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Boutique Cigar Association (BCA) Announces 2024 Updates

January 18, 2024 By Nicole Tabacco
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The Boutique Cigar Association (BCA) recently convened for a private Board Meeting on January 10, 2024. During this meeting, key decisions were made to shape the future of the BCA, including the election of new board members and adjustments to leadership roles.

One of the primary goals of the BCA is to foster diversity and representation across the board.
With a commitment to inclusivity, the Board now includes members representing brand owners,
distributors, retailers, and other industry experts. This strategic move aims to bring a variety of
perspectives to the decision-making process and better serve the diverse needs of the BCA

The BCA also announces their newest addition – Mr. Pete Shultis. Pete, a respected industry professional, will be filling a Treasurer position previously held by Jamie DeViese. Pete currently serves as Operations Manager of SZ Wholesale (a wholesaler for a number of premium cigar brands, as well as cigar accessory companies.) The BCA extends their gratitude to Mr. DeViese for his instrumental contributions to the BCA in prior years. Understanding the demands of his current commitments, Mr. DeViese has stepped down, making way for fresh perspectives on the board.

Furthermore, the BCA is thrilled to share that Mr. Chet King, a dedicated Board Member of nearly two years, has assumed the role of Vice President of the BCA. Mr. King’s hard work and commitment have been instrumental in the association’s growth, and we look forward to his continued contributions in this new capacity.

The current BCA Board lineup includes:
President: Armen Caprielian (owner of DAV Cigars)
Vice President: Chet King (GM of Over the Rhine Cigars)
Secretary: J.J. Jordan III (Owner Mountain Smoke Premium Tobacco)
Treasurer: Dr. Gaby Kafie (Owner of Kafie 1901 Cigars / Coffee)
Dr. Garo Bouldoukian (Owner of Garo Cigars)
Alan Rouleau (Owner of Alan Rouleau Couture)
Pete Shultis (Operations Manager at SZ Wholesale)

In 2024, the BCA is set to embark on an ambitious agenda aimed at enhancing the experience for its 55+ member companies. Plans include active participation in prominent trade shows such as TPE, PCA, and InterTabac, with an emphasis on networking and showcasing the diverse offerings of boutique cigar makers.

Last year the BCA was thrilled to partner with PCA by forming the BCA Pavilion at the world’s largest premium cigar trade show, and they are excited to confirm their participation once again this year. The BCA Pavilion serves as a unique platform, specifically designed for smaller family-owned premium cigar companies to showcase their products and offers a cost-effective venue for brands.

Additionally, the BCA is exploring exciting initiatives such as the development of a Boutique Cigar Festival in a new location and the possibility of organizing a cigar cruise for its members. These endeavors underscore the association’s commitment to innovation and creating memorable experiences for its members.

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