Meet The Team

You're probably here because you want to know a little more about us. Well, here you go! We're here to serve your pipe, pipe tobacco and cigar needs, so here's who's providing that service. We're proud to have a sophisticated, professional and knowledgeable staff and we're here to help you in any way that we can (well, with things tobacco related, at least; our quantum physics skills are frequently found wanting and our plumbing skills are nonexistent).

Here you'll find a list of everyone who works for and what we all do here. Poke around and get to know us a little bit. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call us at (888) 366 0345 or email us.


Sykes WilfordChief Executive Officer

Sykes founded in 2000, while completing his undergraduate degree in history at Vanderbilt University. Some might today assume, like Athena was said to have sprung whole from the head of Zeus, that Sykes sprang wholly prepared upon the world of pipes. The truth, however, is that he didn't have any idea what he was getting into. Mostly. He had not then ever written a line of code, and he had no inkling as to how to run a business, even one that was just two guys and a small rented warehouse space in Tennessee. What he did have from his part-time job at a local tobacco shop was an inkling of the sort that in hindsight others would call insight: technology, particularly the World Wide Web, could revolutionize pipe and tobacco retail just as it was transforming so many other industries. Of equal importance was Sykes's growing interest in pipes as works of functional art that deserved critical discussion. This interest was good enough to get things started; the knowledge needed to run a successful business would develop over time as it does for most of us in our 20s: by doing with enthusiasm. So it was with enthusiasm and two convictions--that the pipe business needed technology and that pipes were serious and beautiful things--that Sykes laid the foundation for what would eventually become. This trinity still largely defines his role in the company today where his primary responsibilities include overseeing finances, operations, and software development, as well as vendor relationships and sales, all things that he has learned a little about in the ensuing years. But even as time has carried on and the company has grown, Sykes is still never more passionate than when working directly with, or teaching others about, pipes.

Lisa MogelChief Financial Officer

If one were to idly wander through the Smokingpipes offices, your first impression of Lisa might simply be that of a quiet, diminutive, friendly lady sitting behind a contrastingly large desk. The reality is that she sits behind that large desk because she is the rock of Smokingpipes - while Sykes is brainstorming with Shane or Josh, or trotting off overseas to meet with pipemakers and work out some crazy deal, Lisa's the one making sure we have things like electricity, shelter, fresh coffee beans by the sack-full, and paychecks.

Originally from Reading, PA, Lisa relocated to South Carolina on account of her love of the beach, and ascended to her current senior position (rather literally) from being manager of our first-floor brick & mortar pipe and cigar shop, Low Country Pipe and Cigar.

Aside from her official duties as the Smokingpipes matriarch, Lisa also serves as our resident expert on all matter Disney-related, as evidenced by the hefty dream-vacation itinerary she provided Adam with when he took his wife to Disneyworld. (And which turned out, by all accounts indeed, to be a rousing success.)

Joshua BurgessVice President, Manufacturing

Born in Arley, Alabama (roll tide), Joshua came to South Carolina in 2005 to start graduate school. He taught for seven years while he earned his PhD in early American history. While writing lectures and a dissertation which focused on the religious and cultural history of colonial America, Joshua found pipes to be his constant companions. What free time he had he spent reading about pipes and tobacco. He came to us having taught on a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of South Carolina, and with a background in wine sales. His interests include food and wine, cooking, reading and writing history, and a secret love of Victorian ghost stories, which are to be read by the light of an oil lamp and accompanied by a pipe, naturally.

Shane IrelandVice President, Retail

Shane and his wife, Lisette, plus their Beagle, Bubba (who is a good boy), relocated from San Diego, California, to South Carolina to join us at It was when we asked about his hobbies and he responded, "whiskey, tobacco, writing, moving across the country, and listing my hobbies," that we knew we would all get along just fine. Shane makes particular use of his immense knowledge of pipes and pipe culture as Vice President of Retail, overseeing all of our retail operations in the United States, Ireland, China, and Japan. Liaising with pipe makers around the world while spending roughly half the year on the road, Shane plays several instruments adequately, but maybe none masterfully, and loves the music of David Bowie, Ornette Coleman, and Rachmaninoff. His favorite foods include albacore, espresso, Laphroaig of any variety, McConnell's Scottish Flake, watermelon, rye (both marbled, and distilled), and soft-boiled quail eggs. But especially clam chowder. He proudly supports Chelsea Football Club, and Boba Fett is, hands down, his favorite bounty hunter.


Tracy BerryVice President, Accounting & Regulatory Affairs

Tracy and her husband Dave set out together to Myrtle Beach when they were both just nineteen and have made a pretty good run of it down here. Dave has owned and operated an income tax and accounting practice since 1994, which Tracy helps out with part-time. (She even ran her own mortgage broker firm from 2003 to 2009.) Her considerable experience in purchasing, accounting, and inventory control has quickly proven valuable here at Laudisi as our Vice President of Accounting and Regulatory Affairs, overseeing our Accounting and Shipping departments. Tracy's passion for her work is evident; she's always eager to volunteer with new projects, and encourages Laudisi-spirit through every meeting and event. When they aren't busy with, well, business, Tracy and her husband enjoy getting out and back to nature, camping and hiking with their three children.

Chris MertzAccountant

Originally from the small town of Boonsboro, Maryland, Chris joined Laudisi in the fall of 2021 as one of our Accountants, assisting with journal entries, accounts payable, and tax information, and making sure our "i"s are dotted and our "t"s crossed — numerically speaking, of course. Such responsibilities suit Chris well: He's organized and numbers-oriented, all while maintaining a relaxed and laid-back demeanor. As a Maryland native, he's an avid supporter of the Baltimore Ravens, and aside from watching football, Chris enjoys golfing, playing video games, and watching South Park, Star Wars films, and Marvel movie adaptations. He's also especially fond of his dog, Shelby — a Coonhound, Lab, and Boxer mix — and one day, he hopes to eventually visit every U.S. state and each World Wonder.

Lisette FloresBookkeeper

Originally from San Diego, Lisette relocated to Conway, SC, when Shane Ireland, her husband, came to Smokingpipes. In summer 2019, Lisette also joined the team, putting her finance experience to use as our Bookkeeper. Calm, cool, and collected, Lisette (not "Liz," not "Lizzy," not "Sette," just Lisette) has a fondness for food, books, movies, and music, with particular love for Hip Hop and Motown. With an eclectic taste in literature, she enjoys reading everything from Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, to The Diary of Anne Frank and To Kill a Mockingbird, to countless graphic novels, and her movie preferences reveal a similar diversity: The Godfather, The Breakfast Club, documentaries, and anything Disney. Lisette hopes one day to plan a trip that incorporates visiting Japan, hugging a panda, meeting an elephant, swimming with marine life, and finishing a jigsaw puzzle, but until then, she's content with feeding Shane and cuddling their beagle, Bubba.

Devin DullBookkeeper

Originally hailing from Northern Virginia and the youngest of four children, Devin Dull is a Bookkeeper with our Accounting team. Devin and his 3 siblings are all avid Washington Commanders fans and attend several games each year, as painful as they can sometimes be. A graduate of Coastal Carolina University, Devin decided to permanently relocate to the Myrtle Beach area after school to stay close to the beach and to pursue his love for surfing, a hobby that has taken him around the world in search of waves. Devin also has a knack for real estate, developing his skill for renovating and flipping houses as well as overseeing several rental properties.

Debora BoydBookkeeper

After completing her service with the U.S. Army, which saw her stationed in Germany, Debora relocated to Charlotte, NC and eventually laid roots in the Myrtle Beach area in 2023. Debora enjoys visiting her family who are scattered up and down the east coast, and her present locale places her in the perfect spot for frequent trips. In her free time, Debora enjoys an outdoor lifestyle that includes hiking, biking, and visiting the many beautiful beaches that South Carolina has to offer. You might also find her cutting a rug on the dance floor, enjoying her favorite tunes from the ’70’s and ’80’s. Debora’s bucket list is filled with earmarked travel destinations and she places Hawaii and a return trip to Germany at the top of her list.


