Washington-born Teresa Spellman Gamble is the co-owner of Tinte Cellars, a family-owned winery that unites its passion for local wine with a commitment to strengthening the communities that make it. Since opening in 2018, the award-winning business has supported over 100 nonprofits via cash and in-kind donations totaling over $850,000. Learn about Teresa Spellman Gamble…
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
First job: Teaching infant swim lessons at age 13
Favorite ways to spend your free time in WA: Hiking, beachcombing, encaustic painting, discovering new restaurants and recipes, browsing art galleries, cheering on our local sports teams, enjoying live music and theater, and spending time with my family.
Your biggest accomplishment and why: Delivering on my dream to open a business with a social mission, supporting local charities. I am a born and raised Washingtonian with a desire to leave our home better than we found it. It’s my mission to inspire those around me to invest their time, talent and treasure to make Washington the best place to live and raise a family.
The biggest obstacle you overcame: I remember being a young female manager who was treated differently than my male counterparts. I became determined to stand up for myself, work smarter and harder than anyone around me, and push through the ceiling. And I did!
Someone who inspires you and why: I continue to be most inspired by my parents, John and Lois Spellman, who dedicated their lives to their family, their faith and making Washington a thriving community. My father was a public servant in elected office for most of my childhood. And my mom was an active volunteer and homemaker and the most instrumental factor behind my dad’s success. They were a dynamic duo who lived an authentic life and, after 60 years of marriage, died just nine days apart. I can only hope that I can live up to the legacy that they left behind.
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Talk to as many people as you can and find a mentor with whom you feel a connection. Roll up your sleeves, work hard, and go for it!
Favorite quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead
Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I am an introvert! I know how to converse and live in an extroverted world, but at the end of the day, I get my energy from within, and I need my alone time to recharge.
What makes someone fabulous: A person is fabulous if they are a trustworthy, empathetic, kind and selfless individual who cares deeply about the people and world around them.