CoPeace PBC Announces Strategic Investment in Sustainability Leader, Lost Woods Whiskey Company


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CoPeace PBC Announces Strategic Investment in Sustainability Leader, Lost Woods Whiskey Company

January 24, 2024


DENVER, CO (January 24, 2024) CoPeace PBC, is proud to unveil its latest strategic investment in Lost Woods Whiskey Company, an American Single Malt Whiskey brand committed to producing exceptional whiskey while championing sustainability and positive community impact.

Lost Woods Whiskey Company, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is renowned for crafting high-quality, award-winning spirits. Not only has the company implemented innovative practices to reduce its environmental footprint, including sourcing locally grown ingredients, implementing energy-efficient processes, and actively participating in community initiatives, the Lost Woods’ flagship whiskey also won double Gold at the renowned San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2021 and 2022, and added a Platinum award in 2023. CoPeace’s investment aims to further support Lost Woods Whiskey Company’s growth and its positive impact on both the local community and the broader industry.

“We are excited to welcome Lost Woods Whiskey to the CoPeace family,” said Craig Jonas, CEO and Founder of CoPeace. “Their fervent commitment to sustainability, community engagement, and ethical business practices perfectly aligns with our values. This investment is a testament to our ongoing dedication to building a diverse and impactful portfolio that generates positive returns for both investors and society.”

“I am grateful and excited for Lost Woods Whiskey Company to join the CoPeace family of holdings,” said Tom Schaeppi, Lost Wood Whiskey Company Founder and CEO. “We were meant to work together. This investment will not only fuel our expansion but also enable us to amplify our efforts to make a positive difference in the world. We look forward to a successful and impactful collaboration with CoPeace.”

“I am very excited about the partnership between Lost Woods Whiskey and CoPeace. Pairing an award winning whiskey whose brand ethos is all about making a difference in the world with an organization whose very purpose is to help businesses that will be both financially successful and help create a more sustainable future thrive and grow is simply perfect”. Joel Walters, Board Member Lost Woods Whiskey Company.

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About Lost Woods Whiskey Company
Lost Woods Whiskey Company is celebrated for its premium American single malt whiskey offerings. The company places a strong emphasis on sustainable and ethical practices throughout its production processes. From sourcing local and organic ingredients to implementing eco-friendly packaging, Lost Woods is at the forefront of the sustainable spirits movement, and an aspiring B Corp. Founded on a passion for bringing people together in the outdoors, Lost Woods is committed to giving back 1% of all sales to organizations supporting the environment.

About CoPeace PBC
CoPeace PBC is a pioneering holding company, and certified B Corp, that invests in companies dedicated to promoting positive social and environmental impact. By investing in companies that align with our values and commitment to sustainability, CoPeace aims to build a portfolio that delivers both financial returns and a meaningful impact on society.

 

Media Contact:
Sophie Ruppert
Managing Director, CoPeace Marketing
Marketing@copeace.com

 


Derek Scott | VP of Marketing

Derek Scott

Derek joined the CoPeace family as Vice President of Marketing and brings a rich background as a global, customer-focused, growth-driven marketing and business leader. His most recent role was Group Marketing Leader at Pentair, where he led growth programs in the areas of brand strategy, New Product commercialization, and go-to-market initiatives. Prior to that, Derek held marketing leadership roles at several consumer-driven companies including Textron / Arctic Cat, Kemps LLC, Polaris, and General Mills. Over the course of his career, Derek has spanned multiple consumer packaged goods and consumer durables categories and delivered growth across a wide range of dealer and consumer channels. In addition, Derek was an early-stage investor in three Minnesota start-up companies, including VAST Pavers and 56 Brewing.

