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Meet Shannon Zappala and Regan Kelaher of GOVERRE

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shannon Zappala and Regan Kelaher.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Shannon and Regan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Shannon: Regan and I met at a pumpkin patch field trip when our kids were in preschool together. Regan was working part-time in healthcare and I decided to give up my Marketing career in order to stay at home with my daughter.

Fast forward a few years of being friends and our kids now being in school full days, we both found we had a little more free time on our hands. Regan was ready for a career change and I was ready to get back to work. The idea of starting our own business seemed very appealing to us. We didn’t know exactly what that ‘business’ looked like so we turned our happy hours into brainstorming/business meetings (still with wine, of course!). No idea was a bad idea.

After 6-8 weeks of brainstorming, the idea of this portable, GLASS wine glass with a lid kept coming to the top. We created a very rough mock-up of what we wanted it to look like, found a local engineer to discuss the idea with and from there GOVERRE was born!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Regan: I don’t think I would call it a smooth road. We both have business degrees from great colleges, but we had little to no experience in developing a product. Talking to business owners, engineers and researching on Google is how we educated ourselves, along with reading great business books like ‘Art of the Start’ by Guy Kawasaki.

Once we had this great idea, we needed to come up with how we were going to pay for it. Neither of had nest egg ready to be spent on product development. I mean, who does? We researched crowdfunding and decided to do a Kickstarter campaign.

Unfortunately, the first campaign failed as we did not meet our funding goal. We didn’t want to give up, so we sucked up our pride, tweaked our campaign and decided to give Kickstarter another try. Fortunately, the second campaign was successful!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Shannon: We make wine glasses! GOVERRE is the only GLASS, a portable wine glass with a silicone sleeve and drink-through lid. With GOVERRE, you can drink your favorite wine out of glass, not plastic or stainless steel, while at your next outdoor event. We want all wine lovers to not have to compromise the taste of their wine while in an environment outside of their home. GOVERRE is perfect for concerts in the park, picnics, camping, the beach… the list goes on and on.

We have so many things to be proud of as a company. We are most proud that the two of us women built the company from the ground up. It’s definitely not an easy task, but we persevered, developed a thick skin along the way and kept going. The other thing we are extremely proud of is appearing on Shark Tank and landing a deal with not one, but 3 Shark Tank Investors… Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec!

What were you like growing up?
Shannon: In my eyes (my mom might say otherwise. Ha!), I was outgoing, loved to laugh, social and always wanted to be out an about doing something. I was a cheerleader starting in middle school all the way through high school.

Regan: I was very athletic. My favorite sports were soccer and softball. Some would say I was a little sassy, too.

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  • $24 each

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Stacey Feeney

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