Life long entrepreneur turned full time crypto degen in 2018. 15 years experience in managing and scaling teams.@icebagz_
Creative Technologist with over 15 years of big agency experience creating campaigns, branding, and experiences for the likes of Alienware, BMW, Burger King, and Patron.
Here to bring the creative edge to make KP a top NFT collection in the space and one of the hottest global brands.
Previously COO & manager of a commercial agency operating across 25 states. Chief Meme Officer & full time degenerate, but make no mistake, what some may have dismissed as a joke was actually a game-changing strategy.
It was all a meme, and it worked like a charm.
Formally at Red Bull, where he was responsible for developing and activating the marcom strategy for the entire music portfolio across events, live broadcasts, and content for Red Bull North America.@davidnam
Previous Operations Manager for an ASX listed company.
PMP & diploma qualified project manager with 15 yrs running multi million dollar gigs.
Been involved in crypto since late 2017. Helped numerous crypto projects from BTC forks to AI narratives.
Minted Pandas on day one.
Software Engineer, blockchain enthusiast and entrepreneur. Omnichain and smart contract specialist.@MrGoyyy
Finance major that turned down an investment banking analyst job to play with internet pictures@BagzIntern
Key strategic advisors of the project.
Steve Espinosa is the former senior Tech Advisor and Deputy Chief Digital Officer at The White House, and now an advisor and stakeholder in the Kanpai Pandas. Steve served in the Obama and Trump administrations as a non-political appointee. Furthermore, Steve was a former Googler, sold a couple of start-ups, and is part of Forbes 30 under 30.
In addition to his impressive background, Steve Espinosa has made significant contributions to the tech industry. He is well-known for his expertise in digital strategy, product development, and marketing, and has worked with a wide range of clients across different sectors, from small startups to multinational corporations. During his time at The White House, Steve played a critical role in shaping the government's digital presence and implementing cutting-edge technologies to improve efficiency and transparency. He has also been recognized for his philanthropic work, supporting various causes and initiatives that promote education, diversity, and inclusion in the tech industry.
"As a long standing participant in the growing technology space, I found the Kanpai Pandas to be extremely intriguing. The future possibilities and potential the Kanpai Pandas have in this industry are really limitless and I wanted to be a part of it. Looking forward to contributing my expertise — Steve Espinosa"
Steve is a ‘Partner and Agent’ in the Motion Picture Talent Department and Head of the Atlanta office at UTA (United Talent Agency) , one of the largest talent agencies in Hollywood. UTA has more than 5,000 clients, including numerous A-list names.
Steve’s extensive background in the entertainment and talent industry, we believe he will be an integral part of our corporate strategy moving forward. As we develop the Kanpai Pandas brand, we want to explore the full scope of the entertainment industry — music, sports, film, television, brand marketing, and fine arts. By onboarding Steve Cohen, we believe we’ve given ourselves the best chance to explore all aspects of the entertainment industry.
"When I heard about Kanpai Pandas, I was blown away. This project is a perfect disruptor in events and entertainment. Having worked with several performing artists I can’t wait to see who we can get on board — Steve Cohen"
Travis is the Director of Customer Development at MGM Resorts International. With over 20 years of experiences, he is a seasoned professional with a proven track record of success in the hospitality industry.
As the Director, he is responsible for driving revenue growth and enhancing the overall customer experience at the company's numerous properties. Travis has a deep understanding of the needs and desires of modern travelers, and he uses this knowledge to create innovative and engaging marketing strategies that connect with guests on a personal level.
Travis has helped position MGM Resorts as a leader in the hospitality industry, providing guests with unparalleled service, luxury amenities, and unforgettable experiences. His passion for customer service and his commitment to excellence make him a valuable asset to the MGM Resorts team, and we are proud to have him as part of the Kanpai Pandas
Malki Kawa is the Founder and CEO of First Round Management and is responsible for managing and directing the careers of over 200 professional athletes in football, baseball, mixed martial arts, wrestling, racing and eSports. He launched his sports business career in 2005 when he became a licensed NFL agent.
Known for his extensive roster of A-list clients including NFL linebacker Darius Leonard and tight end David Njoku and UFC champion Jon Jones, Malki is respected in the sports industry for negotiating among the most valuable multi-year, multinational eight figure contracts in the game, including the unprecedented and historic fighter trade deal between the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the ONE Championship mixed martial arts promotions.
