Don José "Pepin" Garcia is the CEO of El Rey de los Habanos, Inc, a cigar company in Miami, also known as Don Pepín Cigars.
He and his father created the blend for the Don Pepin Garcia Serie JJ brand. He spent thirty years in Cuba developing his skills as a torcedor (cigar roller) and blender, earned numerous accolades for his blending abilities and achieved the highest ranking possible as a cigar roller, Class 8 (Master).
Among the awards he won was the Productivity Prize for rolling 320 Julietas (a vitola of 7 x 48 in size) in four hours.
and was also a consultant to several Cuban cigar makers.
Also during the 1990s, he was accounted Cuba's most productive master roller.
All of the cigars made at his factories are made in the Cuban style and are finished with a triple cap.
In addition, every box is marked with the date of manufacture, a practice which is beginning to gain favor outside of Cuba, where it has always been done.The El Rey de los Habanos factory, the first cigar factory established by Pepin, shares the address of the corporate headquarters in Little Havana at 1120-1124 SW 8th St., Miami. The factory manufactures not only Pepin's own brands, but several brands for major clients and house brands for various cigar stores.The factory currently employs 12 rollers, all Class 8 (Master), On August 18, 2010, Eduardo Antonio Fernandez Pujals, who owns 50% of the shares of El Rey de los Habanos Inc., sued the Garcia family claiming, "breach of fiduciary duties, conspiracy to commit breach of fiduciary duties, aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duties, conversion, tortious interference, and ultra vires..." In addition to the regular production cigars noted above, Don Pepin has from time to time created special limited edition cigars for clients.He left Cuba in 2001, going first to Nicaragua, then he went to Miami, Florida but soon established his own company and factory. was begun in June 2002, In addition to his own brands, he has blended and makes several others for various companies.His skill as a master roller has often been recognized.Pete Johnson said that his "unusually adept skill is evidenced by the fine construction of the cigar".