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FSU Graduate Chosen to be Part of Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice”
09/01/2005

FSU’s James Dillon (Class of 2000) “Hand-Picked” by Trump

A Rhodes Scholar, NFL player and a Frostburg State University graduate are among Donald Trump's "hand-picked" cast of 18 young entrepreneurs on the fourth season of NBC's "The Apprentice," which will begin airing on Sept. 22, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

"For the first time, I hand-picked an Apprentice cast and I'm thrilled with the results," said Trump, executive producer, in a statement. "This is the best reality show cast I've ever encountered. They have it all: beauty, brains, and big bucks."

Among those selected by “The Donald” is James Dillon (FSU Class of ’00), a 27-year-old sales executive from Alexandria, Va., and a cum laude graduate with a B.S. in business administration.

According to his official NBC bio, Dillon is in the top three percent of sales for Cingular Wireless and is a Cingular Summit award winner. He recently started a real estate investment firm, J.S. DILLON, with his wife Shawna and they currently own properties in Alexandria, Va., Washington D.C., and Chicago.

At FSU, Dillon was also vice president of Sigma Beta Delta (honorary business society) and a four-year baseball letterman/captain. Upon graduation, he earned his second diploma in broadcasting and interned at "The John Thompson Show" and "The Sports Reporters" on SportsTalk980. He was dubbed "Gentleman Jim" while interning on Z104's, "The Bush League Morning Show." This experience led him to a position as a roaming reporter, production assistant and weekend sportscaster at WHSV TV3 in Harrisonburg, Va.

Ranging in age from 22-41, these candidates boast degrees from Oxford, Wharton, MIT, and Georgetown and several of the candidates are already millionaires, according to an NBC news release. A wide range of applicants will greet Trump in the boardroom each week including an NFL player-turned ad sales executive, an inventor, a salon and spa chain owner, a risk manager and a financial journalist.

For further information on this release, contact:

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