MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University hosted business magnate and “Shark Tank” investor Daymond John on campus Nov. 6 for a keynote at Lovett Auditorium.
At a young age, John created the urban fashion brand FUBU. He now consults through his branding company, The Shark Group. He is also the best-selling author of four acclaimed books, including his most recent, “Rise and Grind.”
In his presentation, “Daymond John’s Shark Points: Fundamentals for Success In Business and Life,” John shared his inspirational story while outlining his “Shark Points” for success that took him to the top of the business world.
John encouraged guests to practice his five “Shark Points:” set a goal, do your homework, love what you do, remember that you, personally, are the brand and keep swimming.
“Thanks to the Student Government Association, the College of Business and BB&T for making this possible, as well as Murray State University faculty and staff and the students — my future sharks,” John said.
John started working at the age of 10 years old, when he handed out flyers for a new shopping mall in Queens, New York. He launched FUBU while working full-time at Red Lobster, working on the new business in between shifts.
He grew his business empire out of his mother’s home in Queens, bringing in long-time friends while loaning branded clothing to rap artists to wear in music videos and striking a deal to participate in a Las Vegas fashion show.
“I want to thank everyone that helped make this event such a success,” said SGA President Trey Book. “I have heard a lot of positive feedback from it. Everyone loved hearing Daymond John speak and getting the chance to ask him questions. I hope that, in the future, we can continue to offer these types of experiences to students.”