Zev Kaminetsky has joined Royal Agio Cigars USA as the company’s new national sales director.

It is, in more ways than one, going to be rather familiar for Kaminetsky, who most recently spent over a half decade at Drew Estate. In early December, Drew Estate’s distribution agreement for Agio ended and Royal Agio Cigars USA took over.

Jaime Florez-Estrada, another former Drew Estate executive, serves as evp of marketing for Royal Agio Cigars USA.

“I was looking for an opportunity that would be a strong fit for me, from both a company culture and career development perspective. Royal Agio is that perfect fit,” said Kaminetsky in a press release. ”

Not only is it a great opportunity to be part of a world-renowned organization with a long-standing history in premium craft cigars, but my experience with the Royal Agio team throughout my career has always been extremely positive, exciting and rewarding. I jumped at the chance to work in an entrepreneurial environment and help contribute to building something special from the ground up, behind the support of an established global cigar company that has a deep, long-term commitment to the U.S. market.”

Royal Agio Cigars USA is a branch of Royal Agio, a Dutch company who primarily produces machine made and small cigars, which are popular in international markets. The company also makes premium cigars in the Dominican Republic, largely under the Balmoral name.

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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I have written about the cigar industry for more than a decade, covering everything from product launches to regulation to M&A. In addition, I handle a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff here at halfwheel. I enjoy playing tennis, watching boxing, falling asleep to the Le Mans 24, wearing sweatshirts year-round and eating gyros. echte liebe.