Rob Norris

The Changing of the Guard: 2019 Edition

Astonishing. It took me a while to find the correct word to describe it. Astonishing—not incredible—is the correct word. Also, scary. Yesterday’s confirmation that Craig Reynolds...
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Rob Norris Leaving Altadis U.S.A.

Rob Norris, the head of Altadis U.S.A., is leaving the company to join Fontem Ventures, an e-cigarette company best known for its blu brand. Both...
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Altadis U.S.A. Reorganizes Sales, Marketing Heads

Altadis U.S.A.—the company behind the American versions of H. Upmann, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta and others—has announced new roles for some of its sales and...
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Altadis U.S.A. Expands Marketing Staff

The revamp of Altadis U.S.A.’s marketing staff continues with two new faces. Rick Alvarez has joined the company as director of brand marketing and will...
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Rafael Nodal Named Head of Product Capability for Tabacalera USA (Update)

It’s not a title you hear at every cigar company, but Tabacalera USA has named Rafael Nodal its new head of product capability. Nodal, who...
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Rob Norris Appointed GM of Altadis U.S.A.

Three years later, Rob Norris is back at Altadis U.S.A., this time as the boss. The cigar giant announced that Norris has been named the...
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Graded: The Ten Questions for 2016

As part of our year-end wrap-ups, my colleague Charlie Minato asks 10 questions that he thinks will affect either the cigar industry as a whole or...
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Montecristo Crafted by A. J. Fernandez Heading to JR Cigar

There’s a new Montecristo coming from yet another Nicaraguan factory. This time, it’s Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A., the Nicaraguan factory of Abdel...
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Ten Questions for 2016

What a year it’s been. But enough reminiscing on that. It’s time for 2016 and before you move all of your 2014-purchased cigars into the...
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JR Cigar Acquires Cigar Inn

One of Manhattan’s cigar shops has new owners. Earlier today, the Fakih family announced that they would be selling to a “subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco...
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JR Cigar Opens Mooresville, N.C. Store

Earlier this month, JR Cigar opened up its new Mooresville, N.C., the first entirely new store in the retailer’s makeover plans. Mooresville sits about 25...
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