team

engin supports on-demand hiring for on-demand workers. (Our team is committed to revolutionizing recruitment.)

Sloane Barbour

founder & CEO
Chief Revenue Officer at FlowerHire, the Cannabis industry’s leading executive and strategic search and recruiting firm. 15 years of leadership and innovation in the Talent and Recruiting space at companies like Motion Recruitment Partners and Hired.com, where he oversaw sales and recruiting teams that delivered 10,000+ strategic hires for high growth companies across North America. Sloane is passionate about equity and inclusion, serving on boards for charities (Mouse.org, Code/Interactive) that focus on educating and empowering future generations of diverse leaders. Sloane lives in New York City with his wife and Corgi.

Dr. Valerie Fraysse, PhD

founder & CTO
As CTO and co-founder of Good & Co, she built the world’s largest database of answered psychometric questions, leading to acquisition by international job board leader, StepStone group (Axel Springer). An applied mathematician with extensive experience with large systems and complex datasets, she creates efficient product solutions for web, mobile, SaaS and cloud-based applications, with a strong focus on execution and setting a high-quality bar for deliverables. In the past 20 years, she successfully built and led technology teams for several venture-backed companies. A passionate chef, and co-author of ‘Lectures on Finite Precision Computations’, (publisher SIAM, 1996 second edition), Valerie’s masters and doctoral degrees in applied mathematics are from the prestigious Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse. 

Jamie Leo

co-founder & creative director
Creative Director Jamie Leo brings a breadth of disciplines engin, having led successful national branding and ad campaigns for agencies, boutique design houses, universities, and advocacy organizations. His award-winning, cross-channel storytelling (via his writing and design competencies) include award-winning work for IBM, GE Medical, P&G, Wolters Kluwer, solo sciences, and Scholastic, among others. He’s led national aspirational campaigns for The American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Farm Aid, Green Sports Alliance, and Green Maps System. Jamie speaks and presents at national conferences, including Creativity Week, The State of Now, and SxSW; he is a design adjudicator, hackathon winner, and has written for the Huffington Post, OUT, and other publications. An Edward Albee Writing Fellow, as well as writer for an award-winning campaign for New York City’s recycling program. A key designer for the international phenomenon, “Rent” and Spy Magazine, his new theatrical work “’68” (with composer Paul Leschen) received excellent reviews in its premier workshop production. His fine art has shown in NY and international galleries as well as Art Basel Miami.

Melissa O’Brien

co-founder & community manager
Community manager for engin sciences and partner FlowerHire X. With her background in partnership management at solo sciences, and investor relations manager at The London Fund, Melissa extends and enables cross-industry relationships. An avid traveler (a flight leader and attendant for over six years), she is passionate about learning other cultures and bringing people together; she is currently collaborating on a program in support of children in Africa. Facility management coordinator for mid to late-stage Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. BA in Behavioral Sciences, Purdue University.

Ben Kogelman

customer success manager
After many years in the hospitality industry developing his keen sense for identifying top talent, Ben manages the customer success and product operations side of engin. Previously as Talent Acquisition Partner at Eataly, he oversaw the entire hiring process for the company’s first West Coast store (LA’s Westfield Century City), as well as establishing several organizational development initiatives. With a background in organizational effectiveness, Ben analyses how organizations develop their talent internally in order to create long-term success. Promoting internal company growth, bolsters company cultures so employees grow along with the company, committed to driving the organization’s vision, and their own part to sustain that success. Ben is very excited to be working with engin in developing an intuitive talent success platform for job seekers and companies alike. Ben holds a B.A. in Psychology from McGill University & M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Baruch College.

Ashesh Shah

chairman, co-founder
Cannabis industry leader. Founded and sold solo sciences to Akerna (KERN:Nasdaq); first public company cannatech CTO. Building upon experience as psychographic profiler for CIA, co-founded and sold venture-backed HR culture fit company Good&Co. Holds patents or created first-to-market IP in: licensing, consumer loyalty, couponing, payment tech, data analytics, and AI. A founder of The London Fund, he managed over $1B in several of his venture and PE funds.

David Belsky

board member, founding investor
17-year recruiting industry veteran. CEO & founder of FlowerHire, the leading executive search and talent advisory firm focused on the cannabis industry that has seeded the cannabis industry with 100s of six figure salaried professionals. Before that David helped to scale Motion Recruitment Partners a 200+ million-dollar firm focused on growth stage technology and enterprise recruitment services. Degree in Industrial Relations from Cornell University.

Palle Pedersen

board member, founding investor
Inventor & entrepreneur. Electrical Engineering Masters, Danish Technical University. Multiple  world-record benchmarks: Thinking Machines Corp. Numerous patents in large-scale genome-style search, cryptography, and legal document management. Co-founder/investor/CTO: Black Duck Software, ICE, Healthology, Draft, StarStreet, Spydre, Good&Co, solo sciences.

Mike Siebold

board member
CPG entrepreneur. Successful startup operations manager: biotech/nutraceuticals, education, CPG. Strategic advisor to several US cannabis companies. Expertise on cannabis industry hiring demand and movement. Columbia University (BA);  University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business (MBA).

Katie Flannery

board member, founding investor
Katie brings 10 years of startup experience, four years in cannabis technology, and six years in recruitment consulting and HR tech. She has been a top billing technical sales leader in SaaS and VAR and has built out several multi-million-dollar revenue streams from scratch. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Pre-Med.

Nick Fasano

advisor
CRO of Eaze. Drives growth for the largest cannabis delivery company. High Times 100; industry presence spans brands, retailers, cultivators and technology companies. A highly accomplished sales leader  with over 20 years of experience building and scaling sales teams. Formerly VP of Sales at Localytics, Axceler and Rapid7.