Shark Tank Original, Kevin Harrington

August 4, 2017
Hosted by Tony DUrso

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Join Tony DUrso, Host of The Spotlight as he interviews Shark Tank Original, Kevin Harrington. If you're a fan of TV's Shark Tank or ever bought a Ginsu Knife or anything through a TV infomercial, then you’re in for quite a treat. Kevin Harrington has been a successful entrepreneur over the last 40 years. He is an Original Shark on the ABC hit, Emmy winning TV show, “Shark Tank.” He is also the Inventor of the Infomercial, As Seen On TV Pioneer, Co-Founder of the Electronic Retailers Association (ERA) Co-Founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and the list goes on! Kevin has launched over 20 businesses that have grown to over $100 million in sales each! He helped generate over $5 billion in sales worldwide with iconic brands and celebrities such as Jack Lalanne, Tony Little, George Foreman on QVC! Joining Tony as Special VIP Co-Host is the Ambassador of Happiness ®, Maura Sweeney. Join us on The Spotlight with Tony DUrso on the Voice America Influencers Platform!

The Spotlight with Tony DUrso

The Spotlight with Tony DUrso

Friday at 1 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Influencers Channel

Join Tony DUrso and his Special VIP Co-Hosts as they interview some of the biggest names in the world from Hollywood Stars, Sports Greats, Business Experts, Game Changers, Bestselling Authors and World Class CEOs who share their insights and personal journeys on their road to success.

Each guest opens up their World of Fame to The Spotlight audience covering a variety of topics from Business to Sports, from Literature to Music, From Television to Film and much more.

The Spotlight with Tony DUrso and Special VIP Co-Hosts gets into the core essence of their guests: where they’ve been, what made them who they are and what they’re doing today, along with future goals and plans.

The Spotlight audience is sure to come away with valuable gems and insights imparted by these world class guests.

Tune in every Friday at 1 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Influencers Channel.

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Tony DUrso

Tony DUrso

Tony DUrso was born in Sicily, Italy and made impressive, record-breaking sales forays in real estate, collectibles, and other varied industries in the U.S.

He is the self-styled “Dream Business Maker” and hosts the popular show, Revenue Chat Radio (tonydurso.com/radio), which achieved 750,000 downloads in its first 1 1/2 years, interviewing Successful Entrepreneurs who provide actionable advice and insights.

An author in fiction and nonfiction, Tony’s latest and 4th book, Elite Entrepreneurs topped the Amazon Bestseller List at number 2 on its first day debut.

Academically, he graduated in the top 1 percent in the nation from La Verne University with a degree in Business Administration.

He currently resides in the U.S. with his wife and their white akita.

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  • 8/25/2017: Author, Technology Executive and Speaker, David Giannetto Listen Now
  • 8/18/2017: New York Times Bestselling Author, Steve Berry Listen Now
  • 8/11/2017: International Empowerment Speaker, Cynthia Mazzaferro Listen Now
  • 8/4/2017: Shark Tank Original, Kevin Harrington Listen Now

Shawn Anderson


Shawn is a #1 ranked motivational author, unlimited thinker, and lifetime entrepreneur with a history of inspiring others.
A six-time author, Shawn is the human spark plug behind "Extra Mile Day"...a day recognizing the power we have to create positive change when we "go the extra mile."
On 11/1/16, 560 cities made the declaration and recognized local extra-mile heroes.
Besides having inspired thousands through his speaking and writing, Shawn built a million dollar company, pedaled a bike solo across the U.S. (twice), and created adventures in 40+ countries (including having walked coast-to-coast across Spain, Portugal, England, Ireland and 750 miles around the island of Shikoku, Japan).
More about Shawn at ShawnAnderson.com. View Guest page

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Dov Baron


Dov Baron is an international speaker for over 30 years and is the man with his finger on the pulse of the evolving world of Next Generation leadership. One of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers and a master storyteller, he is a leading authority on Authentic Leadership, the founder of Full Monty Leadership and The Authentic Speaker Academy for Leadership. A bestselling author of several books, his latest book is titled Fiercely Loyal. Dov writes for and is featured in a plethora of top publications. More about Dov can be found at fullmontyleadership.com. View Guest page

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Michael Benner


A radio announcer for 40 years, Michael is well known for his talk shows since 1977 on KABC-AM, KLSX-FM, KCBS-FM, KRLA-AM and KPFK-AM which was the only radio program feature in the LA Weekly’s Best of 2000 issue.
He received formal accolades & awards from the United Nations Association, the California State Senate, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the American Red Cross, the Live and Learn Center, and the National Leukemia Broadcast Council among others.
His biography can be found in Marquis Who's Who in the West, 27th edition View Guest page

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Steve Berry


Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of 12 Cotton Malone adventures and four stand-alone thrillers. His books have been translated into 40 languages with more than 21,000,000 copies in 51 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists.
Steve was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years.
He is a member of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries Advisory Board and is a founding member of International Thriller Writers—a group of more than 3,700 thriller writers from around the world—and served three years as its co-president.
More about Steve at SteveBerry.org View Guest page

