By Kevin Godbee
I first met Alan Rubin in June 2008 at a special event for the unveiling of the Tempus Cigar. The affair took place at the Hard Rock Cafe Hotel & Casino’s shopping campus – specifically at the jazz club Jazziz in Hollywood, Florida. Jazz Artist Jesse J. performed at the soirée, there was food and drink, and of course, amazing Tempus cigars. My friend and business associate at the time, the late Gary J. Arzt conducted an impromptu video interview with Alan, which we published on the cigar e-zine I owned at the time. Three months later I was bought out and signed a 3-year non-compete.
Well … three years went by much faster than I thought and I am pleased to have our "Cigar Cool" interview column’s second feature focus on conversations with Alan Rubin. Alan is of course, the President and Founder of Alec Bradley Cigars. For those that may not know, the company is named for Alan’s two sons. When he started the company in 1996, they were approximately 3 and 1 years of age, or less. Now, they are 19 and 16 years old. How time flies when you’re having fun.
Part I of our interview is 14-minutes long, but it goes by fast because the conversation is fun, and intriguing. Anyone that knows Alan will not be surprised by that. He is a charismatic and intelligent guy. As usual, with both interviewer and interviewee having a passion for both cigars and business, that is what the conversation revolves around, and there is an interesting story with every question asked and answered. This interview is dedicated to my late friend and business associate, whom I wished to be included in this new endeavor; Gary J. Arzt.
I hope you enjoy watching the interview as much as Alan and I did conducting it. There are more links below the video to related content.
More video clips with Alan Rubin …
Kevin Godbee is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of Cigar Chronicles, but around here we just call him El Jefe… except for The Zman. He calls him Godsmack. Kevin started smoking cigars in 1998 and started an online cigar magazine & community site in 2005. (The site was acquired in 2008 and no longer exists.) He launched PipesMagazine.com in 2009, and in less than three years the site has become the largest trafficked pipe smoking related site, and the #1 Source for Pipes and Pipe Tobacco Information.
In the beginning of his career, Kevin worked in the hobby and specialty toy business for 16 years in sales, marketing, advertising and product development for three different manufacturers, and with his own company.
Over the last 10 years working in the online business, he has become an expert in Internet Marketing and SEO. Kevin is a Certified Master Tobacconist (CMT) through Tobacconist University, a member of Cigar Rights of America and is a "Media Member" of the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association. In his spare time he sings, plays guitar, cooks, and enjoys all the wonderful places to go and things to do in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida where he lives in his penthouse bachelor pad. Kevin has been smoking cigars for 14 years.