Below you will find my announcements for 2007.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Randal Mentors a Teen in Trouble on the Judge Hatchett Show
NEW YORK, NY (November 2, 2007) -- Randal will make a guest
appearance on an upcoming episode of the Judge Hatchett show.
The Judge Hatchett Show delivers a diverse mix of family court,
juvenile court and unusual small claims cases. Each case is
explored in-depth, which often brings forth hidden, unpredictable
angles that cut to the heart of the conflict. Yet what continues
to distinguish the series from its genre are its trademark "intervention
segment" creative sentences handed out by the Judge to
help litigants understand the implications of their actions
and learn how to better handle problems. These reality-check
experiences are shot on-location around the country from the
waters in New York's harbor to the streets of Los Angeles's
inner city and offer guidance that can be blunt, confrontational,
enriching or motivational.
This show is a “Money Matters Intervention,” and
has Randal mentoring a young man named Travis Brown, who doesn’t
have an appreciation for money. Travis is obsessed with materialistic
things and has been caught lying and stealing to purchase items
he sees on television. He blames his lack of a positive role
model for not having any direction in life. Randal offers Travis
advice on living an honest and positive life and shows the
young man how to make money in an honest way by having him
manage a car wash. Travis receives a lesson in life, money
and values that he won’t soon forget. Check local listings
for more information on the date and channel.
For more information on Judge Hatchett, visit: http://www.JudgeHatchett.com
Friday, September 14, 2007
Randal Offers Expert Advice for the Miller Urban Entrepreneur
MILWAUKEE, WI (September 14, 2007) -- Miller Brewing Company
has a longstanding history of investing in programs that help
people pursue and realize economic empowerment through entrepreneurship,
technical training and job skills development. One such program
is the award-winning Miller Urban Entrepreneurs Series (MUES).
This program was launched to respond to the needs of adults
ages 21 and older seeking to achieve economic empowerment through
entrepreneurship. In 2007, MUES participants will receive business
advice from Randal as the Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners.
Randal will share his keys to entrepreneurial success at workshops
in Los Angeles, CA on September 22, 2007; Dallas, TX on September
28, 2007; Atlanta, GA on November 3, 2007; and Chicago, IL
on November 10, 2007. Since 1999, MUES has given hundreds of
aspiring entrepreneurs access to expert advice and the tools
that they need not only to advance in or win their annual business
plan competition, but also to succeed in obtaining financial
resources that will help take their business to the next level.
For more information on the Miller Urban Entrepreneur Series,
For more information on the Miller Urban Entrepreneur Series
Business Plan Competition, visit: http://www.millerurbanentrepreneurs.com/competition.asp?content=competition
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Randal Selected for The Network
NEW YORK, NY (June 21, 2007) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett, Chairman
and CEO of BCT Partners, has joined the ranks of The Network
Journal's prestigious 40-Under-Forty.
The theme of the evening was "Mastering the Art of Excellence"
as 40 high-profile business professionals were honored at the
awards ceremony. A video presentation was shown highlighting
the accomplishments of the awardees. Taking their place among
the 40-Under-Forty beside Randal were Stacie Lynne Jones; former
Apprentice contestant and Director of Licensing of Silent Storm
Licensing, Incorporated, Kaplan Mobray, Diversity Recruiting
Leader for Deloitte & Touche U.S.A. L.L.P., Tiffany Williams;
Senior Associate with Riker Danzing Scherer Hyland & Perretti
L.L.P., April Woodard; Senior Correspondent for Inside Edition,
Adaora Udoji; an anchor on Court TV, Felix A. Rouse; Chief Executive
Officer of the Boys & Girls Club in Newark, and Roderick
Akelo Hardamon; Director and Co-Head of Medgers & Acquisitions,
Citi Markets & Banking Citigroup, Inc. Founded in
1993 by Aziz Gueye Adetimirin, The Network Journal magazine is
dedicated to educating and empowering Black professionals and
small business owners.
To learn more about The Network Journal visit: http://www.tnj.com.
