Getting to know EMI

Who are we

Elite Mining Inc aims to revolutionize the way cryptocurrencies are mined by using clean energy at scale. We acquire, install and maintain immersion mining hardware to mine digital currencies, using proprietary immersion technology and the lowest 2% renewable energy costs in the country.

At Elite Mining, we thrive on innovation and execution. We are a team of crypto and blockchain experts, engineers, investors, business talents and skilled trades people working together to research, develop, construct, deliver, and install our industry-leading immersion mining hardware to mine digital currencies. US-owned and operated, we strive to help America to gain a greater share of the global hashrate while taking crypto mining towards a greener future.

EMI Culture

Elite Mining strives to create a company culture based on meritocracy that empowers each individual……

We believe that what makes us different makes us stronger. Building a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization is good for our teams, our customers, and our community. We empower each other to bring unique perspectives and experiences to work, and we continually seek new ways to do so.

Our story

Elite Mining Inc started in 2017, when CEO Justin Podhola set out to innovate on crypto mining technology and make green mining scalable, efficient and profitable. Justin works to create next-gen immersion mining technology to enable EMI and its hosting customers to maximize efficiencies, hashrate and profit. The EMI team consists of crypto and blockchain experts, engineers, investors, and business professionals dedicated to seeing the company’s mission to fruition.

EMI is rapidly expanding its hosting capabilities. EMI will add cloud mining to its list of offerings in the near future, broadening the company’s ability to cater to climate-conscious cryptocurrency miners at all levels. With current locations in Wyoming and Washington, EMI is working in conjunction with its subsidiary, Elite Mobile Units, to deploy its mobile hosting solutions across the US. US-owned and operated, Elite Mining aims to help the United States achieve a greater share of the global hashrate while taking crypto mining towards a greener future. With continuous innovation, utilization of renewable power sources, and breakthrough immersion mining technology, EMI is already helping the crypto revolution go green and become more efficient.

Executive Team

Justin Podhola EMI

Chief Executive Officer

Justin Podhola

Justin Podhola, a long time successful entrepreneur, has been involved in cryptocurrency mining for 6+ years. Justin’s knowledge in Private Equity, Funds, and start ups, is a professional master constructor, fabricator, equity markets trader, real estate investor, and business general contractor in Washington State. Justin started mining in 2016, and soon thereafter established Elite Mining, Inc., through which he brought his expertise in construction and fabrication to bear for the crypto industry by innovating on immersion mining technology and inventing the first turnkey mobile mining solution that can be deployed anywhere power is available. Justin’s intricate knowledge of how to deploy customized infrastructure is key to success for both EMI and its subsidiary, Elite Mobile Units.

April Madden EMI

Chief Revenue Officer

April Madden

April Madden has over 20 years of executive leadership experience with expertise in marketing and business development. As an entrepreneur and executive, she has built and run successful technology companies and specializes in go-to-market strategies in high-growth markets.

Dan Podhola EMI

Chief Technology Officer

Dan Podhola

Dan Podhola has 20+ years in software development and architecture. His specializations are database, cloud computing, and high-performance servers. Dan has a passion for automation, remote management and building scalable solutions.

Nathan van de Ven EMI

Director of Digital Marketing

Nathan Van De Ven

Nathan van de Ven is an up-and-coming young professional with a multidisciplinary background and a passion for blockchain technology. Academically, he has written a master’s thesis on the topic of blockchain. Professionally, he has worked in the blockchain industry for 5 years with expertise in marketing, community and digital marketing.

Adam Lopez EMI

Director of Business Development

Adam Lopez

Adam Lopez has over 20+ years of Business Development and leadership experience with a focus in technology and Managed Services. Adam has a long track record of high performing sales but also building successful teams and managing relationships.

Nick Perry EMI

Director of Mining Technology

Nick Perry

Nick Perry has been working in the blockchain industry since late 2014, with experience in everything from mining and automated trading to DeFI and market trend analysis. He has a background in sales with 8+ years of top-performing track records, and has helped bring over 5 businesses online in the past. His other skills are psychology, marketing, digital design and programming.


Chief Legal Council

Katie Centolella

Kathleen Centolella, Esq., earned her JD from the University of Richmond School of Law and an LLM in taxation from New York University School of Law. Katie serves as outside general counsel for growing businesses, acting as a partner to advise on the legal issues. Katie is the founder and Managing Partner of Pact, a modern law firm designed for the 21st century. With nearly 20 years of experience, Katie creates innovative solutions to help businesses and their owners navigate complex situations. Her main focuses are business formation, sales and acquisitions, contracts, and equity compensation agreements.


Vice President of Operations


Jacob Schlesinger is an accomplished and results-oriented business executive with 25 years of C-level experience. He is highly regarded for establishing partnerships, generating revenue, and creating innovative solutions to complex business problems. Jacob is a dedicated leader with a proven history of building and motivating high-performing teams that surpass all expectations.

Board of Directors

Director of the Board

Justin English

Jeremy Buttell EMI
Director of the Board

Jeremy Buttell

Erwan Létard EMI
Director of the Board

Erwan Létard

Emil Sarnogoev EMI
Chief Knowledge Officer

Emil Sarnogoev

Director of the Board

Justin English

Justin English is a solutions-focused Senior Executive and Board Member with more than 15 years of success across the private equity, early-stage venture capital, consumer products, supply chain, manufacturing, distribution, and consumer services industries. Justin English now serves as the new CEO of SALT Lending Inc, which is the first trailblazing cryptocurrency lender in the sector.

Director of the Board

Jeremy Buttell

A technical director in the film industry for nearly 20 years, entered the crypto industry in 2013, which has become his genuine passion. Jeremy has experience in mining, having started with GPU mining, moved on to ASICs, and has been an avid crypto miner ever since.

Director of the Board

Erwan Létard

A hydraulic engineer who worked in oil & gas and nuclear companies, doing hydraulic and thermal studies on some of the biggest projects in both fields. Wants to apply his expertise in fluid dynamics for optimizing airflows, air-cooling, oil-cooling, energy production (via wind or hydro), and energy storage.

Chief Knowledge Officer

Emil Sarnogoev

An experienced software entrepreneur, adding strong full-stack IT expertise to the team. Managing R&D, project management, and software systems for internal EMI needs.

With operations in Chehalis, Washington, and Cheyenne, Wyoming, and additional sites under discovery, we are growing fast and offer a unique opportunity to join a crypto mining and blockchain company startup during the high-growth stage. Join the green crypto mining revolution & grow with us!


Shop Manager


Justin Dietz EMI

Operations Manager


Pete Benedict EMI

Construction Lead


Alex Benedict EMI

Electrical Project Manager


Burke Mee EMI
EMI Team


Led by Justin Podhola, CEO


Led by Emil Sarnogoev, CKO


Led by Justin Podhola, Chairman


Led by James Wambold, CMO