Entrepreneur Daymond John
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Jamie Jones

Award-winning entrepreneur and Shark Tank cast member Daymond John will present "Five S.H.A.R.K. Points: The Fundamental Keys to Business and Personal Success" at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge. 

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required and will be available to be picked up in person at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Iowa Memorial Union HUB. Limit two tickets per person. 

Following the presentation, "Hawk Pitch" will feature three University of Iowa student entrepreneurs pitching their business ventures to Daymond John, John Pappajohn, and other lowa business leaders in the spirit of ABC’s hit television series Shark Tank

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center will also co-host the 2015 Hawkeye Innovation Summit with breakout sessions and an entrepreneurship expo that afternoon. 

About Daymond John

An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, Daymond John has come a long way from taking out a $100,000 mortgage on his mother’s house and moving his operation into the basement. Daymond is CEO and founder of FUBU, a much-celebrated global lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with over $6 billion in product sales. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, and he has received over 35 awards including theBrandweek Marketer of the Year, Advertising Age Marketing 1000 Award for Outstanding Ad Campaign, and Ernst & Young’s New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

His marketing strategies and ability to build successful brands have made him a highly influential consultant and motivational speaker. His marketing firm Shark Branding offers advice on how to effectively communicate to consumers through innovative means and connect brands with the world’s top celebrities for everything from endorsements to product extensions. Daymond is also an author of two best-selling books Display of Power andThe Brand Within. In 2009, he joined the cast of ABC's entrepreneurial business show Shark Tank by acclaimed producer Mark Burnett. Millions of weekly viewers tune into the show as he demonstrates his marketing prowess and entrepreneurial insights.

Daymond John's lecture is sponsored by the Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa Lecture CommitteeJohn Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, and the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.