Contact Us

APA Address:  4891 Long Beach Rd., SE
                          Suite 3, Box #291
                          Southport, NC 29461
                          Phone:  (301) 907-8181


Julie L. Heckman - Executive Director, [email protected]
Ms. Julie L. Heckman is the Executive Director of the APA and is responsible for the overall operation of the association.  She directs the regulatory affairs of the APA and is the principal representative of the APA with the various agencies that interface with the fireworks industry.  She has considerable expertise in workplace safety, consumer products, and hazardous materials regulations and serves as the key spokesperson for the industry with press and media. 

Annelise Gillespie – Manager, Admin.  & Member Services, [email protected]
Ms. Annelise Gillespie is responsible for managing the APA office and for providing administrative, logistical, and communications support to the Executive Director to further the association’s strategic objectives.  Additionally, she is responsible for developing & managing member programs and services and assists with conference planning and works with the APA Membership and Convention committees.