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Merilee Kern

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Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded brand analyst, strategist and futurist who reports on noteworthy industry change makers, movers, shakers and innovators across all B2B and B2C categories. This includes field experts and thought leaders, brands, products, services, destinations and events. Merilee is a Member of the esteemed Forbes Business Council; Founder, Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List”; and Host of the nationally-syndicated “Savvy Living” TV show. As a prolific business and consumer trends, lifestyle and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, she keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme—also delving into the minds behind the brands. Her work reaches multi-millions worldwide via broadcast TV (her own shows and copious others on which she appears) as well as a myriad of print and online publications.
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ARTICLES BY merilee kern



Expert’s game changing performance management strategy a boon for business owners, department heads and human resource managers



If you want to be the best and grow your business, not only do you have to hire and reward the best ... you must either develop or remove the rest. It’s that simple. Toward this end, you might be surprised to learn that traditional, so-called “tried-and-true” performance management methods fail. One top offender is ...


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The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred fresh demand for tangible—and highly giftable—assets like art, antiques and gold bullion, but rare coins are garnering fresh attention all their own. Not only are they an alternative investment option fostering wealth preservation and capital growth, but rare U.S. coins are also meaningful, sentiment-laden Americana-minded gifts apropos for the winter holidays and honoring other significant occasions like weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, gra...

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The COVID-19 pandemic has understandably spurred renewed conversation around business crisis management. This, pertaining to how to better plan for and preempt unforeseen disruptions, as well as aptly navigating through the mire when perilous challenges present—optimally emerging on the other side stronger than the business was before.

The problem with much of the current discourse—and rest assured there’s an overabundance to be found—is that it largely reg...


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With the fall season ushering in fresh cool breezes, mother nature in spectacular display and all things pumpkin spice, it also presents an array of seasonal shopping opportunities—whether to treat yourself for a life being well lived or to get a jump-start on that holiday shopping list that’s looming large.  Happily, the marketplace is buzzing with brands eager to ease and enhance your autumn season.  Amid the abundance of innovation, what’s truly worth “fallin...

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Today’s business landscape is becoming increasingly fluid, with more people than ever owning and operating professional enterprises—whether as their main occupation, a “side hustle” or both. In fact, one report reveals there are fully 582 million entrepreneurs in the world. This includes rental property owners; sellers on eBay, Etsy, Shopify, Amazon and th...

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It’s fairly indisputable that a prospering company or organization wouldn’tbe enjoying any notable measure of success without highly effective leadership. Potent leadership is, in fact, often a primary driver of business innovation, development and growth overall.


Commanding a team, department or company at-large isn’t (or shouldn’t be) about the prestige, accolades, lofty titles or that sweet corner suite. Rather, genuine leaders are able to esta...

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3 things powerful immigrant professionals have in common that can propel any aspiring workplace ‘outsider’.


Being an outsider in the workplace is tough. Doubly so if you’re both a woman and an immigrant, two characteristics that can make your professional life a great deal more difficult. And when you’re trying to lead a team on top of having any...

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Six ways to know if your business is disruption-ready

Disruption. This buzz-worthy notion must scratch well below the surface. It's a profound, visceral change to the very core and essence of a business, industry or marketplace at large. Many speak of it, but few “really” know how to disrupt in a way that forces rapid evolutionary change.

The era of disruption and digitization is not only upon us, it’s persistently driving deviations in...


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Given that a reported 9 out of 10 businesses fail, with “no market need,” “ran out of cash” and “got outcompeted” paramount among the reasons why, it begs the question: is there a better, more sure-fire way to realize entrepreneurial success?  Does any approach exist that can thwart the gut-wrenching 90% chance of failure?  One expert, Today’s Growth Consultant

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In business, it would be difficult if not impossible to achieve a notable measure of success without having inked a significant number of agreements with other parties—most appreciably with conflicts inherent in the process having been pleasingly overcome for all involved. Whether negotiating a sale with an existing customer or prospective new account, contracts with vendors, deals with company and industry stakeholders, a M&A situation, the salary of a new hire or any other, negotiati...

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SPOTLIGHT

The best of the best across all product, service and travel categories–as well as noteworthy marketplace change makers, movers and shakers–are spotlighted in her exclusive “The Luxe List” reporting, which reaches millions each month through multiple syndication channels: print and online as well as broadcast TV and terrestrial radio. An array of top-tier online and print media outlets like Forbes.com (with 53 million unique visitors), FastCompany.com, BlackEnterprise.com, ThriveGlobal.com and more publish Merilee’s feature article content. Among her copious editorial endeavors, Merilee serves as Features Editor for Impact Wealth—a luxury lifestyle magazine catering to ultra-high net-worth individuals, reaching the richest 4 percent of the U.S. and global populations with average household income of $10 million+ and average net worth of $100 million+. The magazine is distributed to one of the largest Family Office Networks in the world. Merilee is also the creator, executive producer and host of the Savvy Living TV show that airs in New York on the CBS-TV owned/operated WLNY, in Los Angeles on the CBS-TV owned/operated KCAL, in San Francisco on CBS-TV KPIX, in San Diego on FOX and CBS-TV KGTV and in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale on the CBS-TV owned/operated WBFS. In addition, she’s a recurring guest with multiple other international, national and regional TV and radio programs. This includes the internationally-syndicated “The Jet Set” travel TV program, and nationally-syndicated shows like Coffee With America, Daily Flash, Daytime, The Tech Show, and more. She is also a frequent contributor to an array of major market/network regional TV programs airing in key DMAs like NBC’s Atlanta & Company (#10 DMA), ABC’s The Morning Blend Tampa/St. Pete (#11 DMA), ABC’s Sonoran Living Phoenix (#12 DMA) and others across the U.S. Since 1994, Merilee has worked to bring various multi-industry B2B and consumer-facing projects to the public consciousness. Over the past decade, hundreds of her articles, news items and interviews have been featured by media outlets worldwide and her expert insights have been featured by top-tier media like Bloomberg and American Express. Merilee is also a highly regarded communications industry expert source within the media, contributing perspective and commentary to leading media outlets. An instant Google search for “Merilee Kern” yields thousands of results that provide a strong sense of the breadth of her experience, reach, and presence. As a former fitness competitor and champion twice over, having won the title of “Miss South Florida” and “Miss Palm Coast,” Merilee is also a health advocate and published author whose childhood obesity-related fictional title, “Making Healthy Choices – A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids,” earned a coveted iParenting Media ‘Excellent Product’ award as well as acclaim from Oprah’s personal trainer Bob Greene and media personality Sally Jessy Raphael. https://luxelistreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/kusi-football-SM-300x196.jpgAmong other honors realized throughout her career, Merilee was named a Finalist in the 3rd annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business – an international competition recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding women executives, business owners, and the companies they run, hailed by the New York Post as “the business world’s own Oscars.” Merilee holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a marketing specialty and a Bachelor of Science degree, both earned from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She also received “Marketing on the Internet” certification from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Merilee is currently a member in good standing with Luxury Society, the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association, the North American Travel Journalists Association, the International Travel Writers Alliance and the National Association of Professional and Executive Women (NAPEW).