LeeAnn Maxwell/Vixen Vodka
Vixen Vodka was conceived after a girls’ trip to St. Simons Island in Georgia. It was an idea that came to fruition after a few slightly dirty martinis and several sun-soaked hours lying by the pool. An idea that took root and took hold of friends who wanted to make a difference in their lives; it was their why not moment. After all, women like to hang out, chill out and drink vodka just like the boys. But research and focus groups showed that no vodka brand currently on the market tapped into targeting women. In fact, it was a boys’ club waiting for a revolution. So they decided to raise their glasses to toast an idea that eventually became Vixen Vodka. This award winning company is poised for national expansion and is the perfect marriage of a sexy flirty brand and the smoothest gluten-free vodka youll ever taste.
LeeAnn spent over 28 years in the financial industry and about as long in a marriage. Once both those chapters were over, she realized she wanted more out of life; to rediscover the woman she used to be and the one she wanted to become. Her varied experiences have contributed to an extremely detail-oriented work ethic along with a very savvy business acumen.
Move Over Gentlemen, this is the Year of the Vixen. When LeeAnn sat down with a business consultant to review her initial business plan, he closed the document, told her how well written it was and then said, Youll never make it. When asked why, he replied, Because its the liquor industry, its all men, and they will eat you up and spit you out. LeeAnn looked right back at him and said in her sweet Southern syrupy way, Sugar, this could be a pair of pantyhose or a tube of lipstick, were creating a brand and we know what women want. Intrigued? Learn how she took a brand from beach to shelf and disrupted a male dominated category along the way.
Christian Ross/Village Realty
VP/ Managing Broker
Christian Ross is the Managing Broker for Village Realty, a full service real estate firm housed in Atlanta Tech Village. She has previously served as the 2014 President of Womens Council of Realtors Atlanta as
the youngest president in the chapters 54 year history and sat on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Board of Realtors.
Her team specializes in intown Atlanta real estate and global property ownership with a client base that includes Atlantans as well as people across the globe investing in Atlanta and purchasing abroad.
Christian has been featured on HGTVs House Hunters and has provided her real estate expertise for many media outlets including The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Realtor.com and Philly.com.