November/December 2018

Vol. 29, No. 5


Emerson’s Cigars
As a second-generation tobacconist, Scott Regina has found the ideal formula for embracing the foundations of his company while fostering new opportunities to grow.

All About the Leaf
Casa Fernandez may have a new name, Aganorsa Leaf, but the company’s dedication to growing premium tobacco remains immutable.

The Illustrated Man
Never fear: Pete Johnson of Tatuaje is still consumed by cigars, but curiosity and creativity will always have him searching for new avenues and new opportunities.

A Curious Philosophy
“What if …?” is the question Royal Agio Cigars’ Boris Wintermans asks at the start of most days, which can only be music to any cigar connoisseur’s ears.

Expanding Horizons
Cigars International will still call Pennsylvania home. How they say it, however, may now have a hint of a Texas drawl.

Ask the Tobacconist: You’ve Been Yelped!
Good online reviews, bad online reviews—every entrepreneur has a story. Regardless of the positivity or negativity you’re facing on the World Wide Web, it’s how you react to the comments that will ultimately determine the long-term impact on your business.

Business: Filling the Lending Gap
Alternative lenders may extend critical financing when commercial banks reject a loan application. But before accepting money from nonbank platforms, remember to do your due diligence.

5 Questions With …
Richard Alvarez, director of brand marketing at Altadis U.S.A.

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