The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) has announced that it will be holding an online International Policy Summit that will bring together cigar makers, legislators and dignitaries to discuss a range of issues facing the industry both domestically and in an international context.

The event, which is scheduled for Oct. 6 and is being held in collaboration with Light ’em Up World, will kick off with keynote addresses by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., as well as opening remarks from Scott Pearce, executive director of the PCA, along with Greg Zimmerman, president of the PCA, and Reinhard Pohorec of Light ’em Up World, who will be moderating the event.

There will also be keynote addresses from Sonia Guzmán Klang, the Dominican Republic’s Ambassador to the United States, and Luis Fernando Suazo Barahona, Honduras’s Ambassador to the United States.

In addition, there will be two panels, one of which will discuss the impact of cigars on global commerce and trade, with the other housing on the global impact of the cigar industry’s charitable and social contributions.

The event beings at 1pm EDT and can be viewed via the PCA’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions via the Facebook event page.


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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, 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.