Born and raised in Washington DC, Steuart Martens is a graduate of Purdue University. He took up a Bachelor of Science degree in business under a swimming scholarship. He became known for being the successful owner of four major companies. Unfortunately, they were struck by the financial recession and he was forced to close down two of them. As a serial entrepreneur though, he did his best to get back up in the hopes of finding a new business opportunity. He has also gained fame for making it to the Olympic trials for swimming, as well as for his involvement in DC government.
In 2010, Steuart Martens was chosen as one of the finalists for NBC's reality competition The Apprentice. He was eliminated on the show's 11th episode because his competitors' credentials were more appealing than his. That didn't stop him though. After his TV stint, he continued to pursue a career in business. He worked on a franchisable retail chain for high end wine, in addition to reviving the Taste of D.C. event in 2011.