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5th SOTL Global Roundtable


We live-streamed from inside the Gurkha Cigars International Headquarters in Tamarac FL.!!!

We hosted the members of the SOTL Global Movement Advisory Board and the representatives of SOTL GM Committees who asked our guest questions, about women’s contribution to the Gurkha Cigars International and the cigar industry in general.


Our guest, Gurkha Cigars Vice President of Sales Mr. Juan Lopez, started in the cigar business in 1996 with the Caribbean Cigar Company. When the company sold, due to ownership and investor legal issues,  he went to Carlos Toraño Cigars for 12 years where he became their National accounts manager. He found great success at Toraño, until the company sold to General Cigars in 2008. After a short stop at Rocky Patel Cigars as National Sales Director, he moved on to Gurkha Cigars where he has been their VP of Sales for the last 12 years.

​Guest - speakers for 5th Global Roundtable were:

  • Dr. Anastasia Psomiadi (Founder SGM, Greece)

  • Lefty Karropoulos (Chief Business Development Officer SGM, USA)

  • Cynthia Fuente (Fuente Companies, USA)

  • Danays Leon (Sperlinga Cigars - IACS, Dominican Republic)

  • Sarah Saunders (WICC, UK)

  • Karen Berger (DonKiki, KbyKarenBerger Cigars, USA)

  • Romy Kashouty (Hiram & Solomon Cigars)

  • Patricia Khalaf (Queen Of Ash, USA)

  • Franka Comparetto (Cigar Sense, Italy)

  • Keya McCain (USA)

  • Silvia Zanovello (President Cigar Ladies & Smoker Drinks, Italy)

  • Jessica Giordano (Bellagio Habanos Lounge President, Argentina)

  • Des Hammond (The Cigar Cabin, UK)

  • Sarah Donvitto (Italy)

  • Takis Karropoulos (Director Special Projects SGM, USA)

  • Paula Jaszkowski (Founder Sinner's Cigar Club, USA)

  • Sarah de Luca (Handmade Cigars, Germany)

  • Stefania Pandrosou (Greece)

  • Kendall Stephens (ZoomCigarClub, Cigar Fanatics)

Special Guest: Juan Lopez, VP Sales Gurkha Cigars International

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