Perkiomen Valley High School graduate Aaron Marino will be featured on ABC's "Shark Tank" this Friday, as he pitches the Alpha M. Style System to a panel of judges offering over $6.2 million of their own investment money to bankroll innovative entrepreneurs, according to a press release from the Perkiomen Valley School District.
Marino, who lived in Skippack from sixth through 12th grades and was a district championship wrestler, says on his website that he appreciated style as young as kindergarten, when he insisted on wrapping an entire role of Scotch tape around the ankles of his jeans to ensure a clean line. He also reminisces on the first hair cut he gave - in fourth grade.
After graduating from PVHS, where he was voted "best dressed" while living on a tight budget, he graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in business management.
Marino opened a fitness center after graduation, but decided that he preferred helping men with wardrobe, hair and overall appearance choices over running the day-to-day workings of a gym - and in 2006, Alpha M. Image Consulting was born in Atlanta, Georgia.
According to the Shark Tank Blog, Marino has helped over 6,000 guys go from "average Joe to Alpha Male."
Marino's Alpha M. Style System is a series of six DVD's that teach men how to build a wardrobe and a personal style that will last and build confidence. The system also includes a one-month membership to Alpha M Consulting, which features one-on-one mentoring on style, fitness, dating, and more.
Marino made it through a two-month vetting process after submitting his business and product to "Shark Tank" - beating out almost 30,000 applicants for one of 88 spots on the show.
"Shark Tank" contestants will pitch their businesses to investors Robert Herjavec, Kevin O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Daymond John and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
Visit Marino's website to read more about him, to see the services he offers, or to purchase some of his style guides. If you sign up for his newsletter, you will receive the free document, 'Top Ten Image Killers."
Visit Marino's YouTube channel for video tutorials on fashion, style and dating.