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 SFATA's 2018 Elected Board of Directors

 


April Meyers, President


April Meyers is the owner of Northeast Vapor Supplies, LLC located in Connecticut and has been in the business since 2012. Her company has one retail store and manufactures three E-Liquid lines sold throughout the country; New Direction, Rebel Liquids and Thrifty Vapors.

April’s background is in the corporate business world. She began her career managing logistics and staffing for large trade shows, then became an analyst for a consumer ratings company, and finished as a financials communications professional for a global conglomerate.

An entrepreneur at heart, she left the corporate world and launched her retail vapor store with her husband. She has been actively engaged in advocacy since the beginning and ultimately helped to pull other Connecticut companies together to fight for their businesses. She served as a co-president for the Connecticut SFATA chapter until she took her role as our organization’s President of the Board of Directors.  This is Meyer's second term as Board President.  She will serve a two year term ending in December, 2019.
 Dave Morris, Vice-President


Dave Morris is the founder and owner of Vape Gravy an eliquid company based out of Phoenix, Arizona and is returning for his second year on the SFATA Board of Directors. Dave worked together with the leadership of multiple advocacy organizations in Arizona and played a pivotal role in unifying them into a single organization, the Arizona Smoke Free Business Alliance, where he serves as Vice Chairman.

When he’s not running his company or fighting the advocacy war on both fronts, Dave also serves as the President of the Board at Vape A Vet Project, which offers assistance to veterans and active duty military personnel and their families as they transition from cigarettes to vapor products. This will be Morris's second term as a director.  Dave assumed tghe role of Vice-President when Mark Anton moved onto become SFATA's Executive Director.  Morris will serve a two year term ending in December, 2019.
Robert Arnold, Treasurer



Robert Arnold is the founder and CEO of Saffire Vapor, a 22 store chain based in Nashville with store locations in Tennessee and Kentucky.  He started the company in 2012 and opened the first store in December of that year, working in nearly every position and role of the company at some point or another.  Robert had been working as Production Control Manager for an international automotive supplier before starting Saffire Vapor in his garage like so many other SFATA members.

Robert is incredibly excited to be taking on a leadership position with SFATA at this time and is highly optimistic that November's election results will create a much more favorable landscape for SFATA members to survive and thrive. This is Arnold's second term as Board Treasurer.  His term on the board expires in 2018.
Lindsey Stroud, Secretary

Lindsey Stroud Headshot

Lindsey Stroud is a state government relations manager at The Heartland Institute, which includes marketing the work of the government relations department, as well as providing research and analysis to state lawmakers. Stroud’s extensive work on tobacco and vaping policy includes authoring Tobacco Harm Reduction 101: A Guidebook for Policymakers, co-authoring Vaping, E-Cigarettes, and Public Policy Toward Alternatives to Smoking and conducting numerous analyses on tobacco harm reduction, including a 50-state analysis of the vaping industry. Stroud has hosted events in state capitols across the country addressing legislation that restricts adult access to vaping and e-cigarette products, and she has testified before multiple legislative committees. Lindsey’s work has appeared in outlets across the United States, as well as in various international media outlets. Stroud is also the host of The Heartland Institute’s Voices of Vapers, a podcast in which Stroud interviews numerous tobacco and tobacco harm reduction policy experts and advocates.

Prior to working for Heartland, Stroud worked as a legislative assistant to a Minnesota state senator and as a session staffer for a Virginia state delegate. In 2012, she interned for a U.S. congressman in Virginia.

Stroud is also currently a board member for THR4Life, a 501(c)(3) that promotes tobacco harm reduction. Additionally, Stroud was an America’s Future Foundation 2019 Spring Writing Fellow.  

Stroud graduated magna cum laude in 2012 from Tidewater Community College with an associate of arts in social science. In 2015, she earned a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William & Mary. While at William & Mary, Lindsey was a staff writer for the Flat Hat News, during which she covered student government. Stroud also has 20-plus years of food and beverage experience, thanks to her parents, who owned a restaurant when she was in middle school and to she owes much of her work ethic to.

Shaun Casey

Shaun Casey


When it comes to advocacy, Shaun is no-holds-barred.  After quitting smoking in 2010 via vapor, he never looked back.  Where a need arose in the industry, Shaun was there to fill it, beginning with the formation of the Canadian Vaping Association (CVA) in 2014 to help ensure that vapor products remained available to adult consumers.  To this day, Shaun occupies an active role on the association's Board of Directors.

 

Through his work with CVA, and with the help of others, the organization crafted regulatory framework for vaping in Canada, carving out vapor as a separate consumer product and the first legal change to Canada's Tobacco Act (now called the Tobacco and Vaping Act) in 37 years.

 

Having many interests in the United States, Shaun has been an active member of SFATA and has formerly served on the boards of AEMSA and VTA.  Shaun's company, FlavourArt, N.A., retains its own regulatory legal firm on contract in Washington D.C., which he uses to serve the interests of the vapor industry.

 

In 2019, Shaun worked cohesively with other associations to form the North American Vapor Alliance (NAVA), and in June of the same year, coordinated the industry's first GMP symposium in Los Angeles, CA, assembling manufacturers of all sizes together with industry experts to create a set of industry standards.

Taylor Cage



Taylor Cage started in the vaping industry after tenure in PR and Marketing and has since become an avid advocate and respected opinion leader. As a sales executive for the past 5 years, first for Alchem USA and NicSelect, and later as VP of Sales for North America Nicotine, Taylor has a unique understanding of how the industry works and great relationships with key players.

Taylor is the director of Public Relations and Sales for Trace/Verify. Compliance and youth access prevention are cornerstones of legitimizing vaping as a viable alternative to deadly combustible cigarettes that remain on the market. “It’s really satisfying to provide a level of protection with Trace/Verify technology for retailers and manufacturers that operate responsibly.”

 

Taylor is a board member of Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life (established to help smokers regain control over their lives by providing balanced and accurate information about tobacco harm reduction), and a founding organizer of the Grinch Relief Fund (established to provide holiday financial assistance to industry members facing hardship due to regulatory overreach), which raised over $15,000 in donations last year.