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Katrina Markoff

Founder & CEO, Vosges Haut-Chocolat

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Katrina Markoff Biography

Katrina Markoff is the founder and CEO of Vosges Haut-Chocolat, a gourmet chocolate company based in Chicago. She was honored as the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007 by OPEN American Express & Entrepreneur Magazine.

Katrina launched her gourmet chocolate company in 1998. While working out of her Chicago apartment, she created a line of specialty chocolates using a variety of exotic ingredients from around the world. Katrina first shopped her chocolates to Neiman Marcus, who originally gave her a weak response, but she didn't give up. Instead, she left some of her chocolate samples with the Neiman Marcus buyer, and the next day he called and asked for more, which he left in the company's break room. The employees loved them, and the next thing Katrina knew, her chocolates were being sold at Neiman Marcus.

Katrina followed that initial success by branching out of her apartment and opening a retail store in Chicago just two months after her chocolates launched in Neiman Marcus. Later, she added a mail order catalog and a website to her distribution points and claims that was when her brand began to skyrocket.

In 2007, Vosges Haut-Chocolat generated nearly $12 million in sales. It's not surprising Katrina Markoff was named Woman of the Year by OPEN from American Express & Entrepreneur magazine. There are now seven Vosges Haut-Chocolat stores open in the United States, including five in Chicago.

Katrina leads her company with a focus on keeping her staff creative and relaxed. To prove her commitment to what she calls the lifestyle component of her business, her employees participate in a weekly yoga class at the office. She has a strong understanding of the importance of her employees, stating that each one of them plays a role in the company's success and has an opportunity to make changes to better the company.

Katrina's focus on lifestyle doesn't stop with her employees. She also leads her company with a keen eye on the environment. The Vosges Haut-Chocolat headquarters runs on 100% renewable energy. Vosges Haut-Chocolat's latest endeavor is the construction of a Platinum LEED-certified green manufacturing and chocolate lifestyle house in Chicago

Katrina is the recipient of numerous accolades including being named one of The Top 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40, the Bon Appétit Food Artisan of the Year Award, and “THE innovator in chocolate to lead the US through the next 30 years” by Food & Wine Magazine. Most recently, Vosges Haut-Chocolat was named one of the 10 Best Chocolatiers in the World by National Geographic.

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    Speaking fees for Katrina Markoff, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Katrina Markoff are $10,000 - $20,000 for live events and $10,000 - $20,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Katrina Markoff, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
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    Katrina Markoff generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Katrina Markoff’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Katrina Markoff for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Katrina Markoff for your next private or corporate function.
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    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Katrina Markoff or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
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Founder & CEO, Vosges Haut-Chocolat

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Katrina Markoff Biography

Katrina Markoff is the founder and CEO of Vosges Haut-Chocolat, a gourmet chocolate company based in Chicago. She was honored as the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007 by OPEN American Express & Entrepreneur Magazine.

Katrina launched her gourmet chocolate company in 1998. While working out of her Chicago apartment, she created a line of specialty chocolates using a variety of exotic ingredients from around the world. Katrina first shopped her chocolates to Neiman Marcus, who originally gave her a weak response, but she didn't give up. Instead, she left some of her chocolate samples with the Neiman Marcus buyer, and the next day he called and asked for more, which he left in the company's break room. The employees loved them, and the next thing Katrina knew, her chocolates were being sold at Neiman Marcus.

Katrina followed that initial success by branching out of her apartment and opening a retail store in Chicago just two months after her chocolates launched in Neiman Marcus. Later, she added a mail order catalog and a website to her distribution points and claims that was when her brand began to skyrocket.

In 2007, Vosges Haut-Chocolat generated nearly $12 million in sales. It's not surprising Katrina Markoff was named Woman of the Year by OPEN from American Express & Entrepreneur magazine. There are now seven Vosges Haut-Chocolat stores open in the United States, including five in Chicago.

Katrina leads her company with a focus on keeping her staff creative and relaxed. To prove her commitment to what she calls the lifestyle component of her business, her employees participate in a weekly yoga class at the office. She has a strong understanding of the importance of her employees, stating that each one of them plays a role in the company's success and has an opportunity to make changes to better the company.

Katrina's focus on lifestyle doesn't stop with her employees. She also leads her company with a keen eye on the environment. The Vosges Haut-Chocolat headquarters runs on 100% renewable energy. Vosges Haut-Chocolat's latest endeavor is the construction of a Platinum LEED-certified green manufacturing and chocolate lifestyle house in Chicago

Katrina is the recipient of numerous accolades including being named one of The Top 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40, the Bon Appétit Food Artisan of the Year Award, and “THE innovator in chocolate to lead the US through the next 30 years” by Food & Wine Magazine. Most recently, Vosges Haut-Chocolat was named one of the 10 Best Chocolatiers in the World by National Geographic.

Katrina Markoff Videos

  • Katrina Markoff, Founder + CEO of Vosges Haut-Chocolat
    See more at http://theheartbeat.news //////// Claire Lew, CEO of Know Your Company, asks one question to a founder, CEO, or business owner she...
  • How Katrina Markoff Built Her Chocolate Empire from the Ground Up ...

FAQs on booking Katrina Markoff

  • How do I book Katrina Markoff to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Katrina Markoff for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Katrina Markoff, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Katrina Markoff or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Katrina Markoff

    Speaking fees for Katrina Markoff, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Katrina Markoff are $10,000 - $20,000 for live events and $10,000 - $20,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Katrina Markoff, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Katrina Markoff speak about?

  • Where does Katrina Markoff travel from?

    Katrina Markoff generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Katrina Markoff’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Katrina Markoff for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Katrina Markoff for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Katrina Markoff or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Katrina Markoff is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Katrina Markoff for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Katrina Markoff generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Janet Chung and Ann Chung Mellman, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Joan Michelson, Sarah Frey and Kavita Shukla. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Katrina Markoff for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Katrina Markoff Speaker Videos

  • Katrina Markoff, Founder + CEO of Vosges Haut-Chocolat
    See more at http://theheartbeat.news //////// Claire Lew, CEO of Know Your Company, asks one question to a founder, CEO, or business owner she respects. This week, she interviews Katrina Markoff,...
    How Katrina Markoff Built Her Chocolate Empire from the Ground Up ...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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