2017

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TESTIMONIALS:

Marcy Smothers
Host/Producer at At the Table Radio

"Hans creates events that are fun and very well run. He has mad skills as a host making everyone feel special and welcome. Hans is detail oriented and also understands what makes an event run smoothly and efficiently."

Richard Plaxco, Owner at Geared for Growing
"Hans puts on a great show! Very organized and thorough and keeps everyone smiling. Thanks Hans"
Dale Miller,
Bail Agency Owner

"The CigarBQ is a great event and Hans is a great organizer."


Judy James, Manager of Community Affairs at Republic Services
"Hans is very professional, personable and enthusiastic. Hans has the ability to remember
everyone's name and         make everyone feel comfortable and welcomed.

Jim Wollbrinck,
Security and Emergency Preparedness Specialist at San Jose Water Company
"My first year at this event and it was most impressive!
Great venue, great selection of top wineries, great selection of cigars and awesome food. From the first moment at the event I was impressed with the level of energy from the volunteer staff, the welcoming nature of all of the wine and cigar booth people and a general atmosphere of FUN. From my work at various charities and the events we sponsored, I know what it takes to pull off an event with the same atmosphere the cigarBQ has…and I am impressed and commend Hans on his accomplishments.
Keeping an event going for 17 years is no small feat. Keeping it going with this level of enthusiasm, participation and quality…what can I say…Superman!

Ashley Wilson,

Director of Marketing at Sauce Labs

 It was so much fun. Expertly organized on a beautiful venue, there was great wine, great food, great cigars...the list goes on. And all credit goes to Hans, who is so friendly and personable that you immediately feel like you've known him for years. Can't wait to be a repeat CigarBQ attendee...and to tell other friends about it.

Jill Champion, Owner of Grapevine Party Rentals

"I have worked with Hans for the last eight years on his annual Cigar and Wine charity event. He is a very organized person who makes my job of providing rental equipment an ease. He operates with humor and is always a pleasure to collaborate with. I enjoy this event immensely and the added bonus of working hand in hand with Hans makes it even more fun!"

Judd Wallenbrock
President & GM at Jessup Cellars & Handwritten Wines
"Hans has taken CigarBQ from nothing to something in a few short years and demonstrates repeatedly the ability to motivate people from all walks of life. He is organized, personable & achieves results -- I can't think of three more critical traits when working with someone."
Melissa Wallin,
Principal at Design Blitz
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Hans for several years while working in Sonoma County. Over the past 14 years he has committed himself tirelessly to the creation and production of the cigarBQ weekend event which raises funds for the local charities such as Guy Fieri Foundation and YWCA. cigarBQ is a terrific event, filled with fun, cigars, premium wines, hacking around the golf course and professional mingling - one of the truly unmissable Sonoma County events! Hans' organization and commitment to quality make this event a seamlessly good time with guests none-the-wiser to the hours and effort that go into a multi-day event of this magnitude"
Jon Custer-Topai
VP at Custer Consulting Group
I have worked with Hans on several projects and he is both creative, organized and detail orientated. He is able to see the big picture while attending to the details.  His execution and promotion for cigarBQ was superb! It was a fantastic event that brought sellers and consumers together in a festive environment. Most of all, Hans has a special talent for making each person feel valued.  My only regret is that I did not bring more people to the event. It is one that should not be missed. Great job Hans and company!
By the way, I now have some new favorite wines

Jeff Cave

Assistant Executive Director at Varenna

I attended this year's cigarBQ for the first time....I was totally blown away with the variety of vender booths, food, cigars :-), beverages and celebrities. Hans made sure every detail was adhered to and the night was a smashing success. Even the security (Windsor PD) had a good time. I’ve been to many fundraisers in Southern California and this was most definitely tops on my list. GREAT JOB HANS!!! I’m looking forward to next year.

Don Mills

Owner, Sound Ideas Advertising

Working with Hans has been very educational. Watching the growth of the Cigar BQ since the beginning at Rodney Strong has been very exciting and rewarding.... Very Detail and organized event...
He does great work and we enjoy great cigars at the same time !!!
Bruce White,
Principal Consultant at Environmental & Occupational Risk Management, Inc.
"What could be said other than for over seven years now, I've loved to share my weekend with an incredible man who remembers every one, every name, and cares deeply for all his "BQ Babies" ! Rock on my friend and include me in all your endeavors"

Tina Klabo

Realtor at Intero Real Estate Services

"I have attended many of the events created by Hans and each event has been well executed to insure a great time is had by all. His personality and people skills are a great attribute regardless of working with the staff or the invited guests.  I would say the successful outcome of all the events produced by Hans are due to his energy, knowledge, creativity, work ethic and humor. Every event I have attended so far has been even better than the last. This guy knows his stuff!"
Tony Lombardi
Director of Brand Management & Public Relations at Kosta Browne Winery

"I've known Hans over the better part of the 13 years I've been in the wine business. His greatest attributes are his endless enthusiasm and energy, and his tireless efforts on behalf of others. If you want to produce a successful event, have the right people in attendance and raise awareness and much needed dough for worthwhile causes ... just call Hans!"

Michael Sheehan
Owner, BioResource Inc.

"Hans runs a great golf tournament that is always fun to play in, and he makes everyone feel welcome and part of "the family." I highly recommend this tournament, and the entire two-day cigarBQ event."

Gregg Perry
General Manager at Indoor Environmental Services

"Hans puts on a great event that benefits local charities. This is a must event for wine and cigar lovers. An excellent golf tournament, and a great cigarBQ in a fantastic setting. Even if you don't love cigars, its great wine and and great food all supporting local charities."

Dan Fink
Police Lieutenant at San Rafael Police Dept.
"Hans is one of those guys who you want to know. When you need something done you have faith that he will pull it off or knows someone who can.
I particpated in the cigarBQ golf tournament this year and was completely impressed with the whole operation. I had the best day of golf I have ever had (and I don't mean score wise). Thank you Hans for devoting all your time and attention each year to the Cigar-BQ Golf Tournament and the Cigar-BQ event"
Dan Hirschnitz
GM, Winchester-SRC Cables
"Hans created and started an amazing event called "The Cigar BQ" many years ago. It has grown to become one of the best events in Sonoma County. Combing premium cigars and wine, along with great food and micro brewed beers in a fantastic park like setting. It's a well run event that I look forward to attending every year."
Jenifer Levini
Judicial Extern at Superior Court of California
"Hans is a visionary who can make anything happen that he puts his mind to. Having served on a non-profit board together for many years, and worked together to plan events, I can honestly say that he is one of our most dedicated citizens who helps to make our community more fun and a better place to live.
In addition to working hard, Hans’ very personable nature makes it easier for him to transcend the sometimes hoity attitude in the wine industry, to truly connect with people on a personal level. Through these connections he brings out the best in everyone, thereby achieving exemplary results.  Plus, this guy knows how to throw a great party!"