Julie CipponHuman Resources Manager & Project Manager

Originally from New Jersey, Julie moved to South Carolina to study at Coastal Carolina University before joining our team in 2018. In the office, she's our Human Resources Manager & Project Manager. In this position, she is involved in hiring and on-boarding new employees, regular check-ins, project planning, change initiatives, and much more. In short, Julie is essential in keeping the Laudisi ship afloat, ensuring everything runs smoothly and efficiently by creating an ideal work environment for all departments.

Melissa HaynesBenefits Coordinator

As our Benefits Coordinator, Melissa helps our HR department manage all employee insurance policies and other benefits. She's a natural fit for the role, embodying a caring spirit, driven mindset, and passionate personality. Originally from Roanoke, Virginia, Melissa joined us in January 2023, and outside of work, she's committed to all things family — having married her best friend and devoted to spending as much time as possible with her son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter. A fan of '80s music, Melissa also used to be a Zumba instructor, and when it comes to sports, she's a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Meredith GrandstaffAdministrative Specialist

Outdoor enthusiast, animal lover, and amateur seashell hunter extraordinaire — Meredith (or Mere as she is often called) feels most at home while in nature. It’s a perspective that has cultivated her deep passion for marine and wildlife conservation, with a particular interest in saving sea turtles. Inspired by her mother, who instilled self-confidence, kindness, and honesty in her daughter, Mere channels those values into her own family and strives everyday to create a better life for those she loves. She treasures time spent with her husband of over three decades and her two children (now grown), as well as her impressive stable of pets which includes a dog, a spoiled cat, an 18-year-old turtle, and a Gecko named Gregg. When not enjoying the outdoors or spending time with her family, Mere enjoys perusing local yard sales and refurbishing the old furniture that she reclaims.

Tayla CoxStaffing Specialist

After leaving the rainy backdrop of Washington state, Tayla moved to South Carolina in 2013 before joining Laudisi at the end of 2019, her ambitious nature and easy-going personality being a perfect fit for our team. Now serving as our Staffing Specialist, Tayla is responsible for communicating with job applicants and on-boarding new employees, as well as event planning and other projects, and when she's not busy managing and organizing office matters, Tayla enjoys gardening, horseback riding, and trying new cuisine in her free time. Like many of us here, she has an eclectic musical taste, ranging from classical to hip-hop, and is a talented violinist herself. She's also a little more daring than some of us here, with skydiving being one of the top activities on her bucket list.

April LewisHousekeeper

Honest and hardworking, April's an integral part of the Laudisi family. As our Housekeeper, she ensures all our office spaces stay well stocked and tidy, while juggling a variety of administration tasks to keep the whole operation running smoothly. Originally from New York, April's lived in Conway, South Carolina for the past 24 years, where she homeschools her children and whips up a delicious spread of desserts (seriously, she's crafty). A fan of all things horror and suspense, in her free time, April devours Dean Koontz books and enjoys taking her girls to haunted and abandoned sites to photograph what they see.

Scott GregoryMaintenance Specialist

Allen S. Gregory, or as we call him, Scott, joined the Laudisi team as General Maintenance Specialist in 2021, taking on a whole host of tasks as our go-to man whenever vehicles, buildings, or anything else goes awry. Originally from New Jersey, Scott now lives in Conway, SC, with his wife of 20 years and dog named Baily. Responsible and reliable, Scott thinks in and out of the box, which makes him well-rounded indeed. When not working his magic to keep Laudisi facilities operational, he likes to work on old cars and check off experiences on his adventurous bucket list, which currently includes skydiving and white water rafting.

Kyle PelleyMaintenance Technician

Our Maintenance Technician, Kyle, joined us in early 2023 and helps our Maintenance Specialist in making sure all of our facilities are running smoothly and effectively. He's quiet and sarcastic yet observant with a keen sense for reading people, and his love for fixing and mending make him an ideal fit for his position. When he's not at work, you'll likely still find Kyle working around his house and spending time with his wife and two kids — or getting away to golf. Originally from Connecticut and New Jersey, he supports all Philly sports and hopes one day to play golf in Scotland.


Greg MarinesSenior Developer

Greg has lived in the Myrtle Beach area since 1988—certainly long enough to be considered a native. With over 20 years of web development and programming experience, Greg's responsible for maintaining all six of our websites (woah!), as well as troubleshooting and developing the kind of real-time software solutions that makes our work possible. From mending code to adding new bits to existing software, Greg works closely with all of our divisions and departments, acting as both the client and the user to provide fixes that best fit everybody's needs. When Greg's not pulling all-nighters in front of his computer he helps his wife Cheryl with her beach wedding business.

John SutherlandDeveloper

Originally from Mississippi, John found his way to South Carolina by way of his education—first receiving a bachelors in Fine Art/Photography from Delta State and then his masters at Clemson. John started out in our Marketing department, where he managed many responsibilities in photography and creative direction, but his love for programming (and occasionally breaking the site) just kept tugging at him. Currently, John is our Developer and spends his time doing everything from spicing things up with jQuery to building database tools for other departments, to pretty much anything in between. John is a movie buff, a cat person, and a mediocre juggler. He also loves the taste of burnt cheese.

Mike FlaniganSystems Administrator

Originally from Langhorne, PA, Mike moved to Myrtle Beach to be closer to his parents. He was an Operations Specialist in the Navy, working with Tactical Data Systems and as a Tactical Air Controller. Having been deployed a number of times to the Persian Gulf, Mediterranean Sea, South America, and Baltic Sea, the wealth of knowledge gained from his experience and education in systems and network administration made him a natural fit for our Systems Administrator position. Mike currently handles everything from fixing printers and PCs to maintaining "network administration stuff" (only Mike knows what that is). When he isn't on the job, Mike spends his time at the beach, playing video games, or with his family and parents.

Andrew RobisonProcess Manager

After growing up in the dry, desert scrubland of San Diego, CA, Andrew desired a change of environment and a more relaxed lifestyle than the typical Californian rush. Lucky for us that change led Andrew here to Laudisi where he has held several important roles and currently serves with our Technology team as our Process Manager. In this critical role, Andrew manages the connections between software developers, technology hardware, and end-user utilization for Laudisi, while streamlining processes to keep software and Laudisians up to date. When he's not at work you'll likely find him at the beach enjoying the warmer water of the Atlantic or indulging his interests in cheesy comedy films, spy thriller novels, world cultures, and WWII military aircraft.

Mark TurchonIT Support Specialist

Mark Turchon hails from Northeast Ohio and came to us in 2021 after moving to Myrtle Beach with his wife, two boys, and rescue dogs Duke and Laney. He enjoys spending time with his family, photography, and watching sports, remaining a loyal fan to the Cleveland Browns even after relocation. As an IT Support Specialist, he keeps the technology wheels turning at Laudisi, while in his off time will likely be found enjoying 90's alternative rock or attending the latest Marvel movie with his family. He has already tried skydiving and mountain climbing, even reaching the summit of Pike's Peak, but still has more adventures in mind such as trips to Ireland and Japan.

Joseph LongIT Helpdesk Technician

Originally from Virginia and joining us in January 2023, Joey serves as our IT Helpdesk Technician, assisting our Systems Administrator and IT Support Specialist in ensuring that all technologies — computers, printers, internet connection — are running as they should. He's the perfect fit for the job, as one who enjoys problem-solving and fixing messes, and his dependable nature, driven mindset, and jovial attitude make him a pleasure to work with. Plus, he's easy-going, naturally curious, and just plain happy to be around — always finding a way to connect with anyone he meets. When not fixing IT mishaps, Joey enjoys spending time with his wife and kids and their two dogs.


Andrew WikeVice President, Director of Marketing

Originally from the foothills of North Carolina, Andy grew up on a tobacco farm where he watched his great grandfather prime and cure Virginias as a boy. Naturally, he soon developed a love for pipes and pipe tobacco. After taking up the hobby full-time during his undergrad at UNC Chapel Hill, Andy searched for a way to consolidate his love for pipes and his interests in Marketing. Luckily his search led him across state lines to join us here at Laudisi.

