Nick Molina, CEO
Nick is currently the CEO of International Vapor Group. He started with International Vapor Group in early 2010 after taking a 3 year sabbatical. He is an entrepreneurial, results-driven CEO with hands-on experience and proven success in start-ups, public companies, mergers and acquisitions, Online & Offline Marketing, IPOs and fundraising.
He began his entrepreneurial career in 1989, at the age of 21, when he co-founded Let's Talk Cellular & Wireless, Inc. ("LTCW"), the nation's largest specialty retailer of wireless products and services. Nick served as the company's CEO and led the company's growth from a single store to a national retailer with over 289 stores in 23 states and Puerto Rico. In November of 1997, LTCW completed a successful IPO with Merrill Lynch and Salomon/Smith Barney as the lead underwriters. The company was subsequently sold in 2000 to Nextel Communications.
In late 1998, Nick left LTCW to launch Auto Finance of America & Carlender.com, a provider of automotive financing. In July of 2000, both companies were consolidated and successfully sold.
In 2001, Nick founded WebClick Concepts, Inc., an online performance-based customer acquisition firm that focused primarily in the telecom industry. In 2004, WebClick Concepts spun off a division called Rapid Satellite to market consumer satellite products and services including DIRECTV, Dish Network, DIRECWAY/HughesNet and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Within a year, Rapid Satellite became the largest online marketer for all of these product categories. The company was sold in 2006 to Circuit City Stores, Inc.
Nick is also the recipient of numerous awards including the Inc.500 Fastest Growing Company Award for four consecutive years and The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Cutting Edge award among others. He is a graduate of the University of Miami.
David Epstein, President
David is currently the President of International Vapor Group. He started with the company in late 2009. He has an accomplished background in various fields including Finance, Real Estate, Marketing and E-Commerce. His experience ranges from startup companies to publicly traded companies.
David's career began in 1990 where he founded Island Promotions in NY. Island Promotions did the marketing, promotions and special events for various iconic New York City venues such Tunnel, Palladium, Club USA & Malibu. He managed all aspects of the marketing, budgeting and maintaining the well-respected image.
In 1996-2002 he worked on Wall Street with proprietary trading at Broadway Trading and working his way up from an account manager with boutique investment firm Dalton Kent to becoming a Vice President of Private Client Services with Ladenburg and Thalmann a New York Stock Exchange member where he managed high net worth clients' assets.
In 2003 David relocated to Miami Beach where he founded Epco Marketing, which specialized in marketing for real estate investments and products. He directly overlooked the sales, strategic planning and corporate development of performance management and strategic planning for various accounts. In 2007 he shifted focus to Internet Marketing and the direct response model. In the Internet space he has worked and managed various models - SEM/SEO, PPC, CPC and CPA campaigns.
David's vision and innovative strategies will continue to enhance International Vapor Group's operations, service, reach and brand. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University, New York.
Marc Waxman, COO
Marc is currently the COO of International Vapor Group. He started with the company in January of 2013. Marc is responsible for providing the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that International Vapor has proper operational controls, procedures and a team in place to effectively grow the organization and ensure financial strength and operational efficiency.
Prior to joining International Vapor Group, Marc has worked for Heys USA (luggage manufacturer) as the Sr. Director of Operations, Source Interlink/Alliance Entertainment (largest entertainment distributor) as the Director of Logistics/Supply Chain and Sports Authority (national retailer) in multiple management positions from Finance to Logistics where he strategically developed and enriched operational processes and procedures through automation and creativity. Marc has a multi-functional background concentrating on operations, supply chain, logistics, compliance, and finance. He comes to us with a proven track record of over twenty years of driving change and leading multimillion dollar projects.
Marc received his BBA from Florida Atlantic University.
Anthony Yockey, CTO
Anthony has been active in the software technology field under different roles for more than two decades. He has been an instrumental person in developing and growing technology organizations. His work in both small and large companies (such as Siebel Systems, and Sterling Commerce), makes him an expert in bridging business and technology, and driving growth and success. He was one of the early adopters of eCommerce and was integral in building some of the early eCommerce websites.
Anthony attended Davis College and the University of Toledo and was certified as an Avionics Technician with the United States Marine Corps. Being well versed in all aspects of business operations, he has helped grow several young companies, increasing revenue by formulating growth strategies, instilling processes and serving as an active member of the management teams. He identifies areas where efficiency can be utilized and expenses trimmed while not sacrificing operations or customer satisfaction.
Cortni Lewis, VP of Store Operations
As Vice President of Store Operations, Cortni is responsible for the growth and profitability of all retail stores, including providing leadership and support to Vaporfi's Franchisees. She is also responsible for all day-to-day operations of Vaporfi stores. Cortni's specialty retail experience is varied, concentrating on store operations, management, sales development, and sales training. Her passion for the retail industry and leadership abilities have been recognized throughout the many roles she has held at every level of retail.
In 2006, she obtained her MBA to combine education with her practical experience, thereby opening the door to more strategic roles in multi-unit management, overseeing stores throughout the US.
Prior to joining IVG, she was employed by Limited Corp., Casual Corner, Brookstone, and Solstice Sunglasses Boutique.
Matthew Nahanee, VP of Customer Experience
Matthew Nahanee is Vice President of Customer Experience for International Vapor Group. As Vice President of Customer Experience, Matthew is responsible for leading our World Class Customer Service Team. He oversees all customer-related activities, including our contact centers, home delivery programs, product training programs, customer privacy and customer communications. As our first International Vapor Group employee, he was brought in to set up and develop the department and has successfully kept us rated at the top of charts for customer experience across all of our brands.
One of Matt's best assets is that he keeps us looking at things from the customers' perspective and that allows us to serve the only reason we exist, our customers.
Matt comes from a Contact Center background and has developed customer service and sales programs for Home Depot, Dish Network, DirecTV, Verizon, AT&T and Stamps.com.
Andrew Gray, VP of Finance
Andrew Gray brings an exceptional level of expertise and experience to our team as the Vice President of Finance. With a long career in finance, he more than exemplifies the qualifications necessary to manage our financial direction.
He is a licensed CPA, and began his professional career with McGladrey LLP as an Audit Associate, with a diverse client base, handling accounts in the Not-for-Profit sector, as well as in healthcare, real estate, and manufacturing industries.
He later moved into the private sector, working for Eurotech, Inc., a Columbia, MD-based technology company as a Sr. Accountant, where he was promoted to the position of Controller, and oversaw all financial reporting and budgeting.
In September, 2013, Andrew relocated to South Florida, and joined the team at IVG and has been an asset ever since.
A graduate of the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA, Andrew holds degrees in Business Administration as well as a Masters of Accountancy.