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Catching Up with The Apprentices

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Bill Rancic
The Donald selected him to win a $250,000-a-year position in the Trump organization, but that wasn’t enough for Chicago-based Apprentice victor Rancic, 33, who admits he sleeps only “four hours a night.” His business advice book You’re Hired hit stores on Sept. 7; he’s the corporate spokesman for Advanta, a financial services company that caters to small-business owners; and he’ll make several guest appearances on the second season of The Apprentice (premiering Sept. 9).

Amy Henry
She was the last woman standing on The Apprentice and Henry, 31, is hoping for her 16th minute of fame with the Sept. 13 release of her book, What It Takes: A Modern Woman’s Guide to Success in Business. Austin-based Henry will also offer her insights on the new Apprentice wannabes as an MSNBC commentator.

Kwame Jackson
The Apprentice runner-up has not slowed down since tipping his hat to winner Rancic. Jackson, 30, started Legacy Development Partners, whose projects include producing direct-to-video movies and a recently announced $3.8 billion real-estate development venture in Prince George’s County, Md. He’s also starting a clothing line and has written a book, Taking the High Road, which looks at his experiences on the show and his views on corporate America.

Ereka Vetrini
She may not be the boss on Tony Danza’s new syndicated talk show, which hits airwaves on Sept. 13, but native New Yorker Vetrini, 28, says she’s happy to be the actor’s sidekick. “It’s not all about me. I’ll be sort of like his female alter-ego,” she explains. Ironically, Vetrini went head-to-head with fellow Apprentice Amy Henry for the gig. “I think I wanted it more,” says Vetrini.

Troy McClain
His down-home charm masked the real business shark within on the show. Today, the top-five finalist from Boise is a spokesman for Pinnacle Financial Corp., an independently owned mortgage lender. Of McClain, 33, pal Kwame Jackson says: “I can trust him.”

Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth
Fellow Apprentice contestant Amy Henry called her “the best reality TV villain of all time,” and Manigault-Stallworth, 30, has been trying to cash in on her infamy. This summer, she set up her own for-fee phone service, the Omarosa Diva line. “It’s for those who love me and love to hate me,” she said of the number, now disconnected. She’s also shopping around her own talk show.

David Gould
Gould, 32, has a medical degree and an MBA, but his higher learning didn’t help him stay afloat on The Apprentice: He was the first one fired from the show. Did he learn anything from his experience? “Absolutely nothing,” he says. Gould is now working for Merlin BioMed, a Manhattan-based life-sciences investment firm.

Katrina Campins
On Aug. 14, Miami-based Campins, 24, wed her longtime love, fellow real-estate broker Ben Moss, surrounded by a slew of former Apprentice contestants, including Kwame Jackson, Nick Warnock, Jessie Conners, Heidi Bressler and Ereka Vetrini. Since her Apprentice days, Campins has found success in another small-screen venture: She’s a correspondent for the ESPN show Cold Pizza.

Bill Rancic and Kwame Jackson face Donald Trump in the boardroom. Trump says of the victor, Rancic: “My man is doing a good job. If I had my choice to do it again, I’d pick him.”
Bowie Hogg
Hogg, 26, may not have been cutthroat enough to make it to the Apprentice finals, but these days the Dallas-based businessman is back at work as marketing director of National Care Network, a healthcare claims management company. Since the show aired, Hogg says he’s received about 300 job offers. “I had so many companies on the East Coast offering me jobs,” he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, (but) “I realized I need to work in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.”

Heidi Bressler
With her mother’s cancer in remission and Omarosa no longer a thorn in her side, Bressler, 30, is hoping to make the most of her Apprentice fame. The New Jersey native has been busy making speaking appearances (“I would not trade this for a cubicle job any day!,” she says), will be a spokeswoman for a cancer organization and – like several other Apprentice alums – wants a shot as an author: She’s written a tell-all book about her time on The Apprentice, set for a December release. “People will know why I was not scared of Donald Trump,” she says.

Sam Solovey
Solovey, 28, had far-fetched ideas ($1,000 for a cup of lemonade?) but earned points from Trump for his bravado. The feisty Chevy Chase, Md.-based Solovey (who married teacher Lori Levin on Aug. 15 in Washington, D.C.) tried his hand at acting in the Off-Broadway production of Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding in May and is now on the lecture circuit. “Business is kind of boring after you’ve been on a reality show,” he says. “It’s tough to go back.”

Jessie Conners
“I am so thankful for the whole thing,” says Conners, 23, about the stepping-stone role The Apprentice has played in her career. In June, Conners launched, a Web site aimed at offering investment advice, to which fellow contestants McClain, Hogg and Solovey all plan to contribute.

Jason Curis
The second contestant to hear “You’re fired!,” Curis, a 24-year-old real-estate entrepreneur, owns Detroit-based JMG Management, and owns 100 rental units and 23 properties. His dream? To persuade Trump to build a landmark Curis-Trump Tower in Detroit.

Kristi Frank
Along with fellow Apprentices Campins, Henry and Vetrini, Frank steamed up the pages of the May issue of men’s magazine FHM with a sexy spread. These days, the recently married (and pregnant) Frank’s main passion is being an entrepreneur: She owns Juliano’s Raw restaurant in Santa Monica.

Tammy Lee
Lee, 37, made her share of waves on The Apprentice when she admitted her team wasn’t savvy enough to beat the other side during a challenge. Now, the controversy-stirring former Merrill Lynch broker (who’s pregnant with her first child) has her sights set on pursuing an acting career.

Nick Warnock
Warnock’s “showmance” with Amy Henry made tongues wag for a time, but these days the former Xerox copier salesman, 28, is focused on selling advertising for Niche Media Holdings, which publishes L.A. Confidential and Gotham magazines. He also recently recorded a motivational sales CD. “I’ve got to strike while the iron is hot,” says Warnock of his post-Apprentice fame.