As our Marketing Director, Andy's known for wearing many hats, and also for juggling a variety of responsibilities. In addition to writing newsletters and blogs, he's also responsible for coding up our emails and blogs, as well as researching, testing, and implementing cutting-edge marketing strategies across a variety of platforms. Andy loves Spanish food, and since his return from Spain in 2012, has been tirelessly searching for jamón ibérico. When he’s not writing or coding, he enjoys gardening, tea sipping, coffee gulping, traveling, learning new languages, and watching his beard grow.

Chuck StanionWriter, Editor

Chuck spent years controlling all weather for the Northern hemisphere before realizing that his efforts were imperfect and were generating complaints, so he moved on to a writing career. Words are almost as difficult to control as the weather, so it seemed an appropriate lateral move. He spent the next 20 years as Editor of Pipes and tobaccos magazine, honing his skills and becoming moderately knowledgeable about pipes, refining his expertise until becoming entirely unemployable and incapable of conversing about any other topic. He left P&T for convoluted reasons only he understands (he showed up here saying, "I want job. Gimme job."). Despite his apparent inability to communicate in person with other humans, his concise summary of his needs charmed us into giving him a chance.

Chuck collects pipes, pipe tampers, and locks of hair from ventriloquist dummies, which he displays in his office (his walls are entirely composed of doll hair. No one else goes in there). His only other hobby is singing show tunes while gargling Diet Pepsi, a skill that he demonstrates at far too many meetings.

Responsible for most of the editing and a big portion of the writing at Smokingpipes, Chuck is the person to contact when you see mistakes or anything that just isn't good. He seems to thrive on failure, so do call him with complaints anytime, day or night. Be sure to mention that his writing skills are equal to his weather control. He loves that.

Kyler LambethProject Manager

Kyler was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and bleeds Tarheel blue. He grew up in Raleigh, NC following college basketball, playing soccer, and racing cars. After six years at Ripley's Aquarium, Kyler made his way to Laudisi in January of 2018. Since that time, he's worn multiple hats at the company, from Assistant Shipping Manager to Marketing Coordinator, and currently Kyler applies his cross-departmental experience to helping guide our Marketing efforts as Project Manager. In this role, Kyler spearheads myriad tasks, ranging from researching new packaging to keeping the Marketing team informed and organized.

Katie RanalliSocial Media & Content Photographer

After years working in our merchandizing and graphics department, Katie now leads our photography efforts across all of our marketing channels. In addition to helping with product photography, she also helps design and implement our social media and content marketing strategy by shooting and creating custom graphics for our blog, catalogs, and social media assets. When she's not creating engaging content for our customers, Katie enjoys attending concerts and spending time with foster animals.

Anna NierwinskiGraphic Designer

Originally from Poland, Anna immigrated to the States (NYC) with her parents when she was 13. After graduating high school, she attended Fordham University in Manhattan, where she studied Visual Arts and spent most of her free time immersed in NYC's art museums and culture. While she enjoyed her time in the city, Anna soon longed to escape the hustle of the concrete jungle and decided to move to Pennsylvania, buying a house near her parents in the Poconos, whose dense forest and blue lakes reminded her of Poland. There she worked for various printers and ad agencies, and eventually started her own design firm alongside her husband.

In 2020, however, stuck at home through the cold, rainy days of early spring, Anna and her family decided they needed to move somewhere they actually wanted to be, which, for Anna, meant the sun and the beach. That place turned out to be South Carolina, where she found her way to us here at Laudisi.

As our Graphic Designer, Anna applies her training and experience to creating myriad assets for both print and web, as well as helping educate the team on best practices. Her appreciation for user experience and strong art background continue to elevate our design standards, and her honesty and initiative make her a genuine pleasure to work with. We think she's brilliant, though she's far too modest to admit it (well... most of the time).

When she's not designing web ads and labels, or working with our copy team on a new catalog, Anna enjoys exploring her creativity outside of work through painting and drawing, particularly with charcoal or ink. She's also a self-described "CrossFit Junkie," having participated in multiple team competitions. Of course, mental fortitude is just as important, and as an avid reader, Anna begins each day with a chapter, which she says helps ground her thoughts for the day ahead. Anna looks forward to settling into her new home, together with her husband and their four lovely children.

David WheelockCommunity Manager

David joins our team by way of Baltimore, MD where he grew up and lived through his college years. A graduate of The University of Maryland, David spent his formative years playing lacrosse (like any good Marylander), skateboarding, and developing a deep appreciation for punk rock and independent music.

David holds a new role for Laudisi as Community Manager, and his focus is on developing and engaging with our growing online community across all of our brands. In his professional life, David spent many years developing his skills in areas that mean a lot to us: Marketing and Pipes and Cigars. After spending 17 years working for Creative Agencies and in Corporate Marketing, David took a pleasant detour by jumping headlong into the tobacco industry. Prior to joining Laudisi, he managed a busy brick-and-mortar tobacco lounge in Annapolis, MD where he shared his passion with other enthusiasts in a face-to-face setting.

These days, David lives with his girlfriend in Wilmington, NC. A father of 2 amazing kids, David bleeds Liverpool Red (You'll Never Walk Alone!) and enjoys playing tennis. He's a lover of documentaries, a reader of historical fiction, and a proud dog dad to his pitbull, George.

Brandee AllenDigital Media Creator

After graduating from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelors in Business Administration, Brandee searched for a way to combine her love of the visual arts and her fascination with marketing. She found exactly that here in Laudisi’s Merchandizing Department, where she worked as our Photo Graphics Specialist creating myriad visual assets and making sure each and every photograph that appears on our site is as true as possible to the product. In early 2022, then, Brandee transitioned into her current role as Digital Media Creator for our Marketing team, utilizing the graphic design skills she's honed over the years to elevate our various newsletters, social media pictures, and blog posts.

When she's not at work, you'll likely find Brandee experimenting with new makeup looks, planning Halloween festivities, enjoying true crime and conspiracy novels as well as documentaries, or simply hanging out with her dog Sancho, a stubby little Pughuahua.

Chris HerathVideographer

Originally from Cumberland, MD, and a graduate of West Virginia University, Chris is a highly creative individual with a gift for visual technology, possessing considerable skills in videography and video editing. His work ethic and patience were instilled in him through the example of his parents whose humility and selfless sacrifice enriched him with values that have served him well. A goal-setter, go-getter, and overall enthusiastic individual, Chris loves to accomplish his many goals and believes in celebrating his hard-earned victories. He counts completion of a 100-mile ultramarathon and cycling between Pittsburgh and Washington, DC as some of his most prized accomplishments. When not surmounting impressive obstacles, Chis treasures time with his wife and children, and loves spending time outdoors and traveling to our nation’s beautiful national parks.

Cassie DavisonAssistant Director,

Cassie was born in Michigan, and relocated to Myrtle Beach in 2004. Her work days are spent as the Assistant Director of Smokingpipes, juggling employee time cards, helping oversee the SPC Division, coordinating interdepartmental initiatives, working with vendors and pipe makers, and teaching us all a thing or two about problem-solving. In her free time, she's a dedicated wife and mother, who is obsessed with cooking (particularly: crockpot meals) and clearance shopping. Along with her husband, Russ, and two children, she travels frequently, with an emphasis on taking cruises — their favorite so far being a voyage to Alaska.

Bill LloydPurchasing Manager

Bill has been living in the Low Country for over a quarter century, which makes him the closest thing to a "local" that we have. Originally from Ohio, Bill has a Bachelor's degree in Business and over 16 years retail experience. He's a natural math whiz, and as our Purchasing Manager, Bill puts those skills to good use — handling all the purchasing for all of our tobacco, cigars, and accessories. A frequent cigar smoker, Bill also owned a beachfront bar for a few years. Bill's pride and joy are his wife, his two children, and he is a big sports fan. He is loyal to his native Buckeyes but all spring you can find him at the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers baseball games.

