Boutique Blends has announced the promotion of Charlie Lopez to director of sales. Lopez has been with the company for two and a half years as an account manager for the Florida market.

“I am extremely happy to have Charlie Lopez as part of our family,” said Rafael Nodal, president of Boutique Blends Cigars, via a press releaese. “His knowledge and dedication to customer service, will help us to solidify our position in the market as the premier provider of innovated Small Batch cigar blends.”

Prior to joining Boutique Blends, Lopez worked in a number of roles in the tobacco industry, including owning and operating a brick-and-mortar retail store, according to a statement issued by the company.

Lopez said that he is “honored and humbled” by the promotion, and that he looks forward to growing the Aging Room Small Batch brand and “being a part of exciting upcoming new releases with this amazing team.”

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.