Hemp Industries Association® Appoints New Board Members Announces State Chapters Task Force

21 Apr 2020 11:29 AM | Ryann Hinch (Administrator)

Focuses On New Executive Director Hunt and Expansion of State Chapters

NASHVILLE - The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) announces the appointment of 4 board members. Association Vice President, Rick Trojan, is appointed Board President and former Association Treasurer & Hemp Farmer, Mike Lewis, is appointed Board Vice President. The Board appoints former Board Directors,  Annie Rouse as Secretary and Frank Robison as the Board Treasurer. 

“The whole board is energized by the new appointees,” said Trojan “now our top priority is finding the right Executive Director to run the Day-to-Day operations for HIA®. We had over 100 amazing applicants before the February deadline and now we have the tough job of narrowing it down. It’s probably one of the most important decisions we will make this year and we want to get it right. We hope to have someone in place by the end of April.”

The Association also announces the implementation of a new State Chapter Task Force. 

“There is still so much to do on a state by state basis,” said HIA Membership Director and task force lead Sarah Gardner “Current chapters should be receiving more support from the national office and we need to build new chapters in every state. The new board leadership recognizes that to grow the hemp economy and support hemp professionals at every level we need a robust state by state strategy."   

The HIA has the broadest and largest state chapter program specific to all things hemp in the country. Current Chapters include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Lousiana, Nebraska, New York, Pacific Northwest, Tennessee, and Texas. There are 4 pending chapters: Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, and Wyoming.


Founded in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1994 by a group of hemp business owners and activists, The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) is a membership-based non-profit trade association. Its mission is to advance the hemp economy and educate the market for the benefit of our members, the public, and the planet. For more information please go to www.thehia.org


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     Rick Trojan, President


Rick travels the globe educating on hemp cultivation, processing, manufacturing and distribution, visiting 6 continents in 2019 alone.  Rick’s Hemp Road Trip continues to educate and raise awareness of all hemp can do, while bringing together global innovators and leaders passionate on building hemp-based industries.

    Mike Lewis, Vice President


In 2014, farmer Michael Lewis and some fellow Veterans were the first Americans legally permitted to farm hemp in the U.S. since its prohibition in the 1970s. Michael has received several honors/awards from Kentucky’s government including the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Office of the Governor. He also received the Wendell Berry New Agrarian Award.  Michael currently serves as the Director of the AgriAbility program at the University of Kentucky’s Agriculture and Natural Resources department.


Annie Rouse, Secretary


Annie Rouse is a thought-leader in hemp education and the hemp supply chain with businesses spanning from farm to finished products including founding Overcome, a hemp products company, OP Innovates, a cannabinoid formulations company and Anavii Market, an online retailer for hemp products. She also advises for Greenman Gardens. 


Frank Robison, Treasurer 


Frank is a founder of RobisonPeyser Law. Frank has provided legal solutions to the hemp industries for 10-years. Frank is a licensed Customs Broker. He has masters’ degrees in tax, constitutional, international food, and entrepreneurial laws. Before his legal career, Frank was an entrepreneur and Peace Corps Volunteer. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Chichewa.


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