Gotham Cigars Named to the Inc. 500 as the #142nd Fastest Growing Privately Held Company in the U.S.
(PRWEB) August 23, 2012
Gotham Cigars, a leading online retailer of discount cigars, humidors, cigar accessories and now e-cigarettes, takes great pride in announcing that they have been recognized as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States with their inclusion in the Inc. 500 list for 2012.
Having established a reputation as the premier online outlet for cigar lovers Gotham Cigars has enjoyed incredible growth over the past year, continuously expanding their product offerings and delivering incredible savings to their customers. This growth has been made evident with the announcement that Gotham Cigars earned the #142 spot in the Inc. 500 list.
Commenting on this growth and the company’s inclusion in the Inc. 500 list Manny Balani, President of Gotham Cigars, stated, “We are very proud of the growth we have seen in the last three years, it is a testament to challenges we have had to overcome in the industry.”
Balani continued, “We believe we have only scratched the surface as far as growth is concerned for online sales of cigars. There is a much larger segment of market share which we are pursuing every day.”
It is that aggressive approach that helped land Gotham Cigars in the 2012 Inc. 500 list and establish themselves as the online destination of choice amongst cigar smokers in search of everything from premium cigars, machine made cigars, little cigars, cigar tins and tube cigars to cigar humidors and cigar accessories including cigar cutters, cigar lighters, empty cigar boxes, and other cigar accessories.
About Gotham Cigars:
Gotham Cigars is a Miami based company located at 8803 NW 23 Street in Doral Florida. The company owns and operates www.GothamCigars.com a seller of online discount cigars, humidors, cigar accessories and now e-cigarettes. Gotham Cigars has built its business on five star customer service, huge selection, and fast shipping. They carry many premium handmade cigars and machine made cigars including: Rocky Patel Cigars, Gurkha Cigars, Arturo Fuente.
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Gotham Cigars Participates in Miami-Dade County Walk Now for Autism Speaks
Miami, FL 03/01/2011 09:53 PM
Gotham Cigars is regularly active in giving back to the community and participating in charitable events. When the opportunity to participate in the 11th Annual Miami-Dade County Walk Now for Autism arose numerous Gotham Cigars employees jumped at the chance to participate.
The 11th Annual Miami-Dade County Walk Now for Autism Speaks gave residents in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area an opportunity to join the walk to help change the future of all of those who struggle with autism. The annual event offers its participants the opportunity to raise much-needed revenue to fund vital research that will lead to the answers needed to better understand this developmental disorder.
"The Miami-Dade County Walk Now for Autism Speaks is an annual event that we were very happy to have participated in this year," said Stephanie Sitko a Gotham Cigars Customer Service Representative. Ms. Sitko continued to say, "Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the country, and I am glad that Gotham Cigars sponsored a team of us to participate in this fund raiser."
February 27th celebrated the 11th anniversary of the Miami-Dade County Walk Now for Autism Speaks and saw $447,772 raised in donations to support the cause.
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Gotham Cigars Launches Storefront Social on Facebook Likes Page
Miami, FL 11/02/2010 06:55 PM
Gotham Cigars has become more active with its Social Media efforts in the 4th Quarter. Cigar smokers for the most part are a niche community. What better place to make products available than the Gotham Cigars Likes (Fan) Page on Facebook.
Gotham Cigars has recently implemented a data feed of their products through a tab labeled Storefront on their Facebook Likes Page. Now people within the Facebook cigar community can "Like" the Gotham Cigars page and shop the products right there.
"We are very excited about launching the Storefront on our Gotham Cigars Likes Page," said Gotham Cigars Ecommerce Marketing Manager Shelby Lowry. Mr. Lowry continued to say, "The Storefront will not only allow Facebook users who "Like" our page to shop our products but they will also be able to take advantage of special offers available for Facebook users."
The Storefront tab allows consumers to search by brand in the select category box or simply type in what they are looking for in the search box. The feed includes premium cigars, machine made cigars, humidors, and other cigar accessories available for purchase.
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Gotham Cigars Participates in Susan G. Komen 5k Race for the Cure
Miami, FL 10/25/2010 06:56 PM
Gotham Cigars is regularly active in giving back to the community and participating in charitable events. When the opportunity to participate in the Susan G. Komen 5k Race for the Cure arose numerous Gotham Cigars employees jumped at the chance to participate.
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure gave residents in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area an opportunity to join the fight against breast cancer by running or walking a full or half 5k. The Race for the Cure offers its participants the opportunity to raise much-needed funds in support of Komen’s vision of a world without breast cancer.
“The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is an annual event that we have done for the last three years,” said Stephanie Sitko a Gotham Cigars Customer Service Representative. Mrs. Sitko continued to say, “Breast Cancer is becoming a growing epidemic in this country, and I am glad that Gotham Cigars sponsors a team of us annually to participate in this fund raiser.”
