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Nick Perdomo

Born in Washington, D.C., Nick moved with his family to Miami in 1976 to be closer to relatives and their Cuban culture. Nick attended school in Miami until joining the United States Navy where he proudly served as an Air Traffic Controller. After serving his country, Nick continued his career as an Air Traffic Controller at Miami International Airport.

Following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father who were both cigar-makers in Cuba, Nick decided to pursue his passion by opening his very own cigar company. What started as a home business in his garage is now a 2000+ employee business with an 88,000 square-foot manufacturing facility producing millions of the world’s finest premium hand-made cigars every year. Perdomo brands can be found across the United States, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

“Over the years, we have been blessed with dedicated and loyal employees,” says Nick. “I am thankful to our staff and my family for always believing in me.”

Nick and his wife, Janine, have two wonderful children, Nicholas and Natalie. In addition to spending time with his family, Nick loves to play the drums, dominos, and working out with his son at the local gym in the mornings.

Favorite Quotes:
“Son, if you work hard in this great country you can achieve anything that you want.”

- Nick Perdomo Sr.


“There’s no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”

- President Ronald Reagan

 

Janine Perdomo

As Vice President of Operations, Janine Perdomo wears many hats. Managing inventory control, accounting, and administration are just a few of her responsibilities. Together with her husband, Nick and Janine are truly the perfect fit in the cigar industry.

Janine was born in New Jersey to Italian and Irish parents. The family moved to Fort Lauderdale when she was two years old where she attended school and enjoyed everything there is to enjoy in South Florida. Janine met Nick Perdomo while he was working at Miami International Airport as an Air Traffic Controller. Janine always smiles when she recalls how quickly Nick swept her off her feet! They married when she turned 19 years of age and as a newlywed couple they moved to Miami to begin their lives together. Janine spoke no Spanish when they first met, but what paved the road ahead was a true adventure. She immersed herself into the Cuban culture and Spanish quickly became her second language.

Overheard Saying:
“The growth of the company has been a blessing and being witness to our dream becoming a reality is simply amazing,” says Janine.

 

Arthur Kemper

The son of American parents of German and Irish descent, Arthur was born in Mexico City, Mexico. His father’s career took the family on an adventure and Arthur enjoyed living in various places, including Orlando, Puerto Rico, Boston, Atlanta, and San Antonio.

In 1995, Arthur began a new adventure of his own in the cigar industry. What began as a curiosity quickly grew into a passion and eventually a career that brought him from managing well-known cigar stores to joining the Perdomo team.

When Arthur and his wife moved to Miami in 2001, he worked at Perdomo’s Flagler Street location in Little Havana. As Perdomo began to build its in-house sales force in 2005, Arthur was promoted to Director of Sales. He traveled with each of the sales representatives, building relationships, hosting promotional events, and growing Perdomo’s presence across the country.

Promoted to Vice President in 2007, Arthur assumed greater responsibility over all facets of the business. Responsible for overseeing the company’s agricultural and manufacturing operations in Nicaragua, as well as new product development and marketing strategies, Arthur is actively engaged in everything Perdomo. Arthur is known for his passion, commitment, and sincerity throughout the cigar industry.

Arthur’s greatest joy is spending time with his wife Elizabeth and their two beautiful daughters Madison and Katherine.

Overheard Saying:
“I enjoy visiting cigar stores across the country. No matter who you are or where you come from, when you go into a cigar store there is an automatic level of respect and friendship between cigar smokers. It’s one of the few places where people can actually relax, let their guard down, and enjoy each other’s company.”

Favorite Smoke:
“I enjoy all our cigars, but recently I have been favoring our Perdomo Patriarch and Perdomo Habano blends. I’ve also been enjoying our new Perdomo Grand Cru and Nick’s Sticks Little Havana Blend. I simply love the fact that we have fantastic cigars at every price point.”

 

Juan Liranzo

Born in Santo Domingo and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., Juan Liranzo has been a longstanding friend of the Perdomo Family and is very familiar with the cigar industry. He was initially introduced to cigars by his uncle, who worked the tobacco farms in El Cibao in the Dominican Republic. The passion his uncle Ricardo displayed while speaking about the agricultural process of cigar manufacturing coupled with the aroma of his burning cigar left a long lasting impression for Juan.

