TV show host Aaron Harber -- replete with video clips of his interviews and interactions with various personalities and stars (as an illustration, examples include Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Andrew Dice Clay, Ananda Lewis, Bill Maher, Ed McMahon, Michael Medved, Oliver North, Pat O'Brien, Regis Philbin, Ron Reagan, Cokie Roberts, Ray Romano, Kevin Sorbo, Jerry Springer, Martha Stewart, Meshach Taylor) -- is available as a speaker to help get conferences "kicked off" with an informational and entertaining talk which helps orient attendees to examine their work and lives in a different manner. With the combined goals of thoughtfulness and amusement, long-time high-technology and media entrepreneur Harber challenges his audience to think differently and question assumptions which prevent them from achieving critical goals.
Harber has spoken to groups ranging from 30 to 3,000 in number and has extensive experience speaking live on radio and television. He is known as a humorous yet thought-provoking speaker.
Harber excels at interactive sessions where audience members get to participate in question-and-answer sessions. He conducts these in various modes -- ranging from taking a few major questions and delivering extensive analyses to a "rapid fire" approach in which audience members ask him short questions and he gives brief, instantaneous answers. Both modes can be very informative and entertaining.
Harber currently serves as the on-air host of the TV shows, "The Aaron Harber Show" and "Blind Justice" - both originating in Denver and broadcast from Colorado Public Television KBDI/TV-12) -- part of the Public Broadcasting System. His shows are broadcast on other PBS stations in Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Greeley, and Pueblo - with a potential reach of 3 million viewers. The programs both will be available on the Internet in late 2002. He also is the president and chairman of the company which produces the programs - USA Talk Network, Inc.
Harber also was the host of the groundbreaking series, "Election 2000" and is the host for the even more significant "Election 2002" (due to the doubling of the broadcast hours in 2002 compared to 2000). He has served as the on-air Political Analyst for WB2 in Denver (KWGN/TV-2 - part of the Warner Bros. Network and the sister station of Tribune Broadcasting SuperStation WGN) and is accustomed to being in front of the camera and microphone.
He has served as the president and chief executive officer of American Research Corporation as well as the chairman of the board of Mall TV, Inc., a fiber optic large-screen video display company. He also was the president and chairman of Centre Entertainment, Inc., a film and video production company and its affiliate, Wild Horse Productions, Inc., which worked with the ANIMAL PLANET Network and its parent company, THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL.
Harber also is a principal in a major New Urbanism project designed to demonstrate how Traditional Neighborhood Development strategies and designs can be used in residential and commercial development in a manner which is harmonious with the environment and beneficial to the broader community while still being done profitably. The project is a 330-acre development in the Denver metro area named "Golden Run" and uses principles of economic self-sufficiency and environmental sustainability as its key tenets. It also focuses on the needs of older Americans, the disabled, and those seeking to keep families together and maintain a sense of community (visit www.GoldenRun.com to find out more about this innovative project).
Harber has been president of ARC since 1975, when he was graduated from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, where he concentrated in Economics. A former member of Princeton's Board of Trustees, he has served on numerous charitable and non-profit boards and commissions. He spent four years on the board of directors of the International Tandem [Computers] Users' Group and led the group into its formal organizational structure. He has chaired and spoken at international conventions and conferences and moderated panels in Chicago, London, Rome, Toronto, and many other cities.
Harber also is a graduate of Harvard University and its John F. Kennedy School of Government, where his emphasis was on ethics in business, government and politics. Some have opined that this must have been a short course of study.
Harber's high technology experience began in 1979 when, under his leadership, ARC entered the software arena. At ARC, Harber directed software ventures which included the conversion of over 1,000,000 lines of FORTRAN code and the development of several products -- all in the Tandem Computers marketplace. Some of his customers included the Bank of America, Syscom Computing, Hughes Aircraft, Riverside Hospital, Memorex Corporation, Motorola, Rockwell International, Knight-Ridder, Case Western Reserve University, Security Pacific National Bank, SPRINT, Environment Canada, UNISYS, and Tandem Computers itself.
He initially retired in 1986, at the age of 33, after completing his initial software venture. He got bored quickly and his is retirement lasted only three weeks.
Harber next served as co-founder, president, and CEO of CASE Silicon Valley software start-up TeamOne Systems -- in an effort to address America's greatest productivity challenge: building software systems which keep pace with advances in hardware technology. He also worked briefly as chairman and a key strategic planner for VSpace, Inc., a virtual reality company.
After his work in the computer software arena, Harber moved into the entertainment software arena and developed the concept for the Talk of the Rockies Network -- a satellite-based Talk Radio network. He served as the Network's first on-the-air host for over half a year, interviewing personalities ranging from U.S. Secretary of Energy Admiral Watkins, former CIA Director Admiral Stansfield Turner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Styron to Vice President Dan Quayle.
Harber is also known in political circles and has been a candidate for statewide office in Colorado. An elected delegate to the 1984, 1996, and 2000 National Presidential Conventions as well as to the Electoral College in 1996 and 2000, he is familiar with the ins and outs of national politics at a level rarely matched in the Media.
Harber also originated the idea for the nation's first standalone venture capital fund for women, known as the Women's Equity Fund. The equity fund was backed by a consortium of banks led by NORWEST who established a multi-million dollar loan pool for the Fund to tap. At one time, Harber chaired the largest independent source of funding for women in the U.S.
Harber will be the first to admit that not every venture in which he has been involved has been a grand success. Many have faltered and others have been complete failures. He has learned many lessons from both his successes and his failures. His talks focus as much on how to avoid making errors - using the mistakes he has made as illustrations - as much as on how to succeed by focusing on repeatable patterns for success. Even in every instance where he has had success, Harber recognizes he has made mistakes and often has achieved far less than his original goals. These elements make for entertaining yet informative stories as much if not more than his successes.
This creative, energetic firebrand is ready and able to talk with any audience about almost any subject and do so in a manner which informs and entertains. For more information on his background, click here to go to his biography. To contact USA Talk Network, send an e-mail to Speaker@HarberTV.com or call (303) 443-2626. Thank you for your interest.
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