2010 Keynote Speaker
Founder and CEO, FUBU and Co-Star of Hit ABC Show Sharktank!
Anything Worth Doing is Worth Overdoing!
Daymond John's creative vision helped revolutionize the sportswear industry in the 1990s. As founder, president and chief executive officer of FUBU -- "For Us, By Us" -- Daymond created distinctive and fashionable sportswear and a host of other related gear. FUBU's phenomenal success made mainstream apparel companies realize the potential for fashionable sportswear that appeals not just to trendsetting urban youth but to mainstream teens as well. Known as the "Godfather of Urban Fashion," Daymond is also regarded one of the most sought after branding experts and motivational speakers in the country.
Daymond's charisma and knowledge have earned him many appearances on television and news programs. He is a choice expert on CNBC's Big Idea with Donny Deutsch and MSNBC's Your Business. His TV credits include appearances on CNBC, CNN, CNNfn, CNBC, BET News, and ABC's The View, CBS and PBS. He has also been featured in many publications including Crain's, Black Enterprise, Current Biography, and People to list a few. Daymond has contributed his expertise in several blogs and columns for national publications KING and Hip Hop Weekly along with business website CNBC's Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. Recently, Daymond began work on a weekly mobile blog entitled "Display of Power: Point of the Week" for UrbanWorld Wireless. In 2009, Daymond became a co-star on ABC's hit show Shark Tank, where aspiring entrepreneurs present their companies to a panel of successful business icons to raise capital. Daymond invested in several of the companies on the show and has emerged as a spokesperson for active angel investing.
In 2007, Daymond released his first book, Display of Power, the story of how he built FUBU into global fashion power. Daymond recently released
his second book., The Brand Within, where he examines the loyalty-based relationships that brands and celebrities seek to establish with their customers and fans.
Changing fashion and the face of American business with FUBU was only the beginning. What started initially with unbridled perseverance and a dream of catering to a market otherwise ignored, quickly transformed into a business venture, and eventual enterprise, worthy of the multitude of accolades and awards it has received. Some such prestigious awards: Brandweek Marketer of the Year (1999), Advertising Age Marketing 1000 Award presented to Daymond for outstanding ad campaign (1999), NAACP Entrepreneurs of the Year award (1999), Crain's Business of Forty Under Forty Award presented to Daymond (2002) and Ernst & Young New York Entrepreneur of the Year award (2003).