'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.
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.
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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