PROVIDENCIA CIGARS has three founders, Jim Faber, Reed Grafke and Raymond Zinar. Jim Faber and Reed Grafke are two American guys whose friendship began in 2006 over good cigars and missions work in Honduras. Jim, an ex pro soccer player and coach, lived in Honduras for 15 years where he married a beautiful Honduran woman. They have two natural children that were born there and one adopted daughter that was born in the cigar region of the Honduran countryside. When Jim and Reed met, the Grafkes were living in Southlake, Texas where Reed served as Executive Pastor of Global Ministries for Gateway Church and engaged in other business ventures and sustainable initiatives. Longtime friend, Ray Zinar took a trip to Honduras where he fell in love with the boutique cigar industry and became instrumental in the planting and growing process of our Honduran tobaccos. Ray brings a lifetime of marketing, executive management and business development to the team.
Ray, Jim and Reed became friends with Javier Mendoza, a second generation plantation owner and master blender who founded Alianza Cigars in Danli, Honduras. Javier’s family plantations and drying barns are located in in the region of Trojes, Honduras, a mountainous valley nestled along the border of Nicaragua. With the perfect combination of sun and shade, plus water from mountain aquifers and Cuban-like soil, the Trojes region of Honduras produces a uniquely flavored tobacco that is highly prized in the premium cigar industry.
Working closely with Javier over the past ten years, Jim, Ray and Reed have been learning the art of growing, drying, aging, blending and rolling premium cigars. After creating dozens of experimental cigar blends, they became convinced that it was possible to make a world class ultra-premium cigar using carefully aged tobaccos from Javier’s plantations – blended with the finest aged tobaccos available from Nicaragua.
With tasting help from a growing group of friends and loyal followers from around the world, the El Santo and the El Padre blends emerged as the tribe’s favorite daily cigars regardless of price. Reed, Jim and Ray will tell you that learning the cigar industry has been an inspiring experience, but the most rewarding part of the journey has been the friendships made and meaningful conversations had over good cigars and complimentary beverages. Their passion was to make the best cigar in the world for their friends, but ultimately Providencia Cigars was incorporated and trademarked in order to meet the growing demand of it’s loyal tribe.