“Giving back” comes naturally for the Newman family, America’s oldest cigar maker which found equally dedicated soul mates in their business partners, the Fuente family.
by Craig Williamson, February 02, 2014
You would think that keeping a cigar development and manufacturing organization thriving after more than a century in business would be enough work for anyone, even for any two people. But for brothers Eric and Bobby Newman of the J.C. Newman Cigar Co., success was an incentive to work even harder in other fields.
Many years ago, looking for a pet for his young family, Bobby acted on a suggestion from his mother to visit Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto, Fla., one of 10 internationally accredited facilities in the country that trains dogs for the visually impaired. He’d always been fascinated by the idea that dogs could be trained for such work.
Bobby came home with an “ambassador dog,” a Labrador Retriever with hip dysplasia disqualified from the rigorous guide dog training. He also came home with a passion for service of his own and a mission now in its second decade. “They must have seen a sucker,” he jokes.