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Q&A: An Interview With Jorge Padrón

The president of Padrón Cigars Inc. speaks about his Nicaraguan cigar brand.
David Savona
From the Print Edition:
Gen. Tommy Franks, Nov/Dec 03

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Q: Why not?

A: Our tobacco is aged before it's made into a cigar. If you walk around our factory here, you notice that we were out of cigars. Everything that's made is exported. We don't keep any cigars, we don't have any aging rooms or anything like that. The tobacco that goes into those cigars is aged prior to going into a cigar.


Q: Because you're a small, family-owned company, and you and your father play a direct role in what goes on here, does that also limit your growth? If you had twice the tobacco coming in, would you still be able to have that hands-on approach?

A: Our strategy reflects our family situation as well. We like to keep a very tight control of our operation. So that's always a consideration.


Q: How would you describe your dad's management style?

A: Very direct, not democratic, not an autocrat, he's out there on the floor. There aren't a lot of meetings, no memos; when there's a problem that needs to be resolved, he goes and does it.


Q: What's your greatest challenge, Jorge?

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