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Juan Lopez, National Sales Manager of Gurkha Cigars

Listen Up: Marketing Tips from Gurkha’s Juan Lopez

When he was 19 years old, Juan Lopez had his first cigar at San Francisco’s Just a Cigar. That first cigar—a Joya de Nicaragua—was...
Joya de Nicaragua

National Pride: Celebrating Joya de Nicaragua’s 50th Anniversary, Part 1

If it’s true that adversity that doesn’t kill us, rather it only makes us stronger, then Nicaragua’s first cigar factory, Joya de Nicaragua, is...
Rene Castaneda, President of Villiger Cigars North America

Lead by Example: Villiger Cigars North America’s Rene Castañeda

A business is only as successful as the person who leads it. Rene Castañeda, president of Villiger Cigars North America, has spent the past...
Maya Selva

Gaining Traction: Maya Selva Cigars

Worldwide smoking bans, higher tobacco taxes and more stringent governmental regulations are making it increasingly difficult for small, boutique cigar manufacturers to eke out...
Mark Ryan of Daughters & Ryan Handling Perique Tobacco

Perique: A Resurrection Story

The spring of 2005 seemed to be the end of St. James Perique for pipe tobacco blends. The owners of L.A. Poche in St....
Drew Estate Sam Morales

The Way of the Disruptors

For Drew Estate, the past year has been everything but business as usual: 2017 saw the return of Jonathan Drew as Drew Estate’s president,...
Courtney Smith from Cornelius & Anthony

Familial Marketing: A Look at Cornelius & Anthony

Product development is serious business, especially for companies working in the tobacco industry. With the regulations imposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...
Camacho American Barrel Aged

Camacho Cigars: Crafting a Built-Bold, Live-Loud Experience

Fire, motorcycles, steel, barrels—these aren’t typically objects you would associate with premium cigars, but they perfectly capture the spirit behind Camacho Cigars, a brand...
Tim Cavenaugh and Justin Hansen of Alpha Cigar Company

It Takes Two: A Look at Alpha Cigar Company

When Tim Cavenagh graduated from college and moved to China for work, he discovered that finding a good cigar was a challenge. At the...
Jose Orlando Padron

The Brand The Hammer Helped Build

On Dec. 6, 2017, the tobacco industry learned of the passing of José Orlando Padrón, founder of the premium cigar brand Padrón Cigars. Since...
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