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Below you will find announcements for 2006.

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

St. James Preparatory School to Recognize Randal at 15th Annual Awards for Excellence Dinner

NEWARK, NJ (December 5, 2006) -- Randal will be honored at St. James Preparatory School's 15th Annual Awards for Excellence Dinner at the St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church. The dinner will be held at the Newark Club in Newark, New Jersey. Additional honorees will include Derek Luke; the actor known for his leading role in Antwone Fisher, Bishop Richard Norris; the 116th elected and consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, his wife Mary Norris; Episcopal Supervisor of the First Episcopal District, and Reverend Thomasena Woodard; Visitation Ministry Leader of the St. James AME Church.

St. James Preparatory School was established in 1999 as a distinguished institution for grades 6-12. St. James Prep strives to instill leadership in their students by emphasizing scholarship, diversity, and community outreach.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Randal to Receive "History in the Making" Award from the New Jersey Historical Society

NEWARK, NJ (November 16, 2006) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett will be the guest of honor at the New Jersey Historical Society's Annual Gala where he will accept the "History in the Making" award for outstanding community leadership. The renowned comedian, Joe Piscopo, will also receive an award, in addition to the Leadership New Jersey program, which is coordinated by The Partnership for New Jersey. The Annual Gala is a benefit auction for the New Jersey Historical Society. The Society is a state-wide non-profit historical museum, library and archive dedicated to preserving New Jersey's history. It was established in 1845 making it the oldest cultural institution in the state. The event will take place at the Pleasantville Chateau in West Orange, New Jersey, and will include both an online and silent auction.

For more information about the New Jersey Historical Society's Annual Gala visit

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Randal Dons Trump's Throne in the Greater Twin Cities Volunteer "Apprentus" Competition

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (October 25, 2006) -- Greater Twin Cities United Way Emerging Leaders Program helped organize volunteer teams from major corporations including Best Buy, Cargill, General Mills, and Target, to renovate rooms for local charities. Restrained by a $2,200 budget and a three-week deadline, these companies put their volunteer skills to the test on each of their respective projects. Best Buy remodeled the Summit Academy OIC's community classroom; team Cargill revamped a room at the Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis; General Mills renovated the Oak Park Neighborhood Center kitchen; and Target's volunteers restored the lobby and lounge at the Catholic Charities Exodus Residence in Downtown Minneapolis. Ultimately, after presiding over the "final boardroom," Randal crowned team Best Buy the winner upon completion at the award ceremony in the International Market Square, where Dr. Pinkett also delivered the keynote speech.

Greater Twin Cities United Way unites caring people in building stronger communities by inspiring people to help others, increasing resources to meet needs, and fostering innovative solutions to problems.

For more information about the Greater Twin Cities Volunteer "Apprentus" Competition click here.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Randal and Trump Entertainment Resorts Launch Youth Apprentice Program

PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 16, 2006) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett, in partnership with TrumpStreet Casino and Entertainment Complex, is spearheading the Youth Apprentice Program for high school students in Philadelphia. The participating high schools include Randolph Technical High School, Strawberry Masion High School, Simon Gratz School of Science and Engineering, Murrel Dobbins High School, Mercy Vocational High School, and George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science. The prospective apprentices have the opportunity to apply for positions in marketing, culinary arts, hotel operations, and finance. Over 120 students from each school submitted applications and essays in hopes of becoming one of six finalists to be chosen for an apprenticeship at Trump Resorts. The six junior apprentices will go through a six-week program, beginning in February and ending in March, with Trump Entertainment Resorts in Atlantic City, where Randal is conducting his own apprenticeship with Donald Trump. Over the course of the student apprenticeships, participants will learn a skill set that they wouldn't have the opportunity to acquire elsewhere and attain a sense of professionalism that will help them in future endeavors. The program will conclude with a graduation breakfast for the students and parents.

For more information about the TrumpStreet Casino and Entertainment Complex click here.

