Archive | December, 2013

The people behind Senda: Spotlight on members of our great team!

 

Do you ever wonder who the passionate people behind Senda are? Or how it feels to work at an athletic Fair Trade start-up that was started with the ambitious goal of  changing  the entire athletic industry?

The Senda Fair Trade Soccer Balls team

Another fun day at the office for the Senda team.

We thought many of you do, so we want to introduce to you  some of our dedicated team members, who have a passion for soccer, Fair Trade practices, and using the most beautiful game in the world to improve lives.

Jeong is Senda’s Director of Marketing and Partnerships. He came from South Korea, he recently finished his masters degree at the University of San Francisco and has been rocking with Senda for almost a year. When playing ball, he is known for scoring goals at crucial moments, like on the final match we played at the Street Soccer USA West Coast Cup, with a 4-4 score. There is no task he looks at as being impossible, and we love that can-do attitude!

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Jun is a social media and marketing intern for Senda attending UC Berkeley, who was born and raised in China and came to the States over ten years ago. He joined our team  as a summer intern, and he loved it so much that he decided to stay after. He wears many hats at the company, and is always willing to give a hand on a new project that can use his skill-sets. When we have an important presentation to send to  possible corporate like Google, Clif Bar, and Hyundai among others partners, he is the person we trust to give it a final personal touch, and ensure the deck looks perfect.

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Diana is Senda’s Business Development intern who is an exchange student from Germany coming to UC Berkeley to study for a semester. We were impressed with her smarts, tenacity, and “anything is possible” attitude from the very first day. She brings to a start-up team much needed ideas for building good structures, following up on our tasks and  on deadlines we put for ourselves. She is also the one making sure that we start meetings on time, and we finish them on time as well. We love that she is never afraid of saying what she thinks, and usually does so with a smile in her face.

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We are proud to have such an international team, and in a sport that truly brings the World together, it only makes sense!  But despite being from different cultures, EVERYONE shares the  same passion and love toward soccer and the change it can make in the community.

Below are a few interesting questions we asked them, so you can get to know them better:

Tell us a little bit about yourself and a special bond you have with soccer?

Diana:

I grew up in Monschau, a very small town in the west of Germany. I have an older brother who plays soccer with passion. Soccer was also the first sport I ever tried, and I made my very best friend there who I kept throughout my entire life. Now I mostly watch it on TV and sometimes in the stadium. Now am looking forward to follow the German national team during the world cup. In my free time I like to go out to bars and movies with my friends. Traveling is another hobby of mine – I love snowboarding in the Alpes.

Jeong: I grew up in a rural area in South Korea and had been playing with nature as a little kid. Found out about soccer at a very young age, and when I moved into an urban area I started playing and watching it a lot. I have moved to numerous places, but everywhere I moved to I can always find people playing soccer. Now I play soccer at least once a week.

Jun: I was born in Guangzhou, China and spent most of my childhood there. I love playing many sports, but soccer has always been my favorite. When I was in elementary school my friends and I run out to the empty lot just across from our school and played soccer everyday. Aside from playing and watching soccer I enjoy playing basketball and listening to all kinds music.

Why did you want to join the Senda team?

Jeong: Senda contains a group of young, fresh and motivated people who are passionate about soccer and its social values. There are many different opportunities to grow. I enjoy working with such a great team that provides me with a flexible work atmosphere and creativity. I received responsibility from day 1

What do you see Senda in 5 years?

Diana: In 5 years Senda would be well established in the USA and the Americas. Growth opportunities in Europe & Asia would also open to us. There would be a larger team due to the growth, but the same energy and passion will still be there.