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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.
Mike Runshe, Secretary



The CEO and Co-Founder of Giant Vapes, LLC based in East Providence, RI, Michael is a long time vaper himself. Along with his business partner, Michael used his 10+ years’ experience in sales, marketing, and customer service within the tech sector to launch Giant Vapes with a goal of creating the easiest-to-use, most customer-centric e-commerce website in the industry featuring a massive, curated selection of the highest quality e-liquid brands on the market. As a former smoker and continued vaper, Michael is extremely passionate about the continued success and longevity of the vape industry, and is thrilled that his role with SFATA will help further the industry's growth. This is Runshe's first term as Board Secretary.  He will serve a two year term ending in December, 2019.
Lindsey Stroud, Director (Acting 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.