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Trump's Apprentice Runner-Up Rebecca Jarvis Has $150,000 Job Offer From SYS-CON Media

"Donald interviewed all the candidates for us to qualify Jarvis for the job," says SYS-CON Founder Kircaali

SYS-CON Media (www.sys-con.com) announced today that it plans to offer the top job at SYS-CON Events, Inc., the company's fully owned subsidiary that produces leading i-technology conferences and trade shows, to Ms. Rebecca Jarvis.

SYS-CON's offer to Ms. Jarvis will be to run the events division of the company as president and CEO with an annual salary of $150,000. Part of the job responsibilities of the president and CEO position, which is currently open, will include the launch of three international conferences in 2006: iTVcon - Internet TV Conference & Expo (www.itvcon.com), SOA Web Services Edge Conference & Expo, and Enterprise Open Source Conference & Expo.

"SYS-CON Media has become the world's leading media company in i-technology markets in the past 10 years," said Fuat Kircaali, founder and CEO of the company. "We believe Rebecca can be a strong leader in our organization to grow this division and we would love to discuss this opportunity and the job details with her. In terms of her qualifications for the job: which employment agency could have ever done a better job than Donald? We believe Ms. Jarvis is fully qualified for this position."

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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Don 12/23/05 08:59:15 AM EST

Simply said-This company was wise enough to recognise talent and it is Trump's loss compared to their gain
I applaud Sys-Con for there acumen.

Maureen 12/18/05 11:12:19 AM EST

Dave, you're right on the mark, it's a bit baffling that they would give her the CEO position of what appears to be an International organization and only offer $150K. Perhaps there are hidden bonus advantages they haven't released but it's a ridulously low offer.

I don't believe age should have anything to do with it. If you have developed that much savy by 23, then the business acumen will defintiley follow provided the proper mentorship. Is that not what the show is all about? Randal is already successful and just wanted the Trump experience to take him to the next level. Rebecca has a kick ass attitude that will serve her well in the business world. Look what she accomplished in her teens. If her age had not been mentioned, it wouldn't have been an issue. For her to get to the final two, is testament to her ability. How old is Randal?? That didn't come up because of his obvious educational and business background.

Rebecca rocked Trump's world the day she vehemently defended Toral. Randal fell from grace in two seconds with his decision that so obviously opposed what Trump loved about Rebecca, her loyalty, honestly and selflessness. He is no doubt a terrific leader, but it's amazing what a bit of celebrity to can do to someone that, for all appearances, has it totally together. Even the best and most educated can slip up...badly.

Dear Dave 12/17/05 05:20:03 PM EST

"With all due respect to your comment on my comment, let's keep the discussion going."

Sure. Are you Rebecca's uncle?

"BTW, thanks for commenting, however to be fair, let's compare apples to apples here."

You are quite welcome.

"Rebecca may be 23 years old but she is far from fresh from college. Apparently you missed the review of her credentials which included working with top government officials at 15 years old and raising $750,000+."

Did not miss it, "resume" gets you to the interview, if you get lucky during the interview you get the job.

What did she do, decided to fly from Chicago to Washington at the age of 15 and created miracles? FEMA's Michael Brown had a nice resume too, with a real job attached to it.

"You're being a bit cynically by trying to compare the timelines and scope of the Apprentice task vs. the ones you describe would be her responsibility in the new job."

No I'm not.

"The Apprentice task is specifically designed to put the candidates under pressure with a small workforce and short timeframe to see how they handle stress."

OK

"In the real world no one is asked to produce the international trade shows you describe in a matter of days or with a small group of people."

Yes you do, in many cases smaller groups with lots of experience. How many people do you think is working at Trump's headquarters, in his payroll?

"Wondering how she's going to stuff 10,000 bags in real life is simply too ludicrous to argue with you about."

10,000 bags are a lot of bags to stuff.

"I know for a fact that large scale conventions have full time staff that work on next years convention the moment the current one is over. There are multiple committees and susb-committees set up for every contingency."

And why would the producers of large conventions do you think need Rebecca as their CEO? For her experience? What is she going to teach them?

"The job of the CEO is to organize, delegate and focus on problems as they arise, which is what both Randal and Rebecca did very well under the circumstances."

What you saw was a TV show which has no resemblance to what happens in real life. In real life if you don't check the Weather you get fired the first rain drop hits the ground. On TV shows Trump hires you from the show's payroll budget.