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Daniel Burrus


Daniel Burrus is considered one of the world’s leading technology forecasters and innovation experts.
He is the CEO of Burrus Research, a research and consulting firm that monitors global advances in technology driven trends to help clients profit from technological, social and business forces that are converging to create enormous, untapped opportunities.
He is a strategic advisor to executives helping them to develop game-changing strategies based on his proven methodologies for capitalizing on technology innovations.
He is the author of seven books, including The New York Times bestseller Flash Foresight, and his latest book The Anticipatory Organization.
More about Daniel at burrus.com. View Guest page

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David T. Fagan


David T. Fagan is a columnist for the Beverly Hills Times Magazine and the host of the California Cable TV show, The Hollywood Entrepreneur.
He is also the former CEO of Guerrilla Marketing, which sold over 23 million books in 62 languages all over the world, as well as the former owner of LCO Communications, a Beverly Hills PR firm that has represented 58 Academy Award Winners, 34 Grammy Winners, and 43 New York Times Best Sellers.
David is regularly sought out by the media on entrepreneur education and cracking the icon code. He has recently been featured on Fox & Friends, the Today Show with Matt Lauer, The Washington Post, Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fox’s The Five, and What’s Happening Now. And most recently won the award for Entrepreneur Educator of the Year from Infusionsoft. View Guest page

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David Giannetto


Author, Technology Executive & Speaker, David Giannetto is the author of three books, including his latest Big Social Mobile. He is named as a thought-leader by the American Management Association, Business Finance Magazine and Consumer Goods Technology Magazine.
A frequent speaker, former MBA professor and USBusiness Review columnist, he writes for the Huffington Post and Strictly Marketing Magazine.
He is a former US Army Officer and currently the COO of Astea International.
More about David at giannetto.com. View Guest page

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Kevin Harrington


Kevin Harrington has been a successful entrepreneur over the last 40 years. He is an Original Shark on the ABC hit, Emmy winning TV show, “Shark Tank.”
He is also the Inventor of the Infomercial, As Seen On TV Pioneer, Co-Founder of the Electronic Retailers Association (ERA) Co-Founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and the list goes on! Kevin has launched over 20 businesses that have grown to over $100 million in sales each!
He helped generate over $5 billion in sales worldwide with iconic brands and celebrities such as Jack Lalanne, Tony Little, George Foreman, and the new I-Grow hair restoration product on QVC!
More about Kevin at KevinHarrington.tv. View Guest page

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Linda Hollander


Special VIP Co-Host. Linda is well known as the Wealthy Bag Lady. She is the CEO of Sponsor Concierge which helps business owners profit from the awesome power of corporate sponsors. Linda is featured by Inc. Magazine as the leading expert in corporate sponsorships. With 20 years of experience in business, her corporate sponsors include Microsoft, Citibank, Fed Ex, Health Net, American Airlines, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Staples, Wal Mart and IBM. View Guest page

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Howard Kaplan


Howard, a native of Los Angeles, lived in Israel and traveled extensively through Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. When he was 21, while attending school in Jerusalem, he was sent on a mission into the Soviet Union to smuggle out a dissident’s manuscript on microfilm. His first trip was a success.
However, On his second trip to the Soviet Union, he was arrested in Ukraine and interrogated for two days and again for two days in Moscow, before being released. He is the author of four novels.
Also, The World Premier of the movie: The Damascus Cover, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Sir John Hurt debuted at the Boston Film Festival, September 23.
More on Howard Kaplan at HowardKaplanAuthor.com. View Guest page

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Terry Lancaster


TKO Tip of The Week: Presented by Terry Lancaster, a master storyteller. His book, Better! Self Help For the Rest of Us became an Amazon #1 best-seller. He’s a contributing writer for Forbes, The Good Men Project and Dealer Marketing as well as A national speaker on such venues as TedX, The National Association of Broadcasters, and the National Automobile Dealers Association. View Guest page

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Stan Larimer


Known as "The Godfather of BitShares and the HERO", Stan Larimer has Forty years experience in software, hardware, business development and even teaching rocket science at the US Air Force Academy. Stan is CEO of Cryptonomex, a leading custom Blockchain development company.
The mission of the Billion Hero campaign is to give the world honest money and a level economic playing field. The HERO offers the safety of buried gold, the earnings of a 1960’s Passbook savings account, and the ability to pay anyone anywhere in seconds. View Guest page

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Jon Mack


Jon MACK is an accomplished & multi-talented artist, actress, musician, music producer, philanthropist, and the founder & president of Defending the Endangered, an organization Jon founded to protect animals at risk of being wiped out by poaching & trophy hunting.
She’s in a number of movies such as Saw, Straight A’s, After Earth, Blunt Force Trauma and the list goes on.
Also, her brainchild Auradrone released 3 albums since 2009 and releases a fourth album in 2018. Auradrone performs in festivals around the world. View Guest page

