New York Times Best Selling Authors & America’s #1 Wine Brand Founders


Authors of The Barefoot Spirit
and Creators of Barefoot Wine

Travis Prince testimonial

"Many people agreed that their presentation was the most intriguing and valuable to the entrepreneurs in the audience!" --Travis Prince, C-Suite Conference Attendee

Mike Black testimonial

“We're going to implement the concepts shared in all our marketing pieces and how we approach sales going forward.” Mike Black, CEO,, and attendee at PIE

Rob Schultz testimonial

“Inspiring talk… and will further enjoy figuring out how to apply your insights to my own journey!” –Rob Schultz, Senior Technology Executive, Persistent

Jeffrey Hayzlett testimonial

"Michael and Bonnie’s speech gives a whole new meaning to going Barefoot!!— it now means Entrepreneurial Success at its finest! They rock!" --Jeffrey Hayzlett, Chairman, C-Suite Network

Adam Hartung testimonial

"Michael and Bonnie's story tells the audience the all-too-brutal truth about what one really has to do to succeed." Adam Hartung, Contributing Author, Forbes

Jason Hull testimonial

"I love Michael and Bonnie's outlook and approach. Refreshing, authentic, and useful." –Jason Hull, Chief Executive Officer, Balanced Edge

Martha Ann Woods testimonial

“Thank you for your fresh prospective on how to succeed in business! Loved it!” –Martha Ann Woods, OEA attendee

Josh Schieffer testimonial

"Being a Veteran with a service disability, you guys have inspired our small family business to give back in a big way." –Josh Schieffer, EBV Member

Michael Zacchea testimonial

"Michael & Bonnie are effective speakers. The Veteran Entrepreneurs appreciated their talk on '7 ways to Reduce Your Need for Capital and Get More Bang for Your Buck'." --Michael Zacchea, Program Manager, Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Veterans

Robert Reiss testimonial

“OUTSTANDING speech! Better yet, PERFECT. What an incredible way to end this conference.” -Robert Reiss, Host & CEO, The CEO Show

Thuy Thi Nguyen testimonial

"Thank you so much to the Barefoot Spirit team!  I sure enjoyed the talk." --Thuy Thi Nguyen, Interim President and CEO, Community College League of California

Marjorie Bynum testimonial

"Great keynote! It was wonderful working with them" --Marjorie Bynum, CAE Vice President, Education & Communications

David Torrance testimonial

"We enjoyed listening to the lessons that they learned. The worthy cause marketing concept was worth the evening by itself." –David Torrance, President, Executive Forums Dallas, Member, Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce

Patrick Snyder testimonial

“Our entire group benefitted from their wisdom. The fact they were so entertaining was simply icing on the cake. We are having them back!” -- Patrick Snyder, Executive Director, USASBE

Jeany Park testimonial

“I'm still thinking about your talk and your amazing story! I find you both incredibly inspiring.” Jeany Park, Videographer, MBA attendee

Thomas Kruczek testimonial

"Your work at the EBV National Conference was outstanding." -Thomas Kruczek, Dean of College and Business, Lynn University

Greg S. Reid testimonial

"A Standing ovation is how Michael and Bonnie left our audience chanting for more." --Greg S. Reid, Founder Secret Knock

Nancy Munro testimonial

"The reaction from our members was nothing less than superb!" --Nancy Munro, Chapter President, Chicago MIT Enterprise Forum; CEO & Founder, Knowledge Shift

Thomas White testimonial

“Voted #1 Best Speakers at the C-Suite Conference!” – Thomas White, CEO C-Suite Network, Radio Host - Nationally Syndicated “Business Matters”

Gavin Duffy testimonial

"An excellent and inspiring presentation!” -- Gavin Duffy, Entrepreneur, Dragon's Den television show panelist
Stanford Commencement Message for New Techies

Stanford Commencement Message for New Techies

We were honored to be invited to the Stanford University 126th Commencement. Our friend Zach Steward has done it again! Two years ago, we saw him get his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. This year he was awarded a Masters. Quite a feat! Just trying to imagine all...

How to Take Control by Aiming, Not Blaming

How to Take Control by Aiming, Not Blaming

Behind many seemingly outside problems are inside solutions. But with your ire focused on the other guy, you can easily overlook what you can do to mitigate the situation. “It's not our fault,” becomes the order of the day with its cousin, “There’s nothing we could...

Maximize Communications Technology to Avoid Misunderstandings

Maximize Communications Technology to Avoid Misunderstandings

Today we have many methods of communications. But which ones are the most appropriate for what kinds of communication? When should we use in-person, video conferencing, phone, email, or text? Some folks favor one form over another, but each has its place and should be...

​7 Steps to Infuse Entrepreneurial Thinking Into Company Culture

​7 Steps to Infuse Entrepreneurial Thinking Into Company Culture

Every company wants to stay relevant and be in the forefront of their industry. This requires an imaginative staff creating new solutions and thinking outside the box. But first you need to change your company culture. This is easier said than done. A positive company...

Build Trust with Timely Status Reports

Build Trust with Timely Status Reports

There's a new phenomenon happening that we never saw ten years ago.  It is a best practice that somehow got dropped from the up-bringing, educational and training processes. In today’s workplace, we see employees keeping vital information to themselves and not...

Is Extrapolation an Endangered Talent?

Is Extrapolation an Endangered Talent?

One of the top skills we look for in a new hire is the ability to extrapolate (“to infer (an unknown) from something that is known” Can the applicant take a principle learned from one example and apply it to a new situation? During the interview...

The 4 Stages of Business Growth Each Present Their Own Challenges

The 4 Stages of Business Growth Each Present Their Own Challenges

We like the way Jim Canfield of Renaissance Executive Forums defines the various stages of business growth. They provide a convenient classification that helps us recognize and appreciate the goals and challenges of each level of progression. Here we apply his staging...

3 Big Throw Downs Challenge Today’s Grads

3 Big Throw Downs Challenge Today’s Grads

We are excited to go to a friend’s graduation who just completed his Masters in Engineering from Stanford. When we asked him what he was going to do with it, his response came lightning fast, “I’m going to extend the range of electric vehicles another 200 miles!” Now...