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Kevin Harrington      

Inventor of the Infomercial, Original Shark on ABC’S "Shark Tank" & Co-Founder of Entrepreneurs Organization

Kevin Harrington has been a successful entrepreneur over the last 40 years. He is an Original Shark on the ABC hit, Emmy winning TV show, Shark Tank. He is also the Inventor of the Infomercial, As Seen On TV Pioneer, Co- Founder of the Electronic Retailers Association (ERA) and Co- Founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO).

Kevin has launched over 20 businesses that have grown to over $100 million in sales each, has been involved in more than a dozen public companies, and has launched over 500 products generating more than $5 billion in sales worldwide with iconic brands and celebrities such as Billy Mays, Jack Lalanne, Tony Little, and George Foreman. Kevin has extensive experience in business all over the world, opening distribution outlets in over 100 countries worldwide. His success led Mark Burnett to hand pick Kevin to become an Original Shark on Shark Tank where he filmed over 175 segments.

Kevin currently operates a private consulting firm where he works with companies to increase distribution; analyze electronic retailing opportunities; effectively market on digital, social media, TV, radio, or print; source manufacturing; celebrity relationships; open up his rolodex; and has been able to more than 10 X the stock price of several public companies.

In today’s competitive world, companies cannot operate the way they have in the past because of the advancements in technology and the digital marketplace. Kevin provides the advice and expertise on how to navigate the constant changing distribution and marketing outlets. Kevin also brings his rolodex and relationships to all companies he works with, including help in financing, like he did with Russell Simmons and Celsius.

Kevin got his start as a young entrepreneur in the early 80's when he invested $25,000 and launched Quantum International. This turned in to a $500 million per year business on the New York Stock Exchange and drove the stock price from $1 to $20 per share. After selling his interest in Quantum International, he formed a joint Venture with the Home Shopping Network, called HSN Direct, which grew to hundreds of millions of dollars in sales. Entrepreneur Magazine has called him one of the top entrepreneurs of our time.

Aside from speaking to audiences across five continents, Kevin’s influence has reached over 100 million people through his multi-media presence and industry dominance. A prominent business thought leader, he is often featured and quoted as a business leaders in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, CNBC, Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, Fortune, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Morning News, The View, Squawk Box, Fox Business, and more. He is a regular contributor to Forbes.com Inc.com, and has published acclaimed books like Act Now! How I Turn Ideas Into Million Dollar Products and the best seller, Key Person of Influence.

He is a co founder of the EO (Entrepreneurs Organization), which has grown to 150 cities and 45 countries and thousands of members, generating over $500 Billion of member sales. In 1990 he co founded the global direct to consumer organization and trade show, the Electronic Retailers Association (ERA). Today ERA is the exclusive trade association to represent a global $350-billion direct-to-consumer market place. What is more, Kevin’s success has been chronicled in a case study at Harvard/MIT and has been taught there for over a decade.

The true value of Kevin is not only the 40 years of his knowledge of building businesses but also what he can do for other companies in many industries with his global Rolodex and his ability to solve problems.

Speech Topics


From Tony Little to Chubby Checker: Learning from Success and Failure

In this highly requested talk, Harrington tells the story of how he became regarded as visionary with a knack for knowing what will sell and how to sell it. Residing on the cutting edge of innovation and business trends, Harrington helps audiences turn good ideas into sound businesses, and teaches them how to launch products that will compete in today’s market. Harrington’s keynote presentations are powerful and relevant making him one of the most in-demand speakers on the circuit today. Audiences rave that this talk inspires them and instills in them the confidence they need to take the next step in their business. This Lecture is Geared Towards: Entrepreneurs, Business Audiences, Consumer & Retail Experts

The Art of the Pitch

If you had one chance to deliver a knock out elevator pitch, could you do it? Or would you stumble and miss out on a potentially life changing opportunity? This finely tuned lecture was designed to ensure that you never fumble another pitch. Over the course of pitching and listening to pitches for more than 30 years, Kevin Harrington has synthesized the core principles of what to say, how to say it and just as importantly, what not to say. Audiences leave this talk inspired and ready to deliver the pitch of a lifetime! This Lecture is Geared Towards: Aspiring Entrepreneurs, Intrapreneurs, Investors, Innovators

The Definitive Guide to Translating College Opportunities into Career Opportunities

By the time Kevin was a junior in college, he had a 3.85 GPA and was on the Dean’s list by day. By night he had 25 employees and a business doing more than a million dollars in sales each year. In this tailored lecture, Kevin has extracted the specific strategies he employed as a student in order to help others make the most of their 4 years, while planning for the future. Whether it’s teaching students how to identify, capitalize on or create opportunities, Kevin has been engaged in helping students see and attain their goals for the better part of his adult life. Whether or not your goal is to follow in Kevin’s entrepreneurial footsteps, his business and life lessons can help you become more valuable and appealing to the job market after graduation. This Lecture is Geared Towards: College Students

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