Alan Rubin went to work for his father directly from college. His father ran an iron company in Florida. The company ran well and in 1996 they sold it. Alan, who was a cigar lover, but knew little about it, decided to go into the cigar industry and founded Alec Bradley, named after his two sons. He visited the Tobacco Fair in America this year and came into contact with a small producer of cigars in Honduras.
The first cigars produced under the name of Alec Bradley are known as Bogey Stogies, cigars sold to golfers to smoke on the track. However, the business did not go well and at the end of the 1990s the company was almost bankrupt.
Only when he went to sea with Ralph Montero in 2000, someone who was really home in the cigar industry, did better with Alec Bradley. The first cigar made by Montero was the "Occidental Reserve", with the help of Henk Kelner, Davidoff's blender. Now many years later, Alec Bradley is one of the world's largest cigar brands. The company is still located in the United States, while the cigars are made with the largest cigars producers in Central America, such as Plasencia. The greatest success of Alec Bradley was in 2011, when the Prensado Churchill was declared Cigar Aficionado as a cigar of the year.