To learn more about the honorees, visit:
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Marion P. Thomas
Charter School Recognizes Randal with the "Fathers of our Children" Award
NEWARK, NJ (June 14, 2007) -- Father-to-be Dr. Randal
Pinkett, Chairman and CEO of the Newark-based, BCT Partners,
with the "Fathers of our Children" Award at Marion
P. Thomas Charter School's (MPTCS) 4th Annual Fathers for
Our Children Award Ceremony. Recipients of this award are acknowledged
for their commitment and contributions to the upbringing of
the next generation, especially among African-Americans, for
whom positive father figures are scarce. Father figures who
shared the spotlight with Randal for the evening were Ronald
Glover, a Newark police Detective; Oswald Simmonds, an art teacher
at MPTCS, Cory Booker; the mayor of Newark; and Devian Thomas,
a MPTCS student noted for academic achievement. MPTCS opened
in 1999 with 60 students grades K-2. Since then it has grown
to a K-8 school of 340 students, and is devoted to addressing
the needs of students, parents, and the community at-large.
For more information about the Marion P. Thomas Charter School,
Monday, May 14, 2007
New Jersey Institute of Technology Confers Honorary Doctorate Upon Randal
NEWARK, NJ (Monday, May 14, 2007) -- The Board of Trustees of New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), New Jersey's public technological research university and one of the nation's most computing-intensive universities, will confer the degree of Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, upon Dr. Randal Pinkett. By its charter, NJIT is empowered to confer honorary degrees upon individuals of distinguished achievement in recognition of their personal and professional accomplishments and their contributions to society. The honorary doctorate is being awarded to Dr. Pinkett "in recognition of his outstanding academic and professional achievements and service to the community" at a time when the Institute is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Other recipients of honorary doctorates include the following:
William S. Guttenburg, President of Wilco Electric (Retired); Dr. Peter Lax, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and New York University; John J. Mooney, Co-inventor of the Automotive Catalytic Converter; and Anthony R. Coscia, Chairman, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. On the occasion, Dr. Pinkett said, "I am extremely humbled and honored to receive an honorary doctorate from one of the leading institutions in technology, NJIT. This distinction is made even more special by the fact that my consulting firm, BCT Partners, is currently based in NJIT's technology incubator, the Enterprise Development Center. In light of the fact that we are celebrating the Institute's 125th anniversary year, my advice to the Class of 2007 is to always remember that you are not meant to follow in the footsteps of other NJIT alumni, but rather, you are meant to establish your own footsteps that expand upon the tremendous legacy of excellence established by these individuals." The degrees will be presented at NJIT's commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 17, 2007, at the Continental Airlines Arena, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
For information on NJIT's commencement click here.
To view a press release regarding this year's NJIT honorary doctorate recipients, click here.
For more information about NJIT, visit: http://www.njit.edu.
March 23, 2007
Randal Named Segment Host for PBS’ CEO EXCHANGE
CEO EXCHANGE is a business talk show with personality. Hosted
by Jeff Greenfield, each show brings together two interesting
and innovative CEOs and engages them into a spirited discussion,
exposing the human side of the CEO. Each program is filmed
at one of the nation’s most prestigious business schools.
Over the course of this upcoming season Randal will be hosting
virtual tours of top business schools where he will be accompanied
by a local student entrepreneur, during his segment entitled
Campus CEO. The segment is based on Randal’s first book,
Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur’s Guide to Launching
a Multimillion Dollar Business, which profiles successful
entrepreneurs who started their companies on college campuses.
is produced by WTTW
National Productions, in association with
For fifty years, WTTW has been a source of education, information,
and entertainment, providing Chicago,
the Midwest and the nation with high-quality television programs.
The Society for Human Resource
Management (SHRM) is the underwriter
for CEO EXCHANGE. SHRM’s mission is to serve the needs
of HR professionals by providing the most essential and comprehensive
resources available. Featured CEOs for this fifth season of
CEO EXCHANGE include Anne Mulcahy of Xerox and
Neville Isdell of Coca
Cola; Paul Otellini of Intel and
John Thompson of Symantec;
Clarence Otis Jr. of Darden
Restaurants and VF Corporation's
Mackey McDonald; Brian France of NASCAR and
Gary Forsee of
Nextel; Patricia Woertz of Archer
Daniels Midland and
Bob Lane of Deere & Company;
the Estee Lauder Companies, William Lauder and Cathleen Black
of Hearst Magazines, Jeffrey
Immelt of General Electric and others.
