The Cigar Association of Washington (CAW) has announced that Stacy Thrasher will become the organization’s new president as of April 1.
Thrasher is the head of F.K. Kirsten Tobacconist, a Seattle-area retailer, as well as Kirsten Pipe Company, which manufacturers tobacco pipes. She is both a founding member of the CAW and is currently the organization’s treasurer.
“Stacy grew up in the industry and has been involved with CAW’s efforts to promote cigar friendly legislation in Olympia,” said Joe Arundel, current president of the CAW, in an email sent to the organization on Monday. “She has made the drive down from Seattle to testify before various legislative committees numerous times over the past 12 years. Her passion for the industry and the association will serve her well in continuing the ongoing efforts.”
Arundel, owner of Rain City Cigars, also located in Seattle, said he is stepping away from the role in order to spend more time with his family, though will remain a member of the CAW and will assist Thrasher in her new role, as requested.