Don Bores, the individual who saw the need for a national retail tobacco association and the vision to help form NATO, passed away peacefully yesterday. In 2000, Don was one of the owners of Tobacco Outlet Business Magazine and his prior experience in the tobacco industry gave him the foresight to dream of a national association for tobacco outlet stores.
Don’s vision became a reality in 2001 when the National Association of Tobacco Outlets, now more commonly referred to as NATO, was formed. For the past fifteen years, Don was a stalwart supporter of NATO and he often praised others for NATO’s phenomenal growth and success. However, without Don’s vision and foresight, NATO may never have become a reality.
Through NATO, Don’s determination to protect the right to sell and enjoy tobacco products was put into action. In many ways, NATO is a legacy to Don’s resolve to have the retail tobacco segment of the industry become engaged in the fight to protect individual freedoms and liberties. NATO will continue to engage in the fight in memory of Don.
Please keep Don and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Funeral arrangements for Don are below:
Monday, December 5th from 6-8pm
Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home
601 North Park Ave
Apopka, FL 32712
Tuesday, December 6th from 10am-Noon
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
834 S Orange Blossom Trail
Apopka, FL 32703
There will be an open house at Don’s home immediately following the funeral service (1792 Cranberry Isles Way, Apopka, FL 32712).
California Tax Increases Pass; Colorado, Missouri and North Dakota Tax Increases Fail
California: The California Secretary of State reports that, with ballots in 99.4% of the precincts counted, Proposition 56 was approved by California voters with 62.9% of voters voting on the ballot question voting “yes” and 37.1% of voters voting on Proposition 56 voting “no”. Proposition 56 will increase the California cigarette tax rate by $2.00 per pack and raise the tax rate on other tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, an equivalent amount. NATO will be providing further information to its members on the effective date of the tax increases, the amount of the OTP tax rate increase, and floor stocks tax requirements for wholesalers and retailers as soon as that information is published by the California Board of Equalization.
Colorado: The Colorado Secretary of State reports that with 89% of ballots counted, 53.6% of voters voting on Amendment 72 have voted “no” and that 46.4% of voters voted “yes”. Amendment 72 would have increased the Colorado cigarette tax by...Read more...
New Jersey: Senate Bill 2765 has been introduced and would place a $.50 excise tax cap on each cigar.
The annual NATO Board of Director elections are now officially concluded. The NATO member retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers elected to a new two-year term on the NATO Board of Directors beginning January 1, 2017 include the following:
Retail Directors Elected
- Mary Szarmach, The Cigarette Store Corp.
- Phil Metzinger, Brookshire Bros./Tobacco Barns
- Bob Roberts, Smok’em, Inc.
- Steve Rush, Holiday Companies
- Kevin Taylor, Circle K
Wholesale Directors Elected
- Mike Gold, Arango Cigar Co.
- Pete Lippe, Core-Mark International
Manufacturer Directors Elected
- Larry Sherman, Nat Sherman Company
- Ron Milstein, ITG Brands
A special thank you to the following NATO members that were also candidates for a board of directors position:
- Phil Wilhelm, 7-Eleven
- Andrea Jackson, Tobacco Beverage Co. d/b/a Big Smoke and Tobacco Connection
- Ron Jung, Smokes
- Rich Mione, GPM Investments
- Ben Reinhart, Kocolene Marketing
- Bill Noah, Scandinavian Tobacco Group
- Russ Mancuso, U.S. Tobacco Cooperative
- Anthony Hemsley, Logic Technology Development LLC
For 2017, NATO is planning a new series of one-day regional retail education seminars located in key areas of the country. The first NATO Regional Education Conference will be held on January 18, 2017 at the Villas of Grand Cyprus in Orlando, Florida. The agenda includes informative presentations on FDA retail tobacco regulation compliance, tobacco product marketing trends, tobacco industry financial update, a legislative and FDA regulatory update, and one-on-one meetings between key manufacturer sponsors and retail attendees. Each of these NATO educational conferences will include a sponsorship opportunity for NATO manufacturer and distributor/supplier members. Further information about this first NATO Regional Education Conference will be published in the coming weeks.