Meet The Team

tobacco, cigar and cigarillo manufacturing management team

The team at ECMI has an extensive range of tobacco, cigar and cigarillo manufacturing skills and experience. The Management Team includes;

Gerry O’Dowd: Managing Director Exclusive Cigar Manufacture Ireland Gerry O’Dowd: Managing Director.

In 1978 the current plant was established in Ballaghdereen and in 1990 Gerry was appointed Managing Director. Over the last 3 decades Gerry has managed the business through a variety of ownership and business cycles until 2006 when a local management buy-out saw Gerry and his family become sole owners in the business.

Gerry offers a wealth of experience and provides strategic direction for ECMI, as well as continuity for the company. He is highly respected in Irish business circles and amongst cigar manufacturers on the international stage.

Gerry enjoys his golf and horse racing and spending time with his family.

Aoife O’Dowd: Sales Director Exclusive Cigar Manufacture IrelandAoife O’Dowd: Sales Director

Aoife joined ECMI in 1998 as sales manager and over the years she has been responsible for the acquisition of new international business for the company. She is now Sales Director and is an active manager in the day-to-day running of the company.

Aoife studied at the internationally acclaimed Trinity College and graduated with an honours degree in Business Studies. She has completed a number of other short courses, achieving awards in multiple disciplines including Advanced Business Development, Team Building skills, Strategic Planning and many more.

Aoife has three children, she enjoys an occasional game of golf and travels extensively on business.

William, John and Kathleen have been with the company for many years. They have all amassed enormous knowledge of the industry and their experience and dedication to the company cannot be overstated.

 William O’Hara: Production  Manager Exclusive Cigar Manufacture IrelandWilliam O’Hara: Production Manager

William, the Production Manager, oversees and organises all aspects of the day to day running of the manufacture of the cigars and boxes. He deals with all staff, suppliers and customers and ensures that ECMI can meet those customer needs effectively. William has been working for the business for over 30 years and his service is invaluable.

John Murtagh: Maintenance Manager Exclusive Cigar Manufacture IrelandJohn Murtagh: Maintenance Manager

John, the Maintenance Manager, has been with the company for over 20 years. His technical knowledge and expertise has enabled ECMI to rebuild and upgrade machinery in-house over this time. His unrivalled knowledge in the area of cigar machinery has been an enormous advantage to ECMI over this time.

Kathleen Regan: Administrator Exclusive Cigar Manufacture IrelandKathleen Regan: Administrator

Since 1995 Kathleen has been the voice that welcomes ECMI customers and suppliers when they first contact the company. Kathleens organisational and people skills have proved to be a huge asset to the business over the years, as anyone who has come through the doors or spoken to her on the phone will testify.

Virtual Tours

Cigar manufacturing factory tour

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Client Testimonials

“Creamy, smooth with a delightful cap, the cigar produces thick smoke with a very light but pleasurable Irish Whiskey tone to the palate. Nice slow burning white ash and a just tight enough wrap gives it a good feel to the hand”
"In our business getting orders in on time is critical and ECMI deliver every time – on time. It’s something less to worry about and that’s always a good thing."