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This week on Stogie Geeks News, we look at the FDA Year in Review

Carlos Fuente Senior Passes Away

Cigar Industry Pays Respects to a True Industry Icon

On the Move

Highlights Include (Discuss within time constraints)

Michael Giannini Departs General Cigar

Alan Willner Departs General Cigar

Sam Leccia Announces Split from General Cigar Company, Launches establishes distribution through online store

Jack Toraño Departs Duran Cigars, returns to Toraño Cigars

Justin Andrews Named Brand Manager at Foundry Tobacco Company

Dan Carr Named President of ITG Brands

José Blanco Steps Away from Las Cumbres Tabaco, Named Senior Vice President at E.P. Carrillo

Patrick Vivalo Departs Vivalo Cigars

Michael Cellucci Departs Drew Estate; Glenn Wolfson Named New CEO

Heinrich Villiger Steps Down as CEO of Villiger Söhne AG, Robert Suter Named New CEO

Villiger Cigars North America Names Rene Castaneda President

Ricky Somoza Named U.S. Director of Operations at A.J. Fernandez Cigars, then departs before end of year.

Steve Ysidron Named CEO for Kuuts LLC

Larry Palombo Departs Altadis USA

Hector Alfonso Sr. Named Director of Operations and Erik Espinosa Jr Named Vice President at Espinosa Cigars

Gabriel Alvarez Departs Maya Selva Cigars, joins Casa Cuevas Cigars

Jason Lois Departs Crossfire Cigars

John Gonzalez Named Vice President of Sales at Gran Habano

Derek Matthews Named National Sales Manager at Black Label Trading Company

Eddy Guerra Named Director of Marketing at Gurkha Cigars

Rick Ardito Executive Brand Manager for The Upsetters at Foundation Cigar Company.

Rob Rasmussen named Brand Manager of Mombacho Cigars SA

Eddie Ortega splits from Quality Importers

Relations with Cuba

Obama Further Eases Cuba Restrictions

Questions on How Trump Administration will handle Cuba

Fidel Castro Passes Away