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  • EY Announces Merrilee Kick of BuzzBallz/Southern Champion Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award Winner in Southwest Region

    Dallas, TEXAS, June 26, 2018 –  EY announced Merrilee Kick of BuzzBallz/Southern Champion received the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award in the Distribution and Manufacturing category for the Southwest Region. Kick’s award was presented at a special gala event on June 23 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. She joins 11 winners from other […]

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    Pelican Harbor Rum Wins Top Scores in The Tasting Panel Magazine

    Carrollton, TX, May 24, 2018 –– Three of Southern Champion’s premium spirits earned top marks from The Tasting Panel Magazine in a splashy feature in the May 2018 issue. Southern Champion’s story, from ready-to-drink cocktails to “outstanding spirits,” appears above tasting notes and scores from critic Meredith May. Andrew John’s Premium Gin, “blessed with juniper […]

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    Merrilee Kick and BuzzBallz/Southern Champion provide $5,000 in Science Scholarships

    Helena, MONTANA, May 16, 2018 – BuzzBallz/Southern Champion, LLC, and CEO Merrilee Kick awarded four of Montana’s top-ranked high school science students with their annual Science Innovator Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes students who demonstrate curiosity, a strong work ethic, and outstanding skills in leadership, teamwork, and communication. Capital High’s winners for 2018 were Hannah Dreesbach […]

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    EY Announces Merrilee Kick of BuzzBallz/Southern Champion Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award Finalist in the Southwest Region

    Carrollton, TEXAS, May 6, 2018 – EY announced today that Merrilee Kick is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Award in the Southwest region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs with a commitment to innovation, achievement and growth for their business and community. She will join other finalists at the awards gala on […]

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    Pelican Harbor Light and Pelican Harbor Black Rums Win Gold at 2018 World Spirit Awards

    BAD KLEINKIRCHEIM, AUSTRIA March 25th, 2018 – Southern Champion was awarded 5 winning medals for their spirits at the 2018 World Spirit Awards in Austria. Gold medals went to XIII Kings Vodka, Pelican Harbor Light Rum, Pelican Harbor Black Rum and Crooked Fox Blended Bourbon Whiskey, and Andrew John’s Gin scored a Silver. The industry expert judges […]

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    Kick Wins 2018 Enterprising Women of the Year Award

    RALEIGH, N.C. –  December 12, 2018. Merrilee Kick, Owner and President of Southern Champion and BuzzBallz, won the Enterprising Women of the Year Award, joining the 2018 class of honorees. Kick was selected from a global field of nominees representing hundreds of entrepreneurs from across many industries and countries. She joins a select group of winners in […]

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    Southern Champion Appoints Blair Casey as Vice President of Sales & Marketing

    Carrollton, Texas – August 8, 2017. Southern Champion proudly announced the naming of Blair Casey as their Vice President of Sales and Marketing. The seasoned industry veteran joined the company in May and hit the ground running, developing and executing innovative sales and marketing strategies to drive company growth, build consumer relationships, and strengthen the […]

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