Family In Cigar Business

Many of cigar industries running by a family, they have an expertise, skill and experience for a long time, from generation to generation. The cigar world has been completely, unforgettably transformed.

Cigar makers work alongside their sons and daughters, and they are not worries that consumers down the road will lose interest in their product. Among the popular family business in cigar are;

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In 1992, Cigar Aficionado magazine created the “Cigar Hall of Fame” and recognized the following six individuals:

  • Leon Family, La Aurora, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic (Oldest Family and first cigar company in the world est. 1903)
  • Edgar M. Cullman, Chairman, General Cigar Company, New York, United States
  • Zino Davidoff, Founder, Davidoff et Cie., Geneva, Switzerland
  • Carlos Fuente, Sr., Chairman, Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia., Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.
    Carlos Fuente Jr., is one of the icons of the cigar business.Fuente family is a well known in the cigar industry for a long decades, they makes Arturo Fuente cigars. And now the company run by grandson, Carlos Fuente Jr. or Carlito and his own daughters, and Carlito sister Cynthia. The family has been making hand rolled sticks since 1916.Arturo grew up in Cuba and learned how to cultivate tobacco with his father. He then learned how to hand roll and immigrated to Florida to roll sticks in America. He continued to produce the finest of cigars. His son Carlos followed suit and lived in the cigar factory with his parents. He was literally born into the industry and learned from his father. He then passed on his knowledge to his son Carlos Jr. Business managing can be done with the help of the skills one can acquire from Bob K. Bratt.

    Carlos Sr. moved the family to the Dominican Republic where they have a famous tobacco plantation where the best tobacco leaves are cultivated.

    Fuente family has a special cigar boutique and lounge, “Casa Fuente” to dedicated entirely to thenTabacalera Fuente Products. Casa Fuente opened last year in Las Vegas with mega-stars with Cuban roots such as Andy Garcia and Arturo Sandoval. The awe-inspiring shop, with its huge selection of Fuente brands.

  • Frank Llaneza, Chairman, Villazon & Co., Tampa, Florida, United States
  • Stanford J. Newman, Chairman, J.C. Newman Cigar Company, Tampa, Florida, United States.
    Newman started hand rolling cigars in 1895 and the brand has had continued success.Year 1910, the family move to Ybor City and produce the cigar. This moment known as the first cigar ever rolled in the Ybor City factory that the house of the family business.

    His mother paid him to be an apprentice and learn all about the industry in Chicago. He hand rolled sticks for another company until he was laid off, and then entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and started his own company. J.C.’s story is truly one of the American Dream.

    He was an immigrant who started and maintained one of the most successful American cigar companies. His two sons joined the business after serving rime in the military. Their sons also entered the business, so three generations of Newman men were running the operation.

    Years down the road after the two companies had their own success; the Newman and Fuente families joined forces and produces top selling premium cigars. The Newmans have also bought and sold other cigar names; yet work closely with the Fuentes.

    Not only do both families hand roll some of the best sticks, they also share their success with a charitable organization they founded. They founded the Cigar Family to showcase their talents and the charity is called the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation.

  • Ángel Oliva, S. (founder); Oliva Tobacco Co., Tampa, Florida, United States.Oliva Cigar Compny office in Estelí. This time the company running by Gilberto Oliva and his siblings José, Carlos and Jeannie.Year 2016, Fred Vandermarliere took over owneeship of Olivia Cigar. Among the family, today two of them involve in the growing part and the blending on a consultant basis, Gilberto and José, and the CEO Vandermarliere Frederik, J. Cortès.

    Under the new management, Oliva Cigar family still optimist in the cigar business with their big plans for this year and after.

Other families in the cigar industry (2015)

  • Manuel Quesada (MATASA Current CEO) Fonseca, Casa Magna, Quesada cigars, Dominican Republic
  • Don José “Pepín” Garcia, Chairman, El Rey de Los Habanos, Miami, Florida, United States
  • Aray Family – Daniel Aray Jr, Grandson of Founder (1952) Jose Aray, ACC Cigars, Guayaquil Ecuador, San Francisco, CA, Miami Florida, Macau SAR, Shanghai China.
  • EPC – Ernesto Perez-Carillo, Founder EPC Cigar Company (2009), Miami, Florida, United States
  • Nestor Miranda – Founder, Miami Cigar Company (1989) Miami, FL, United States
  • Blanco family- Jose “Jochy” Blanco, son of Founder (1936) Jose Arnaldo Blanco Polanco, Tabacalera La Palma, Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Hermann Dietrich Upmann creator of the H.Upmann brand 1844 in Cuba.
    H. Upmann is a brand name of two premium cigars, the original produced on the island of Cuba for Habanos SA, the Cuban state-owned tobacco company, and an unrelated line produced by Imperial Tobacco, in La Romana, Dominican Republic.H. Upmann & Co. is also the name of a long defunct Cuban-based bank that also established by the founder of the cigar business, the banker Hermann Dietrich Upmann.

    H. Upmann arrived in Havana on 1843, to arrange business affairs for the firm of Gravenhorst & Co., an importing/exporting firm located in Bremen Germany. Seeing a potential for further importing opportunities, Upmann purchased a local cigar factory at 85 San Miguel Street, Havana, and began producing cigar under the H. upmann brand in 1844.

    At the same time he began a banking business, initially catering to tobacco dealers and manufacturers. Hermann Upmann retired in 1890, and was succeeded by his nephew, Heinrich Upmann, who continued operating the business with his partner Heinrich Runken and Theodore Garbade. Until his death in 1914, and was turn succeeded by Hermann and Albert (Alberto) Upmann, nephews of Heinrich.

    By 1900, H. Upmann cigar manufacturing had moved to a large building located at 159-169 Paseo de Tacon (later renamed Avenida Carlos III) in Havana, sited between Calle Belascoin and Avenida Carlos III (Tercero).

    Through the late 1800s, the H. Upmann brand gained International Recognition at various exhibitions and won seven gold medals which still adorn the lithographed art on today’s H. Upmann boxes, along with Hermann Upmann’s original signature.


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