Tom Trella grew up in Kelayres, PA and graduated from Hazleton High School in 1986. He served in the Army Reserves for six years and did a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Storm. Tom is married to the former Allyson Fisher. They have two daughters. Tom founded the Cigar Box in 1996. He also owned and operated a convenience store up until 2005, when he then opened Capriotti’s Catering. Tom has been involved in the catering business for over 25 years.
Tom is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and has watched every game since 1992. He was lucky enough to have been in attendance at the game where Emmitt Smith broke the all time rushing record.
Tom is quite the cigar aficionado. Some of his favorite cigars include Arturo Fuente 858, Padron 4000, and Butera 652. The best cigar he ever smoked was the Opus X Chili Pepper, while visiting Chateau de la Fuente Farms in the Dominican Republic.
Laurie married her husband, Bobby Veet in 1982. Her most precious accomplishment besides being a mother to her two daughters, Mallory and Mackenzie, is being “LaLa” to her adorable grandson, Myles, the son of Mallory and her husband Keith. She has been self employed since she was 22 years old and an owner/operator of Cigar Box since 1996. In her spare time she is an adult tap dance student, loves roller coasters, and enjoys traveling the globe. Laurie still has a crush on her teen idol, Donny Osmond, which she and her husband had the pleasure of cruisin’ with him and his family.
Michael graduated with a degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Studies from Muhlenberg College in 2002. He is a graduate of Hazleton Area High School. Michael played basketball in High School and College. At Muhlenberg he was the starting shooting guard for 4 seasons and Captain his junior and senior year. He is married to Laura and has two daughters, Mikayla and Gianna. Michael’s interest in cigars began on the golf course and progressed once he became involved in the tobacco industry. He has been to the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Puerto Rico, and Mexico many times to visit the tobacco fields, farms, and rolling facilities. This has allowed him to gain a better understanding and appreciation for the industry from the master blenders themselves.