Daniel Trope, the senior director of federal legislative affairs for the IPCPR, will be leaving the organization to join Swisher International’s new Washington D.C.-based lobbying office.
While the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) is the premium cigar industry’s most prominent trade organization due to its annual convention and trade show, Trope focused on one of the organization’s other efforts: lobbying. Trope joined the organization in December 2016, shortly after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) deeming regulations had taken effect, the first time cigars had been seriously regulated at the federal level.
“The IPCPR is headed in a great direction and there are so many exciting things happening, it definitely made the decision very difficult,” said Trope in a press release. “I am proud of what we have accomplished over the past two years and know that with current leadership and staff the IPCPR is poised for great things in the future.”
Now Trope will join the newest office of the world’s largest cigar company: Swisher. In addition to Trope, Swisher also recently hired Christine Hewitt Lanza, the former director of legislative affairs for the Cigar Association of America, another cigar trade group.
“The credibility and reach of our organization on the Hill has grown considerably under Daniel’s leadership,” said Scott Pearce, IPCPR’s executive director, “Daniel is very talented and effective, so of course he would be in demand for this type of work. IPCPR is very appreciative of his work for us and we wish him the best.”
Trope is expected to stay on at IPCPR through the end of the month. A replacement has not been named.