President and CEO
Since graduating from Marist college in 2011, I have been in the Estate Planning industry. However, from a very young age I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I got my feet wet at age 12 when I started selling sports cards on eBay. Then, as I got older, I began purchasing WWE collectibles. That quickly evolved into collecting pops and then selling pops on various platforms. My “why” in life is my autistic brother who is a diehard WWE fan and forever a kid at heart. My associates call me “Mark Cuban” since I’m always down for a fair negotiation and deal!
When I’m not buying and selling pops - I play baseball, basketball, softball and volleyball for 7 teams. To relax, I enjoy landscaping, hiking, watching sports and working out. My favorite movies and shows are: Dumb and Dumber, Step Brothers, Mars Attacks, Law Abiding Citizen, Saved by the Bell, Boy Meets World, AHS and 24.
I’m proud and excited to share my new venture with the Pop! community. My favorite pop! is ‘Freddy as Martian’ SDCC - what’s yours?
VP of Grading/ Authentication
Hey hey! My name’s Vinny and I’m the main grader for PGS. I have an extensive knowledge of many things pop culture related. I’m excited to extend that passion into my career. I have a huge collection of action figures and comics that I love to display. Before starting this, I worked for the NBA as a replay operator as well as for the Brooklyn Nets.
In my free time I love spending time with my son and being outside. Basketball is my favorite sport. I also enjoy video games, Television, and movies from time to time!
VP of Operations
Waddup Pop Nation! As noted above my name is Nichoals Azadian and I’m the VP of Operations here at Pops Grading Services. You know that friend that tries to get everyone together for BBQ’s and weekend getaways, that’s me. A simple man who enjoys the little things in life. I have a beautiful daughter who's growing smarter and wiser every day. We watch football together, go on hikes, fish in the ponds and jump on trampolines. Notice how I mention football first, yeah, the NFL is my passion and the Dallas Cowboys are my team (say what you will). Everyone has that thing, and for me, when fall rolls around, I hate to say it, but I’ll gladly sit on my couch all day Sunday and watch every single game on three or four screens. I don’t want you getting me wrong though, family came first and it always will. When I’m not doing a million things to get your Pops out to you, you know where I’ll be!
For those of you who care about that professional stuff; I am a proud SUNY New Paltz Alum from the Business School dual majoring in Finance and Business Management. After four years in the Estate Planning world building advanced spreadsheets, CRM portals, and marketing campaigns I decided I’ve had enough of that 9-5 b.s. Now I make my own hours and work only on things I am passionate about. That being said, I never thought Pops would be on that list. Well, it is and I couldn’t be happier!
VP of Technology
Hi, my name is Justin and I’m an IT professional based in Poughkeepsie, NY, who specializes in systems administration and technical support. I have over 8 years' experience in this field, working at all different levels of the industry.
When I’m not fixing IT issues you can find me spending time with my friends, family, and dog, playing video games (RPGs, Shooters, 2k), watching movies/TV (I have that thing where I rewatch my favorite shows over and over again), or playing/watching sports. (Knicks/Jets fan, why do I hate myself). I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone in the Pop community and share our love for all things collectible and nerdy.
VP of Research and Development
Hello everyone! My name is Greg Van Tassell and have been working in the Electronic Document Management field for the last 8 years. I am currently a senior document management consultant with an IT company where I have a primary focus in transforming business workflow processes into the modern age as well as support database and server environments. With my IT based background, I’ve always been a bit of a tinkerer. I’ll tear something down just to put it back together to better understand it or I’ll go learn a new skill just because I was curious how something works.
Even with all that nerd speak, my interests could not be more different. Anyone who knows me would probably respond right away with “Jeeps!” The last 5 years or so I dove headfirst into the Jeep community and love it! I’m building a TJ Wrangler (for those in the know) into a serious rock crawler and my goal is to get out to MOAB in the next year or two. When I’m not wrenching on the Jeep or tearing through a trail in the woods or climbing up a mountain, I’m probably on the field playing volleyball and softball with some of my awesome colleagues here at PGS. I’m fairly new to the Pop community and couldn’t be more excited to join it with such a dedicated and driven group of people where we can bring our ideas to life and share them with all of you!
VP of Marketing
Hey everyone! My name is Anthony Iorlano and I’m a graphic designer and photographer from highland NY. I received my bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz in 2015. I love being able to take a concept from an idea and make it come to life!
In my free time I love playing video games and building the newest Lego set. I love all sports but I especially love football. GO COWBOYS! I’m relatively new to the POP scene, but I do love to collect memorabilia. I can’t wait to learn from and get to know the POP community!
VP of Business Development
Hey POPThusiasts, My Name is Nick Vertullo and I am the VP of Business Development at POPS Grading Services. (PGS) I am a Business owner by Day and a POP-Ologist by Night. I Love the Pop Community & want to help bring Solutions to any problems you have. I Give 1,000% in Everything that I do and won’t stop until the job is done! I Pride myself in Customer Relations and Customer Satisfaction.
In my free time I Love to Travel. If I’m not Traveling you can usually catch me on a Baseball field, Basketball court, or a Volleyball court. I also donate A lot of my time to Local Charities/Fundraisers. I’m super Competitive but also very Goofy. My Favorite POP Collection is The Royals. Now Let me get back to Grading your POP and Making sure you have the Best Experience with us!
My name is Paul Scardino, a.k.a - The POPthusiast, and I'm a 2x Guinness World Record Holder for the Largest Funko Pop! Collection and a video content creator. I started collecting Funko Pops in 2015 and enjoy sharing my collection with others around the world. I believe we all share more in common through our passions and pop culture than we realize and that collecting is a bridge to connecting with others.
I'm also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been in the mental health field for over 15 years. I'm married with two daughters and a dog. I also enjoy reading and collecting comic books and my favorite Pop! In my collection is the original She-Ra.