Merilee A. Kern, MBA
President & Chief Strategist


Kern Communications owner and operator Merilee A. Kern has been marketing and publicizing multi-industry B2B and B2C programs, products and services since 1994.  Throughout her career, Ms. Kern 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, Ms. Kern 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.  Among other deliverables, Ms. Kern secures top-tier regional and national press placements across all mediums: online, print, and broadcast TV and radio.

Prior to founding Kern Communications, Ms. Kern 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.

Ms. Kern is also a freelance writer and published 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. She also founded and currently serves as the Executive Editor of "The Luxe List" - an internationally syndicated column published by various industry leading lifestyle outlets.

In addition, Ms. Kern 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. Ms. Kern is also a regular on air contributor with XETV Channel 6 (The CW) in San Diego where she serves as a consumer product trends expert. She also serves as a national Satellite Media Tour and brand spokesperson.

In January 2007 Ms. Kern 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.”

Ms. Kern 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. Ms. Kern 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).

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