'The Apprentice' After the Boardroom: Steuart Martens

Just in time for holiday shopping, 'The Apprentice' this week encouraged viewers to pull out their credit cards. Selling women's accessories by noted designer Isaac Mizrahi, contestants appealed to the guilty pleasure of many a late night shopper: QVC.

With just four competitors left, Donald Trump shuffled the teams again. Now, Octane was comprised of Clint Robertson,40, project manager, and Steuart Martens, 27, with Brandy Kuentzel joining Liza Mucheru-Wisner, project manager, on team Fortitude.

The women chose to sell mother-of-pearl watches, the men opted for leather satchel handbags. Isaac Mizrahi, watching the segments air on TV, worried that the men overpriced their product. The women won, selling more watches with greater total profit.

This time in the boardroom, the stakes are high. The discussion was less about the task and more about who would make a better apprentice under Trump. His two assistants, headhunters, differed in opinions about who would rise to the top.



"There is no loser tonight," said Trump, "but Steuart, you're fired."

Look for another contestant to be fired at the beginning of next week's episode. Our money is on Brandy to be a finalist with Clint.


Lessons learned

Age before beauty pulled through this week. Clint, 40, ran through his resume for Trump, which includes an alphabet soup of titles including a JD and CPA. Steuart, 27, had grossed over $1 million by age 23. But so had Clint. In fact, Clint said he'd happily hire Steuart to work for him.

Steuart wished he had been more prepared for his boardroom experience. "I was really confident we won and even more confident with my performance, but I made the mistake of not coming in with my guns ready to fire," he says.

AOL Jobs Asks
Apprentice Steuart Martens
5 Quick Questions

1. What was your first job? As a waiter for a Occasions Catering in Washington DC

2. What inspires you? My passions, family, and close friends!

3. What is the most important trait needed to succeed? Passion and determination, If you love what you do and work your tail off, you will be successful one day.

4. What is your biggest challenge? Not getting distracted, being on time and finishing what I start. I work very hard to get better at those three things everyday.

5. What is the best career advice you ever received? Hire slow, fire fast.

He was a successful businessman before the show, but he still took some valuable lessons from his experience. While the show seems very fast-paced, Steuart "learned how to slow down a bit and keep my focus more directed."


Behind the scenes

Steuart tells AOL Jobs that viewers have no idea how many rules there are to follow behind the scenes.

"It isn't as easy as, 'go sell ice cream in New York City and make as much money as you can'," he says. "We have long meetings understanding the rules, in many instances a 20 page document outlining those rules is handed to us."


Where is Steuart today?

Steuart went back to his businesses in Washington, D.C: Tradewinds Specialty Imports, Taste of DC, and On the Fly DC! He specializes in wine importing and tasting and On the Fly is a popular food truck company.


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Murph

Stuart should have been one of the two finishers. Who proof read the place cards? Trump favored Liza by selection of her to play golf with him!! Dirty trick leaving Brandy short handed! He has pushed Liza the entire time and beats me why he "Fired" her. I think she lasted to long anyway.

December 03 2010 at 4:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lorraine

i love this show i wish it was on longaer mr. trump i take my hat off to u. you see through these people u know they were out for lisa from the beginging and let her stay to prove her self thank you. i have so much repect for you now we need you to start a show for the little people like myself who looking to get ahead in life.

December 03 2010 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Trish

There has been a pattern of some to pick on her. They sensed they could get away with it and unfortunately she was victimized. However, she was not timid in standing up for herself. I'm sure Trump gets private feedback on what is going on. Would love to see her win and give those mean girls the thumbs up.

November 28 2010 at 3:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Trish

Can't imagine Clint ending up the winner. Trump prides himself as being first class. Clint does not fit that imagine. I don't care about his education background, you can't buy class it is just something a person has or doesn't. I think Brandy will be the winner. Have felt sorry for Lisa, since early on some of the "bully" types targeted her and it just carried on through all the episodes.

November 28 2010 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jackx

Veronica, I agree with you. Outside of her commentating duties at the show for Rockport shoes, Brandy has brought nothing to the table. While Liza has been treated unfairly, she is not a strong player. Clint versus Steuart would have been a great showdown, just like the final with Joan Rivers and Annie Duke.

November 26 2010 at 7:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Louise Kastro

Lisa is also very attratives and as being a Psychic. Donald Trump like Lisa.She talk very nice and carry herself quit well.I bet you Liza will walk out being the winner.I am tired of you all thinking that being blond is everythings. Wrong here .

November 26 2010 at 9:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Veronica

Even though the ladies made the most profit, I was ready for Mr. Trump to fire Brandy AND Liza. They are dead wood. It would have made for an interesting ending. I do believe that Clint will take it. He's one sly dog!

November 26 2010 at 6:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Trish

I was surprised that Trump kept Clint. He is something of a rube, sorry. I don't sense even a little class. I think Trump knows he was not going to have Clint or Steuart win, so letting Steuart go now really didn't matter. I think Brandy is in for the win. She has the look he goes after. Beauty ranks big with him. It is kind of obvious. Lisa has been the scapegoat the whole show, so I know Trump won't pick her-even though I am sure the producers have informed him of how unfair she has been treated.

November 26 2010 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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