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Kim Walls

Advisor Greater Los Angeles Area, US

CCO/Founder Best Ever Baby; CEO/Founder, Episencial. Previously CEO/Founder, Epicuren Baby. University of California, Santa Barbara grad.

CCO/Founder Best Ever Baby; CEO/Founder, Episencial. Previously CEO/Founder, Epicuren Baby. University of California, Santa Barbara grad.

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Involved In

Founder

Best Ever Baby
Episencial
Epicuren Baby

Advisor

Rose Scharlin Co-Op
Environmental Working Group
Pregnancy Awareness Month
Environmental Working Group
Episencial
Pregnancy Awareness Month
Rose Scharlin Co-Op

Positions

Advisor - Chair of Retail Relations Committee Environmental Working Group March 2014 - present
CCO/Founder Best Ever Baby 2014 - present
Board Member Episencial 2009 - present
CEO/Founder Episencial 2009 - 2015
Board Member Pregnancy Awareness Month 2009 - 2010
Board Member Rose Scharlin Co-Op 2006 - 2008
CEO/Founder Epicuren Baby 2003 - 2008
Fundraising Consultant - Healthcare Griffin Consulting, Inc. 2000 - 2001
Director of Website Content/Brand - Health & Wellness Natural HealthLink 1998 - 2000
Account Executive - Health & Wellness Market Research Struman & Associates 1995 - 1997
Founding Family - Luxury Natural Skincare Epicuren Discovery 1985 - 1995

Education

University of California, Santa Barbara New Media/Technology

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Green
  • • Healthcare
  • • Media
  • • Social Impact
  • • Nutrition
  • • Wellness
  • • Content

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

A nationally recognized natural products expert for child health advocacy groups and national media. Work has been featured in publications including Real Simple, Fit Pregnancy, Huffington Post, and on-air by the CBS Early Show and Good Morning America. Named one of the "9 Wonder Women of the Natural Industry" by New Hope Media.

How I like to work with people
As an Advisor

Super transparent. I love sharing what I've learned and can't stand the idea of anyone making the same mistakes I did. Have been a part of building, selling and/or shutting down 5 start-ups - 2 sold, 1 failed, 1 still operating as a family owned $50MM+ CPG brand, 1 just getting off the ground. Have always relied heavily on and appreciated my own mentors and advisors tremendously. Passionately committed to collaboration and sharing our learnings. Would like to 'pay-it-forward'.

