Based in Italy, Puncioni will lead J.C. Newman’s sales in Europe.
“I am thrilled to welcome Aldo to our family,” said Bobby Newman, executive vice president. “Today, J.C. Newman cigars are sold in 86 countries around the world, and my family and I are very excited that Aldo will be sharing our family’s story and cigars in Europe.”
Known on social media as “Smoking Moses,” Puncioni is president of the Venice Cigar Club, a member of Cigar Journal magazine’s tasting panel, and owner of a successful cigar store. He also developed a highly regarded cigar cutter, the “Smoking Moses Razor Cut.”
“After 11 years as a retailer in Venice, now I feel so blessed to be part of this wonderful industry. The Newmans welcomed me in their beautiful family, and I’m really honored to be their face in Europe,” said Puncioni. “I’m living in a dream, a dream made of passion for cigars, and true love for the community of cigar smokers.”
Puncioni is succeeding the late Stefan Bastiaenssens, a beloved member of the J.C. Newman family who served in this role with great distinction from 2018 until his untimely passing in 2020.
About J.C. Newman Cigar Co.
Founded in 1895 by Julius Caeser Newman, J.C. Newman Cigar Company is the oldest family-owned premium cigar maker in America. J.C. Newman rolls its El Reloj, Factory Throwouts, and Trader Jacks cigars by hand-operated, vintage cigar machines at its historic cigar factory in Tampa, Florida. It also hand rolls its Brick House, Perla del Mar, El Baton, and Quorum cigars at the J.C. Newman PENSA cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. J.C. Newman’s Diamond Crown, MAXIMUS, Julius Caeser, and Black Diamond cigars are handmade by Tabacalera A. Fuente in the Dominican Republic. With its longtime partners the Fuente family, the Newmans founded the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, which supports low-income families in the Dominican Republic with education, health care, vocational training, and clean water.