie worked as a professional financial and tax consultant in a large consulting company in Shenzhen, providing professional financial and tax services for many enterprises. She has obtained the certificate of Intermediate Accountant and the Certified Tax Advisor. She knows China’s tax laws and is sensitive to numbers, which helps her to be competent for the financial and human resources work of Blinc China.

SETH DEAN

Manager, National Accounts

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.

NATHAN CLAY

Account Executive

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.

CRISTIAN GATTI

Account Executive

Cristian Gatti joined Blinc with extensive experience in sales and account management across a number of industries. In the past few years, Cristian has focused his career path on Cannabis and after his success in cannabis packaging sales, he has joined Blinc to grow with us as we expand in the Northeast.

Bohdan "Bo" Burmich

Senior Design Lead

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.

DANIEL GUCHINSKIY

Marketing Project Coordinator

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.

SEMI HAMZAI

Digital Developer

Meet Semi Hamzai, an adept Front End Developer skilled in HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, jQuery, JavaScript, and React. With a strong foundation in WordPress and web development, Semi consistently delivers exceptional work efficiently. His perceptive grasp of project requirements reflects his commitment to excellence, ensuring top-tier results every time.
 
With a keen eye for detail and a dedication to continuous improvement, Semi ensures that his work not only meets industry standards but also aligns perfectly with the with the specific vision and goals of each project. His commitment to staying on the cutting edge of technology ensures that his solutions are not just functional, but also innovative.

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