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Nancy Wildfeir-Field
They're my advisor  •  President, GBCHealth. Previously Independent Consultant, Wildfeir-Field. Boston grad.
Kim's creative - has developed and successfully built a business and product line. As a young entrepreneur, great at making connections. Ha ... s sold her products into major retailers. Has successfully engaged with investors. She's led on branding. And is an engaging public speaker, passionate and committed to a variety of issues - and clearly selling her brand.
Gregg Wurster
We worked together  •  Founder, Goodee Me, LLC and Principal, Triple G Associates.
Kim has quite a bit of real life experience leading brand development in entrepreneurial CPG businesses.
Sharon Vinderine
We worked together  •  Founder and CEO, PTPA Media Inc.. Previously Owner, Small Made Simple Inc.. York grad.
I worked with Kim early on in one of her previous businessrd and was impressed by her work ethic, her devotion to her brand and her ability ... to take an idea from paper to reality.
Gary Marion
We worked together  •  National Sales Director, Dynaroll and Director Supply Chain Management, Dynaroll.
Kim is a passionate leader who combines incredible business acumen with the creativity and work ethic it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur ... . She has the ability to create a company's vision - and then execute on all the details necessary to bring that vision to reality.
Xza Louise Higgins
We worked together  •  CEO, MommyCon and Writer, The Mommy Dialogues.
Kim is a phenomenal speaker and expert on infant, childhood and maternal wellness.
David Haynes
They're my friends  •  Board of Directors, Door to Door Organics and Board President, Save The Waves Coalition - www.savethewaves.org.
You bet.
Michael Kantor
Limited Partner, Susa Ventures and Advisor, Travelcology.
Kim is a great entrepreneur and CEO. She would make an excellent advisor to startups as well as more established companies.
Heng Ou
We worked together  •  Founder, MotherBees - Healthy Food for Moms. Previously Co-Owner, Natural Curiosities.
Kim is a true entrepreneur. One who will not give up until her goals are met. She cares about the products she puts out in the world and her ... mission is helping a lot of people.
Travis Wallis
They're my friends  •  Founder & Relationship Architect, Hifi Digital and Advisor, Xola.
She has significant industry experience
Michael Giordano
They're my friends  •  Business Development, CircleUp. Previously Senior Associate - Independent Consultant, Accordion Partners.
My entire 6 years of experience is centered in working with early stage entrepreneurs. Kim is one of my favorite people that I have had the ... pleasure of getting to know over time. To put it simply, Kim is a multitool player. She has a ton of operational experience (product development, sales, marketing, finance, etc.) but her best quality has to be her unbridled fervor/enthusiasm which all entrepreneurs must have to build their brand. I see this quality trait as a as a great thing to have from an available adivsor. Over those years, she has gained a broad but detailed operational skill set which should be applicable to all entrepreneurs. I have the utmost faith in her as a mentor as entrepreneurs struggle to develop their vision.
Heather Linberg
We worked together  •  Global Associate, Seven Point 2 and Director Public Relations & Creative Media, Epicuren Discovery.
Kim Walls is extremely professional and organized and has been someone I can rely on. Not only is she passionate about what she does, but he ... r attitude and energy are infectious in motivating those who surround her. Kim is also one of the most talented, hard-working people I have ever met and I am honored to know her. I would recommend Kim for any given challenge. Best, Heather Linberg PR & Creative Media Director, Epicuren Discovery
Robert Brown
They're my friends  •  Co-Founder and Managing Director, Encore Consumer Capital. Previously Director, Swander Pace Capital. Stanford grad.
kim is high energy, kind, and very creative. she knows personal care and beauty products well, as well as the natural products industry
Cheryl Petran
We worked together  •  CEO, The Pump Station & Nurtury. Previously Owner, Make It Fit, LLC.
Kim is a veteran entrepreneur, seasoned executive and true expert in natural products, especially for mom & baby. She is passionate about ev ... ery project/business she works with and has an infectious personality - her knowledge, experience and passion make her an amazing resource.
Michael Burgmaier
They're my friends  •  Managing Director, Silverwood Partners. Previously Principal, CEI Community Ventures. Duke grad.
Kim is an innovative, entrepreneurial, smart leader in the natural products field.
Ana Paula Markel
They're my friends  •  Doula Trainer, Bastyr University and Director of International Development, DONA International.
She is smart, warm and caring
Peter Allen
We worked together  •  Director, Business Development, Sterling Becker. Previously Business Development Director, Smart Design.
Kim is a brilliant, dynamic businesswoman and an entrepreneurial force of nature. She's an incredibly innovative and insightful strategist a ... nd marketer with an endless reservoir of energy and passion. She has an uncanny ability to see complex issues with a singular clarity and vision that leads to brilliant solutions. Plus, Kim’s friendly, gregarious personality and genuine spirit of collaboration make her an absolute pleasure to work with!
Dorie Fusaro
We worked together  •  Vice President - Sr. Change Consultant, Bank of America. Previously Yoga teacher, y2 yoga.
Kim is beyond capable in her ability to grow a company from an idea into a profitable business. She has years of experience raising capital ... for various types of ventures, from seed money to investor calls. Kim has the knowledge and tenacity it takes to be successful at what she does, and she does so with grace and ease.
Kerry (Hartigan) Gilmartin
We worked together  •  Owner, SOFT Style Inc. Previously Broker, Owner, View West Properties of Boulder. Georgetown grad.
She's smart, dedicated and incredibly creative.
Jason Graham-Nye
We worked together  •  Co-founder - CEO, gDiapers. Previously Founder, 2'sCompany: Boutique Event Management.
Kim has boots on the ground experience in building a brand and getting it to market. These skills are invaluable for those who have never do ... ne it.
John Lee
They're my investor  •  Executive Producer / Angel Investor / Board Chairman, Op Gamers.
