Vintage Rockefeller Cigar Group Sold to Kevin Schweitzer

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Vintage Rockefeller Cigar Group, maker of the Rock-A-Feller brand of cigars, has a new owner, Kevin Schweitzer, president of Sea Crest Holding Group and a Wall Street trader.

“I am extremely excited taking over Vintage Rockefeller Cigar Group and I look forward to guiding a company with a solid history to a new era of success,” Schweitzer said via a press release. “Right now, my vision is to grow the brand throughout the U.S. and eventually move into shepherding the company internationally.”

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He told halfwheel that he is planning on maintaining the brand’s existing portfolio of six cigars, while also preparing for a more widespread release of a blend that was released on a very limited basis in 2015. While the existing core lines are made at Tabacalera L&V S.R.L., the new line is being produced at American Caribbean Tobacco S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua.

The company will be moving forward with at least eight lines, the three Rock-A-Feller ‘Vintage’ Nicaragua lines, the three Rock-A-Feller ‘Classic’ Dominican blends, as well as two small production lines, the  Rock-A-Feller Gold Series and the cognac-infused Billet-Doux, both of which are available as single vitola releases. The company’s cigars are priced between $7 and $16, before taxes and depending on the line.

Schweitzer is also working on building a sales team to help expand the brand both domestically and internationally, while working with a distributor out of New York.

Vintage Rockefeller Cigar Group was launched in 2009 as a collaboration between Jeffrey Uvezian, son of Avo Uvezian, and an undisclosed member of the Rockefeller family, both of whom have since moved onto other ventures.

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