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A born and raised New Orleanian, Kyle Berner graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 2003 as a marketing major. Upon graduation, Kyle devised “The Pail List,” an earlier version of “The Bucket List,” for his 20s. This post-graduation strategy landed him a unique array of positions in music production, computer sales, basketball coaching, and even hot dog cart vending. It led him to Thailand in 2006 to teach English, where the Feelgoodz story began.
In 2008, at 27 years old, Kyle founded Feelgoodz, a travel-inspired lifestyle brand that produces footwear and accessories from Thailand, Vietnam, and Guatemala. This business has been his professional passion since inception.
Kyle participated in the inaugural year of NOEW (New Orleans Entrepreneur Week), an annual event organized and hosted by the Idea Village. He was also awarded Junior Achievement Rising Star and Loyola University Young Alumnus of the Year.
An avid traveler and engaging storyteller, he has spoken at TedX Tulane and TedX Raleigh, sharing his story and ideas with a like-minded community. He has also been featured in several top publications, including USA Today, GOOD Magazine, Footwear News, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur.com.
In addition to being full-time at Feelgoodz, Kyle spends much of his time at Loyola University New Orleans, where he serves as the Center for Entrepreneurship’s EIR (Entrepreneur-in-Residence).