"Trump's only concern was why she focused on Yahoo's concerns and her explanation satisfied Donald Trump, George and Carolyn."

In real life, when you have to hang 30 sponsor banners in the Los Angeles Convention Center who paid you $300,000 down for a sponsorship, you have a serious problem in your hands. If you don't have at least 15 years of experience as a trade show CEO, you can't do the job right. Rebecca chocked between two banners and couldn't get it right.

"She concisely explained that it was Yahoo's executives being invited and they didn't want an overt call for donations. Yahoo provided the facilities and were the people Rebecca's team were being given direction by. They were the boss and she listened to what they wanted and delivered it. Yahoo knew they made a mistake and compromised Rebecca's chance at success by announcing early in the final program that they would donate $100,000 to each of the charities. Trump recognized that Rebecca followed the orders she was given and that's a sign of a good CEO."

In real life, if those charities were companies, that would be the first and the last show you would put together. There wouldn't be a second one.

I agree with you on "a sign of a good CEO" but she is not a CEO, she may be one in 5, 10, 15 years from now. There are many things in life you can only learn by experience. Children are not born as marathon champs, nobel prize winners, or CEOs, they become one when the time comes to earn those titles as a result fo their achievements.

"This woman does not require 10 years of 'seasoning' as you imply before she's worth more income. You're absolutely correct in saying that you don't pay money for the title but Rebecca at 23 has more work experience in some respects than most people accumulate in decades in the workforce."

If you are not a surgent, you can not operate on a patient. If you don't know how to do contract negotiations, you can not negotiate with labor unions. In any business, CEO's role is to know his/her business inside out. I think she is an ideal apprentice to grow into a real CEO position in time and she was impressive -and lucky too but you need luck in real life as well.

"Also she displayed incredible intestinal fortitude by not letting her broken ankle slow her down or using it as an excuse."

That's a very good quality indeed.

She's tough but fair and leads by example. These character traits brought out the very best in the 'employees' she chose to help her, which is another feature of a seasoned CEO."

Very important qualities, yes. But she is not a CEO not to mention a "seasoned" one. I'm sure she will be one when the time comes.

"Pay her the money now - she's proved she's worth it. This company offering her the job isn't asking her to work her way up through the organization because they realize she has what it takes to be at the top already."

I don't know about "this company." That's their business.

"They're just low-balling the offer, which makes good financial sense, but they chance losing her to a smarter company by trying to be cheap. My logic wins this argument but nice try."

I don't know about that either. All I know is what we saw was a TV show. Is there one cast member in this show's history ever got a real CEO job after their involvement with the show? I don't know one.

I myself am a trade show CEO with 20 years of professional experience and an annual income of a little over 3 million dollars. This has been one of the rare TV shows I watched and enjoyed. I am telling you I know what it takes to be a CEO. If you think you are a genius child, then my best advice is start your own company and become its CEO. Michael Dell did it when he was 16 and dropped out of college.

Trump once wrote, he wanted to take the summer off, hired bunch of geniuses from Harvard and MIT to run his business, in less than a month after his return from Europe, they almost put him out of business.

Larry Ellison in his Yale speech asked who the top students of the class of 2000 were and told them that "they were all losers."

He never went to college, Bill Gates never graduated from one. Now they are both CEOs. Of course, so is Michael Dell.

No one is going to hire Rebecca. After a year or so, going through her star struck head spin, she will step her feet back on earth and get a job somehere like everyone else.

She seems to be a good kid. I wish her all the best luck.

