The Mark Pursell era of IPCPR is coming to an end. Today, the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) and Pursell announced they are parting ways effective October 15th, 2017.

IPCPR President Ken P. Neumann commented, “On behalf of the Board, we appreciate the opportunity to work with Mark over the next month to ensure a smooth transition.”

IPCPR Vice President John Anderson, Vice President, added “While change can be a challenge, IPCPR has a great staff team in place.  They have the full support of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.”

“I’m so grateful for the opportunity IPCPR provided me.  It has been a challenging period for the entire industry and I’m proud of the organization’s work to lead the way forward.  There are many challenges remaining.  IPCPR has the right leadership and staff to face the future,” commented Pursell.

No reason for why Pursell and IPCPR are parting ways has been given.

It was back in June 2014 after an exhaustive search that Pursell was named CEO of IPCPR. He had succeeded Bill Spann who had resigned in September 2013. Previously, Mr. Pursell was the Senior Vice President of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). During Pursell’s tenure at IPCPR, he led the organization during the implementation of the FDA’s Deeming Rule on premium cigars.

IPCPR has not discussed any plans on when it plans to name a successor.