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Andy Eckert | COO

Andy Eckert

Andy first began working with the CoPeace team in an advisory role in 2022 and has provided leadership support as fractional COO since October, 2023. He brings a wide range of leadership skills to the team, having served most recently as Partner in ARC Angle, an advisory firm to small-to-mid-market manufacturing companies. Before ARC Angle, Andy was a seed investor in five startup companies from 2018-2020 including Modist Brewery in Minneapolis, MN. He is also the former President and CEO of Imperial Plastics – a leading engineered plastic component supplier to numerous Fortune 500 companies – which he led for three years from 2015-2018. Prior to Imperial, he joined Tennant Company in December 2002 and assumed several executive roles including Vice President, Americas in 2009 and Senior Vice President, Americas in 2013. Before joining Tennant in 2002, Mr. Eckert was with Storecast Merchandising Corporation as Senior Vice President of Performance and he earned his start with General Mills, Inc. in a number of sales and marketing leadership positions spanning 15 years.

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CoPeace PBC Expands Leadership Team for Next Growth Phase


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CoPeace PBC Expands Leadership Team for Next Growth Phase

January 23, 2024


DENVER (January 23, 2024) – CoPeace PBC, is delighted to announce the addition of two key professionals to its leadership team, as the innovative impact-holding company positions for its next phase of growth. Andy Eckert takes on the role of Chief Operating Officer, and Derek Scott joins the team as Vice President of Marketing.

Andy Eckert first began working with the CoPeace team in an advisory role in 2022 and has provided leadership support as fractional COO since October, 2023. He brings a wide range of leadership skills to the team, having served most recently as Partner in ARC Angle, an advisory firm to small-to-mid-market manufacturing companies. Before ARC Angle, Andy was a seed investor in five startup companies from 2018-2020 including Modist Brewery in Minneapolis, MN. He is also the former President and CEO of Imperial Plastics – a leading engineered plastic component supplier to numerous Fortune 500 companies – which he led for three years from 2015-2018. Prior to Imperial, he joined Tennant Company in December 2002 and assumed several executive roles including Vice President, Americas in 2009 and Senior Vice President, Americas in 2013. Before joining Tennant in 2002, Mr. Eckert was with Storecast Merchandising Corporation as Senior Vice President of Performance and he earned his start with General Mills, Inc. in a number of sales and marketing leadership positions spanning 15 years.

Derek Scott joins the CoPeace family this week as Vice President of Marketing and brings a rich background as a global, customer-focused, growth-driven marketing and business leader. His most recent role was Group Marketing Leader at Pentair, where he led growth programs in the areas of brand strategy, New Product commercialization, and go-to-market initiatives. Prior to that, Derek held marketing leadership roles at several consumer-driven companies including Textron / Arctic Cat, Kemps LLC, Polaris, and General Mills. Over the course of his career, Derek has spanned multiple consumer packaged goods and consumer durables categories and delivered growth across a wide range of dealer and consumer channels. In addition, Derek was an early-stage investor in three Minnesota start-up companies, including VAST Pavers and 56 Brewing.

CoPeace PBC’s CEO and Founder, Craig Jonas expressed enthusiasm about the new hires, stating, “As we usher in the new year, we are thrilled to welcome Andy Eckert in a full-time capacity and to have Derek Scott join us as our VP of Marketing. Their wealth of experience and expertise will undoubtedly contribute to CoPeace’s continued success and growth.”

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Derek Scott and join us in congratulating Andy Eckert on his expanded role at CoPeace. With these additions, CoPeace looks forward to a transformative and successful year ahead.

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About CoPeace 

CoPeace helps impactful companies grow. As an impact-driven holding company, CoPeace is building a portfolio of carefully selected businesses with measurable social and environmental impact. Additionally, CoPeace provides a variety of consulting services to organizations demonstrating positive social or environmental impact.

As a fully certified B Corp and public-benefit corporation (PBC), CoPeace is committed to acting morally, ethically, and responsibly in regard to society and the environment. Equity, inclusion, and justice are not just valued at CoPeace – they are pillars supporting our mission. CoPeace was recently selected as an Emerging Impact Manager (EIM) for the ImpactAssets 50™ 2023 (IA 50). The EIM list represents firms with unique strategies, under-represented impact themes, or diversity in leadership in view of the full IA 50 application pool.