Dave Theobald 12/17/05 03:04:24 PM EST

With all due respect to your comment on my comment, let's keep the discussion going. BTW, thanks for commenting, however to be fair, let's compare apples to apples here. Rebecca may be 23 years old but she is far from fresh from college. Apparently you missed the review of her credentials which included working with top government officials at 15 years old and raising $750,000+.
You're being a bit cynically by trying to compare the timelines and scope of the Apprentice task vs. the ones you describe would be her responsibility in the new job. The Apprentice task is specifically designed to put the candidates under pressure with a small workforce and short timeframe to see how they handle stress. In the real world no one is asked to produce the international trade shows you describe in a matter of days or with a small group of people. Wondering how she's going to stuff 10,000 bags in real life is simply too ludicrous to argue with you about. I know for a fact that large scale conventions have full time staff that work on next years convention the moment the current one is over. There are multiple committees and susb-committees set up for every contingency. The job of the CEO is to organize, delegate and focus on problems as they arise, which is what both Randal and Rebecca did very well under the circumstances. Trump's only concern was why she focused on Yahoo's concerns and her explanation satisfied Donald Trump, George and Carolyn. She concisely explained that it was Yahoo's executives being invited and they didn't want an overt call for donations. Yahoo provided the facilities and were the people Rebecca's team were being given direction by. They were the boss and she listened to what they wanted and delivered it. Yahoo knew they made a mistake and compromised Rebecca's chance at success by announcing early in the final program that they would donate $100,000 to each of the charities. Trump recognized that Rebecca followed the orders she was given and that's a sign of a good CEO.
This woman does not require 10 years of 'seasoning' as you imply before she's worth more income. You're absolutely correct in saying that you don't pay money for the title but Rebecca at 23 has more work experience in some respects than most people accumulate in decades in the workforce. Also she displayed incredible intestinal fortitude by not letting her broken ankle slow her down or using it as an excuse. She's tough but fair and leads by example. These character traits brought out the very best in the 'employees' she chose to help her, which is another feature of a seasoned CEO. Pay her the money now - she's proved she's worth it. This company offering her the job isn't asking her to work her way up through the organization because they realize she has what it takes to be at the top already. They're just low-balling the offer, which makes good financial sense, but they chance losing her to a smarter company by trying to be cheap. My logic wins this argument but nice try.

With all due respect 12/17/05 01:06:50 PM EST

Dave commented: "This position sounds very exciting and is obviously well deserved, but sadly the salary offered is far too low."

With all due respect Rebecca does not have any experience at 23, fresh out of college to be a real CEO.

Keep in mind that this is just a TV show with producers, cast members, etc. First of all how many 23 year-old fresh college graduates are being offered a $150,000 job? None.

Second, there is no way she can produce an international trade show with 10,000 plus attendees, 500 exhibitors, 300 speakers, 12+ keynotes, union labor negotiations, hotel contract executions, logistics at one of the country's largest convention centers, and under very tight deadlines. This is real multi-million dollar busines they are talking about, not a TV show.

In the Apprentice movie, she could not even recruit first grade comedians even throwing the "Trump", "Apprentice" "National TV" names to the real professional comedians.

The event they put together was a complete mess for the slightest professional considerations.

Even Trump said "this looks like an unorganized mess" in a small project to get a couple of third grade comedians on a stage with a couple of hundred people watching it.

How is she going to stuff 10,000 bags in real life?

Rebecca can be a good candidate for an excellent CEO in about 10 years time. In the mean time she should keep doing what she has been doing, gain lots of experience,and when the time is ready she will be a CEO one day, no doubt about that.

You don't pay money for the title, you pay money for the experience and what your experience brings to the table. That's how the real business world goes on.

Mt 2 cents here fellows.

Dave Theobald 12/17/05 04:33:39 AM EST

Hurrah for Rebecca! I hope she doesn't jump at the first few job offers she gets but waits to see how many she gets before deciding. This position sounds very exciting and is obviously well deserved, but sadly the salary offered is far too low, compared to what other CEO's are paid for far less responsibilty. If she does eventually work for this company, I hope she negotiates a better salary.

Chris Christens 12/17/05 02:25:49 AM EST

Excellent choice! Rebecca displayed more tact and ability than any other applicant she contended against. I applaud your decision. Randal showed extreme selfishness to hog the limelight after being offered the position first. He commands NO respect from me or my employees!

Dave Theobald 12/16/05 11:15:56 PM EST

Randal was a class act up until he refused to allow Rebecca to be hired as well. Now I and millions alike who watched the program, feel Randall just proved that he's a very selfish and obviously insecure person and publicly proven himself to be a class ass. He truly made a pathetic spectacle of himself and is being branded a non-class act for his behavior.

George Carr 12/16/05 10:31:28 PM EST

I agree with Mr Kazacos - Randall is a big disappointment - his stock has gone way down.

Martha should grab her. She's far better than anything she has had to choose from.

