DAVIDOFF ANNOUNCES GOLDEN BAND AWARDS NOMINEES

Ultra-­Premium Cigar Brand to Honor Top Merchants 

 PINELLAS PARK, FL, JULY 18, 2012 — Davidoff, the leading luxury tobacco brand, has announced the inaugural Davidoff Golden Band Awards Show nominees, honoring those Appointed Merchants who best embody the Davidoff standard of excellence.  In  honor  of  the  nominees,  Davidoff  has  also  launched  a  website  to support the event, GoldenBandAwards.com. The website highlights nominees and their achievements and will feature the winners and a recap of the evening after the event. The first annual awards show will be part of an exclusive Davidoff event on August 4th at IPCPR in Orlando, Florida.

The Davidoff Golden Band Awards materialized from the brand’s success, rooted in decades of long-­‐standing partnerships with trusted merchants. Davidoff has a long history of working with its family of retailers to help them expand their businesses, discuss best practices and grow the Davidoff brand, hand in hand.

“The awards are an opportunity to officially recognize these retailers for their commitment and passion for Davidoff,” said Jim Young, President, Davidoff North America. Richard Krutick, Davidoff Marketing Director, adds that, “This annual event will   stimulate   improved  standards  in   the   industry  and   help   drive  superior performance and growth.”

The Golden Band Awards will honor Appointed Merchants across eight categories:

Best Davidoff Merchandising 

Nominees: 

Little Havana Cigar Factory (Miami, FL), Vitola Fine Cigars (Mountain Brook, AL), Island Smoke Shop (Key Largo, FL), The Tobacco Shop of Ridgewood (Ridgewood, NJ), Milan Tobacconist (Roanoke, VA)

 

Best Davidoff Performance (Single Location)

Nominees:

Georgetown Tobacco & Pipe Store (Washington, D.C.), Ambassador Fine Cigars (Scottsdale, AZ), Belle Meade Premium Cigars (Nashville, TN), The Tobacconist of Greenwich (Greenwich, CT), Owl Shop (New Haven, CT)

 

Best Davidoff Performance (Multiple Locations)

Nominees:

Two Guys Smoke Shop (Nashua, NH), Tinder Box Cigars (Charlotte, NC), Up In

Smoke (Irving, TX), Cigars by Chivas (Pasadena, CA), Humidor of Westmont (Westmont, IL)

Davidoff Growth Award (Single Location)

Nominees:

Anthony’s Cigar Emporium (Tucson, AZ), Cigars & More (Birmingham, AL), Ambassador Fine Cigars (Scottsdale, AZ), Tinder Box (Waldorf, MD), Oasis Cigars (Sunrise, FL)

Davidoff Growth Award (Multiple Locations)

Nominees:

House of Cigar (Columbus, OH), Emerson’s Cigars (Virgina Beach, VA), Two Guys Smoke Shop (Nashua, NH), Cigars by Chivas (Pasadena, CA), Old Virginia Tobacco Co. (Woodbridge, VA)

Davidoff Appointed Merchant of the Year

Nominees:

Ultimate Cigars (Ft Lauderdale, FL), Anthony’s Cigar Emporium (Tucson, AZ), Tinder

Box (Waldorf, MD), Serious Cigars (Houston, TX), Cigars & More (Birmingham, AL)

Davidoff Industry Service Award

Nominees:

Jeff Borysiewicz (Corona Cigar Co., Orlando, FL), John Anderson (W. Curtis Draper’s,

Washington, D.C.), Craig Cass (Tinder Box Cigars, Charlotte, NC), Christian Hutson

(Just For Him, Springfield, MO)

 

The final award category is the Zino Davidoff Legacy Award, which will be presented to the Appointed Merchant who has stood out over the years as the champion of what premium cigars and premium cigar retailing are all about.

Please visit GoldenBandAwards.com for more information.

Davidoff, founded in Geneva in 1911, is dedicated to bring pleasure to a discerning global community of Good Life aficionados. The brand unites growing, ageing, blending and crafting artistry to bring cigar connoisseurs pleasurable cigar experiences. For additional information, visit www.davidoff.com.

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