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.
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.