Merilee A. Kern, MBA
President & Chief Strategist


Forbes Business Council, Newsweek Expert Forum and Rolling Stone Culture Council Member Merilee Kern, MBA, CEO of Kern Communications, has been marketing and publicizing multi-industry B2B and B2C programs, products and services since 1994.  Throughout her career, Merilee has strategized, developed, executed and managed innovative MarComm and public relations initiatives that have driven visibility, growth and profitability for the many companies she has served.

Through Kern Communications, a boutique public relations and marketing communications agency, Merilee avails the company's industry-diverse clientele with a combination of entrepreneurial creativity and her breadth of marketing and PR experience both on and offline. She concurrently serves as Chief PR Strategist for Ascendant Group Branding-an industry-leading CEO branding agency that represents top-tier industry thought leaders, including C-suite executives, entrepreneurs, authors and speakers and other subject matter experts. For both agencies, among other deliverables Merilee is responsible for strategizing timely and compelling campaign concepts, writing all related communication vehicles, and securing top-tier regional and national press placements across all mediums: online, print, and broadcast TV and radio.

Complementing her agency endeavors, Merilee is an influential media voice and lauded communications strategist, prolific writer and TV/radio personality. As the Executive Editor and Producer of "The Luxe List International News Syndicate," she's a revered branding and trends voice of authority who spotlights noteworthy marketplace change makers, movers and shakers. Through this cross-media platform, Merilee's insights reach millions each month through multiple syndication channels: print and online as well as national and regional broadcast TV. Dozens of top-tier online and print media outlets like Forbes.com, FastCompany.com, Impact Wealth, Newsweek.com, RollingStone.com and more publish Merilee's editorial content and she is a recurring guest with scores of international, national and regional TV and radio programs.

Merilee is also the creator, executive producer and host of multiple TV shows, including Savvy Ventures. This business-focused show airs weekend daytime nationally on both FOX Business TV and Bloomberg TV, reaching a combined 152 million TV households/cable subscribers. She also produces and hosts Savvy Living—a lifestyle and travel TV show that airs weekend daytime on major networks in key DMAs: 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 and KBCW, in San Diego on FOX and CBS-TV KGTV, in Atlanta on the CBS owned/operated WUPA and in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale on the CBS-TV owned/operated WBFS.

Merilee is a book author whose fictional children's title, "Making Healthy Choices - A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids," 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 addition, Merilee is a highly regarded expert source within the media, contributing expert perspective and commentary such as that for a case study published on StartupJounal.com, the Wall Street Journal's Center for Entrepreneurs. Her various articles have been featured by distinguished media outlets world-wide.

Prior to founding Kern Communications and The Luxe List, Merilee served a multi-year tenure as Director of Public Relations and Marketing Communications for e-Health leader eDiets.com (NASDAQ:DIET).  Prior to this, she held positions as Marketing Programs Manager, Intranet Video Systems for Concurrent Computer Corporation (NASDAQ:CCUR), Manager, Marketing Communications for Ligos Technology (formerly Integrated Data Systems), Interactive Media Manager at Boca Raton-based WebConnect - a division of leading high-tech direct marketing firm Worldata, and in 1995 launched and operated her own Internet-based business that was sold in 1998.

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, which are produced by the creators of the prestigious American Business Awards and 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 the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association, the North American Travel Journalists Association (honored as a Featured Member in April 2022), the International Travel Writers Alliance, the San Diego Press Club, and the National Association of Professional and Executive Women (NAPEW).

[View Merilee's Representative Media Placements Here]