October 16th celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure and saw over 21,000 participants mostly wearing pink. The goal this year was to raise about $3 million. With more participants this year it seems that that goal is with in reach.
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Gotham Cigars Announces Sweepstakes Winners
Miami, FL 10/21/2010 07:05 PM
Online Discount Cigar Company Gotham Cigars is happy to announce their grand prize, 1st place, and 2nd place prize winners for the Gotham Cigars Summer Sweepstakes that was held June through August of 2010. Prizes included a 46” 1080p LCD HD TV, Apple iPad, and Char-Broil Grill.
"When I received a phone call from the sweepstakes division of Gotham Cigars, naturally I was a bit skeptical. I got home and immediately called Gotham Cigars and spoke with Shelby L. who confirmed I won the grand prize, and what a grand prize it is. A 46” Mitsubishi 1080p flat screen! I was blown away”, said Gary G. Gary continued to say, “There’s nothing better than a prime steak, great drink, a fine cigar, and friends to share the experience while watching Monday Night Football on my new flat screen courtesy of Gotham Cigars. Thank you for your honesty and the best fine cigar prices on the Internet.”
Online Discount Cigar Company Gotham Cigars is becoming more aggressive in the contests and sweepstakes arena through various marketing channels including their social media outlets such as the Gotham Cigars Likes Page (Fan Page) on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. Gotham Cigars has also implemented a Gotham Winners page on their website where previous contest winners can be viewed.
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Governor’s Distributors a wholesale tobacco company has been recognized by the prestigious Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 500/5000 as one of the fastest growing private companies in America for 2010.
Miami 9/20/2010 03:09 PM
Governor’s Distributors proudly made the Inc. 500 list in 2003 achieving 460% growth from 1999-2002. President Manny Balani spent his college years in Massachusetts at Boston University and continued his executive education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Balani founded Governor’s Distributors in the late 90’s focusing on premium cigars with low profit margins and would later expand into machine made cigars & other tobacco products.
"We are very honored to have been recognized by Inc. 500/5000 for a second time in our companies 12 year history and look forward to continued growth in 2011", said Governor’s Distributors President Manny Balani. Mr. Balani continued to say "This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication our employees have put in to build Governor’s to what it is today. Our team is also very excited with the growth that we have seen in our online consumer division, Gotham Cigars."
About Governor's Distributors:
Governor's Distributors is a nationwide wholesale mail order tobacco company based out of Miami, Florida and is located at 8803 NW 23 Street. The company owns and operates www.GothamCigars.com a seller of online discount cigars, humidors, and cigar accessories. Gotham Cigars has built its business on five star customer service, huge selection, and fast shipping. They carry many premium handmade cigars including: Rocky Patel, Gurkha, Artruo Fuente, and Acid to name a few.
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Gotham Cigars launches Father’s Day gifts page
Miami, FL 6/9/2010 3:37 PM
Online Discount Cigar Company Gotham Cigars has launched its Father's Day Gifts Page. The page includes many great gift ideas for dear old dad including: premium cigars, cigar accessories, 5-pack tastings and even gift cards. Gotham Cigars even has gift-wrapping available for that special touch that really says thank you dad.
Gotham Cigars has always been good about offering special deals during the holidays but they have really taken it to another level with the Father's Day Gifts page that was created on the www.GothamCigars.com website.
"A large percent of our customer base are men", said Gotham Cigars CEO Manny Balani. Mr. Balani continued to say, "As a father and a cigar smoker receiving cigars for Father’s Day always brings a smile to my face".
It is always great when family members take the time to appreciate a father on this special day but for a company to dedicate so much time and energy to really offer some great gifts is something really special.
About Gotham Cigars:
Gotham Cigars is a Miami based company located at 8803 NW 23 Street in Doral Florida. The company owns and operates www.GothamCigars.com a seller of online discount cigars, humidors, and cigar accessories. Gotham Cigars has built its business on five star customer service, huge selection, and fast shipping. They carry many premium handmade cigars including: Rocky Patel, Gurkha, Artruo Fuente, and Acid to name a few.
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Gotham Cigars launches Summer Sweepstakes
Miami, FL 6/7/2010 2:03 PM
Online Discount Cigar Company Gotham Cigars has launched its Summer Sweepstakes. The Summer Sweepstakes will run from June 1st 2010 until August 31st 2010 and will feature three great prizes.
Gotham Cigars has developed a cigar sweepstakes micro site www.GothamCigarsSweepstakes.com where entrants can read the official rules and register for the Summer Sweepstakes. The registration form breaks down the three easy steps to enter. 1. Register and you will receive a confirmation email with a personalized referral number (Example 10001). 2. Give this personalized referral number to friends, family, and referrals. When your friends, family, and referrals make a purchase at www.GothamCigars.com and enter your personalized referral number into the "Referral Code" box you will earn 1 sweepstakes entry for every full dollar spent. 3. You can login into your account anytime to check your total entries earned.
