Marcus Lemonis is host of CNBC’s reality series, The Profit, which returns to air, Tuesday, August 23rd at 10pm ET, where he lends his business expertise to struggling businesses in various industries across the country while using his famous people-process-product principle. Through his 3P mantra, he analyzes every business by the quality people, whether they have an excellent and relevant product, and the best possible process for creating, delivering, and selling that product.
Over 3 seasons of The Profit have aired since July of 2013 and more than $35 million dollars of his own money has been invested into helping these small businesses, and after experiencing tremendous success, his mission continues. While many people frequently call him the “business turnaround king,” he will be the first to say that he really helps people with tough love so they can use the experience to inevitably succeed. His new show, The Partner, will also premiere this fall in which candidates from diverse business backgrounds will compete for the opportunity of a lifetime - a position working alongside Lemonis and an equity stake in a multi-million dollar company.
Born in war-torn Beirut, Lebanon in 1973; and adopted by a Lebanese and Greek couple living in Miami, FL. He was exposed to positive and prosperous business values at his family-owned business, Anthony Abraham Chevrolet. At age 12 while attending Epiphany Catholic School, when he started a lawn mowing service in order to generate money to open a candy business while enlisting his friends for their help. He attended Marquette University, where he studied Political Science, Criminology and Economics.
He returned to Florida after graduation and ran for a seat in the Florida House of Representatives. At age 22, with no political experience, he gained the endorsement of the Miami Herald. Though he lost the campaign, Marcus refocused and held several automotive sales and managerial roles. It was a conversation with family friend and former Chrysler CEO, Lee Iacocca, who advised him to get into the camping and RV business, which put him on the path to eventual chairmanship at America’s #1 source for RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance and repair, Camping World and Good Sam.
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 also featured on ABC’s television show Secret Millionaire in 2012.