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Roger Hardy

Canadian Internet Entrepreneur and Businessman, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Shoes.com

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 Roger Hardy Biography

Roger Vincent Hardy (born November 11, 1969) is a Canadian Internet entrepreneur and businessman. He is the co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of SHOES.COM. Hardy is also the co-founder and former Chairman, and CEO of Coastal Contacts Inc. (TSX: COA, NASDAQ: COA), the leading manufacturer and online retailer of eyewear products. The Coastal Contacts Inc.’s family of websites includes Coastal.com, ClearlyContacts.ca, Clearly.com.au, Clearly.co.nz, Lensway.co.uk and ContactSan.com.

Hardy was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in Eastern Canada where he attended Earl of March Secondary School. After graduating from Bishops University, Hardy’s passion for skiing pulled him to the West Coast. He spent a year skiing in Whistler and came to the decision that BC was his home.

While attending university, Hardy was a member of many sports teams where his competitive nature garnered him the Most Valuable Player of the year award. Later in his career, it was this competitive spirit that helped Hardy succeed in an online industry in which thousands had entered, and failed.

Hardy currently resides in Vancouver, BC with his wife and children.

Hardy first worked for a transportation and logistics company, followed by a contact lens company. While working at the contact lens company, Hardy recognized that purchasing contact lenses was expensive, time consuming and service constrained for consumers.

In 2000, Hardy founded Coastal Contacts Inc. The Company started in a basement office with one phone line, a 14K modem, a ping pong table and a Visa card. Hardy purchased the keyword “contact lens” from AltaVista and Snap.com. This keyword was not known to have any value at the time and no other companies were advertising on the keyword. Hardy bought the exclusive rights to “contact lenses” and launched with that advertising. In the first day, they had 30 orders; within the first month, they had $68,000 in sales.

Under Hardy’s direction, Coastal Contacts Inc. became the world’s largest online retailer for eyewear. In 2001, Coastal achieved $1 million in cumulative revenue. In 2004, the Company began trading on TSX. In 2008, the Company launched eyeglasses business unit. In 2012, Coastal surpasses $1 billion in cumulative sales since 2000 and starts trading on NASDAQ.

Coastal Contacts Inc. and Essilor signed an agreement on February 27, 2014 that it is acquiring Coastal Contacts Inc. for C$430 million.

Roger Hardy is the co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of SHOES.COM, formerly known as SHOEme.ca. Under Hardy’s leadership, the parent company acquired both OnlineShoes.com and SHOES.COM. On May 20, SHOES.COM announced it had raised net proceeds of approximately $45 million. As of May 2015, SHOES.COM is valued at $320 million.

Hardy currently serves on the board of directors for BuildDirect.com, the world’s leading online manufacturer/wholesalers of flooring and building materials.

Hardy co-founded and is majority owner of SoftwareKing.com, the web’s largest retailer of packaged software.

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Roger Hardy

Canadian Internet Entrepreneur and Businessman, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Shoes.com

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Roger Hardy Biography

Roger Vincent Hardy (born November 11, 1969) is a Canadian Internet entrepreneur and businessman. He is the co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of SHOES.COM. Hardy is also the co-founder and former Chairman, and CEO of Coastal Contacts Inc. (TSX: COA, NASDAQ: COA), the leading manufacturer and online retailer of eyewear products. The Coastal Contacts Inc.’s family of websites includes Coastal.com, ClearlyContacts.ca, Clearly.com.au, Clearly.co.nz, Lensway.co.uk and ContactSan.com.

Hardy was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in Eastern Canada where he attended Earl of March Secondary School. After graduating from Bishops University, Hardy’s passion for skiing pulled him to the West Coast. He spent a year skiing in Whistler and came to the decision that BC was his home.

While attending university, Hardy was a member of many sports teams where his competitive nature garnered him the Most Valuable Player of the year award. Later in his career, it was this competitive spirit that helped Hardy succeed in an online industry in which thousands had entered, and failed.

Hardy currently resides in Vancouver, BC with his wife and children.

Hardy first worked for a transportation and logistics company, followed by a contact lens company. While working at the contact lens company, Hardy recognized that purchasing contact lenses was expensive, time consuming and service constrained for consumers.

In 2000, Hardy founded Coastal Contacts Inc. The Company started in a basement office with one phone line, a 14K modem, a ping pong table and a Visa card. Hardy purchased the keyword “contact lens” from AltaVista and Snap.com. This keyword was not known to have any value at the time and no other companies were advertising on the keyword. Hardy bought the exclusive rights to “contact lenses” and launched with that advertising. In the first day, they had 30 orders; within the first month, they had $68,000 in sales.

Under Hardy’s direction, Coastal Contacts Inc. became the world’s largest online retailer for eyewear. In 2001, Coastal achieved $1 million in cumulative revenue. In 2004, the Company began trading on TSX. In 2008, the Company launched eyeglasses business unit. In 2012, Coastal surpasses $1 billion in cumulative sales since 2000 and starts trading on NASDAQ.

Coastal Contacts Inc. and Essilor signed an agreement on February 27, 2014 that it is acquiring Coastal Contacts Inc. for C$430 million.

Roger Hardy is the co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of SHOES.COM, formerly known as SHOEme.ca. Under Hardy’s leadership, the parent company acquired both OnlineShoes.com and SHOES.COM. On May 20, SHOES.COM announced it had raised net proceeds of approximately $45 million. As of May 2015, SHOES.COM is valued at $320 million.

Hardy currently serves on the board of directors for BuildDirect.com, the world’s leading online manufacturer/wholesalers of flooring and building materials.

Hardy co-founded and is majority owner of SoftwareKing.com, the web’s largest retailer of packaged software.

Roger Hardy Videos

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  • How to book Roger Hardy?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Roger Hardy for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Roger Hardy, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Roger Hardy or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Roger Hardy?

    Booking fees for Roger Hardy, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Roger Hardy, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Roger Hardy?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Roger Hardy for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Roger Hardy for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Roger Hardy or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Roger Hardy or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Roger Hardy is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Roger Hardy for your event is available upon request. Roger Hardy generally travels from VancouverCanada and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Sangeet Paul Choudary, Travis Kalanick, Robb Fujioka, Tom Preston-Werner and Michael Dermer. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Roger Hardy for an upcoming event.

Roger Hardy Speaker Videos

  • Sharad Interviews ShoeMe's Roger Hardy: A man leading online ...
    Roger Hardy at Nuclear Industry Forum on Vimeo
  • After the Spring. Roger Hardy (LSE) on Vimeo

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