To learn more, visit https://www.copeace.com

To invest in CoPeace, visit https://invest.svxus.org/offering/svxcop/details for accredited investors or https://wefunder.com/copeace for non-accredited investors


The Turtle and the Zebra: CoPeace and the Holding Company Approach to Impact Investing


The Turtle and the Zebra: CoPeace and the Holding Company Approach to Impact Investing

October 3, 2023 — By Craig Jonas

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In the fast-paced world of finance and technology, there’s a story that often goes untold—the tale of the Turtle and the Zebra. These two animals represent an unconventional approach to impact investing championed by CoPeace, a holding company that takes inspiration from investing giants like Berkshire Hathaway. In a world obsessed with unicorns, CoPeace stands out as a patient investor, focusing on long-term sustainable change and seeking to fix what unicorns sometimes break.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

In a world where venture capitalists chase unicorns, those rare startups valued at over a billion dollars, CoPeace embraces the turtle’s philosophy: slow and steady wins the race. This approach stands in stark contrast to the breakneck pace at which many venture capitalists operate. While unicorns may make headlines and generate quick returns, they often prioritize growth at any cost, sometimes resulting in negative social and environmental impact.

CoPeace, however, takes a different path. Just as Berkshire Hathaway thrives by acquiring and holding companies for the long term, CoPeace invests in businesses that are often overlooked by mainstream investors. These are companies with a focus on social and environmental impact, valuing sustainability and responsibility as well as profitability.

The Holding Company Approach

Much like Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett, who identifies companies with strong management teams and empowers them, CoPeace allows its portfolio companies a lot of autonomy to grow and thrive according to their powerful visions. This holding company approach gives the companies it invests in the freedom to pursue their missions without undue pressure to meet short-term profit targets.

By providing patient capital and long-term support, CoPeace enables its portfolio companies to build solid foundations, achieve their sustainability and profitability goals, and make a lasting impact. Just as Berkshire Hathaway’s diversified holdings contribute to its resilience, CoPeace’s diversified portfolio spreads risk and enhances its ability to weather economic storms while advancing its mission.

Inclusive Zebras Fix What Unicorns Break

Unicorns may dazzle with their rapid ascent, but they can leave behind a trail of destruction. These companies often prioritize growth over all else, sometimes at the expense of employees, communities, and the planet. This is where the Zebra comes in.
In the world of startups, Zebras are companies that prioritize both profit and purpose. They aim to fix the problems that unicorns may inadvertently create. CoPeace recognizes the value of these inclusive Zebras, investing in businesses that are committed to positive social and environmental impact.

In an age when sustainability and responsibility are more critical than ever, the Zebra’s patient, balanced approach aligns perfectly with CoPeace’s strategic approach and vision. The company seeks out and supports these Zebras, allowing them to thrive and make a meaningful difference.

Conclusion: The Turtle and the Zebra Philosophy

In the world of impact investing, where the Unicorn often takes center stage, the Turtle and the Zebra—represented by CoPeace’s holding company approach—emerge as champions of a different kind. Patient, long-term investors like CoPeace, inspired by the likes of Berkshire Hathaway, play a crucial role in fostering sustainability and responsibility in the business world.

By implementing the turtle and zebra philosophy, CoPeace aims to fix what unicorns may break, guiding companies towards a more balanced and equitable future. Slow and steady wins the race, and in the journey towards a more sustainable world, these unconventional investors prove that sometimes, it’s the Turtle and the Zebra that truly make a difference for society and the planet.

Craig Jonas is the CEO / Founder of CoPeace. As a forward-thinking holding company, CoPeace is building a portfolio of carefully selected for-profit companies with measurable social and environmental impact. To learn more about impact investing, check out CoPeace’s Intro to Impact Investing.