For more information click here: http://www.pbs.org/wttw/ceoexchange/index.html
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Randal Helps Kickoff
EntrepreneurshipWeek USA as National Spokesperson
KANSAS CITY, MO (February 24, 2007) -- Sponsored by the Marion
Ewing Kauffman Foundation, EntrepreneurshipWeek
USA is a week-long nation-wide campaign, running from February
24 to March 3. It's a celebration of America's inventive culture
and is intended to educate youth about entrepreneurship and
inspire entrepreneurial thought under the theme "What's
your big idea? Take it on!" Randal is taking the helm as
spokesperson for this event. During the week, he will also announce
the winners of the Most
Promising Campus CEO Contest, in connection with his recently
released book, Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide
to Launching a Multimillion Dollar Business. Joining him in
promoting EntrepreneurshipWeek are some of the country's top
innovators such as the following: Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST
and inventor of the Segway Human Transporter; Paul Orfalea,
and author of Copy This!; and Maxine Clark, founder and Chief
Executive Bear of Build-A-Bear
Workshop. Over the course of the week, forums, seminars,
and contests are being held targeted at ages 14-25 to get them
to consider entrepreneurship as a career path.
To learn more about Entrepreneurship Week visit www.entrepreneurshipweekusa.com.
To view the Most Promising Campus CEO live Web event podcast
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Randal Joins Faculty
at Trump University
NEW YORK, NY (February 20, 2007) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett and Sean
Yazbeck; winners of the two previous seasons of the hit reality
television show, The Apprentice, have joined the Trump
University staff. Both Pinkett and Yazbeck are developing
online audio courses focusing on their respective fortes, to
be released in the second quarter of the year. Pinkett will
be focusing on entrepreneurship and leadership, while Yazbeck
will zero in on sales and business management. On the promise
of his two newest Trump University faculty members, Donald Trump
said, "Having both Randal Pinkett and Sean Yazbeck, two
of our most accomplished Apprentice winners, joining Trump University
is a win-win for everyone. What they have to offer is a lot
and everyone will benefit from their experience and knowledge.
We are pleased to have them join our stellar faculty!"
Donald Trump established Trump University in 2005, as an online
learning institution specializing in business. The University's
curriculum includes courses in real estate investing, marketing,
entrepreneurship, business planning, and management.
For more information about Trump University visit www.trumpuniversity.com.
To view the press release click
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Randal, Kwame Jackson and Stacie
J. from The Apprentice Celebrate Black History Month
with Macy's and The Network Journal
NEW YORK, NY (February 8, 2007) -- To celebrate Black History
Month, The Network
Journal magazine in conjunction with Macy's
will host a panel of black entrepreneurs featuring Dr. Randal
Pinkett, Kwame Jackson, and Stacie J.; all of whom competed
on the hit reality show The Apprentice.
Founded in 1993 by Aziz Gueye Adetimirin, The Network Journal
magazine is dedicated to educating and empowering Black professionals
and small business owners. Macy's is among the most recognized
retail brands in America - and worldwide. The company is known
for creating unique merchandise assortments, operating destination
stores, hosting attention-getting community and fashion events,
and driving innovation in fashion-oriented e-commerce.
For more information on The Network Journal,
visit: www.tnj.com. For more
information on Macy's, visit: www.macys.com.
To view the panel and interviews click
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Randal Named Official
Spokesperson for Junior Achievement's Groundhog Job Shadow Day
NEW YORK, NY (February 7, 2007) - Dr. Randal Pinkett, who competed
in the "ultimate job interview," on The Apprentice,
has taken on the role of ambassador for Junior
Achievement of New York Incorporated's (JANY) Annual Groundhog
Job Shadow Day, sponsored by Best
Buy, Children's Foundation, and ING.
