One of our greatest strengths is the quality and dedication of our people.
"Since 1998, we have invested over $60 million to develop our operating platform, acquire and grow our portfolio of distinctive premium spirits brands, and build strong US and international routes to market. We expect to capitalize on this investment in the years ahead."
Mark founded Castle Brands in 1998. In 1980, Mark founded American Exploration Company, an oil and gas exploration company. He oversaw that company becoming publicly traded in 1983 and served as its chairman and CEO until its merger with Louis Dreyfus Natural Gas Corp. in 1997.
Mr. Lampen has served as Executive Vice President of Vector Group Ltd. since July 1996. From October 1995 to December 2005, Mr. Lampen served as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel and a director of New Valley LLC, now a subsidiary of Vector Group Ltd. Since September 2006, he has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc., the parent of Ladenburg. Mr. Lampen has served as a director of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. since January 2002. Since November 1998, he has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of CDSI Holdings Inc., an affiliate of New Valley LLC seeking acquisition or investment opportunities. Mr. Lampen has served as a director of CDSI Holdings since January 1997. From May 1992 to September 1995, Mr. Lampen was a partner at Steel Hector & Davis, a law firm located in Miami, Florida. From January 1991 to April 1992, Mr. Lampen was a Managing Director at Salomon Brothers Inc, an investment bank, and was an employee at Salomon Brothers Inc from 1986 to April 1992. Mr. Lampen has served as a director of a number of other companies, including 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.
"Castle Brands is committed to developing unique premium brands in growing categories. We have restructured our company to provide an effective platform to deliver this objective."
John Glover was formerly Senior Vice President of Commercial Management at Remy Cointreau USA. Prior to that he was chief marketing officer at Bols and held several senior level positions at International Distillers and Vintners.
T. Kelley Spillane
"In the United States, we now have eight experienced Regional Managers who are supported by sales personnel in key markets. Collectively, this sales force sold approximately 2 million cases a year in their previous jobs. In addition, we now have very strong distributors in all fifty states."
After acting as an independent consultant to Castle Brands for two years, Kelley joined CBI in 2000. Prior to CBI, Kelley was with Carillon Importers Limited, a division of Grand Metropolitan PLC. While at Carillon, Kelley was instrumental in the development of Absolut Vodka and the launch of Bombay Sapphire Gin.
Alfred J. Small
"Our experience in the U.S. and international markets, combined with our proven track record of brand growth, provide a solid platform for growth prospects and value creation."
Al joined Castle Brands in 2004. Prior to joining Castle Brands, from February 1999 until October 2004, Mr. Small served in various accounting roles, including Senior Accountant at Grodsky Caporrino & Kaufman, CPA PC. Mr. Small received a bachelor of science from the State University of New York in 1997 and is a certified public accountant.
Ms. Peña joined Castle Brands in September 2011. Prior to that, she was the Marketing Vice President for Liqueurs and Spirits at Rémy Cointreau USA and had served several marketing roles in the wine and spirits industry, including Director of Strategy and Business Development and Senior Brand Manager for Italian and Californian Wines at Remy Cointreau USA, as well as Brand Director for the Italian Estate Wines at Banfi Vintners.
Ms. Peña received her B.S. degree in Electronic Engineering, with honors, from Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, Venezuela, and her MBA degree in International Economics and Management from Bocconi University, Milan -Italy. Ms. Peña is fluent in Italian, Spanish and English.