Merilee Kern, MBA
Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded brand strategist and analyst who reports on titans of industry: noteworthy industry change makers, movers, shakers and innovators across all B2B and B2C categories. This includes field experts and thought leaders, brands, products, services, destinations and events. As a prolific business and consumer trends, lifestyle and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, she 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 affordable to the extreme—also delving into the minds behind the brands.
Merilee’s exclusive reporting through her curated Luxe List International News Syndicate reaches millions each month through multiple channels: print and online as well as broadcast TV and terrestrial radio.
Over 400 online and print media outlets like Forbes.com, Newsweek.com, RollingStone.com, FastCompany.com, Impact Wealth, Mann Report Print & Online, ThriveGlobal.com, JustLuxe.com, LuxuryLifestyle.com and more have published Merilee’s feature article content over the course of her career.
Merilee is also the creator, executive producer and host of multiple TV shows, including Savvy Ventures. This business-focused show airs weekend daytime nationally on both FOX Business TV and Bloomberg TV, reaching a combined 152 million TV households/cable subscribers of a hugely desirable, educated demographic replete with CEOs, executives, event managers and the like (see Bloomberg metrics here / FOX Business metrics here). She also produces and hosts Savvy Living—a lifestyle and travel TV show that airs weekend daytime in key markets: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami, San Diego and Tampa.
In addition, Merilee is 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, and nationally-syndicated shows like Coffee With America, Daily Flash, Daytime, The Tech Show, and more. She is also a frequent contributor to an array of major market/network regional TV programs airing in key DMAs like NBC’s Atlanta & Company (#10 DMA), ABC’s The Morning Blend Tampa/St. Pete (#11 DMA), ABC’s Sonoran Living Phoenix (#12 DMA), NBC’s Six in the Mix Miami and an array of others across the U.S.
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 communications 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.
Among 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 the World Tourism Network, Luxury Society, the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association, the North American Travel Journalists Association, the International Travel Writers Alliance 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.