This is it! The original Annual Cigar Rep Awards.
Yes, more and more people are trying to copy (cough, I mean pay homage to) but these are the official Cigar Rep Awards given out…you guessed…annually.
Why “Rep” Awards?
Everyone has a “Best of” or “Year End” list for cigars.
Don’t get me wrong…Cigar lists are awesome and always remind me of cigars I need to try (or have long since forgotten as the year forged on).
But…there is no reason the cigar makers should have all the fun.
Cigar makers like myself have it pretty easy. We show up…smoke…meet people…and bring some general mayhem.
To me, it is the Reps, these men and women are the real rock stars of this industry. They work tirelessly day in and day out promoting cigars, driving thousands of miles, and can stretch a Per Diem like no one else in the world. Any success we have as cigar makers is significantly due to their efforts.
So…without further delay…in no particular order…are the 2017 Rep Awards…
Most likely to appear in ‘Cocoon: The Later Years.’ – Paul Costo (Oliva)
Most likely to Actually Find Waldo in a Walmart Bathroom- Mick Grant (Boutiques Unified)
Most Likely to Shave His Head By Accident. – Alex Kraft (Rocky Patel)
Most Likely to Get Arrested Breaking Onto the Set of Peaky Blinders. – John D’Oliver (Xikar)
Most Likely to Invest in Bitcoin Beanie Babies. – Sean Hardiman (General)
Most Likely to Get Lost In a Chuck-E-Cheese Ball Pit. – Frank Bellavia (Broker)
Most Likely to Run a Kettle Corn Stand at NASCAR events – David Brophy (Multiple)
Most Likely to Go Live and Turn His Own Life Into a 24/7 ‘Truman Show’ – Benjamin Holt (Boutiques Unified)
Most Likely to Become a Furry Baseball Mascot. – Garrett Calhoun (Davidoff)
Most Likely to Be Found Naked in Buc-ee’s Passed Out Next to Banana Pudding Display – Brian McGee (Crowned Heads)
Most Likely to Join an Abba Tribute Band – Brandon Jay Luna (Nat Sherman)
Most Likely to Start A Youtube Channel About Hotel Cleaning Practices – Casey Aldulaimi (XS Cigars)
Most Likely to Be a Contestant (and win) on ‘The Apprentice.’ – Chris Stone (Drew Estate)
Most Likely To Become The New Voice of Siri. – Michelle Stewart (CLE Cigar Co.)
Most Likely to Steal a Fork Lift at IPCPR – Andy Yaffee (LFD)
Most Likely to Create His Own Crock-Pot Cooking Book – Ryan Ponist (Alec Bradley)
Most Likely to Go Crazy Living in a Dessert Hut- Glynn Segars (Big Country Cigar Brokers)
Most Likely to Secretly be a Part-Time Ninja. – Brad Fisher (Cigar Fish)
Most Likely to Become a Florida River Steamboat Captain. – Jeff Groover (Broker)
Most Likely to Go All ‘Gary Busey’ – Alex Mayer (Drew Estate)
Most Likely to Check into Rehab after a Cheese Overdose- Laurel Lynn (General)
Most Likely to Introduce His Own Line of Gluten-Free Gum. – Tom Poehler (Broker)
Most Likely to Go all “Mad Max” on a Deserted Back Road – Calvin Woods (Boutiques Unified)
Most Likely to be Cast as a Copy Machine in the New Version of ‘The Office’ – Jason Robnett (CLE)
Congrats to this year’s winners! In lieu of cash prizes, each of you will be awarded some ‘gift’ in the future. If this ‘gift’ looks like some crap that was just laying around my office…that is merely a coincidence.
Fred Rewey, Nomad Cigar Company