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Chairman & CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises; Star of CNBC’s television show "The Profit" and "The Partner"

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Marcus Lemonis came from a notable beginning. He was abandoned in Beirut, Lebanon during the chaos of the civil war and foreign invasions. Lebanon was experiencing an escalating cycle of attack and retaliation when international intervention finally resulted in his adoption at nine months of age to a Lebanese couple residing in Miami, FL. Marcus discovered the power of imposing his will at an early age. He liked to create action in people, places, and things with the expectation to influence, evolve or improve upon the original. At age 10, he suggested that his parents not paint the house until he selected his preferred color palette. At age 12, he started a lawn mowing service to generate money to open a candy business. A year later his friends called him “The Mayor” because he liked to be in charge of everything. His entrepreneurial spirit was nurtured by his family, who owned the two largest Chevrolet dealerships in Florida.

After graduating from Christopher Columbus, an all-boys high school in Miami, he moved to Milwaukee, WI to attend Marquette University. Family and friends were puzzled by his choice of college, but he liked that being almost 2,000 miles away afforded him the opportunity to be unique rather than conform to a familiar environment. At graduation, the Rev. Robert Wild - President of Marquette - was asked to describe Marcus in one word. That word was “Entrepreneurial”.

After a summer internship for a U.S. Senator, he made a bold decision to run for a seat in the Florida House of Representatives. At the age of 22 and with no political experience, Lemonis managed to get the endorsement of the Miami Herald. Losing the campaign was a life-altering experience. He had an epiphany that he did not want to follow in anyone’s shadow and sought out to make a ‘real’ living on his own merit. Shortly after graduation, he took a job as Sales Manager at a single-point auto dealer. Upon recognizing his business savvy and tenacity, he was promoted to Regional Vice President, responsible for multiple locations after just two years.

Shortly thereafter, he again experienced a life-changing moment. It was a conversation with family friend Lee Iacocca, a former auto mogul. “‘You can either be an average guy continuing what you’re doing - plodding along - or you can take chances,’” Lemonis recalled Iacocca saying. “(Iacocca) said, ‘I think the camping & RV industry is something you should get involved in. There’s no trailblazer.’ He laughed about it and said, ‘Maybe one day you can be as famous as me.’” Iacocca’s words stuck, and in 2003 Lemonis decided he would start a company after realizing the RV industry had potential for growth. Lemonis has streamlined the RV industry, buying more than 100 RV companies from “mom and pop” dealerships across the country and turning them into Camping World RV SuperCenters. Combined with Good Sam Enterprises in 2010, the consolidated company will record close to $2.5 billion in sales in 2013.

RV Business Magazine named Marcus as their 2007 Newsmaker of the Year. The magazine, regarded as the industry leader, recognized him at the age of 34 for having “more impact on the industry than any single individual or company in recent memory as an agent of change and retail consolidation.” 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. Most recently, Marcus has been recognized for his multiple appearances on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, and an episode of ABC’s Secret Millionaire, in which he chose to share his personal wealth with members of one of the most disadvantaged communities in the nation.

Marcus is a firm believer that success in life and business requires a good balance of mind, body and spirit and he experiences this through being an avid yoga practitioner. He is one of those people all about ‘getting things done’ and driving results through collaboration, partnerships, and relationships. As Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises, he leads close to 6,000 employees in over 100 cities across the US. He exudes a passion for business and a gift for remembering employees’ names and personally acknowledging birthdays and anniversaries. With a strong, boisterous voice that can often be heard giving the starting command during any given NASCAR race, many employees remark “You can hear him coming from a mile away”. However, he is also a visionary and a risk taker. His ideas continue to captivate, motivate, and sometimes frustrate his staff; but only because they can rarely keep up with his limitless energy. He is a passionate, dynamic road warrior whose entire life has been on the move - which is synonymous with the RV lifestyle.

Lemonis’ passion for business has landed him to star in a new CNBC show called The Profit, airing summer 2013. Each episode will feature turnaround specialist Marcus Lemonis, who will step in to save struggling businesses while investing his own cash in the process. Viewers will get to see his personal mantra ring true: “Business success is about the three P’s: People, Process and Product.”

Just when you thought his plate was full, Lemonis has become a hands-on owner in ONE Foods (Organic - Nutritious - Enriching), a family-owned manufacturer of certified organic and kosher, raw, non-GMO, gluten-free delicious snacks. In addition to his partnership with ONE Foods, Lemonis also has a vested interest in several other healthy eateries, including Rose’s Bakery and Wheat Free Cafe in Evanston, IL, which he saved from closing its doors on Christmas Eve 2012.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Marcus Lemonis for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Marcus Lemonis, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Marcus Lemonis or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Marcus Lemonis?

    Booking fees for Marcus Lemonis, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Marcus Lemonis, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Marcus Lemonis?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Marcus Lemonis for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Marcus Lemonis for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Marcus Lemonis or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Marcus Lemonis or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Marcus Lemonis

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Chairman & CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises; Star of CNBC’s television show "The Profit" and "The Partner"

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Marcus Lemonis Biography

Marcus Lemonis came from a notable beginning. He was abandoned in Beirut, Lebanon during the chaos of the civil war and foreign invasions. Lebanon was experiencing an escalating cycle of attack and retaliation when international intervention finally resulted in his adoption at nine months of age to a Lebanese couple residing in Miami, FL. Marcus discovered the power of imposing his will at an early age. He liked to create action in people, places, and things with the expectation to influence, evolve or improve upon the original. At age 10, he suggested that his parents not paint the house until he selected his preferred color palette. At age 12, he started a lawn mowing service to generate money to open a candy business. A year later his friends called him “The Mayor” because he liked to be in charge of everything. His entrepreneurial spirit was nurtured by his family, who owned the two largest Chevrolet dealerships in Florida.

