"Brash and smart, she's forging a new trail to be a disruptor in the established wine industry. The genesis of RedHead came to life while Sergi was studying oenology (the science that deals with wine/wine making) at Cornell University...."
"Cleveland was once the capital of disruption. At its zenith, this city dominated energy, printing, manufacturing, steel, retail, fashion and chemicals. Now, Cleveland is at another resurgence. The city is rightfully taking its seat in the global economy, with the help of a new set of disruptors who are making their presence felt in a profound way.
Below are five emerging disruptors who represent the music, comedy, wine, social and tech industries in Cleveland. These young, brave souls are rewriting the tenets on what can happen here. The major takeaway? Entrepreneurs don't have to play by the ''rust belt rules'' anymore. These five are going to change the world, and they are just the beginning of a long line of brilliant, spirited entrepreneurs disrupting the game in Cleveland for good...."
"Sergi said she feels honored to have this type of opportunity at the age of 23. She was very excited when she heard the news that Walmart was going to invest in her company."
“Walmart, in January 2013, committed to invest $250 billion into U.S. manufacturing and U.S.-made products. So, they have an open call program where you can apply if you have a U.S.-made product… I found myself flying to Bentonville, Arkansas, to pitch the RedHead Red Wine to Walmart headquarters,” Sergi said.
About 500 companies from around the nation applied to the program, but only 100 got it, including RedHead Wine.....
The Plain Dealer article will be published Sunday, December 17th, but there is an official website that will name each year's "Disruptor," class. Feel free to click and learn more about the "top five" changemakers of Cleveland: http://www.cledisruptors.com/founders.html
LOWELLVILLE, Ohio – Marisa Sergi, founder and CEO of RedHead Brands LLC, 6597 Center Road, Lowellville, is a new entrepreneur who is taking her product to the world’s largest retailer.
Walmart, which selected RedHead as part of its Investing in American Jobs Initiative, began stocking Sergi’s RedHead wines about a month ago in 40 of its stores in Ohio.
The list of stores and retail chains where RedHead is sold also includes Giant Eagle, Rulli Brothers and Sparkle. “Walmart’s a great opportunity but I don’t want to completely neglect my other customers, too,” Sergi says.
"You don't typically use the words 'love affair' or 'wine' when speaking of a 5-year old. But that's when this 3rd generation wine maker discovered her dream. Now, Marisa Sergi's products are in over 400 stores; including #walmart."
Listen to the 10 minute Audio here: https://www.spreaker.com/user/radioforsmallbusiness/hbb-audio-finished-sergee-marisa-withint
"In this interview, we’re honored to feature Marisa Sergi. If you don’t know her or her brand yet, take note of this day, you will! We have a literal brand superstar in the making in today’s interview. She far too humble to share that kind of statement or tone in public discourse but take our word for it. This young CEO is dynamic, smart, savvy, and experiencing progress that lays the groundwork for literal global exposure. She’s a Cornell Grad who knows the science of wine making, the business of wine making, and the all important relationship building of the wine industry. In addition to the academic credits, her schedule embodies a CEO willing to pay the high price of time spent in endlessly educating the public on the brand and the wine. Let’s get started!....."
Family traditions can tell us so much about where we come from, and play a big part in who we become and what we bring to the world. I come from a family of winemakers....