Alisa Marie Beyer, Founder & CEO
Entrepreneur + Writer + Neurological Behavior Expert
Alisa Marie Beyer is a wife, mother of three teenagers, and entrepreneur who has created and sold five of her own brands. Every day, she is inspired to help client brands clarify their messages and tell better and more compelling stories, so people will connect and listen to them. Her latest venture, LemonTree Partners, works with clients to create brands that become irreplaceable in consumers’ hearts. She believes that a brand is a story well-told and Alisa Marie loves to tell stories! The hallmark of Alisa’s success has been her ability to create high-performing brands and teams as critical assets for building and ultimately selling each of her companies, as well as doing the same for her client companies.
We believe we all have a story to tell and brands help us tell them! Our story connects us to each other and help us understand ourselves and others better. The hallmark of these adored brands is a clear, competitive stance, a sense of truthfulness, and a dedication to aesthetics—in other words, strategy and creativity. LemonTree Partners specializes in forging balance among these defining factors. On one side are the strategists who favor left-brain thinking – analytics, logic, reason, the numerical, and the verbal. On the other side are the creatives who favor right-brain thinking – the intuitive, emotional, special, visual, and physical. Any rifts between left and right can cause a brilliant strategy to fail or doom a bold creative initiative...but when you close the gap between logic and magic, you find brands that consumers adore. Building better brands is what we do!
Alisa has performed brand building for more than 20 years. Her clients have included Nestlé, Estee Lauder, Mary Kay, Avon, DuPont, Galderma, L’Oréal, Wet ‘n Wild, Proactiv, Meaningful Beauty, StriVectin, Murad, SafSlim, St. Tropez, Reserveage, Algenist, Julep, Bioelements, Dow Personal Care, Murad, GlamGlow, Neydharting Moor Skin & Body Care, L’Occitane, Fresh, Bath & Body Works, Guthy-Renker, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, Shaklee, KAO Brands and more than 100 startup and small company brands as well. She also created and pioneered the joint venture with CSB/Sony to bring to life Jabot Cosmetics – the fictional cosmetics brand from the award-winning CBS daytime soap opera, The Young and the Restless.
Alisa has published many articles on life as an entrepreneur and on how companies can build, grow, and sell. She currently writes a monthly column for The Huffington Post on the raw and real world of entrepreneurship. She has published numerous articles on branding for publications such as ICMAD Journal, Global Cosmetic Industry, BW Confidential, Happi, Skin Inc., Inside Cosmeceuticals, SupplySide Cosmetic Insights, PBA Progress, and Beauty Packaging Magazine.
A frequent guest lecturer and speaker, Alisa has spoken at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), Cosmoprof North America, Beauty Industry West, HBA Global, Society of Cosmetic Chemistry, Mazur Group, Face & Body Advanced Education Conference, Natural Beauty Summit, and numerous corporate events. She has been a top-rated speaker at annual Mary Kay company events.
Currently, Alisa sits on the Advisory Board of Global Cosmetic Industry and the Women Entrepreneurs Exchange Network. She is also a member of Hera Hub in San Diego, California. Previously, she has served as a board member of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the Boarder Baby Project, Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers & Distributors, and the Health and Beauty Association. Alisa also earned her membership in the Young Entrepreneurs Organization at the age of 31.
In 2015, Alisa started Coastal Salt & Soul, a luxury bath and body company dedicated to heathy, hydrated skin. Within 24 months of the launch, the brand was being sold in more than 300 luxury spas and boutiques, had the fastest beauty sell-out on The Today Show, and launched on QVC, where the brand was named the “consumer’s next new obsession” as well as one of the “top three brands of 2017.” Coastal has been written about in many magazines, including Shape, New Beauty, Brides, and Coastal Living, and this coveted brand continues to win consumer and industry awards. Alisa sold the company to Celebrate Beauty Brands in December 2017. In 1996, Alisa founded The ProMarc Agency, one of the fastest-growing and most respected business marketing and public relations firms in the United States. While driving The ProMarc Agency’s growth, she acquired, developed, and sold Globescope Internet Services, Inc., a website development company for Washington, DC–based embassies. In 2000, Globescope Internet Services was sold, and in 2001, WPP/Hill & Knowlton (H&K) acquired The ProMarc Agency. Shortly thereafter, Alisa was selected to serve as the general manager of H&K’s Washington, DC, office and on the company’s national executive committee. In 2003, Alisa brought her expertise to a new endeavor when she founded AXM Swimwear, which designed, manufactured, and wholesaled designer swimsuits for women and was chosen for inclusion in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and Vogue magazine. In 2005, MODE PLAYA, the largest swimwear manufacturer in Mexico, bought AXM Swimwear. Alisa then founded The Beauty Company (TBC) in 2006. TBC made its imprint on the beauty industry by providing a unique set of services that intersected the spheres of beauty and business. In early 2014, TBC spun off its consumer beauty product testing division to a separate line of business, which was sold and is now operated under The Benchmarking Company.
A magna cum laude graduate of Wilson College with degrees in economics and English, Alisa and her husband, Thomas, have three children, Maximilian, Megan, and Benjamin; two dogs, Beau and Bean; two bunnies, George and Birdie; and a growing number of horses. They have lived in Washington, DC, and Stuttgart, Germany, and now reside in sunny San Diego, California. Alisa proudly hails from Liberty, Pennsylvania.