Julie L. Heckman - Executive Director
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Ms. Julie L. Heckman has served as the Executive Director of the APA for 25 years 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. Ms. Heckman serves a Principal member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Pyrotechnics, the Interested Parties for Hazardous Materials Transportation Coalition (often referred to as the IP Group)  and participates in several additional fireworks-related trade/interest groups.

 Annelise Gillespie – Manager, Admin. & Member Services
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Ms. Annelise Gillespie has been with the APA since 2006 and is responsible for managing the association's administrative, logistical, and communications activities to support the Executive Director in achieving the association’s strategic objectives.  Additionally, she is responsible for developing & managing member programs as well as handling association conference planning including sponsorship, advertising and exhibitions.