Cigar Industry Leaders: Les Mann
Title: EVP – Colibri, Firebird, Lamborghini.
Where did you grow up? Pittsburgh, Pa. Home of the Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and Pitt Panthers!
Favorite Candy? Hershey with Almonds – Big Block. Hershey Kisses with Almonds are also a favorite!
Animal? Our St. Bernard named Bonnet
Movie? The Wizard of Oz – 75th Anniversary this year! Never gets old. Brings back great childhood memories, sitting on the floor, waiting for the screen to go to color from black and white! Great quote from the Wizard that I tell my Kids “A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others”
Band? KISS. Amazing after 40 years. The brand is still strong and I love the business aspect of the band through License Royalties! Got to see KISS live and hang out with the band backstage this month. Gene Simmons Family Jewels is a great show, not only in regards to his personal life but great branding and business situations involving the KISS franchise. A must watch!
Food? Veal Parmigiana. My go to meal whenever and wherever I travel!
Sports Team? Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and Pitt Panthers.
If your house was on fire, what would be the first item you would grab? The photo albums of my family. Please note that I don’t consider my family as items, as there would be no question then what I would grab.
If you were a superhero what powers would you have? To be able to fly! Loved watching the old Superman TV shows as a child. Able to leap tall buildings…
If your life had a theme song, what would it be? One Shining Moment, The official theme song for the NCAA Basketball Final Four. Only get to hear it once a year after the championship game.
If you had a warning label, what would yours say? Warning: It’s not what they tell you, it’s what they don’t tell you!
If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go? Pittsburgh to see my Mom and my Dad, my sister and her husband, cousins and childhood friends and all of my favorite places growing up before college.
Cigar: I have been very close with The Fuente family since I started in the business 15 years ago. So the Fuente OPUS X to honor the hard work, passion and dedication the entire Fuente family brings to the industry.
Lighter: The New Colibri Rose Gold Stealth 3 triple flame lighter. I love the triple flames, easy ignition system and of course the styling.
Cutter: The New Colibri Rose Gold V cut to match my Stealth 3 lighter! The V-Cut is the deepest!
Humidor: The New Limited Edition Colibri and Daniel Marshall Humidor which launched last month at IPCPR 2014. Designed by Colibri and Handcrafted in California!
I started with Colibri as the EVP for S.T. Dupont, Paris in 2000 after spending 10 years at Cross Pen and before that as an Assistant Golf Professional at Point Judith CC in Narragansett, RI., and Seminole Golf Club in North Palm Beach, Fla.
I enjoy working for Colibri as it is a worldwide brand established in 1928. The innovation and designs of our products are truly amazing to me. I enjoy having the opportunity to travel the country and work closely with our customers and meet their customers and also work in partnership with leading consumer brands and cigar manufacturers, designing co-branding opportunities. I have established co-branding opportunities with NASCAR, James Bond 007, Arturo Fuente, LeRoy Neiman, Rocky Patel, Ashton and General Cigar.
I enjoy going to watch my son Alex play baseball and basketball and watch my daughter Natalie play softball. I enjoy collecting vintage maps and atlases and have a collection dating back to the mid 1800’s! Family vacations are spent in the winter skiing in New Hampshire and the summer on Block Island, RI. My family also enjoys the thrills of amusement park roller coasters and thrill rides.
Golf has always been a passion of mine and I love the game that it is. I also enjoy reading business books and am looking forward to reading Me, Inc. by Gene Simmons!
I am a very passionate Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and PITT Panther fan as I was born in Pittsburgh. It is easy to recognize my kids here in Rhode Island as they are the ones wearing Pittsburgh Team Jerseys and not those of the Patriots, Bruins and Red Sox!
I have grown to have a liking for Clam cakes and Clam Chowder (clear broth) and enjoy walking the beaches of Narragansett Bay with my family collecting sea glass!
Cheaphumidors.com is proud to feature Les Mann in this week’s post on top cigar industry leaders. You can follow him on Twitter @lesbmann or Colibri @OfficialColibri to keep up to date with their latest product offerings.Cigar Industry Leaders to Know: Les Mann by David Sabot