I was getting excited to watch The Apprentice LA tonight and so I decided to stop by their website. I found that they had a list of where the past winners are now. I like to get these types of updates. So, here’ they are:
Bill Rancic – Season One Winner
Having the opportunity to participate in The Apprentice is something for which Season One winner Bill Rancic will be forever grateful. The opportunity to learn from the best, coupled with the challenge of competing against 15 other successful participants was an offer Rancic couldn’t refuse. He now finds satisfaction in being a role model for other people who are trying to achieve what he has worked so hard for – the American dream. Rancic has proven that the dream is still alive, and that hard work and determination are still a recipe for success in this country.
Currently, Rancic is working for the Trump Organization and recently completed his second book, “Beyond the Lemonade Stand.” The book is the follow-up to his New York Times bestseller “You’re Hired: How to Succeed in Business and Life from the Winner of ‘The Apprentice.'”
Besides working for Trump and being a best-selling author, Rancic also runs cigarsaroundtheworld.com, a thriving multi-million dollar national operation that is part of a publicly traded company, Synergy Brands (sybr/nasdaq). While Rancic still manages the day-to-day operation of the cigar business he founded, he is also making a name for himself in the Chicago real estate market.
He is a sought-after speaker at major universities and corporations where he talks about how, through hard work and “thinking-out-of-the-box,” success can be achieved even against the worst odds. He also helps pass on this message to the residents of the Mercy Home for Boys, where he has volunteered as a tutor for underprivileged children for the past four years.
Though fortunate to have many achievements in his life, Rancic he is most proud of the creation of the Dr. Edward T. Rancic scholarship fund. After the loss of his father, Rancic and his sisters created the scholarship fund to assist students who are in financial need and have the desire to become educators. Rancic is also an advocate supporter of National Institution for Health, as well as the Youth Aids society.
Kelly – Season 2 Winner
During his year with Donald Trump, Season Two winner Kelly worked on several high-profile projects including 40 Wall Street (1.3M square feet of commercial real estate in downtown Manhattan, Trump Tower Tampa (50 story upscale condominium in Tampa, FL) and Trump Ice (Trump branded bottled water). At the end of his year contract with “The Donald,” Kelly decided to move on to pursue the venture capital fund and several other exciting projects.
On the real estate front, Kelly is working closely with his family to develop a $50M 25-project self-storage company in Florida and a 600-acre fishing and hunting preserve in Montana. Kelly is also the host of “GI Factory,” a new series that examines military technologies and where they are made on The Military Channel.
Kelly published his first book in early 2006 entitled, “TAKE COMMAND: 10 Leadership Principles I Learned in the Military and Put to Work for Donald Trump.” The book explores the ties between military training and business success. Supported by interviews with some of America’s leading business icons Kelly’s book provides an inspiring message to those involved in the military and invaluable advice to aspiring entrepreneurs or anyone embarking on a new career.
As the chairman and co-founder of MotorPride, a motor enthusiast community website, Kelly took the lessons he learned from a history of successful entrepreneurial ventures, and brought them together to build the perfect community website for car, truck and motorcycle lovers. Kelly remains active with MotorPride as chairman of the board, while his business partners run the day-to-day operations.
Besides his many business ventures, Kelly also donates his time as a celebrity spokesperson for both Big Brothers/Sisters (www.bbbs.org) and the National Guard Youth Challenge Program (www.ngycp.org). Kelly is also donating royalties of “Take Command” to the United Service Organization (www.uso.org).
Kendra – Season 3 Winner
Kendra, a successful real estate entrepreneur, was hired by Donald Trump as the first female winner of “The Apprentice” in Season Three.
To begin her integration into The Trump Organization, Kendra worked for three months at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County. There, her training focused on evaluating the potential of national and international properties for purchase and development of golf courses. After three months, Kendra returned to her home state of Florida to oversee the renovation of Palm Beach Mansion, a 48,000+ square foot oceanfront property owned by Mr. Trump.
These days, Kendra is the managing Broker of MyHouseRE, a real estate firm dedicated to advising buyers on strategies to maximize the investment potential of their real estate acquisitions, and works to match buyers with properties that fit their goals, helping hundreds of people grow one step closer to financial freedom.
Besides managing MyHouseRE, she is also the host of the popular HGTV Show “My House Is Worth What?” and a regular real estate contributor on Fox News Channel’s “Fox News Live” and “Cavuto on Business.”
She has been featured in several major publications, including “Forbes Magazine,” “USA Today,” “The Washington Post,” “The Wall Street Journal,” “The Los Angeles Times,” “People Magazine,” and “Woman’s World,” and recently published her first book, “Risk & Grow Rich,” which analyzes formulas for overcoming the fear of risk taking and her equity-building formula for making your first million dollars in real estate.
Randal Pinkett – Season 4 Winner
Dr. Randal Pinkett, winner of Season Four, has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author and community servant. As The Donald’s fourth Apprentice, Randal oversaw both renovation and information technology projects for Trump Entertainment Resorts in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Since completing his first year, he has extended his relationship with the Trump Organization as he is currently managing a computer systems upgrade in Atlantic City and a community relations project in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also a national spokesperson for the Trump Institute, which offers wealth-building seminars that teach the real estate and business strategies that have made Donald Trump a multi-billionaire.
Randal is also busy with his own company, BCT Partners, a multimillion dollar, management, technology and policy consulting services firm based in Newark, New Jersey, that works with corporations, government agencies and philanthropic organizations. BCT Partners is a minority-owned and operated company and one of the leading firms in the country with expertise in the following industries: housing and community development, economic development, healthcare, human services, and education.
A sought after public speaker for corporate, youth and community groups, Dr. Pinkett has been featured on nationally televised programs such as The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, CNBC, and CNN. He is a national spokesperson for Outback Steakhouse, Verizon Communications, Autism Speaks, New Jersey Reads, and the National Black MBA Association. He also co-chaired the transition team for Cory Booker, the newly elected Mayor of Newark, New Jersey.
Randal is a segment host for the nationally televised show “CEO Exchange” on PBS and is the author of two books. The first book, “Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur’s Guide to Launching a Multimillion Dollar Business” (February 2007) describes strategies for any student to create a successful business enterprise. The second book, “Black Faces in White Places: 10 Strategies for African-Americans to Redefine the Game” (February 2008) chronicles his experiences, as well the experiences of his college roommate, Dr. Jeffrey Robinson, as African Americans who have successfully navigated predominantly white institutions.
Sean Yezbeck – Season 5 Winner
Selected by Donald Trump in Season Five as his most-recent Apprentice, Yazbeck began work with the Trump Organization in the summer of 2006, overseeing development of the latest Trump property in New York City’s trendy SOHO district.
Yazbeck graduated at the top of his class from Southampton Solent University with a major in cultural theory and First Class Honors. As director of business development for a recruitment consultancy registered on the London Stock Exchange, he boasts the title of the top-ranking sales person globally at his firm. He specializes in negotiating and managing turnkey solutions for the wireless industry. Yazbeck worked ten years brokering multi-million dollar deals with Fortune 500 companies in over 20 global locations.
When he is not hard at work, Yazbeck devotes much of his time to the Voices for Children Foundation. Its mission is to ensure that every abused and neglected child in Miami-Dade County has a court-appointed Guardian Ad Litem volunteer. The foundation also provides financial assistance and other resources for their accompanying health, educational and social needs.