Arkadiy was born in Leningrad on January 7, 1966. Arkadiy grew up in the Saint Petersburg. His father was a factory worker and my mother worked as a seamstress. Arkadiy’s first work experience came in the early Eighties building wooden houses during summer holidays from school. He also worked in the summertime picking strawberries in a farm and selling watermelons with my cousin, the current president of SELA corporations, Boris Ostrobrod.
After Arkadiy graduated from high school in 1983, he started his studies in electrical engineering in the Leningrad’s Mining and Electromechanical Institute. While a student at the Institute, he also combined his studies with a job in one of the first photo studios in St. Petersburg, created by his cousin Boris.
After graduating from the Institute in 1988, Arkadiy continued his professional experience in the photo studio as an agent taking orders and later became a photographer after he was able to buy his own camera.
В 1989 году Борис эмигрировал в Израиль, Аркадий продолжил работать в кооперативе.
In 1991, Arkadiy’s cousin Boris and established one of the first joint ventures in Russia – the SELA corporation. SELA was one of the first companies in Russia to develop its business on the principle of franchising. By 2008, SELA sales reached more than US$200 million, and the network included 600 SELA clothing stores selling casual wear clothes (designed and branded in house) in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and the Baltic countries. In 2010, Arkadiy decided to divest in this business and sold his share to his cousin.
In 2001, Arkadiy Pekarevskiy and Boris Ostrobrod began to develop the Aztec factory for the production of marzipan and chocolate. The production turned out to be unprofitable. In 2010, Arkadiy bought out a share from Boris and began to independently develop production. Today, Arkadiy currently own and operate The Aztec Factory which produces marzipan and chocolate sweets under the trademarks Grondard and Mario Bianca.The brand is known mainly among lovers of sweets and marzipan. In Russia it is the leading marzipan production in terms of assortment width and market share.
Since 2013, he has been conducting development projects in the Leningrad Region.
In 2016, Arkadiy became a shareholder of the insurance company Capital-Policy.
In April 2017, Arkadiy became a co-owner of the Pic’nMix company, which produces his own toys.
In 2018, Arkadiy Pekarevskiy became a co-owner of the Anyships aggregator, through which you can buy a ticket for any type of water transport, rent a yacht, boat or motor ship in St. Petersburg, Moscow or Sochi, as well as in 18 other countries of the world, including Italy, Spain, Turkey , UAE.
For many years, Arkadiy took part in various business projects as an investor and member of the board of directors of such companies as Garderobo, Mozgoboynya, development project Oliki Verde and many others.