A little over a week after Nicholas Melillo’s Foundation Cigar Company was announced, it has now announced its first significant hire. The company named David Sather as Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Distribution. Sather will be based at the company’s Connecticut headquarters.
Sather worked at Drew Estate from 2000 to 2011. He started out as one of the first sales representatives of the company. He eventually worked his way up to Inside Sales Director before departing. For the past four years, he has worked as a business consultant and has maintained some interests in the cigar business.
“Sather and I used to speak on the phone when he was in the Drew Estate office and I worked at the Calabash Shoppe in Connecticut,” said Nicholas Melillo president of Foundation Cigar Company in a press release. “David used to call us all the time at the store. Yes, he would call for business, but then he would call just to check in, see how an event went or talk about a new cigar that had just come out on the market. He really went above and beyond the normal business side and built a relationship.” Melillo adds, “He was there in Nicaragua when I moved down in 2003, so I have known Dave for a long time. People really enjoy working with Sather, he is one of the most intelligent men I know. He was the first person I thought of to come on and work with me at Foundation Cigars.”
“I am very excited to be coming on board and working with a creative tobacco genius like Nick. His passion for blending is truly inspiring. I am looking forward to the opportunity, this will be fun,” commented Sather in the same press release.