Meet the team

As a leader in the luxury and lifestyle publishing industry, Cigar & Spirits Magazine offers its readers a destination to all things pertaining to cigars, spirits, and lifestyle. Throughout our 12 years in the industry, our magazine has captured the hearts and minds of readers by providing expert editorials while giving direct access to the top spirits and cigars around the world.

PUBLISHER

Van Hugh C. de Weever III

Prior to joining Cigar & Spirits Magazine as the Creative Director, Van Hugh worked at GOLIN PR agency as a brand strategist, working with clients such as Remy Martin, Sephora, L’Oréal Paris, and many other large organizations. Through his business degree and work experiences, he has developed a holistic understanding of advertising and the role strategy plays within. He is excited for the opportunity to grow Cigar & Spirits, as well as the brands we work alongside.

CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER

DERRICK RILEY

Our CDO began his career in the digital industry during the birth of e-commerce and digital marketing, building several multi-million-dollar e-commerce businesses and advising for many Internet Retailer 500 companies.  Derrick has also been the subject-matter expert for several private equity companies, leading digital strategy for well-known global brands.

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

CODY CHO

Possessing years of experience leading the marketing team at DITA, as well as founding a successful media group.  His vision in meshing digital with a strong content strategy will help expand the awareness of both the magazine, writer, and advertisers.

EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Randy Mastronicola

Randy is a highly respected figure in the cigar and spirits industries. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from New York University, and possesses over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry as an award-winning writer and editor. Randy is excited to be a part of the new direction.

CHIEF FINANCE OFFICER

SHAHID GHANI

Financial Executive with over 20 years of financial, operations, general management and consulting experience. Expert qualifications in financial planning and analysis, budgeting, cash forecasting and management, treasury, financial accounting and reporting, change management, process improvements and profitability enhancement.

CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER

JIM TONER

Jim is excited to join Top Hat Media. He will be mentoring young talent, viewing acquisitions and assist in making Cigar and Spirits the #1 lifestyle magazine in its category.

After serving his country in the USMC he was highly recruited and worked for Raytheon and CRI. Jim later founded and served as CEO at King Memory. After a successful merger with Southland Micro, he served as Chairman. Most recently, Jim served as CEO of 2 Tone Communications. He is a multigenerational communicator recognized for launching multiple businesses and generating more than 1 billion dollars of profitable revenue.

Director of Events and Sales:

MARY JANE CLARK

Mary Jane received her degree in English Literature and Political Science at the College of
Charleston. She is a self published author and fluent French speaker. Prior to joining Cigar & Spirits, Mary Jane worked in private
and retail event planning in Charleston, South Carolina.

CREATIVE DIRECTOR PRINT

JOE REDMOND

Joe Redmond is an award-winning art director with over 20 years of graphic design experience. In addition to his work with Cigar & Spirits Magazine these past six years, Joe has worked with several successful brands including Sanyo, Panasonic, The Cheesecake Factory and Logix.