Into a Cigar Account?

Steve’s breakdown: just hired an advertising savvy exec as CMO and we suspect she’ll be taking this 2 year old onto the next level. That’s going to take a savvy agency.

TAMPA, FL: Monthly cigar box subscription company has hired industry veteran Shanda Lee as its new chief marketing officer. Lee has more than 20 years of experience directing business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing efforts and has previously served as Vice President of Marketing for J.C. Newman Cigar Company and was also a marketing consultant for Gurkha Cigars. is based in Mobile, Alabama but Lee will work remotely from Tampa, Florida. She has an equity interest in and will play an important role in the company’s aggressive growth plans for the next five years. She will oversee the company’s marketing and promotional efforts, including interacting with both customers and suppliers while also supporting other aspects of the business from advertising, public relations and sales.

“Shanda officially completes our c-suite expansion and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome her to the team,” said Jeff Zeiders, Ph.D., co-founder and CEO of “Her extensive marketing background and vast experience working within the cigar industry brings an imperative set of tools to our executive team.”

Over the past two years, has seen significant growth in the untapped lifestyle subscription cigar marketplace. Chris Yokley, the company’s co-founder and CTO, created a proprietary algorithm that allows customers to receive cigars that are uniquely paired to their palates.

“As a cigar enthusiast I was frustrated with the trial and error of purchasing cigars that didn’t fit my flavor profile. We knew there had to be a better way,” Yokley explained.


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