Merilee A. Kern is a good life connoisseur who keeps her finger on the pulse of the luxury marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points – the affordable to the extreme. The best of the best across all product, service and travel categories are detailed in her exclusive column “The Luxe List” that reaches millions of affluent consumers each month through multiple syndication channels. An array of top-tier online and print media outlets publish Merilee’s Luxe List feature content.
With this highly marketable and adaptable Luxe List brand, Merilee is also a regular on air contributor with XETV Channel 6 (The CW) in San Diego where she serves as a “gift guru” and consumer product trends expert. She also serves as a national Satellite Media Tour (SMT) spokesperson. View footage of an August 2012 co-op SMT and her multiple XETV segments here.
In addition to her Luxe List endeavors, Merilee owns and operates a boutique public relations agency, Kern Communications (www.KernCommunications.com). Over this past decade, hundreds of her articles, news items and interviews have been featured by media outlets worldwide. She is also a highly regarded marketing and PR industry expert source within the media.
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 published author whose health-related fictional children’s title, “Making Healthy Choices – A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids,” (www.NotFault.com) earned a coveted iParenting Media ‘Excellent Product’ award in both 2006 and 2007 as well as acclaim from Oprah’s personal trainer Bob Greene and media personality Sally Jessy Raphael.
In January 2007 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, the San Diego Press Club, and the National Association of Professional and Executive Women (NAPEW). Merilee is also the proud mother of 2.
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