We sat with Leo, the CEO of Nova cigars, and asked her a few questions. Here is what she had to say!
Q: Tell us how you got your start in the cigar industry.
A: I started approximately 10 yrs ago at Club Macanudo (General Cigar) in NYC where I rose to Assistant Manager running all aspects of day to day operations.
Q: Tell us why you decided to get into the cigar industry.
A: As time progressed I wanted to broaden my knowledge of the inner workings of the cigar industry so I accepted a position in sales at the Nat Sherman Townhouse where I was able to distinguish myself as being one of the top salespersons. Still wanting to strive for more I became the Assistant Manager for Casa de Montecristo managing two cigar lounges in NYC. After a year and a half I was offered the opportunity by Casa de Montecristo to relocate to Boca Raton, Fl and help manage a newly acquired location. In early 2019, I was appointed CEO of Platinum NOVA Cigar in which I oversee all aspects of the company.
Q: What was the motivation for the name Nova Platinum Cigars?
A: Nova is a Latin word that means “New Star” that is distinguished by natural light among all.
Q: What is your favorite cigar to smoke other than Nova and why?
A: There are too many brands of cigars that I enjoy. I wouldn’t want to single out any one brand. Remember like the saying goes “There are no such things as a bad cigar, just better ones”
Q:What is more important to you in a cigar? Flavor, Build, or appearance and why?
A: The construction / build of a cigar is one of the most important stages to consider. You will not only achieve a good draw but it will ensure that the right blends are in place to acquire the proper notes.
Q:If you could smoke a cigar with anyone who would it be and why?
A: Avo Uvezian..A man that not only studied music at Juilliard and spoke multiple languages. But also was an ambassador for the cigar industry who corroborated with some of the best minds.
Q:Do you have any advice for someone just getting into cigars?
A: Every cigar connoisseur has a different palate with their own flavors and intensities. I would recommend to try a variation of different cigars and define you taste. Obviously start with something mild, so that your first taste is not your last. Lol.
Q: Which Cigar Subscription is the best?
A: The Luxury Club making it unique in that due to their knowledge of the industry, marketing and presentation of the product. They are able to provide the best possible cigars to their members.
Whats in the Box?
Luxury Cigar Club has teamed up with Nova in order to offer you this fantastic sampler showcasing some of the amazing sticks on offer from Nova. Included in the Nova Brand of the Month Sampler: