Merrilee Kick is the CEO/Founder of BuzzBallz, LLC/Southern Champion, located in Carrollton, Texas. She was a high school teacher working on her master’s degree when she invented her flagship product, BuzzBallz®, a premium, premixed cocktail made with natural juices or creams, contained in a spherical, 200-mL can.Poolside paper grading sparked this idea, which became her thesis project and, later, a beverage that revolutionized the American cocktail culture as a pioneer in the ready-to-drink cocktail space. There were not many popular cocktails of this kind on shelves in 2009.In less than a decade, BuzzBallz, LLC/Southern Champion has greatly expanded its product base and is now a worldwide brand. The company is the only combined distillery, winery and brewery in the US that’s owned by a woman. To date, the brand now has distribution nationwide and is expanding its footprint abroad. The company maintains a friendly and fun atmosphere as they create high-quality cocktails, and premium, small-batch spirits.How did a mom of two with no prior experience in the alcoholic beverage industry become so successful in a male-dominated space? She attributes her tenacity and drive to the hard work and isolation of growing up on a farm in Helena, Montana. She knew she had no help, so she would have to make her own way.She shed the stringent expectations of lady likeness and created a brand that is as bold and vibrant as she is.Merrilee graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor’s in Finance, Computer Science and Economics, and from TWU Magna Cum Laude with a Master’s in Business Administration.She’s been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including: 2020 Top Women in Grocery winner, 2020 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned Brands and 2018 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Southwest.Contact a speaker booking agent to check availability on Merrilee Kick and other top speakers and celebrities.