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Vape Nights at ASD Market Week: Speaker Insights & Iron Award Winners

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Vape Nights at ASD presented a lineup of six expert speakers during the August 2016 show, followed by the industry “Iron Awards.”

Retail met industry education on Tuesday, August 2, as Vape Nights at ASD hosted a full afternoon of speakers followed by Vape Nights’ Iron Awards. Led by Austin Hopper, “The Face of Vape” at Gilla Operations, LLC, the panel covered everything from e-liquid manufacturing and everyday vaper education to insurance questions and laws relevant to the industry. Immediately following the panel, Vape Nights announced the winners of its Iron Awards.

Congratulations to these winning vendors:

Candy: Cloud Confectionery – Flavor: Papple
Dessert: Loaded E-Juice – Flavor: Glazed Donuts
Fruit: The Cousons – Flavor: Cinna Peach
Ice Cream: Dripstone – Flavor: Sherbs
Tobacco: iBliss – Flavor: Whacko Tobacco
Yogurt: Gost Parfait
Coffee & Tea: The Pier – Flavor: Caramel Waffle Cap.
Cream & Custard: Coil Glaze – Flavor: Whipped Dreamz
Mint & Menthol: Mighty Vapor – Flavor: Hulk Tears ICED
Booth Display: Velvet Cloud
Brand Marketing: Ruthless Vapor
Breakfast Cereal: Double Comma – Flavor: Double Clutch


All speakers from Vape Nights at ASD, August 2016:

Education for the Everyday Vaper 

Speaker: Tony Brittan, Host Producer of Vaper Trail Channel

Vapor Trail Channel aims to help audiences find products and eliquid by testing them out, and offering quick videos with Tony’s expert take, along with a few tips geared toward the average vaper. Tony advised retailers on how to educate vapers.


E-Liquid Manufacturing 

Speaker: Pamela Cube, Principal of E-liq Cube

Pam Cube is the Co-founder and Principal of E-Liq Cube Eliquids and Manufacturing, the Co-founder of MES Distribution, and Co-President of the Southern California chapter of SFATA (Smoke Free Alternative Trade Association). She has carried her past experience in Account Management and strong industry relationships with major buyers and retailers into Eliquid manufacturing, always looking to innovate and implement processes and procedures for better workflow. E-Liq Cube is a family-run business and she works very passionately with her family. She will always remain focused to help every smoker convert to vape.


Business Law Issues for Vaping Companies in a Deeming Rule World 

Speaker: Steve Papkin, Partner at Fisher Broyles, LLP

Steve Papkin is a business transactional attorney based in Los Angeles who has worked extensively with companies in different aspects of the vaping industry since 2013, helping them form business entities, raise money, protect trademarks, handle employment issues and comply with governmental regulations. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Steve is a member of the California and New York bars.  He offered insight from his 20 years of experience in law.


Cover Your ASSsets 

Speaker: Juni Banico, Licensed Insurance Agent at SKS Insurance Agency

Juni Banico is an insurance expert with more than 20 years of experience in multiple industries. During his talk, retailers learned how to protect themselves and their businesses to continue growing and thriving in the industry.


Buying and Retailing E-Liquids

Speaker: Laura McCollum, Buyer for You Got E-Juice

As Co-President of the SFATA Southern California Chapter and a long-time buyer for e-juice, Laura offered experience in all sides on buying and retailing e-liquids.


Navigating the FDA: How do I know what to buy, when, & how much 

Speaker: Austin Hopper, “The Face of Vape” at Gilla Operations, LLC

Keynote speaker Austin Hopper has over 15 years of experience in sales, retail customer service and banking, having developed and executed on integrated sales, relationship and customer retention strategies for financial service and consumer goods companies. Mr. Hopper was the formerly the Executive Vice President of Space Jam Juice, President and CEO of Cuttwood Vapors, COO of Hold Fast Vapors and President and Co-owner of Revol Vapors where he was instrumental in the development, launch and operations of premium E-liquid brands both domestically and internationally.

Vape Nights at ASD Market Week will run through August 3, featuring all-new vendors, products, a live DJ, and the experiential Vape Lounge.


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