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Daymond  John

Daymond John

Star of ABC’s Shark Tank

Daymond John

Star of ABC’s Shark Tank

Biography

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 business operation into its basement. John is CEO and Founder of FUBU, a much-celebrated global lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with billions in product sales world-wide. Former President Barack Obama appointed Daymond John a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) to harness his energy, ideas, and experience to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs both at home and abroad.

John is an award-winning entrepreneur and has received 100s of awards including the Brand Week Marketer of the Year, Advertising Age Marketing 1000 Award for Outstanding Ad Campaign, Ernst & Young’s New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and was named #2 on LinkedIn’s Top 20 Voices, a list of the top influencers, who are using their voice to help us analyze today’s changing world of work, navigate our industries, and find balance. Most recently, Real Leaders Magazine named Daymond John one of the Top 50 Keynote Speakers in the World in 2023, a list of “real teachers — people who speak from experience.”

His marketing strategies and ability to build successful brands has made him a highly influential consultant and motivational speaker today. His marketing firm The Shark Group offers advice on how to effectively communicate to consumers through innovative means and connects brands with the world’s top celebrities for everything from endorsements to product extensions. 

John is also an author of 6 best-selling books including his latest New York Times best-seller, The Power of Broke (2016) and Rise and Grind (2018). In 2020, John released his fifth book, Powershift, that walks through his tried-and-true process of how to transform any situation, close any deal and achieve any outcome. John's most recent book, Little Daymond Learns to Earn (2023) is his first for kids, reached the New York Times and Amazon best-seller list the first week of its release. The book addresses the current void of educating our children about money in a fun and engaging story for parents and kids to connect. John’s mission is to continue challenging the status quo and leave a lasting legacy of inspiring other leaders to do the same.

Finally, John is celebrating his 14th season on ABC TV’s critically acclaimed business reality show Shark Tank by renowned producer Mark Burnett, which has reinvigorated entrepreneurship around the world. Shark Tank has now gone on to win five Emmy® in the US and millions of weekly viewers world-wide tune into the show as John demonstrates his marketing prowess and entrepreneurial insights.

Speaker Videos

Sizzle Reel

Branding Visionary

Defining Success

Building a Legacy

FUBU: How It All Started

High-Tech Hearing Aids Changed My Life

Speech Topics

Daymond John’s 5 Shark Points for Success

From FUBU to Shark Tank and countless ventures in between, Daymond John’s phenomenal entrepreneurial journey has spanned more than 25 years. In this dynamic presentation, Daymond breaks down the core tenets of his success, which he has distilled into tangible takeaways that he calls his five S.H.A.R.K. points.  Whether you’re an entrepreneur, intra-preneur, student, corporate employee or executive, this talk will inspire you, as it has thousands of people around the world, to reconsider your approach to making positive changes in your life. Each presentation is customized, with the most frequently requested sub themes being: Sales, Branding, Entrepreneurship, Corporate, College Students, and Diversity.

From Red Lobster to Shark Tank: Setting Goals & Being Self Motivated

In this exciting keynote, "The People’s Shark”, Daymond John, takes audience members behind the curtain to hear all about his inspiring and emotional rollercoaster career path. Audiences hear first-hand how a man with no formal business training whatsoever, went from driving cabs and waiting tables at Red Lobster to creating a global fashion empire with retail sales exceeding four billion dollars to date, and starring on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning series, Shark Tank. Daymond entertains and awes audience members with true-life tales of his incredible successes and numerous failures. Equally important, however, he motivates, inspires, and teaches them how to set and go after their own goals with newfound focus and determination.  

Rise & Grind: Outperform, Outwork, and Outhustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life

Based on his New York Times best-selling book, Daymond John delivers a pull-no-punches speech about how grit, persistence, and good old-fashioned hard work are the backbone of every successful business and individual, and inspires audiences to Rise & Grind their way the top. Convenient though it may be to believe that you can shortcut your way to the top, Daymond explains that in actuality, if you want to get and stay ahead, you need to put in the work. You need to out-think, out-hustle, and out-perform everyone around you. Daymond takes an up-close look at the hard-charging routines and winning secrets of individuals who have risen to the challenges in their lives and grinded their way to the very tops of their fields. Along the way, he also reveals how grit and persistence both helped him overcome the obstacles he has faced in life and ultimately fueled his success. Most importantly, he shares how they can fuel you too.

Diversifying Work Spaces & Work Forces

Did you know that a Mexican janitor at Frito Lay came up with the idea for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, which became their top-selling product? It was possible because he heard the president of the company tell the employees to act like owners. So he did. Daymond John tells his versions of these kinds of stories for two reasons: first because it demonstrates that great ideas can come from anywhere, and second, to compel business leaders to create favorable conditions for their teams to thrive. As the Co-Founder & CEO of FUBU, Daymond led a diverse workforce to the $6 billion global behemoth that it became. In 2017, Daymond drew on that experience to help inform a state of the art, open concept workspace called Blueprint + Co. As Daymond tells audiences, 21st century workplaces thrive on open communication, inclusivity, diversity of thought and a physical floor plan to support those ideals. Daymond argues that businesses who surround themselves with like-minded voices and siloed workspaces lack the ability to approach challenges from different angles, limiting their potential to grow. In this uniquely developed speech, Daymond provides audiences with practical takeaways and advice for embracing diversity beyond the traditional meaning, to help bolster your bottom line. 

Surviving Cancer & How Early Detection Saved My Life

After a routine physical revealed a nodule on his thyroid, Daymond John knew he had to act and face the terrifying possibility of cancer head on. He decided to undergo an operation to remove the mass, which ultimately proved to be cancerous. As a “shark” in the business world, Daymond used this mindset and decided to take on the cancer before it beat him. Now, he wants audiences to understand the importance of early detection and facing illness head on.

In this honest keynote, Daymond shares how his personal experience with cancer has given him a greater appreciation for life. He inspires others by encouraging them to take preventative steps, emphasizing the importance of early detection. By sharing his story, Daymond will empower your audience to take their health into their own hands and release their inner shark.

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