The Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) has appointed Cynthia Cabrera, SFATA’s executive director, to its board of directors and named her as its next president and CEO.
Cabrera succeeds Phil Daman, who has served as SFATA’s president and CEO since 2013, and has worked with SFATA since 2012. Daman, along with Cabrera, has been instrumental in helping the association grow from seven member companies to more than 500 members in less than three years. Cabrera will remain as SFATA’s executive director.
“I am extremely pleased that Cynthia will be working with SFATA in this new expanded role to make SFATA even greater and stronger,” said Daman. “There is no one in this industry that has a higher level of professionalism, passion, commitment, knowledge and ability to lead SFATA.”
Daman, who manages the law firm of Daman & Associates, and advises stakeholders on transactional, litigation and regulatory matters, is stepping away from his role at SFATA to focus on his clients’ increasing legal needs. Daman will remain on SFATA’s Board until Nov. 9 to assist Cabrera with the transition and SFATA’s upcoming elections, which are scheduled for that same day.
“It’s been an honor to work with Phil these past few years. He is an astute attorney and sharp advocate who understands the issues the vapor industry faces and cares deeply about using vapor technology to help people change the world for the better,” said Cabrera. “SFATA appreciates Phil’s commitment and dedication and hopes to leverage his knowledge and expertise in future as we continue to engage with government and industry to help shape evolving legislation at the federal and local levels.”