About Vannadium

Who Are We?

Vannadium, Inc. is a pioneering Deep Tech firm specializing in digital network development and technology innovation to address key business challenges of speed, trust, scalability, and data management.

Deep technology, (also known as DeepTech, deep tech, or hard tech), refers to an organization that is specifically focused on delivering technology solutions driven by substantial scientific or engineering objectives.

Vannadium solves business enterprise technology infrastructure challenges that encompass:

Mission & Vision

Our Mission

Our mission is to enable scalability, speed, trust and data sovereignty for everyone through pioneering technology while maintaining a sustainable and carbon-neutral footprint.

Vannadium envisions a future where “Deep Tech” solutions lead the way in tackling complex global challenges. As the preeminent authority on Deep Technology and Web 3.0+ solutions,  we strive to empower data sovereignty for all, utilizing our first mover advantage to bring positive change and impact humanity.

Our Values are: the utmost Integrity, complete transparency, inclusivity of all business elements and collaboration to meet the customer’s wants and needs.

The Heartbeat of Vannadium and Commitment to Diversity

Guided by our values of Integrity, Transparency, Inclusivity, and Collaboration, we embrace a diverse talent pool to foster unique perspectives and innovative ideas. Our commitment extends to creating an environment where every employee feels valued and free to be their authentic selves, irrespective of their background, race, gender, or sexual orientation. We firmly believe that respect and inclusion fuel creativity and success. Vannadium is dedicated to driving positive change in our company and industry, where diversity is not just a part of our identity but a source of real value. Moreover, our focus on diversity extends to our suppliers and the entire value chain, ensuring that inclusivity and collaboration are integral components of our ecosystem and the solutions we provide to the world.

What We Do

Vannadium provides the “connective tissue” and interoperability for distributed ledger technology (DLT) as a method for securely replicating, sharing, and synchronizing data across a distributed computer network with speed and scale. 

Our novel approach does not rely on a central authority or a single point of failure. It uses cryptography and consensus algorithms to ensure the accuracy, security and integrity of the data. DLT can be either permissioned or public, depending on the access and use restrictions. Blockchain is the most common form of DLT, but there are other forms that allow for controlled revision or deletion of data to support privacy requirements.

Our solution focuses on addressing global challenges by providing a disruptive Layer 0 and Layer 2 DLT system and the applications that ensure:

We aim to serve mid-market and startup companies in industries such as:

Meet the Team Behind Vannadium

Vannadium is led by a seasoned team of world-class experts in FinTech, Blockchain, Digital Growth, Business, and Information Security.

Rick Gilchrist

Co-Founder & CEO, Chairman

Rick Gilchrist is a visionary CEO and co-founder with a remarkable track record of 13 successful entrepreneurial ventures, including 5 highly successful exits. With his strategic prowess, Gilchrist has transformed innovative concepts into substantial revenue within a short span of time. He achieved his fastest exit from a $2.5M investment to an impressive $58M valuation in just 10 months. As the former co-founder and COO of New Frontier Data and Addemar, he has demonstrated his aptitude for strategic leadership and operational excellence. Gilchrist’s visionary force has played a pivotal role in the success of G&H Scholastic Solutions and RDX Group, achieving impressive valuations and acquisitions. With his wealth of experience and expertise, Gilchrist is poised to drive growth, innovation, and success for Vannadium’s core mission.


Walt Rampata

Co-Founder & CXO

Walt Rampata is a dynamic leader with over 30 years of experience in business management and marketing. As the former Co-Founder and President of MindBuzz National Hemp & Cannabis Marketing Firm, he has been at the forefront of the booming Cannabis and Hemp industries for over a decade. His remarkable tenure includes serving as a Board Member of Infinity Patient Bio Partners, reflecting his commitment to advancing the field of healthcare. With a driving vision of helping humanity, Rampata’s compounded expertise is poised to drive Vannadium’s growth, innovation, and market presence to new horizons. 

Karis Townsend


Karis Townsend is an accomplished COO and Chief of Staff with over 15 years of experience in Operations, Sales Engineering, and Management. With a track record of success in Strategic Business Development, Enterprise Sales, and Entrepreneurial Leadership, Townsend has made significant contributions across diverse sectors including Software, Hardware, and Professional Services. Having worked at industry giants like Xerox, Forest Labs, Ricoh, and IKON, Townsend brings invaluable expertise to the table. Her transformative ventures at CannaRegs, Fyllo, Auction.com, and Ten-X demonstrate her ability to drive operational excellence, strategic growth, and innovation. With a multifaceted background and profound insights, Townsend is poised to make a lasting impact on our organization’s success.

Randy Krebs


Randy Krebs is CFO and CPA of Vannadium. With an exceptional track record of raising and supporting projects exceeding $1 billion over four decades, Krebs’ financial expertise and strategic foresight make him an invaluable asset to Vannadium. As a seasoned Tech and Cannabis CFO, and the founder of multiple successful tech start-ups, Krebs’ entrepreneurial spirit aligns perfectly with our vision. His unique blend of financial acumen, strategic vision, and entrepreneurial tenacity amplifies his role as a key catalyst in steering Vannadium’s financial growth, innovation, and sustainable success into the future.

Abbey Weintraub-Sklar

Sr. Director, Marketing & Events

Abbey Weintraub-Sklar is Vannadium’s Senior Director of Marketing & Events, bringing over 18 years of specialized knowledge in marketing to the table. With multifaceted skills spanning content writing, event management, client services, entertainment, and technology, Weintraub-Sklar is a cornerstone of Vannadium’s success. As the former CEO of an event management company and CXO of an eCommerce venture, she has a proven track record of turning ideas into impactful realities. With her strategic vision and dynamic leadership, Weintraub-Sklar elevates Vannadium’s marketing endeavors and event experiences to unparalleled heights, amplifying the brand’s reach and impact.

Scott Lyons


Wim Kumpen

Senior Full Stack Developer, Co-Founder Letsclap.IO

Philip Luelsdorff

Business Development

Rick Bell


Steve Heck

GM, Borderless DLT Solutions

Chelsea Friday

Executive Coordinator

Joseph "Skip" Davis

Enterprise Solutions Architect, Co-Founder Life4Earth

Gretchen Gailey

PR & Communications, Panoptic Strategies