Friday, October 13, 2006

“World Vision” Award Presented to Randal by Grace Reformed Baptist Church

NEWARK, NJ (October 13, 2006) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, received the World Vision award today from the Grace Reformed Baptist Church where Rev. Levin B. West is the Pastor/Founder. This award was given during the 27th Annual Appreciation Awards Scholarship Dinner held at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, NJ. Other honorees that received awards include the following: Raymond A. Brown, Esq. with the 2006 Man of the Year Award; M. Teresa Ruiz with the 2006 Woman of the Year Award; Richard J. Codey with the Pride in State Award; Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. with the Pride in County Award; Honorable Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker with the Pride in Newark Award; and Kathy Vanessa Sumter Edwards with the Fannie Lou Hamer Award. During the awards ceremony, Rev. West stated, “These honored here today are men and women who share in our commitment. They too have in some way contributed to our community educational empowerment, social growth, a renewed quality of life and sound government.” Founded in 1996 as a reformed baptist church, Grace Reformed Baptist Church holds strictly to the Doctrines of Grace which they believe are fundamental tenants of the Bible.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

New Jersey Reads Kicks off "Change a Life through Literacy" with Randal as Spokesperson

NEWARK, NJ (October 11, 2006) -- Four out of ten New Jersey adults can't read or write well enough to understand a want ad, let alone fill out a job application. To address this "literary crisis," Dr. Randal Pinkett has teamed with New Jersey Reads to launch the "Change a Life through Literacy" awareness campaign. This statewide effort will alert people to this problem, foster donations from individuals, and corporations, and boost the amount of recourses available to those in need. Randal will appear in a series of public service announcements via television and radio. According to Randal, "When we talk about literacy, it's ubiquitous to those who have it. It's not an issue that pops up on the radar screen. Now, more than ever, New Jersey Reads needs our support to make a difference in the lives of countless New Jersey residents."

New Jersey Reads is a non-profit organization established in 2002 to fill the need for financial support for literacy programs. Their goal is to eliminate illiteracy in the state of New Jersey by awarding grants to organizations that are involved in literary instruction.

For more infromation on New Jersey Reads or on how you can help visit

Thursday, July 27, 2006

National Urban League Recognizes Randal with Business Excellence Award

ATLANTA, GA (July 27, 2006) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, was acknowledged for his entrepreneurial accomplishments when the National Urban League presented him with the Business Excellence Award at their 2006 National Conference. Sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company and UPS, the Urban League's 2006 National Conference is a three-day event uniting over 10,000 prominent black professionals, scholars, and government executives in the spirit of empowerment and intellectual exchange.

For more information about the National Urban League visit or view the podcast for the 2006 National Conference click here.

Saturday, July 24, 2006

Alpha Kappa Alpha Presents Randal with the P.E.A.R.L. Award for Economics

BRIDGEWATER, NJ (July 24, 2006) -- At the 5th Annual Maurice M. William Scholarship Luncheon sponsored by P.E.A.R.L.S. (Pursue Education and Really Learn Something) Inc., Dr. Randal Pinkett received the P.E.A.R.L. Award for economics. The P.E.A.R.L. award is granted to those who have made significant contributions to the Middlesex or Somerset County area. P.E.A.R.L.S., Inc. was found on May 6, 2003 as a charitable arm of the Nu Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. P.E.A.R.L.S., Inc. is based out of Middlesex and Somerset counties and is committed to high standards, excellence, and achievement.

For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, visit:

Saturday, July 15, 2006

BCT Partners Executive Named One of Black MBA Magazine's ''Top 50 under 50

CHICAGO, IL (July 15, 2006) -- BCT Partners' Chairman and CEO, Dr. Randal Pinkett, has been named among the top 50 black MBAs under the age of 50 by Black MBA Magazine, the official magazine of the National Black MBA Association. This is the magazine's second annual collection of the "crème de la crème among under-50 black MBAs in the corporate world." The results stem from the magazine's surveys of Fortune 500 clients and other professionals at large. Some of the others selected for this year's prestigious honor include: Felicia Fields, Vice President, Human Resources, Ford Motor Company; Linda Rice Johnson, President and CEO, Johnson Publishing Company; Tammee L. Thompson, President, Asia Pacific, GE Industrial-Security; Donna Williams, Brand Manager, Bayer Consumer Care; and Gary J. Wright, IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM.

The National Black MBA Association was founded in 1970 with the mission of accumulating intellectual and economical wealth in the black community. The association works in cooperation with over 400 of the county's top business organizations and has a deep-rooted sense of community.

