FLORIDA – March 2, 2021 – Marbet Lewis, Founding Partner and CEO of Spiritus Law, was selected by Women of the Vine & Spirits to interview Merrilee Kick in its most recent C-Suite Insights Live Chat. Titled Inspiring Innovation Through Changing Times with Merrilee Kick, CEO & Founder BuzzBallz, LLC/Southern Champion, the Live Chat focused on Merrilee's diverse background, her career in the alcohol beverage industry, how Buzzballz/Southern Champion became the only combined winery, brewery, and distillery in the U.S. that is woman-owned, and how her MBA project became the top pre-mixed, single-serve cocktail brand in the U.S.
“I appreciate the opportunity to interview Merrilee and have her share her wisdom. Being a woman in the alcohol beverage industry is not easy, let alone making history the way she has. I believe everyone on the Live Chat, including myself, learned a great deal from her story and her experiences. This was the perfect way to kick off Women’s History Month,” says Lewis.
Marbet Lewis has focused her practice on the laws governing the alcohol industry and the manufacture, importation, and sale of alcohol beverage products since 2004. She represents clients in all aspects of alcohol and business licensing, alcohol licensee mergers and acquisitions, negotiation of asset purchase agreements and required alcohol use provisions, license transfers and licensing due diligence, trade practices, alcohol product advertising and review of marketing agreements, importation agreements, label approvals, and regulatory compliance guidance. Her experience also includes enforcement action defense and administrative litigation, zoning and land use due diligence and approval processes, and state and local government regulatory compliance, which includes drafting municipal code ordinances and amendments as well as assisting with redistricting and development of entertainment overlay districts.
Women of the Vine & Spirits is the world’s leading membership organization dedicated to empowering and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry. The C-Suite series takes participants inside the minds of some of the most respected visionaries, thought leaders and entrepreneurs in the alcohol beverage industry. These live, one-on-one interviews, with Q&A open to attendees, provide tangible tools on how to lead through uncertain times and inspire you to take action.