This is not his picture, nor does John even have a beard. Interestingly, his Social Security number is all ones. All we can say is " "You will know him by the mullet he wears." "
Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.
Tommy Zman, is an obsessive enjoyer of life’s leafy pleasures. Growing up in the bowels of northern New Jersey, parented by an eccentric Polish father and a neurotic Italian mother, what else could this man possibly be other than a humorist? ZMan’s a real throwback to a time when men were kings of the castle and smoking a cigar in public didn’t label you an outcast and a pariah. He’s an old–school down to earth guy - but when it comes to p.c. tyranny and nanny-state legislature, he’ll draw his sword and swing for the fences. Tommy gathered a faithful following as a longtime feature writer at Cigar Magazine, and his testosterone laden FaceBook community, CROMAG NATION™ is truly the last great bastion for Men’s Men.
When she's not marketing the finest premium cigars in the world, Jackie Olexa is an avid outdoor photographer with a particular love of the America Southwest. She has traveled and photographed the area extensively, venturing down roads seldom traveled to produce images of the most remote and fascinating geologic areas.
My job here is pretty simple - I write stuff, I post stuff to Facebook, and I take it to the house consistently at the weekly slam drunk contest. I do it all while sipping on a fine glass of cognac at my desk (don’t tell my boss), and wearing cashmere slippers. Let’s just say "The Hef" has nothing on me.
When he's not whooping ass in Dominoes, Edgar manages one of the worlds largest cigar inventories in the business. He loves watching foreign chick flicks while enjoying a glass of Pinot by the fire. Though he says there are many, Edgar admits the greatest moment in his life was when he shook hands with his idol, Mr. Michael Buble.
Jonathan Drew, Co-Founder of Drew Estate - Graduate of Brooklyn Law School; in 1996, Jonathan Drew immersed himself in operating a new cigar retail kiosk in the World Trade Center rather than practicing as an attorney. Originally creating La Vieja Habana, initially a house brand, he decided to take it nationwide working with the Perdomo factory. When it became clear that Drew Estate needed its own manufacturing facility, Drew left his Upper West Side apartment and " "went native" " by moving to Esteli in 1999, where he opened our first factory with six torcedors. Today, he is regarded as a pioneer and visionary within our industry, Drew spends much of his time in Nicaragua overseeing our factory, La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate. He is ultimately responsible for all aspects of our Nicaraguan operations.
Born in Washington, D.C., Nick moved to Miami in 1976 to be close to his relatives and their Cuban culture. Nick attended school in Miami, then joined the United States Navy where he proudly served his country. After serving, Nick continued his career as an Air Traffic Controller at Miami International Airport. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Silvio, and father, Nicholas Sr., Nick pursued his passion by starting his own cigar company. Headquartered in Miami Gardens, Florida, with manufacturing and agricultural operations in Estel?, Nicaragua, Perdomo produces millions of the world's finest premium hand-made cigars.
Born in New Delhi, India in 1961, Rakesh " "Rocky" " Patel, began his professional career as an entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles, where he was introduced to cigars on the back lots of Hollywood studios. One of the original founding members of L.A.'s famed Grand Havana Club, he sold his firm and spent five years in Honduras working and learning the cigar trade, including field and barn work. From his first Indian Tabac cigars in the 1990's to his current Rocky Patel Cigars releases, Rocky has insisted on using only the highest quality tobaccos, and the proof is in the numerous accolades and high scores his cigars have received. Often heralded as " "the hardest working man in the cigar business," " Rocky logs more than 300 days on the road a year - an extension of his enthusiasm for his award-winning cigars and his commitment to his customers.
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.”
Born in Ciego de Avila, Cuba, at the age of 15, Rafael Nodal and his parents emigrated to the United States. A classically-trained musician, Rafael entered the cigar business in 2002 where he created several brands for Oliveros Cigars. To concentrate on the development, manufacturing, and distribution of " "small batch" " blends made with rare and limited availability tobaccos, in 2011 Rafael founded Boutique Blends Cigars. Based in Miami, Florida, his Swag and Aging Room Cigars have received some of the highest awards for excellence. A devoted husband, and father of four, Rafael has a special appreciation for world travel, good food, fine wines, great cigars, and dedicates part of his time to several charities in South Florida.
Christian Eiroa founded CLE Cigar Company in July, 2012. Although he began his career in 1989 in the shipping department for Caribe Imported Cigars, it was not until 1995 when he finished his studies and earned his MIBA that he and his father Julio Eiroa, decided to increase Christian's involvement in cigars. That company, Camacho Cigars, was sold to Davidoff in 2008. Today, Christian is back in the business with CLE, Asylum and the Wynwood Cigar Factory where his office is located (Wynwood is Miami's art district). It is all about the passion of doing what he loves. Christian enjoys golfing and fishing as well as watching baseball.
