Stogie Road Cigars has announced that Dunkan Ramon Echevarria has joined the company as the national director of sales and marketing.

Echevarria is the owner and operator of Doña Noli Cigars, a retail shop in Statesville, N.C., and brings more than 20 years of experience to the position. He was literally born into the cigar industry, as according to a press release sent by the company, both his mother and grandmother worked at the Partagás factory in Havana, Cuba, while his father’s family grew tobacco in Cuba’s Pinar del Río province.

“Joining the Stogie Road Cigars team is a dream come true,” Echevarria said via a statement. He said that he and brand owner Kerry Horney believe in the same values and business approach, and that he looks forward to building not just a brand, but a legacy. ”

“Dunkan will bring all his skills as a customer service specialist, certified tobacconist, blender and roller,” said Horney. “He is well versed in cigar brand awareness and placement, event logistics, planning, and understands FDA compliances. His experience as a shop owner brings added value in purchase optimization for B&M cigar shops.”

The appointment was made effective as of Jan. 15, 2020.

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 MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.