Q) What was it like hearing the words "You're fired?" A) I have never been fired from a job, nor had I failed at anything like I did on The Apprentice. It was an honor to hear those words for the first time from Donald Trump. Not many people can say they've been fired by Donald Trump.
Q) Did you agree with Trump's rationale for your firing? Or did you think one of the other contestants deserved it more? A) Absolutely not. As the project manager of this task, I put my teammates in the positions they wanted to be in and in the positions I felt they could excel at. I kept the team on task and provided them with the tools they needed to succeed. That's all you can ask for from a manager. I felt like I was fired for others on my team not performing. Mr. Trump never gave me a chance to explain or defend my actions. He cornered me in the boardroom from the minute we walked in and I had no chance.
Q) What moment or moments on the show were surprising to you? A) Other than hearing the words "you're fired," the most surprising part was the immaturity and poor judgment of some of the contestants.
Q) Do you feel as though you've made any lasting friendships and business relationships from the show? With who? A) Not really, but it's too soon to say. Surprisingly enough, the one person I think I connected with most was Gene.
Q) What was the best part of your experience? Why? A) The best part of the experience was the opportunity to learn about myself. This experience exposed my strengths and weaknesses in a way no other experience could have. I know now what I need to improve on. I've found out what I'm passionate about and what drives me to succeed.
Q) What have you been doing since being on the show? A) Working extremely hard in my real estate business. I've taken a lot of self-improvement courses and read several books on topics I needed to improve on. Also, I have set up a charity in my sister's name, and I'm using this experience to raise money for Americans for Suicide Prevention.
Q) Has the experience changed you? Do you approach decisions differently now? A) The experience definitely changed me. I realize I need to be more creative in my business and continue to challenge myself to stay ahead of my competitors. The time away from my family also made me recognize that I need to make decisions that are best for us. Most of all, I realized I have good instincts and I should trust them. I didn't do that on the show and it proved to be a costly mistake.
Q) What has the experience taught you about people? A) Be careful who you trust, and don't let your guard down in the business world.