Kevin Harrington Biography
Kevin Harrington is an American entrepreneur and business executive known for been the founder of As Seen On TV. He is also the co-founder of the Electronic Retailers Association (ERA). He was on the Shark Tank TV series and as the Keynote Speaker at the American annual invention trade show Inpex 2012.
Kevin Harrington Age
He was born on October 15, 1956 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. He is 61 years old as of 2018.
Kevin Harrington Wife
He is married to Crystal Harrington and together they have a son called Brian Harrington. When he was once asked about what he is passionate about he replied by saying, “My wife’s happiness, children’s futures and breaking 85 on the golf course!”
Kevin Harrington Career
Harrington created his first infomercial in 1985, founding a company called Quantum International. He was the president of National Media and oversaw the launching of several successful infomercials. He left National Media in 1994, and formed a joint venture company with The Home Shopping Network and co-founded HSN Direct International Inc. and served as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President” between 1994 and 1998.
In 2002, Harrington became the President of Harrington Business Development Inc. and the Chairman of On TV, Inc. That same year, he became the Vice Chairman and Director of Thane International Inc. and the Director of Reliant International Inc., leaving both positions in 2003.
In 2004, Harrington became the CEO of ResponzeTV America, LLC and Chairman of Reliant Interactive Media Corp. From 2006 to 2008, he was the Director of Infusion Brands International, Inc.
In 2007, he became the Chief Executive Officer of ResponzeTV Plc and the Executive Director of ResponzeTV Plc. He left both positions in 2008.
In 2009, he published his book, Act Now: How I Turn Ideas into Million-Dollar Products. In 2010, he became a Member of Advisory Board at AbsolutelyNew, Inc. and the Chairman and Senior Executive Officer of H & H Imports Inc.
In 2013, Harrington teamed up with Cherif Medawar through efreedom.com and together they laid out a plan to equip up-and-coming innovators and business owners with the tools and methods to become Sharks themselves.
Since 2002, He has been the Director of Harrington Business Development Inc. In 2013, he became the company spokesperson for InventHelp. He is an ex officio of the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA), Founders Circle.
Harrington serves as CEO of the Internet company TVGoods and Senior Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the company called As Seen On TV, Inc.
Kevin Harrington Net Worth
The American entrepreneur has an estimated net worth of $450 million.
Kevin Harrington Shark Tank
Harrington was one of the original panel members and investors (“Sharks”) on the ABC TV series Shark Tank from its inception in 2009. He left in 2011 after two seasons of the show.
Budding entrepreneurs get the chance to bring their dreams to fruition in this reality show from executive producer Mark Burnett. They present their ideas to the sharks in the tank — five titans of industry who made their own dreams a reality and turned their ideas into lucrative empires. The contestants try to convince any one of the sharks to invest money in their idea. When more than one of the sharks decide they want a piece of the action, a bidding war can erupt, driving up the price of the investment.
Kevin Harrington As Seen On Tv
He is the pioneer of the As Seen On TV empire. He is considered one of the most successful entrepreneurs over the past 40 years having been responsible for the launch of over 20 businesses.
Kevin Harrington Products
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Kevin Harrington Books
- Put a Shark in Your Tank – 2017
- Act Now! How I Turn Ideas Into Million-Dollar Products – 2009
- Get in the Game – 2014
- The Smart Guide to Making a Fortune With Infomercials – 2016
- Workshop on Protecting and Assuring Critical National Infrastructure: Next Steps February 26 – 27, 1998
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Kevin Harrington Interview
How did you like being on the show?
The show was fabulous, but it was grueling. We did two series of tapings; we taped 20-plus segments in January and just these last two weeks we shot another 48 segments.
Did you find it particularly challenging to make so many investment decisions at once?
It was [fine]. Looking at different products is what I do on a day-to-day basis, so I kind of have a feel for it already. My business is evaluating and making decisions on moving products to the next step.
So “Shark Tank” is an extension of what you’re already doing.
Absolutely. [We’ve] funded hundreds of deals over the last 25 years. Of course, in the show, people are coming in with more than just products, but prior to infomercials, I was in the franchising business, so I got to know the workings of, really, almost every kind of small business: retail, restaurants, DIY, daycare, sandwich shops, auto detailing operations…
You must be very comfortable evaluating products, but what about entrepreneurs?
What I look for is somebody who has a track record in some profession. Sometimes they are first-time entrepreneurs, which makes it a little riskier, so one of the questions I always like to ask is why I should invest in that person. If it’s the first deal ever in terms of taking someone’s money and running with it, I look at concept, how they’re going to execute it, use of proceeds and their background. That last bit is at the top of the list.
Tell me about a decision you made that contributed to your success.
Back in 1990, I had a very successful business in the US, and I was sitting there with a whole library of infomercials when I started to wonder if they would work around the world. It was a risky proposition, but I [decided] … to go international.
There was great opposition to launching infomercials outside the US. People said it would never work because it was an “American” way of selling. There was this mentality that advertising was an evil, and there I was, coming in with a 30-minute advertisement.
But we went to London anyway, and after six months of getting the door slammed in our faces, we got a distribution deal. We did the same in Saudi Arabia, Latin America, and when we went into Japan, we got the same door-slamming.
How did it work out?
Basically, we dubbed our infomercials into 20-some languages, and they worked unbelievably well everywhere we went. I’d look for someone with a satellite capacity to give us a little test and prove out my concept, and the success was mind-blowing because nobody had been advertising on TV like us before.
I went from $100 million to $500 million in annual sales in a couple years.
Wow. But how did you deal with the negativity?
It was just pushing ahead, pushing ahead, pushing ahead. When I had the vision to do this international launch around the world, and everybody told me it wouldn’t work, I just kept plugging along.
It wasn’t like I risked the farm. I just said, “Let me get over there to try it.” Once I got somebody to test it, and saw it worked, suddenly we were in 100 countries.
Are there instances where charging ahead doesn’t work?
Yes, generally involving finances [laughs].
I’m a marketing guy, and I don’t have an MBA. I learned the hard way that you need to have financing to fund a global business. We have been able to build far faster and with far bigger results than the money in the bank sometimes can handle, but we took a difficult path getting there.
How would you advise others who encounter these types of challenges?
The bottom line is that entrepreneurs need all the skill sets to make it happen. So if you’re short on how to handle yourself with raising money and capital, get someone on your team who has those skills.