Director of Public Relations, COO
Jason was an “accidental” quitter, having continued smoking after starting vaping. On October 31st, 2013, he smoked his last cigarette and has been tobacco free since. His first exposure to vaping advocacy was during the 2014 Minnesota legislative session, assisting others with writing e-mails, as well as giving pointers on talking points. Following the legislative session, he has taken an active role in Minnesota Vapers Advocacy, and has headed up the consumer activist group since February 2015.
Jason’s professional background is a mixture of accounts payable, mortgage servicing and relationship management with focus on customer relations and vendor management. He has worked in a variety of industries, including grocery, print media and mortgage servicing.
Despite being a Minnesota resident, Jason assisted in the initial #notblowingsmoke deployment by creating many of the viral images, and used similar tactics in his home state to help defeat a $0.30/mL tax on e-liquid during the 2015 legislative session. He has spoken at several municipal legislative hearings as well as the Minnesota House Tax Committee. Aside from vapor advocacy, Jason is a self-proclaimed nerd; he likes sci-fi, learning how stuff works and renaissance festivals.