Before pursuing sports management, Kawa worked in the finance and real estate sector in a business alongside his brother, Abe.Malki is based in Miami, Florida where the First Round Management headquarters is based and where he resides with his wife, daughter and newborn son.
Abe Kawa is Vice President of First Round Management and is responsible for managing and directing the careers of the agency’s mixed martial arts and professional wrestling clients, as well as overseeing day-to-day operations, staff, budgets, and business development.
Kawa’s adept navigation of athlete career paths across and throughout the vast and varied network of mixed martial arts and professional wrestling promotions. Over the years, he has helped FRM earn the highest rank in all of combat sports among top agencies around the world.
He has successfully grown domestic fighters and has imported aspiring talents from overseas to not only fight, but win in the Dana White Contender Series, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Professional Fighters Association (PFL) and Bellator, to name a few.
Malki “Primo” Kawa is the Chief Operations Officer at First Round Management and is responsible for oversight of finances, influencers and athlete marketing/ onboarding, athletics, brand extension monetization and vertical integration of FRM's brand and business extensions.
Malki “Primo” Kawa was hired in 2021 as Director of Operations and was promoted to COO a year later, following the successful launch of BRKRZ, one of the agency’s media outlets with sports memorabilia at its focus.
Prior to FRM, he worked as Operations Manager for the Victoria’s Secret franchise, where he oversaw day-to-day logistics, Marketing, inventory supply chain, workforce management, product control, ultimately handling a volume of over 600,000 units per store for all retail locations across Southern Florida.
Alex currently serves as a General Partner at Ascensive Assets, a crypto native seed-stage venture fund. Prior to moving into venture, Alex spent 12 years as a serial entrepreneur building successful data-driven technology startups across a variety of industries such as higher education, travel, and beverage alcohol. Alex was a recipient of Business Observer Magazine’s 40 under 40 award and successfully negotiated 5 acquisitions over the course of his career as a founder.
As an active investor and participant across the entire web3 ecosystem for the past 6 years, Alex brings along a wealth of knowledge to Kanpai Labs in the form of business strategy, operations, and early-stage fundraising.
Paul is currently Co-founder and Head of Product at Kick.com, the world's fastest growing live streaming platform. Since inception (Jan 2023), Kick has amassed over 4M users and over $10M in subscription revenue and is quickly challenging the titans of the streaming world.
Prior to Kick, Paul founded Trade Arcade TV, a financial streaming platform geared towards providing financial education in a live streaming environment.
Paul brings his knowledge of content management, entertainment and developer operations to take Kanpai Pandas to the next level.
Jeff Willard is a lifestyle brand executive who has been responsible for managing some of the world’s most popular brands, with experience spanning 45+ consumer brands and several $1 billion+ brands, including JBL, Harman Kardon, Coleman, Beautyrest, and Lexmark. He is currently the CGO and CMO of Casper Sleep, where he is in charge of their $100 million marketing budget and $200 million e-commerce business.
They keep the party rolling.
Heather is the owner of Rego Collections and a master at events. She is working with Spotlight Vegas and Dec n Deets (event planning in Vegas) to make unique experiences come to life.
Currently the Customer Development Manager at DayLIGHT Beach Club and LIGHT nightclub at Mandalay Bay/Delano in Las Vegas, NV. Mikey has worked in the industry for 9 years and helps assist other venues and restaurants with customer service.
Dana is a VIP Director and host to many popular spots which includes LIV, Story Nightclub, Swan Bar Bevy, Komodo,and more.... Dana has been running the Miami nightlife scene for the past 13 years, taking care of high-end clientele and A list celebrities.
The current manager of the VIP Casino ambassador program at Baha Casino & resort in Nassau Bahamas. Khara has worked in the industry for over 8 years and is responsible for curating unforgettable experiences.
Ashley and Dana, both with a passion for events, these two Las Vegas based event planners come together and create the perfect team to ensure any event is unique and memorable.
Team of Panda degens working behind the scenes.
Photo and video editor. Doesn’t sleep.
The mod from the other side of the pond.
Head of Business Development & Junior Partner for TradFi Group. Joined Crypto/NFTs in 2020. Kanpai’s Fantasy Sports Mod.
Leading the community and building bridges.