“ It was an inspiration to hear Michael Houlihan & Bonnie Harvey’s (founders of Barefoot Wines) story of how they broke all the rules to become the country’s #1 best selling wine! From the laundry room to the board room, theirs was an inspiring story of determination and perseverance. Their natural story-telling ability blended with a little humor makes for an enjoyable experience. Their obvious love for what they do, caring for employees, and search for continuous improvement is the foundation for their success. Their presentation was very entertaining and shared a powerful message to our members. They enjoyed interacting with them both during the Summit. We appreciate them being there and adding to our Summit success. We were honored to have them as our keynote speakers at the 75th Anniversary Ideas America Summit.”
– Brenda Kelly, President, Ideas America
Who Are We.
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 in 1986, to the board room of E&J Gallo, where they successfully sold their brand in 2005. 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 offer their Guiding Principles for Success (GPS) to help entrepreneurs become successful and help corporations achieve entrepreneurial cultures to engage and empower their people.
Currently they travel the world keynoting at universities, corporations, conferences and symposiums. They are regular media guests and contributors to international publications and professional journals; along with being FOX News Radio Network’s Workplace Culture Experts. They are also the recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Award from the Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Bradley University. Visit their popular brand building site at www.thebrandauthority.net. To make inquiries for keynote speaking, trainings or consulting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey
-Barefoot Wine Founders