Ernesto Perez-Carrillo

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Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, Jr.
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Ernesto in Miami in 2009
Born November 1951
Pinar Del Rio, Cuba
Ethnicity Cuban American
Occupation cigar manufacturer
Known for

Prior co-owner/ La Gloria Cubana and

Co-Founder of EPC Cigar Co. LLC
EPC Cigar

Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, Jr. (born 1952), is a Cuban American master cigar maker [1] who resides in Coral Gables and the Dominican Republic.


Ernesto founded the El Credito Cigar Company in Miami, which produces La Gloria Cubana and El Rico Habano cigars.[2] A few years ago Ernesto, together with his business partner, his daughter Lissette McPhillips, sold the cigar business to Swedish Match, which has annual revenues of approximately $1.5 billion, but Ernesto continues to manage the company and oversee production.[3] Ernesto recently created the La Gloria Cubana Series R cigar, which has fast become one of the most respected cigars in the United States.[4] In 2009, Ernesto departed Swedish Match to start a new company with his daughter, Lissette McPhillips Perez-Carrillo, and his son, Ernie, named EPC Cigar Company LLC.[5]

Marriage and children[edit]

Ernesto has two children. Prior to joing EPC Cigar Co., his son Ernesto Perez-Carrillo III worked for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and McKinsey & Company in New York City. His daughter Lissette McPhillips Perez-Carrillo worked for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Family has always been important to the cigar business and to Ernesto, who learned the trade from his father. Ernesto is very proud that his dreams of the day that his children would join him in the cigar business have materialized.