Jeff Borysiewicz has resigned as chairman of Cigar Rights of America (CRA). Borysiewicz, who owns Corona Cigar Co. in Orlando, Fla., co-founded the organization in 2008 and has served on its board ever since.
“I’m proud of what the CRA and its members have accomplished during my tenure as a board member and as its Chairman,” wrote Borysiewicz in a letter to the CRA Board obtained by halfwheel.
The news comes in the midst of the 75-day comment period regarding proposed regulation of premium cigars by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
In his letter, Borysiewicz mentioned the success of crafting various bills in Congress to protect the premium cigar industry. He was also created a White Petition to exempt premium cigars from FDA authority. The petition reached over 40,000 signatures before the White House responded.
Borysiewicz has resigned from the board as well, but will assist in the transition period and indicated he would assist the Legislative Committee when needed.
“I encourage the board to continue their support of what I consider to be an exceptional and committed team of professionals that work on behalf of CRA, and want to thank them for their tireless dedication and service.”
Glynn Loope, executive director for CRA, could not immediately be reached for comment.
In addition to his work with CRA, Borysiewicz has also served on the board of the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailer’s Association (IPCPR).