Selim Hanono has resigned from his position as chief operating officer of E.P. Carrillo, a position he has held since the early part of 2019. The move became official on Friday, Dec. 12.

Hanono is an industry veteran who is best known for his decade at Drew Estate, where he worked in a variety of roles for the company including overseeing its trade show and other large events, managing an in-house sales team and assisting the company’s international operations. His cigar career began on the retail side before he joined Caribe Imports, the former owner of Camacho. Prior to his time with E.P. Carrillo, he spent a year as the coo at AJ Fernandez.

Now, he is leaving the cigar industry, confirming to halfwheel that he has taken a new position at Greenlane Holdings Inc., a consumer goods company serving the cannabis, CBD and liquid nicotine markets. It will be a reunion with Michael Cellucci, the former president of Drew Estate, as Cellucci was appointed president of sales and marketing for North America at Greenlane earlier this year.

“I would like to thank the Perez-Carrillo family for an amazing two years,” said Hanono to halfwheel. “It was an extremely difficult decision to leave there but after 30 plus years in the industry I will begin a new journey.”

Hanono’s departure comes on the heels of the departure of Michael Henderson, E.P. Carrillo’s director of sales, who left the company at the end of November.

“We wish both of them the very best in their future endeavors and they will always be part of the E.P. Carrillo family,” said David Spirt, vice president of E.P. Carrillo.

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.