The Spanish colonial mansion-turned cigar factory known as Casa Favilli is getting a fresh new face with the appointment of 27-year-old Indiana Ortez, who has been named general manager for the company’s Nicaraguan operations.
Ortez got her start in the cigar business at the age of 22 working for her father Omar in Condega, Nicaragua, at Agroindustrial Nicaraguense de Tabacos S.A. (Agrotabacos). She started on the factory floor, learning the ins and outs of rolling and production, and eventually became quality control manager and chief marketing officer for her father’s factory. In the past, Ortez collaborated with Ventura Cigar Co. to create a limited-edition cigar blend called Father, Friends, and Fire.
“It is both an honor and a pleasure to have Indiana joining the senior management team at Mombacho,” said Mombacho’s founder and recently appointed president, Cam Heaps in a press release. “While Indiana’s impressive and broad expertise is a welcome asset, her passion, spirit, and management style will also be an important part of the company’s cultural vision.”
Founded in 2006, this year marks the 15th anniversary for the company, which is based in Granada, Nicaragua, about 100 miles from Estelí, where most Nicaraguan cigarmakers are based. Casa Favilli produces brands such as Diplomático by Mombacho, Liga Maestro and Tierra Volcan.
“I feel the responsibility to carry the high legacy of women in our industry,” said Ortez. “This position allows me to keep my personal promise of working with well-fermented tobaccos and continuing to push quality and consistency to an uncompromising place. Moving to the exciting colonial town of Granada, Nicaragua is also an exciting part of the role.”