Daymond John from TV’s ‘Shark Tank’ to speak at Manufacturer & Business Association Event

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The Manufacturer & Business Association has announced that Daymond John will keynote its 113th Annual Event. “An Evening with Daymond John”  starts at 5 p.m. Thursday, October 4, at the Bayfront Convention Center. John is most known as the “People’s Shark” on ABC’s four-time Emmy Award-winning series, Shark Tank, which is currently filming the 10th season with plans to premiere in the fall.

“From his humble beginnings on the streets of New York to becoming a self-made multimillionaire, Daymond John is truly personification of the American Dream,” said Association President and CEO John Krahe. “He’s had an incredible life that has molded him into a successful and inspiring business leader, and it’s a journey that our members are excited to hear.”

During his address, John will share his rags-to-riches success story, as well as his winning tips for negotiation, boosting sales, improving employee morale, increasing productivity and optimizing talent. He also will share his goal setting and achievement strategies, empowering audience members to make positive changes in every aspect of their lives for immediate and long-term success.  .

John started his entrepreneurial career in the ’90s when he launched the global hip hop clothing line, FUBU. In the decades since creating FUBU, John has continued to build upon his entrepreneurial success and has been recognized at the highest levels for his commitment to small business. He was named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship under the Obama administration and has previously been recognized for his contributions in the space, including being bestowed the NAACP Entrepreneurs of the Year Award, the Congressional Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship and more. 

An accomplished author who has continued to battle dyslexia, John’s January release of his fourth book, Rise and Grind, became an instant New York Times bestseller, marking the second time a book he has written has achieved that prestigious honor. Through all that, John remains committed to the art of branding and marketing and still oversees the day-to-day branding and marketing firm, The Shark Group. 

A sellout each year, the MBA’s Annual Event is the tri-state region’s premier business networking event, featuring the nation’s most prominent figures in business, politics and journalism. Among the most recent speakers are fellow “Shark” Robert Herjavec (2016) and legendary coach Lou Holtz (2017).  

This year’s Annual Event is sponsored by Ridg-U-Rak, UPMC Health Plan, Logistics Plus, PNC, MacDonald Illig Attorneys, Insurance Management Company, Greenleaf Corporation, LORD Corporation, McInnes Rolled Rings and Widget Financial.  

For ticket information, contact the Association at 814/833-3200, 800/815-2660 or visit

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