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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

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cignews9.21 The middle of the week is upon us once again, and today we have some cigar industry news to help you get over the hump. Keep reading for more on a retirement from the General Cigar family, one boxing trainer’s cigar-themed birthday, and the rejection of a proposed smoking ban in Georgia.

Sherwin Seltzer to Retire from General Cigar


Tobacco industry giant General Cigar recently announced that its vice president of trade development, Sherwin Seltzer, will officially retire from his post with the company on October 31. When the date comes, it will mark the end of an illustrious and lengthy career for Seltzer in the premium cigar arena.

Seltzer explained the reasoning behind his retirement in the official press release: “There comes a time when you have to stop and do something else. I’ve had a great run in this business but at this stage in my life, I want to devote my time to Iris, my wife of 51 years, and my children and grandchildren.”

Seltzer’s career is not only impressive in terms of its length, but also its various accomplishments achieved along the way. His tobacco industry career started with cigarette company Brown Williamson in 1956. He then joined Cuban cigar importer Faber, Coe, and Gregg where he was responsible for launching the company’s national products division. Seltzer’s next stop was with Nat Sherman & Company in New York.

Seltzer would soon take his talents to Villazon & Company in 1980, where he would soon be promoted to VP of sales and marketing. His career really took off in 1996, when Villazon was acquired by General Cigar. His position with General Cigar dealt mostly with sales and trade development, and he had the opportunity to work with such industry legends as Benji Menendez, Edgar Cullman, and Daniel Nunez. Seltzer commented on General Cigar’s acquisition of Villazon, and how it impacted his career: “When General Cigar acquired Villazon, it was a turning point in my career. Edgar Cullman was like a godfather to me and together with his son Edgar and grandson David Danziger, they developed what I feel are the best brands in the industry. They also built a tremendous foundation for today’s General Cigar Company.”

General Cigar’s president Dan Carr offered some kind words in response to the news of Seltzer’s retirement: “Sherwin is one of those people you meet in life and never forget. He has a great sense of humor and always makes people feel at ease. Because of this, he made great contributions to General Cigar, particularly in developing relationships with our trade partners and in acting as a mentor to people in all areas of the business. While we will all miss working with Sherwin, we consider him family and look forward to hearing about his adventures during retirement.”

While General Cigar is certainly losing a talented individual from its ranks, Seltzer believes the company is in good hands. “I have complete confidence in Dan Carr. He’s a terrific guy, and I know he’s going to keep moving the business forward to even bigger and better things. He has also developed a really talented management team, along with great people in the factories, and in sales and marketing. I’m retiring knowing that the company will continue to be the best in the business.”

As for any aspiring members of the cigar industry, Seltzer offered very simple advice, urging them to aim for a job with General Cigar. When you consider Seltzer’s wealth of experience gained through the years, it’s certainly advice worth listening to.

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