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Marcus Lemonis is the CEO of Camping World Holdings, as well as the host of CNBC’s The Profit. On the program, now in its sixth season, Lemonis lends his business expertise to struggling businesses in various industries across the country while using his famous People-Process-Product principle.
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Lemonis was adopted at nine months old by a couple living in Miami, Fla. As a young child, he was exposed to positive business values at his family-owned Chevrolet dealership. 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, Wisc., to attend Marquette University, where he studied political science, criminology and economics.
Lemonis held several automotive sales and managerial roles, but it was advice from his friend and former Chrysler CEO Lee Lacocca that led him on the path to found Camping World. He was named 2007 Newsmaker of the Year by RV Business Magazine and Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2008. Additionally, Lemonis was featured in the 2005 edition of 40 under 40 by Crain’s Chicago Business. He appeared on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" in 2011 and 2012 and was featured on ABC's "Secret Millionaire" in 2012.
Marcus drives results through collaborations, partnerships and relationships. His advice for aspiring entrepreneurs is simple: know your numbers, trust the process and remember that he’s 100 percent IN CHARGE!