Director of Operations – Gurkha
Carlos Llaca-Toraño was named Director of Operations for Gurkha Cigars in 2014 and oversees the company’s operations including quality control, cigar production and logistics.
Llaca-Toraño began his career with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) where he eventually rose to the role of Operations Manager. At RCCL he managed a staff of over 400 full and part time employees in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.
In 2001, Llaca-Toraño made the leap into the cigar industry by joining his family’s cigar company, Carlos Toraño Cigars. With Carlos Toraño Cigars he learned all aspects of the cigar business and eventually took over the management of the cigar factories as well as coordinating all operational aspects of the main office. Llaca-Toraño also represented the family at numerous events throughout the country.
In 2014, the family business was sold to General Cigars and shortly after Llaca-Toraño joined Gurkha Cigars to head its operations brining years of experience to the position.
Llaca-Toraño, a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, has a degree from Florida Atlanta University in Boca Raton and resides in Miami, FL with his wife Cristina Llaca.