In 1991, Chris Russo graduated from West Hempstead High School Since then, Russo has been an entrepreneur but his most notable achievement may have been participating in Donald Trump's popular TV show The Apprentice.
Russo may have been fired from the second season of the show, but his alma mater welcomed him back on Thursday, Dec. 9 to honor the graduate who was chosen out of one million candidates to win a spot on the show.
Russo, along with his wife Anita, gave their time to meet West Hempstead High School business students in the video conferencing room. Chris was extremely motivational and gave students extensive insight into what it takes to become successful in business.
At the age of 11, Russo started his own candy business, which followed with a landscaping business by 14. He sold flowers every holiday and Christmas trees in the winter. After being a stockbroker for seven years, Russo started his own firm.
Russo wasn't fired until week 10 of the season. He offered some valuable advice to West Hempstead students - set goals, drop the losers, think positive and believe in yourself.