A pipe smoker for over a decade, Jeremy is as passionate about pipes, pipe tobacco, and blending tobacco as a man can be. His experience as a tobacco shop manager, as well as a wood-fire pizza chef, give him unique insight into running a boutique blending operation like Cornell & Diehl. When he isn't running the factory he enjoys the outdoors, particularly camping and hiking. He's an "adventurous eater," and has an expressed love for trying new things and attempting to recreate them in his kitchen at home, which is another reason he's such a great fit at C&D. Born in Portales, New Mexico, Jeremy is a bit of a rolling stone. He has called Chicago, Denver, Cleveland, and Portland home, before moving to South Carolina, where we hope he will stay.
Though a South Carolina native, Chris Formo spent six years in Los Angeles pursuing a career in music. Seeking a change of pace, he moved back to Myrtle Beach eight years ago, where he eventually found his way to us here at Cornell & Diehl. As our Assistant Manager, Chris is a man of many hats on the floor every day to fill a variety of roles so that the entire department runs as smoothly and seamlessly as possible. Chris comes to us from an extensive background in the motorcycle industry, and in his spare time he enjoys football, motorcycles, playing his guitar, and a variety of music.
A proud native of the bluegrass state, Aaron was thrilled to follow his hobby of pipe smoking down south to the legendary blending tables of Cornell & Diehl. Though all of our guys and gals are cross-trained to lend a hand wherever needed, Aaron is our Blending Lead. He's responsible for overseeing the meticulous process of taking our various kinds of processed tobacco and combining them in very specific ratios to ultimately transform them into your favorite boutique blends. When not looking excessively jolly in photos or leaning on Perique barrels, he takes pleasure in watching movies with his wife, Rachel, lifting heavy things, hiking up mountains, playing music, and, of course, oiling his beard. Aaron is currently finishing up a Bachelor of Arts in Bible, so the writings of C.S. Lewis and a leather-bound Greek New Testament sport the most worn covers on his bookshelf. While learning to like sunsets and long walks on the beach, he also enjoys chamber music and ten-pin bowling.
Another West Coast transplant, Robert Murphy was born and raised in Simi Valley, CA. Looking for a change, he moved across the country with his fiancee Tina to her hometown of Little River, South Carolina. He's the proud father and soon-to-be stepfather of four beautiful children and couldn't wait to be among his bearded brethren here at C&D, where we'll tell you, he's fit right in since day one.
He was the lead singer for three different heavy metal bands back in California and a martial artist in multiple styles for six years. When he's not handling, moving, stripping, cutting, or treating the whole-leaf and semi-thrashed tobacco we use to make your favorite blends as our Raw Processing Lead, you can find him lending a hand in other areas of production. As if he doesn't get his hands dirty enough at work, Robert enjoys riding four-wheelers through the swampy forest with his fiancee, or watching scary movies with his family.
Bretton, or just "B," came to Myrtle Beach by way of Maryland, and has since married the love of his life. A relaxed, pleasant, and goofy person to be around, he still takes his work seriously as he spends his days drying, mixing, tinning, and transporting all of your favorite Cornell & Diehl blends. Outside of work, you'll find him tinkering with whatever needs fixing, flying stunt kites, and pretending to be a tourist in the Myrtle Beach area — assuming he and his wife haven't set off camping.
David and his wife moved to the Little River area from Charlotte, NC, where they lived for 14 years. He is originally from New London, Connecticut, and is a veteran of the US Army having served during the Gulf War. These days his passion is playing golf; if he isn't at home or assisting with production at Cornell & Diehl you can find him out on the greens. He enjoys smoking pipes and cigars and loves movies and television, particularly action and sci-fi.
Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Daniel relocated to Longs recently, and we're pleased to have him join us on C&D's production team. Whether it's transporting, drying, mixing, or tinning, Daniel is on the front lines of making sure your favorite blends get made and are up to standards every single time. When not working, you'll find him hiking and camping with his German Shepherd, or enjoying some Star Trek marathons at home. An avid traveler, his favorite place to visit is the Arcadian National Park in Maine.
Originally from Whiteville, NC, Alicia graduated from Southeastern Community College with a degree in Early Childhood Education, which she's put to good use raising her four children. As one of our Production Associates, she serves as an integral part of our blending house team: moving, handling, tinning, and just generally making sure your favorite tobaccos are blended with "Love". When Alisha's not at work, you can find her curled up in a chair enjoying a good book or simply spending quality time with her family.
Originally from Baltimore, David's the sort of guy who does a lot of things, and is good at all of them. Not only does he work as one of our production associates — helping to create all of your favorite tobaccos — but he's also a career firefighter with years of volunteer experience, and a licensed pyrotechnic whose work is on display at local fireworks shows year-round. When he's not working, you'll find David spending time with his son, passing along his love for the outdoors as they explore our area together.
A Southerner at heart, Phyllis was born in South Carolina, and attended North Myrtle Beach schools. Here at C&D, she works as part of our Production team, active in every segment of the process of transporting, mixing, blending, and packaging of your favorite blends. And when she's not at work, she enjoys leisurely evenings on the porch, accompanied by her family, dogs, and some good music.
Ivy is a North Myrtle Beach native and has lived in the area all her life. As one of our Production Associates, she works with the rest of the team to make the magic happen — mixing, blending, tinning, and transporting, all to make sure your favorite blends are consistently made. When she's not at work Ivy enjoys traveling and simply spending quality time with her family. She has a warm heart, a congenial demeanor, and she is constantly smiling.
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