CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Daymond John, Founder and CEO of FUBU and TV Personality on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” addressed the Coastal Bend community on Wednesday, Oct. 8, during the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Fall 2014 Distinguished Speaker Series held in the Performing Arts Center.
A crowd of approximately 1,100 listened to John, a young entrepreneur, an industry pioneer, and a highly-regarded marketing expert discuss how to get into the goal-setting mindset.
The successful fashion icon, who has surpassed new heights of commercial and financial success, has evolved into one of the most sought after branding experts, business, and motivational speakers in the country. John created the iconic fashion brand FUBU, standing for “For Us By Us,” and laid the groundwork for other companies to compete in the untapped market of urban apparel. FUBU has recorded annual sales of $350 million.
“Daymond John is the ‘King’ of entrepreneurship,” said Parmveer “Sunny” Singh, a senior Biomedical Sciences and Business major at the Island University. “I’ve been studying his work for at least six months. The advice I will always remember, in order to be successful, is to find something you love enough to do it for life. I’ve found that love in business.”
In 2009, John joined ABC’s “Shark Tank” cast. He and four other executives listen to business pitches from everyday people hoping to launch their company or product to new heights. John invests his own money in every project and becomes partners with the entrepreneurs helping turn their dreams into a reality.
John has written two books and has received prestigious awards including Brandweek Marketer of the Year Award and Ernst & Young’s New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Earlier in the day, John addressed high school and college students during a free Student Forum which precedes the Distinguished Speaker Series event.
“Daymond John is clearly one of the most successful men in his industry,” said Liza Wisner, Learning and Organization Development Manager for the Corpus Christi Learning Institute. “Bringing in speakers like Daymond John is a huge step in the right direction to inspire the business people of the Coastal Bend.”
After the presentation, University President Flavius Killebrew presented John with a plaque as a memento of the 10-foot tiger shark, native to Gulf of Mexico waters, which will be named in John’s honor by Dr. Gregory Stunz, Director of the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation, and the Harte Research Institute’s shark tagging team. One of the specialties of the HRI is the conservation of sharks native to Gulf waters. Fans will be able to go online and track where the Daymond John Tiger Shark is at any given time.
Each spring and fall, the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Speaker Series brings accomplished national and international speakers to campus to provide insight, provoke thought, and stimulate conversation about the country’s most compelling issues. To learn more about Daymond John and the Distinguished Speaker Series, go to http://dss.tamucc.edu/daymond_john.html.
At the close of the program, Animal Planet Star Jeff Corwin was announced as the Spring 2015 speaker.
A portion of net proceeds from the Distinguished Speaker Series go toward scholarships for students attending Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Sign up to find out about our speakers at http://www.tamucc.edu/distinguishedspeakerseries/.