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Fabien Ziegler to Leave Drew Estate to Pursue Other Interests

Miami, FL – Long time employee of Drew Estate and good friend of the DR Family, Fabien Ziegler, Director of Consumer Engagement, is leaving the company to pursue other interests.

A twenty-year veteran “on the street”, Mr. Ziegler has been a tremendous ambassador for Drew Estate, working in both sales and marketing, including most recently leading the company’s Consumer Engagement team.“My years at Drew Estate have been incredibly rewarding, most importantly because of the opportunity to work and build relationships with so many retailers and cigar enthusiasts around the country and the world,” said Ziegler.  “I want to thank everyone at Drew Estate as well as the countless store owners and employees and cigar fans that have made this a fantastic journey for two decades.”

Said Jonathan Drew, Founder and President of Drew Estate, “Fabien is truly one of a kind. He’s a giant dude with a heart and personality to match. Fabien’s warm smile and fun persona immediately connect him to everyone he meets.  Sometimes in the sales department, sometimes in Marketing, Fabien spent the last 19 years dedicated to Drew Estate, spreading the company’s message and vision throughout the trade and to the masses of consumers.  I want to personally thank Fabien for all he has done for Drew Estate.”

Drew Estate CEO Glenn C. Wolfson added, “Fabien will always be a part of the heart and soul of Drew Estate.  We thank him for all his contributions to the Company over the years, many of which will endure for a long time to come, and we wish him great success in all his future endeavors.”

We hope the best for you Fabien and look forward to seeing you at our future DR events, CLUB IS FAMILY!

ARTESANO DEL TOBACCO RELEASES VIVA LA VIDA JESTER 5-PACK

Viva la Vida JesterMiami, FL, October 22, 2019– AJ Fernandez has done it again. His master blending techniques, aging process and masterful craftsmanship has led to the arrival of the exclusive Viva La Vida Jester. Packaged in a very convenient 5-pack measuring 5” X 56, the tobacco was carefully selected, blended and aged to perfection. All authorized tobacconists will be able to sell the pack after an exclusive AJ Fernandez and Artesano Del Tobacco in-store event.

“We’ve been waiting for the Jester for almost a year and finally it’s here. We couldn’t be more satisfied with the finished product and cannot wait for everyone to try it. As they say, ‘good things come to those who wait’ and this statement continues to ring true with the Jester. When we worked on the Jester with AJ Fernandez, all our attention was focused on the consumers’ desires. “- Billy & Gus of Artesano Del Tobacco

As with all Artesano Del Tobacco cigars, the newly released Jester is exclusively manufactured and distributed by AJ Fernandez and only available through Authorized Brick & Mortar Retail Tobacconists.

Through a fusion of inherited techniques and learned patience, AJ has developed proprietary tobacco grown from the most prized seeds harvested exclusively on his family farms. Perhaps the most essential quality of an AJ Fernandez cigar is not tangible. It is passion and discipline that motivates AJ to produce world renown premium cigars. The motivation that flows and radiates from AJ are contagious and palatable throughout all the artisans who hone their craft and skills under his hands-on tutelage throughout Nicaragua. All these attributes stem from humble beginnings in San Luis, Pinar del Rio, Cuba where the Fernandez family heritage began.

AJ FERNANDEZ TO DISTRIBUTE VIVA LA VIDA CIGARS

Viva la VidaMiami, FL, September 13, 2019– AJ Fernandez will not only manufacture Viva La Vida cigars, but also distribute the brand as well. Former New York City cigar retailers Billy and Gus Fakih released the brand in March and have now agreed to use AJ Fernandez’ sales force across the country. Billy and Gus will actively remain running daily operations which includes store visits, events and overall brand management.

Viva La Vida comes in five sizes, Robusto, Toro, Torpedo, Gran Toro and Diadema Fina. The cigars range in price from $10.50 to $14.50 before taxes.

“I have known Billy and Gus since I launched the San Lotano brand,” says A.J. Fernandez, “and they were one of the first and best supporters while operating the Cigar Inn in New York City. We maintained a great relationship since then, after they sold the store. I’m proud to not only call them business associates but great friends as well.”

Viva La Vida is draped by a silky smooth Habano Oscuro 2000 wrapper, which is accentuated by a Corojo 99 binder and Criollo 98 filler tobaccos, all from AJ’s farms in Nicaragua.

Billy Fakih thus explains “Our friendship with Abdel started from the early years of San Lotano cigars, when he visited our cigar shop ‘New York Cigar Inn’ in Manhattan back in 2010. The friendship grew throughout the years and it was based on a simple thing called trust. What attracted us to Abdel was not only the great cigars he blends and creates, but also how loyal, humble and disciplined he is which reflects in his cigars.

Gus Fakih adds “The relationship we created with AJ on a business and a personal level is special, and I’m so proud and excited to call AJ a real brother and a humble human, down to earth with a big heart, a great addition to our family. Looking forward to growing our business relationship to much higher levels with one of the best in the industry.”

Through a fusion of inherited techniques and learned patience, AJ has developed proprietary tobacco grown from the most prized seeds harvested exclusively on his family farms. Perhaps the most essential quality of an AJ Fernandez cigar is not tangible. It is passion and discipline that motivates AJ to produce world renown premium cigars. The motivation that flows and radiates from AJ are contagious and palatable throughout all the artisans who hone their craft and skills under his hands-on tutelage throughout Nicaragua. All these attributes stem from humble beginnings in San Luis, Pinar del Rio, Cuba where the Fernandez family heritage began.