Speaker Robert Herjavec is one of Canada’s most recognizable business leaders. In keynotes, Herjavec expands on the lessons he shares with viewers on ABC’s Shark Tank. The earnest investor believes that success requires a strong dedication to vision—audiences will see for themselves once the charismatic star shares his story.
“I think I’m successful because I love what I do. Great money and great wealth, I always say, doesn’t make you any different. It just makes you more of what you are.”— Robert Herjavec
Herjavec enthralls audiences each week with cutting-edge entrepreneurial advice on ABC’s Emmy-winning reality series Shark Tank. Born in the former Yugoslavia, he fled the country with his family at age eight, arriving in Canada with a single suitcase and a mere 20 dollars. Herjavec cut his teeth delivering newspapers and waiting tables, but soon moved into sales. In 1990, he founded internet security company BRAK Systems from his basement, which quickly became the largest Canadian enterprise of its kind. A dynamic entrepreneur, Herjavec has developed and sold several IT companies to major players such as AT&T. In 2003, he founded Herjavec Group, which grew at an unprecedented rate, scaling from $400,000 in sales to a run rate of $150 million. Today, Herjavec Group is recognized as a global leader in information security, specializing in managed security services, compliance, incident response, and remediation efforts for enterprise level organizations.
Beyond the boardroom, Herjavec is also a bestselling author—his inspiring books Driven, The Will to Win, and his newest, You Don’t Have to Be a Shark (a Wall Street Journal bestseller), bring his world-winning insights to the masses. His motivational business advice has received millions of impressions through TV, print, radio and digital media. To Herjavec, running a business is a lot like one of his greatest passions: racing cars. “You have to stay laser-focused when driving a car over 200 miles an hour, and the same approach is required when growing a business in today’s world of rapidly changing technology,” he says. For the past few years, Herjavec has competed as Ferrari #007 for Herjavec Group Racing in the North American Ferrari Challenge Series, achieving multiple podiums and winning Rookie of the Year in 2011.