Local entrepreneur to pitch idea on ‘Shark Tank’ this week

Kevin Waltermire of Charleston (right) pitches his product, the BevBoy, to investors on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” The show airs for the first time Friday at 9 p.m. (Michael Desmond/ABC/Provided).

A local entrepreneur will get a chance to sink or swim on ABC’s “Shark Tank” this Friday.

Kevin Waltermire, 34, of Folly Beach, was chosen to participate in the program for his product, BevBoy, which is essentially a flotation device for drinks.

The show, which gives entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their innovative ideas to wealthy investors, was taped several months ago and airs at 9 p.m. Friday.

Waltermire’s pitch will center on solving a problem he said many in the Lowcountry often face:

“Imagine relaxing in a pool and having to awkwardly hold your drink the whole time while trying not to spill. The BevBoy offers the ultimate solution to that problem: let your drink float right next to you all by itself,” he said.

Waltermire, an Ohio native, earned his bachelor and master degrees from the College of Charleston. His business, BeverageBoy is headquartered at CHS Warehouse & Logistics on Piggly Wiggly Drive in North Charleston.

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