At age 20, he enlisted in the United States Navy and celebrated his decision by smoking his first cigar. Throughout his enlistment he traveled the world onboard aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships. Juan’s education includes studies in Human Resources and Management at Park University in Parkville, MO. He is also a certified trainer by Achieve Global in Professional Sales and Coaching for managers.

After completing 24 years of active duty with the Navy, Juan retired as a Chief and promptly accepted Nick’s offer to join the company full time as Operations Manager.

Favorite Smoke:
Juan starts his day with a Patriarch Epicure Maduro and a cup of café con leche. His most frequent selections from the Perdomo walk-in humidor are the Habano Robusto in Connecticut and Maduro wrappers. Edecion de Silvio is always a welcomed treat when available.

Favorite Quotes:
“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.”

- President Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

Daniel Colon

Originally from New York, Daniel moved to Miami with his family in 1990 and stayed south to attend Miami International University of Art and Design for a BFA in Graphic Design. About 2 months after graduating, he was hired by Tabacalera Perdomo as a graphic designer to create labels, packaging, Point Of Sale materials, ads, and anything else that needed a “graphic designer’s” touch. As his time at Perdomo grew, so did his appreciation for the artistry and beauty that was dedicated to not only the packaging, but the cigars as well. Today he combines his education and experience in design with his passion for cigars into a growing career as Director of Marketing and Graphic Design.

Overheard Saying:
“When I first started with Perdomo, my cigar knowledge was not as extensive as most of the others in the company. It really didn't range too far past smoking a cigar to celebrate a friend’s birthday or wedding. As time went on, I learned more about the cigars and their history. I learned about the differences between good cigars and great cigars. I learned why I enjoyed certain cigars more than others. With most things in life, the more you educate yourself about something, the more you can enjoy it. I really learned to appreciate the fact that these are not just cigars; they are a form of art.”

Favorite Smoke:
“My favorite Perdomo cigar is the Perdomo Patriarch Churchill Maduro. I can always count on this cigar to help my golf game.”

 

Miguel Rivera

Miguel Rivera was born in Estelí, Nicaragua where his father was a field worker in the tobacco industry, specializing in growing and processing operations. Following in his father’s footsteps, Miguel started in the fields planting, fertilizing, irrigating, and priming the tobacco plants. He learned the agricultural side of the business literally from the ground up.

After being drafted in1986 to serve in the Nicaraguan Military, he was selected to attend school in Cuba where he learned the Cuban methods of growing and processing tobacco, as well as manufacturing cigars. When he returned to Nicaragua, Miguel was eager and ready to learn the production side of the business and sharpen his skills on the entire manufacturing process.

In 1998 he received a call from Nick Perdomo Sr. with a job offer to manage the factory’s Packaging Department. Under the guidance of Nick Sr. and Nick Jr., Miguel began coordinating the different departments in order to meet the increasing demand for Perdomo brands. With a wealth of hands-on knowledge, Miguel was promoted in 2007 to his present position as Factory General Manager, overseeing all of Perdomo’s agricultural and production operations in Nicaragua.

Overheard Saying:
“Our company is one of the largest and most respected businesses in Nicaragua. We maintain the highest quality control standards in every aspect of our agricultural, processing, manufacturing, and packaging operations. We believe quality drives quantity.”

 

Silvio L. O. Mendozo

Silvio Loaisiga Octavio Mendoza was born in Esteli, Nicaragua and is a graduate of UPONIC with a degree in Computer and System Engineering.

His career in the “World of Tobacco” began 10 years ago with Perdomo Cigars. With the goal to, “do my job better each day and grow professionally with this great company,” it’s no surprise he started as an Assistant Box Presser and was promoted to Manager of Cold Storage and Aging Rooms that same year! In 2005, yet another promotion was in the works overseeing 90 employees as Manager of Packing and Shipping. Most recently, Silvio was promoted to Assistant Manager of Perdomo Cigars Nicaragua Agricultural and Factory Operations.

Overheard Saying:
“Our future is bright and our growth is a tribute to our hard work and dedication to manufacturing the finest premium hand-made cigars. Above all…quality is our driving force!”

