Meet Mt Baker Vapor – Kenny’s Story
Unlike many of you, I have never smoked. I first heard about electronic cigarettes when Mt Baker Vapor sponsored the softball team I played for. I met and got to know James, one of the owners of the company and was impressed with what I heard about his business. With the bond of WoW and personalities that just seemed to click, it was inevitable that we quickly became friends. It also doesn’t hurt that we are both firm believers in saying exactly what we think without tiptoeing around issues.
Soon after meeting James I started working for Mt Baker Vapor and quickly rose through the ranks to my current position of Chief Asset Management Officer. Now, you may ask why I would want to work in an electronic cigarette industry when I have never smoked, and subsequently don’t vape. I honestly believe that e-cigarettes help smokers quit, and I am enjoying working with an industry that is changing and growing and such an exponential rate. In reality though, what really keeps me here is my complete dedication and faith in the owners of this company. James and Jesse treat every employee, regardless of job title, with the utmost respect and genuinely care about the people that work for them. I’m proud to be a part of such a great team of people.
The course of my daily work currently revolves around the legislation across the US, but primarily focused on our home state of Washington. As you know, there is a battle going on in our fine state over the accessibility of vapor products. I am proud to be working in conjunction with Njoy, another electronic cigarette company independent from big tobacco that has been fighting this battle since the beginning. My biggest concern regarding the trends in legislation is maintaining a unified front within the vaping industry. Divided, we will not be strong enough to combat the barrage of legislative restrictions being proposed. I do believe though, that when everyone within the e-cigarette industry is united, we can make a difference in the legislation we’re fighting.
At the rate we’re going now, in five years the vaping industry could be either mainstream or eliminated, depending on the legislation and how we can impact it. That will require not only being on the same page, but a level of professionalism and respect that I hope to see continue to grow within the industry beyond just the industry leaders. If there were one thing I could impress on the vaping community as a whole, it would be the need to be thinking not just about where we are now, but the road ahead.
Something to think about:
In what ways can you, as part of the vaping industry, contribute to the fight for realistic regulations that do not limit access to vaping for those who want to quit smoking?