Between now and the Chattanooga Tweet-Up, we will be featuring "spotlight" posts on each of the sponsors of the event. The order was chosen randomly.
A year ago, if I mentioned Emilio Cigars and you said, "Who?" you could be excused. After all, the company was fairly new and just starting on its fairly meteoric rise to fame. In the last year, company president, Gary Griffith, has become a constant presence in social media: Twitter, Facebook and his own blog dedicated to the business of Emilio Cigars. A year ago we welcomed Gary to Chattanooga for the first time and we got samples of the AF1, AF2 and Grimalkin to put in the multi-packs. In the time since, they have added AF Suave and DraigK to the line-up, the Grimalkin is being rebranded "La Musa," and 2 or 3 other cigars are slated to make their debut before the end of the year...and Gary is already working with his minions to put together a great continuing line of releases for 2013 and on into 2014. The company has also signed distribution deals with Rodrigo and Herederos de Robaina.
Gary will be joining us for the Tweet-Up once again, along with his National Sales Director, Nate McIntyre. In a side note, because both Keith and I are doing some work with Emilio in some capacity, we have recused ourselves from writing any reviews on new products so as to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. We do have someone else, though, who has agreed to handle the duty of writing those reviews those and hope to present them on these blog pages soon.