with the rest of the team. It’s a message from Trump that keeps emerging over and over again: “I’m here if you havea question but go figure it out for yourself.” That’s the DJT mantra—sink or swim. He is able to get the best out ofpeople.Eric is acutely aware that that support works from the bottom to the very top, and he knows how many peoplestarted at the base and worked their way up to the higher echelons of the organization: it’s the Trump way. TheTrump Org is full of people who believe in that mantra and have stuck with Eric’s father through thick and thin. “Hebuilt a foundation of incredibly loyal people who have stuck with him, the family, and the company. We’re a veryclose family. Look at some of the people here. Amanda Miller started as a server at Westchester, became ourmarketing intern, and years later is running marketing for the entire company. She is family to us; you don’t hearabout that in other organizations. It’s the story that is nevertold about The Trump Org. People associate ‘You’refired’ with my father and the company through The Apprentice, but it’s the exact opposite. Many people are here forlife and are truly cherished members of our family. And Sarah Malone in Scotland is another—she, too, has becomepart of our family. There’s too many of those examples for it to be just coincidence.”One of those guys given his chance—like so many others throughout the Trump Org—was Brian Baudreau. He’sa street-smart guy from New York who became a driver for DJT and drove the Trump kids to school, looking afterthose most-prized Trump assets. While The Trump Organization was working on Trump International Las Vegas,someone was needed to ferry people to and from the site and to handle delivering essential documents. Brian put hishand up and volunteered.Eric remembered that they needed someone to bring out the architects, and Brian volunteered again. “He wasthere all the time, with his hand up. He just always wanted to be involved and he did an unbelievable job. He wentfrom driving my father and taking us to school when we were young to the general manager of a billion-dollar jobon the Las Vegas strip—it was on time and on budget; others were delayed and over budget and turned into anightmare.“We were under budget, and it was a better project than anyone could imagine. We brought in a hotelier who was
a bit stiff, and we soon realized he wasn’t our type of guy, so who was in the background with his hand up? Brian.He said, ‘How hard could it be?’ Also, ‘Give me a few weeks, I’ll get up to speed,’ and ten years later he’s still thegeneral manager doing an incredible job.”For Eric, that’s what marks out The Trump Organization—and DJT in particular—as different and innovative. Putyourself out there, take on more challenging roles, get things done as agreed, on time and on budget, and you’ll be agreat success.