Our Executive Team

RONALD J BERNSTEINPresident and Chief Executive Officer

Ron Bernstein serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Liggett Vector Brands LLC, the subsidiary of Vector Group Ltd. that coordinates and executes the sales and marketing efforts for all of Vector Group’s tobacco operations. Mr. Bernstein has also served since August 2000 as President and CEO of Liggett Group LLC, the Vector Group tobacco manufacturing subsidiary with annual revenues in excess of over $1 billion.

Previously, Mr. Bernstein was President and CEO of Brooke Overseas Ltd., while also serving as General Director of Liggett-Ducat Ltd., the Russian operating subsidiary. During this period, Mr. Bernstein was responsible for the company’s Russian real estate development business as well as its cigarette manufacturing operations. Since joining the company in 1991, Mr. Bernstein has served in various capacities with Liggett Group LLC, 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 and Chief Operating Officer.

JAMES A TAYLORExecutive Vice President – Sales and Marketing

James Taylor leads all sales and marketing initiatives for Liggett Vector Brands and is a key participant in the development of the business strategy for the company. An Australian national, Mr. Taylor has a long history of successful management experience, brand-building skills, and strategic marketing expertise, both in the U.S. and internationally. He spent 12 years with the Philip Morris Companies, where he gained significant marketing and tobacco industry experience. Beyond several international assignments, he is a former Category Manager on Philip Morris USA’s Marlboro brand. He also served as a Director of Marketing at Miller Brewing Company, as a Vice President of Marketing for Labatt Breweries of Canada, and as Vice President of Marketing for Dannon, a subsidiary of Groupe Danone. In addition, Mr. Taylor served as President of Internet Services for a Boston-based technology company, Sonexis. Mr. Taylor joined Vector Tobacco as Senior Vice President – Marketing in 2001 and was appointed Executive Vice President of Liggett Vector Brands LLC in 2004.

NICHOLAS P ANSONExecutive Vice President - Finance, Administration & CFO

Nick Anson is responsible for Liggett Vector Brands’ finance and human resources organizations. His duties include coordination with and certain indirect responsibilities for finance and HR matters at Liggett Vector Brands’ affiliated companies, Liggett Group and Vector Tobacco. Mr. Anson is a British national who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. He worked as a financial analyst for both Lockheed Martin and Quintiles Inc. before joining Vector Tobacco in 2001. Most recently, Mr. Anson served as Vice President, Finance & CFO for Liggett Vector Brands.

STEVEN H ERIKSONSenior Vice President of Retail Sales

Steve Erikson is the Senior Vice President of Retail Sales for Liggett Vector Brands. A veteran in the tobacco industry, Mr. Erikson was previously employed by Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation where he held a variety of field sales management roles.  Since joining Liggett Group in 1995, Mr. Erikson has held a broad range of sales management positions and assumed his current leadership role in 2006.

DENNIS L BOMGARDNERGroup Vice President – National Accounts

Dennis Bomgardner is the Group Vice President of National Accounts and has extensive experience in the tobacco industry. Prior to joining Liggett Vector Brands in 2002, Mr. Bomgardner completed thirty years of service with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. An accomplished executive, Mr. Bomgardner has held a variety of sales and marketing positions over his career, leading highly successful business teams.

FRANCIS G WALLSenior Vice President, Manufacturing & Finance

Frank Wall oversees manufacturing operations including leaf procurement, supply chain, manufacturing, quality assurance, and distribution to customers from our production facility in Mebane, North Carolina. He originally joined Liggett Group in September 1997 after completing graduate studies at the London School of Economics. Mr. Wall also served as Chief Financial Officer from 2006 to 2013 and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of North Carolina.