The Apprentice Winners – what have They done?
As has been the case with many a US reality series, The Apprentice has stood the test of time. The words “You’re Fired” have been uttered in colloquial conversations around the world, as people display their disappointment at someone’s actions. As the twelfth season kicks off in the US, we look back on previous seasons that saw dreams created and crushed. The apprentice winners must have had a mixture of success and failure as Donald Trump threw them into the deep end (with a few hundred thousand dollars to get things going). Here are the winners of the first 6 seasons who wear “The Apprentice” badge.
We start with Bill Rancic who won back in 2004. Becoming the first of the apprenctice winners saw him grab the opportunity to manage the construction of the Trump Tower over the other option of managing the Trump National Golf Course in California. He is married to the E! News anchor, Giuliana Rancic and in 2010 he began hosting his TV show, America Now.
Kelly Perdew became the second winner of The Apprentice and ended up managing the construction of Trump Place in Manhattan. Additionally he was involved in the new Trump Ice brand of bottled water.
Currently the CEO of Rotohog.com, his website offers fantasy sports games to Fortune 1000 companies. He has other online gaming solutions in the pipeline and he also wrote the self-help book “Take Command: 10 Leadership Principles Learned in the Military and Put to Work for Donald Trump.” That’s how you make the most out of being an Apprentice winner.
Next on list of prevous apprentice winners is Kendra Todd. As the first female apprentice winner she chose to work at Trump’s Palm Beach Mansion in Palm Beach, Florida.
As seems to be a trend with American apprentice winners, Kendra has moved into hosting, more specifically the HGTV series “My House is Worth What?” She also owns a real estate company, The Kendra Todd Group, and regularly reports for Fox on real estate matters. Internet-based ventures also seem popular with previous apprentice winners and Todd has also launched an online company named Grow Rich – God’s Way to help Christian entrepreneurs
This season was quite controversial in that Trump was tempted to hire both finalists. The first choice, Randal Pinkett convinced Trump that the show was about finding one apprentice, and consequently he was crowned the winner. The very proactive Pinkett opened his own company called BCT Partners, which deals with management consultancy. He has also written two books—”Campus CEO” and “The No-Money Down CEO.” He is a speaker at many conferences around the country and a prominent host on “CEO Exchange” on PBS. He runs the Campus CEO Challenge that slightly mimics the apprentice, in that the winner is crowned as the most promising young entrepreneur attending a New Jersey school.
Sean Yazbeck became the first non-American winner of the apprentice in 2006. The British contender took up a position at the 5-star Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York.
The Apprentice winner opened WAVSYS, a telecommunications staffing company. In addition, he works closely with the charity Voices for Children through the Young Presidents’ Organization in Miami.
In the sixth season of the show the winner was chosen as Trump’s apprentice from four finalists instead of two. Stefani Schaeffer was beat out James Sun, Nicole D’Ambrosio, and Frank Lombardi. She was awarded a one-year contract at the Trump Cap Cana in Santo Domingo.
She has hosted many TV and Internet projects since becoming the winner of the apprentice. As The Apprentice She has hosted a web series called “Know Your Rights TV” and worked on a TV show called “The Hidden Jewels of Golf.” Her good looks and charm have seen her appear on the TV Guide Channel, the Gold Channel, and a website called Fabulously40.com.
There are also a host of UK apprentice winners as the show was introduced there shortly after the US version became so popular. Along with shows like The Amazing Race and Survivor reaching the 20 season mark, The Apprentice has given business driven men and women the opportunity to get ahead in the industry. The apprentice winners are given a major leg up for their efforts, but in many instances even other contestants have used their profile and tenacity to become successful.
Nicky Warner works most of her days slaving away in executive suites, but when she gets a chance she loves to get into the latest TV series, whether it’s a heavy drama-related season or some competitive reality show. She’d definitely work Business Center Germany if her job took her there, but only if she could still get access to all her viewing comforts.
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