Sean Yazbeck

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Sean Yazbeck
Sean Yazbeck, Head and Shoulders.jpg
Born Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, England
Residence Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
Other names Sean Arthur Andrew Blake-Yazbeck
Education BA (Hons) First Class, Solent University, England
Occupation Entrepreneur
Website www.scopeworker.com

Sean Yazbeck is a British businessman. He is the winner of the fifth season (2006) of Donald Trump's reality show, The Apprentice. [1] He is the recipient of the 2014 'British Entrepreneur of The Year Award' from the British Government's, Department for International Trade (previously UKTI). [2] He is the Founder and CEO of an Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Company in America. [3] He is an Honorary Doctor (PhD h.c.) of Business from Solent University. [4]

Business[edit]

Yazbeck has business interests in technology, digital advertising and real-estate. He worked with Donald Trump to build the $500 million, five-star hotel, Trump SoHo in New York City. He also worked with the Trump Organization to found the technology services company, Wavsys. [5] As of 2014, Wavsys is an 'Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Company in America', with over $100 million per annum in revenue and employing more than 500 employees [2][6]. He also owns the Industry 4.0 Supply Chain Digitization software platform, Scopeworker. On May 22nd 2018, The Wall Street Journal reported that Scopeworker signed a multi-billion dollar deal with Sprint Corporation for their 5G network deployment [7]. Yazbeck also owns the digital advertising firm, Admazing [4]. In a 2015 interview with Fortune Magazine, Yazbeck said his business successes were due in part to Donald Trump's mentoring, saying, "I learnt a lot of things from Mr. Trump [including] do something you love and do something you know."[8]

Personal life[edit]

Yazbeck was born in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, England[1]. He attended William Ellis School in Highgate, London. He graduated from Solent University in Southampton, England with a First Class Honors Degree. He later received an Honorary Doctorate (PhD h.c.) of Business from Solent University where he is also a visiting lecturer. [4] He was awarded the EB-1 visa green card for "persons of extraordinary ability". [9][10] He lives in Miami Beach, Florida. He plays polo for the Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington, Florida and is a member of the Miami chapter of The Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), a global network of young chief executives.[2][11] In 2008, in reference to his charity work with "Voices for Children", the Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, bestowed the honorary title of Kentucky Colonel on Yazbeck, "in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to the nation."[12] In 2006, the then Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Florida, Carlos Álvarez (mayor), proclaimed June 20 as “Sean Yazbeck Day” in Miami-Dade County.[13] Yazbeck is a patron of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the New World Symphony (orchestra) and the Pérez Art Museum Miami. [1]. In 2014, Haute Living named Yazbeck "one of Miami’s most eligible bachelors".[13]

The Apprentice Season 5[edit]

Yazbeck and Piers Morgan are the only non-Americans to have won Donald Trump's The Apprentice. Both are British. Yazbeck was selected to appear on The Apprentice because he had been awarded the EB-1 visa green card for "persons of extraordinary ability"[9][10]. He won more tasks than any other Apprentice candidate and remained unbeaten as Project Manager over the 18-weeks. He was chosen by Donald Trump to be the next apprentice during the show's live finale in Los Angeles. According to Trump, Yazbeck overwhelmingly won the national vote, the first ever conducted for an Apprentice finale. In the final task, Yazbeck was chosen to oversee a Barenaked Ladies charity concert, sponsored by Pontiac, to benefit the World Wildlife Fund. For winning the final task and being hired as Trump's Apprentice, Yazbeck chose to oversee the Trump SoHo project, with a one-year contract exceeding $250,000. He was also given a new Pontiac G6 hardtop convertible, mirroring Kendra Todd's reward of a Pontiac Solstice. Yazbeck returned as a boardroom judge on The Apprentice 6 (2007), and hosted his own show, Reality Trailblazers, on the TV Guide Channel. He also appeared on Miss Universe (as a judge), Live with Regis and Kelly, MTV Video Music Awards, 1 vs. 100, Soap Talk, Identity and MTV's From G's to Gents.[14]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c [1] Aventura Magazine (accessed 6 October 2016)
  2. ^ a b c [2] tmcnet.com (accessed 11 March 2014)
  3. ^ [3] (accessed July 12, 2018)
  4. ^ a b c [4] Solent University (accessed July 12, 2018)
  5. ^ Inc 500 Company Profile –Wavsys (2011). [5] Inc.com (accessed 25 August 2011).
  6. ^ Inc 500 Company Profile –Wavsys (2011). [6] Inc.com (accessed March, 11th 2014).
  7. ^ [7] (accessed July 12, 2018)
  8. ^ [8] Fortune Magazine (accessed 5 September 2015).
  9. ^ a b [9] NBCNews.com (accessed 17 April 2013)
  10. ^ a b [10] USCIS.com (accessed 17 April 2013)
  11. ^ IMDB Filmography(2009). [11] IMDB.com (accessed 11 March 2014).
  12. ^ (2009). [12] Scan of Sean Yazbeck's Kentucky Colonel Certificate (accessed 7 June 2009).
  13. ^ a b [13] Haute Living Magazine (accessed 5 September 2015).
  14. ^ IMDB Filmography(2009). [14] IMDB.com (accessed 7 June 2009).

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Preceded by
Randal Pinkett
The Apprentice Winners
Season 5
Succeeded by
Stefanie Schaeffer