Favorite Moderator charms and captures audiences with warmth and natural ease at MAPcon+TBOY... You've seen Terri anchoring and reporting consumer, investigative and inspirational breast cancer stories. She's covered hurricanes, the first-ever joint training exercise between Russian and U.S. troops, and the Minneapolis bridge collapse. A few years ago she interviewed President Barack Obama.
Her investigation into gumball machines sparked the largest national recall in history and resulted in a federal law banning lead in toys. Honors include an Edward R. Murrow, six Emmys including one for best newscast, and other awards.
Terri enjoys exploring the Hill Country, walking the hike and bike trails, and listening to music. She's a huge sports fan and a great cook.
Making magic is her calling -- Bourbon & music is her business...
After an impressive career in media, public relations and entertainment, Marsha Milam decided to dive headlong into the spirits industry.
A confessed serial entrepreneur and a woman with many accolades, her specialty is creating something out of nothing. "I live for creating moments that touch people internally and help us find our commonality with each other." At the height of her music career, her team was making magic for 100,000 fans annually with live music shows across Texas under the exuberant tag line “We spread joy and happiness." And they did.
Then a few years ago, the iconic music maven fell in love with the seductive culture of bourbon. Standing alone in the peaceful quiet of a Kentucky warehouse full of slowly aging bourbon barrels, "I felt I had discovered the antithesis of the frantic life we live today. Like people, bourbon takes years to age, to mellow, to become smoother and richer. And it is to be experienced slowly. It is to be savored, just like our lives."
So she founded Ben Milam Distillery--named for a distant ancestor--that makes Ben Milam Whiskey, an award-winning, premium-brand bourbon and rye whiskey sold in fine wine and spirits stores nationwide. Her whiskey won Double Gold at the renowned San Francisco World Spirits Competition in both 2017 and 2018, and is in the top 10% of all whiskeys sold in Texas.
"I do not find it ironic at this stage in my life and career that I should be attracted to something that encourages me to slow down, examine my life, savor the moment. Will this be my 'Last Hurrah?' I don’t know but I intend to enjoy it."
She's has much to savor as the founder of the Austin Film Society, the originator of Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade that collects toys for the APD’s Blue Santa program, and other triumphs.
Austin Film Festival Executive Board Member • Black Fret, Board Member • Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Advisory Board Member • H.O.M.E., Board Member (provides housing assistance to aging musicians) • Clifford Antone Foundation, Board Member • ASCPA, Member • World Wildlife Foundation, Member
As for economic support of women, she says, "I hire women! Our distiller for Ben Milam Whiskey is a woman who worked with Jim Beam for 27 years. Our new CEO is a woman.The young people I hire in the music business are 90% female."
We'll drink to that!
Automotive Wonder Woman takes to the airwaves with "Cars Her Way"
Nobody exudes more confidence or authority standing beside a car -- any car -- than Lisa Copeland. She owns it, and the car knows it.
This Automotive Wonder Woman honed her credentials at Fiat, where she made a name for herself as the top dealer in that company and an articulate expert who could hold her own in any automotive forum.
"I knew that I wanted to empower women consumers and create more jobs for women in our industry."
After relaunching FIAT/Alfa Romeo back to the US following a 20-year absence and having staked her success on women consumers and a female sales force, she opened the first auto store in the U.S. in a high-end aspirational shopping center in Austin, TX.
In 2012 her sales team broke the world sales record for the FIAT brand, earning worldwide recognition and a visit from the Chrysler Corporation CEO, who was so impressed that he appointed her as the only female on the FIAT/Chrysler dealer board -- making her one of 18 that governed all dealers for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram< FIAT, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari dealers nationwide.
In that high-profile leadership role, she fought to make consumer advertising more female-focused and friendly, to no longer allow “models” at car shows, to show everyday women in company marketing, and to educate dealers about the importance of women on the showroom floor.
In 2016, Lisa sold her award- winning dealership. She co-authored a book Crushing Mediocrity and embarked on a 40-city speaking tour. Recently she signed a deal with I Heart radio for a call-in radio show and PodCast "Cars Her way" -- the only call-in radio show for female automobile consumers.
Flying high in the skies to make deals around the world
She grew up with one foot in a small Jersey town, the other in the Big Apple, one of four children of WW II U.S. Veterans –both strong role models who taught her not just to persevere but to prevail, that hard work, perseverance, and education would yield results.
"My father was a POW in Japan, my mother a commissioned officer in the Navy Nurses Corps. While the bar may have always been set just out of reach, it was determination and focus that kept my aspirations high and gave me the inner strength to meet my own expectations and exceed those of others to this day."
She attributes her adventurous nature to her mother's desire to see the world and "break out of the mold that defined women of her time." Janine's fearlesness in jumping into the unknown was honed at home with stories of her parent's life abroad and her mother's international travels.
Not excelling at school was not an option, along with an appreciation of the arts through classical music education and sports. She mastered several instruments and took riding lessons from an early age.
New York provided her the perfect business incubator, its concrete canyons honing survival skills and living up to its famed mantra, “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!” And make it she did. After learning the trade, she launched her own company Par Avion, which is today one of the top aircraft brokerages that buys and sells pre-owned business aircraft valued upwards to $65 million.
As a woman broker, she’s both a rarity and an industry leader. She presides over the Texas Aerospace & Aviation Advisory Committee, appointed by Governor Abbott, and chairs a key committee of the European business Aviation Association.
A talented athlete, Janine is a lifelong competitive equestrian and is passionate about road cycling. She supports the arts and many charities.