1. Headline
  1. Headline
KENDRA
Kevin T. Gilbert  /  Kevin T. Gilbert/ Blue Pixel
Kendra beat out Tana for the latest job with Donald Trump on "The Apprentice."
updated 5/20/2005 10:23:53 AM ET 2005-05-20T14:23:53

— Donald Trump selected Kendra Todd as his first female “Apprentice,” handing her a job with his organization and a $250,000 salary at the close of the NBC reality show’s live finale Thursday night.

“I couldn’t be happier,” Todd told The Associated Press after her win. “I was the girl who used to watch this on television and here I am. Dreams do come true. Just work hard and you’ll get there.”

Todd, the 26-year-old “book smarts” real estate broker from Boynton Beach, Fla., bested “street smarts” entrepreneur and mother of two Tana Goertz during the final boardroom battle.

Goertz, 37, of Des Moines, didn’t go down without a fight. She assertively pointed out in front of the live audience that a winning idea for a round Pontiac brochure during one of the tasks was her idea although Todd was the task’s project manager.

“I thought it was a little much,” Trump said of Goertz’s self-acknowledgment. “I don’t mind aggression in men or women, but I found it to be a little obnoxious. I didn’t love it.”

Todd said she had been expecting Goertz to bring up the brochure.

“I was pretty sure that was going to happen,” Todd said. “Believe me, I had my strategies in line. I knew everything that they might come at me with. I am a team player. I give credit where credit is due. ... (But) certainly there’s more to a brochure than just the shape.”

In episodes leading up to the live finale, Todd organized the Best Buy Video Game Championship during her final task, pleasing both corporate sponsors and her misfit team of firees. Todd, who was a member of “book smarts” Magna team, has an undergraduate degree in linguistics from the University of Florida.

Todd won’t have to go too far from home for her new job. She chose developing a mansion in Palm Beach, Fla., over working on the Miss Universe pageant. Trump said he’d like Todd to train under his adviser Carolyn Kepcher at the Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., for a few months before tackling the Palm Beach mansion.

“I think she’s going to be terrific,” said Trump. “I like that she’s a team player. That’s how she ultimately won.”

In the previous two “Apprentice” finales, Trump chose cigar business owner Bill Rancic to oversee the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago and software executive Kelly Perdew to work on the Trump Place real estate development and Trump Ice bottled water projects in New York.

Trump is already in search of another “Apprentice.” The fourth season and a spin-off starring Martha Stewart are in production.

“It’s not book smarts vs. street smarts,” said executive producer Mark Burnett of the next season. “It’s a very impressive cast. Donald’s in a really, really good mood about it. It’s been really tough each week about who to fire.”

© 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments

More on TODAY.com

  1. Joan Lunden: 10 things I wish I knew before I was diagnosed with breast cancer

    From the moment you hear the words ‘You have breast cancer,’ it’s almost like you’re shot out of a cannon. Here are 10 things I wish I knew before I was diagnosed.

    10/1/2014 10:52:45 AM +00:00 2014-10-01T10:52:45
  2. Want to help? A guide to breast cancer charities

    In the United States an estimated 296,000 women and 2,240 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and almost 40,000 women and 410 men will die of the disease. That's one death every 14 minutes, according to the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

    10/1/2014 10:45:11 AM +00:00 2014-10-01T10:45:11
  3. Samantha Okazaki / TODAY
  1. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    Secret Service director resigns amid scandal

    10/1/2014 7:30:52 PM +00:00 2014-10-01T19:30:52
  1. Texas Ebola patient had contact with kids

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry said in a press conference on Wednesday that “some school-age children” had been identified as having contact with the man diagnosed with the first case of Ebola in the United States. 

    10/1/2014 5:37:52 PM +00:00 2014-10-01T17:37:52
  1. Carrie Vitt

    5 things we learned from '100 Days of Real Food' blogger Lisa Leake

    10/1/2014 6:30:19 PM +00:00 2014-10-01T18:30:19
  1. Getty Images file

    Brad Pitt loves 'being a father,' raves about kids, Angelina Jolie

    10/1/2014 6:16:00 PM +00:00 2014-10-01T18:16:00