Matt Booth is the mind and CEO behind the 101 Corporation. A merchant of West Coast vibe, his path to world domination has included the creation of the Room 101 line of custom jewelry and, through a partnership with the Camacho family of cigars, the corresponding Room 101 cigar experience. If you've flipped through any reputable fashion magazine or gone to a rock show, you've seen his work on the hands and around the necks of the Room 101 Conspiracy. A roller derby and tattoo enthusiast (though not both simultaneously), his relationship counseling credentials are non-existent other than for having lived it. If you need advice, he will tell you: " "I make writings for you." "
Born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Miami from the age of 3 months old, Erik Espinosa inherited his great passion for cigars from his father. He’s done just about everything there is to do in the business, including being involved with successful and highly rated cigar brands like 601, Murcielago, Cubao and 601 La Bomba. Erik has passed along this passion and love of cigars to his son, Erik D. Espinosa Jr. who is now involved in the day-to-day operations and helps his father run the business.
Kurt Van Keppel is the President and co-founder of XIKAR Inc. He grew up in Kansas City and received his history degree from the University of Kansas. He then continued on to earn his European Studies degree from Franklin College in Switzerland and his masters in International Management from Thunderbird (AGSIM). Kurt is proud to be in the cigar industry since it is truly based on camaraderie among wonderful people. Besides cigars of course, he enjoys art, fishing and a good bottle of wine.
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.
Ernesto Padilla was born in Havana, Cuba to a family of tobacco growers rooted in Pinar del Rio. His father, Heberto Padilla, was one of Cubas foremost poets and an outspoken critic of Fidel Castro - which led to his arrest and eventual exile to the United States with his family. Today, Ernesto has a hands-on passion for his work and is involved in all aspects of the cigar business, from designing the bands to selecting the blends.
Walt White lives outside of Reading, Pennsylvania. By day he is a draftsman and a typical work week consists of drafting and designing architectural millwork. By night he is an avid cigar enthusiast and Co-Founder of Stogie Review. In his spare time, Walt enjoys shooting pistol in both the USPSA and IDPA sports. Match video and discussion can be found on his WaltInPA blog. Walt is also the host of the Shooting The Breeze Gun Podcast.
David " "Doc" " Diaz is the publisher and the editor of Stogie Fresh Cigar Publications. He has served as an educator, researcher and writer and has taught in the Health Education and Health Science field for over 30 years. He possesses an earned doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. Doc is a Certified Master Tobacconist (CMT), having received this certification from the Tobacconist University and is a member and Ambassador of Cigar Rights of America (CRA).
When he's not busy writing, editing, smoking cigars, or raising his many, many children, Hayward " "It's Lou, not Hayward" " Tenney spends his days combating confusion about his real name (it's Hayward, but please - call him " "Lou" ") and mourning the matrimonially-induced loss of his moustache (what's he gonna do with all that moustache wax he made?).
Born in Hollywood Florida, 1985 heavyweight Mr. Hollywood in bodybuilding, 1995 sub master national champion in power lifting, 2 time Masters World Champion in the Highland Games. Myles also holds the World record in the sheaf and weight for height. He has been married for 24 years to Cheryl, with three children, Megan, Haley and Keegan. He currently lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
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.
Scott is a veteran golf writer based in the golf equipment hub of Carlsbad, Calif. In his 22 years covering the golf industry, the former GOLF Magazine senior editor carries a 5.7 playing index. While his on-course focus sometimes inexplicably disappears, he always brings gusto to his columns. His writing appears on a regular basis in publications such as PGA Magazine, Golf Tips, The Met Golfer, Sharp for Men, Private Clubs, Troon Golf & Travel, Inspirato and California Golf News & Travel.
Michael Salvarezza & Christopher Weaver have been diving the waters the world since 1978. In that time, they have spent hundreds of hours underwater and have accumulated a large and varied library of photographic images. Mike and Chris have been published in numerous magazines, including National Geographic Adventure, and have authored numerous articles for the majority of the dive publications the world over. Their work has been used to support a number of research and educational programs, including the Jason Project for Education, the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium in New York and the Cambridge University and the University of Groningen Arctic Centre work on monitoring the transformation of historic features in Antarctica and Svalbard.