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Cynthia Mazzaferro


Cynthia Mazzaferro is a Motivational Empowerment Speaker, international award winner and #1 Best-Selling Author, Energy and Medical, Intuitive, Reiki Master, and Powerful Beyond Measure Life Coach.
Cindy is a recognized expert on bridging the connection between spirit and our limitless human potential. She is a master energy practitioner and a leading authority on releasing the emotional and energetic debris that holds us back and addresses negative subconscious imprinting and protective mechanism that continue to negatively impact our happiness, health, and success both personally and professionally.
More about Cynthia at CynthiaMazzaferro.com View Guest page

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Peter Mehit


Peter Mehit is the co-author of Killer Business Plan and serves as a professional consultant to multi-national firms such as Panasonic, DuPont, Boeing and government agencies. More about Peter can be found at killerbusinessplan.com. View Guest page

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Brian E. Neal


Born and raised in Chicago, IL. Brian grew up watching Will Smith in "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air". He was very active in sports as a kid, all the way into college. After he finished college, Brian started doing runway shows. He then shifted gears into the acting scene and fell in love. He has been working very hard to reach his goals. He does Film/TV, Print and Voice Over work. He appeared in the #movie Divergent, and is in several upcoming movies, such as The Black Panther movie and another with John Goodman. View Guest page

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Mike Nelson


Mike Nelson represents national and international insurers, Fortune 100 companies and other corporations in complex business litigation and regulatory matters. Mike’s litigation experience includes class action defense, multidistrict litigation, mediation, arbitration, bench and jury trials and appellate arguments. With more than 35 years of legal and insurance industry experience, Mike’s practice includes vast insurance and automotive regulatory experience at the state level and federal levels. Mike can be reached at mikenelson@eversheds-sutherland.com. View Guest page

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Douglas Noll


Doug is an award-winning author of three books, a teacher, speaker, and a trainer. His fourth book De-Escalate: How to Calm an Angry Person in 90 Seconds or Less just released by Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster in September 2017.
He is a lawyer turned peacemaker. His calling is to serve humanity, which he executes at many levels and says his work carries him into many dark places. Using pragmatic and practical skills of peace, he helps people resolve deep interpersonal and ideological conflicts.
Doug is listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2005 by US News & World Report, is a Northern California Super Lawyer and is one of 193 mediators word wide selected for inclusion in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediators. He was honored as California Lawyer Magazine Attorney of the Year in 2012 and is a Purpose Prize Fellow.
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Mitch Russo


Mitch is the author of the #1 bestseller The Invisible Organization: How Ingenious CEOs are Creating Thriving, Virtual Companies, which is the CEO’s guide to transitioning a traditional brick and mortar company into a fully virtual organization. It became an instant bestseller on Amazon across several categories. He co-founded Timeslips Corp, which grew to become the largest time tracking software company in the world before it was sold in 1998. Then, Mitch went on to join long-time friend Chet Holmes as President, later to join forces with Tony Robbins and together created Business Breakthroughs, International with nearly 300 people and about $25M in sales. Mitch says, “Make it Happen” and he’s doing that with yet another great company he found, called PowerTribes! His websites are MitchRusso.com and PowerTribes.net. View Guest page

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Mike Saunders


Mike is President of Marketing Huddle, a talk show host at Business Innovators Radio, and a marketing professor at several universities teaching online marketing curriculums. His website is MarketingHuddle.com. View Guest page

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Jim Sweeney


Jim is the creator of the Trademarked MIKE cartoon sports character. Jim crafted his digital innovation to become the first universal animated brand in sports. Enjoying an incredible start in digital media, he published 40 MIKE Sports Comic Books and penned over 900 blogs. View Guest page

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Maura Sweeney


Her Living Happy - Inside Out mantra is more than a slogan. Author, Podcaster, HuffPost contributor, International Speaker and a next gen thought leader featured hundreds of times in the media, our guest today is Maura Sweeney.
At midlife, Maura took her eclectic background -- law school, corporate management, home schooling mom, volunteering and global travels -- to transform herself into the Ambassador of Happiness(R). Maura’s reflective questions and story-based narratives are helping individuals find their voice, entrepreneurs develop their brand and leaders emerge into their most influential and highest versions of self. View Guest page

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Ben Troupe


As a senior Gator and team captain in 2003, Troupe was a first-team All-South-Eastern Conference (SEC) selection and received first-team All-American honors from ESPN, Rivals.com and Sports Illustrated. He was also one of the three finalists for the John Mackey Award, recognizing the nation’s best college tight end in 2003. He finished his college career with sixty-four receptions for 958 yards (14.9 yards per catch) and seven touchdowns.
In the 2004 NFL Draft pick, the Tennessee Titans selected Troupe in the second round. He played tight end for the Titans from 2004 to 2007,[6] and was nicknamed “Troupe Scadoop” by his Titans teammates. During his four seasons with the Titans, he made 106 receptions for 1,056 yards and seven touchdowns. Troupe a professional football player who was a tight end in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons during the early 2000s, played professionally for the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. View Guest page

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Dr. Barbara Young


Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 Recipient. View Guest page

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