Marcy McKenna – Award-winning Inventor & Entrepreneur
Marcy McKenna is the product innovator and energetic entrepreneur behind Simply Solved Innovations. Born into a family of inventors, she knew since childhood that inventing was her calling. Inspired by problems she encounters as a female, a business woman, a homemaker and a mother of three, Marcy began creating solutions that save time and make life easier.
One such solution garnered the attention of Kelly Ripa, and her TLC television venture, Homemade Millionaire. So much so, that her invention, The Style and Go® Hair Care Valet, beat out thousands of others to become the winning product on Homemade Millionaire’s premiere episode. While Marcy’s product was the winner, the judging panel concurred that the final decision came down to the fact that they saw an entire “brand” in Marcy, and not just a single product. In addition, her love for on-camera hosting, made her an ideal fit for the home shopping world.
The Style & Go® ultimately launched on HSN and became a “Customer Pick” almost immediately. It went on to be named “2012 Best Gift of the Year for Her” by Gifts.com and has been featured in many publications such as InStyle Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens and Ebony. The Style & Go® made its big box retail debut at Lowes® in September 2013.
Just named “Innovative Entrepreneur of the Year,” Marcy is now in the midst of building an international brand at QVC called Simply Solved by Marcy McKenna—a line of products that offer simple solutions to everyday problems. She currently has 17 highly creative and innovative products in development and many others on the horizon. Four of her most recent innovations are confirmed to launch on QVC this Fall with another round of her products to follow in 2014.
The very first of Marcy’s products to hit the market was The Cambia® Collection which debuted on HSN in November 2010. The Cambia® Collection is an interchangeable clutch purse that allows women to effortlessly stay on the forefront of high fashion at a tiny fraction of the cost. The handbag collection caught the eye of Celebrity Stylist Rachel Zoe—Marcy has been in talks with Zoe to redesign the collection with Rachel’s unique aesthetic.
Another of Marcy’s products, which is still under wraps at this time, recently became the winner of another high profile invention competition—Edison Nation’s “As Seen on TV” product search.
Over the past year Marcy has formed strategic partnerships with three top tier Infomercial companies to scout innovative products for them to take to market. Her business has evolved in such a way that she now also works with fellow inventors all over the world to help them develop and commercialize their product ideas. To that end, she’s published several entrepreneurial & invention-related blogs and has been a contributor on many online invention sites, as well as a featured guest on morning shows, web shows, national radio shows & podcasts.
Marcy currently resides in Newport Beach, CA with her supportive family—Screenwriter/Producer David McKenna and their three beautiful children, Jack, Colin and Courtney. A full-time mom and now business owner, Marcy is dedicated to finding the balance between work and motherhood that she feels is so crucial to achieve. She doesn’t let the lack of sleep get in the way of her vision for her brand as she is continually excited by what is to come!