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TRUMP HAND-PICKS NEW APPRENTICE CANDIDATES
Published: August 31, 2005
RHODES SCHOLAR, NFL PLAYER AND INVENTOR "FIRE UP" FOURTH SEASON OF NBC'S "THE APPRENTICE" (SEPTEMBER 22, 9-10 PM ET/PT)
"For the first time, I hand-picked an Apprentice cast and I'm thrilled with the results," said Donald Trump.
NEW YORK -– August 31, 2005 –- A Rhodes Scholar, NFL player and an inventor are among Donald Trump's "hand-picked" cast of eighteen young entrepreneurs on the fourth season of NBC's "The Apprentice" (September 22, 9-10 pm ET/PT). "For the first time, I hand-picked an Apprentice cast and I'm thrilled with the results," said Donald Trump, executive producer. "This is the best reality show cast I've ever encountered. They have it all: beauty, brains, and big bucks."
Ranging in age from 22-41, these candidates boast degrees from Oxford, Wharton, MIT, and Georgetown and several of the candidates are already millionaires. A wide range of applicants will greet Trump including an NFL player-turned ad sales executive, an inventor, a salon and spa chain owner, a financial journalist and a risk manager. Cast photos available at www.nbcumv.com and complete bios below.
THE 18 CANDIDATES ON NBC'S "THE APPRENTICE"
· Josh (New York, N.Y.) Beauty Company Owner
Josh, 30, a successful entrepreneur and self-made multi-millionaire by the age of 24, has become a driving force in the cosmetics and beauty industry. Josh is co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of GoSMILE, Inc. (www.GoSMILE.com). In less than three years, he and his partners in the company have effectively established GoSMILE as the innovative pioneer and leader of the newest category in prestige retail, called Smile Beauty. Prior to this venture, he had successfully helped build and run a multi-media marketing services company, Student Advantage Inc., valued at over a billion dollars at its peak in the stock market. Over a nine-year period, Josh built and managed various aspects of the company, driving the growth of the company from 12 people, generating $400,000 in annual revenue, to nearly 500 people generating over $85 million in revenue. He received his B.S. in marketing and finance from the University of Albany. He married his high school sweetheart four years ago, and they are expecting their first child this January.
· Rebecca (Chicago, Ill.) Financial Journalist
Rebecca, 23, was named "One of 20 Teens Who Will Change the World" by Teen People magazine in February 2000 and was awarded a Point of Light by President Clinton. She graduated with honors from the University of Chicago, earning degrees in economics and pre-law. As a Chicago-based investment banker, she structured mergers and acquisitions, as well as equity and debt transactions. Prior to that, she traded short-term interest rate options on Citigroup's foreign exchange desk in London. Outside of business, Rebecca founded a non-profit organization, raising over $750,000 to support disenfranchised children. In conjunction with this effort, she lobbied state and federal government officials, speaking at a wide range of national conferences and sharing the stage with Al Gore and Colin Powell, among others. She also reported on-air, wrote and helped produce hard news, features, and entertainment segments for a weekly show on an NBC affiliate in her hometown of Minneapolis. She is currently a financial journalist in Chicago.
· Brian (New York, N.Y.) Print Company Executive
Brian, 23, originally from Old Beth Page, NY, is Director of Business Development for The True Type Printing Company, a New York City-based commercial printing company. During his tenure, Brian effectively launched new initiatives within the print and graphic arts vertical market. He helped orchestrate a comprehensive overhaul of this 70-year-old company into a 30,000 square foot modern state-of-the-art commercial printing facility – increasing its overall capability and profitability. Prior to this position, Brian has been a consultant with many of the industry leaders in technology including America Online, Inc. and Razorfish, Inc. developing successful software application systems for their clients. From 1997-1999, Brian helped cultivate an Internet startup company on Long Island called The Fountainhead Management, which was sold to the publicly traded e-commerce company, Intershop Communications in March of 1999. Additionally, at the age of 18, Brian was the youngest citizen panelist on the show "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher."
· Toral (Philadelphia, Pa.) Investment Banker
Toral, 29, currently a Vice President in the Capital Markets group of a major investment bank in New York City, is among the handful of officer level women in her group responsible for originating, structuring, negotiating and closing multi-million dollar business deals. Fluent in French, Hindi and English, Toral has traveled to more than 15 foreign countries over the course of her career, working with top business leaders in both the public and private sectors. A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Toral has worked for some of the country's leading financial institutions including Goldman Sachs and American Express. In addition, Toral is a skilled day trader and self-made multi-millionaire. Her recent investments include luxury real estate and upscale restaurant projects in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Toral now resides in New York City, and likes to spend her free time at her homes in Miami Beach and London.
· Chris (Dallas, Texas) Marketing Executive
Chris, 27, is a former NFL player for the New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He earned a B.S. in speech communications and rhetoric with a minor in political science from Texas A&M University, where he was an All-Conference Offensive Lineman and a four-year letterman. He currently works in advertising sales as an executive at KRLD News Radio 1080-AM in Dallas, Texas, where he was recently named "salesperson of the year," for generating over $1,500,000 in new revenue and breaking the company's 79-year record for first year sales. During this time, he started a company called Big Tree Investments LLC., a transactional real estate company that uses land trusts to acquire and wholesale properties. In 2004, Chris and his wife Lacie founded C&L, Inc., which operates their 100-acre tree farm in East Texas, where they raise and harvest pine trees for long-term investment growth. He and his wife enjoy traveling and spending time on their ranch.
· Kristi (Gainesville, Ga.) Sales Executive
Kristi, 24, top sales executive for Gold Creek Golf Club, a high profile 27-hole golf course in Dawsonville, Ga., exceeded her yearly quota of $600,000 in her first four months on the job. Kristi went on