For more information about Black MBA Magazine, visit:
For more information about the NBMBAA, visit

Friday June 16, 2006

Randal Named Spokesperson for National Black MBA Association's Gold Key Access

CHICAGO, IL (June 16, 2006) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett was selected to represent the National Black MBA Association as their national spokesperson for the Gold Key Access networking events. The NBMBAA's Gold Key Access is a novel networking event composed of senior-level executive recruiters and some of the nation's brightest business men and women, uniting to forge a pathway to prosperity and career success for the nation's black MBA's and to promote diversity in corporate America. Gold Key Access receptions will take place in major cities across the county, such as Los Angeles, New York City and Atlanta, where Randal will serve as the keynote speaker. To qualify for inclusion, individual NBMBAA members must rank at senior executive levels of director and above while earning a minimum of $150,000 in direct compensation.

The inaugural Gold Key Access event, held at Chicago's W Lakeshore Hotel on June 16, drew dozens of crème de la crème African-American executives to mingle with representatives of corporations including Accenture, JP Morgan Chase, Northern Trust, Harris Bank, Ariel Capital, and Wachovia. "Gold Key Access represents the next generation of networking opportunities for accomplished African American business executives," Dr. Pinkett said. "It is exactly what needs to be happening amongst Black professionals, in partnership with the corporate community. This pioneering effort fully leverages the accomplishments of African Americans in business and creates a forum where new relationships, new connections and new collaborations can be established."

The National Black MBA Association was founded in 1970 with the mission of accumulating intellectual and economical wealth in the black community. The association works in cooperation with over 400 of the county's top business organizations and has a deep-rooted sense of community. "All of us are thrilled to welcome the active participation in Gold Key Access of Randal Pinkett -- a spectacular success story, and a vibrant personality who brings so much to this mix of achievers and opportunity," said Barbara Thomas, President and CEO of the NBMBAA, and herself one of Ebony magazine's 100 Most Influential Black Americans.

For more information about the NBMBAA, visit:
For more information about the NBMBAA's Gold Key Access, visit:

Monday, June 5, 2006

Randal to Appear LIVE Tonight on Season 5 Finale of "The Apprentice"

LOS ANGELES (June 5, 2006) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett, winner of Season 4 of NBC's "The Apprentice," is expected to appear on tonight's Season 5 finale, which will be broadcast live from the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, starting at 9:30 p.m. Randal will be on hand to offer an update on his activities with the Trump Organization as well as other developments since his historic boardroom victory in December.

The finale will feature the culmination of the final two tasks (Lee's celebrity hockey event and Sean's Barenaked Ladies concert), a cast reunion and the live boardroom hiring. Other special guest appearances include Michael J. Fox, Jaime Pressly, Denis Leary, Jason Priestley and Stephen Baldwin.

For more information about the show, visit

Sunday, June 4, 2006

Randal Emcees Autism Speaks Fundraiser Featuring Sen. Hillary Clinton

PURCHASE, NY (June 4, 2006) -- In front of a crowd of more than 8,000 people at Manhattanville College, Dr. Randal Pinkett was the master of ceremonies for the opening program of this morning's fifth annual Westchester/Fairfield Walk for Autism Research, sponsored by Autism Speaks. The honorary chairwoman for the event was New York's Sen. Hillary Clinton, who offered remarks during the program. Other guests at the fundraiser included Rep. Christopher Shays of Connecticut and Suzanne Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks.

Randal is a national spokesperson for Autism Speaks, an international organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds to support research into the developmental disorder that is now diagnosed in one of 166 children. The relationship grew out of Randal's final task on Season 4 of "The Apprentice," a charity event that raised more than $11,000 for the organization. As a spokesperson, Randal will appear at several Autism Speaks events, including a number of the signature Walk events held across the country, to draw additional attention to this important cause.

For more information about Autism Speaks, visit

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Randal Enters Pact to Be Verizon Spokesperson

NEWARK, NJ (June 1, 2006) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett entered an agreement earlier this year to become a spokesperson for Verizon Communications. As a telecommunications expert and established entrepreneur, Randal adds substantial value to the Fortune 100 company's marketing and advocacy objectives and its community outreach. In addition to making appearances at various business events, Randal has been active in the "Video Choice" campaign, which calls for increased competition in the delivery of television programming to cable customers. In March, he testified before members of the New Jersey State Legislature in support of a measure to expand consumer choice.

Randal also has addressed young audiences in New York City and Washington, D.C., as a part of Verizon's "Realize Ambition: The Shot Caller Showdown," in which aspiring high-school entrepreneurs square off in a test of their business skills.

