Our Guest for the August 30th edition of PlayMakers Talk Show: Merrilee Kick, CEO & Founder, BuzzBallz/Southern Champion
Merrilee Kick is the CEO & Founder of BuzzBallz/Southern Champion, the only woman-owned Distillery/Winery in the United States, located in Carrollton, Texas.
BuzzBallz/Southern Champion makes ready-to-drink cocktail brands, BuzzBallz, Biggies and BuzzTallz, as well as premium spirits brands, like rum, vodka, gin and bourbon which are sold in 46 states and 21 countries in convenience stores, liquor stores, casinos, arenas and airlines.
The company is family operated and home to 100 employees in the Dallas area.
Our Guest for the August 2nd edition of PlayMakers Talk Show: Veronica Londono Schnitzius, President, American Leather
Veronica L. Schnitzius serves as President of American Leather, a Dallas-based $300M manufacturer of custom-ordered furniture. Previously as COO, Veronica helped disrupt the furniture industry with Japanese lean manufacturing innovations to deliver custom-made furniture 75% faster than industry standard, allowing retailers to invest only in their floor samples.
In 1990, American Leather® was founded by engineers on the revolutionary idea that handcrafted furniture could be made and delivered to your home in 30 days. What began as a small team in a borrowed facility has grown to more than 600 employees housed in a state-of-the-art 350,000-square-foot factory.
A native of Colombia, Veronica credits her success to manufacturing innovation and excellence, and culturally ingrained diversity, reflected in managing first generation immigrants from 22 different countries where family wellness and scholarship programs are provided.