That's Robert Spoden, owner of Bucanero Cigars of Tampa, Florida, in the yet-to-be-mailed summer issue of the European Cigar-Cult Journal.
Spoden told ECCJ Editor-in-Chief Reinhold Widmayer that "We are a small manufacturer by comparison to the multi-million annual cigar manufacturers of today.
Spoden has created an impressive line-up of blends since founding Bucanero in 1995:
said "The development work and founding risks are taken care of; the product lines are tried and true.
All that my successor has to do is take care of advertising and marketing and grow the Bucanero
into a nationally or internationally coveted cigar.
That's easier said than done, of course, but Spoden
himself made a considerable splash during the Cigar Boom by bringing a full-rigged pirate ship onto the annual Retail Tobacco Dealers of America (now IPCPR) convention floor in the 1990s and using it as his
"booth" at the show.
has set the company up nicely for sale.
There are only three employees and three agents oversee the distribution to about 1,000 smokeshops in the U.S. "The factories in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, which have the capacity to produce more than 250,000 cigars a month, will be able to fully support the new owner," he added.
, life has one more challenge.