Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey are two of the nicest people I have had the pleasure of talking with, and they just so happen to be incredibly successful and world renowned entrepreneurs. Michael and Bonnie founded and grew the Barefoot Wine brand, which is now the #1 wine brand in the US and one of the best selling and most recognizable wine brands in the world. Did the dynamic duo start their highly successful wine brand because they had millions to invest and an abundance of knowledge and experience in the industry? Not exactly.
Michael and Bonnie started the brand in their laundry room in 1985 with practically no money and no experience. Their journey is an entrepreneurial success story that reminds us that the American dream is still alive and well.
I was invited into their beautiful California home via Skype not long after I had the privilege to hear Michael give a keynote address at the 2013 USASBE National Conference in San Francisco. Although I was not able to meet Michael at the conference, I took his business card off of the dinner table and tossed it into my briefcase. It wouldn’t hurt just to reach out to him right? Much to my surprise, this successful entrepreneur immediately responded and after one email he was asking what time would work for me to meet!