By Kevin Godbee
I paid a visit to the Miami offices of Camacho Cigars last week for an in-depth interview with Christian Eiroa. Christian has been the driving force behind Camacho Cigars for many years. He loves to talk about the cigar business and is a great interviewee. It was a pleasure to sit for an hour with Christian while smoking two different prototype cigars that may or may not make it to market. They were both very good. I conducted an interview with Christian back in 2008, but this time through the benefit of video, you actually get to see who the real person is … and he is a pretty cool guy.

Christian has an MBA degree, and something that we have in common is that we both love cigars, tobacco processes, and we both love business. We talked about some of the obvious things, such as cigar blending, but we also discussed how the cigar business works. Camacho Cigars is a vertically integrated company, so we talked about the competitive advantages and the challenges of such. It was quite interesting hearing about the difficulties of the ’90’s cigar boom, a cigar box factory burning down, and the growth and evolution of the business. It’s also very interesting hearing about the challenges presented by the Honduran culture, and how Camacho has had a positive impact on it. Christian was extremely candid talking about past issues they’ve had in the factory, and how they’ve overcome them. I hope you enjoy watching the interview as much as Christian and I did making it.

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See Part II of Christian’s interview here.

 

 



 

 

Kevin Godbee

Kevin Godbee is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of Cigar Chronicles, but around here we just call him El Jefeā€¦ except for The Zman. He calls him Godsmack. Kevin started smoking cigars in 1998 and started an online cigar magazine & community site in 2005. (The site was acquired in 2008 and no longer exists.) He launched PipesMagazine.com in 2009, and in less than three years the site has become the largest trafficked pipe smoking related site, and the #1 Source for Pipes and Pipe Tobacco Information.

In the beginning of his career, Kevin worked in the hobby and specialty toy business for 16 years in sales, marketing, advertising and product development for three different manufacturers, and with his own company.

Over the last 10 years working in the online business, he has become an expert in Internet Marketing and SEO. Kevin is a Certified Salesforce Tobacconist (CST) through Tobacconist University, a member of Cigar Rights of America and is a "Media Member" of the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association. In his spare time he sings, plays guitar, cooks, and enjoys all the wonderful places to go and things to do in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida where he lives with his pet anaconda

 

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