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In addition to the Cigar Advisors, we publish work from BOTLs of all walks, both in and out of the premium cigar business: cigar manufacturers, bloggers, and various experts in their fields. Even with such a wide-ranging cast of characters, one thing is for sure: all the contributors who put ink to paper for Cigar Advisor are straight shooters and credible experts who share an appreciation for premium cigars and take part in our lifestyle. This is a digital mag created by, and for, cigar enthusiasts of all stripes; and because they share our passions, we trust them to bring you more of the cigar info you care about. Click below to meet them…

A widely-read cigar blogger, Barry Stein works in the retail side of the cigar industry. Prior to his entering the business full-time, Barry worked as an International Security Consultant and Private Investigator. Both jobs have allowed him to travel the world; the one parallel has been that he likes to end his days in a cigar shop or lounge.

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Ben Robinson is an Event Coordinator for Operation: Cigars for Warriors.

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Born into a tobacco family in Havana, Cuba in 1936, Benji Menendez smiles when he says that tobacco is in his genes. His grandfather, father, uncles and great uncles were considered the royalty of the cigar business during the pre-embargo heyday of Cuban cigars. Of the six original leading Cuban tobacco companies, Benji is the only living person that was active in Cuba and is still active in the industry today. Throughout his tenure at General Cigar, Benji has worked in many aspects of the business, further enhancing his position one of the world's foremost tobacco experts. In his current position as General Cigar's senior vice president of premium cigars, Benji works closely with the company's team of cigar masters on the development of new brands and serves as a sounding board on product quality for leading brands including Macanudo, Cohiba and Partagas.

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Bob Long is a nationally-syndicated radio host of AutoWorld Radio, Deals on Wheels Radio and The Long Drive Daily feature. Starting in his teens, his time behind the mic has included hosting duties in music, sports and as a national talk show host. In 1992 Bob merged his two passions, radio and automobiles, into a career hosting numerous national automotive programs, and a 10 year-plus stint at Motor Trend Magazine. Bob has received 37 International Automotive Media Awards for his automotive broadcasting skills. His favorite drink is, naturally, a Rolls-Royce. When not behind the wheel of a Super Car for testing purposes, he enjoys long walks on the beach, photographing Russian models, hanging with classic rock stars and wearing a Red Sox hat to Yankee Stadium.

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Brandon Frakes is a contributor to Cigar Advisor magazine.

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Brian Hewitt is a founding member of where he authors a weekly cigar review.

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Brian L. Wang, M.B.A. is a long time futurist. He is the Director of Research for the Lifeboat Foundation and a lecturer at the Singularity University, in addition to being the author of has worked in the information technology industry for over 20 years andran his own professional services computer consulting company. He hasalso been involved in e-commerce, internet startups and real estateinvesting. He is the author of Nextbigfuture website (Ranked in theTop 10 Science sites by Technorati and Top 100 Green Sites).He has written over 13000 articles for Nextbigfuture including in depthcoverage on energy (especially nuclear and nuclear fusion), space, quantum computers, superconductors, nanotechnology, advanced computersand communication, military, technology and AI.He has provided an annual update on nanotechnology at the Singularity University from 2009 to 2012.

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Growing up in the Detroit Metro area, Bryan studied commercial aviation before settling in IT, working in the automotive engineering industry for GM and major suppliers until moving to FL in 1999 to switch careers. Becoming a full time wedding and commercial photographer in 2007 opening BG Pictures, Bryan quickly merged passions of photography and cigars by moving in to the cigar photography scene producing ads, banners, booths, web and fine art for a variety of manufacturers and shops. He started Cigar Obsession to further his passion for the enjoyment of fine cigars and help others get the most out the fine hobby with unbiased, professional information and reviews.

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Charlie Toraño is the president of the Toraño Family Cigar Company. In his previous life, he was an attorney. He has a recurring nightmare that he is back working at the firm. Charlie enjoys fishing and playing golf with his son Carlos, watching the Heat with his daughter Vanessa, and serenading his wife Stephanie to the classic tune “I’m too sexy for my shirt.”

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