EDINBURG – From his wildly successful role on ABC’s smash hit, Shark Tank, to his distinguished status as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, Daymond John will serve as the final speaker for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Distinguished Speaker Series in Edinburg.

An entrepreneur, TV personality and author, John is best known as an investor in the ABC reality television series, Shark Tank. He is also the CEO and founder of the clothing brand FUBU, which he boasts he began with a budget of $40, and the author of several books.

Beyond the brands, the television series and the books, John’s commitment to

entrepreneurship has been celebrated on a global level. In 2015, former president Obama appointed John as Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, a position focused on promoting the power and importance of entrepreneurship on a global scale.

Cindy Mata, director of student activities at UTRGV Student Involvement, said the Distinguished Speaker Series is an important way to bring new ideas to the university.

“The Distinguished Speaker Series provides an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to listen to renowned world-class speakers at our university,” she said. “Through the speakers, students can learn and obtain different perspectives on a variety of topics, be motivated by the stories and lessons learned and see how they, too, can make a difference.”

The event is free and open to the public Wednesday, March 7. Doors open at 7 p.m. for students with a valid university ID, and 7:20 p.m. for the general public.

For more information or special accommodations, call Student Involvement at 956-665-2660 or 956-882-5111.