Kim has demonstrated that she has the smarts and tenacity required to be successful as a "start up" entrepreneur. She has had to roll up he ... r sleeves and be both visionary, market leader and grass roots "doer".
Andy Keimach
We worked together  •  President, Munchkin and Executive Vice President, Sales, Munchkin.
Kim has tremendous experience as an entrepreneur. She understands how to create product and build brands.
Ken Ude
They're my advisor  •  Director, USC Marshall Family Business Center and Managing Director, The Board Group. University of Southern California grad.
Kim has gained a tremendous amount of experience over the past 5 years in all aspects of getting a start-up off the ground. She's smart and ... has great business instincts.
Lauren Rabinowitz
We worked together  •  Director of Licensing, Rubie's Costume Co., Inc.. Previously Licensing Director, Chorion.
Kim is dedicated, hard-working, an out-of-the-box thinker always looking for new avenues to expand and grow. Bottom line, Kim gives her all! ... Any company, new or old, big or small, should want a player like Kim involved.
Luke Massman-Johnson
They're my friends  •  Owner + Creative Director, {designtoolbox}. Previously Creative Director, Polarity Management Associates, LLC. University of Michigan grad.
Kim is a true joy to be around, both professionally and personally. As a savvy entrepreneur, product and brand developer, and passionate ad ... vocate for healthy products, people, and the planet, Kim has great insight into what it takes to launch, grow, and optimize a business. I have benefited many times from Kim's advice on my own endeavors and always walk away thinking, "Wow, I'm so glad we talked!"
David Renkert
We worked together  •  Founder, Thentic.com. Previously Founder, Landpool Partners.
Experienced, high energy and passionate.
Chris Birchby
We worked together  •  Founder / CEO, COOLA Suncare.
Kim is a rare individual who understands the product creation process, brand management and growth, and the financial necessities to make it ... all happen. She would be an excellent advisor to anyone lucky enough to spend time with her.
Stephanie Smith
We worked together  •  Founder, The Morningbird Project and VP Business Development & Sales, Babytime! by Episencial.
Kim is a super positive, can-do, creator, leader, and mentor. Her ability to form strong, win-win business relationships is pretty amazing. ... She's wicked smart, and is always willing to go the extra mile - I can't imagine anyone better to partner with!
Stacy Speicher
We worked together  •  Director, Brand Loyalty/CRM, Starbucks Coffee Company and Category Manager - International, Starbucks Coffee Company. University of Oregon grad.
Kim displays great vision and creativity when it comes to product development. She has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a contagious ene ... rgy.
Jeffrey Hollender
We worked together  •  Co-Founder & CEO, Hollender Sustainable Brands LLC and Board Member, Health Care Without Harm.
She has a wealth of work experience and knowledge in her field. Kim would be a huge benefit to any organization.
Lisa Druxman
We worked together  •  CEO, Fit4Mom. Previously General Manager, The Sporting Club At Aventine.
She has vast experience from her parents company and now her own. She has had incredible success with her own branding and marketing.
Kimberley Clayton Blaine
We worked together  •  The Go-To Pet Parent Column, Pet360.com and PetMD.com and CEO, KimberleyBlaine.com.
Kim is motivated self starter with in vast knowledge in the field of early childhood science, health and product development. Over the years ... she and her company has committed to educating communities about the importance of caring for your young child and putting their health at the forefront. It's entrepreneurs like Kim who are changing the way global retail products are made and marketed to families. She's persistent, motivated and very captivating.
Gregg
They're my friends
Kim is an honest, authentic and extremely knowledgeable woman. She has a keen understanding of the marketplace and is generous with advice a ... nd information. I respect her and appreciate all that she has done to build a healthier marketplace.
Tamar Rosenthal
They're my friends  •  Co Founder, Dapple. NYU grad.
Kim is a smart intuitive entrepreneur who is true to her mission offering parents safer products for kids! I admire and respect her greatly
Wendy Strgar
We worked together  •  Loveologist, Good Clean Love and Owner, Good Clean Love.
Kim has years of experience and brings thoughtful insights to the challenges common to any entrepreneurial venture.
Marc Chapman
We worked together  •  COO, Symphony Commerce. Previously COO, Minted.
Very creative mind, understands customer needs, sees the big picture as well as the small. Very entrepreneurial.
Terry Lee
We worked together  •  CEO, .
YES! Kim is an extraordinary business woman and someone who passionately cares about providing the very best in all areas of her life. She' ... s been through the process and the results speak for themselves!
Stephanie Ramirez
We worked together  •  Vice President, Partnership Development, Fit4Mom. Previously Marketing Director, Stroller Strides.
Kim is very passionate about what she does and she is very knowledgeable in her field and it is evident because of her passion and success! ... She is so inspiring and she works for good.
Shaheen Sheik-Sadhal
They're my advisor  •  Co-Founder, Sucy and Board Advisor, Tech Coast Venture Network. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Kim is an extremely passionate, dedicated entrepreneur with a firm belief in doing good and doing well. I sought Kim out as a first-time mo ... m when someone introduced me to her line of baby skin care products since my daughter had eczema. I was so impressed on how nurturing and nourishing the line is that I reached out to Kim and offered to take her to coffee to say thank you and to learn more about her journey. Upon hearing what motivated her to start her company, we formed a friendship and working relationship. She's the type of entrepreneur you want to stand behind and to stand for.
Anietra Guzmán-Santana
We worked together  •  Founder, CEO, Idea Patch. Previously Global Licensing Director, The Joester Loria Group.
Kim is extremely knowledgeable and passionate. She's a leader in her area of expertise.
Hadley Mullin
We worked together  •  Managing Director / Partner, TSG Consumer Partners. Previously Consultant, Bain and Company. Dartmouth College grad.
Kim has been a true pioneer in bringing healthier alternatives to the beauty sector. She is exceptional at brand building and product devel ... opment.

