- Tell Atlanta Cigar Week attendees a little about yourself.
I was raised in Military family and grew up overseas. My papa was a career Army and my mom was a very creative spirit and an entrepreneur. Fashion and artistic influences from across the globe have always been strong driver in my life. I have an MBA from Mercer University here in Atlanta and vast amount of experience in various corporate positions.
I founded BlueSmokeATL LLC to bring my love of fashion and art together. This combination brings out the diversity to create unique, handmade cigar pokers designs. I started designing handmade pokers to provide more options the cigar community and myself. I launched BlueSmokeATL in 2019. Check us out at www.bluesmokeatl.com
- When did you fall in love with cigars?
I was first introduced to cigars when I travelled on several trips to the Caribbean with my brother, who is an avid cigar smoker. He taught me how to finer points of smoking and how to select quality cigars. I have been smoking cigars for 15 years, but 10 years as a serious SOTL.
- Where is your favorite place to smoke in Atlanta?
I love any place that has a nice outdoor patio, quality smokes and great service. Cigar City Club or CC as I call it, is one of my favorite places to smoke. It is centrally located and their patio that allows you to smoke and be a part of the action.
- When you are not enjoying a cigar, what do you like to do? ,
I like to work hard and play hard so when I have free time I like to travel, white water raft, hike, swim, ZUMBA, classic movies and cultural/social events.
- What is 1 Atlanta MUST-See/MUST-Go for out of town attendees?
Atlanta has a rich history, I would suggest going to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. It connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Humana Rights Movement.