How A Family Business Sold Their Wine Brand For $100M With Michael Houlihan artwork
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How A Family Business Sold Their Wine Brand For $100M With Michael Houlihan

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  • November 10th 2020

Michael Houlihan achieved a legendary exit from his $20M California wine business Barefoot, when he and his wife Bonnie sold it to E&J Gallo for $100M in 2005. 

This interview tells the story of their phenomenal rise to fame and fortune. 

Today Michael is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Barefoot Spirit, How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand and The Entrepreneurial Culture, 23 Ways to Engage and Empower Your People. 

From humble beginnings in a laundry room of a rented farmhouse to the boardroom of the world’s largest wine company, E&J Gallo, Michael and Bonnie learned many valuable lessons about business growth and success, which they love to bring to startups and Fortune 500’s, helping them build their brands and develop great cultures. 

Michael and Bonnie are regular contributors to The Business Journals in 43 cities nationwide, Entrepreneur, and contribute articles & interviews to INC, CEO Forum, Forbes, and other major business publications. 

Their new audiobook is presented is a theatrical format with Hollywood actors playing the parts, original musical score, sound effects and more! They also host Business Audio Theatre where they tell the stories of other founders to boost turnover and increase engagement. Listen to the free chapter here:

Michael and Bonnie are regular guests on radio, television, and podcasts. They present together with a fresh, authentic, and fun style that entertains, educates, & motivates.

ABOUT THE HOST: Jane Bayler is a serial entrepreneur, investor, speaker, event host and business scale up expert. She had a 20 year history in global media and advertising, before becoming a serial entrepreneur herself, with multiple businesses in real estate, marketing and education. Having grown and sold a £6M brand identity business to US communications group Interpublic, today she is most passionate about and committed to serving other entrepreneurs – helping them grow their businesses and achieve their best lives. 

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Jane Bayler is the Smart Connector, a UK based passionate serial entrepreneur, investor and business growth exploder, who helps overlooked and undervalued entrepreneurs generate consistent, repeatable and scaleable revenues, through attracting their ideal clients and becoming a go-to brand in their sector. An expert in marketing, business growth, property and partnerships, in this podcast, Jane interviews successful entrepreneurs across multiple sectors. She also shares her own triumphs and lessons, bringing a refreshingly open, no holds barred authenticity to her audience of start-up and early stage business owners.

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