Stogie Geeks #344

Date: October 16, 2020

Show Overview:

This week Drew, Nelson, Rick Lombardi, and Joe welcome Kevin Schweitzer, President and Sole Owner of the Vintage Rock-A-Feller Cigar Group!
In the Second Segment, we will have commentary on Cigar News with Stick Reviews.

Interview: Kevin Schweitzer | President & Owner of Vintage Rock-A-Feller Cigar Group

An adventurer by nature, Kevin is the type of executive who ‘thrives under pressure’; he has traveled to several countries deemed ‘dangerous’ and ‘high-risk’ to pursue and broker international sales of gold, silver, and other highly valuable and rare precious minerals.
Kevin, a cigar enthusiast for over 26 years, says the following:

“I am extremely excited about taking over Vintage Rockefeller Cigar Group and I look forward to guiding a company with a solid history to a new era of success. Right now, my vision is to grow the brand throughout the U.S. We really want to make a cigar that not only everyone can trust, but one that can be enjoyed across all walks of life. Everyone should feel like a Rockefeller!”
Visit them at: Vintage Rock-A-Feller Cigar Group

Stogies of the Week

Nelson’s Sticks:

Kristoff Criollo
Guardian of the Farm Night Watch by Aganorsa Leaf

Joe’s Sticks:

La Aurora 107 Nicaragua
Paul Stulac – El Nuevo Comienzo


Joe Hozempa | Host of Stogie Geeks

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Everyone knows Joe Hozempa. The “Italian Stallion” of the Rhode Island cigar culture. Joe isn’t afraid to give a cigar an average review. He knows what he likes and isn’t afraid to say it.


Andrew “The Band Man” Galvan | Co-Host

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Andrew Galvan works in the Insurance Industry (Property Loss Adjuster). Andrew’s love for the cigar has been cultivated over the years and he made a goal to learn about the cigar business from seed to consumer. Thus, he has endeavored into the cigar business with Prestige Cigar and Tobacco in Bedford Texas aside his dual career.

“The Band Man”- Every time I smoke a cigar, I have a ritual. Going in I look at the cigar, the construction, color, smell the foot, taste the cap, I gently caress it in my fingers. Then I cut it, most time it will be a Deep ‘V’. I then look at the band, I read it, I study the artwork and fonts of any symbols or numbers, I imagine the person rolling this cigar and then putting the finishing touch of the band… I collect the bands and keep them as gifts of appreciation from the Tobacco growers, and procurers of said cigar. I become one with this cigar, I toast it, I wait patiently for the filler, binder, wrapper to ignite, the first hint of aromas fly through the air like an Aaron Judge Home Run…. Beautiful.
“Impeccable customer relations yields the greatest customer experience”-AG

Nelson DeMelo | Co-Host

Digital Banking , family guy with a love of the leaf. Covid quarantine has kicked up the Stogie Geek in me during 2020. I’ve been enjoying the “beyond the smoke” stories with each cigar, the industry and fellow Stogie Geeks.

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