 

Sarah Gonzalez

Born and raised in Cuba, Sara’s experience in the cigar industry dates back to 1966 where she worked at the H. Upmann Factory for 17 years becoming one of the best rollers in the company.

When Sara left Cuba for Miami with her two children in early 1984, she met Nick Perdomo and, when he learned of her experience, he offered her a job. So impressed was Nick with Sara’s knowledge, work ethic and attention to detail that he offered her an opportunity to work for the company at the Nicaragua Agricultural and Production Facilities. Sara accepted and within 30 days, Nick Sr. declared Sara “a natural” with “that Cuban eye for quality and perfection” and she was promoted to Head of Production. Sara is in charge of all rolling and quality control operations and heads a team of quality control inspectors and manages several hundred rollers. She works closely with Nick Perdomo, Arthur Kemper and our “A-Team“ of blending technicians to maintain consistent quality and, most importantly, to develop our future brands.

 

Alexi Martinez

Alexis Reyes was born and raised in Esteli, Nicaragua. He has 26 years of experience in cigar agriculture and manufacturing. Known for his determination, Alexis worked his way up from agricultural operations as a field worker to becoming an esteemed and prize-winning cigar roller. In 2003 Alexi was promoted to Supervisor in the production department, where he continued to excel and drive quality control.

Due to his experience and dedication, in 2005 Alexis was promoted to Assistant Production Manager. His responsibilities include the management of several hundred cigar rollers and all quality control supervisors in the cigar production department.

Overheard Saying:
“I thank God for our success and I am extremely grateful to Nick Perdomo and our management team for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to succeed.”

 

Aristides Garcia

Aristides Garcia was born in the province of Pinar del Rio, Cuba in 1931. Raised on a tobacco farm, he worked in the fields assisting in different areas of the agricultural process under the guidance of his father Esperanza Garcia. After completing elementary school he started working full time because continuing school was not an option his family could afford. By age 20 Aristides was considered one of the leading specialists in the fields and was already sought after for advice on issues dealing with crop management.

As he continued working with tobacco, Aristides advanced into the pre-industry, supervising the fermentation, processing, and aging of tobacco. He was recognized as a tobacco expert and was assigned by the Cuban government to the position of Director of the agricultural and processing operations of tobacco in the municipalities of San Juan y Martinez, San Luis, and Pinar del Rio. After working 40 years in these municipalities, Aristides retired due to the country’s laws.

Retirement didn’t suit Aristides, and when Nick’s Cigar Co. made him an offer, he moved to Nicaragua. Aristides has been Perdomo’s Pre-Industry Manager since 2003. His expertise in growing, fermenting, classifying, and aging tobacco is unmatched. Aristides manages over 400 people throughout the pre-industry and shares his wealth of knowledge to ensure each leaf of tobacco is aged to perfection and is at its peak of flavor.

 

Gelsy Melgarejo

Gelsy Melgarejo was born in the municipality of Placetas, Villa Clara, Cuba. In 1991, she graduated from college with a degree in Agriculture Engineering.

Gelsy began her career in the cigar industry in Pina Del Rio, Cuba where she worked as a cigar roller for a well-known manufacturer. Having mastered the craft, she was later promoted to Assistant Manager of Production. To further advance her career, Gelsy moved to Nicaragua in early 1996 to join the Perdomo team. Here, she oversees the production of 30 employees dedicated to sorting and selecting the finest wrappers for production.

Although she brings a wealth of knowledge from Cuba, Gelsy states that working for Perdomo Cigars is a learning experience as she merges traditional methods with Perdomo’s high quality control standards. Gelsy is a great asset to the company and the attention to detail she demands from her department is one more reason why Perdomo Cigars are among the finest in the world.

 

Heysol Romero

Jeysell Romero was born in Tipitapa, Nicaragua on July 19, 1979. She is a proud graduate of Our Lady of the Rosary College, where she earned a degree in Computer Science.

Jeysell has worked in the tobacco industry for 18 years and has shared and grown her experience with Perdomo Cigars since the year 2000. In that time, she has worked in several departments within the company, most notably being assigned to the position of Lead Supervisor in the packaging department.

As a result of her rigorous attention to detail, Jeysell was promoted to Packaging / Shipping Department Manager. Overseeing over 100 employees, she demands the very best.