For more information about Verizon, a leader in delivering broadband and other communication innovations to wireline and wireless customers, visit

Saturday, May 20, 2006

African-American Heritage Parade Bestows the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award upon Randal

LIVINGSTON, NJ (May 20, 2006) -- The African-American Heritage Parade, Committee, Inc. held its 13th Annual Heritage Awards Gala where Dr. Randal Pinkett accepted the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award. The event pays tribute to those who have made exceptional cultural or human development contributions to the African-American community. Prominent figures like Mos Def, received the artistic excellence award; Assemblywoman Sheila Y. Oliver received the governmental service award; and Carolyn Wallace was presented with the Community Service Award at this year's event.

The African American Heritage Parade began in 1966 as "The Crispus Attucks Parade," commemorating the former slave who gave his life during the Revolutionary War. The parade was introduced at the peak of the Civil Rights Movement during a time of Black Power and Black Pride. In 1970 the parade was renamed "The Attucks-King Parade," in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and marking the 200th anniversary of the battle that Attucks died in. Currently, the African-American Heritage Parade Committee, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting one of the largest cultural statewide events in the state of New Jersey and "Establishing a sense of pride, unity, awareness and mutual cooperation among all people of African heritage."

For photos of the event click here

Monday, May 15, 2006

Newark's New Mayor Taps Randal to Help With Leadership Transition

NEWARK, NJ (May 15, 2006) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett accepted an invitation from Newark's Mayor-elect Cory Booker to join his transition team as New Jersey's largest city prepares for its first new administration in two decades. Randal joins the 12-member team as Co-Chair of Economic Development and will participate in a series of events aimed at bringing concerned residents, businesspeople and other stakeholders to the table to help inform and develop the administration's vision for the city.

As president and CEO of BCT Partners, a Newark-based management, technology and policy consulting firm, Randal has a significant stake in the city's future and is committed to its progress. He will serve on the transition team until Mayor-elect Booker takes office on July 1.

For more information, visit

Monday, May 1, 2006

Randal Lands Endorsement Deal With Outback Steakhouse

NEWARK, NJ (May 1, 2006) -- Building on the success of his final task during Season 4 of "The Apprentice," Dr. Randal Pinkett reached an agreement earlier this year to become a spokesperson for Outback Steakhouse. The restaurant company plans to feature Randal in advertisements for television and radio that are scheduled to be produced and broadcast later this year. Randal already has made guest appearances at this year's Annual Outback Conference, held in April in Washington, D.C., and at the Outback Bowl held New Year's Day in Tampa, Florida.

Outback Steakhouse was the sponsor of Randal's final task on the show, originally planned as a celebrity softball charity event to benefit Autism Speaks. When rain forced the action indoors, Randal and his team deftly responded with an impromptu auction that raised $11,000 for the organization and secured Randal's victory.

For more information about Outback Steakhouse, visit

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts Name Randal Winner of Paul Robeson Leadership Award

CAMBRIDGE, MA (April 19, 2006) -- The Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts will present Dr. Randal Pinkett, recent winner of NBC's hit reality television show, The Apprentice, with the Paul Robeson Leadership Award. Dr. Pinkett will be recognized for this honor at CBMM's 17th annual Unity Breakfast on Saturday, April 22, 2006, at 9 a.m., at the Cambridge Marriott, Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A private reception will also take place on the evening of Friday, April 21, 2006, at Azure in the Lenox Hotel in Boston's Copley Square.

The Paul Robeson Leadership Award bears the namesake of Paul Robeson, an accomplished lawyer, actor, singer, orator, activist, linguist who learned 20 foreign languages, and fellow graduate of Dr. Pinkett's alma mater, Rutgers University, where Robeson was named valedictorian and became an All-American, four sport varsity athlete. One of CBMM's signature programs is the Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self-Development, where volunteers dedicate themselves each week to running a Saturday mentoring program for more than 120 boys. The Institute focuses on academics, recreation, and personal development. According to CBMM President Frederich Johnson II, ''Look at Dr. Pinkett. Through his educational pursuits and involvement in developing businesses, and his passion for family and community, he has excelled in all those things," he said. ''Just like Paul Robeson."