CoPeace Finance and Shur Announce Wide-Ranging Strategic Partnership


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CoPeace Finance and Shur Announce Wide-Ranging Strategic Partnership

September 18, 2023


Agreement Calls for CoPeace Finance to Provide a Variety of Financial Services to Shur

DENVER (September 18, 2023) – CoPeace, a public benefit corporation and impact investment company that supports companies through both investment and support services, has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, CoPeace Finance, has formed a comprehensive strategic partnership with Shur, a B2B2C fintech/insurtech company that is building financial solutions for America’s student loan borrowers to help solve one of the country’s toughest issues: the effect of carrying large amounts of student loan debt on the lives of people trying to move up.

“We believe in Shur’s mission,” said CoPeace founder and CEO, Craig Jonas, “They are doing impactful work. One of our primary goals is to be of service to companies that care about the world, socially and environmentally. We want to help fill any organizational gaps they might have. We’re confident our talented finance team can help ignite Shur’s growth as they positively address this important societal issue.”

CoPeace Finance will be providing Shur with resources from, and access to, its deep team of operations, finance, and business development experts. Several projects will be undertaken in the areas of financial forecasting and analysis and financial communications.

Shur is building market-based insurtech/fintech products to promote economic freedom for America’s next generation – 18 to 30 years old. The company is using an ecosystem approach, building solutions for borrowers in collaboration with cities, corporations, colleges, college access organizations, data and insight providers, and impact investors.

“Shur is committed to guiding companies and their leaders as we all focus on helping millions of student loan borrowers return to repayment this fall and through the crucial lifetime journey from debt to wealth creation,” said Kahlil Byrd (KB), Founder and CEO of Shur. He added, “CoPeace is best in class in aiding mission-driven enterprises like ours as we ask the most sophisticated investors and brands to join this vision and mission to work this challenge at the highest scale.”

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About CoPeace 

CoPeace helps impactful companies grow. As an impact-driven holding company, CoPeace is building a portfolio of carefully selected businesses with measurable social and environmental impact. Additionally, CoPeace provides a variety of consulting services to organizations demonstrating positive social or environmental impact.

As a fully certified B Corp and public-benefit corporation (PBC), CoPeace is committed to acting morally, ethically and responsibly in regard to society and the environment. Equity, inclusion and justice are not just valued at CoPeace – they are pillars supporting our mission. CoPeace was recently selected as an Emerging Impact Manager (EIM) for the ImpactAssets 50™ 2023 (IA 50). The EIM list represents firms with unique strategies, under-represented impact themes or diversity in leadership in view of the full IA 50 application pool.

To learn more, visit https://www.copeace.com

To invest in CoPeace, visit https://invest.svxus.org/offering/svxcop/details

About Shur

Shur launched to help solve one of our country’s toughest issues: the effect of carrying large amounts of student loan debt on the lives of people trying to move up.
The millions of people who are currently delinquent or in default on their student loans — with 1 million more being added every year — are effectively being written out of the economy.

Shur’s Approach

In an era when colleges and companies must show students, new employees, and consumers how they encourage economic security, Shur is building market-based insurtech/fintech products to promote economic freedom for America’s next generation. Partnering with corporations and universities we successfully guide student loan borrowers from college through their early professional lives – the financial period that is crucial to get right. Our products promote generational wealth by helping users eliminate early mistakes, build financial plans, and adopt deep understanding of prime credit-building tools.

To learn more, visit https://shur.co


CoPeace and TBD Foods / Sullivan Scrap Kitchen Announce Comprehensive Partnership Agreement


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CoPeace and TBD Foods / Sullivan Scrap Kitchen Announce Comprehensive Partnership Agreement

August 30, 2023


TBD Foods/Sullivan Scrap Kitchen Becomes the “Official CoPeace Sustainable Food and Restaurant Partner”

DENVER (August 30, 2023) – CoPeace, a public benefit corporation and impact investment company that supports companies through both investment and support services, and TBD FoodsSullivan Scrap Kitchen, operators of a family-owned farm to table catering company and sustainable family restaurant, announced a comprehensive partnership today.

