There is no secret as to why self-made millionaire and serial entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis continues to make his mark on the business world. He leaves not just an impression, but an imprint on everyone he meets, and Lemonis has that charisma, if you will, that few possess.
On CNBC’s reality series “The Profit,” Lemonis lends his expertise to struggling small businesses around the country while using his famous People/Process/Product principle. Through his 3P mantra, he analyzes every business by the quality of people, whether they have an excellent and relevant product, and the best possible process for creating, delivering, and selling that product. Over the course of four seasons, Lemonis has invested more than $40 million of his own money in businesses featured on “The Profit.” Now, on his new CNBC show “The Partner,” he is looking for someone to help him run it all. On the new series premiering February 28 at 10PM ET/PT, candidates from diverse backgrounds will compete for the opportunity of a lifetime – a position working alongside Lemonis and an equity stake in a multi-million dollar company.
His biggest success is as 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. Lemonis has streamlined the RV industry, buying and creating more than 120 RV dealerships across the country, and developing them into one-stop shopping, Camping World RV SuperCenters.
Lemonis was recognized for having "more impact on the industry than any single individual or company in recent memory as an agent of change and retail consolidation," when RV Business Magazine named him their 2007 Newsmaker of the Year. In addition, Crain's Chicago Business featured him in their 2005 edition of "40 under 40"; and in 2008, Ernst & Young named him Entrepreneur of the Year. Prior to “The Profit,” he appeared on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2011 and 2012 and was featured on ABC television’s “Secret Millionaire” in 2012.
Lemonis was born in war-torn Beirut, Lebanon in 1973; and, at nine months old, was adopted by a Lebanese and Greek couple living in Miami, FL. As a young child, he was exposed to positive and prosperous business values at his family-owned Anthony Abraham Chevrolet. His entrepreneurial spirit bloomed at age 12, when he started a lawn mowing service in order to generate money to open a candy business. He graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in Miami and moved to Milwaukee, WI to attend Marquette University, where he studied, Political Science, Criminology and Economics.
His philanthropy started in college, where he served as the president of Marquette’s Student Athletic Committee and planned a citywide clothing drive to help the homeless of Milwaukee. Over the years, he has also contributed time and money to various organizations near and dear to his heart.
Lemonis drives results through collaborations, partnerships and relationships. His advice for aspiring entrepreneurs is simple: stay focused, work hard, know your numbers, and be disciplined.