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Biography: Dr. Randal D. Pinkett

Randal Pinkett, CorrespondentFounder, Chairman and CEO,
BCT Partners

Season 4 Winner
of The Apprentice

Author, Campus CEO

Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author and community servant. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion dollar, management, technology and policy consulting services firm based in Newark, NJ, that works with corporations, government agencies and philanthropic organizations. BCT Partners is a minority-owned and operated company and one of the leading firms in the country with expertise in the following industries: housing and community development, economic development, healthcare, human services and education.

Dr. Pinkett was also named the winner of NBC's hit reality television show, "The Apprentice" Season 4, 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. During his first year, he was responsible overseeing both renovation and information technology projects for Trump Entertainment Resorts in Atlantic City, NJ. Since then, Dr. Pinkett has maintained a role with the Trump Organization as a national spokesperson for the Trump Institute, faculty member for Trump University, and leader of a Youth Apprentice Program.

Prior to founding BCT Partners, Dr. Pinkett gained corporate experience as a Member of Technical Staff at General Electric, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Lucent Technologies. Dr. Pinkett holds five degrees including: a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, that he completed while serving as captain of the men's track and field team as a high jumper and long jumper; 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).

Dr. Pinkett has received numerous awards including the following: NCAA Academic All-American, National Society of Black Engineers–National Member of the Year, and he has been recognized by USA TODAY newspaper as one of the top 20 scholars in the country. Also, Dr. Pinkett has been featured on nationally televised programs such as The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, and Larry King Live. He is a brand ambassador for Verizon Communications and Outback Steakhouse, and a national spokesperson for Autism Speaks, New Jersey Reads, and the National Black MBA Association. Most notably, Dr. Pinkett is a Rhodes Scholar, and was the first and only African-American ever to receive this prestigious award at Rutgers University.

Dr. Pinkett is a highly sought-after speaker for various corporations, colleges and universities, government agencies and community organizations. Dr. Pinkett has authored his first book, Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business. His second book, which is forthcoming, Black Faces in White Places, chronicles his experiences as well the experiences of his college roommate, Dr. Jeffrey Robinson, as African Americans who have successfully navigated predominantly white institutions. Dr. Pinkett is a proud member of the board of directors for the New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute (NJPPRI), the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (N-TEN), and the Institute for Innovation in Government Technology (IIGT), as well as the board of advisors for the Community Technology Centers' Network (CTCNet).

Born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Pinkett attends First Baptist Church in Somerset, NJ, where he resides and is happily married to his wife Zahara Wadud-Pinkett. 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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