- Nat Sherman announced the appointment of Ike Karipides as Director of Premium Cigar Sales. Karipides' appointment is effective immediately and he will be reporting directly to Michael Herklots, Executive Director of Retail and Brand Development. With over 15 years of experience in the cigar industry, Karipides most recently served as Regional Sales Manager for Miami Cigar & Company. Karipides' previous experience also includes serving as a Brand Developer for the House of Oxford and General Manager for Barclay Rex Cigar and Tobacco.
- AKA Cigars has announced an across the board price drop of $1 per stick on the company's Hybrid and Respect lines. In addition, both lines will be adding two new sizes. "AKA Cigars" is short for American Kick Ass Cigars. The company was founded in 2010, and is based in Dallas.
- The Ramon Puig Guayabera brand chose Oliva Cigar Co. as official cigar partner for its 40 year anniversary celebration, which also marked the grand opening of a new Ramon Puig store in downtown Miami. The guayabera shirt was developed in Cuba and has become synonyms with Cuban culture. Today, Louis Puig carries on the legacy of his late father, Ramon.
Ribbon Cutting with Oliva Cigar Co. Marketing Director John Conroy, T.V. Personality Dr. Karent Sierra, Artist Carlos Navarro, Louis Puig and Wife, and Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado.
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