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Meet our Founders, identical twins Susi Vallin McKee and Sandy Vallin Heinsz who actually were born on Cinco de Mayo; face it…party and margaritas are in their blood!  These two are a great one-two punch of energy and motivation.  Susi who has her undergraduate degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Contracts & Acquisitions, came up with the idea to create a party-in-a-box…hmmmmmm….they eventually opted for a tin; but needless to say, the end result is extremely exciting and sells itself.  Sandy, leading our marketing activities, has a PhD in Psychology; she can get to the root of the brand motivation to activate our brand while spotting crazy too!

Food Technology, Consultant

Our beverage consultant, Louis “Rocky” Heinsz, has over 30 years of varied experience within the beverage industry.  After graduating with a Master’s Degree in Food Science and Technology from the University of Georgia, Rocky began that experience with a long career in The Coca-Cola Company where he gained critical knowledge of international Beverage Branding, Product Marketing, Beverage Development, Quality Control, Launch Strategies & Consumer Activation, Consumer Research and Industry Regulatory & Food Law.  A self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur, Rocky parlayed his love of innovation and creativity into launching restaurants/coffeehouses (Emerald Coast Coffee & Grille), a specialty staffing company for professional services (Thought-2-Finish), a wine and spirits import and distribution company (LaTrama), a specialty ingredient and consumer product contract packaging company called Bevnology Supply, and a beverage startup consulting company, Bevnology.


Meet our Artist, Rick McKee, who designed the logos and artwork for Bad Dog Buzz!  An award winning political cartoonist and author, Rick has an impressive list of accomplishments and has won numerous state and national awards.  He is one of only three Americans to have won the prestigious United Nations Award called the Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Award and he has been named "Media Man of the Year" from the Atlanta Press.  You can find Rick's cartoons in over 850 syndicated publications world-wide, and his work has been featured on CNN/Headline News, Fox News Channel, Newsweek, Time, and USA Today, to name a few.  He recently served as an Ambassador for the US Department of State, teaching the importance of "freedom of the press" and cartooning as a way to express that freedom to a multinational audience in Europe.  A collection of Rick McKee's cartoons can be found in his book "Painting with a Broad Brush" ( with a foreward by one of his fans, TV personality Pat Sajek.   Rick has been The Augusta Chronicle's editorial page cartoonist for over two decades.  November 5, 2016 was proclaimed Rick McKee day in his hometown of Chattahoochee, FL, the town where he spent much of his youth and graduated high school.  Rick was born in Tallahassee, FL; he is the son or Maurice and Norma McKee.  He has two children, Jacob and Katie, and resides in Augusta, GA.


Meet our model, Julia Campbell.  This 23-year old talented and athletic beauty is an active duty United States Marine!  We salute you, Julia, and your service to this nation!  Born in 1993 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Julia was raised in a military family.  Eventually, her family settled in the South Walton area of Florida, where Julia’s grandparents had long resided.  In fact, the Ed Walline State Park in South Walton Beach is named for Julia’s grandfather.  Known for bad karaoke and a wicked sense of humor, Julia has a promising shot at being a stand-up comedian when she decides to separate from the US Marine Corp!


If you love our underwater, bad dog, and product images, you should definitely learn more about our photographer!  Cathy Catanese is a Certified Professional Photographer specializing in commercial, corporate and portrait photography.  She began her career in photography as a teenager, working odd jobs in her parents’ studio and eventually becoming a full-time photographer in her parents’ business after graduating from college.  She opened her first studio in Destin, Florida in 2006.  Cathy combines her background in traditional photography with the creative applications of modern digital technology.  She uses her 25 years of studying and understanding light, posing, and composition with the new technologies of the digital age to create unique and compelling images that capture the heart and soul of her subjects.  Contact Cathy at

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