Playing the Trump card
For Steuart Martens (BSM ‘05), winning a spot among the final four contestants on the fall 2010 season of NBC’s “The Apprentice” followed a pattern for success he established at an early age in swimming pools near his Washington, D.C., home.
Krannnert alumnus Steuart Martens appeared on the tenth season of NBC's “The Apprentice.” (Photo provided)
After earning a swimming scholarship to Purdue and Academic All-American honors in the sport while a student at Krannert, Martens tested the waters as an entrepreneur shortly after graduating. Despite a promising start, the choppy economy forced him to lay off numerous workers to keep his companies afloat.
His competitive spirit rose to the top from an estimated 25,000 potential contestants, and Martens soon found himself in race among 16 other qualifiers for a seat in the Donald’s boardroom.
For Martens, the experience was another opportunity to showcase his skills on the national stage, but it also posed unexpected challenges.
“On the show, you are working 18 to 20 hours a day, so you get very little sleep,” he says. “I don’t care who you are, if you’re only sleeping two or three hours a night, anything is going to be difficult.”
Another challenging aspect of the competition was the unique team environment created by people who were accustomed always being in the lead.