Jonathan Goldfinger
We worked together  •  Owner, Lead Pediatrician, latchMD and Founder, latchME.
Jonathan has purpose, drive and a clear focus with expertise to match. He brings true value to people's lives through innovation and dedicat ... ion. By thoroughly thinking through his choices and carefully choosing partners, Jonathan has every potential for a successful execution.

Xza Louise Higgins
CEO, MommyCon and Writer, The Mommy Dialogues.
Dedicated, passionate, fearless and fiercely determined. That's Xza! I love working with her.

Lisa Druxman
CEO, Fit4Mom. Previously General Manager, The Sporting Club At Aventine.
Lisa is intensely dedicated, high energy and passionate. She has an uncanny ability to stay on the growth track while keeping 500 balls in t ... he air all at once. Lisa has vast and valuable knowledge about the franchise business and about how to capture the hearts and minds of the parenting community. She pushes people to be the best version of themselves. Lisa's vision is certainly one that will make this world a better place, regardless of where it takes her.

Luke Massman-Johnson
Owner + Creative Director, {designtoolbox}. Previously Creative Director, Polarity Management Associates, LLC. University of Michigan grad.
Luke is true blue. He knows what he cares about, sets clear visions and does what it takes to make them happen. He pivots on a dime (or on a ... wheel of his bike!) and stays focused on the bigger vision. I've never met anyone more authentically and passionately committed to the environment. I appreciate his vigilance tremendously, as well as his fantastic design skills.