Branding, consumer product trends, leisure and lifestyle expert, syndicated writer, and TV show host Merilee A. Kern is a good life connoisseur who keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the highly affordable to the extreme. The best of the best across all product, service and travel categories–as well as noteworthy marketplace change makers, movers and shakers–are spotlighted in her exclusive column, “The Luxe List,” which reaches millions of readers each month through multiple syndication channels: print and online as well as broadcast TV and terrestrial radio.
An array of top-tier online and print media outlets publish Merilee’s Luxe List feature content and she is also the creator, executive producer and host of the Savvy Living TV show that airs on CBS-TV San Francisco, the #6 U.S. market with nearly 2.5 million TV households. In addition, she’s a recurring guest with multiple other international, national and regional TV and radio programs. This includes the internationally-syndicated “The Jet Set” travel TV program, the nationally-syndicated “Coffee With America” TV program, the nationally-syndicated “The Tech Show”, and regional TV programs airing in key DMA markets like Atlanta & Company (#10 DMA), The Morning Blend Tampa/St. Pete (#11 DMA) and others in Las Vegas, Columbus, and more On terrestrial radio, Merilee can be heard on multiple widely syndicated programs each month, including the “Jersey Central” and “Michelle Esswein” radio shows, and she serves as “tech evangelist” for the “All Tech Radio” show.
In addition to her Luxe List endeavors, Merilee owns and operates a highly successful boutique Public Relations agency, Kern Communications, where she serves as a senior-level strategist, publicist and spokesperson for various products, services and brands proffered by the clients she represents. She concurrently serves as Chief PR Strategist for an industry-leading branding agency that represents top-tier industry thought leaders.
Since 1994, Merilee has worked to bring various multi-industry B2B and consumer-facing projects to the public consciousness. Over the past decade, hundreds of her articles, news items and interviews have been featured by media outlets worldwide and her expert insights have been featured by top-tier media like Bloomberg and American Express. Merilee is also a highly regarded marketing and PR industry expert source within the media, contributing perspective and commentary to leading media outlets. An instant Google search for “Merilee Kern” yields thousands of results that provide a strong sense of the breadth of her experience, reach, and presence.
As a former fitness competitor and champion twice over, having won the title of “Miss South Florida” and “Miss Palm Coast,” Merilee is also a health advocate and published author whose childhood obesity-related fictional title, “Making Healthy Choices – A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids,” earned a coveted iParenting Media ‘Excellent Product’ award as well as acclaim from Oprah’s personal trainer Bob Greene and media personality Sally Jessy Raphael. Merilee is also the creator of the award-winning “Kids Making Healthy Choices” smartphone APP based on her book.
http://luxelistreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/kusi-football-SM-300x196.jpgAmong other honors realized throughout her career, Merilee was named a Finalist in the 3rd annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business – an international competition recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding women executives, business owners, and the companies they run, hailed by the New York Post as “the business world’s own Oscars.”
Merilee holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a marketing specialty and a Bachelor of Science degree, both earned from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She also received “Marketing on the Internet” certification from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Merilee is currently a member in good standing with Luxury Society, the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association, the North American Travel Journalists Association, the International Travel Writers Alliance, the San Diego Press Club, and the National Association of Professional and Executive Women (NAPEW).
Merilee is the very definition of a renaissance woman: a savvy entrepreneur, media personality, author, journalist, publicist, athlete, health advocate, and proud mother of 2.
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Nova Southeastern University, MBA