Consulting Speaker Dave Alwan

Dave Alwan

Founder Echo Valley Meats Inc.

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $20,001 - $30,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    Illinois, USA

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Raised in a family-owned meat business, third generation farmer and cattleman Dave Alwan, founded Echo Valley Meats Inc. in 1998 with his wife, Dawn. Together they’ve grown Echo Valley from and “Old Fashion Style” retail market, into a gourmet, mail-order business, offering employee recognition, corporate gifts, incentives, and the always popular holiday time gifting solution.

Dave purchased his first farm at age of 23 to breed and raise Angus cattle.  With that experience, he knows the meat business from “conception to consumption.” Because of his desire to offer high quality products, Dave also decided to learn from the “best” and traveled to Germany and Denmark for training in the art of making smoked hams and sausages, completing a 3-year apprenticeship in just six months.

Not satisfied with his local success, Dave decided to audition for the ABC TV show “Shark Tank.” He flew to Los Angeles, California, gave his “Pitch,” and impressed producers enough to make it to the show.  Though he didn’t secure a deal, the “Sharks” loved his meat products, authenticity, and enthusiasm.  Not getting a deal has still been successful in many ways.  Online sales have increased over 600%, and new markets for his products have been generated. Dave is now being recruited to speak at colleges, universities, corporations, and business organizations across the country, sharing his success story and motivating the next entrepreneur.

Not only has Dave been recognized by the audiences for his inspirational story, he also earned the attention once again from ABC-TV.  In 2014 Dave received the invitation for a return visit to “Shark Tank,” where he had the rare opportunity for a second pitch to the Sharks during Season 6.  This time he secured a deal with billionaire investor, Mark Cuban, making Dave the only entrepreneur in the show’s history to pitch the same business successfully the second time around.

Dave and Dawn Alwan, along with their company, Echo Valley Meats, are a growing success because of common sense judgment, hard work, leading by example, giving back to the community and above all, finding passion in life.

In addition to being featured on “Shark Tank,” Dave has received several significant awards and appearances including:

  • 2016-Business of the Year Honoree  in The TJB American Business Magazine
  • 2015-ABC’s “Shark Tank”- Invited for a second appearance, taking the deal with Mark Cuban
  • 2015-Distinguished Entrepreneur Award from Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Bradley University
  • 2015-Client of the Year from International Services, Inc.
  • 2012-ABC’s “Shark Tank”-Successful Auditions and first pitch
  • 2008-Business of the Year by International Profit Associates Business Today Magazine

Testimonials 3

  • “Dave Alwan was the keynote speaker at our 18 Chamber Spring Lunch & Business Expo this year and he delivered one of the best presentations we’ve ever had in the nine years hosting this event! Our Chamber members and guests were energized and inspired by Dave’s story and the unique journey he has taken to grow his business from a small mid-western operation to a nationwide success that continues to prosper and grow! We were so excited to have him share his experience resulting with great feedback from our members in having a highly successful event – thanks to Dave!”

    Jan Anderson

    President & C.E.O. at Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce

  • “Dave Alwan is an exciting, passionate speaker. The story of his entrepreneurial journey is inspirational and restores our faith that America is the land of opportunity for those willing to work hard. His speaking style is relaxed, humble, and humorous. I would recommend Dave as a speaker for any organization that wants to showcase and example of what is possible if a person has big dreams and dedicates himself to achieving success.”

    Ken Klotz

    Managing Director at the Turner School of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Bradley University

  • Dave Alwan, from Bartonville, Illinois, spoke about how being successful starts with a passion and enthusiasm for what you do in life. In his presentation, also Alwan spoke about the mistakes he made in the process of growing his business. He described the experience as a journey where he is constantly learning along the way. His success has not come without struggles and hearing about how he overcame them was encouraging to all attendees.

    Champaign County Chamber of Commerce

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