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BLEND Bar with Davidoff Cigars Names Colin Simpson CCM, Sommelier as General Manager


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Indianapolis, IN, January 31, 2017 – BLEND BAR WITH DAVIDOFF CIGARS (“BLEND”) announced today that it has named Colin Simpson CCM, Sommelier the General Manager of its Pittsburgh location. Mr. Simpson has spent his career in the hospitality industry managing Relais & Château Inns, world-class restaurants and most recently private country clubs in Toronto and New York, including the Monroe Golf Club, a 1920’s Donald Ross design.

Mr. Simpson is a native of Toronto, Canada and was raised and educated in Holland, Belgium and Switzerland. He is a Certified Sommelier by the Sommelier Guild of Canada and received his Sommelier Diploma from George Brown College in Toronto. Mr. Simpson also studied at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) based in London where he was awarded a Higher Certificate with distinction. He is a Certified Club Manager (CCM) and is a member of the Club Manager’s Association of America and the Canadian Society of Club Managers.

Commenting on the announcement, Corey Johnston, President, stated “We are thrilled to welcome Colin to our team and are very excited to have such an accomplished hospitality professional help grow the BLEND brand in Pittsburgh and across the country. Colin’s expertise in wine and spirits is a perfect pairing with our world class premium cigar selections, including Davidoff Cigars. In addition, Colin’s formal training and experience in the hospitality industry will help BLEND provide a luxurious experience for our customers with discerning tastes.”

Colin Simpson added “The camaraderie and culture that BLEND exudes and promotes is inherent in its warm, elegant décor, friendly atmosphere, excellent service and a thoughtfully selected, mature beverage list. My passion is serving people, and facilitating our patrons’ experience of all that BLEND and its dedicated staff have to offer is my mission.”


The BLEND concept is built around a complete sensory experience and offers customers rare selections of spirits, wine and cigars from around the world in an environment featuring a stateof-the-art ventilation system and a proprietary entertainment network, the BLEND Entertainment Network (“BEN”). Headquartered in Indianapolis, IN, CKM Entertainment LLC is the parent company and a leading developer and operator of upscale cigar, spirit and social friendly lounges throughout the U.S. BLEND currently has three locations which are located in Indianapolis, IN; Nashville, TN and Pittsburgh, PA. For more information on BLEND BAR WITH DAVIDOFF CIGARS, log onto

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