Dr. Randal D.
Chairman and CEO, BCT Partners
Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an
entrepreneur, speaker, author and scholar, and as a leading voice for his
generation in business and technology. He
is the founder, chairman and CEO of his fifth venture, BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar
management consulting and information technology solutions firm headquartered
in Newark, NJ.
Dr. Pinkett has received numerous awards for business and
technology excellence including the Information Technology Senior Management
Forum’s Beacon Award, the National Society of Black Engineers’ Entrepreneur of
the Year Award, and the National Urban League’s Business Excellence Award. He has been featured on nationally televised
programs such as The Today Show, Live
with Kelly and Michael, Nightline and CNN,
and he has been recognized by USA
TODAY newspaper as one of the top 20 scholars in the country. In 2009, he was named to New Jersey Governor
Jon Corzine’s official shortlist as a potential running mate for Lieutenant
Governor of New Jersey.
Dr. Pinkett has served as a brand ambassador for AMTRAK, Verizon
Communications, and Outback Steakhouse, and as a national spokesperson for
Autism Speaks, the National Black MBA Association, the MillerCoors Urban
Entrepreneurs Series, New Jersey Reads, Junior Achievement of New York, and the
Minority Information Technology Consortium.
Most notably, Dr. Pinkett was the first and only African-American to
receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University. He was also the winner of NBC’s hit reality
television show, The Apprentice, with
Donald Trump. He was selected as one of
18 candidates chosen from among 1 million applicants to compete for the
opportunity to run one of Donald Trump’s companies.
Dr. Pinkett holds five academic degrees including: a
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, where he
competed as a high jumper, long jumper, and captain of the men’s track and
field team; a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of
Oxford in England; and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, MBA, and
Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey, Dr.
Pinkett attends First Baptist Church in Somerset, NJ, where he resides. He is happily married to his wife, Zahara,
and they are both proud parents of their daughter and two sons. Dr. Pinkett firmly believes that "to whom
much is given, much is expected,” so throughout his endeavors he places great
emphasis on his desire to give back to the community.
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