MEET THE HONOREES
The 100 Women to KNOW Across America Award, presented by JPMorgan Chase is a recognition that showcases the most influential, achieved, and honorable women in our society. Following a nomination and interview process, these women entrepreneurs, executives, creatives, and philanthropists have not only grown their dreams, but have created boundless opportunities for the next generation of female leaders. These women exemplify what it means to be high-achieving and ambitious on the next level and continue to pour into their communities as they do so.
Merrilee Kick | BuzzBallz, LLC
Merrilee Kick is the founder and CEO of BuzzBallz, LLC/Southern Champion, a manufacturer of ready-to-drink cocktails located in Carrollton, Texas. The company produces and sells the top selling RTD brands BuzzBallz, Uptown Cocktails, Sip Sip Hooray, and Texas Craft Cocktails. 2023 Sales exceeded $177 million. The company has seen +50% growth year over year since 2018. As the only joint distillery, winery and brewery in the US that is woman owned, this company has gained significant recognition, boasting distribution nationwide and internationally. Merrilee founded her company in 2009 as part of her master’s degree program and has won numerous awards and accolades for her company and accomplishments.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Trust your gut feelings.
What is your favorite quote?
“Innovate or die!”