L. Woodrow Ross is a freelance writer and photographer who resides in Travelers Rest, SC with his wife Margaret. He currently contributes a weekly outdoor column and lifestyle features to the Anderson Independent Mail newspaper. In addition, he is a frequent contributor to South Carolina Sportsman magazine and has been published in South Carolina Wildlife and Primitive Archer magazines.
Jay Petrillo is a published writer, as well as an employee with the Department of the Treasury. He contributes tax related articles to Yahoo! Finance and to Examiner.com. Jay is available for freelance work, and you can also see him on the Yahoo! Contributor Network.
Andy Case is the founder of MidwesternGentleman.com, a site dedicated to the Great Lakes Good Life. When not writing on the necessities of modern day manhood you can find him lakeside, often with a rod and reel in one hand and an ice cold IPA in the other. Andy resides on the outskirts of Detroit, MI with his wife Feionna and son Caleb.
Tom Ufer reports on cigar news, local events and cigar reviews on his Tampa Cigar Examiner column. He also enjoys re-creating classic cocktails, home roasting coffee beans and writing about these interests on his personal blog, thecigarsmokingman.com. Living near the historic Cigar Capitol of the World means plenty of opportunities to enjoy the history of Ybor City while smoking many great cigars.
Harry Hurt III is an award winning journalist and former New York Times columnist, and the author of seven non-fiction books including Texas Rich, the best-selling biography of the H.L.Hunt oil and silver dynasty. He was associate editor and senior editor at Texas Monthly, where his articles won critical acclaim for oil and medical writing. He was a correspondent in the Los Angeles bureau of Newsweek, and served as contributing editor, executive editor, and editor at large at Travel + Leisure Golf. As a freelancer, he has contributed articles to Esquire, Fortune, U.S. News and World Report, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Architectural Digest, Men’s Journal, Self, Golf Magazine, Golf World, New Orleans Magazine, Mother Jones, the New York Daily News, and other publications. In addition, he has competed in numerous tournaments on the professional and amateur golf circuits.
Nick " "Gunny Pop" " Popaditch is best known as " "The Cigar Marine" " after an AP photograph was taken just before the Firdos Square statue of Saddam Hussein was destroyed on April 9, 2003 and put on the front pages of newspapers around the world. Nick is the author of Once a Marine: An Iraq War Tank Commander's Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery, a candid memoir about his service as a tank commander in Iraq, his horrific wounding in the first battle of Fallujah (where he was hit in the head by a rocket-propelled grenade), and his long and difficult recovery. Nick's latest release is The Ultimate Marine Recruit Training Guidebook: A Drill Instructor's Strategies and Tactics for Success.
Paul Kelly has worked in professional motorsports, either as a reporter or public relations representative, for nearly 25 years. He is currently the communications manager for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the world-famous Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP race. When not at IMS, Kelly lives in Marcellus, N.Y., with his wife and three children; besides motor racing, he enjoys boxing, skiing, cycling, reading, video games and serving as the lead singer in a local rock band. A longtime cigar enthusiast, his favorite is Henry Clay.
Teresa Genaro is a freelance turf writer whose work appears regularly in The Blood-Horse and New York Breeder and at Forbes.com; she contributes to The Saratogian‘s coverage of the Saratoga racing meet and her work has appeared in Thoroughbred Times, the Daily Racing Form, and Hello Race Fans. A Brooklyn dweller and an erstwhile and occasional resident of Saratoga Springs, New York, she teaches high school and when not teaching or writing, she's watching the Rangers at the Garden, playing Scrabble, or rescuing cats.
Born in Zweibrucken, Germany, Russ Page has lived in every corner of Europe with an extensive stay in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Recent graduate of the Global Security and Intelligence program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Arizona, Russ now works as a sales manager of CDW in Chicago, Il. Since 2010, Russ has developed and ran two cigar forums – Reddit Cigars, and Leaf&Flame - where he is known as the brutally honest ‘SecretAgentMang’.
Lucas has been an avid cigar smoker for the past 12 years, and has an insatiable hunger for all things cigars. He loves politics, sports, cigars, and good liquor. Look for him at a cigar lounge near you smoking anything by Drew Estate or Tatuaje and sipping on Woodford Reserve. Or, you can do the next best thing and follow him on Twitter.
A resident of Memphis, Tennessee, Hope Dooner has taken photographs for Vogue magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, NBC News, Atlanta magazine, Cartoon Network, People magazine, and Mademoiselle magazine. She has also traveled as a photojournalist on medical missions to countries including Bolivia, Nicaragua, Russia, and Vietnam.
