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Promoting Men’s Health Through Education, Research and Prevention
Who We Are
We are a group of business people interested in cigars and cigar culture.
We operate as a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping fund medical research for men's health concerns.
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Our Board Who We Are
We’re here because we believe in the charities and there mission, we care!
Paul leads the firm’s business valuations practice. Through business valuations, tax expertise, and strategic planning, Paul helps business owners make sound decisions through both the buy and sell sides of the merger and acquisition process by simplifying complexities and maximizing profit. Working to maximize tax efficiencies and financial health for his clients, while balancing the practicalities of business and life, is Paul’s objective. He helps businesses operate strategically, and is proactive in accomplishing clients’ personal and professional goals. A graduate of Cleveland State University, he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting. Paul enjoys golf, biking, fishing, camping, and spending time with his wife and three kids.
Scott is the founder of the Havana Day Dreamers organization. The Idea was developed after a trip to Chicago in 2005. Scott was the guest of Charles Jones, Dean of Kendall University, at a men’s fundraiser. He was so impressed at how the business community came together to raise money for a local charity that he took the idea and adapted it for the Akron Area. Scott enlisted the help of several prominent area business men and put on the first event at the Hyde Park Grill in Montrose. The event attracted 37 guest that were so enthusiastic the organization incorporated and received its not for profit status for the IRS in 2007. Scott served as the organizations president from 2007 until 2015. Scott remains very active with the organization currently serving as a board member.
Mike Gabrail has been a Member of the Board of Directors since 2011 and is the current President of the Board. He holds a degree in Accounting from the Farmer School of Business at Miami University as well as his Juris Doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he finished 19th in his class and graduated magna cum laude. After working at a major Cleveland law firm with a focus on white collar crime and civil litigation, Mike left the law firm life in May 2015 to work in his family’s business as an executive and as in-house counsel. In addition to his work with his family, Mike also dedicates time to pro bono legal matters, including criminals appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and general litigation support for the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, a Columbus-based conservative litigation think tank. He is also politically active, having raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Republican candidates and being a current member of the Summit County Republican Party Finance Committee.
Chris has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2015. Chris is a shareholder and one of six owners of Stark & Knoll Co., L.P.A., a Law Firm located in Fairlawn, Ohio. Chris maintains a civil litigation and business practice with principal focus in the areas of business, commercial, employment, personal injury, and all facets of insurance defense. Chris is a 1992 cum laude graduate of The George Washington University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and election to Phi Beta Kappa. Chris received his Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1995. At Ohio State, he served as Articles Editor of the Ohio State Law Journal and received the American Jurisprudence Award in Civil and Political Law. Since 2009, Chris has been selected on a yearly basis by his peers as an Ohio Super Lawyer in the area of Civil Defense Litigation, a distinction awarded to only 5% of Attorneys in the State of Ohio. Active in the community, Chris served as a Member of the Board of Trustees of Walsh Jesuit High School, from 2009-2015, where he also served as President of the Walsh Jesuit Alumni Association from 2006-2012. Chris is a member of the Board of Trustees of Fairlawn Country Club and will serve as President from 2016-2017. Chris is also President of the City of Fairlawn Real Property Maintenance Board, and since 2011 has served as Vice President of the City of Fairlawn Community Improvement Corporation, charged with promoting business and economic development. Chris resides in Fairlawn, Ohio, with his wife, Tricia, and their four children.
Andrew graduated from Walsh Jesuit High School and later at Ohio University with a dual degree in Finance and Management Information Systems. He held a senior position in the Risk Management division at a national bank while pursuing his MBA, and later worked with a boutique real estate brokerage firm. In 2008, Andrew moved positions to become President of The Crossroads Group where he has since identified and assisted in all of their property acquisitions and multiple start-up companies. He has held an active Real Estate License with the state of Ohio since 2006. Andrew currently resides in Macedonia, Ohio with his wife, Jennifer, and two children.
Bill has been active in the commercial real estate industry for the past 25 years, most recently as a Principal of NAI Daus, SB Equities and BPS Management as well as several private investment entities. A native of Northeast Ohio, Bill currently resides in Richfield with his wife Pat and two daughters. In addition to Havana Daydreamers, he serves on the board of several community organizations. Outside interests include family activities, fly fishing and sporting clays shooting.
As the owner and COO of multiple companies, Marvin has over twenty-five years’ experience in fulfilling critical roles in three different companies. He oversaw each aspect of the company to ensure optimized functionality throughout daily operations. He leveraged subject matter expertise to effectively implement innovative internal controls as well as strategic budgeting measures, while being a key to improving financial management. He envisioned, designed and deployed strategic multi- segmented marketing campaigns, resulting in increased company exposure as well as elevated revenue. Marvin ensured achievement of monthly goals while promoting effective business strategies to increase month over month revenue. Marvin has been a Havana Day Dreamers board member for over five years.
Matt Waris has been a retail tobacconist in the premium cigar industry since 2007. After receiving his bachelors in marketing from Miami of Ohio, Matt set up roots in the Copley area of Ohio. As a certified retail tobacconist, he manages Havana House West in Bath, OH and released his first cigar Siempre Tamboril in 2015.
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