Sales & Customer Service

Stephen MawbyCustomer Service Manager

In 2006, Steve fled the snows of Northeast Ohio and found himself in South Carolina. Though he claims that he has a hard time thinking up fun things about himself, he finds no difficulty in proclaiming his love for craft beer, mindless comedies, music (particularly 70's rock and 90's rap), his two dogs, and the beach. Joining us in 2018, Steve now deftly leads the Laudisi Customer Service Team as our Customer Service Manager and has no shortage of experience in the field, having held previous positions in customer service, as well as in sales, operations, and accounting. He's most excited, though, about what he can bring to the table thanks to his past expertise as a lumberjack and ladies' shoes salesman.

Eryn PatrickCustomer Service Supervisor

Originally from New York, Eryn moved to the Carolinas back in 2012. Highly inquisitive, she enjoys learning all she can about the people and places around her, and prides herself on her patience and understanding — characteristics which have served her well in her career in customer service. Here at Laudisi, E applies those skills to assisting you, our dedicated customers, performing a range of tasks from providing recommendations on new products, to answering inquiries over the phone, to following up with shipping questions. When she's not at work, Eryn enjoys singing and playing her guitar, or cracking open a philosophy book in a quiet corner.

Alan BrittCustomer Service Supervisor

For reasons unknown, Alan's close friends nicknamed him "Gorilla" as a teenager. Perhaps it was due to a hairy complexion, or vine-swinging antics, or chest-beating exultations, but we've yet to witness any such attributes since he joined our Customer Service team in January 2022, now serving as the department's Supervisor. Originally from Dillon, South Carolina, Alan moved to Horry County in 2013, fulfilling a childhood dream of living near the coast, and worked as an electrician for years before a love for cigars led him to Laudisi. An avid cigar smoker and pipe aficionado, Alan's passion for tobacco has made him a natural fit.

Besides cigars and pipe tobacco, Alan has a strong affection for music, horror, and sports. His eclectic musical tastes range from hardcore metal to modern hip-hop and '70s soul; he's obsessed with the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and HP Lovecraft; and his diehard support of all Atlanta sports teams as well as the South Carolina Gamecocks is rivaled only by his cigar smoking — thankfully there's no inherent competition between the two. Outside of work, Alan's most likely to be found spending time with his wife, daughter, and pet chihuahua (the true love of his life).

Kaye FarinelliCustomer Service Representative

Kaye comes to us from an extensive background in the customer service industry. Throughout her three decades of customer service experience, she served 13 years in the Air Force, worked within the restaurant and hospitality industry, and spent her last eight years as a customer service representative and sales coordinator for a newspaper company. This immense experience, coupled with her exuberant personality no doubt made her an excellent fit for the Customer Service team at SPC, where she spends her time helping out all of you: providing helpful assistance over the phone and online, processing orders, and just about anything you would need to fulfill your pipe and tobacco needs. Born in Virginia, Kaye moved to South Carolina in 1977. Basically, she'll do anything to be outside; yes, even yard work. And in what may be the greatest example of yin and yang, she owns both a poodle and a Harley.

Chris PanosCustomer Service Representative

Chris left the far northern reaches of New Hampshire shortly after high school for the sunny beaches of Florida (which he refers to as "Vacationland") before traveling back northward to the more temperate climate of South Carolina to be here with us at Laudisi. He's a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, having worked in construction, electronics manufacturing, hospitality, warehousing, and, most recently, sales and customer service. He considers this his dream job and has informed us that, when it comes time for him to retire, we may have to escort him off the premises.

Chris describes himself as a mediocre bass guitarist, an aspiring graffiti artist, and an avid yo-yoer. Though he claims that in his free time he enjoys listening to music, reading anything he can get his hands on, and doing anything at all outdoors, we're pretty sure that he's usually either playing guitar or yo-yoing. He also warned us that conjugating the word yo-yo would be uncomfortable. It is.

Samuel BowdenCustomer Service Representative

A Memphian at heart, Samuel started his pipe smoking journey halfway through his undergraduate studies at the University of Memphis. He dabbled in computer science before switching to the Japanese language program in which he learned the many cultural and linguistic conventions of Japanese language and society, while also meeting a wonderful group of teachers, exchange students, and classmates in the process. Shortly after graduation, he attended a bilingual job fair in Boston and applied for a multitude of jobs related to his interests and hobbies both there and online. We were the first ones to call him back, and in Spring 2020, Samuel joined our Customer Service team.

Samuel enjoys a multitude of odd hobbies that's left us convinced he's some sort of time traveler. Pipes are chief among them, but he also has an affinity for straight razors, old-fashioned hair care products, vintage fashion from the turn of the century, and traditional interior design. When he's not stuck in the past, Samuel loves to play the latest games, watch films, and read literature.

Tyler CaldwellCustomer Service Representative

Born in Spartanburg but raised in Myrtle Beach. Marked by an easy-going personality, calming confidence, and sarcastic sense of humor, Tyler's the type of person you can't help but want to light up a cigar with, making him all the more perfect for his work as one of our Customer Service Representatives. Combine that with years of experience in the cigar industry, and Tyler comes well prepared, fitting seamlessly into his role here at Laudisi.

While he loves cigars, Tyler's a sort of "Tyler-of-all-trades," with his interests spanning into the realms of art, music, world cultures, and Boston sports. When he's not helping customers, you're most likely to find Tyler with his son, Kai, and dog, Odin, both competing for the title of "Goofiest Creature on the Planet," and if he ever is able to find some time to himself, Tyler enjoys winding down with video games or obsessing over 90's wrestling.

Lori GregorCustomer Service Representative

Originally from New York, Lori moved to South Carolina for the mango sunsets and sprawling beaches. Boasting a previous career in banking on Wall Street for 23 years, as well as one running her own barber shop, she joined Laudisi in the fall of 2022 as one of our Customer Service Representatives, helping clients with all of their pipe- and cigar-smoking needs over the phone or in person at Low Country Pipe & Cigar. She's a joyful addition to the team, bringing with her an infectiously passionate attitude and charming demeanor. Lori enjoys the finer things in life — good food, cigars, live music, family, camping, craft beer, quality whiskey, and fine wine — and while she no longer manages the Yankee Clipper Barber Shop in New York, she's still an accomplished Master Barber able to give the closest straight-razor shave this side of the Mississippi.

Roxanne CavanaughCustomer Service Representative

Originally from Michigan, Roxanne spent over two decades raising her kids in Massachusetts. In October of 2022, she and her husband Mike moved to South Carolina, and she soon joined us as one of our Customer Service Representatives. Instilled with an energetic passion, out-going nature, and motivated mindset, Roxanne has fit in quickly at Laudisi, having enjoyed meeting new people and advancing her expertise. In her free time, she loves to run and spend time with her family, as well as dabble in sewing and crafting. An avid sports fan, Roxanne played softball in college and continues to cheer on the Boston Bruins and Red Sox.

Kevin ReedCustomer Service Representative

Kevin and his wife Barbara moved to Calabash, North Carolina, in 2020 to be closer to the beach, and in 2022, he joined Laudisi as one of our Customer Service Representatives. A longtime cigar connoisseur and more recent pipe enthusiasts, Kevin has been a natural fit here, grateful to be able to work in an industry that he loves. With an eclectic background in landscaping, insurance, and mortgage brokering, Kevin brings a diverse skill set to the team — not to mention a vast knowledge of and love for all things tobacco. In his spare time, he's likely to be found golfing, biking, playing poker, and smoking his favorite cigars.

Bruce KaufmanCustomer Service Representative

Originally from New Milford, Connecticut, Bruce has resided in the lowcountry region since 2017 and joined Laudisi in January of 2023 as a Shipping Associate, now serving as one of our Customer Service Representatives. While not at work, Bruce enjoys time with his wife and 9-year-old daughter along with their two pets. In his free time, Bruce can be found enjoying a fine cigar, cheering on the New York Yankees, camping, or immersing himself in a good book. Outgoing and friendly, Bruce has a service-oriented personality and loves to help his co-workers and community however he can. In the future, Bruce hopes to travel to Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Honduras in pursuit of his love for cigars.

