“World Famous” Cigar Bar Welcomes Alan Rubin and Alec Bradley Road Warriors
World’s Best Cigar of 2011 Featured as Rich Castiano & Staff Host a ‘Sold Out’ Alec Bradley Cigar Dinner
In 1996, Alan Rubin achieved his dream and started a Cigar Company in Miami named after his two sons Alec and Bradley and that same year Rich Castiano combined his two passions and realized his dream to open his first Cigar Bar.
On Sunday June 10, 2012, Alan Rubin the owner and founder of of Alec Bradley Cigars Visited Rich Castiano, the owner and founder of The “World Famous” Cigar Bar, it was more than just a ‘Sold Out’ Alec Bradley Cigar Dinner…and it really was more than a celebration and tribute to the World Best Cigar of 2011.
It was more like two passionate men who were celebrating being a bit more “World Famous” than sixteen years before, but both lauded each others resilience and achievements and gave the credit to their loyal teams of professionals who, in that time have certainly become more like family than staff.
“We were extremely fortunate to have Alan Rubin visit us…obviously to have the Alec Bradley team here with the number one cigar in the world is incredible. We couldn’t have be happier”, said Castiano whose neighborhood Cigar Bar concept has set the standard for other Cigar Bars around the country.
Alan Rubin and Rich Castiano mark Sixteen Years of Growth in the Cigar Industry
www.BeverageUnderground.com was on location at Gulf Coast Town Center and Larry ‘Smokey’ Genta was able to meet two ‘Great American’ success stories and both Alan Rubin, as a producer, and Rich Castiano, as a leading retailer, are both highly regarded cigar industry leaders.
Cigar Aficionado Magazine named Alec Bradley’s Prensado Churchill as the Number One Cigar in the World and it certainly was featured in a night of excellence that introduced Alan Rubin to over 80 in attendance. Also featured was another award-winner, Alec Bradley’s Black Market Cigar which was named ‘Best of the Best’ of 2011 by The Robb Report.
“One of the things were share most in common is family…and knowing how important family is” said the affable and humble Rubin. “I walked right in to see Richie and the first one I saw was his Dad (Sal Castiano), we’ve had dinners together through the years.”
Having a cigar dinner isn’t new to the staff of The ‘World Famous’ Cigar Bar Staff but this Alec Bradley event was more like a family reunion with friends gathering to relax in the most comfortable setting to enjoy the fine spirits, wines and specialty beers before, after and during a great dinner.
Castiano’s crew shined, from the management team of Dino Camarano and Randy Santerfeit to Tobacconists Joel Sorrentino and Sultan Chakar. Promotions Director Kevin Robbins helped orchestrate the Porterhouse Dinner from Outback Steakhouse, along with contests and raffles for Flat Screen TV’s and assorted Alec Bradley and “World Famous” Cigar Bar Cigar Accessories.
Neither Sam Phillips or Kevin Casey are strangers to Rich Castiano as all three were friends and associates before they joined Alan Rubin’s award-winning team. “I’m proud to say that I was walking through Ritchie’s front door the day he opened”, said Kevin Casey. Casey joined Alan Rubin’s ‘Road Warriors’ after a career that began many years ago at Swisher.
Sam Phillips also met Castiano at his original ‘World Famous” Cigar Bar at 1508 Hendry Street in the Downtown Fort Myers River District, and since joining with Alan Rubin and the staff at Alec Bradley they collectively have developed a winning hand from the seed and the smoke to the Phillips’ marketing of the Alec Bradley Road Warriors.
Alan Rubin is President and Founder of Alec Bradley and he proudly spoke of the efforts of his entire team led by Alec Bradley Vice-President Ralph Montero, along with George Sosa, Vice President of Sales, Michael Serota Vice President of Operations and Lori Bond the In-house Sales Manager.
The “World Famous” Cigar Bar carries the complete line of Alec Bradley Cigars including Alec Bradley Prensado and Alec Bradley Black Market Cigars.
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