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Carolyn Kepcher
Born January 30, 1969 (1969-01-30) (age 40)
Westchester County, New York, United States
Occupation CEO of Carolyn & Co.
Children Connor Kepcher and Cassidy Kepcher

Carolyn Kepcher (born January 30, 1969; Westchester, New York) is an American businesswoman, perhaps best known for her regular appearances on the NBC television program The Apprentice. She was formerly the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and General Manager for the Trump National Golf Club. Before her career with Trump ended in August 2006,[1] she monitored the progress of the contestants on the program and assisted Donald Trump in determining who should be fired.



Kepcher began her foray into business by selling Avon Products door-to-door. Following high school she took a job as a waitress at a Manhattan restaurant, and ultimately attained the role of manager. Despite having little formal education or experience, in 1992 Kepcher secured a position as sales and marketing director of a golf club outside New York City. Her primary responsibility was to prepare the property for bank auction, where it was eventually sold to Trump. Kepcher's ideas on how best to use the property impressed him, and he hired her as director of sales and marketing in 1994.

After four years in this capacity, she was named interim general manager after then general manager Karl Hofer was ousted from the organization. Her effective management skills convinced Trump of her ability to lead and he later named her the Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of the Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, New York, and subsequently the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, overseeing over 250 employees at each location.

In 2004, she wrote the book Carolyn 101: Business Lessons From the Apprentice's Straight Shooter (ISBN 0-7432-7022-3) based on her business experience.

Post-Trump career

On August 31, 2006, Kepcher's employment at the Trump Organization abruptly ended. According to sources who spoke to the The New York Post, Trump felt that Kepcher's newfound celebrity status had kept her too busy with speaking engagements and endorsements to focus on her responsibilities for the Trump organization. Kepcher was replaced on The Apprentice by Ivanka Trump, beginning with Season 6.[2]

Following her departure from the Trump organization, Kepcher became co-founder and CEO of Carolyn & Co., a company created for the purpose of "providing a broad array of services and assistance to career women."[3] The company's website is

In November 28, 2006 Carolyn was hired by Microsoft to star in a new reality show, Ultimate Challenge, to find the next best small-business venture. She was to be one of the 3 judges. The contest winner would get $100,000 in seed money, a storefront or other business space in Manhattan rent-free for a year, and software to help get their business started. [4] The pilot show was never completed.

In January 2007, Kepcher provided management skills to the nonprofit world through an affiliation with Graham-Pelton Consulting, Inc.,[5] a national leader in fundraising and nonprofit management.

Personal life

Kepcher is of Irish descent. She has two children, son Connor (born in 2000) and daughter Cassidy (born in 2002),[1] and lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Kepcher holds an honorary degree from Bryant University.


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