Terence Reilly has left Quesada Cigars.
He has resigned as the company’s general manager, a role which saw him in charge of its U.S. and Canadian operations. Has last day will be tomorrow.
Quesada’s portfolio includes its namesake brand, as well as the Casa Magna brand—made by the Plasencia family in Nicaragua—the U.S. rights to Fonseca and the company’s Dominican manufacturing operation which makes cigars for a host of clients.
“TJ has decided to go and find new horizons and we’re not going to stand in his way,” said Manuel “Manolo” Quesada Jr., the company’s owner, when reached by phone from halfwheel. “He’s family. We’re parting him wonderful ways like family. We’re sorry, but we’re not going to stand in anyone’s way. We wish him the best.”
News of the resignation was first reported by Cigar Aficionado.
“After much thought and sleepless nights, I have decided to resign my position at Quesada Cigars to explore new opportunities for my professional growth,” said Reilly in a statement.
“The company is heading in a new direction and I wish them much success in the years to come. I want to thank the Quesada Family, our staff, and all our retail and consumer partners with whom I’ve had the pleasure to work. It has been an honor and privilege. Truly the experience of a lifetime”
When asked if the company was being sold, Quesada Jr. declined to comment.
Reilly told halfwheel that he plans on continuing to work in the cigar industry but has yet to begun pursuing additional opportunities.