Life After Shark Tank Panel

Learn why the companies Mark Cuban has invested in have an extremely high success rate, straight from the companies you've seen on Shark Tank.

Date & Time: 9:55 am, June 19th

About the Speakers

Mike Chaffin

Michael has led high priority initiatives to redesign all aspects of organizations from startups to Fortune 500 companies, including sales management, accounting, IT, production and human resources.

Since 2004, Michael has served as Business Manager for the multi-platinum hip-hop artist, Nelly, for which he was originally hired to turnaround Nelly’s Apple Bottoms apparel line. Through restructuring from a production firm to a licensing entity, Michael was able to grow the business from $2M in revenue in 2004 to over $100M in 2008. 

In early 2015, Michael partnered with Mark Cuban to launch the Three Commas apparel line, a concept derived by Mark Cuban based on the fact that there are three commas in a billion dollars. The idea started as the brand label for inspirational quotes from Mark Cuban’s website. It grew to become an aspirational business brand developed for the driven Millennial. Three Commas is about the journey to success not the end. While a billion dollars is not the measure of success, the fact that anyone can achieve that defines the American dream.

Chris Gronkowski

Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Chris Gronkowski was the middle of the 5 Gronkowski brother's. Playing sports throughout his childhood and high school, he accepted a full scholarship to play division 1 football. He graduated from the Univ. of Arizona with a bachelors degree in Accounting.

Chris went into the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and went on to start for 3 different NFL teams including the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, and the Denver Broncos.

After his NFL career ended, he and his wife Brittany created and grew their online personalize gift shop, into one of the biggest and best personalized gift stores online. With their successful company Everything Decorated running smoothly, Chris saw another opportunity in the market.

Frustrated with the shaker bottles he had been using for year, he went home to try to find something better. Chris noticed there was nothing on the market that fit his needs and set out to make a product that would be ideal for not just the gym and mixing protein shakes but also for everyday use at the office.

Chris created Ice Shaker and launched the product in December 2016. After 5 months he was able to generate about $80,000 in sales. Chris was able to get onto the show ABC's Shark Tank at this point and pitch to the Sharks in which he was able to land a deal with Mark Cuban and Alex Rodriguez.

To find out more about Ice Shaker, visit:

Sean Riley

Co-founder of DUDE Products, a group of friends who launched DUDE Wipes out of an apartment in Chicago and now are in stores nationwide. Always looking to have fun and giveback to the DUDE community. Currently enjoying the journey of building the freshest brand on the planet.

To find out more about DUDE Products, visit:

Justin Fenchel

Justin Fenchel is a Co-Founder and CEO at BeatBox Beverages, creators of the World's Tastiest Portable Party Punch.  BeatBox Beverages has quickly grown from concept to national distribution across 15 states and over 3,000 retail locations. BeatBox received national recognition in 2014 after an appearance on ABC's Shark Tank, where the company received a $1M investment from Mark Cuban. Prior to starting BeatBox Beverages, Justin spent 5 years as an Equity Analyst at Bel Air Investment Advisors. 

 Justin holds an MBA from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business and a BA in Economics from Pomona College.

 To find out more about BeatBox, visit:

Corey Egan

Corey Egan is the founder & former CEO of ilumi. Named one of Entrepreneur magazine's most brilliant companies, ilumi creates Bluetooth Mesh connectivity solutions and Smart lighting products to naturally connect the Internet of Things. Under Mr. Egan's leadership the company successfully raised over $575k in preorders via crowdfunding, received an investment from Mark Cuban on ABC's Shark Tank, and now ilumi Smart lighting products are available at Best Buy and other retailers throughout the US and Canada. Mr. Egan received a MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Psychology degree from UT Austin.

 To find out more about iLumi,visit:

Melissa Elms

Born and raised in Grapevine, Texas, Melissa Elms is the energetic and passionate CEO and Co-Owner at Bee Free Honee®. She has been in the consumer packaged goods industry since 1995. Primarily concentrating on brand development, sales, marketing and distribution initiatives in the organic/specialty food and beverage industry.

Melissa is hyper-focused on spreading the news about the most disruptive and fastest growing sweetener in recent history, Bee Free Honee ® The company is the only alternative Honee company to rock the market with a 100% plant based, sustainable, ethical and vegan Honee made from Apples, yep hives required and no bees harmed for this Honee!

Bee Free Honee® has national distribution in over 3000 retail locations, food service accounts and online presence at and many other e-commerce platforms.

Bee Free Honee® appeared on ABC Shark Tank in February 2016. This innovative Honee company received funding from three "Shark" investors : Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran and Chris Sacca.

Please check out more about Melissa and Bee Free Honee® at


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