Howard M. Lorber
President and Chief Executive Officer
Howard M. Lorber is our President and Chief Executive Officer, and President and Chief Executive Officer of our wholly owned subsidiary, New Valley LLC. Since 1994, Mr. Lorber has actively managed Vector’s and New Valley’s diversified interests, which include New Valley’s broad portfolio of real estate projects located in the United States. Mr. Lorber serves as Executive Chairman of Douglas Elliman Realty, LLC, one of the nation’s oldest and largest real estate brokerage firms and a subsidiary of New Valley.
Throughout his career, Mr. Lorber has successfully led numerous corporations and, at different times, held positions simultaneously. He serves as Executive Chairman of Nathan’s Famous Inc. (NASDAQ: NATH), Vice Chairman of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. (NYSE American: LTS) and a director of Clipper Realty, Inc. (NYSE: CLPR). In 2017, Mr. Lorber received a Presidential appointment to serve as Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He also serves on the board of Garden of Dreams, as Chairman of Southampton Hospital Foundation, and Co-Chairman of the Silver Shield Foundation–a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance towards the educational costs of children of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.
Mr. Lorber holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master of Science degree in Taxation, and an Honorary Doctorate from Long Island University, where he is also a trustee.▲
Richard J. Lampen
Executive Vice President
Richard J. Lampen is our Executive Vice President and Executive Vice President of our subsidiary New Valley. Since September 2006, he has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services (NYSE American: LTS), a publicly-traded diversified financial services company engaged in independent brokerage and advisory services, investment banking, equity research, institutional sales and trading, asset management services and trust services of which Vector holds an approximate 10% equity interest. He has also served as Chairman of Ladenburg Thalmann since September 2018. From October 2008 until October 2019, Mr. Lampen served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Castle Brands Inc. (NYSE American: ROX) prior to its acquisition by Pernod Ricard. Vector held an approximate 8% equity interest in Castle.
Prior to joining Vector in 1995, Mr. Lampen was a partner at Steel Hector & Davis, a law firm located in Miami, Florida. Previously, Mr. Lampen was a Managing Director at Salomon Brothers Inc. Mr. Lampen is a director of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. Mr. Lampen has also served as a director of a number of other companies, including Castle Brands Inc. (NYSE American: ROX), U.S. Can Corporation, The International Bank of Miami, N.A. and Spec’s Music Inc., as well as a court-appointed independent director of Trump Plaza Funding, Inc.
Mr. Lampen received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School.
J. Bryant Kirkland III
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
J. Bryant Kirkland III is our Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. He joined Vector Group and its subsidiaries in July 1992, and became our Chief Financial Officer in 2006. Mr. Kirkland is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of New Valley LLC and many of its affiliates. Mr. Kirkland also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of Multi Solutions II, Inc. and Multi-Soft II, Inc., which are engaged in organizational efforts, including obtaining initial financing, and preparing to identify potential merger or acquisition candidates. Mr. Kirkland served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CDSI Holdings Inc. (n/k/a SG Blocks Inc.) from January 1998 to November 2011 and served as a director of SG Blocks Inc. (NASDAQ: SGBX) from November 1998 until September 2015.
Mr. Kirkland received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from Barry University. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Florida, New York and North Carolina.
He served as a member of the Board of Visitors at North Carolina State University from 2002 to 2006. Mr. Kirkland is an avid runner who has completed the Boston, New York, Miami, San Diego, Chicago and Arizona Marathons.
Marc N. Bell
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Marc N. Bell is our Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. He has been with Vector Group since 1994. Mr. Bell also serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Vector Tobacco Inc. and New Valley LLC and many of their affiliates. Mr. Bell served as a member of the Board of Directors of SG Blocks Inc. (NASDAQ: SGBX) from March 2014 to September 2015. Prior to joining the Company in 1994, Mr. Bell practiced bankruptcy, corporate, and real estate law. Mr. Bell is licensed in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Florida.
Mr. Bell received a Bachelor of Business Administration from George Washington University and a Juris Doctorate from Villanova Law School. Mr. Bell also received an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Ronald J. Bernstein
President and Chief Executive Officer of Liggett Group LLC and Liggett Vector Brands LLC
Ronald J. Bernstein is President and Chief Executive Officer of Liggett Group LLC and President and Chief Executive Officer of Liggett Vector Brands LLC, a subsidiary of Vector Group formed in 2002 to coordinate and execute the sales and marketing efforts for all of Vector Group’s tobacco operations.
Mr. Bernstein has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Liggett Group, which is the fourth largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the U.S., since August 2000. Previously, Mr. Bernstein was President and Chief Executive Officer of Brooke Overseas Ltd., while also serving as General Director of Liggett-Ducat Ltd., the company’s former Russian operating subsidiary. During this period, Mr. Bernstein was responsible for the company’s Russian real estate development operations as well as its cigarette manufacturing operations. Since joining the company in 1991, Mr. Bernstein has served in various other capacities with Liggett Group, including Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Bernstein began his career in commercial banking with Merchants Bank & Trust of Indiana. He then moved to Sun Bank of Florida, before spending five years at Gold Coast Savings Bank in various capacities, including President & COO.