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Out-Sharking the Sharks! Entrepreneurs Cactus Jack and Brandon T. Adams on Entrepreneurship and Life

March 26 @ 4:00 pm 6:00 pm CDT

Are you ready to be inspired?

Join us on March 26 for a dynamic talk by two successful entrepreneurs who connected at Iowa State!

Back when he was an undergraduate student, Brandon T. Adams attended Cactus Jack’s guest lecture in 1148 Gerdin and was inspired by Jack’s story. Cactus Jack mentored Brandon, who went on to launch his Arctic-Stick product, and they have remained friends ever since.

Brandon graduated from the Ivy College of Business in 2012 and went on to become an Emmy award-winning producer, TV host, startup investor, and public speaker.

Cactus Jack, who appeared on ABC’s “Shark Tank”, is an entrepreneur, inventor, salesman, and CEO (chief excitement officer) based in Ames.

Together, they will share their unique entrepreneurial journeys, talk about how their paths have crossed over the years, provide tips for aspiring entrepreneurs, and answer your burning questions about living life as an entrepreneur.

This event is open to the public with no charge for admission. Brandon and Cactus Jack will speak from 4:00-5:00 p.m in 1148 Gerdin. A reception will follow in the Kingland Hub.

This Start Something event is co-hosted by Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society, Entrepreneur Club, and the Entrepreneurship Product Development Club. Additional financial support is provided by the Reiman Entrepreneurial Speaker Series program at the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship.

For more information about this event, contact Judi Eyles.

About Brandon

Brandon T. Adams (’12 management) is a two-time Emmy award-winning producer, TV host, media expert, investor, and advisor who is passionate about inspiring and motivating others. As the founder of Accelerant Media Group, Brandon has produced commercials, social media content, and TV shows that captivate and empower audiences and help scale companies’ growth. He is the co-founder of Rise and Record, an event dedicated to sharing people’s stories through video marketing, and has raised over $85 million collaboratively for various companies, launching some of the biggest crowdfunding campaigns in history.

About Cactus Jack

Dubbed “Cactus Jack” by his father as a precocious five-year-old, Jack Barringer has always had the type of personality that electrifies a room and a flair for the dramatic that is summed up best in one of his favorite sayings: “It’s not done until it’s overdone.” Today, Cactus Jack is an entrepreneur, inventor, salesman, and CEO (that’s chief excitement officer) at Cactus Jack’s Marketing, a product sourcing and promotion firm based in Ames.

Acting like PT Barnum and looking like a cross between Roy Rogers and Grizzly Adams, Cactus Jack has spent a lifetime taking the road less traveled. That road has led to millions of dollars in sales for products featured on home shopping networks like QVC, in infomercials, and offered in online and brick-and-mortar retailers. Author of the book, “How to Get and Market Million Dollar Ideas,” Cactus Jack has appeared on dozens of network television productions, most recently the reality show “Shark Tank” on ABC. On the program, Cactus Jack partnered with investors Barbara Corcoran and Kevin Harrington to bring the Body Jac – an exercise machine invented by Cactus Jack – to the masses. Cactus Jack holds more than a dozen patents, and he has been featured in publications ranging from People Magazine to the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and more.

2167 Union Drive
Ames, IA 50011 United States
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