Press Release: Davidoff Announces 2013 Golden Band Award Nominees

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June 14, 2013 (Pinellas Park, Fla.) —   Davidoff, the leading luxury tobacco brand, has announced the Second Annual Davidoff Golden Band Awards Show nominees, honoring those Appointed Merchants who best embody the Davidoff standard of excellence. In conjunction with the announcement, the Golden Band Awards website has been revamped featuring this year’s nominees. The second annual awards show will be part of an exclusive Davidoff event on July 15th at IPCPR in Las Vegas, NV.

The Davidoff Golden Band Awards materialized from the brand’s success, rooted in decades of long-standing partnerships with trusted merchants. Davidoff has a long history of working with its family of retailers to help them expand their businesses, discuss best practices and grow the Davidoff brand, hand in hand.

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Davidoff Golden Band Award - June 2013

“The Golden Band Awards provided us the opportunity to officially recognize our Appointed Merchants for the first time,” said Richard Krutick, Davidoff Marketing Director. “We’ve seen a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for the company, excitement for Davidoff and creating some healthy competition.”

Based on the enormous success of the program in the US, the Golden Band Awards will cross the pond. The event will take place in Europe now during the large Inter-Tabac Tradeshow in Dortmund, Germany this September.

The Golden Band Awards will honor Appointed Merchants across eight categories:

Best Davidoff Merchandising

Nominees:

Prime Cigar & Wine Bar (Boca Raton, FL), Burns Tobacconist (Chattanooga, TN)

The Tobacco Shop of Ridgewood (Ridgewood, NJ), Island Smoke Shop (Key Largo, FL)

The Outlaw Cigar Company (Kansas City, MO)

Best Davidoff Performance (Single Location)

Nominees:

The Tobacconist Of Greenwich (Greenwich, CT)

Cigars by Chivas (Pasadena, CA)

Angry Moon Cigars (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)

Indy Cigar Bar (Indianapolis, IN)

Maxamar Cigar (Orange, CA)

Best Davidoff Performance (Multiple Locations)

Nominees:

Two Guys Smoke Shop (Nashua, NH)

Ambassador Fine Cigars (Scottsdale, AZ)

Humidor of Westmont (Westmont, IL)

Corona Cigar (Orlando, FL)

Smoke Inn (West Palm Beach, FL)

Davidoff Growth Award (Single Location)

Nominees:

Angry Moon Cigars (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)

Indy Cigar Bar (Indianapolis, IN)

Maxamar Cigar (Orange, CA)

Hemingway’s (Palo Alto, CA)

W. Curtis Draper (Washington, D.C.)

Davidoff Growth Award (Multiple Locations)

Nominees:

Ambassador Fine Cigars (Scottsdale, AZ)

Emerson’s Cigars (Virginia Beach,VA)

Two Guys Smoke Shop (Nashua, NH)

Club Humidor (San Antonio, TX)

Corona Cigar (Orlando, FL)

Davidoff Appointed Merchant of the Year

Nominees:

Burns Tobacconist (Chattanooga, TN)

Indy Cigar Bar (Indianapolis, IN)

Maxamar Cigar (Orange, CA)

Ambassador Fine Cigars (Scottsdale, AZ),

UpDown Cigar (Chicago, IL)

Davidoff Industry Service Award

Nominees:

Finnie Helmuth (The Humidour Cigar Shoppe – Cockeysville, MD)

Gary Pech (Old Virginia Tobacco Co., Woodbridge, VA)

Curt Diebel (Diebel’s Sportsmens Gallery, Kansas City, MO)

The final award category is the Zino Davidoff Legacy Award, which will be presented to the Appointed Merchant who has stood out over the years as the champion of what premium cigars and premium cigar retailing are all about.

Please visit GoldenBandAwards.com for more information.

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