Born in Baltimore in 1974, Finnie (Jim and Marilyn’s daughter) has 3 brothers and 2 sisters. She graduated with honors from Dulaney High School and Villa Julie College (now Stevenson University), with a BS in Biology. She was also a member of Villa Julie’s inaugural Women’s Basketball Team.
In 1997, she decided to help her Dad temporarily with the opening of The Humidour. Within months, she fell in love with the business and was elected to partner. In 2000, she attended the Retail Tobacco Dealers of America Trade Show (RTDA now iPCPR) in San Antonia and fell in love again—this time with Chris Helmuth, from Philadelphia, whom she would later marry.
Finnie served on the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (iPCPR) for the last 12 years and is currently the President. In November 2003, Chris and Finnie were married — it was truly a Big Fat Greek Wedding!
Finnie spearheaded the formation of the Premium Cigar Retailer Association of Maryland (PCRAM) in 2009, to unite Maryland Cigar Retailers to fight against topics such as tobacco tax increases, smoking ban legislation, and display restrictions.
In 2010, Finnie was awarded the Smart CEO BRAVA Award, which celebrates the top female CEOs who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community.
In April of 2011, Finnie and Chris were blessed with the birth of their daughter Carmella Domenica Helmuth. Carmella has the same warm heart as her mother but every now and then the Philadelphia comes out in her (during which time, Finnie will call her “Little Christina”).
Finnie was awarded the Davidoff Golden Band Award for her Industry Service in 2013. She continues to raise the bar each year as the President of The Humidour Inc. and is credited for most of the events which have become classic for the shoppe.