“His blend of tobacco industry, distribution and electronic cigarette experience uniquely qualifies him for this high profile CIGALECTRIC position,” says DNA Distributors president.
DNA Distributors, maker of CIGALECTRIC electronic cigarettes, has announced that Thomas Hartman has joined their Sales Team as its new senior director of sales.
Hartman’s primary role will be to develop distribution channels in the Southern and Western regions of the U.S.
Hartman’s industry experience includes over 23 years at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco.
While at R.J. Reynolds, Hartman held various division and regional positions. In addition to his experience within the tobacco industry, he also brings more than seven-years’ experience with the McLane Co. where he served as vice president of sales in the Southwest, High Plains and Jessup Division’s. More recently, Hartman was with FIN electronic cigarettes, as director of sales and vice president of sales for the convenience channel of trade.
“I am thrilled to be working with a long-standing, industry leading company that embraces my business acumen, integrity, and ideas,” Hartman said. “This is a quickly changing industry that is not only growing horizontally, but vertically in the tobacco category. It is evolving into a multiple company scenario for stores. Working with the team at CIGALECTRIC, and being welcomed in as part of their corporate family is very exciting!”
“We are pleased to welcome Tom to our CIGALECTRIC team,” said Anthony Hepker, president of DNA Distributors. “His blend of tobacco industry, distribution and electronic cigarette experience uniquely qualifies him for this high profile CIGALECTRIC position.”
Kraig Knudsen, vice-president, business development, further explained that too many e-cig companies get into this business, but understand little about the tobacco category and smokers. “To these novelty companies, e-cigs are widgets that they hope to make a quick buck on while focusing their efforts on fuzzy pencils, energy shots or sex pills. At CIGALECTRIC we have always known that our customers are tobacco retailers and consumers. With that, we are dedicated to understanding and being responsive to their specific issues, concerns and needs. I too spent 20+ years at R.J. Reynolds learning the industry. I know first-hand that Tom’s tobacco experience will help us to continue with this important distinction.”
CIGALECTRIC is a premium smoking alternative for customers. DNA Distributing has been in business since 2009. CIGALECTRIC products include Rechargeable Kits and Disposables models that come in regular and menthol flavors, with various nicotine level options.
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