For information on the CBMM 17th annual Unity Breakfast, call 617-427-2243 or visit
For more information on CBMM, visit:

Thursday, April 6, 2006

RealNetworks Features Randal in "Apprentice" Mobile Game

NEWARK, NJ (April 6, 2006) -- Fans of NBC's "The Apprentice" will be able to put their business skills to the test on their cellphones when RealNetworks rolls out its mobile game based on the hit TV show next month. The game, available through the digital-media company's RealArcade Mobile service, puts players in a series of business situations in which they must outperform the competition or risk being fired.

In addition to series star Donald Trump, featured characters include Dr. Randal Pinkett, winner of the show's fourth season, who is helping RealNetworks promote the game. Randal speaks highly of the game's action and even compliments the graphic artists. The "Randal" character, he says, "really does look like me!"

For more information about RealNetworks, visit For more information about "The Apprentice" mobile game and other RealArcade offerings, see the company's press release.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Randal Honored as Entrepreneur of the Year at the National Society of Black Engineers Golden Torch Awards

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 30, 2006) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the 9th Annual Golden Torch Awards Ceremony during the 32nd Annual National Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). The Golden Torch Awards acknowledges the best and brightest in a variety of fields. Honorees included Dr. Delon Hampton, recipient of the Distinguished Engineer Award; Sharnnia Artis, recipient of the Graduate Student of the Year; Capt. Glenn Flanagan for Lifetime Achievement in Government; and Kim Parker Brown, winner of the Outstanding Woman in Technology of the Year Award. The proceeds for the Golden Torch Awards dinner provide scholarships for high school students pursuing degrees in science, math, engineering and technology.
NSBE was founded in 1971 in order to improve the recruitment and retention of black engineering students at Purdue University. Since its establishment, NSBE has grown into a national organization dedicated to increasing the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, professionally, and positively impact the community.

For more information about the NSBE visit

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Randal Reports From Trump Taj Mahal on "Apprentice" Duties

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (February 21, 2006) -- Speaking from the Diamond Ballroom of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort on his first day on the job, Dr. Randal Pinkett provided the media with details about his responsibilities as the latest winner of the NBC hit TV show "The Apprentice." As a member of the Trump Organization's Trump Entertainment Resorts, he will oversee a $110 million renovation of its three New Jersey properties: Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza and Trump Marina. He also will manage an information-technology project that involves upgrading the computer systems for Trump Entertainment's 1,200 employees.

In addition, Randal will take part in the public relations and community relations for Trump Entertainment's proposed expansion into Philadelphia. The proposal calls for a $350 million resort named "Trump Street" to be built in the Nicetown section of North Philadelphia. The license application is pending with Pennsylvania's gaming authority.

Accompanying Randal at the news conference were Trump Entertainment President and CEO James Perry, and Mark Juliano, the company's chief operating officer.

For more information about Trump Entertainment Resorts, visit

Monday, February 6, 2006

Randal Named National Spokesperson for Autism Speaks

NEW YORK, NY (February 6, 2006) -- Randal has been named a national spokesperson for Autism Speaks, an international organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds to support research into the developmental disorder that is now diagnosed in one out of 166 children. The relationship grew out of Randal's final task on Season 4 of "The Apprentice," a charity event that raised more than $11,000 for the organization. As a spokesperson, Randal will appear at several Autism Speaks events, including a number of the signature Walk events held across the country, to draw additional attention to this important cause.

For more information about Autism Speaks, visit: For more information about Randal's final task and charity fundraiser on The Apprentice, visit:

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Randal Signs Deal With Kaplan to Publish "The Campus CEO"

NEWARK, NJ (February 1, 2006) -- On the heels of his historic boardroom victory on the latest season of NBC's "The Apprentice," Dr. Randal Pinkett has signed a contract with education powerhouse Kaplan to publish "The Campus CEO." One of two books Randal is currently authoring, "The Campus CEO" is a student's guide to launching and growing a multimillion-dollar enterprise from any college campus. It is scheduled for release in March 2007 and is expected to be a national bestseller.

According to literary agency Earl Cox and Associates, which brokered the deal, the proposal for "The Campus CEO" received multiple offers and strong interest from major publishers. Randal chose Kaplan because of its strength in selling in the college market.

Kaplan is a leading provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses, including its acclaimed preparation resources for standardized tests such as the SAT and GRE.

For more information, visit

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