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Founder, Highrise Emergency Aerial Response Team (H.E.A.R.T.)
van Kristoff is the first person in the world, who crossed the benchmark of working on ropes above 500 meters and who solved the problems on the top of the world's tallest building in 2003. Now he has a new mission - to develop a methodology for midair rescue from various types of aircraft. He has reached out to government and private organizations from the aviation, filming, marketing and academic industry in order to document on film the first phase of the project - R&D.
Ivan started his career in the field of rope access, after which he discovered his passion for marketing and business development in the field of extreme vertical and aerial operations. He has studied IT Communications in the University of Toronto, Mass Communications and Brand Management in other universities. He developed his international brand and registered trade mark “Ivan Kristoff” by setting new trends in remote access and world records for rappelling and ascending on a rope from a flying helicopter, one of them in Toronto, Canada, with a civilian helicopter and one in Madara, Bulgaria, with the Bulgarian Air Force’s military helicopter. He created and sponsored “Club Extreme” in the New Bulgarian University, in which he introduced students from the Bachelor’s program “Mass Communications” to the world of extreme vertical and aerial sports. Now he creates a new platform for Embedded Extreme Journalists that will reach new heights and train professional journalist to the four worlds of Sea – Air- Land – Space, for which he partners with international brands like Fortis Swiss Watches that has 20 years of experience in space and shares with them the network of pilots and astronauts.
Ivan’s achievements in the volunteer rescue field were noticed by American and European TV production films, who wanted to make amazing new TV Series with his H.E.A.R.T. team and unique ideas for vertical and aerial rescue on super highrise buildings. He strongly believes that the new type of marketing can help advance the creation of the most elite volunteer rescue team that can work together with Embedded Extreme Journalists on hard to reach places and achieve what no one has achieved in this field.