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Meet Our Team


Bryan Snyder
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Meet the pretty face of the operation.  Bryan co-founded LIT in July 2019 with Dana, Doug, and Michelle.  When he’s not at the lounge, he’s working his “big kid job” at Bommarito Automotive Group, where he’s been the Director of Finance for 25 years.  Besides smoking cigars, his other passions include golf, travel, and spending time with his family.


Favorite cigar  Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado

Favorite drink  Michter's 10 Year



Dana Snyder

Meet the brains of the operation.  Bryan convinced Dana to open a "little cigar shop” in July 2019, and she took that dream and built what you see today.  When she’s not at the lounge, she’s working her job as a residential real estate agent, something she’s been doing for 20 years. Dana enjoys spending time with both of her grandchildren!


Favorite cigar Maria Lucia by Luciano Meirelles

Favorite drink Hiatus Reposado on a big cube...salt + lime!

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As one of the co-founders of LIT, Doug had one goal.  He wanted a great place to smoke!  He accomplished that at LIT, but you won’t see Doug at the lounge very often anymore.  He and his wife, Michelle, moved to Milwaukee, WI in December 2019 where they currently reside with their three children, Jack, Gavin, and Zoe.


Favorite cigar Davidoff Nicaraguan Toro

Favorite drink White Claw


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As the co-brains of the operation, Michelle is equally responsible for the warm decor you find at LIT today.  She and Dana wouldn’t let the guys have anything to do with how the place was set up, be very thankful for that.  As we mentioned in Doug’s profile, you won’t find Michelle at the lounge very often, she’s living the dream in the great north with her family!


Favorite cigar No, thank you

Favorite drink Good red wine


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The bouncing baby boy is our General Manager.  Andrew has his

Retail Tobacconist Certification, so challenge his knowledge! You’ll find Andrew adding cigars to his dad’s tab, and he's always up for a Golden Tee challenge.  When he’s not at the lounge, you’ll find Andrew sleeping, spending time with his girlfriend Mira and their pup Hampton, playing video games, or playing poker. 

Favorite cigar Meerapfel Ernest Double Robusto 

Favorite drink Jack Daniels 12yr

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Nikki Gamblin

This southern gal joined the LIT team in October of 2022. The LIT Cigar Lounge Bourbon Steward officially earned her ‘Stave and Thief Society’ Bourbon Steward certification, as well as her CRT Tequila Certification in 2023. Nikki serves as our Bar Manager and can always be found behind the bar. Outside of work, she enjoys playing video games and spending time with her husband and 7-year-old son. 

Favorite cigar Pass 

Favorite drink Rainbow Sherbet Sour Ale

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Ethan Aronson

Ethan joined the LIT team in February of 2023. He is our Membership Concierge, resident whiskey nerd and is very knowledgeable when it comes to cigar/whiskey pairings. Ask him questions! Ethan can be found in the humidor or nerd-ing out at the bar. When he's not at the lounge, he is smoking and drinking on his patio at home.

Favorite cigar Swisher Sweets

Favorite drink Water

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Nick joined the LIT team in early 2024,  after spending a few years at another shop in Springfield, MO while he was in college. He is our resident pipe and pipe tobacco expert, so be sure to challenge him on all of your pipe questions! When Nick isn’t at the lounge, you’ll find him smoking a cigar with his dad.


Favorite cigar E.P. Carrillo Pledge

Favorite drink That’s a hard one. I love everything”

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