Raul began his career in the tobacco industry in his native country, the Dominican Republic at the young age of 9 years old.
He started out the first ten years of his career with Cueves y Torano seeding tobacco in the lush, sun drenched fields then worked his way up to pre-industry within the cigar factory where he selected and processed the wrappers, binders and filler leaves for the various blends used in production. Ultimately, he became a master roller at the factory.
He then spent a year rolling for Davidoff in the D.R. after which he found himself in Miami rolling once again for Cueves y Torano family at their stateside location.
As fate would have it, he accepted a position at the Nica Habano factory in Esteli, Nicaragua as the factory manager and master blender where he spent the next 3 years overseeing the Cueves y Torano production.
He then traveled the globe for the next 5 years demonstrating his craft by rolling Dunhill Cigars for British American Tobacco at numerous international cigar shows.
Later he worked for A.J. Fernandez under whose tutelage he further honed his blending skills in Esteli for the next 2 years. Then back stateside for another 2 years rolling for the Giro & Legacy Cigar shops in Austin, Texas. Then again back to A.J. Fernandez as production manager where he also assisted with the New World blends.
He also did a rolling event tour with Serious Cigar Shops based out of Houston, Texas.
He was discovered by Nicaragua American Cigars in 2015 and began as production manager ultimately assuming the position of factory manager.