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Illusione Cigars

Illusione Cigars: Finding Inspiration in Unusual Places

Dion Giolito’s career in the tobacco industry began as a part-time retail job that eventually turned into a full-time job. Giolito started out working...
Rob Norris, President of Altadis USA

An Interview with Altadis U.S.A. President Rob Norris, Part 2

For part 1 of this exclusive interview with Altadis U.S.A.'s Rob Norris, click here. After coming to the U.S. and spending the first months gaining...
Beat Hauenstein, CEO of Oettinger Davidoff AG

Writing the Next Chapter: Oettinger Davidoff’s CEO Beat Hauenstein

In late August 2017, Oettinger Davidoff named Beat Hauenstein as CEO, successor to Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, who served as CEO for nearly seven years and...
Al Micallef | Micallef Cigars

How to Build an Empire According to Al Micallef

Al Micallef has an innate curiosity for how businesses operate. That curiosity has driven him to invest time and resources in starting and launching...
Tony Bellatto, La Barba Cigars

Rite of Passage: La Barba Cigars’ Tony Bellatto

Making the leap from being a casual consumer of tobacco products to becoming a full-on manufacturer of your own brand is not easy. The challenges...
Chris Tarr, General Cigar Company

Demand and Supply: Trade Marketing Insights from General Cigar’s Chris Tarr

Trade marketing is the backbone of the tobacco industry. For those unfamiliar with the phrase, the main goal of manufacturers in trade marketing is...
Jorge Armenteros, Tobacconist University

Back to School: A Look at Tobacconist University

What’s the key to retail success? It’s a question that many tobacconists ask when searching for the products, technology and business plans that will...
Rob Norris, President of Altadis USA

An Interview with Altadis U.S.A. President Rob Norris, Part 1

When he was 25 years old, Rob Norris was at a crossroads in his young career. After graduating from the Liverpool John Moores University...
Mike Edwards, Airreys Cigars

The Advantage of a Disadvantage: Mike Edwards and Airreys Cigars

Mike Edwards is a professional athlete and serious entrepreneur. Born in Manchester, England, and raised in Florida, Edwards launched his own lifestyle brand centered...
Lord and Lady Carnarvon, Highclere Castle Cigars

Small World, Big Opportunities: A Look at Highclere Castle Cigars

If you’ve watched the popular television series “Downton Abbey,” you’ve seen Highclere Castle, a working estate in England that served as the home of...
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