Michael Herklots is the Vice President of Retail and Brand Development for Nat Sherman, Inc, a New York tobacco institution since 1930. He works extensively developing new products for the brand, working with manufacturers throughout the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Honduras, as well as oversees the company's retail operations including their iconic flagship store on 42nd Street in Manhattan. He is a Certified Master Tobacconist by Tobacconist University, a teacher for the American Sommelier Association and a contributing writer for many publications. In the retail tobacco business since 1998, Herklots moved to New York City in 2002 and began working for the Swiss Tobacco firm Davidoff of Geneva in their flagship Madison Avenue store in New York City. In 2006 he was promoted to General Manager of Davidoff's Columbus Circle location, and in 2008 was appointed as General Manager of both New York City Retail Operations.