Craig P. Williamson currently serves as President of the Cigar Association of America, Inc.(“CAA”); a national trade association representing cigar manufacturers, importers, distributors and suppliers. He was appointed President in 2011 after serving as Vice President since 1998. The CAA is one of the leading industry voices looking out for the interests of all shapes and sizes of cigars and has played a key role in both federal and state government affairs for the past 79years. During his time as Vice President of Government Relations, Craig created an on the ground structure of state lobbyists in almost all 50states. He was responsible for bringing the voice of CAA to state capitals and worked to protect the industry from harmful legislation.In addition to his role at CAA, Craig also currently serves as President of the Pipe Tobacco Council, Inc.Prior to joining CAA, Craig was Vice President of State Relations at The Smokeless Tobacco Council for seven years. After graduating from Ohio State University, Craig spent time serving the state of Ohio's Chief Legislative Aide to the Majority Leader.