Mark McGinty is a descendant of Cuban cigar makers and the award winning author of The Cigar Maker. His work has appeared in Maybourne Magazine, Melbourne Magazine, Yahoo! Entertainment and La Gaceta. Mark lives in Minneapolis with his wife and daughter. They run a small publishing company called Seventh Avenue Productions and will release Mark’s next book, Home to Nagasaki, in 2013. Visit his official website to learn more: http://www.markmcginty.net.
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.
Jeremy is one of many bloggers out there who is further confusing readers with nonsense about cigars in order to seem intelligent and important. That is, when work and life don’t get in the way. When they do, he is a father of 2 who works in educational administration. Jeremy’s free time involves cigars, cigars, cigars, exercise, wing chun boxing, and cigars.
Larry Tepper, noted wine industry professional and wine writer, is best known for conducting educational wine and food pairing classes for three universities: California State University Northridge (CSUN), UCLA and USC over a period which spans more than twenty-five years. As managing editor of the Melrose Avenue (Hollywood-based Nucleus Nuance Restaurant and Wine News, his " "Celebrity Wine Interview" " column appeared regularly. Larry also produced and hosted more than 60 segments of " "Let's Talk Wine" " featured on Continental Cablevision.
Scott Alexander was raised in a family of engineers (grandfather, father, brother), but was forced to become a writer due to a debilitating calculus allergy. His love of all things technologic continued unabated, though, and he forged a career based on examining the fertile nexus between human culture and the increasingly complex technologies we use to mediate it (i.e. computers, TV, videogames, the Internet and all those shiny, shiny gadgets). For the past two decades he has been covering lifestyle and technology at a diverse array of publications including Popular Science, Family Circle, iVillage, CNET, Time Out New York, American Photo and Playboy. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY surrounded by the foul-mouthed children he helped create (at least one of whom he will force to be an engineer).
SeanMike Whipkey started smoking cigars in college when he was very gravely told not to spend more than $5 on one. Since then he's learned better, even if it still pains him to spend more. As a co-founder and writer at www.scofflawsden.com he spends a lot of time thinking of the best alcoholic pairing to go with his sticks.
Mike Sandoval is the Founder of Shaving101.com, a leading online resource for wetshaving education and product reviews. Since 2008 he has helped thousands of men transition to traditional wetshaving with his straight-forward articles. When he is not posting about luxury shaving, Mike can be found around the Internet on forums discussing cigars, pipes, firearms, and other old-school hobbies.
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.
Gary Davenport is a Senior Staff Writer at Fantasy Sharks, an NFL and Fantasy Football Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report, and an Associate Editor and Contributing Writer at Football Diehards. A member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and 10-year veteran of fantasy football, Gary has also been featured in a number of nationally syndicated publications and makes regular radio appearances, including weekly spots on 930 AM in Jacksonville, Florida and on Sirius XM Radio. If Gary isn’t playing fantasy football, he’s writing about it or thinking about it. He knows that’s sort of sad. He just doesn’t care. It sure as hell beats digging ditches for a living.
Joe works as a cigar critic offering his views on the finer things in life. His articles have been published in a variety of magazines and online blogs. In addition, he is an author and enjoys writing about his experiences as an outdoor guide. When not writing, he can be found spewing his musings on twitter at @RealJoeBaker
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 Nextbigfuture.com.He 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.
As a native Southern Californian, all of my favorite things are nearby: the beach, live music, wine, and of course stogies! Having grown up in a large Latino family, I was constantly surrounded by musicians, artists, and cigar smokers. So, as a novice entering into the world of cigar reviews, it's been a natural segue, very educational, and a blast. Who says work isn't fun?
Lee Pfeiffer is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Cinema Retro magazine, which is dedicated entirely to films of the 1960s and 1970s. He is the author/co-author of numerous books about classic films including the bestselling The Essential James Bond, as well as books about such legendary actors as John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery, Tom Hanks and Harrison Ford. His latest book is Cinema Sex Sirens, a tribute to the actresses whose glamour and style defined their public images. Pfeiffer has also taught film courses at NYU, produced documentaries about classic films and periodically conducts movie location tours in the USA and Great Britain. He lives in New Jersey.
Kerry was born and raised in south-central Pennsylvania at the epicenter of the Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington fan bases. Rather than aligning himself with one of those cities, or worse, rooting for some combination of the four based on whichever was doing the best in each sport at the time, he went outside the box and chose to root for the arch-rivals of his dad’s favorite teams (sorry, dad). In love with both sports and statistics, Kerry began writing about fantasy football in 2006. Eventually realizing that every mid-20's male with a laptop was blogging about fantasy football, he took his talents to college basketball, dedicating the next few years of his life to perfecting the art of Bracketology. During the hoops off-season, he obsessively dabbles in the world of Major League Baseball.
