Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Herjavec Group and Leading Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank
Robert Herjavec is a dynamic entrepreneur and leading Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank. Born in Eastern Europe, he arrived in North America on a boat with his parents after escaping communism in the former Yugoslavia. From delivering newspapers, and waiting tables, to launching a computer company from his basement, his drive to achieve has led him to the fulfillment of a better life for himself and his family. In 2003, Robert founded Herjavec Group, and it quickly became one of North America’s fastest growing technology companies. Today, Herjavec Group is recognized as a global cybersecurity operations leader specializing in managed security services, compliance and incident response for enterprise level organizations. Robert’s motivational business advice has received millions of impressions through TV, print, radio and digital media. He shares his expertise with other entrepreneurs each week as a leading Shark on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning hit show Shark Tank.
Moderator Kathy Langlois
Kathy Langlois is a corporate culture strategist, problem solver and highly skilled communicator. Prior to joining Zoomba Group, she was a Managing Director for O.C. Tanner where she consulted and provided SaaS technology solutions to Fortune 500 clients throughout North America, and served as a speaker and moderator for various leadership groups. Kathy earned a bachelor’s degree in Radio/TV communication from the University of Missouri—Columbia. She began her early career in hospitality; working in restaurants, hotels and the adventure cruise industry. She later moved to B2B publishing where she was an editor of American Agent & Broker magazine. Kathy spends her free time with her husband, daughter and son on various sporting fields in the western suburbs of Chicago.
Chief Executive Officer
A 25-year veteran of the tech sector, Contardi’s background includes leadership and executive positions in growth-oriented software and technology organizations including SAP, IBM, i2 Technologies, and First Data. He most recently served as CEO of Avitru LLC, a content and technology SaaS platform bringing together building product manufacturers, their distributors, and the architects and engineers that specify construction projects. At Avitru, Jim led a growth strategy that included an acquisition and expansion of product offerings, the transformation of legacy content to enable high-impact analytics, and the development of strategic partnerships to increase the value of the marketplace. His expertise includes sales, product management and general management across an array of industry verticals.
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