Caleb McBeeCustomer Service Representative

Joining Laudisi in the fall of 2022, Caleb moved to the Grand Strand after growing up on the west coast, and as a Customer Service Representative, he excels at serving the needs of our dedicated Smokingpipes customers with his considerable expertise and positivity. He brings with him a dedicated, all-in attitude, always investing 100% and embodying a deep desire to learn and share that knowledge with others. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, as well as reading ancient scripture, watching UFC and rugby, and listening to records, having amassed an extensive collection from more than 25 years as a DJ. He's also an experienced chef, with a 20-year career in that industry. Having lived overseas in a number of places, he has a fondness for other cultures and a diverse worldview, though he hopes one day to visit Scotland and tour distilleries, fulfilling his love for Scotch.

Davis HookerCustomer Service Representative

Davis Hooker finds wisdom in practicality. “Never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. You'll end up with a bunch of snacks and nothing to cook.” His pragmatic brand of wisdom has probably developed as a result of his passion for pipe smoking and his predilection for Blitz Chess. Or perhaps it’s his love for dense historical fiction: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky is his favorite novel. Whatever the source of his commonsensical and grounded approach to life, Davis draws daily inspiration from his late Grandfather, a World War II veteran and a member of the esteemed Merrill's Marauders, and finds joy in the comforts of family. A father of two, Davis is happily married and dreams of making a return visit to Galway, Ireland — his favorite destination and a place that “feels like home.”

Andrew ZhaoOffice Manager, China

Andrew is a cheerful and honest person with strong communication skills. And with years of pipe smoking experience under his belt, as well as four years of fine arts study, and a few years of experience in the antiques business, he has a natural eye for pipe aesthetics and a firm knowledge of the market. He brings his knowledge and personality to our Chinese Representative Office as Manager, overseeing the processing of orders, providing over-the-phone and online assistance, and always striving to better serve our Chinese customers. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the acoustic guitar and cooking.

Eric TanCustomer Service, China

Eric Tan was born and raised in China. He has two years of professional experience in the mobile internet industry with Blue Focus, which, together with his excellent manners and cool patience, makes him an undeniable asset to our Chinese Representative Office as a Customer Service Associate. He puts his manners (and maybe some of his patience) to good use at SPC, assisting customers online and over the phone, processing orders, translating and assembling our Chinese newsletter, and learning more about pipes and pipe tobacco by the day. Eric keeps an open mind to everything; experiencing new things is a great part of his life. In his time off, he loves watching movies and playing extreme sports with friends.

Ryota ShimizuCustomer Service, Japan

Ryota is our man in Tokyo. He handles customer service for our Japanese customers, providing the same service in Japanese that we offer in English from our main offices in South Carolina. An avid pipe man, Ryota fell in love with pipes while attending Keio University in Tokyo. Since then, he's become involved in pipe clubs and shows in Japan. We first met him at the Chicago Pipe Show in 2011 and he joined the team at the beginning of 2012. A California native, Ryota relocated to Japan to attend college, and now resides there helping to bridge the gap between and its Japanese customers and suppliers.

Yolanda YouCustomer Service, China

Joining us in the fall of 2022, Yolanda You (pronounced "Yo") is one of our Customer Service Representatives in China, assisting all of our China-based customers with questions, orders, and translations. An open-minded, reliable, and imaginative person, she's a welcome addition to the team, and when not at work, Yolanda enjoys, learning new languages, playing music, painting, and gardening. You're likely to find her spending time with her cat Theo, listening to Indie or symphonic music, or making delicious desserts and cocktails.


Truett SmithMerchandizing Manager

Raised in the corn fields of Indiana, Truett studied Linguistics at Gordon College, just north of Boston, before moving to northern Spain. After a year of playing soccer and enjoying the cuisine, language, beaches, and mountains of the Basque region, he decided it was finally time to get on with his life, leading him to Laudisi. An avid pipe smoker and patron of Smokingpipes, Truett joined the Merchandizing department at Laudisi in Spring 2018 and now serves as the department's manager, facilitating the data entry, photography, and copywriting teams, while also writing newsletters and contributing to Smokingpipes' Daily Reader. Along with collecting pipes, Truett enjoys playing soccer and following the English Premier League (Glory Glory Man United), solving crossword puzzles, practicing guitar and chess, reading fantasy and sci-fi novels, spending time outdoors, and going to the cinema by himself.

Bethany PolingMerchandizing Supervisor

Patient, observant, and insatiably curious, Bethany makes up an integral part of our Merchandizing team. After joining Laudisi in early 2020 as a Photo Specialist, she now serves as the department's Supervisor, helping the Manager oversee weekly deadlines, resolve day-to-day issues, and improve processes. She originally hails from Maryland, the "410" (represent), having moved to South Carolina in 2019, and has a lovable pup named Sullivan. With interests in philosophy, music, film, and literature, Bethany appreciates all rock genres, documentaries and sci-fi movies.

Vallin WilliamsData Entry and Purchasing Specialist

Born and raised in Longwood, NC, Vallin has got mad merchandising skills having started out in Shipping where he was able to touch hundreds and hundred of pipes as they were prepped to ship all over the world. As our Junior Pipe Buyer, Vallin works closely with our Pipe Manager to acquire from around the world pipes of all shape and make, in addition to supervising quality control of the majority of our inbound pipe shipments, inputting measurements & weights on each specific piece, and working with the rest of the Merchandizing team to maintain the organization of our ever-growing inventory. Vallin is certainly a kid at heart; he loves watching cartoons, playing video games, and working on cars—especially Hondas. Vallin's first day of work with Smokingpipes also happened to correspond with our monthly birthday and anniversary party. After meeting the entire crew at once, and getting to know us over sandwiches and cake, Vallin determined that he never wants to leave. And we're not ready for him to, either.

Rich VigoritoData Entry and Purchasing Specialist

Another New Jersey transplant, Rich moved down to South Carolina back in 2003. After starting out as one of our Shipping & Receiving Associates, he now applies his keen eye for detail and great work ethic to our Merchandising department. As our Data Entry Specialist, Rich is responsible for weighing, measuring, and inputting all the data for the myriad of pipes hitting our site each week. When he's not at work, Rich enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. Oh, and also appreciating all things Rock 'n Roll.

Lora HodderData Entry Specialist

Originally from Pennsylvania, Lora's lived in the greater Myrtle Beach area for over a year now, and has taken to the warmer climate with gusto. When she's not at work, in fact, you'll likely find her outside enjoying the sunshine, whether relaxing on the beach or exploring one of the region's beautiful state parks. As one of our Data Entry Specialists, Lora's responsible for inputting all the weights and measurements for a vast array of products on our site, taking special care to ensure each measurement is exact and our system remains organized. Fun, outgoing, and dependable, she's simply a joy to be around and we're happy to have her on our team.

Ashley PageData Entry Specialist

Though originally from Upstate New York, Ashley's lived in nearby Whiteville for nine years, where she enjoys spending time with family, pets, and her horse. Before joining Laudisi, Ashley actually collected handmade pipes as souvenirs from her travels, including a beautiful pipe from the Bahamas crafted from wood and horse hair. When she's not at work, you'll likely find her on a horse, listening to her favorite music, or baking up some excellent sweets.

Peter KoglerLead Videographer

Following in the Smokingpipes tradition of unorthodox career paths, Pete capped off a twenty-six year long run as a touring musician by earning a business degree focusing on marketing, merchandising, and graphic design—lending him a diverse range of skill-sets that make him an invaluable member of our merchandizing team. Pete serves as Lead Videographer, where he shoots and edits all the 'white-glove' videos of higher-grade offerings, as well as our blog videos and other promotional media. That's not to say he's stopped playing music though; along with boating and fishing, it still makes up a healthy chunk of his free time. As a native of Buffalo, NY, Pete's furthermore added to our other great tradition: that of welcoming into our bosom those who have migrated (fled?) to the Myrtle Beach area from the Northeast.

Josh WysongPhoto Specialist

A native of Conway, South Carolina, Josh graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a BA in Graphic Design and a minor in Photography. Seeking to put those skills to use, he came to join us at Laudisi as Photographer in the Merchandizing Department, where he photographs and processes most of the pipes that come through our doors. When he's not behind the lens, Josh is working on finishing his MFA at Academy of Art University. He's also a huge Humphrey Bogart fan, and if he's not enjoying an old film or watching his favorite team, the New Orleans Saints, you can find him fishing or just cruising down the Waccamaw River.

