Cigar birthdays in April. Like every month we celebrate some of the people in the cigar industry. If we miss anybody on our calendar, please let us know and we will add him or her. Here are the birthdays for April
April 3: Erik Nording. Better known for his great pipes, yet the Danish Viking is also into cigars. For his Nording cigars, he teams up with no other than Rocky Patel
April 10: Manolo Quesada. A legend in the industry. Born into tobacco with roots in Cuba. Yet the Quesada name became a powerhouse in the industry in the Dominican Republic. With the Matasa factory, now called Quesada cigars and all the great cigars made by the Quesada family.
April 11: Miguel M Schoedel. The National Sales Manager for Crowned Heads Cigars. And he’s handling all the press and the international sales as well.
April 17: Michael Serota. The Vice President of sales for Alec Bradley. He joined Alec Bradley in 2011 and before taking over the role of Vice President he was involved in operations, sales support and, key account management.
April 20: Todd Vance. Vance has been in the industry for a long time. He was the sales manager for A.J. Fernandez, Cornelius & Anthony, La Familia Robaina, Padilla Cigars and now he’s with Stallone Cigars.
April 24: Riste Ristevski. The owner and founder of Jas Sum Kral. A boutique brand with an edge. And a brand with innovation judging by the Nuggs cigars. Bored and annoyed with the quality of Cuban cigars, Ristevski flew to Nicaragua to start his own brand. With success.
April 25: Nick Melillo. The chief of broadleaf. Born in Connecticut, overlooking the tobacco plantations in the Connecticut River Valley. He started as a cigar salesman before asked to be Jonathan Drew’s right-hand man in Nicaragua. There he gained more knowledge. And now he’s on his own, with Foundation Cigars. Quite successfully I might add.
April 27: Jeremy Casdagli. A gentleman with an exciting family history, which includes breeding horses in Northern Africa, trading tobacco with Cuba, and heroism during World War II. Casdagli met a Cuban master roller, whom he started to work with. They supplied cigars to London hotels. From that his brand Bespoke spawned, which was later renamed Casdagli Cigars.
April 29: Carlos “Carlito”. Fuente Jr. If there is one superstar of the Dominican cigar industry it is Carlito Fuente. The man that gave us Opus X, the first premium Dominican Puro. His drive to make each and every cigar perfect is what’s pushing the family business to great heights.
These are the cigar birthday for April. If we miss anybody, please let us know and we will add him or her to the calendar.
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