CNBC The Partner, Star Marcus Lemonis says, “Presenting the nice, not asshole, version of The Apprentice”

Marcus Lemonis

Series premiere,Marcus Lemonis  from The Profit  needs to find a business partner, on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017, at 7pm PT, 10pm ET on DirecTV

By Gabrielle Pantera

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2017/3/7 – “I wanted to find people I thought represented our country, sort of a broad range of it,” says The Partner star Marcus Lemonis. “I wanted to pick someone…get off your fanny, don’t blame people for your problems. And, if you are a business owner, you don’t have to be mean or stern or arrogant to have people want to work for you. I’m presenting the nice, not asshole, version of The Apprentice.”


“It has been a privilege to work so closely with some of the most hard-working entrepreneurs in the country,” says Lemonis.1  “All of whom have shown me the heart and desire to turn their businesses around.  In this new adventure, I’m looking for someone with that same drive and passion to help inspire these up and coming business leaders, sustain their growth and their enthusiasm, and ensure that the sound investments we made today, are even more sound in the decades ahead.”

Thousands applied. Ten were invited to Chicago to take part in the final interview process.

Marcus Lemonis is looking for a partner to help run his many businesses. Ten finalists compete for a half-million dollar contract and an equity stake in Lemonis’ businesses. Five episodes.

Lemonis has invested more than $40 million of his own money in companies on The Profit, where he invests in struggling business then helps them succeed. His management philosophy is the three Ps: People, Process and Product. Lemonis is the chairman and CEO of Camping World, the nation’s largest RV and outdoor retailer, and Good Sam, the world’s largest RV owner’s organization.

The Partner candidates:

  • Chuck Brewer from Indianapolis, IN
  • Billy Canu from San Diego, CA
  • Carrie Chitsey from Cedar Park, TX
  • Erin Cobb from Kirkland, WA
  • Michael Graves from New Rochelle, NY
  • Ricardo Martinez from Atlanta, GA
  • Peilin Pratt from Manhattan Beach, CA
  • Buffie Purselle from Atlanta, GA
  • Julianna Reed from Santa Monica, CA
  • Stephanie Sievers from Shreveport, LA

The Partner is produced by Marcus Lemonis Productions LLC and Machete Productions with Amber Mazzola and Marcus Lemonis as executive producers. Jim Ackerman and Luke Bauer are the executive producers for CNBC.

CNBC is broadcasts real-time financial market coverage and business information to 381 million homes worldwide, with 94 million households in the United States and Canada. CNBC provides daily business updates to 400 million households in China. The network produces 15 live hours of business programming daily in North America, weekdays from 4am to 7pm ET, from CNBC’s global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. CNBC has apps for iOS, Android, Windows devices, the Apple Watch and Apple TV.

Twitter: @thepartnerCNBC@marcuslemonis@CNBC

1. [CNBC press release]

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