Groundhog Job Shadow Day is part of a nationwide program intended
to expose students to new career paths and opportunities by
allowing them to shadow mentors in a variety of professional
arenas. As the ambassador for the Groundhog Job Shadow Day,
Randal will act as a spokesperson, encouraging high profile
companies to host job shadows for the event, and take students
enrolled in the program under his wing.
Junior Achievement of New York is a local affiliate of JA
Worldwide, a global non-profit organization that sets out
to inspire young people to succeed in a global economy. Founded
in 1919 JA Worldwide started in Massachusetts as the Company
Program, offering extracurricular activities for high school
students. Since its establishment, JA Worldwide has evolved
into the world's largest association committed to teaching young
people about business, economics, and entrepreneurship.
To learn more visit jany.org.
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Randal's First Book,
Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide to Launching a Multimillion Dollar Business, Hits Bookshelves!
NEWARK, NJ (February 6, 2007) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett's new book
Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide to Launching a
Multimillion Dollar Business is based on his business and educational
experiences from the CD store he launched as an undergraduate,
to the thriving consulting firm that he runs today, BCT Partners.
In detail, the book outlines each and every step toward launching
and growing a successful business enterprise on a college or
university campus. In this text, Dr. Pinkett stresses the importance
of economic independence through business ownerships and highlights
the resources available to help student entrepreneurs flourish.
To encourage young people to pursue their own business ventures
and give them the opportunity to showcase their talents Dr.
Pinkett is also hosting the Most Promising Campus CEO competition.
The winners will be announced during a live Web event at the
end of February where the grand prize winner will receive $20,000
to finance their business.
For more information about the Most Promising Campus CEO, the
live Web event, or to order a copy of Campus CEO, visit www.campusceo.com.
Monday, February 5, 2007
Wal-Mart Spotlights Randal Pinkett and Chris Gardner as African-American
BENTONVILLE, AR (February 5, 2007) -- In celebration of Black
History Month, Wal-Mart
is launching a media and promotional campaign entitled "In
the Company of Greatness." The campaign is meant to motivate
others to pursue their dreams. Dr. Randal Pinkett, Chairman
and CEO of BCT Partners, will be featured at meet and greet
sessions at select Wal-Mart locations nationwide. During his
Wal-Mart tour Randal will be speaking of the importance of giving
back to the community and will autograph copies of his recently
released book, Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide
to Launching a Multimillion Dollar Business. Christopher Garner,
founder of the GardnerRich, and the man who inspired Will Smith's
character in the film "The Pursuit of Happyness" will
also be highlighted over the course the month in promotional
campaigns at various Wal-Mart stores throughout the country.
For more information on Wal-Mart, visit: www.walmart.com.
For more information on the Black History Month campaign visit
Friday, January 26, 2007
Prudential Financial Sponsors a Nationwide Campus CEO Launch
Tour for Randal
NEWARK, NJ (January 26, 2007) -- In celebration of the release
of Randal’s book, Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur’s
Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business, Prudential
Financial is sponsoring a nationwide book launch tour. Some
of the leading minds in business can mix and mingle and enjoy
complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails while meeting
Dr. Pinkett and learning some of his secrets to success. These
parties will be held in trendy yet intimate venues in New York,
NY on February 1, 2007; Los Angeles, CA on April 24, 2007;
Atlanta, GA on October 13, 2007, Philadelphia, PA on December
4, 2007; and Washington DC on December 12, 2007. To close the
tour out, there will be a party in Newark, NJ in early 2008.
Prudential Financial companies serve individual and institutional
customers worldwide and include The Prudential Insurance Company
of America, one of the largest life insurance companies in
the U.S. These companies offer a variety of products and services,
including mutual funds, annuities, real estate brokerage franchises,
relocation services, and more. Below, learn more about Prudential
and its various businesses that can serve your needs.
Prudential Financial also sponsors a program for young entrepreneurs
called the Prudential Young Entrepreneur Program (PYEP). PYEP
is an entrepreneurial development and job creation strategy
for entrepreneurs, ages 18-30 years old. The Program provides
interested entrepreneurs residing in Newark, New Jersey and
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a combination of business training,
technical assistance and access to micro loans. Students are
encouraged to write a business plan, and set it into motion.
