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August 21, 2014

Artist, entrepreneur Guy Harvey hosts community conversation at Miami Herald

Guy Harvey’s ubiquitous images of marine life have drawn legions of fans and spawned a commercial empire. He shared artistic insights and business strategies during a community conversation at the Miami Herald.

Enterprising artist, marine conservationist and man-behind-the-global-brand Guy Harvey visited the Miami Herald Community Room in Doral on Wednesday for a public conversation and a celebration of the expansion of the Herald’s weekly Business Monday magazine, which relaunched with a new design and expanded features on Aug. 18.

Harvey, who lives and paints in Grand Cayman but owned a home in Fort Lauderdale for 10 years, is at the helm of an ever-growing business as his namesake Davie-based company lures a wider audience with new images, products, partnerships, branded hotels and other ventures.

Harvey’s latest goal: “Get the brand across the country,” he told an audience of about 100 people gathered at the Herald. “We need to find other stores, other merchants maybe more manufacturers.”

With thousands of products sold in more than 1,000 stores, Guy Harvey Inc. has been trying to expand into the Midwest and across to the West Coast, he said. Harvey also has been working to attract younger fans, partly through student representatives on 50 college campuses. In Wednesday’s audience were several young artists seeking career advice.

“Once you have young people as your customers and supporters,” he said, “then theoretically they will be there for the rest of their lives.”

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