Several sources and Jose himself have confirmed that his 2 yr contract with Joya de Nicaragua will not be renewed.
On his Facebook timeline, Jose announced that he had left his job at Joya de Nicaragua, and halfwheel broke the news to the cigar community at large resulting in an inundation of support and well wishes for Jose on Twitter and Facebook. While Jose returns to the Dominican Republic and many question what his next move will be, Jose implies in many of his messages that we have not seen the last of him!
Joya de Nicaragua released the following Press Release to announce the news late Wednesday:
August 28, 2013 (Estelí, Nicaragua) — JOYA DE NICARAGUA S.A announced today that José Blanco has stepped down from his role as Senior VP of the Company. The move comes at the end of a two-year contract that resulted in a fruitful collaboration between José and Dr. Alejandro Martínez Cuenca, from which the popular C Y B brand of cigars was born. Now José returns with his family to his roots in the Dominican Republic.
Dr. Alejandro Martínez Cuenca, Chairman and CEO of JOYA DE NICARAGUA expressed “We are very grateful for Jose’s company over the past two years. It’s been another big learning experience for all of us at JOYA, as much as we hope it was for him, and we thank him for his contributions and for helping spread the love for Nicaraguan cigars, especially during his tireless trips in the USA. We wish him and his family the best in their future endeavors”.
“Working for JOYA fulfilled my curiosity and love for Nicaraguan tobacco and it’s been a great and very interesting couple of years for me to work hands-on in a true and traditional local factory. I express my appreciation to JOYA DE NICARAGUA for these two years of collaboration and I wish them all the best. I would also like to thank Jonathan Drew and Marvin Samel and the entire Drew Estate team for all their great work and support during my stay and my US-trips” said José Blanco.