Meet the Staff
Dayton Matlick is the chairman of the board of Tobacco Reporter’s parent company, SpecComm International, Inc. A veteran of the publishing and tobacco industries, he grew up on a U.S. tobacco farm and wrote his first article about the trade in 1948, at the age of 14. Dayton has won several journalism awards. He is a founding father of TABEXPO and continues to be actively involved with this event.
Elise Rasmussen is Tobacco Reporter’s publisher and global events organizer. She also manages advertising accounts around much of the world. Her drive, networking skills and powers of persuasion are legendary. Since joining Tobacco Reporter in 1982, Elise has traveled the globe nonstop, helping customers establish and strengthen their corporate identities within the industry. Recently, Elise also assumed responsibility for Tobacco Reporter events. The increasingly popular Global Tobacco Networking Forum is her brainchild.
Kay O’Neill is Tobacco Reporter’s associate publisher and a sales representative and coordinator. She has a talent for gracefully reconciling the natural tensions that exist between sales and editorial considerations. Her cool mind and sense of humor have helped Tobacco Reporter sail a steady course in even the most turbulent of times. Kay has been with Tobacco Reporter since 1991 and currently looks after customers in the United States.
Candas Carmen is Tobacco Reporter’s international sales consultant. The newest member of our team, she has managed to establish herself firmly in the tobacco industry, looking after territories in Asia, the Middle East, the Americas and German-speaking markets. Candas’ knowledge of tobacco is complemented by years of experience in the print, packaging and publishing industries, making her an ideal partner for your B2B marketing efforts.
Taco Tuinstra is Tobacco Reporter’s editor in chief. Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, he coordinates the work of staff writers and contributors and sets the magazine’s editorial direction. Since joining Tobacco Reporter in 1997, Taco has visited more than 70 countries to meet industry representatives in their markets and report tobacco news firsthand. Under his direction, Tobacco Reporter has won several awards for editorial excellence.
George Gay is our European editor, but his territory spans the globe. Based in London, George has covered the tobacco industry since 1982, initially for a U.K.-based publication and, since 2004, for Tobacco Reporter. George’s profound understanding of industry issues, combined with his keen sense of observation and dry wit, has earned him a loyal following among Tobacco Reporter readers. His writing never fails to delight.
Timothy Donahue is Tobacco Reporter’s assistant editor. Since joining our team in January 2013, he has become an expert not only on the traditional tobacco business but also on the rapidly developing vapor industry. Tim spends much of his time on the road, attending conferences and interviewing industry representatives. His networking skills, work ethic and quick mind are a valuable asset to Tobacco Reporter and its audience.