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Elvis Batista, the national sales director for La Galera Cigars, has announced that he will be departing the company to join Neptune Cigars as the retailer’s senior purchasing director.

“La Galera Cigars and Jochy Blanco will always have my gratitude and support, for the opportunity given,” Batista said in a statement. “Jochy Blanco has been one of the most important mentors in my time in this industry and in my life in general, for that I hold him at the highest esteem. I have decided to take on a new professional challenge and will continue to be a part of this amazing industry that has given me so many good friends and business relationships.”

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Batista’s last day with La Galera will be Wed., Sept. 4, and he will begin working with Neptune Cigar on Thur., Sept. 5. The south Florida retailer has three locations, two in Miami and one in Fort Lauderdale, as well as an online store.

“We’re very pleased to have Elvis Batista as our purchasing director,” said Luz Normand, vice president of Neptune Cigar. “Elvis has worked for us in the past and he already has the advantage of having strong relationships with many of our vendors, plus with his experience on the manufacturing side he understands our goal for having the best quality products.”

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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 MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.