CoPeace Finance and CoPeace Marketing, both wholly-owned subsidiaries of CoPeace, will be working with TBD/SSK on several projects. CoPeace Finance and CoPeace Marketing were created to be of service to companies that care about our world by helping to fill organizational gaps as these impact organizations grow.

“We are thrilled about this partnership with TBD Foods/Sullivan Scrap Kitchen,” said CoPeace Founder and CEO Craig Jonas. “We have been extremely impressed withTBD Foods/Sullivan Scrap Kitchen’s commitment to authentic sustainability. It’s a perfect match with our values. We’re confident this will be a win-win working arrangement, on multiple levels. We are looking forward to helping them advance their mission to change the world through their socially-and-environmentally-responsible business for good.”

TBD Foods is a Certified Green Denver Business that provides a variety of personal chef and catering services. Sullivan Scrap Kitchen is a small family-owned restaurant with a focus on creating a unique and delicious dining experience, while reducing food waste. It is also a Certified Green Denver Business.

“With being a value focused business of sustainability and reducing food waste, we want to ensure all our partners are also value driven,” said Terence Rogers, owner and chef of TBD Foods and Sullivan Scrap Kitchen. “We are lucky to have met the CoPeace team and are excited with our partnership together to continue to promote and grow value based businesses that create a more sustainable business environment.”

Per the partnership agreement, TBD/SSK will have access to CoPeace’s deep team of operations, finance, marketing and business development experts to help the company reach its economic and sustainability goals. CoPeace will utilize TBD Foods catering services and the Sullivan Scrap Kitchen for a wide variety of company events and meetings.

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About CoPeace 

CoPeace helps impactful companies grow. As an impact-driven holding company, CoPeace is building a portfolio of carefully selected businesses with measurable social and environmental impact. Additionally, CoPeace provides a variety of consulting services to organizations demonstrating positive social or environmental impact.

As a fully certified B Corp and public-benefit corporation (PBC), CoPeace is committed to acting morally, ethically and responsibly in regard to society and the environment. Equity, inclusion and justice are not just valued at CoPeace – they are pillars supporting our mission. CoPeace was recently selected as an Emerging Impact Manager (EIM) for the ImpactAssets 50™ 2023 (IA 50). The EIM list represents firms with unique strategies, under-represented impact themes or diversity in leadership in view of the full IA 50 application pool.

To learn more, visit https://www.copeace.com

To invest in CoPeace, visit https://invest.svxus.org/offering/svxcop/details

About TBD Foods / Sullivan Scrap Kitchen

TBD Foods is Denver’s Premier Personal Chef and Catering Business. With a focus on local meats, produce and sustainably caught seafood. The Chef’s at TBD Foods are able to find the best ingredients to create an elegant and personalized meal for your next event.

Sullivan Scrap Kitchen is a casual eatery with a focus on reducing food waste. Our mission is to utilize and promote sustainability in food practices, community partnerships, and employees. We collaborate with community resources to decrease food waste and increase our communities’ access to sustainable and savory nose-to-tail and root-to-tip cuisine.

To learn more, visit https://www.tbdfoods.com and https://www.sullivanscrapkitchen.com


Kelsey Sloan | Managing Director, CoPeace Sport

Kelsey Sloan

Kelsey’s career has spanned Olympic and professional sports, improving efficiencies and removing barriers to victory for athletes and the associated sport organizations and businesses. She was a Team Lead at the 2018 Winter Olympics, playing to her strengths in chaotic logistical environments and a lifelong love of the power of international sport. She brings years of varied experience, with a passion for the sport and food industries, and is a strong believer in and advocate for the power of these industries to make people and the planet better.

