[image-3]Kevin Waltermire didn’t know if his segment on Shark Tank would ever make it on air. After he got deal from a shark for his product the BevBoy — a weighted, floating cup holder that stays upright in water — he left L.A. and was told he’d be contacted if his segment was selected. “Waiting those months is nerve-racking,” he explains. While he couldn’t give much information about the time between filming and airing, he did say he wasn’t able to even start working on the deal until after the air date.
[image-2]”Deals are formalized after the show,” he explains. “And those are just the first steps.” So after securing a deal during the taping with shark Daymond John, Waltermire came back to Charleston in October to keep trucking along with promoting his product and getting deals made — and to work out the final details of his deal with John, which he can’t discuss. But he assures us that him and John are moving forward toward a deal.
It’s a slow process, and the duo had to wait until after the showing to start contacting future business leads. But Waltermire’s been contacted by Anheuser-Busch about a possible collaboration.
And the experience as a whole seems to be paying off for Waltermire and the BevBoy — although it’s taken some time to reflect on his reality show debut. “It took two to three days to really start to remember a lot. It was just so intense,” Waltermire says of the filming. “My assistant producers would say, ‘Kev, you killed it!’ and I was like, “What?’ I was staring at a blank wall with a glass of wine afterward. It was emotionally draining.”
But there was some editing on the ABC reality show. In fairness, Waltermire thinks that everyone involved was represented appropriately, but they did cut out some parts when Waltermire fired back at his shark critics. “I spoke back to Mark [Cuban], Mr. Wonderful [Kevin O’Leary], and Robert [Herjavec] … I spoke mad shit,” he says. “They cut it out. They’ve got to keep the integrity of [the sharks].” All in all, he seems pretty happy with the process, but not before adding, “Mr. Wonderful, he’s such a little penis.”
For more information on the BevBoy, visit BeverageBoy.com.