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C-Suite Insights: Inspiring Innovation Through Changing Times with Merrilee Kick, CEO & Founder, BuzzBallz, LLC/Southern Champion

02 Mar 2021
9:00am - 10:00am PST

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Join Women of the Vine & Spirits for 
our Leadership Series:
"C-Suite Insights"

Inspiring Innovation Through Changing Times

Tuesday, March 2
9:00AM PST / 12:00PM EST


Merrilee Kick
CEO & Founder
BuzzBallz, LLC/Southern Champion

Interviewed by Marbet Lewis, Co-Founding Partner & Attorney, Spiritus Law


Leadership is a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal. Each of us can be a leader and make a positive difference, whatever our title or position.

This series takes you inside the minds of some of the most respected visionaries, thought leaders and entrepreneurs in the alcohol beverage industry. 

These live, one-on-one interviews, with Q&A open to attendees, will provide you with tangible tools on how to lead through uncertain times and inspire you to take action. 

Here are some questions to ask yourselves as you lead through a crisis: 

  • Am I defining reality and creating hope in this unprecedented time? 
  • Am I helping my team become the change makers we need so they can be successful in difficult times? 
  • What are the key relationships I need to maintain in order to emerge from the current crisis?
  • Do our decisions mirror our company values?
  • Is our organization’s culture being maintained through our responses during the crisis? 

Introducing the First-of-its-Kind List of Female Leaders in the
Alcohol Beverage Industry, Worldwide

The Women of the Vine & Spirits C-Suite honors and recognizes leaders that are change-makers, co-creators and curators 
in the alcohol beverage industry.

View the List

Visibility of women in traditionally male-dominated roles and industries cannot be underestimated.

These women have earned their place at the top as forward-thinkers, disruptors, innovators and icons using their voice and position
to inspire others to follow in their footsteps. 

Qualifying Corporate Members that would like to be included in our C-Suite need to complete this form.

Native Helena Montanan, Merrilee Kick, is the CEO/Founder of BuzzBallz, LLC/Southern Champion, located in Carrollton, Texas. Merrilee Kick was a high school teacher working on her master’s degree when she invented BuzzBallz®. Poolside paper grading sparked an idea that became her thesis project and, later, revolutionized the American cocktail culture. In less than a decade, BuzzBallz, LLC/Southern Champion has greatly expanded its product base and is now a worldwide brand. The women owned company is the only combined distillery, winery and brewery. To date, the brand now has distribution in 47 states and abroad. The company maintains a friendly and fun atmosphere as they create high quality cocktails, and premium, small-batch spirits.

Marbet Lewis is an attorney at, and co-founder of, Spiritus Law. She focuses her practice on the laws governing the production, importation, and sale of alcohol beverages to consumers. She represents clients in all aspects of alcohol and business licensing, alcohol advertising regulations, and operational compliance guidance. Marbet serves as the firm’s Managing Partner and is a member of Women of the Vine & Spirits.

02 Mar 2021
9:00am - 10:00am PST

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