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Kevin Harrington

Kevin Harrington

Inventor of the Infomercial, Original Shark on Shark Tank & As Seen on TV Pioneer
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Turning your Ideas into a Business: As an “Investor Shark” on Shark Tank, Kevin gives advice to budding entrepreneurs on turning their ideas into successful business realities.  Kevin specializes in turning products into businesses and will teach you the ins and outs of product development, retail and distribution.  Kevin can customize this speech to help a corporate team turn their ideas or product concepts into profit centers.

Test Before you Invest: While an entrepreneur at heart, Kevin never jumps in head first; he always tests his ideas before he invests his capital.  He will teach you his systematic approach to retail readiness and show you how to realistically and objectively approach your goals.

Entrepreneurial Start-Ups: Kevin has always had an entrepreneurial spirit.  He started his first business before he was out of high school and employed a full staff by the time he entered college.  Kevin approaches every situation as an opportunity and never looks back.  You’ll learn that not every move you make will be a success, but to never lose heart.  He will teach you how to move on from failure and capitalize on success.  Kevin customizes this speech for corporations by focusing on capitalizing on opportunities.

Overcoming Adversity: Kevin came from humble beginnings and is now a self-made millionaire starring on one of ABC’s most critically acclaimed shows.  As a young man, Kevin quickly learned his strengths and use them to his full advantage to become the successful businessman he is today.  He will give you tips on how to unveil your best qualities and utilize your inherent talents to reach success.

How to Become a Business “Shark”: You can’t become a business Shark without taking risks.  Some people take life as it comes; some grab it by the ears and shake and shake.  Kevin is truly one of the shakers, and will teach you how to approach every situation and business deal as an opportunity.  Kevin can help corporations by sharing how your sales team can learn to think like a “Shark.”

Pitch Tank or Pitch Tank Challenge: With the Pitch Tank option, lucky audience members will have the opportunity to pitch their products to an expert panel and receive feedback.  Kevin would begin this session with a keynote presentation of your choice followed by a panel evaluation of pitches from attendees.  If it is a corporate audience, we can set it up as a Pitch Tank Challenge where teams compete against each to see who has the best product concept or sales idea.  Kevin and his team will provide feedback so that your teams are prepared to go to market with products or sales campaigns that are most likely to succeed.  The panel is made up of Kevin, Steve Rogai, CEO of TVGoods and co-founder of the TVGoods Inventor Center and other industry pioneers.

Why Book Kevin Harrington?

  • Grass-roots entrepreneur with talent for turning any company into multi million dollar profit maker

  • The original shark on Shark Tank, ABC network

  • His experience as one of the top recognized entrepreneurs in the world is unparalleled by any other speaker

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    Kevin Harrington – Inventor of the Infomercial, Original Shark on Shark Tank and As Seen on TV Pioneer – is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time.

    In 1980 Harrington started The Small Business Center and Franchise America. Kevin, as a real estate and business broker, sold thousands of businesses and then offered one stop services from accounting to insurance to advertising to finance and more.

    While watching television one night in 1984, Harrington noticed that sometimes the only thing on the screen were the color test bars that stations ran when they had nothing else to air, thus giving Kevin the idea to produce the industry’s first 30-minute infomercial to fill that dead air space, which is what coined him the Inventor of the Infomercial.

    Since then, he has been involved with over 500 product launches that resulted in sales of over $4 billion dollars worldwide and 20 products that reached individual sales of over $100 million. By 1990, Harrington was named one of the 100 best entrepreneurs in the world (by Entrepreneur Magazine).

    In the mid- 80’s he formed Quantum International which grew to $500 million in sales selling products in 100 countries in 20 languages. He then formed HSN direct in conjunction with Home Shopping Network and soon after formed Reliant International Media. Kevin also founded As Seen on TV, Inc. and acquired, the world’s largest web site featuring as seen on TV products.

    Harrington has worked with some of the biggest celebrities including Cee Lo Green, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, 50 Cent, Jack LaLane, George Foreman, Frankie Avalon, Paula Abdul, Montel Williams, Chubby Checker, Hulk Hogan, Kris and Bruce Jenner, Tony Little, Billy Mays and many more.

    In 2009, Kevin was selected as one of the original ‘Shark Tank’ Sharks on the ABC hit show. As an innovator and pioneer in the industry, Kevin has been featured on over 150 Shark Tank segments over the last five years on both ABC and CNBC.

    Kevin is regularly featured as an industry expert in numerous media outlets including the NBC Today Show, ABC Good Morning America, CBS Morning News, The View, the Wendy Williams Show, CNBC, Squawk Box with Jim Kramer, the Bethenny Show, Bloomberg, Fox Business, CNN, MTV, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Fortune, Inc., Wall Street Journal, New York Times and many more.

    He went on and founded two global associations – ERA (Electronic Retailers Association), which is now in 45 countries and Young Entrepreneur’s Association (now EO – Entrepreneurs Organization) which boasts combined member sales of over $500 billion dollars.

    Harrington is on the board of University of South Florida (USF) entrepreneur programs, and teaches regularly. He has also been involved with Moffit Cancer Research, and is constantly giving back to the community. Harrington’s recent book, “Act Now: How I Turn Ideas Into Million-Dollar Products,” details his life and achievements in the direct marketing world, and his business was used as a class case study for 12 years at Harvard/MIT, illustrating the essential principles of grass-roots entrepreneurship.

    “I believe that anyone with drive and vision – anyone – can achieve success…”

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    "Kevin is not only a brilliant entrepreneur and businessman, but he is also one of the sharpest and brightest business minds I’ve encountered. His business tips and strategies on how to take your business to the next level were clear, clever and current. Our audience that consisted of local business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals leaned in to hear his passion-filled, fresh perspective on business trends, product development, advertising, marketing, and branding. His presentation was filled with bold and relatable business narratives of his and others success stories on products that we have all come to love. In short, it was an absolute pleasure working with Kevin. I would tell anyone if you are looking for a superb speaker and business mastermind to inspire, educate and recharge your business community… call the original investor Shark Kevin Harrington."
    --Urban League of Greater Chattanooga