Branding, consumer product trends, leisure and lifestyle expert 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 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, online and broadcast. An array of top-tier online and print media outlets publish Merilee’s Luxe List feature content and she is a recurring guest with multiple national and regional TV and radio programs.
With this highly marketable and adaptable Luxe List brand, Merilee is a regular on-air contributor with the nationally-syndicated Coffee With America TV program and, in San Diego where she’s based, with FOX5, XETV Channel 6 (The CW) and KUSI-TV where she serves as a “gift guru” and consumer product trends pundit. Merilee is also a national Satellite Media Tour (SMT) spokesperson. Footage of her TV segments may be accessed here. On the radio, Merilee can be heard on multiple widely syndicated programs each month, including the Jersey Central and Michelle Esswein radio shows as well as All Tech Radio for which she serves as “tech evangelist.”
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 CEO branding agency.
Merilee has been marketing and publicizing multi-industry B2B and B2C initiatives since 1994. Over this past decade, hundreds of her articles, news items and interviews have been featured by media outlets worldwide. She is also a highly regarded marketing and PR industry expert source within the media, contributing perspective and commentary to leading media outlets. Simply Google “Merilee Kern” to get a sense of the breadth of her experience, reach and presence as indicated through the thousands of search results that will be delivered under her name.
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.
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 Luxury Society, the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association, the North American Travel Journalists Association, the International Travel Writers Alliance, the Travel Writers’ Network, 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.