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Marcus Lemonis

Marcus Lemonis

New episodes of Marcus Lemonis’s show “The Profit” premiered on Oct. 14. Since “The Profit” first premiered, Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises, has invested more than $7 million of his own money in the companies featured on the series, according to Forbes magazine..

Lemonis leads close to 6,000 employees in more than 100 cities across the U.S. He started the company after realizing the RV industry had potential for growth and bought more than 100 RV companies from “mom-and-pop” dealerships across the country and turned 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.

RVBusiness magazine named Marcus as 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 a Q&A interview with Dan Schwabel, Lemonis talks about lessons he learned from last season, how he handles family dynamics in small businesses, which of his investments he most regrets and more.

To read the Forbes interview, click here.