After more than eight years with Quesada Cigars, Terence Reilly has turned in his resignation. Tomorrow will be his last day.
Reilly was not only Quesada’s national sales manager, he is a member of the Quesada family and was instrumental in spearheading creative brands such as the Quesada Oktoberfest, Heisenberg, Domus Magnus and Fonseca Nicaragua.
“After much thought and sleepless nights, I have decided to resign my position at Quesada Cigars to explore new opportunities for my professional growth,” said Reilly in a release. “The company is heading in a new direction, and I wish them much success in years to come.”
Reilly joined the business in June 2009. He moved to Santiago in the Dominican Republic where he worked for five months at the Quesada factory before moving to Miami to oversee Quesada’s distribution center and U.S. headquarters, which operates as SAG Imports Inc.
Though his time in the factory was intended to give him a comprehensive understanding of the production process, his primary task was to co-manage the sales team in the U.S., but his roles were quite numerous. At the same time, Reilly was responsible for logistics, marketing and, more recently, FDA compliance. By 2015, Reilly became the national sales manager.
In addition, Reilly also collaborated with the factory to select blends for new cigars and create the subsequent marketing to support those brands. His time was split between the factory in Santiago, company headquarters in Miami and retail events around the country.
For Reilly, Quesada Cigars was a family business. Company owner Manuel “Manolo” Quesada is a first cousin once removed, though given the age difference and relationship, Reilly often referred to Quesada as his uncle.
“[Terence] will always be in our hearts and minds,” Quesada said. “We wish him all the best in whatever path he chooses for his future. The honor and privilege has also been ours.”