Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Davidoff Cigars To Honor Appointed Merchants With Golden Band Awards

Davidoff Cigars to honor its Appointed Merchants with the Golden Band Awards in Las Vegas, NV 

Ultra-Premium Cigar Brand will introduce a new award and honor top merchants 
PINELLAS PARK, FL, JUNE 27, 2015 — Davidoff, the leading luxury premium cigar brand, announces the Fifth Annual Davidoff Golden Band Awards Show nominees, honoring those Appointed Merchants who best embody the Davidoff standard of excellence. The Fifth Annual Awards show will be part of an exclusive Davidoff event on July 26th at IPCPR in Las Vegas, NV. 

This year, Davidoff will introduce a new category, “Canadian Depositaire of the Year“, which will honor the Canadian Appointed Merchant with the highest sales & support of all of the Davidoff of Geneva products. In conjunction with the announcement, the Golden Band Awards website has been revamped featuring this year’s nominees.  

 “The Davidoff Golden Band Awards provide us with an opportunity to recognize our Appointed Merchant network and, in particular, those Appointed Merchants who have really taken their business with Davidoff to the next level.  The success of Davidoff has been made possible through decades of close and longstanding partnerships with trusted merchants. Davidoff has a strong track record of cooperation with its family of retailers to help them grow their businesses, align on best practices and contribute towards the increased growth of the Davidoff brand,” says Jim Young, President of Davidoff North America.  

“The Golden Band Awards provides us the opportunity to say thank you to our Davidoff Appointed Merchants not only for their partnership, but also their support, enthusiasm and commitment to high standards,” emphasizes Richard Krutick, Vice President of Marketing for Davidoff USA.

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

Best New Appointed Merchant  Nominees:  Tobacco Grove (Maple Grove, MN), Smoker’s Haven (Lincroft, NJ), ZT Cigars (Oklahoma City, OK), Franklin Cigar (Franklin, TN), Fogue & Bates (Tulsa, OK) 

Best Davidoff Merchandising  Nominees:  Just For Him (Springfield, MO), Club Humidor (San Antonio, TX), Tobacco Locker (North Port, FL), Ambassador Fine Cigars (Phoenix, AZ), Franklin Cigar (Franklin, TN)   

Best Davidoff Performance (Single Location) Nominees: Regency Cigar Emporium LLC (East Greenwich, RI), Hemingway (Palo Alto, CA), Blend Bar Cigar (Indianapolis, IN), Tobacconist of Greenwich (Greenwich, CT), Maxamar Cigars (Orange, CA)  

Best Davidoff Performance (Multiple Locations) Nominees: DW International Distributors LLC (Santa Monica, CA), Humidor of Westmont (Westmont, IL), Serious Cigars LLC (Houston, TX), Club Cubano Cigars (Countryside, IL), Ambassador Fine Cigars (Phoenix, AZ)
Davidoff Growth Award (Single Location) Nominees: Doc James Tobacco (Shrub Oak, NY), Mission Liquor & Tobacco Inc. (Pasadena, CA),Buckhead Cigar Club LLC (Atlanta, GA), Maxamar Cigars (Orange, CA), Hemingway (Palo Alto, CA) 

Davidoff Growth Award (Multiple Locations) Nominees: Ambassador Fine Cigars (Phoenix, AZ), DW International Distributors LLC (Santa Monica, CA), Smoke Inn (Boynton Beach, FL), Puffs-n-Stuff (Pittsburg, PA), Tinder Box #208 (Charlotte, NC)

Canadian Depostaire of the year Nominees: Nottingham Cigars & Pipes (Sherwood Park, Alberta), Cigar Connoisseurs (Vancouver, BritishColumbia), Vasco (Montreal, Quebec), The Humidor Cigar Company Ltd (Woodbridge, Ontario), Zigarren – A simple Pleasure (Calgary, Alberta) 

Davidoff Appointed Merchant of the Year  Nominees: Doc James Tobacco Inc. (Shrub Oak), Prime Cigar LLC (Boca Raton, FL), Humidor and Lounge (Wichita, KS), Hemingway (Palo Alto, CA), Blend Bar Cigar (Indianapolis, IN) 

The Industry Service Award honorees will not be announced until the evening of the event. This award is presented to the Appointed Merchants that have contributed to sustain the premium cigar industry and to advance the industry’s agenda in legislation, regulation and the community. 

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.

Media contact:
Richard Krutick Vice President of Marketing, Davidoff Davidoff of Geneva  727-828-5400 Richard.Krutick@davidoffusa.com davidoff.com | @Davidoff_Cigars | facebook.com/DavidoffCigars1911
About Oettinger Davidoff AG
The CHF 1.2 billion Oettinger Davidoff AG, with over 3,500 employees around the world, traces its roots back to 1875 and remains family owned to this day with two distinctly different businesses: one that is focused on FMCG distribution in the Swiss market and one dedicated to the core business of producing, marketing and retailing premium branded cigars, tobacco products and accessories. The premium branded cigar business includes Davidoff, AVO, Camacho, Cusano, Griffin’s, Private Stock, Zino and Zino Platinum. Oettinger Davidoff AG is anchored in a strong “crop-to-shop” philosophy, having pursued a vertical integration from the tobacco fields in the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua to the worldwide network of almost 70 Davidoff Flagship Stores. 

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