Dr. Reyes is a social anthropologist, historian, researcher and author, with over 39 years of research work, and seven history books published. His goal is “to help preserve our heritage and keep our history legacy alive via education”. He is a member of the Certification Board for the University of Florida in Gainesville, V.P. of the Gonzalez Habano Cigar Company in Tampa, Tour Director of the Cigar Industry History Tours and a member of the Ybor City Ambassador Program. He also works as a volunteer with the Ybor City Museum, as historian advisor, and Docent at the Plant Museum, in Tampa. He has been a member of the Florida Anthropological Society (since 1990).
Dr. Reyes is a Grand Master Cigar Maker, with two Guinness Worlds Records in 2006 & 2009, as well as the World’s Longest Cigar Record, (196′ ft. 3 3/8″ inches) long, and for the first time in the U.S.A. (2009) He is the author of the following bilingual books (English and Spanish) in paper and digital format: “Once Upon a Time in Tampa”; “Cigar City Architecture and Legacy”; “Florida, Frontier Territory” & “The Golden Era of the Cigar Industry”.
He was graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, with an Associate Degree in Business Administration, a degree of a bachelor and master’s in Philosophy, and a dual Doctorate Degree in Philosophy & History, from the University of Alcala de Henares, Spain. As a social anthropologist he obtained a post graduate degree in American History from the University of Florida.