Entrepreneur, Founder of Death Cigarettes and Keynote Speaker
BJ Cunningham is a serial entrepreneur, often best known for Death Cigarettes, and is a charismatic speaker on branding, customer loyalty, and power of provocation
BJ first venture as an entrepreneur was when he was still a teenager, and he started importing classic cars and Harley Davidsons from the USA to London. However, success was short lived when the market collapsed, and BJ lost everything.
His next move was to launch DEATH Cigarettes – positioning it as ‘the honest smoke.’ Gaining a foothold, he found himself taking on the tobacco industry and the European Court of Justice.
Known for challenging the establishment, BJ sent up an Integrated Brand Marketing agency, where he won clients such as diverse as Volkswagen, Canon, Fairline Boats, Korn Ferry and Red Devil, and successfully sold the Agency after three years, in 2001.
He and his wife then launched the highly acclaimed Georgina Goodman brand of shoes and accessories from their flagship store in the heart of Mayfair. The brand has attracted celebrity clients and seen profits grow of over 50% per annum – a fantastic achievement for an unknown designer.
BJ is a council member of Business Superbrands.
In his presentations, BJ Cunningham shows how authentic branding is vital to build and retain customer loyalty. On the stage, BJ uses the DEATH brand as a case study to illustrate the power of provocation and how to flip a conservative market.
His speaking topics include:
– The DEATH brand: the power of provocation & how to flip a conservative market
– Deepening the customer relationship
– Creating a powerful vision
– Marrying internal culture, market position, and vision
– Telling the truth
“Having BJ recount his life experiences felt like an energising spark showing you the door to your dreams saying ‘go for it.’"
— Richmond Events
"This is the second time I have engaged BJ and he does not disappoint! His inspirational and motivational presentation was right on the button, he managed to capture the mood of the meeting and use his experience to illustrate the businesses advantage. He is an honest presenter and does not pull punches. He is down to earth and has good stories to tell which can be related to business practice. He is an inspiration and an audience pleaser, highly recommended if you need a witty, inspirational speaker for your event."