Marcus Lemonis will be in Chicago in June for the Chicago Business Growth Summit. If you’re an entrepreneur or want to be, you won’t want to miss this.
Meet Marcus Lemonis
Greek-American Businessman Marcus Lemonis was born in war-torn Beirut, Lebanon in 1973. At 9 months old, he was adopted by a Florida couple. Early on, his Lebanese mother and Greek father exposed Marcus to positive and prosperous business values at the family-owned business, Anthony Abraham Chevrolet.
As an impressionable youth, while working on a school project, Marcus he read to his mother the description of entrepreneur from the dictionary. It inspired him to challenge himself and make his dreams come true. Marcus’ humble beginnings and journey through life represent the heart and soul of what true entrepreneurism is. His entrepreneurial spirit bloomed at age 12 when he started a lawn mowing service in order to generate money to open a candy business while enlisting his friends for their help.
Marcus left Miami for Marquette University, where he studied Political Science, Criminology and Economics.
A famous mentor
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.
One day, family friend and former Chrysler CEO, Lee Iacocca, advised him to get into the camping and RV business. This 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.
Marcus 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.
In his first TV gig working with entrepreneurs, Marcus appeared on NBC’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ in 2011 and 2012. He also featured on ABC’s television show Secret Millionaire in 2012.
CNBC’s ‘The Profit’ debuted in July 2013. On this reality series, Marcus 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 4 seasons of The Profit, Marcus has invested more than $40 million dollars of his own money 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. ‘The Profit’ will return this fall.
His new show, ‘The Partner’, will premiere in 2017, in which candidates from diverse business backgrounds will compete for the opportunity of a lifetime — a position working alongside Marcus and an equity stake in a multi-million-dollar company.
Living the ‘American Dream’
Although he was not born in America, he is proud to be living the American Dream through hard work, determination, and believing; striving to take risks and show initiative while motivating people to do their best not by telling them what to do, but rather by showing them how to do it. Those who have had the chance to hear his story through his moving speaking engagements would say that he is humble, down to earth and 100 percent brutally honest.
Marcus is now regarded as one of the most sought-after industry experts and keynote speakers in the small business sector today. He’ll be in Chicago in June as keynote speaker of the Business Growth Summit.
Chicago Business Growth Summit
Entrepreneurs from all over the country are slated to attend The Business Growth Summit in Chicago. On June 24-25, entrepreneurs will gather to refresh their approaches and streamline the way they work. Unlike other business seminars and sessions, this one is all-inclusive. There will be no selling at this event because it’s designed to cover all the resources and tools needed to give companies a dramatic revenue boost.
This event has several other Greek’ touches. It’s organized by Red Carpet Business Marketing Partner Sam Frentzas. Entrepreneurs will partake in two days of rich content. The itinerary features an outstanding roster of speakers, along with networking opportunities, secret formulas, tested and proven systems and the latest techniques. Event-goers will learn hundreds of new ways to help their businesses reaches their full potential and boost profits. Marcus Lemonis will speak on June 25.
Registration by June 1, for 50% off the ticket price. Also, when you register by June 1, you get a chance to win a private business consultation with another Greek-American, Dr. John Kalaras Ph.D., a well-known Chicago-based executive leadership coach. This one-on-one guidance session is worth $50,000 plus expenses.
Also, there will be opportunities to consult with private equity firm reps, who are always seeking new investment opportunities. All attendees will receive a “powerhouse package” of 4 breakthrough training kits, and more.
Event-goers are encouraged to stay in the city to take some much-needed time away from the office that will be put to good use. Meals, drinks, and a grand dinner celebration on Saturday night are also provided. It’s a great opportunity for any entrepreneur to get the tools to take their business to the next level.
UPDATED: This event has already taken place.