Our Cigar Masters

Get to know the world-renowned cigar masters who have blended some of the most popular brands around today.
Cigar Master Larry Palombo
Throughout his 44 years in the cigar and tobacco industry, Larry has traveled the world many times over, learning almost all there is to know about the plant.
Cigar Master Javier Elmudesi
At the largest premium cigar factory in the world, Tabacalera de Garcia, managing a stream of thousands of hand-rolled cigars is no easy task. For factory manager Javiel Elmudesi, however, it is a work of true passion.
Cigar Master Nestor Rodriguez
For more than 36 years, Nestor Rodriguez has been an essential member of the largest premium cigar factory in the world – Tabacalera de Garcia. With a dedication to his work and a passion for excellent tobacco, Rodriguez is committed to producing only the finest smokes as Tobacco Operations Manager.
Cigar Master Pedro Ventura
Inside the world’s largest premium cigar factor, Tabacalera de Garcia, the creation of a new cigar is always a major event. Before thousands of rollers, sorters and box makers begin work on a new blend, it falls to Product Development Manager, Pedro Ventura, to ensure the cigar lives up to the standards of the renowned factory.
Cigar Master Victor Avila
While you may not know his name, Victor Avila has been an instrumental force behind some of today’s most popular cigars. As the Handmade Cigar Operations Manager, he is tasked with overseeing the creation of excellent smokes at the largest premium cigar factory in the world – Tabacalera de Garcia.
Cigar Master Candido Rosario
While no cigar may bear the name of Candido Rosario, his hand has guided some of the finest in the world. After all, as the manager of the famed Tabacalera de Garcia, Rosario oversees the largest premium cigar factory in the world.
Cigar Master Joel Alvarenga Bautista
With more than two decades of experience, Joel Alvarenga Bautista serves as the Operations Manager in Flor de Copán Premium Cigar Factory. Overseeing a team of experienced cigar makers, Joel ensures that fine premium cigars from brands including Romeo y Julieta and Montecristo are crafted to the highest levels of quality.
Cigar Master Elmer Suarez
With a career spanning 26 years in the premium tobacco industry, Elmer Suarez is currently the Tobacco Manager in La Flor de Copán Cigar Factory in Honduras. Thanks to the unique expertise he has gained over decades of experience, Elmer has earned membership into the renowned Grupo de Maestros.
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