 

Born and raised in Maine, she was a NCAA swimmer while earning her BA in International Relations, Latin American Studies, and Political Economy at Carleton College. She received an MBA/MS in Sport Management at the Isenberg School of Management and McCormack Department of Sport Management at UMass Amherst as recipient of the Women in Sports and Events (WISE) Graduate Scholars Award. She loves to travel and speaks Spanish fluently.

 

She returned to Maine recently where she lives with her husband, Bryan, and dog and spends her free time outdoors whenever able - hiking, running, biking, skiing, or anything else that gets her moving.

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Sophie Ruppert | Managing Director, CoPeace Marketing

Sophie Ruppert

Sophie relocated to the US in 2016 to pursue a collegiate athlete career as well as a B.S. in Business Marketing, with minors in Finance and International Business, at West Chester University of PA. She then gained work experience in Digital/Social Media Marketing and also served as a Financial Analyst in a multinational corporation. In May 2023, Sophie successfully earned her MBA from CU Boulder-Leeds School of Business, and completed a Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility (now known as ESG Strategy). She was an active member and leader of her MBA Community and led MBA Board Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) initiatives at the Leeds Graduate School. Sophie's passion lies in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, driving her mission to make a positive impact through business.

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CoPeace and the third half Announce Strategic Partnership


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CoPeace and the third half Announce Strategic Partnership

June 16, 2023


CoPeace Will Provide Fractional C-Suite Services to the third half with the Intent of Making a Future Equity Investment

DENVER (June 16, 2023) – CoPeace, a public benefit corporation and impact investment company that supports companies through investment and support services, and the third half, the world’s first public benefit corporation to combine travel, soccer and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, announced a strategic partnership today to use the power of sports to tackle social issues and improve lives.

CoPeace will be providing the third half with a variety of fractional and interim CEO/COO/CFO/CMO services, as needed. In addition, CoPeace will retain an option to make an equity investment in the third half during the one-year term of the initial partnership agreement.

“We have been wanting to work with the third half team for a long time,” said Craig Jonas, CoPeace CEO. “Our missions and backgrounds are completely aligned – you can’t help but experience life-changing impact when young athletes are immersed in each other’s culture. Our intention to work together with the third half as part of CoPeace Sport, for the long haul.”

The executive support and services CoPeace will dedicate to this partnership are intended to fill current gaps in the third half organizational structure in order to facilitate growth in an efficient and sustainable manner.

“There’s never been a more exciting time to bring together the universal appeal of sport with the transformative power of travel,” said Mike Geddes, third half CEO. “As demand for travel – and especially meaningful, impactful travel – is coming back strong, we’re excited to be working with CoPeace to bring the third half to adventurers who want to experience the unique power of the global game. As a public benefit corporation, we’re proud to work with an established B Corp like CoPeace which is at the forefront of promoting and investing in the type of sustainable, mission-driven companies that represent the future of business”.

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About CoPeace 

CoPeace helps impactful companies grow. As an impact-driven holding company, CoPeace is building a portfolio of carefully selected businesses with measurable social and environmental impact. Additionally, CoPeace provides a variety of consulting services to organizations demonstrating positive social or environmental impact.

As a fully certified B Corp and public-benefit corporation (PBC), CoPeace is committed to acting morally, ethically and responsibly in regard to society and the environment. Equity, inclusion and justice are not just valued at CoPeace – they are pillars supporting our mission. CoPeace was recently selected as an Emerging Impact Manager (EIM) for the ImpactAssets 50™ 2023 (IA 50). The EIM list represents firms with unique strategies, under-represented impact themes or diversity in leadership in view of the full IA 50 application pool.

To learn more, visit https://www.copeace.com

To invest in CoPeace, visit https://invest.svxus.org/offering/svxcop/details

About the third half

We believe that everyone has a part to play in creating a more equal, tolerant and compassionate society for future generations. We design transformational experiences that use soccer – the world’s common language – to build a new generation of global citizens and support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The third half is the world’s first Public Benefit Corporation to combine trave, soccer and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development goals.

To learn more, visit https://www.thirdhalfsoccer.com