A custom builder of vaunted high-performance sportboats and center consoles, Cigarette Racing Team of Opa-locka, Fla., is reorganizing its Parts and Service department. The new department was announced in late 2021 following the company’s acquisition by Miami-based attorney John H. Ruiz.
Mindi Doller, an industry veteran brought in by Ruiz to head the builder’s then-new parts-and-service initiatives, is no longer with the company.
An iconic builder of go-fast center consoles and V-bottoms, Cigarette Racing Team is changing up a few things in its South Florida operation. Photo from the 2022 Florida Powerboat Club Miami Boat Show Poker Run by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
“We are consolidating departments,” Ruiz said. “We also need space to expand product lines.”
Doller’s position in the department, which originally included restoration and renovation services for existing Cigarette models, will be absorbed by current staff.
“We don’t need to replace her (Doller) as we have staff with plenty of experience that will continue servicing our boats,” Ruiz explained.
Reached by phone late this morning, Doller said, “I wish them well.”
Doller declined to offer additional comment on her departure or future plans.
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