Nobody likes complainers, right?

They can’t be satisfied. They want something for nothing. They called just to annoy someone, and that was you.

But many who call are sincere and should be treated like gold, because this is a golden opportunity.

Most unhappy customers just vote with their feet. They take their business elsewhere — bad-mouthing your brand on the way.

“That used to be my brand,” they tell their friends, “but they’ve really gone downhill lately!”

For every unhappy customer who takes the time to complain, 100 more walk and talk. This has got to hurt! It not only hurts your reputation and chases away new customers, but you also lose this customer’s business permanently.

This silent but deadly protest is the bane of the brand-builder.

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Who We Are

Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey Barefoot Wine Founders

Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey co-authored the New York Times bestselling business book, The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand. The book has been selected as recommended reading in the CEO Library for CEO Forum, the C-Suite Book Club, and numerous university classes on business and entrepreneurship. It chronicles their humble beginnings from the laundry room of a rented Sonoma County farmhouse to the board room of E&J Gallo, who ultimately acquired their brand and engaged them as brand consultants. Barefoot is now the world’s largest wine brand.

Beginning with virtually no money and no wine industry experience, they employed innovative ideas to overcome obstacles, create new markets and forge strategic alliances. They pioneered Worthy Cause Marketing and performance-based compensation. They built an internationally bestselling brand and received their industry’s “Hot Brand” award for several consecutive years.

They offer their Guiding Principles for Success (GPS) to help entrepreneurs become successful. Their book, The Entrepreneurial Culture: 23 Ways To Engage and Empower Your People, helps corporations maximize the value of their human resources.

Currently they travel the world leading workshops, trainings, & keynoting at business schools, corporations, conferences. They are regular media guests and contributors to international publications and professional journals. They are C-Suite Network Advisors & Contributing Editors. Visit their popular brand building site at

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