Craig & Theresa Bartels meet with $1.5 billion business owner Cathy Ireland

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Craig & Theresa Bartels meet with $1.5 billion business owner Cathy Ireland

"About Cathy Ireland"

In 1993, Ireland put her name on a line of socks. After they proved a best-seller for Kmart, the retailer gave Ireland her own clothing line.[7] She then founded "Kathy Ireland Worldwide," a brand product marketing company in which she holds a majority stake.[8] By 2004, Ireland was marketing products from 16 manufacturers, including those of Standard Furniture.[7][9] Ireland's long-term exclusive contract with K-mart Corporation lasted until 2003, after which the company contracted with thousands of independent mid-tier retail stores for distribution.[10] By 2005, KIWW products were sold at over 50,000 locations in 15 countries, generating an estimated $1.4 billion in retail sales.[9] Ireland's annual take is thought to be around $10 million, which has prompted Forbes to name her the "prototype for model-turned-mogul," in an article about the trend of modelpreneurs.[11]

Since 1994, Ireland has published several fitness videos.

Craig & Theresa Bartels meet with $1.5 billion business owner Cathy Ireland