Michael Herklots, former Vice President of Nat Sherman International, and featured guest on Episode 59 of HBTC Live, has been announced as the Co-Host of the upcoming Great Smoke 2021, “The Digital Experience”.
“This will be a historic 8-hour broadcast for the whole cigar world to enjoy. An endeavor of epic proportions. In realizing the scale and scope of the task on hand, it became apparent that additional hosts will be needed for this historic event. Michael was my first choice,” commented Abe Dababneh of Smoke Inn Cigars and creator of The Great Smoke. “I have had the pleasure of not only knowing Michael for many years, but also
served alongside him on various boards and panels. He is the personification of all that is good in the cigar industry. When Michael graciously accepted the task of co-hosting this event, I was ecstatic.”
From New York State, Michael Herklots notes, “Enjoying premium cigars with our fellow hobbyists is a magical experience leading to fond memories and lifelong friendships. While COVID-19 has forced most of us to stay closer to home and take new precautions, the need for safe social engagement remains an important part of premium cigar enjoyment. Abe and his team at Smoke Inn have led innovation for our industry,
especially in the consumer experience space. It’s no surprise he’s raising the bar for this year’s annual Great Smoke. I’m really looking forward to co-hosting this new style of event with Abe. We’ll be delivering camaraderie, fun and education to our guests, safely “together” once again!”
The Great Smoke 2021 “The Digital Experience” will take place in a groundbreaking virtual format. The date for this event is tentatively scheduled for February 20th, 2021, and will be broadcast live in a variety show format. Abe and the Smoke Inn team are looking to create a unique experience that will encapsulate being at the event in person. The broadcast will feature manufacturers, sponsored interactive demonstrations, comedians, musicians, magicians, hourly raffles and giveaways, and a specially built portal for online attendees to take part in event-only promotions and sales. Due to the logistics of packaging and shipping the event pack across the country, there will be a strict limit to the number of tickets sold. Tickets for the event are now on sale and can be purchased through the event site www.TheGreatSmoke.com