“This is another way for us to say thank you to all our loyal customers”, said Gotham Cigars Marketing Manger Shelby Lowry. Mr. Lowry continued to say “ We selected three prizes (46” flat screen TV, Apple iPad, and Char-Broil bbq grill) that we felt would really appeal to our customer base.”
Gotham Cigars looks for the Summer Sweepstakes to be a success as entrants will be able to utilize social networks such as: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Digg, MySpace, and Youtube to spread the word and gain referral entries.
About Gotham Cigars: Gotham Cigars is a Miami based company located at 8803 NW 23 Street in Doral Florida. The company owns and operates www.GothamCigars.com a seller of online discount cigars, humidors, and cigar accessories. Gotham Cigars has built its business on five star customer service, huge selection, and fast shipping. They carry many premium handmade cigars including: Rocky Patel, Gurkha, Artruo Fuente, and Acid to name a few.
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Gotham Cigars Launches Customer Rewards Program
Miami, FL 3/16/2010 1:51 PM
Gotham Cigars has always worked hard to provide five star customer service to earn their customer's business. Gotham Cigars has recently launched their customer rewards program to not only thank their customers but retain them as well.
Lets face it customer service has diminished in the United States across all industries as a whole. Companies spend large sums of money on their marketing campaigns to gain new market share, but what is being done for customer retention?
"We are proud to announce the launching of our Customer Rewards Program.", said Gotham Cigars Marketing Manager Shelby Lowry. Mr. Lowry continued to say "We are happy to be able to reward our loyal customers with a points program where they can redeem points for handmade cigars, machine made cigars, and cigar accessories."
Gotham Cigars has provided a Rewards Zone page were customers can redeem points earned on every dollar spent. The Rewards Zone page contains a wide range of products and points needed to purchase them. This gives customers a good product selection to choose from starting at 200 points.
With Gotham Cigars' five star customer service and customer rewards program in place the company is sure to excel in customer retention and raise the bar for other online cigar companies.
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Gotham Cigars Donates to Haitian Relief Fund
Miami, FL 2/3/2010 10:44 PM
During these troubled times in Haiti one cigar company has been able to lend support to the devastated country. Gotham Cigars has been able to donate clothing and other essentials as well as obtaining a monetary match donation from Altadis U.S.A. Inc .
As the horrible effects of Haiti's massive earthquake where being reported by the media; many Americans and American based companies where scrambling to help in relief efforts to the shaken country.
"We were fortunate to have so many caring employees willing to donate blankets, clothing, and canned food.”, said Gotham Cigars President Manny Balani. Mr. Balani continued to say “It was a great gesture for the Montecristo Relief Organization to mach our monetary donation."
The monetary donations were sent to Food for the Poor a group already in Haiti providing immediate assistance to the victims of the devastating earthquake. Montecristo is a well known cigar brand that is manufactured and distributed by Altadis U.S.A. Inc.
The other portion of Gotham Cigars donation was delivered to COWS. COWS (Containers on Wheels) is a provider of mobile storage and moving services. A Plus Mini Storage provided six Miami locations where COWS could receive these donations for immediate distribution to the Red Cross.
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Online Discount Cigar Company Gives Back to the Community
Miami, FL 1/21/2010 9:38 PM
Online Discount Cigar Company Gotham Cigars president set to play in The 6th Annual Wicho's On the Green Tournament to be held at Melreese Golf Course for the individuals and families touched by Autism Spectrum Disorders in the community.
Manny Balani Gotham Cigars' President will be playing in The 6th Annual Wicho's On the Green Tournament hosted by Linq Financial to give back to the community by raising money for these special needs children. Gotham Cigars will be participating as a sponsor to try and help surpass last years fundraising of over $50,000.
"Gotham Cigars is regularly involved in charitable events; we have been personally touched by the Autism Society Miami-Dade Chapter and their wonderful work in the community.", said Gotham Cigars President Manny Balani. Mr. Balani continued to say "We are fully committed in assisting Linq Financial in their fundraising efforts."
Last years beneficiaries included: Carpe Diem Academy, The Autism Society Miami-Dade Chapter, and UM-NSU Card. The beneficiaries were able to help over fifty families attend a Florida Marlins game as well as send some special needs children to Autism Surf Camp. Other portions of the donations where used to support the camp by providing lunch, drinks, and snacks to the children all week long.
The event was canceled on its original date of Friday December 18th 2009 due to rain but has been rescheduled to take place on Friday January 22nd 2010.
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