Rakesh "Rocky" Patel is a true example of "the American Dream" Born in India, he moved to America, Green Bay with his parents to be precise. After High School, he went to the University of Wisconsin to study law in Los Angeles. He becomes a lawyer in Beverly Hills and gets famous clients like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Bruce Willis, Gene Hackman and Demi Moore. They introduced him to the world of cigar smoking. In 1995, the time of the "cigars tree" he is one of the founders of the Grand Havana Room, he has just started smoking cigarettes. Here he meets Philip Zanghi, owner of Indian Motorcycles. Those who want to make cigars under the name Indian and Rocky decide to help him. This is the beginning of Indian Tabac Cigar Co., the company that will later be called Rocky Patel.
In the meantime, Rocky has just been working as a lawyer, but his passion for cigars makes sure that the time spent as a lawyer is getting less and ultimately he stops advocating himself to cigars. The cigars are made in Honduras, but the headquarters of the brand are still in California. This changed in 1999, when a brand new headquarters is opened in Naples, Florida. Rocky works together with Nestor Plascencia. Those who cultivated the tobacco, but because of the scarcity of tobacco (the growers could not respond to the demand for tobacco in the '90s), the mix of some cigars sometimes changed daily. Rocky tried to convince Nestor that this was not the right method and that he wanted to have well-grounded tobacco. This led to the vintage series in 2002. Nimish Patel Rocky's cousin, who also works at the company, convinces Rocky to change brand name from Indian Tabac to Rocky Patel. The reason for this was that Rocky travelled all over the world to sell his products and that he had become more famous than his company. The success of the Vintage series caused Plascencia to transfer one of its own factories to Rocky in 2004, so that they could roll their own cigars and roll the tobacco themselves. Now more than 20 years after the first Indian Tabac cigars were made, Rocky Patel is one of the best selling cigar brands in the world and especially in the United States. The cigars portfolio covers the whole segment of the cheaper cigars for each day, up to cigars in the high-end segment. Rocky still travels around the world to sell his products, even though he has received some help.