Mr. Mena’s business career started immediately after college, working at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in the Foreign Currency “pit”. In early 2000’s he worked for a boutique Real Estate marketing, real estate firm, selling luxury condominiums, representing developers such as the Elad Group, Lennar, Related Group, Fifield, Hyperion and Trump Ocean Club Panama. He quickly rose to National Sales Director.
Mr. Mena has been involved in the vaping industry since 2013. In 2015 he formed the State Advocacy group, North Carolina Vaping Council (NCVC). NCVC is an industry based non-profit organization fighting for the vaping rights of vape businesses in North Carolina. In 2014 he became President of the Federal Advocacy group SFATA (Smoke Free Alternative Trade Association), representing his State of North Carolina. Mr. Mena is involved deeply in politics, lobbying Washington D.C. and the General Assembly in North Carolina. Meeting with both Federal and State Representatives, Mr. Mena has made North Carolina the most vape friendly State in the United States.
In 2016, Mr. Mena formed the only functioning Political Action Committee for the vape industry, www.right2vape.org.Right2Vape has successfully donated to multiple political campaigns and helped secure political alliances that have strengthened the vape industry.
In 2017, Mr. Mena brought a major vape convention to the capital city of North Carolina – Raleigh. Using his extensive national reach within the vape community, Mr. Mena has secured some of the largest manufacturers and distributors for the convention in addition to bringing national advocacy groups.