The Trump Organization, President & CEO
One of Queens’ most enterprising sons, Donald Trump found fame in the 1980s completing Central Park’s Wollman Rink in four months, a project the city couldn’t finish in six years.
What one factor is most important to success?
Tenacity. You can’t ever give up.
What do you look for in an employee?
Loyalty and intelligence.
What’s the best way to save money?
You have to pay attention to your budget and your spending habits. That’s the best way.
What’s the best way to spend money?
Intelligently. Waste is waste, whether it’s your money or someone else’s.
What’s your greatest pleasure?
Spending time with my wife, Melania, and my family.
How do you deal with stress?
I deal with whatever I have to deal with every day. It’s a form of discipline, and it reduces stress.
What one lesson do you hope to pass on to your children?
To enjoy what they are doing, to have passion for their work. That way, everything falls into place more readily.
How do you bounce back from adversity?
You have to love what you are doing.
What’s your favorite thing about Queens?
I spent a happy childhood there with my parents and my siblings.
Trump was born and raised in Jamaica Estates. His father, Fred Trump, was a multi-millionaire developer himself, and Donald moved into the family’s real estate business when he was 13. He rose to fame in the early 1980s after taking over the floundering Wollman Rink project in Central Park and completed in four months what the city had been unable to do in six years. (He now owns the rink.) The construction of Trump Tower and his purchase of scads of high-priced real estate along the southern edge of the park added to his fortune.
A pop icon as much as a businessman, Trump has co-authored several best selling books, and most recently been in the spotlight for his television show, “The Apprentice.”
Along with his company, The Trump Organization, Trump has a long portfolio of projects, properties and accomplishments around the world. Among them:
• Trump Tower and Palace, New York, N.Y.
• Trump International Hotel, New York, N.Y.
• The Trump Building, New York, N.Y.
• Trump Park Avenue Hotel, New York, N.Y.
• Trump International Hotel and Tower,
• Trump Grande Ocean Resort and Residence,
Miami Beach, Fl.
• Trump National Golf Club, Westchester, N.Y.
• Trump International Golf Club, Palm Beach, Fl.
• Trump International Golf Club, Los Angeles, Calif.
• Trump Marina Resort, Atlantic City, N.J.
• Taj Majal, Atlantic City, N.J.
• Trump Casino, Gary, In.