David Smydo is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Sokolin LLC, which is a leading
luxury retailer and direct marketer of fine and rare wine to high net worth individuals
internationally. The Company currently operates in 30 countries and has offices in New
York, Switzerland, and France. The Company is primarily known for offering a superior
selection of ultra-premium, back-vintage European wines as well as its white glove
customer service. In his tenure at the Company, he has led the business through a
period of significant growth and has overseen the transformation of a traditional wine
store into a world-class industry leader. He is responsible for developing and executing
the company's strategic management initiatives and directs the management team
responsible for finance, technology, procurement, sales & marketing, logistics, and
distribution operations. He has also directed the enterprises' first initiatives into
technology, web development, and e-commerce. He has managed the successful design
and implementation of a proprietary, technology-based information system
encompassing and integrating every business segment within the Company. He has
successfully directed and executed five M&A deals during his tenure at the Company.
In addition to his duties at Sokolin LLC, David has a taken on additional time limited
roles as the Managing Director of seven separate land investment companies that
specialize in locating strategic properties and investing in land with valuable oil, gas and
mineral rights within the United States.
Previously, David worked for Internet Venture Works, a startup high technology
company funded by a leading Private Equity company based in Boston, Massachusetts.
He was also the Founding and Senior Managing Partner of SD Acquisition Group, a
company specializing in strategic acquisitions of undervalued enterprises in basic
industries, including metals and mining and confectionery products. He has enjoyed a
professional career in financial and operational management, with increasingly
responsible roles including the position as CFO of a subsidiary of a large mining and
David holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Washington and Jefferson College in
David has previously been a participant of the Yale School of Management Chief
Executive Leadership Institute’s CEO Summits. He is an active professional mentor at
Washington and Jefferson College, as well as leading educational courses on wine
etiquette and wine’s role in the world of business.
David is also an active member of the 1897 Society, which is a group of philanthropists
which provide a much-needed source of revenue to the Washington Health System that
will enable it to continue to provide a full range of health care services to the residents of
the community while remaining an independent health care provider.
David also currently holds several advisory positions in various industries from luxury
fashion to manufacturing.