July 19, 2011
Thomas B. Bender (TommyBB)

      On Sunday, at the opening day of their annual trade show, The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association based in Columbus, Georgia, has named William S. Spann as its new Chief Executive Officer, Cigar Weekly has learned. Through an organizational press release from spokesman Tony Tortorici, the IPCPR announced that Spann was introduced to the association at its 79th Annual Convention & International Trade Show held July 17-21 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

     As they say, this isn't his first rodeo. According to the release, Spann had served as chief of staff of the Florida Office of Financial Regulation and, before that, as president and chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of Greater Florida.  He served as part of Governor Jeb Bush’s executive leadership team first as communications director and then chief of staff at the Florida Department of Children & Families.

     He earned the rank of Commander during a 20 year-career with the U.S. Navy.  His final duty station was as Director of Communications for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis where he also taught Ethics and Moral Decision Making for the Junior Officer

     Spann replaces Joe Rowe who retired as Executive Director after ten years at the helm of the IPCPR.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the IPCPR, I want to extend a hearty welcome to Bill Spann who, we are confident, will help continue moving the association forward in behalf of its retail and manufacturing members. At the same time, we wish Joe Rowe a long and happy retirement. He will be missed,” said Gary Pesh, president of the IPCPR