Thought Leadership with Mitchell Levy and Michael Procopio, Episode 17: Apr 8, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell and MichaelIn this episode, Mitchell and Michael hang out with two thought leaders – Bonnie Harvey and Michael Houlihan, the couple behind the success of Barefoot Wine brand. Michael and Bonnie share their journey from being struggling entrepreneurs in the ‘80s to consulting for Fortune 500s and start-ups, and giving inspiration to thousands of university students. Their story is replete with valuable lessons that they dutifully documented in a book entitled: “The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand” ( In talking about their success, Michael and Bonnie highlight their partnership and how the strengths and qualities of one complement the other.

Michael Houlihan and Bonnie HarveyMore about Michael and Bonnie at

Some tweetable moments from the show:

  • A #thoughtleader steps out and does the extraordinary by creating a different way to do something. #TLL @TheBrandAuth
  • Create advocates by giving them a social reason, not a mercantile reason, to buy your products. #TLL @TheBrandAuth
  • Today, buyers are not just looking at the benefits of the product, but on how the company does their business. #TLL @TheBrandAuth

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