Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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

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)

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, British-Columbia), 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
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