I’m happy to report that our ongoing effort to inform, support and help our members with industry issues is going well and continuing with excellent results.
Let me take a minute to introduce myself to you as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Cigar Association of America, Inc. I currently serve as the President and CEO of Tabacalera USA Inc. which oversees Imperial Brands PLC’s Premium Cigar Operations in the U.S. including Altadis U.S.A. Inc. and 800-JR Cigar, Inc. Altadis U.S.A. is a leading premium cigar manufacturer (offering prestigious brands such as Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta and Vega Fina) and JR Cigar is one of the largest internet and retail cigar companies in the U.S.
I am very excited about serving our members as the new Chairman. One of my goals is to help you succeed in the upcoming year and beyond – especially as we navigate the upcoming regulatory issues facing our industry together. The CAA team is always available to help and assist our members; making sure to provide you with the latest legislative and regulatory news. It is our number one priority to protect all cigars from harmful government regulation and to keep everyone doing business with as little interference as possible.
I would enjoy hearing from you and how we can help you as a valuable member of our association. I’m reminded of that time-honored acronym: TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More). This is what our association is all about.
Javier Estades, CAA Chairman, President and CEO of Tabacalera USA Inc.