UF grad appears on 'Apprentice'


Published: Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.

A University of Florida graduate is the early darling of NBC reality show "The Apprentice."

Allie Jablon, who graduated summa cum laude from UF in 1996, was hand-selected by host Donald Trump as one of two project managers on Monday's season-premiere episode of "The Apprentice," placing her in charge of half of the 18-member cast for the show's first challenge. Jablon's team, which named itself "Synergy," won the task.

Jablon, 30, was a finance major, a member of the honors program and graduated with a 4.0 GPA from UF before earning an MBA from Harvard Business School.

She was born and raised in Columbia, S.C., where at an early age she competed as a gymnast, training for a short time with famed coach Bela Karolyi. At UF, she was a varsity Gator cheerleader during the Gators' 1996 National Championship season.

Jablon's appearance on "The Apprentice" follows that of another UF grad, Kendra Todd, who in May won the third installment of the show.

Jablon lives in California and works as a medical sales representative. She could not be reached for comment.

"The Apprentice" airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on NBC.

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