McLean High School ’07 Grad to Compete on Season Premiere of SharkTank Show

Derek Pacque, CoatChex

On Friday September 14th Derek Pacque, CEO and managing partner of CoatChex, a ticketless coat check and mobile application system founded in January of 2011, will be featured on the season premiere of the ABC television series SharkTank.

Pacque, a 2011 Indiana University Kelley School Business graduate and 2007 McLean High School graduate, founded CoatChex after his winter coat was stolen from a college bar. Most restaurants and bars in the D.C. area provide patrons basic coat check options, Pacque wanted to bring the cold-weather necessity to Bloomington, Indiana. In less than two years, CoatChex has been used at the 2012 Super Bowl and will soon be available on iPad.

The Emmy-nominated reality show Shark Tank features ordinary American entrepreneurs competing for funding and capital with a panel of prominent angel investors, including Dallas Mavericks owner and outspoken billionaire Mark Cuban.

Look for WashingtonExec’s interview with Pacque in the coming weeks and get a sneak peak of Pacque’s outcome on the show by going to the Shark Tank blog.



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