Storm is a graduate of N.M.M.I. and T.T.U., as well as US Army SFC (ret. 2012). Owner of Facebook's C.A.T.S. cigar group, Boen has a great love for the troops - and now that he can not continue to serve, helps in his way, through Operation: Cigars For Warriors, with some amazing folks who have such tremendous love for our soldiers. " "I have a great love for cigars and these wonderful people," " he says. " "It is truly more a pleasure than work, working with these folks and providing a beautiful service to our troops, who are willing to put everything on the line for all of us." " Storm has held positions on the Advisory Council on Ethics for state of Texas and been involved in multiple charity organizations over the years, including: feeding the homeless in San Antonio, Special Olympics and Bukner’s Children’s Home.
A native of San Bernardino, CA, Sondra Theodore is a former Playmate who made her pictorial debut in 1977. She lived at the Playboy mansion with “Hef” for over five years, where she was known by the nickname, " "Baby Blue." " Hef gave her the name because the Barry White song of the same name was the song they danced to on the night they first met. Eventually Sondra left the mansion, married, and raised two children, a son, Taylor, and a daughter, Katie. Some 10 years later, Sondra and her husband divorced. An accomplished pianist, Sondra holds a degree in Dramatic Arts from U. Cal. San Bernardino, and has a passion for refurbishing furniture, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Having lived an extraordinary life, herself, Sondra currently enjoys a quiet, comfortable life in Los Angeles with her two dogs, Charlie and Jack.
Henry Tamburin hosts the web site smartgaming.com, which contains a collection of his gambling strategy articles for different casino games. Go to www.bjinsider.com to read the current issue of his Blackjack Insider e-Newsletter, or to www.bjinsider.com/FreeTrial for a no-risk, three-month trial subscription. You can also read his gambling strategy tips each month in the following magazines and web sites: Casino Player Magazine, Strictly Slots Magazine, Southern Gaming Magazine, Gaming South Magazine, Midwest Gaming and Travel Magazine, Jackpot, New England Gaming News, Bingo Bugle, and www.casinocitytimes.com.
Larry Winget is the author of the new book Grow A Pair: How to stop being a victim and take back your life, your business and your sanity. He is a five-time New York Times/Wall Street Journal bestselling author of books such as Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get A Life, You’re Broke Because You Want To Be, It’s Called Work For A Reason, Your Kids Are Your Own Fault and People Are Idiots And I Can Prove It. Larry is a member of the International Speaker Hall Of Fame. He has starred in his own television series, Big Spender on A&E and appeared in several national television commercials. Larry can be seen regularly on Fox News and Fox Business and many other television news shows on the topics of money, success, business and parenting. And please, do yourself a favor and buy his newest book, Grow A Pair: How to stop being a victim and take back your life, your business and your sanity.
Cigar Dojo Eric G AKA "Master Sensei", is a web developer, graphic artist, SEO, and social media expert, as well as mastermind behind the Cigar Dojo app (the world's greatest social cigar app). With years and years of internet development experience Eric has designed and created dozens of web properties for clients of all sizes. In addition to cigars Eric is also a bourbon and craft beer enthusiast and recently completed the IveHadThat app and website. Eric's passion is defending the principles of right vs. wrong and doing his part to preserve our ever shrinking freedoms via battling the cancer of socialism. Master Sensei says... "cigar's are a symbol of freedom and are a microcosm of a much larger battle." Whoa... deep eh? As a relatively new cigar smoker (only a few years) Eric's passion for the cigar smoking lifestyle is at a fevered pitch, he describes his passion for cigars as being like a kid in a candy store.
Emmett Malone is the majority owner and founder of Blind Man’s Puff, he also contributes reviews as a blind panelist. He lives in beautiful Denver, Colorado and absolutely loves it, taking advantage of skiing in the winter, and hiking in the summer. He has been smoking cigars for over over 11 years now. He appreciates all kinds of cigars from mild-bodied subtlety to gut-checking Pepin-pepper. He enjoys a good bargain stick but also appreciated the extremely rare, expensive, and hard to find. Aaron Loomis is Blind Man's Puff Co-Owner/Cigar Distributor/Review Contributor. Aaron lives in the California Bay Area and has been smoking cigars for four years. He collects, documents, photographs, and distributes most of the cigars for Blind Man’s Puff and takes turns putting the reviews together for the articles. He also occasionally does a blind review. He enjoys seeing what the guys come up with smoking something that they have no idea about. Other than cigars, baseball is his other go to hobby. He loves watching and playing the game. He’s a fantasy player (stat head) and also plays softball three times a week.