THE CIGAR GUYS & CIGAR GUYS RADIO
ALAN "CIGAR AL" FRIEDMAN
The Cigar Guys, Alan "Cigar Al" Friedman and Gary "Cigar Doc" Laden are simply two "regular guys" that share a passion for cigars and the cigar lifestyle - enjoying a cigar with their favorite spirits; delectable wines; fine dining in Atlanta and travel. They believe that everything is made more enjoyable with a cigar in hand, while not being intrusive to others during the cigar smoking process. Their passion for cigars eventually lead them to host the Cigar Guys Radio Show, as well as produce their weekly cigar webcast, develop a marketing arm of the Cigar Guys and also serving as hosts at several cigar events they will conduct throughout the year.
Cigar Al might be one of the most insane cigar enthusiasts, or fanatic, that one would ever encounter. He has met just about every cigar manufacturer and rep in the industry. He is obsessed with obtaining every new cigar release that graces the humidors of local cigar shops and has often procured these new sticks long before they ever reach the brick-and-mortar shops. His house would best be described as a cigar museum or shrine, as his cigar collection would rival that of any cigar memorabilia collector. He has probably attended more cigar events in the southeast than any cigar afficionado would dream of. He is a walking encyclopedia with regard to the manufacturer of just about any cigar, along with such vital data as to its country of origin, tobacco blend and taste profile. The cigar expert keeps a dosierre on every cigar he smokes, meticulously logging in every detail and nuance of each cigar into a diary. After taking online courses, Cigar Al was certified as a "Certified Cigar Master" by Altadis.
GARY "CIGAR DOC" LADEN
Cigar Doc as he is known to friends in the cigar business is a throwback to an era when men dressed to go to work, attend ballgames and dined at restaurants. He states he would have been quite at home during an era when men wore suits as a matter of personal style and smoked cigars in boardrooms and in their studies. Cigar Doc has been an avid cigar smoker for 20 years. He has had the opportunity to visit tobacco plantations in Central America and the Caribbean, learning the art of cigar making from the planting of the tiny seeds to the finished product. He has even rolled cigars under the tutelage of some of the master rollers at some of the largest cigar manufacturers. Doc enjoys his cigars full-bodied, with a glass of single malt scotch or bourbon. He also was granded "Certifed Cigar Master" status by Altadis.
Smooth Draws Radio Show hosts Gary "Doc" Laden, Will "Cigar Coop" Cooper and "CigaRobbie" Streitz are three guys that share a passion for cigars and what the cigar lifestyle has to offer - smoking great cigars; enjoying their favorite spirits; uncorking a delectable bottle of wine; dining at fine restaurants and traveling. They are of the opinion that literally everything is made more enjoyable with a cigar in hand. They believe that partaking in a cigar with family and friends is time well spent - stealing a few hours to chill, away from the speed of life and hectic work schedules. Their passion for the cigar lifestyle eventually lead to the concept of the Smooth Draws Radio Show, as well organizing - personally hosted - cigar and whiskey tasting events and hosted cigar tours.
Doc (he is actually a real physician), as he is known to friends in and out of the cigar industry, is a throwback to a time when politeness was fashionable, political correctness had not yet been invented and men had style. He states he would have been quite at home during an era where men dressed as a matter of self respect when dining out or going to events and smoked cigars in boardrooms and in their studies (think Nucky Thompson from Boardwalk Empire). He has been an avid cigar smoker for 25 years. He believes that cigar smokers have a unique kinship and tend to be gregarious and generous (where else in life would you give something [a cigar] worth $10 to a stranger he says). Doc loves people and has never met a stranger. His humor, wit and sarcasm compliment the personalities of his co-hosts. He has visited cigar plantations in Cuba and Central America, learning the art of cigar making, from the planting of the tiny seeds to the finished product. He has learned to roll cigars under the tutelage of some of the master rollers at several of the largest cigar manufacturers. Doc enjoys his cigars full-bodied, with a glass of single malt scotch or bourbon. He also was granted "Certifed Cigar Master" status by Altadis.
GARY "DOC" LADEN
Nick Syris is truly a cigar "rennaisance man" possessing a cigar knowledge that is beyond compare. He has learned the art of tobacco growing and cigarmaking throughout the globe. He has traveled to Cuba on more than 50 occasions. He became one of the founding members of the first private social cigar clubs in Havana since the revolution. With more than 100 members from throughout the globe, the club boasts members ranging from ambassadors from various embassies (including the US embassy) to key Cuban figures - basically a "who’s who" of the cigar industry in Havana. Nick achieved the designation of "Master” and is a graduate of the Habanos Academia. He is also a Certified Retail Tobacconist. Nick is one of the most knowledgeable people in the cigar industry and his experience in the cigar industry - from seed to finished cigar - is without equal. We are happy to have him providing his expertise as a contributor on the Smooth Draws Radio Show. With his knowledge and passion for cigars and his wealth of contacts throughout the cigar industry, Nick adds greatly to the show.
Cigar Coop is one of the most well liked and respected people in the cigar industry. He is a tireless worker and uses his contracts within the cigar industry to obtain inside information that is not aways available to other members of the cigar media. He is best known as the Founder, CEO, and Editor in Chief of Cigar Coop, a 365 day year site dedicated to covering the cigar industry like few others do. He is also known for being a formerco-host and managing partner of Stogie Geeks, one of the cigar industry's leading podcasts. Since joining the cigar media in 2010, Will has established a high level of integrity through his honest, old-school journalism style. Will is also a founding member of the Cigar Media Association and serves as an Cigar Rights of America Ambassador for the State of North Carolina. Cigar Coop will offer our listeners the latest breaking cigar news and also contribute his wit and wisdom during the entire hour show and all of its many segments.
MEET THE SHOW HOSTS
WILL "CIGAR COOP" COOPER
ROBBIE "CIGAROBBIE" STREITZ
Veteran cigar radio producer and host Robbie Streitz has become the most recent on-air contributor to the Smooth Draws Radio Show. CigaRobbie will provide new content surrounding the cigar aficionado’s opulent lifestyle, especially as it relates to cigars and spirits pairings. CigaRobbie, emerged in the late 2000’s, as the primary host of the CigaRobbie Radio Show, later known as the CigaRobbie Radio Network, heard on six stations throughout six Southeastern States. Becoming the second “Cigar Themed” radio show opposite the “Smoke This Show”, hosted by David Zeplowitz, a.k.a. “Cigar Dave”, and both show’s produced in the Tampa market. Besides his experience as a cigar radio-host and personality, for the last seven years Robbie also worked as a National Sales Manager in the premium cigar industry, with A.J. Fernandez and PDR Cigars.
NICK "THE BOSS" SYRIS