David C. 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. Sokolin currently operates in 30 countries and has offices in New York, Switzerland and France. At Sokolin, David 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. He has also directed the enterprises' first initiatives into e-commerce, and 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.
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.
David holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. David has previously been a participant of the Yale School of Management Chief Executive Leadership Institute’s CEO Summits. David also currently holds several advisory positions in various industries from luxury fashion to manufacturing.