Adam CarlonePhoto Specialist

After a recent road trip around the US, during which he got to see some of what our country has to offer firsthand, Adam made his way to South Carolina to join us at Laudisi Enterprises. As part of our talented in-house photography team, Adam's responsible for shooting and editing photos of all the various products on our sites, as well as creating visual assets for social media, email campaigns, and other mediums. When he's not helping our shorter staff take top-down shots or get props off of high shelves, Adam spends his time making music in his home studio, hunting down elusive vinyl records for his collection, and bringing audio vibrations to a visual medium through his acrylic paintings.

John MurphyPhoto Specialist

Originally from Long Island, New York, John moved to Myrtle Beach in 2020 and joined Laudisi as a Photo Graphics Specialist in 2021. His creativity and penchant for artistic pursuits were a natural fit, and his desire to create art translated well to ensuring you see the very best pictures with which to admire fresh pipes. In his off time he likes to make paintings and photographs, and discover new communities of interest to observe with his camera. He may also be found investigating an occasional art gallery, and looks forward to visiting places like Athens, Ga, Denver, Co, and Ireland, to document the sheepherders.

Carissa LewisPhoto Specialist

A Conway, South Carolina native, Carissa (aka Ven) joined the Laudisi family in June, 2019, as a Shipping Associate and now works in the Merchandizing department as one of our Photo Specialists. Bringing a flexible, curious, and imaginative personality to the team, Carissa enjoys creating digital art, honing her photography skills, and building new worlds, peoples, and languages (à la Tolkien, Pratchett, Lovecraft, and Herbert). She's also passionate about Environmentalism and looks for opportunities to combine her loves of nature and photography. At home, Carissa spends time listening to her favorite band, Gojira, and hanging out with her parents, sister, and two pets: a Chihuahua named Chi Chi and cat, Tiger.

John McElhenyCopywriter

Born and raised in Myrtle Beach, John has spent less than two years total living outside the confines of the coastal retreat, despite having moved away several times. He does not enjoy the beach the way that most locals do, however, as he prefers the lofty heights and misty summits of the mountains (and cannot stand the feeling of sand in places it doesn’t belong). He has been an avid enthusiast of cigars and tobacco for much of his life, and has been working in the industry since turning 18, finding himself a job in a local cigar store the summer he graduated high school. During his tenure there, John also attended Coastal Carolina University, graduating in May of 2020 with a B.A. in English. After his graduation, John was fully determined to find a career that he could both excel in and that would make full use of his degree. After a year of searching, he finally found the opportunity he had been waiting for and joined us here at Laudisi in 2021 as a Copywriter.

A writer the majority of his life, John has been inspired by the works of Edgar Allen Poe since childhood, owing this to his father, who read him "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" when he was six years old. Presently, he is enamored with the "Weird Fiction" movement and has been captivated by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Clark Ashton Smith. When not writing, you can find John smoking cigars, listening to extreme metal music, attempting to practice the ancient Mongol tradition of throat singing, reading, or tending to his extensive collections of horror cinema and death metal CDs.

Davin HyltonCopywriter

Born near a dog track somewhere in Florida, Davin quickly relocated to Myrtle Beach: the home he still haunts to this very day. As a constant overachiever, immediately after graduating college in 2018, Davin set about looking for a job to utilize his English degree and follow his writing passion. He did not immediately succeed. Finally, in 2021, after years of searching, he stumbled across a hiring inquiry for a copywriting position at Smokingpipes, and we welcomed him to Laudisi with open arms.

When not constantly overwhelmed by an ever-growing to-read pile, materializing precariously on nearly every empty surface in his home, he enjoys watching films, exploring hole-in-the-wall dives, and simply passing time. He has a cat to help him with that last part. As for any hidden talents, when pushed, he merely puts up his hands and whispers, "Those are hidden for a reason." It's safe to say he probably doesn't have any. As for any bucket list goals that may be on the horizon for him, Davin seems completely stumped at the idea: "Maybe take up the drums. I didn't make it this far by planning ahead."

Gabriel BassCopywriter

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and raised in central Arkansas, Gabriel feels at home in mountains and swamps, wherever they may be. He studied in the Mississippi delta at the University of Arkansas at Monticello before moving on to West Virginia University to earn his MFA in Creative Writing with a focus in Poetry. A longtime customer of Smokingpipes, Gabriel was well pleased to come to the Grand Strand in the summer of 2022 and work in one of his favorite hobbies. In his free time, Gabriel can often be found playing old-time tunes on his banjo, working on his manuscript, or queuing up George Jones on the Waffle House jukebox.

Zachary PodlCopywriter

Zach spent his childhood in the Chicagoland area cultivating a love for the outdoors, a passion for writing, and a lifelong curse of rooting for Chicago sports teams. He matriculated southwards to attend Clemson University and study English and Mathematics. After graduating in 2022, Zach opted to invest in his creative talents and pursue a career in copywriting. A few months and freelance jobs later, Zach found a home at Laudisi as one of our Copywriters. In addition to writing professionally, Zach spends his time writing short stories and free-verse poetry. If you happen to find Zach without a pen in his hand, he will probably be out hiking in the sticks or swinging sticks on the golf course.


Adam DavidsonEstate Manager

Forgive the cliche', but Adam's passion for pipes definitely goes to 11. And you realize that when you ask him a question about pipe bits and his twenty minute answer doesn't include a comma or a breath. Adam's duties here include, but are not limited to, inspecting new and estate pipes for drilling, fit and finish, construction, and cosmetic issues, writing condition statements, and evaluating most of the estate pipes that end up at SPC. He also manages the entire restoration process, which means he spends a lot of time thinking about and then implementing exciting new ways to improve the cleaning of old pipes. Adam is also a celebrated pipe maker, creating and crafting some of our more sought after pipes. He is an industrial design graduate of Purdue University, and has designed pieces such as office products, furniture and cars. Adam's future in pipes was cemented when, as a young child, he refused to watch Frosty the Snowman because he couldn't fathom why a snowman with a magic hat would choose a corncob pipe over a patent sandblast.

Russ DavisonPipe Restorer

Born and raised on the Grand Strand, Russ spends his workdays breathing new life into estate pipes that come through our door, carefully restoring them to the best of his ability. The rest of the time? You'll find him enjoying family life with his wife and kids. They love to travel, especially if it involves a cruise, and during basketball season you won't find Russ supporting anyone but the Charlotte Hornets.

Matthew FoltzPipe Restorer

Matthew is originally from Virginia's Shenandoah Valley and joined our Estate Pipe Restoration team in early 2022, just about eight months after moving to the Grand Strand. A quiet soul, Matthew is a welcome addition to the Restoration department, dedicated to solid work and to refurbishing the thousands of estate pipes we receive throughout the year. When not reaming chambers, polishing stems, and cleaning airways, Matthew enjoys reading, fishing, playing board games, and cheering on the NHL's Washington Capitals.

Dana MahanayPipe Restorer

A transplant from Atlanta, Georgia, Dana Mahanay describes himself as "a pipe-smoking nerd with too many collections," in other words, a perfect fit here at Laudisi. A big fan of horror fiction and Star Wars who loves to explore new and exciting things, he became a welcome addition to the Customer Service department in early 2021 before transitioning to our Estates department, helping to appraise and restore pipes for new homes. Dana's daughters Leia and Piper, aged three and one, keep him on his toes in his off time, but he still manages to keep up with his favorite team, Atlanta United. In between juggling small children and shouting "GOAAAAL!" Dana plots his next trip to Disney World and ponders deep thoughts, such as why he's the only person on the planet with his name.


Matthew FeldmanShipping Manager

Matt Feldman was born and raised in Maryland, but moved down to SC, like so many of us, looking for a fresh start. After trying his hand at the timeshare biz, he found his place here at Laudisi as one of our Shipping & Receiving Associates, and now our Shipping Manager — a role which sees him leading and overseeing our Shipping team in picking and processing orders, packaging them up safe and sound, and getting them out the door as quickly as possible for you all to enjoy. When he's not at work, you'll likely find Matt out on the water — fishing, swimming, or just taking the boat for a spin. He's also an avid sports fan, his favorite teams being the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Redskins.

