This past summer, we caught up with Devin Shomaker, Managing Partner, of Rooftop Reds at PencilWorks co-working space in Brooklyn, NY. He took some time to sit with t to talk leadership, business, and the story behind his brand. Success leaves clues and more often than not, our greatest accomplishments aren’t obtained in a straight line or on a rigid timetable. Devin’s inspiring story reminds us that even when we take detours, we can end up right where we’re supposed to be when the time is right.
Here’s a sneak peek of the discussion:
Devin set a course to create a wine brand that aligned with his ideals of family, community, and most importantly promotes a wine culture that’s not exclusive but inclusive. He also sponsors an annual scholarship for underserved students in NYC.
Devin went from building a profitable company in Asia to carving a new path that aligned with his passions for wine. Having a supportive network, spending time honing his skills, and humbly returning to school to pursue winemaking and vineyard management was in short, no small task. So often we get hung up on the acceptance speech that we forget the long walk to the podium. Like all success, it’s a process and a builders’ project where you lay one brick at a time until you’ve made something solid that you can be proud of.
We had a blast talking with Devin and appreciate him taking the time to give us a bird’s eye-view of his business. Per usual, after the talk, we tasted some pretty awesome wine from the Rooftop Red portfolio and are in love with his urban vineyard that offers great views of the city. Devin gave us a few life gems that we can all apply to our own business development and career advancement journeys.
Special thanks to Nathan, Community Developer, of PencilWorks co-working space for hosting us. A gorgeous facility with state-of-art amenities designed with keeping the essence of Brooklyn in mind!
PencilWorks is a dynamic co-working space in Greenpoint Brooklyn dedicated to cultivating an empowered & creative community. PencilWorks solutions are turn-key so you can focus on growing your business as soon as you move in.
The staff at PencilWorks is generously offering members of our meetup an awesome deal! Lease a desk or a whole office, and get your first month for FREE when you sign up for at least a 4-month lease!
To find out more, contact Nathan@pencilwork.com, and mention the codewords: “Motovino Meetup”