JAMES C. KAZACOS 12/16/05 07:47:11 PM EST

I THINKTHAT RANDALL HAS NO CLASS FOR WISHING TO GET ALL THE MEDIA ATTENTION
SELFISHLY.I WAS VERY SURPRISED BY HIS ANSWER TO MR.TRUMPS WBOUT THE RESULTS OF THE SHOW...IE..APPRENTACE AND APPRENTAI ...SINCERELY,, JAMES

sondra 12/16/05 05:45:27 PM EST

You are making the right decision and have selected one of the most outstading leaders i have ever encountered throughout my life. I cannot believe Mr. Trump allowed Ms. Jarvis to slip through the cracks. Aside from her outstanding attributes, which we are all well aware of, she is young. One would say because she is young, you can mold her, but you do not have to mold her, she is molded fine. however, what you can do is outline her perfect mold to fit your company's behavior. I wish her all the luck in the world, although she does not need my wishes - as i mention above, she is truly an OUTSTANDING AND INTELLIGENT person with an amazing way about her. i enjoyed watching her and hope my 7 month year old daughter is just like her when she grows up! as a parent i salute her parents as well - they did a fine job.

tom 12/16/05 03:09:24 PM EST

Congrats to Rebecca...to bad Trump didn't have enough guts to hire them both....I for one plus another person that watched the Trump show will never watch it again....wonder how many more out there says the HELL with Trump...and hey with the next years ratings going down the tube he won't have Martha to blame this time...the mans a coward not a great leader that he thinks he is...Tom..Ontario..Canada

SYS-CON Brazil News Desk 12/16/05 01:27:29 PM EST

Trump's Apprentice Runner-Up Rebecca Jarvis Has $150,000 Job Offer From SYS-CON Media. SYS-CON's offer to Ms. Jarvis will be to run the events division of the company as president and CEO with an annual salary of $150,000. Part of the job responsibilities of the president and CEO position, which is currently open, will include the launch of three international conferences in 2006: iTVcon - Internet TV Conference & Expo (www.itvcon.com), SOA Web Services Edge Conference & Expo, and Enterprise Open Source Conference & Expo.

SYS-CON Australia News Desk 12/16/05 01:20:08 PM EST

Trump's Apprentice Runner-Up Rebecca Jarvis Has $150,000 Job Offer From SYS-CON Media. SYS-CON's offer to Ms. Jarvis will be to run the events division of the company as president and CEO with an annual salary of $150,000. Part of the job responsibilities of the president and CEO position, which is currently open, will include the launch of three international conferences in 2006: iTVcon - Internet TV Conference & Expo (www.itvcon.com), SOA Web Services Edge Conference & Expo, and Enterprise Open Source Conference & Expo.

SYS-CON Netherlands News Desk 12/16/05 01:06:15 PM EST

Trump's Apprentice Runner-Up Rebecca Jarvis Has $150,000 Job Offer From SYS-CON Media. SYS-CON's offer to Ms. Jarvis will be to run the events division of the company as president and CEO with an annual salary of $150,000. Part of the job responsibilities of the president and CEO position, which is currently open, will include the launch of three international conferences in 2006: iTVcon - Internet TV Conference & Expo (www.itvcon.com), SOA Web Services Edge Conference & Expo, and Enterprise Open Source Conference & Expo.

SYS-CON Germany News Desk 12/16/05 12:58:50 PM EST

Trump's Apprentice Runner-Up Rebecca Jarvis Has $150,000 Job Offer From SYS-CON Media. SYS-CON's offer to Ms. Jarvis will be to run the events division of the company as president and CEO with an annual salary of $150,000. Part of the job responsibilities of the president and CEO position, which is currently open, will include the launch of three international conferences in 2006: iTVcon - Internet TV Conference & Expo (www.itvcon.com), SOA Web Services Edge Conference & Expo, and Enterprise Open Source Conference & Expo.

SYS-CON Canada News Desk 12/16/05 12:45:30 PM EST

Trump's Apprentice Runner-Up Rebecca Jarvis Has $150,000 Job Offer From SYS-CON Media. SYS-CON's offer to Ms. Jarvis will be to run the events division of the company as president and CEO with an annual salary of $150,000. Part of the job responsibilities of the president and CEO position, which is currently open, will include the launch of three international conferences in 2006: iTVcon - Internet TV Conference & Expo (www.itvcon.com), SOA Web Services Edge Conference & Expo, and Enterprise Open Source Conference & Expo.