Founder: Gina Champion-Cain
No. of Local Employees: Five
Headquarters: Sports Arena area
Year Founded: 2017
Company Description: A health and wellness THC-free, full spectrum, organic hemp oil-based product company.
For the last 20 years or so, Gina Champion-Cain has made a name for herself in San Diego, mostly in the real estate, hospitality and retail industries.
As founder and CEO of American National Investments Inc. (ANI), she is responsible for over 10 million square feet of retail, office and hospitality-commercial space, as well as over 5,000 residential units. As founder of The Patio Group, a hospitality group owned by ANI, she owns close to a dozen retail and food and beverage spots around the county.
These days, Champion-Cain is trying her hand at a new business venture.
The serial entrepreneur recently announced the launch of Cultivate, her THC-free, full spectrum, organic hemp oil-based beauty and wellness company. So far, Champion-Cain has released a soothing balm, a peppermint essential oil tincture and soft gels, which she created with the help of Canada-based chemists.
By summer, she said he will bring to market a full line of anti-aging and skincare products, which will include toners and lotions priced between $45 and $150 per item, and whose ingredients she sources from certified organic farms in Colorado, according to Champion-Cain.
When asked where the idea to create her own health and beauty line came from, Champion-Cain said it was from her own personal desire to be healthier and age gracefully.
“It was about me growing older and having wellness be a part of my daily life,” she said, adding that she wanted to be able to give others the same option through Cultivate. “Taking care of myself so I can care for the ones around me is very important. Knowing what I put in my body for the best me I can be is so important in what we do. I’m engaged to be healthy and stay healthy on a natural path. ”
Jon Baumunk, accounting lecturer at San Diego State University and professor who teaches “Business of Cannabis” class at The Evergreen State College in Washington, said it made sense for someone with a career in food service to delve into the new cannabis industry.
“Processing cannabis can look a lot like food handling,” said Baumunk, adding that regulators in the cannabis industry are turning to fields like food, tobacco and alcohol to determine what laws to implement.