Wayne Suarez Leaves Arturo Fuente


Longtime Fuente executive Wayne Suarez has left Arturo Fuente Cigars. Suarez, who started working with Fuente in January 1992, left on August 1 after more than 20 years with the company, one of the world’s largest premium cigar makers.

Suarez said he had no immediate plans for the future. “I’m going to take some time off,” Suarez said. “I’d like to thank the Fuente and Newman families for a great run.”

In his role Suarez oversaw all Fuente sales in the United States, traveling the country and working with cigar retailers. He was headquartered in Tampa, Florida, at Fuente/Newman Premium Cigars Ltd.

“I’m heartbroken,” said Fuente president Carlos Fuente Jr. “Wayne is my brother and he will always be my brother. I hate to see him leave, but I understand. I will always wish him the best.”

When asked if he envisioned a return to the cigar industry at some point, Suarez said: “It’s a great industry. I have a lot of great friends. Anything is possible.”

dcs@sernalaw.com August 26, 2012 12:05am ET
Wayne Suarez, who along with Marvin Shanken are the "SS" in the Fuente SS "Shark" 77's, is a true gentleman and a warm hearted soul. It has always been a pleasure and a joy to be around him at events, often with his spouse Cynthia Fuente Suarez, where he generously shares his time with all who approach him. Surely he will be around in the future to hang with the Fuente fanatics among us. Whatever the future holds for him, I can't imagine he would close the door on this major passion we all share. David C. Serna, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
dcs@sernalaw.com August 26, 2012 12:10am ET
Wayne Suarez, who along with Marvin Shanken are the "SS" in the Fuente SS "Shark" 77's, is a true gentleman and a warm hearted soul. It has always been a pleasure and a joy to be around him at events, often with his spouse Cynthia Fuente Suarez, where he generously shares his time with all who approach him. Surely he will be around in the future to hang with the Fuente fanatics among us. Whatever the future holds for him, I can't imagine he would close the door on this major passion we all share. David C. Serna, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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