Press Release: Cigar Media Association Announces New Board of Directors

Press Release: Cigar Media Association Announces New Board of Directors

This week the Cigar Media Association held its election for Board of Directors. Monday morning the results were announced by the CMA Secretary Seth Geise. The three newest members Jonathan David of ToastedFoot, Eric Guttormson of Cigar Dojo and Aaron Loomis of Blind Man’s Puff. They will be joining William Cooper of Stogie Geeks and Seth Geise of Seth’s Humidoras the 2014-2015 Cigar Media Association Board of Directors. Logan Lawler of Cigar Federation term on the board has ended, but he will remain on in an advisory capacity.

William Cooper said in a written statement: “I am thrilled to serve along side Jon, Eric, and Aaron. I have gotten to know all three personally and have the highest respect for their journalistic practices. In addition, they understand the challenges of media in the cigar industry and all three have the ability to ‘think out of the box’. Most importantly, they are great people. Now that we have a full board of directors in place, we will be in a better position to roll out some new initiatives. Finally, I’d like to thank Logan Lawler for his time and commitment. Logan played a critical role in the launch of the Cigar Media Assocation. Although Logan is coming off the board, he will continue to be an active member of the CMA.”

Earlier J.D. said, “I’m excited to be working with such a great group. At ToastedFoot we’re big supporters of the goals and aims of the CMA. It’s my belief that the CMA has done, and will continue to do, a good deal to change the way that the cigar is viewed by everyone from manufacturers to the general public. I’m proud to be part of this talented group of guys. On a personal note, I’d like to congratulate Eric and Aaron on their election to the board, as well as thank Seth, Coop and Logan for all the work they’ve done.”

The CMA is dedicated to improving and strengthening the relationship between members of the cigar media and the rest of the cigar industry as a whole. They have put in place much needed standards for identifying credentialed media in the cigar industry. Members must follow a code of ethics similar to those followed by traditional media outlets in other industries. Among the many goals of the CMA is to foster respectful relationships and collaboration between members. The CMA is currently made up of 17 cigar media outlets.