Fratello Names Justin Harris Director of Operations

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Fratello Cigars has named Justin Harris as the company’s new director of operations. Harris will oversee the day-to-day operations in the company’s Springfield, Va. headquarters, which will include customer relations, human resources, logistics, process and quality improvement, as well as new initiatives, according to a press release.

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“I am beyond excited to welcome Justin to the Fratello family. I have known Justin for a few years,” said Omar de Frias, founder of Fratello Cigars. “His sense of loyalty, perseverance and work ethic make him an ideal candidate to help us take Fratello to the next level.”

According to an announcement issued by the company, Harris brings over 15 years of experience as a human resources executive specializing in management development and organizational behavior to the position. On the cigar side, he has served as the creative director at CigarInsight.com, and has been a contributor to Cigar Journal Magazine since 2018.

“I am truly grateful for the opportunity to work with Omar and his team,” Harris said via a press release. “I’ve believed in him and his vision for Fratello Cigars since I meet him in 2014 while I was living in Nashville, Tenn. I’m looking forward to helping grow the organization and brand by building strong relationships with our industry partners, retailers and consumers.”

Image courtesy of Fratello Cigars.

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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.

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