After graduating from Christopher Columbus, an all-boys high school in Miami, he moved to Milwaukee, WI to attend Marquette University. Family and friends were puzzled by his choice of college, but he liked that being almost 2,000 miles away afforded him the opportunity to be unique rather than conform to a familiar environment. At graduation, the Rev. Robert Wild - President of Marquette - was asked to describe Marcus in one word. That word was “Entrepreneurial”.

After a summer internship for a U.S. Senator, he made a bold decision to run for a seat in the Florida House of Representatives. At the age of 22 and with no political experience, Lemonis managed to get the endorsement of the Miami Herald. Losing the campaign was a life-altering experience. He had an epiphany that he did not want to follow in anyone’s shadow and sought out to make a ‘real’ living on his own merit. Shortly after graduation, he took a job as Sales Manager at a single-point auto dealer. Upon recognizing his business savvy and tenacity, he was promoted to Regional Vice President, responsible for multiple locations after just two years.

Shortly thereafter, he again experienced a life-changing moment. It was a conversation with family friend Lee Iacocca, a former auto mogul. “‘You can either be an average guy continuing what you’re doing - plodding along - or you can take chances,’” Lemonis recalled Iacocca saying. “(Iacocca) said, ‘I think the camping & RV industry is something you should get involved in. There’s no trailblazer.’ He laughed about it and said, ‘Maybe one day you can be as famous as me.’” Iacocca’s words stuck, and in 2003 Lemonis decided he would start a company after realizing the RV industry had potential for growth. Lemonis has streamlined the RV industry, buying more than 100 RV companies from “mom and pop” dealerships across the country and turning them into Camping World RV SuperCenters. Combined with Good Sam Enterprises in 2010, the consolidated company will record close to $2.5 billion in sales in 2013.

RV Business Magazine named Marcus as their 2007 Newsmaker of the Year. The magazine, regarded as the industry leader, recognized him at the age of 34 for having “more impact on the industry than any single individual or company in recent memory as an agent of change and retail consolidation.” 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. Most recently, Marcus has been recognized for his multiple appearances on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, and an episode of ABC’s Secret Millionaire, in which he chose to share his personal wealth with members of one of the most disadvantaged communities in the nation.

Marcus is a firm believer that success in life and business requires a good balance of mind, body and spirit and he experiences this through being an avid yoga practitioner. He is one of those people all about ‘getting things done’ and driving results through collaboration, partnerships, and relationships. As Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises, he leads close to 6,000 employees in over 100 cities across the US. He exudes a passion for business and a gift for remembering employees’ names and personally acknowledging birthdays and anniversaries. With a strong, boisterous voice that can often be heard giving the starting command during any given NASCAR race, many employees remark “You can hear him coming from a mile away”. However, he is also a visionary and a risk taker. His ideas continue to captivate, motivate, and sometimes frustrate his staff; but only because they can rarely keep up with his limitless energy. He is a passionate, dynamic road warrior whose entire life has been on the move - which is synonymous with the RV lifestyle.

Lemonis’ passion for business has landed him to star in a new CNBC show called The Profit, airing summer 2013. Each episode will feature turnaround specialist Marcus Lemonis, who will step in to save struggling businesses while investing his own cash in the process. Viewers will get to see his personal mantra ring true: “Business success is about the three P’s: People, Process and Product.”

Just when you thought his plate was full, Lemonis has become a hands-on owner in ONE Foods (Organic - Nutritious - Enriching), a family-owned manufacturer of certified organic and kosher, raw, non-GMO, gluten-free delicious snacks. In addition to his partnership with ONE Foods, Lemonis also has a vested interest in several other healthy eateries, including Rose’s Bakery and Wheat Free Cafe in Evanston, IL, which he saved from closing its doors on Christmas Eve 2012.

Marcus Lemonis Videos

  • Marcus Lemonis Live Talk at Inc. 5000 Preview | Inc. Magazine ...
  • CNBC's Marcus Lemonis - Business Keynote Speaker - YouTube
  • Marcus Lemonis Shares The Truth About His Darkest Hour - The ...

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Marcus Lemonis Speaking Topics

  • Improving Employee Morale, Strategies for a Successful Turnaround, The Keys to Growing Your Business

  • Entrepreneurship & Business

  • Money Management

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  • How to book Marcus Lemonis?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Marcus Lemonis for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Marcus Lemonis, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Marcus Lemonis or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Marcus Lemonis?

    Booking fees for Marcus Lemonis, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Marcus Lemonis, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Marcus Lemonis?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Marcus Lemonis for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Marcus Lemonis for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Marcus Lemonis or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Marcus Lemonis or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Marcus Lemonis is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Marcus Lemonis for your event is $100,000 - $200,000. Marcus Lemonis generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Daymond John, Peter Diamandis, Barbara Corcoran, Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Randi Zuckerberg. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Marcus Lemonis for an upcoming event.

Marcus Lemonis Speaker Videos

  • Marcus Lemonis Live Talk at Inc. 5000 Preview | Inc. Magazine ...
    CNBC's Marcus Lemonis - Business Keynote Speaker - YouTube
  • Marcus Lemonis Shares The Truth About His Darkest Hour - The ...

Marcus Lemonis Speaking Topics

  • Improving Employee Morale, Strategies for a Successful Turnaround, The Keys to Growing Your Business

  • Entrepreneurship & Business

  • Money Management

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