Tony Abboud

Tony Abboud is executive director of the Vapor Technology Association (VTA). A seasoned government relations expert and lawyer, his experience has been instrumental in founding, leading and growing the VTA.

Launched in January 2016, the VTA is the U.S. vapor industry’s national trade association that has been implementing strategic initiatives in Washington, D.C., and around the country to defend the promise of the vapor industry and to push for reasonable regulations that will protect consumers and foster innovation.

Abboud left the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig in 2010 and founded his own governmental affairs consulting firm, Strategic Government Solutions, which focuses on representing companies and associations in heavily regulated industries.

In his work as a state lobbyist, Abboud has developed and implemented strategies for companies facing simultaneous multistate legislative challenges in the vapor industry and in the tobacco industry.

For example, in 2011, Abboud was hired to recruit, train and lead a team of lobbyists to defend a tobacco product that was under simultaneously attack in 26 states, and his team defeated the bill that year in every state. That experience told Abboud that he could replicate that type of success for the vapor industry through the VTA.  So, in the fall of 2016, the VTA launched its state affairs program and is now also defending the vapor industry at the state level by coordinating and directing strategies in more than 21 states through state vapor trade associations.

Before taking on the role of the VTA’s national legislative director and then executive director, Abboud went to bat for a national vapor technology company working to defeat bills hostile to the industry in multiple states. Abboud also played a large role in drafting comments on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s deeming regulation on vapor products, preparing testimony and public statements, as well as hiring and educating his client’s federal lobbyists on vapor issues and meeting with members of Congress. Over the years, Abboud has also generously volunteered his time with national vapor associations, drafted model legislation for minor bans and provided strategic guidance on state initiatives.

Abboud has a unique blend of grassroots organizing, political campaign, governmental service, private sector representation and legal experiences to draw on when crafting effective lobbying and communications strategies.

He lives near Chicago with his wife, a former Cook County prosecutor, and their three children. Abboud earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. in political science from Carleton College in 1988 and his Juris Doctor with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1994.