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Kevin Harrington      

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

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 the early 1980’s, Harrington was busy launching companies and working as both a real estate and business broker selling thousands of properties and thousands of businesses. While watching television one night in 1984, he 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 him the idea to produce the industry’s first 30-minute infomercial to fill that dead air space. Thus, the birth of the infomercial.

Since that fateful night, 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 1980’s, Harrington 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. Soon he founded As Seen on TV, Inc. and acquired, the world’s largest web site featuring as seen on TV products.

With his impeccable track record, Harrington became internationally known for his entrepreneurial prowess and penchant for product development and sales. As such his business was used as a class case study for 12 years at Harvard/MIT, illustrating the essential principles of grass-roots entrepreneurship. He has worked with celebrities including Cee Lo Green, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, 50 Cent, George Foreman, Paula Abdul, Montel Williams, Hulk Hogan, Kris and Bruce Jenner, Tony Little, Billy Mays and many more. He is regularly featured as an industry expert in numerous media outlets including The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Morning News, CNBC, Squawk Box with Jim Kramer, Bloomberg, Fox Business, CNN, MTV, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Fortune, Inc., Wall Street Journal, New York Times and many more.

In 2009, Harrington was selected as one of the original "Shark Tank" Sharks on the ABC’s Emmy-Award winning show. His episodes can currently be seen nightly on CNBC.

He founded two global associations – ERA (Electronic Retailers Association), which is now in 45 countries and EO (Entrepreneurs Organization) which boasts more than 10,000 members. He is on the board of University of South Florida (USF) entrepreneur programs, and teaches regularly. He is also involved with Moffit Cancer Research and a variety of community based programs.

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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