Some of you may know me as the CEO/Publisher of Cigar & Spirits Magazine for the past 13 years, and others of you may know me as the founder of Cigar and Spirits Magazine. Some of you may be a friend, a family member, or colleague. However you may know of me, I cannot say anything more then that I humbly thank you. You have heard me write about being a man of chivalry, discussing loyalty, respect, comradery, chasing your dreams, family, friendship and most all, love to your fellow man and woman. Just as in books as in life there are always new chapters whether you want them or not. Sometimes for the good, sometimes for the bad – something only time will tell. I have made a promise to myself in life that no matter what happens, good or bad, I will always, always push forward. You must never stop motion. There is a saying that if you live in the past, you’re depressed. And if you live in the future, you’re anxious. But if you live in the present, you’re at peace. You must learn from the past, plan for the future and live for today. You cannot change the past, but you can push forward towards the future.
I’d like to welcome you to the future. I have been blessed to have the founding team that helped me build Cigar & Spirits Magazine over the last decade come over to my newest venture that sits in your hands today – Enthusiast Report. Enthusiast Report is not just a publication, but a lifestyle.
In Enthusiast Report, we feature a modern, broader vision of luxury and lifestyle, a comradery that we all share as Enthusiasts of the finer things in life.
Rather it be wine, spirits, cigars, cars, travel, fashion, watches, or galas, Enthusiast Report is the standard for the best luxury and lifestyle products in the world. These accolades are not just based on price tag – they’re based on true quality at all levels. We would like to welcome you to join us in this journey each issue as we share a guide to luxury, and each issue, a collector’s edition of the best that life has to offer.
I’d like to dedicate Enthusiast Report to my long-time best friend, colleague, most loyal companion and family for life, Breahna Wheeler. Without her, nothing would have been possible. I humbly thank Breahna for changing my life and being each other’s biggest fan. I would not and could not have accomplished anything without your loyalty and trust. I’d also like to dedicate this issue to the people who have supported me through this time and even some that pushed me to uncomfortable limits to continue to always push forward.
My father Jimmy Salazar, mother Lisa Turnbull, my family, Rick Soto, my wife Hannah, Al Kau, Merl Hill, Don Wetherall, Mark Harris, Miyuri Norris, Liana Fuente, Arthur, the Nolet Family, Les shelly, Eric Martinez, Carl Nolet III, Jackson Fuller and Family, Brett Heimstra, Ed Baldus, Danny Ditkowich, Steve Henrickson, Curtis Jackson, Mario Lopez, Ian Somerhalder, Amanda Russi, Steve and Luis, Christopher Goldsholl, and of course my amazing new team members Kara Ellis and Arturo Jimenez. Without out all your support, belief, love and loyalty none of this would have been possible.
I’d also like to dedicate this issue to Mr. MD. – thank you for your years of friendship and mentorship teaching me the wrongs and the rights but most of all teaching me to be a boxer and to stand on my own two feet. Even through adversity you cannot keep a good man down. Thank all of you may God bless our team our readers and may we change the world for the better, one issue at a time.