Kathleen McAvoyAssistant Manager

A lover of warmth and sunshine, Kathleen relocated to South Carolina in 2021 from New York, and she joined Laudisi as one of our Shipping Associates in March 2022. Now, she serves as one of the department's Assistant Managers, bringing with her a kind, caring, and creative spirit. Quite hands-on and artistically gifted, when she's not working to pick, pack, and post your orders, Kathleen enjoys crafting, DIY projects, and gardening, and she's an especially talented floral designer — expertly creating everything from everyday bouquets to elaborate event arrangements. Her musical tastes lean toward Country and '70s hits, and she hopes one day to visit Ireland where some of her family still calls home.

Kyle ChurchShipping Supervisor

Kyle Church — his dart team calls him Hawkeye, but we just call him Kyle — joined Laudisi in the fall of 2022 and serves as one of our Shipping Supervisors, organizing our Shipping team and related logistics to ensure that all orders find their appropriate homes as quickly and safely as possible. Originally from Kentucky, Kyle brings to the office a passionate, caring, fun, and understanding demeanor that suits his leadership role well, and he's a natural problem-solver, often looking outside of the box and working hard to find efficient solutions to any issues that arise. When not at work, he enjoys playing in traveling dart leagues and supporting the Kentucky Wildcats, Cincinnati Bengals, and Cincinnati Reds.

Arthur WilliamsShipping Supervisor

Before moving to South Carolina in 2019, Art had lived his entire life in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley and served for 30 years as a police officer. He joined Laudisi in the fall of 2022 as one of our Shipping Supervisors, helping to manage and organize the company's largest department and make sure the team works smoothly and efficiently in getting your orders out the door. A natural fit for such a role, Art balances a dedicated and determined attitude with an intelligent and resourceful mindset, committed to teamwork and always going the extra mile and looking for ways to improve processes. Moreover, he's honest, trustworthy, and just easy to get along with. In his free time, Art enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and following Pennsylvania sports — most notably, the Phillies, Eagles, and Penn State.

Guy DeVarneyInventory Librarian

Hailing from Vermont originally, Guy DeVarney moved to South Carolina in 2020 and joined us a year later as our Inventory Librarian. Witty and creative, Guy brings an infectious spirit to Laudisi, whether he's making up hilarious rhyming songs to entertain co-workers or telling stories of his cats — who are all named for Peanuts characters. At home, he's a fan of baking, cooking, and gardening and also enjoys playing the ukulele and bird watching — the latter past time no doubt one shared by his cats. Science Fiction books dominate his library, and he's something of a writer himself, hoping one day to visit Europe and appreciate its history and literary legacy.

Janice HaggieShipping Associate

After serving as a Sales Associate at our brick & mortar store, our Shipping Supervisor in the warehouse, Operations Assistant for all of Laudisi Enterprises, and Sales Assistant for Laudisi Distribution Group, Janice recently retired at the end of 2019 and now works part-time in our Shipping Department as a Shipping Associate. She and her husband came to the beach from the northern Chicago suburbs, preferring to experience snow through the magic of television.

Nikki MonroeShipping Associate

Born in Loris, SC, near Smokingpipes' home, it should be no surprise that Nikki ended up coming to join us, even if she took the long way around to get here. She spent her life traveling with her Marine corps family, graduating from Kubasaki High School in Okinawa, Japan, and getting married in Hawaii. Later, she spent twenty years working in both office administration and customer service operations, making her a perfect fit for our family. As part of our Shipping team, she spends her days double-checking every aspect of your order for accuracy, and safely packing them up for delivery. When she's not at work, good luck finding her — with her active lifestyle, she could be racing her motorcycles, riding a jet ski, learning how to garden, or practicing her bowling skills.

Mark DesyShipping Associate

Originally from Massachusetts, Mark moved to Myrtle Beach just before joining us here at Smokingpipes. A family man with two sons, four dogs and a horse, he's also a jack of all trades, who spends his days working to pull, pack, and ship all of our orders as quickly and accurately as possible, while practicing his skills as a luthier in his free time.

Darrell ImesShipping Associate

Darrell was born and raised in Socastee, SC, right around the corner from our headquarters, and joined our team in 2021, now working as an Assistant Manager in our Shipping Department. He's hard-working, energetic, and caring, with his three dogs Bella, Charlie, and Shelby receiving much of his attention. When not busy packaging your orders and making sure your pipes and tobacco arrive in record time, he likes to play video games, build computers, and is considering taking up skydiving.

Terri MillerShipping Associate

Originally from Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, Terri moved down to the balmy Carolina coast in 2015 and has loved it ever since. As one of our dedicated Shipping Associates, she applies her excellent work ethic to a variety of tasks — from pulling and double-checking orders to securely packaging it all up for speedy delivery. When she's not keeping us laughing and smiling with her quick sense of humor and easy-going personality, Terri enjoys relaxing at the beach and spending time with her family and two (massive) Labradoodles.

Robin MillerShipping Associate

Originally from Myerstown, PA, Rob's a natural born Eagles and Phillies fan, but he's come to enjoy the laid-back South Carolina lifestyle. As one of our Shipping Associates, Rob's responsible for picking and pulling orders, and packaging everything up safely for speedy delivery right to your doorstep. When he's not at work, you'll likely find him kicking back to the sound of classic rock and spending time with his family.

Lillian SpearmanShipping Associate

Though born in Louisiana, Lillian grew up right here in Horry county, making her a true local by our standards. As one of our hard-working shipping associates, Lil brightens our day with her extroverted personality and intrepid spirit, assisting our team with pulling and packaging orders and performing meticulous checks to ensure safe and speedy delivery of your favorite pipes and pipe tobaccos. When she's not at work, Lillian enjoys playing guitar, taking care of her farm, and spending time in her wood shop where she builds beautiful stools, clocks, and wall decor.

Trevor NorrisShipping Associate

Born and raised just down the road in Tabor City, Trevor is a true Grand Strand local, though he would still prefer somewhere more tropical. Here at Laudisi, he brings his friendly demeanor (and fantastic impersonations) to work each day as one of our hard-working Shipping Associates. Together with the rest of our Shipping team, Trevor helps pull orders and safely pack up all your favorite pipes and tobaccos for safe and speedy delivery to your door. When he's not at work, Trevor enjoys playing guitar, gardening, and spending time with his wife and adorable cat, Rigby.

Debra PolitoShipping Associate

Debbi hails from Scranton, PA, and moved to Calabash, NC, in 2020, bidding a happy farewell to snow and an even more joyful hello to sandy beaches. She describes herself as creative, dedicated, and patient, with a penchant for organizing things. These attributes are always welcome in our ranks, and she joined the Shipping Department as a Shipping Associate in 2021. Married to her best friend and with two sons and three dogs, Daisy, Miley, and Gunner, she stays busy in her off time with crafting, swimming, and long walks on the beach with her family.

Bailee LewisShipping Associate

Bailee Lewis is a South Carolina native, having grown up in nearby Conway, and joined Laudisi as a Shipping Associate in 2021. She loves horror movies, heavy metal music, and her two dogs, Malarie and Chi Chi. When not carefully packing your pipes or readying tobacco for shipment, she likes to watch movies, play video games, and spend time with her dogs. Calm, but not faint of heart, she hopes to one day go bungee jumping.

Taliyah StephensShipping Associate

Having lived in Longs, South Carolina, for most of her life, Taliyah is a tried and true local, and working at Laudisi just makes sense: It ensures a quick commute and enables her to stay close to family and friends, and her hardworking nature and caring personality have fit perfectly in with our Shipping & Receiving Department since Taliyah joined in Fall 2021. She has a great sense of humor and an eye for fashion, and while she might be shy at first, she'll impress you with her talents in singing and illustration. Laid-back, easy-going, and always full of positive vibes, Taliyah enjoys life's simple pleasures as much as its wild adventures — as content watching scary movies and basketball games as she is planning trips around the world.

