28 Jun June 28, 2017 – Barefoot Wine Founder Michael Houlihan & Media Maven Christina Nicholson
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Michael Houlihan – Founder of Barefoot Wine, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Business Strategist
Michael Houlihan is a highly sought-after business strategist, keynote speaker, consultant, and corporate trainer. Presentations are often with Bonnie Harvey, his Co-founder of Barefoot (now the #1 wine brand in the world), providing decades of real-world, practical business experience. Using out-of-the-box thinking, pay-for-performance, positive culture, channel distribution management, and “Worthy Cause Marketing,” they help start-ups, entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 corporations increase their sales, profitability and brand equity. For the first time, their secrets to success is available in an exclusive online series. He, along with Bonnie, bootstrapped Barefoot (a novelty wine brand) into a national mega-brand, selling 600,000 cases per year in 50 states and 28 countries. They’ve keynoted at many prestigious conferences, symposiums, universities and forums. He and Bonnie’s articles on business philosophy have been reprinted in TIME, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Entrepreneurs’ Organization and numerous other business magazines and trade journals. Michael lives in the wine country with Bonnie and they are avid supporters of conservation and humanitarian causes and regularly donate their professional time to local NPOs.
Christina Nicholson – Owner of Media Maven, Former TV News Reporter Turned Lifestyle Blogger
Christina is the owner of Media Maven, a full-service public relations firm based in Coral Springs, Florida. She is an award-winning journalist with more than a decade of experience anchoring, reporting, writing, blogging, video production, editing, excelling in social media, photography, and live TV. Christina has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, the Huffington Post, Time, Yahoo!, PR Daily, All Business Experts, on CNN, WTVJ in Miami, WPTV in West Palm Beach, News 12 in New York City, and many other media outlets. Because of her experience in the communications industry, Christina has networked and connected with the best in the business to build a team of true professionals who can handle almost any and every marketing need a business or brand has. With a bachelor’s degree in public affairs journalism and more than a decade of storytelling, she understands the importance of creating content and delivering it to the public. Christina’s work in the media industry has led her to establish relationships with journalism professionals on local, state, and national levels. She’s represented a wide array of clients and has earned much publicity on national daytime TV talk shows, in local and national magazines, on local TV stations, in newspapers, and on websites and blogs with millions of monthly unique visitors… to name a few. She’s gotten clients featured on the Today Show, the Rachael Ray Show, in the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Men’s Fitness, Food & Wine, Entrepreneur, and more.