In December, William “Bill” Sherman ’85, P’21 and Laurence “Larry” Sherman ’92 — executive vice presidents of Nat Sherman, the “tobacconist to the world” — were awarded the National Human Relations Award from the Global Jewish Advocacy (AJC) for their ongoing commitment to charitable causes and social diversity.
Praising the Sherman brothers for transforming both their business and civic communities, AJC’s Director of Interreligious Relations Rabbi Noam Marans said, “The spirit of this award is to recognize the outstanding work our business leaders do every day. As leaders, you have influence and that creates an obligation to help make the world a better place, and that is what our two recipients here tonight do every day.”
In 2017, the tobacco giant Altria Group Inc. acquired Nat Sherman along with its portfolio of high-end cigarettes and premium cigars, as Cigar Aficionado reported in January. The Sherman brothers served as consultants for the year.
“We are excited to have our family’s business join the Altria family of companies,” Bill Sherman said. “We believe Altria will be a great steward of the Sherman company and its brands.”
Celebrating 88 years in operation, Nat Sherman LLC is the premiere American brand of cigars. Started by their grandfather in the garment district of New York City, the business has expanded tremendously under the leadership of Bill and Larry who both serve as executive vice presidents. Today, the Nat Sherman store in New York City is considered a worldwide destination for cigar enthusiasts.
The National Human Relations Award has been presented to members of the tobacco industry for more than 50 years. The award is given to leading members of the business and civic community who have made contributions to the betterment of life on local and national levels.
As a member of the Board of Directors of the Cigar Association of America and the Tobacco Merchants Association, Bill often speaks about opportunities in the tobacco industry and running a family-owned business. He graduated from Hobart with a B.A. in history. He was a member of Kappa Sigma as well as the Hobart baseball team. He currently serves on the Statesmen Athletic Association Board of Directors and his son Wylie Sherman ’21 is on the Hobart lacrosse team.
Larry serves on the Board of The National Association of Tobacco Outlets and is a past member of the Leadership Development Division of the American Wholesale Marketers Association. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association. He graduated from Hobart with a B.A. in English.
Their nephew Alexander Entner ’19 is currently studying abroad in Ireland.