Gabriel CrawfordShipping Associate

Born and raised in Horry County, South Carolina, Gabby's been a neighbor of Laudisi her entire life, and in late 2021, she joined our team of Shipping Associates, bringing with her a conscientious mindset, loving demeanor, and passionate determination that make her a joy to work with. A deep thinker who appreciates the storytelling elements of music and film, Gabby also enjoys writing her own stories, and when she's not helping our Shipping Department sort and package orders, she's likely cooking or spending time with close friends and family — or honing her impressive makeup skills.

Walter LupoShipping Associate

A Loris, South Carolina, native, Walter joined our Shipping Department in 2022, helping to ensure that all orders are safely and quickly shipped out to around the world. He's a fun, extroverted, and infectious personality, and he's fit in well with his witty humor and helpful spirit. When not at work, Walter's likely to be found near the ocean, fishing or scuba diving, and he also dabbles in the harmonica in his spare time. He's an avid fan of the South Carolina Gamecocks, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Atlanta Braves, and he hopes one day to visit Italy and trace his father's troop movements from WWII.

Brittany McLeod LarsonShipping Associate

Joining us in late 2022 from Massachusetts by way of North Carolina, Brittany elevates our team of Shipping Associates with her adaptable nature, reliable dependability, and genuine personality. An inquisitive and creative type, she enjoys learning new things and has become especially adept at acrylic painting and pyrography, and has also started learning the piano and dabbling in computer programming. When not working to ensure that all Smokingpipes orders are packaged safely and shipped on time, Brittany enjoys staying active through hiking with her dog and powerlifting, and she's also an avid reader and music aficionado, with R.A. Salvatore's The Legend of Drizzt series being among her favorite reads and Gregory Alan Isakov her favorite artist. Well in touch with her north-eastern roots, Brittany's proud to support the New England Patriots, and fitting with her love of being outdoors and trying new things she hopes one day to enjoy a pasta dish in Italy with her dog and to travel to all seven continents.

Tyrell LaRueShipping Associate

After relocating from Fargo, North Dakota, Tyrell joined us in the fall of 2022 as one of our Shipping Associates, ensuring that all pipes, cigars, tobacco, and accessories are safely packaged before making their way across the globe. His laid-back persona makes him easy to get along with, and his honesty, dependability, and kindhearted nature make him a joy to work with. Outside of the office, Tyrell enjoys playing video games, golfing, fishing, and watching movies, and he's a big fan of Star Wars and baseball, supporting the Atlanta Braves and the Minnesota Twins.

LaVonne FoxShipping Associate

Growing up, LaVonne split much of her time between Washington state and California, and in late 2022, she and her husband relocated to South Carolina to explore the East Coast. As one of our Shipping Associates, she helps to ensure that all order are safely packaged and quickly shipped out around the world. LaVonne's a balanced mix of sociable and extroverted, and she's been a natural fit here at Laudisi. In her free time, she loves to read, enjoy the beach, and spend time with her family, and she's also a big fan of Classic Rock and the Winter Olympics. LaVonne hopes some day to visit Europe, especially to see the town in Germany her mother is from and to experience the different wines from each country.

Mitchell JonesShipping Associate

Joining our Shipping department in early 2023, Mitch helps to ensure that all pipes, accessories, tobacco, and cigars are safely packaged and quickly sent to their final destinations. He describes himself as goofy, respectful, adaptable, and warm — all traits that have made him a pleasure to work alongside and a natural fit here at Laudisi. With an adventurous upbringing that saw him travel the world at an early age, including time spent living in Saudi Arabia, Mitch is well rounded and full of stories. When not at work, he enjoys playing video games, watching movies, and learning about history, and he's also a fan of early Hip-Hop and Classic Rock, as well as The Lord of the Rings, comic books, and the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners. Moreover, rumor has it that he's no slouch in the kitchen.

Amy BradleyShipping Associate

Born in Dayton, OH, Amy grew up in Boone, NC before eventually following family to the beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. An avid traveler, Amy is a bit of a thrill junky and loves the rush of being hurled through the air at breakneck speeds on her favorite roller coasters (the scarier the better) and has even ventured to jump out of a perfectly good airplane (with parachute, of course). Her bucket list abounds with adventure and she one day hopes to take in the spectacle of the Northern Lights and meander through the beauty of our country’s vast National Parks. When not pursuing her next adrenaline fix, Amy loves to spend time with family, is passionate about animals, and is a lover of all things music. Honest, friendly, and hardworking, Amy is a joy to be around and is a perfect fit in the Laudisi family.

Lisa LivelyShipping Associate

If Lisa could possess one superpower, it would be to inspire those who are struggling to cultivate confidence and self-belief in their lives. It’s a pretty selfless wish considering all of the audacious possibilities. This proclivity for empathy and service defines Lisa’s worldview. She is kind, compassionate, and honest and credits her sister-in-law and real-life superhero, Roxanne, as the person who has helped her grow into the intrepid woman she is today. A transplant from Florida, Lisa loves to explore and experience the beauty of South Carolina and can often be found happily browsing its many antique shops. Above all else, Lisa is a doting mother of three wonderful adult children and a precious Miniature-Yorkie fur-baby named Gracie. Outgoing, brimming with positivity, and always willing to lend a helping hand, Lisa is the embodiment of a true Laudisian.

Coleman JohnsonShipping Associate

Coleman Johnson served a tour in Afghanistan while in the U.S. Air Force, is a graduate of Fordham University with a degree in Political Science, a world traveler with a passion for discovering new cuisines, and a devoted husband to his wife Courtney. Among his greatest passions, however, is World of Warcraft. With well over a decade of dedication, Coleman frequently tops the WoW charts as a high-level Shaman, and his ultimate goal is to collect 100% of items and skills to make his character the unstoppable force it was destined to be. Outside of his role-playing exploits, Coleman enjoys the simplicities of working his family land in South Carolina, rocking out to his favorite band Coheed and Cambria, and spending time with his Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Momo. Coleman is proof that even a gifted Shaman needs to plant his feet firmly on the ground once in a while.

Paul SchweglerShipping Associate

Richard PlattShipping Associate

Originally hailing from Horsham, PA, Richard is a devoted father of two and has enjoyed over three decades of marriage to his wife Kathleen. An avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and a lover of music (with a preference for acts from the 1960s through the 1980s), Richard believes in enjoying life and having fun while doing it. Whether it’s losing himself in a good book or scouring local yard sales for a diamond in the rough, Richard is passionate in his pursuits and actively works to find joy, creativity, and fulfillment in everything he does. That’s probably why he enjoys the peace and contentment that comes from a fine cigar — a pastime he particularly enjoys while visiting his favorite local destination of Charleston, SC.

Stacey RyanShipping Associate

Intrepidity personified: For Stacey Ryan, a challenge is quite simply something to be faced and overcome. While many may see deafness as a limitation, Stacey has persevered and mastered the art of lip reading, which she practices with acuity at Laudisi as well as in her personal life. For perhaps obvious reasons, Stacy looks to Hellen Keller with admiration and as a source of inspiration. “Even though she struggled in everyday life, her determination to learn and to do things on her own has been a source of motivation in my life.” These traits have served Stacey well in her professional life and in motherhood. Her two sons, Ethan and Charlie, are the joys of her life. An adventurous soul and a Jeep enthusiast, Stacey loves to give back to others and regularly participates in charities with her local Jeep Club. If she could have one superpower, Stacey would love to travel back in time, both to visit loved ones lost and to relive her favorite concerts from over the years.

Kaylee MeyersShipping Associate

Devoted mother to two young children and a host of beloved pets, Kaylee is a passionate and fearless soul whose affinity for the ocean has fostered a deep desire to one day swim with sharks. Kaylee is most in her element at the beach or swimming in the ocean and is channeling her passions into her educational pursuits: A student at Coastal Carolina University, Kaylee is currently working toward dual degrees in Marine Science and Biology. She’s deeply caring as well: Environmental and animal conservation are near to her heart and she draws inspiration from a quote from her favorite film, The Lorax: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." Rest assured that our world and those who inhabit it are much better off with someone like Kaylee in it.

Dawn NairnFlex Shipping Associate

Michael BrowneFlex Shipping Associate

Dave BerryFlex Shipping Associate