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Michael Houlihan & Bonnie Harvey Founders of Barefoot Wines
“Bonnie and Michael were easy to work with and over delivered. Our members loved the specific examples and business lessons they wove into their stories.”
"It was an inspiration to hear Michael Houlihan & Bonnie Harvey's (founders of Barefoot Wines) story of how they broke all the rules to become the country's #1 best selling wine! From the laundry room to the board room, theirs was an inspiring story of determination and perseverance. Their natural story-telling ability blended with a little humor makes for an enjoyable experience. Their obvious love for what they do, caring for employees, and search for continuous improvement is the foundation for their success. Their presentation was very entertaining and shared a powerful message to our members. They enjoyed interacting with them both during the Summit. We appreciate them being there and adding to our Summit success. We were honored to have them as our key note speakers at the 75th Anniversary IdeasAmerica Summit." - Brenda Kelly, President
“Michael and Bonnie brought a true sense of grassroots marketing to our franchisees. The way they developed and structured their success is nothing short of brilliant, built on hard work, passion and a love for giving back. Ingenious marketing tricks at a low cost price tag will make you see how to create a story and buzz around your brand. Fabulous and real, Michael and Bonnie inspire others to win and have fun doing it!” -Martha O’Gorman, Chief Marketing Office, Liberty Tax Service
“Your presentation on March 7th was very inspiring and all of us loved it. Even though your experience was from a completely different industry the key observations and learning that you shared were appropriate to our business and everyone could relate to them. Your story came from the heart and all of us could appreciate the way you built your business starting from scratch. The team really liked the session and we all found it to be very inspiring. It was the best session of the event.” Anand Deshpande, Ph.D., Founder, Managing Director and CEO, Persistent Systems – Delhi, NY, London, Silicon Valley.
“Michael & Bonnie were the perfect speakers to help us celebrate our 25th Annual Small Business Week Awards Luncheon. With a room full of small business owners and entrepreneurs in attendance their breakout session and keynote were both informative and inspiring. It was great insight from business owners who have been through it all. Even after the event I’m still receiving compliments from attendees about what great speakers they were.” -Marice Hague, Marketing Director, Florida SBDC at UNF, Jacksonville, FL
“Thank you for all the valuable lessons you shared. I will use them in my own company.” -Shea Sealy, President and Founder, Advanced Building Care, LLC
“Bonnie and Michael deliver a workshop that illuminates the ground breaking and practical steps they took to build what became one of the biggest wine brands in the world and revolutionized the entire industry globally. As a result, our entrepreneurial CEOs and Founders were able to rethink their business into sales and sales support and how to empower all staff, partners and providers to do the same. It takes a community to raise a child and an empowered team to realize outstanding brand success. Michael and Bonnie bring this message and its practical applications home loud and clear!” -Tricia Benn, General Manager, The Hero Club
“Our group really enjoyed your presentation. Your insight into the sales process and how to make sure that the team has open lines of communication, so even the receptionist has the ability to positively influence a business, were so refreshing.” –Larry Klobertanz, President, Oregon Executives Association
“We're going to implement the concepts you shared with us in all our marketing pieces and how we approach sales going forward.” -Mike Black, CEO, Mappify.co, and PIE Attendee “Thanks so much for your well received keynote speech this week. I received raves from the attendees. Your humorous approach to teaching how to approach the sales situation and your stories about how your built Barefoot Winery dovetailed extremely well together. I’m looking forward to a number of the companies who attended turning their marketing program around based on your presentation.” -John Van Horn, Editor, Parking Today Host, PIE