October 1, 2014

Williston business owner enters the ‘Shark Tank’

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David Glickman

Observer staff

Willistonians can see if persistence paid off for their fellow resident on Friday, when David Glickman is slated to appear on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank.

Glickman, who owns The Vermont Butcher Block & Board Company, said he has long been a fan of the show. His company—which creates hardwood cutting boards, salad bowls, utensils and more—has outgrown its facility in Williston, he said, and needs an influx of capital to expand.

“I thought, ‘when they start casting, I’m going to go on the show,’” he said. “I sent an email every day for 40 days until they wrote back and said, ‘stop sending emails.’”

Glickman’s episode, filmed in California in September, is set to air May 3 at 9 p.m.

The reality show throws entrepreneurs looking for capital into the ring with millionaires, known as “sharks.” Entrepreneurs present their best business pitches, hoping to get one of the sharks to bite and offer investment in exchange for a stake in the business.

Although Glickman is under a $5 million non-disclosure agreement to not discuss what happened on the show, he revealed the show’s atmosphere.

“The intensity level is very high in the Shark Tank,” he said.

And he gave away one detail.

“I had to pee the entire time,” he said.

Whether May 3 reveals an investment or Glickman going home empty-handed, Glickman hopes the publicity will provide a boost in business.

Glickman started Vermont Butcher Block & Board Company in 2004, after he gave up his life as a tie-wearing executive in New York City and moved to Vermont with his wife and young child.

“When I took off my tie I decided to wear tie dye for the rest of my life,” he said.

Viewers will have to tune in on Friday to see if he brought his laid-back Vermont attire into the Shark Tank.

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