IPCPR 2013 – Part 1: United Cigar Retailers with David Garofalo

Before we get to the video, which will be shown here in the first of three parts, I’d like to say that getting a few minutes with David Garofalo wasn’t easy.  The United Cigar Retailers booth was a flurry of activity, and nailing David down for a few minutes to talk was a miracle.  We actually made an appointment at 9:00 am, when the show opened, on Wednesday on the way out the door the previous evening after waiting for a half hour or so.  When it was all over, I had about twelve minutes of video to edit, which explains why I’m splitting it into three parts.  Too much of a good thing, you know…


David explains the United Cigar Retailers in the video, as well as some of the unique brands that they are distributing.



David wears a lot of hats, so stay tuned over the next few days to see parts two and three and see what else he has his hands in.  Thank you to David and his staff at the booth for putting up with our stalking, and I am sorry for not interviewing Mr. Jonathan, but I was very happy to finally meet him face to face after listening to the Cigar Authority Radio show.  I felt like I knew him already (yet I wanted to meet him anyway :-)).


In other news

My Father-In-Law received the Prostate Cancer Foundation‘s 2012 Progress Report and pointed out a couple cigar companies names listed in the Donor Roll. I took a closer look and found many more familiar names.  I’d like to thank the following people and companies who’ve contributed to this organization, and many are in the big money categories along side some really notable names.  I think we all know someone who’s been affected by prostate cancer.

Robert Levin/Ashton Distributors

Mr. Michael Herklots

Marvin and Hazel Shanken – M. Shanken Communications, Inc.

Tatuaje Cigars, Inc.

Altadis USA

Fuente Family Foundation, Inc.

A. Turrent Cigars, Inc.

Beach Cigar Group

Alec Bradley Cigar Company

Boutique Blends Cigars – Rafael Nodal


Crowned Heads, LLC

EPC Cigar

Mr. Dion Giolito

Litto Gomez

J.C. Newman Cigar Co.

Padron Cigars

Mr. William C. Paley

Mr. Alejandro Turrent


I’m sure there were more names in  the large list of donors from the cigar industry, and I’m sorry if I missed anyone.  Thank you all again for supporting this organization.  It never surprises me to find cigar companies giving to charities, and there are actually charities who won’t accept donations from tobacco related donors! Imagine that?


Until tomorrow,



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One Response to IPCPR 2013 – Part 1: United Cigar Retailers with David Garofalo

  1. Swede214

    Thanks Craig, great interview, looking forward to the next two.Enjoy the Cigar Authority.