A fashion and business icon will be headlining Arkansas State University’s inaugural Mike Watson Lecture Series. A-State officials have announced that FUBU CEO and Shark Tank investor Daymond John will serve as the lecture’s first speaker.
The lecture series, according to A-State Chancellor Kelly Damphousse, is designed to highlight inspirational stories in the modern world. “We are excited to bring to campus an individual with a powerful message about how to overcome obstacles and succeed in the 21st century world,” Damphousse said.
In 1992, John and two friends – Keith Perrin, J. Alexander Martin and Carl Brown– had a lightbulb idea: selling tie-top hats. According to the company website, John went on to mortgage his house for $100,000 and transform it into a factory/living space for “Team FUBU.”
More than 5,000 stores have carried the FUBU collection, raking in more than $6 billion in retail sales.
The lecture will highlight the lessons John has learned over the course of his career – touching on “leadership, innovation, entrepreneurialism and overcoming obstacles in life and business,” according to an A-State release.
These lessons have led John from the neighborhood of Queens to the boardroom and even to network television, where he serves as an investor on ABC’s show “Shark Tank.”
This free lecture will be held Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall at the Fowler Center in Jonesboro. Seats will be available Thursday, Sept. 19 through the A-State box office.
While blocks of seats will be reserved for A-State students, faculty and staff, there will be tickets for interested community members and others. Tickets are free but they must be ordered in advance.
Image courtesy of Daymond John’s Instagram.