1 Year of Cigar Aficionado for $10 PLUS a Free Gift!

Cigar Industry

PCA Furloughs Entire Staff In Wake Of Pandemic

Jul 1, 2020 | By Andrew Nagy
PCA Furloughs Entire Staff In Wake Of Pandemic

The Premium Cigar Association announced today that the organization will be placing all seven members of its staff on furlough, with benefits, beginning July 15. The group blamed the decision on the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a media conference call, executive director Scott Pierce, who will also be put on temporary work leave, said that the furlough is a direct result of funds lost due to the cancellation of the PCA’s annual industry trade show. Pierce was unable to provide an exact timeframe of when he or his staff would be able to return to work.

John Anderson, president of the PCA board of directors and one of the owners of W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist in Washington, D.C., called the furlough temporary. “We fully intend on bringing the full staff back as soon as we are able,” he said in a press release. “This is just to give us some time to get financially settled in order for us to move forward.”

It’s been a rough year for the PCA, whose members include cigar retailers, manufacturers and suppliers. In January, four of the largest companies in the premium cigar business announced they would not attend the annual trade show. And then, four months later, the organization was forced to cancel the show, which was scheduled to begin next week in Las Vegas.

Pierce said that the organization’s 2021 trade show—scheduled to take place July 9 to 13 2021 in Las Vegas—is still officially on.

PCA

More in Cigar Industry

See all
PCA, CRA to Host Premium Cigar Virtual Town Hall

PCA, CRA to Host Premium Cigar Virtual Town Hall

Familiar faces from the cigar industry are going online to discuss cigar legislation and recent court …

Sep 18, 2020
Nat Sherman New York City Townhouse Closes

Nat Sherman New York City Townhouse Closes

Nat Sherman shut down its New York City Townhouse this afternoon, ending a 90-year-history of selling …

Sep 16, 2020
ITS Hub Trade Show in Dortmund Canceled

ITS Hub Trade Show in Dortmund Canceled

The ITS Hub hybrid trade show scheduled to replace the InterTabac cigar and tobacco convention in …

Sep 9, 2020
Giannini Out as Ventura Cigar Co. Restructures

Giannini Out as Ventura Cigar Co. Restructures

Amid corporate restructuring and brand consolidation, Ventura Cigar Co.’s former general manager, …

Sep 1, 2020
Beirut Blast Damages Casas del Habano

Beirut Blast Damages Casas del Habano

The devastating explosion in Beirut rattled buildings for miles around, according to published …

Aug 20, 2020
Cigar Aficionado Cancels 2020 Big Smokes

Cigar Aficionado Cancels 2020 Big Smokes

Cigar Aficionado has been forced to cancel its two major consumer events of 2020: Big Smoke Las …

Aug 18, 2020