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THE BOARD

THE 2016 LOUISIANA VAPING ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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CHRIS FLOWERS

PRESIDENT

Before venturing into the vaping industry, Chris Flowers was a member of two unions in the Louisiana film industry. The lessons learned from the film industry in regards to hard work, passion, dedication, and teamwork lead him to start his own venture on the side, Crescent City Clouds. Crescent City Clouds is a New Orleans based vapor company, established late 2013 as a way for vapors to find unique, New Orleans crafted flavors. His hopes were to bring a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes for his co workers in the film industry. The passion of helping others has always played a huge role in his life and business decisions.

When the New Orleans City Council decided that they wanted to categorize vaping in with smoking and would add vaping to the new smoking ban in Orleans Parish, Chris along with other shop owners testified against this ban. Chris is a founding board member of LAVA, the Louisiana Vaping Association. This was the first step in uniting stakeholders in the vaping industry within Louisiana. Chris was voted in as President, where he has held that title since LAVA’s inception in early 2015. He has been active in trying to unite all shops and manufacturers to advocate for vaping as a healthier alternative to smoking. As an advocate he has met with lawmakers, secretaries of revenues, and worked closely with lobbyists in order to achieve the organization's goals.

His main goal is to unite an industry and make sure that vapor products do not get snuffed out by government overreach and false information portrayed by anti-­vaping groups.

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HEATHER HUTTON

SECRETARY

Heather Hutton is the owner and operator of Big Chief Vapor Products in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. She began her career in the financial sector, and has excelled in the realm of public relations and business development since 2001. This led to the opening of Big Chief Vapors in March of 2014, in the hopes of positively affecting the lives of St. Bernard residents. After being welcomed by residents and forging personal relationships with local lawmakers, Heather became a Founding Board Member of LAVA, the Louisiana Vaping Association, where she has held the title of Secretary of the Board since early 2015, and began actively lobbying to educate lawmakers and regulatory organizations about vapor products throughout the state of Louisiana.

Heather is extremely passionate about protecting the Vapor Industry and assuring that all Vapor Products remain easily accessible for all consumers that wish to use them to practice tobacco harm reduction. She is a member of CASAA and SFATA, and has spoken at several Town Hall and City Council Meetings throughout the state. She was also a key figure in either stopping or altering Vaping Bans in the cities of Lafayette and New Orleans, as well as lowering the Louisiana E­liquid Tax.

A member of the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce since 2014, Heather has always worked to better the quality of life within the Parish of St. Bernard, and all of Louisiana. Being a member of the community development Old Arabi Association since 2014 has allowed her the opportunity to restore historic neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Katrina. She has owned and operated 4 successful businesses, participated in and held various charitable events, and is the Mother of two loving boys. Now, Heather dedicates her time to leading the fight to protect Vapor Products in the state of Louisiana, working with local and state lawmakers to ensure the continued use and accessibility of all Vapor Products.

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ANTHONY KOLESA

PR & MEDIA

Anthony is the owner of Smokecignals LLC, an electronic cigarette company started online in 2010 and opening its first brick and mortar store in 2012.

A New Orleans native, Anthony grew up just outside the city and attended LW Higgins High School. He then went on to complete an EMT course offered by Louisiana Tech, though he remained in the restaurant industry after completion of the course and began a career in management. He has over 16 years experience in hospitality, management, and sales.

In 2010, at the behest of his wife, Anthony decided to give electronic cigarettes a chance and was able to successfully quit smoking after 18 years and a two-pack-a-day habit.

Later in 2010 he began making e-liquid for himself as he was unhappy with the options available at the time. Then Anthony started making this juice for his friends that he had convinced to try an electronic cigarette. The idea for Smokecignals was born.

After a leap of faith, Anthony quit his management job at a popular French Quarter restaurant and dedicated all of his time to Smokecignals. The company has since grown to four locations, a thriving wholesale division, and employs 42 Louisianians.

Though his background with food and mixology played a part in the development of well over 50 flavors on Smokecignals' menu, Anthony has called upon all of his employees for their creativity in adding to the list. The company now boasts a menu of over 250 flavors.

Anthony is married with three sons. His spare time is spent fishing, watching or playing football, and having dinner with his family.

You can contact Anthony by email anthony@smokecignals.com or by calling 504-267-0443.