LOS ANGELES, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ONEHOPE, a fast-growing market leader in cause-based wine, coffee and gifting, announced today that Suna Said, CEO of Nima Capital Partners, was appointed to the company's board of directors as Vice Chairman. As CEO of Nima Capital, a New York-based family office and private equity firm, Suna brings experience and talent in global investment management, brand building, and social impact; all adding up to significant incremental operating value for the company. Her experience and passion for philanthropy will both be tremendous assets to ONEHOPE's continued growth trajectory. "Suna is the perfect representative of what ONEHOPE is all about; she's innovative, strong, and empowering," stated Jake Kloberdanz, CEO of ONEHOPE. "She believes that social impact investments and cause-centric companies are the key to fixing a number of the world's biggest challenges. We're proud to have her represent our brand, and are humbled to have our brand represent her." ONEHOPE Chairman, Joe Lonsdale, added, "As a fellow board member, Suna and I share a common belief that our investment into ONEHOPE will not only yield a great ROI, but will also have the added benefit of building a platform where every dollar invested creates an exponential social impact."
ONEHOPE has enjoyed terrific growth in its cause-centric strategy, producing its own branded verticals in wine (in partnership with Rob Mondavi, Jr.) and coffee (in partnership with LaMill), gifting offerings, as well as new products in the coming months. ONEHOPE is also growing globally, partnering with major retail and hospitality groups providing beautifully crafted experiences that make the world a better place. Through its sales and built-in donations for every product sold, ONEHOPE has donated over $1.2M to more than 200 charitable partners, which has provided over one million meals to children fighting hunger through the World Food Program, funded over 2,600 pet adoptions with the ASPCA, helped save 1,000's of children's lives with Keep A Child Alive and made a meaningful impact with a myriad of other impact organizations.
Bob Schwartz, who has been the Vice Chairman for the past 2 years, will be remaining as a member of the board. "Over the past two years ONEHOPE has positioned itself with a tremendous framework of talent, technology and brand," said Schwartz. "It's poised for strong growth and I'm really excited to be an ongoing part of this company and cause-centric brand."
ONEHOPE is excited to have Suna join the team to help lead its continued global growth and mission to solve the world's biggest challenges through business by integrating Cause-Centric Commerce into their day-to-day model and goals.
ONEHOPE is a social enterprise that integrates causes into products and services to make a social impact. ONEHOPE has quickly become one of the most recognizable cause-centric brands due to the success of the cornerstone product, ONEHOPE Wine, of which half of the profits go to a different cause for each varietal of wine sold. Since launching into the wine industry in 2007, ONEHOPE has developed additional products, brands and experiences including - Hope at Home, ONEHOPE Weddings, ONEHOPE Foundation and ONEHOPE Coffee. ONEHOPE is headquartered in Southern California and has formed partnerships with notable nonprofits that support many distinct causes. Some of the causes and organizations include breast cancer research (Gateway for Cancer Research), Autism research and treatment (ACT Today!), US forest preservation and protection (American Forests), pet adoption (ASPCA) and ending childhood hunger (World Food Program). ONEHOPE not only produces its own cause-centric products and services, it is also the creator and leading provider of consulting services for companies small to large on Cause-Centric Commerce. For more information, please visit www.ONEHOPEwine.com or www.ONEHOPEFamily.com and follow us @ONEHOPEWine.
About Suna Said:
Suna Said is the Founder and CEO of Nima Capital Partners, a single-family office with private and public equity investing platforms. The firm has a flexible mandate to invest across the capital structure, across investment stage, and in any industry vertical. Prior to Nima Capital Partners, Suna previously held the role of Executive Director of Unifund Inc., the Said Family Investment Office, an international investment firm.
Suna received a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Communications Studies from UCLA, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of two UCLA newspapers. She also received an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School. Suna is on the Board of Harlem Village Academies, for which she was recently honored. Suna lives in New York City with her husband and two children.