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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.
Lonnie Bozeman, Director



Lonnie Bozeman is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Saveurvape, a premium e-liquid manufacturer and distributor. Mr. Bozeman has lead Saveurvape’s operation since 2012.

Prior to Saveurvape, Mr. Bozeman worked in leading positions in the telecommunications industry. This included roles as Director of Operations for Verizon Communications, and Vice president of Ajilon Communications. Lonnie has also served in advisory roles with CoreSite and DirecTV.

Mr. Bozeman is currently considered a leader and subject matter expert in the electronic cigarette and vapor industry having designed and manufactured some of the worlds most recognized, safest, and trusted brands. Lonnie’s vision is to provide a safer and cleaner alternative to smoking by using the highest industry standards and materials.

Mr. Bozeman attended the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also has received numerous certifications in project management (PMP, PMI), and technology (CCNA, A+) and awards for Leadership and Management.


Deanna Clark-Esposito, Director



Deanna Clark-Esposito is the Managing Attorney of the New York City based Clark-Esposito Law Firm, P.C., and provides legal representation to domestic and foreign companies with matters involving US federal laws and agencies including, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on vape and tobacco products, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on cannabis.  She also handles matters concerning the import, export, transportation, and fashion industries.  In 2018, she presented on “Vape & CBD Legalities: A Primer for Retailers, Manufacturers and Importers” at Champs Trade Shows in Las Vegas and taught a course entitled “Legal Compliance for the Vape & E-Cigarette Industry” for Lawline.com.  Deanna was also invited to speak as a panelist at Yale University’s first ever “Business of Legal Cannabis” conference. In 2017, she presented at the “Vapor Fair Meets Hookah Fair” trade show, providing an overview of current obligations, deadlines, and what is on the horizon for the vape industry in terms of FDA regulations and compliance.  She was also a panelist at the Women Grow NYC event entitled, “Know the Law: The Legal Side of a Cannabis Business.”  

Deanna writes legal editorial content for the vape industry’s “B2B Wholesaler” and the cannabis industry’s “CannaBiz Wholesaler” magazines.  More about her and the firm may be found at https://www.clarkespositolaw.com/ and on Twitter @tradetogrow.


Martin Pazzani, Director



Martin Pazzani is a corporate executive with multiple companies and investments in the fitness business, the craft tequila business, and the vaping industry. He has four decades of A-list corporate experience in marketing, strategy, and advertising guiding some of the world's biggest brands (such as Jose Cuervo Tequila, Smirnoff Vodka, Bally Total Fitness, Crunch, U.S. Postal Service, Volkswagen, S.C. Johnson, Kraft and many others), and as an advertising exec on Madison Avenue (at Foote, Cone & Belding and Doyle Dane Bernbach), with clients of all shapes and sizes on six continents. He came to the vaping industry three years ago when his nephew’s vape shop looked immediately like a way to 1. reinvent the smoking business with a high tech, healthier solution, and 2. enjoy the benefits of pure, unadulterated entrepreneurial capitalism, and is currently a Partner in Silver City Vapors and Rawberry E-Juice in Connecticut. This is Pazzani's first term as a director.  He will serve a one year term ending in December, 2018.