BLOCKStrain
Leadership

Uniting the best in the industy

Leadership

To build a world-class organization you must recruit and retain world-class talent. BLOCKStrain was founded on the principle of bringing together the best minds from many different industries, synthesizing and encouraging their many talents to create a company that redefines the marketplace.

  • Robert Galarza
    Robert Galarza CEO & Director

    Mr. Galarza is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Spark Digital Technologies Inc., a software company specializing in revolutionary enterprise technology. Mr. Galarza has over 10 years of experience in advertising and mass media communications, over seven years of experience as a corporate transactional attorney, during which his practice included the representation of professional athletes in the entertainment industry, and over four years of experience in the digital technology sector, specifically focused on mobile platform development, software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions and blockchain integration. Mr. Galarza received a bachelor of science in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and a doctorate of jurisprudence, cum laude honours, from St. Mary’s University College of Law in San Antonio, Tex., in 2009.

  • Tommy Stephenson
    Tommy Stephenson Co-Founder and CTO

    Mr. Stephenson is the co-founder of Spark. Since September 1998, he has been Chief Executive Officer of Heated Details Inc., a Seattle-based design and development agency he founded, which provides services to Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft, Google/YouTube, Starbucks and Mercedes Benz. Mr. Stephenson previously served as the Chief Technology Officer of Ghost Group, a technology company that owns and manages a portfolio of advertising, Web, point-of-sale and logistics solutions for the cannabis industry (including its well-known flagship platform, Weedmaps), from September, 2014, to January, 2016.

  • Cameron Chell
    Cameron Chell Co-Founder and Chairman

    Mr. Chell is the Chief Executive Officer of Business Instincts Group (BIG). He has built several start-ups, including Draganfly, RaptorRig, ColdBore. He was the founder of Futurelink, the original cloud computing company. He is also the co-founder of UrtheCast, the first commercial video platform from space, and Slyce, the visual purchasing engine. Mr. Chell is currently involved with creating and sourcing new projects and overseeing corporate development for BIG, which is a venture creation and management services company that integrates a proprietary strategic planning process into organizations fostering strategic growth, valuation appreciation, liquidity and management accountability. His primary responsibility is to provide project and strategic management facilitation while working with his co-founders, executives and investors to determine what is most important and specifically how to get it done.

  • Michael Kraft
    Michael Kraft Director

    Mr. Kraft is an entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and corporate management, with a strong record of success in both public and private company leadership. He has been the chairman and a director of WeedMD Inc., a licensed producer listed on the TSX-V that he co-founded in 2013, since April 2017. In September 1993, Mr. Kraft founded and is chairman of Buckingham Group Ltd., a privately owned merchant bank that provides a full range of business support and commercial services to investee companies in a wide range of sectors, including technology, EdTech (education technology), life sciences and natural resources. He is also a director of numerous private and public companies and holds a bachelor of arts in economics from York University.

  • James Carter
    James Carter Director

    Mr. Carter is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 45 years of experience in both the private and public sectors. From 1998 to 2017, Mr. Carter served as Vice President of an NYSE-listed company focused on merchant banking activities, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and debt restructuring and risk management. Mr. Carter has particular experience with North American and European capital markets.

  • Swapan Kakumanu
    Swapan Kakumanu Director and CFO

    Swapan has over 25 years of senior finance and operations experience and has served as senior executive management levels, both in public and private companies in high growth technology, manufacturing, trading and oilfield services industries. He has held senior roles as President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary and served on the Board of some of these companies. He has extensive experience in public company reporting, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, internal controls and general overall financial and operational management. He is a results-driven and efficiency focused individual providing strategic advice to his clients

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