During the course, entrepreneurs are also given valuable information
about applying for and receiving business financing. Participants
range from those in an early business development stage to
informal entrepreneurs to those pursuing recent start-ups.
For more information on Prudential Financial, visit: http://www.prudential.com
For more information on the Prudential Young Entrepreneur Program,
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Randal "Re-Hired" by the Trump Organization Including
Role as Trump Institute Spokesperson
NEW YORK, NY (January 9, 2007) -- Upon finishing his one-year
apprenticeship with Donald Trump overseeing a $110 million renovation
of Trump's Atlantic City casinos, Dr. Randal Pinkett was "re-hired"
for a second assignment. Randal, Season 4 Winner of The Apprentice,
will continue to oversee the Youth Apprentice project in Philadelphia,
PA that began in October 2006. Trump has also appointed Randal
as the new spokesperson for the Trump
Institute. Randal will help promote a series of free live
educational seminars dedicated to teaching everyone how to attain
wealth "the Trump way."
Both Trump and Pinkett are happy to continue their working relationship.
"Randal Pinkett has been an asset to the Trump Organization,"
Trump states. "We will continue to work on a variety of
projects in the upcoming year."
Randal noted, "The opportunity to work closely with Mr.
Trump was invaluable and I look forward to continuing our great
relationship in the upcoming year.
For more information on the Trump Organization, visit: http://www.trump.com.
For more information on the Trump Institute, visit: http://www.trumpinstitute.com.
Monday, January 8, 2007
Randal Narrates "IDEAS" Documentary
about Public Health Advocate Dr. Gerald Deas for the Arthur
NEW YORK, NY (January 8, 2007) -- On Thursday,
January 11, 2007, at SUNY Downstate, the Arthur Ashe Institute
for Urban Health will debut their new documentary, "IDEAS,"
that profiles the accomplishments of Dr. Gerald Deas.
The film is narrated by Dr. Randal Pinkett,
Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners. Gerald W. Deas, MD, MPH, MA,
is a renowned physician, poet, patient advocate, playwright,
media personality, political activist, and public health crusader.
He has organized against major corporations and organized with
entire communities to advocate for a more equitable public health
system. The documentary, which was commissioned by the Kellogg
Foundation, portrays how Dr. Deas "uses leadership and
advocacy to improve the health of a community and increase the
representation of people of color in the health profession."
The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health is
dedicated to keeping Arthur Ashe's vision of universal health
care alive. It was established two months before his death,
in response to concerns about health care delivery in urban
For more information about the Arthur Ashe Institute
for Urban Health, visit: http://www.arthurasheinstitute.org.
For more information about Dr. Gerald Deas, visit: http://www.downstate.edu/giving/deas.html.
Tuesday, January 2, 2007
NJBIZ Magazine Names Randal One of the Top
Entrepreneurs in New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ (January 2, 2007) -- Dr. Randal
Pinkett, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, is featured as one
of 26 top entrepreneurs in New Jersey as part of the inaugural,
annual issue of Entrepreneur 101. Published by NJBIZ
magazine, Entrepreneur 101 profiles successful business
leaders and "provides practical and extremely useful advice
for succeeding in business," according to NJBIZ published
D. Lee Carlson. "We in New Jersey are fortunate to have
in our midst countless examples of these high achievers to emulate,"
she added. Each entrepreneur was selected from more than 200
nominations. Other honorees include Marjorie Perry of MZM Construction;
Beverly Grissom, Camden Shipping Corp.; Julio E. Hernandez,
Lincoln Signs Inc.; Jared Isaacman, United Bank Card Inc.; Daniel
H. Jara, Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey;
and Mary Matthews and Margaret Buley of Stellar Academy. A cocktail
reception and networking function to recognize the honorees
will take place on Thursday, January 11, 2007, at 6:00 p.m.
at The Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, NJ.
NJBIZ, New Jersey's only weekly business journal
covering the entire state, was founded in 1987. The publication
has received numerous statewide and national awards including
the 2006 Most Improved Award from the Alliance of Area Business
Publications. For more information on NJBIZ, visit: