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Dr. Randal Pinkett
October 2014

Elevate your game

Dear Friends:

As we continue our focus on "awareness months," or months during which causes are championed and events celebrated, we highlight National Book Month. In this issue, we honor the legacy of Reginald F. Lewis, accomplished author, businessman and philanthropist who, for me, set the standard for achieving success in business and greatness life.

As the author of three books, Campus CEO, No-Money Down CEO, and Black Faces in White Places, and a forthcoming book titled Black Faces in High Places, I am a proud advocate of National Book Month. Reading is directly tied to the degree of success we achieve in life and can be a source of great enjoyment. Along with authoring my own books, I have contributed to a number of other titles as well. One of my favorite books, Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun? by Reginald F. Lewis and Blair S. Walker, was given to me by my mother as a Christmas gift in 1993. I vividly remember that day more than 20 years ago as I was a senior in college and had just won the Rhodes Scholarship. To avoid any misinterpretation of the title, allow me to underscore that the book is about creating equal opportunity for everyone in business which is something I strongly believe in. I found the book to be so enthralling that I finished it in just one day! I was captivated by Lewis's fierce work ethic and refusal to give up despite being met with one failure after another.

In 1975, when Lewis was just 31, he attempted to buy Baltimore-based Parks Sausage Company, an attempt that failed. Two years later, his 18-month pursuit of Almet, a maker of aluminum beach chairs and umbrellas, resulted in yet another failure. And that was not the last. Not one to give up easily, he studied others' successes and analyzed where he went wrong. His persistence paid off. With $1 million he had saved from his dealings as a corporate attorney, he led a $23 million buyout of the McCall Pattern Company and later sold it for $63 million cash. Four years later, Lewis cemented his place as a major Wall Street financier when he acquired Beatrice International Foods in a $985 million leveraged buyout, creating the largest African American-owned company in the United States.

To say this book has inspired me to achieve higher heights as an entrepreneur is perhaps an understatement, but it speaks to the inherent power of books to educate and inspire us to achieve more. So, as we celebrate National Book Month, I encourage you to read books that will expand your mind and contribute to your growth as a productive member of society.

Peace and blessings,



Randal and Sandra Bookman "Here and Now" discuss his latest book, Black Faces in White Places

Randal Pinkett and BCT Partners at the White House

Randal Speaks at Great Oak Awards Inaugural Dinner


TV Shows That Changed the Game

Books That Inspired Black Faces in White Places

Photos That Changed the Game
Music That Inspired Black Faces in White Places

Quotes That Inspired Black Faces in White Places

Movies That Changed the Game

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Learn more about my management and technology consulting firm, BCT Partners.

Randal Talks Black Faces in White Places on WABC-TV’s Here and Now with Sandra Bookman

Last month, I had the distinct privilege of appearing on WABC-TV Channel 7’s Here and Now with Sandra Bookman, a weekly one-hour program dedicated to covering the issues and interests of the African-American community in the New York tri-state area. During the interview, I discussed highlights from my latest book, Black Faces in White Places which I co-authored with my long-time friend and business partner, Dr. Jeffrey Robinson. My message has always been that when you invest in others, operate with excellence while staying true to yourself in process, there are no limits to what you can achieve. 

Special Note: I am pleased to announce that Dr. Robinson and I are working on a follow-up book titled Black Faces in High Places (available 2015/2016).

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Randal in the studio at Fox Business News with Sandra Smith and Maria Bartiromo of "Opening Bell"   Randal delivers the keynote at the California Black Chamber of Commerce luncheon   Randal with fellow Rhodes Scholars Nnenna Lynch, Trina Shanks, and Nima Warfield



About The American Association of Rhodes Scholars 

Since 1928, The American Association of Rhodes Scholars (AARS) has served American Rhodes Scholars and facilitated building connections, sharing experiences and extending perspectives. The Rhodes Scholarship, named after Cecil John Rhodes, is an international postgraduate award for selected students to study at Oxford University. Established in 1902, it was the first large-scale program of international scholarships and is widely considered the world's most prestigious scholarship. Rhodes' legacy specified four standards by which applicants were to be judged: literary and scholastic attainments; energy to use one's talents to the fullest; truth, courage, devotion to duty; and moral force of character and instincts to lead. For more than a century, Rhodes scholars have left Oxford with countless opportunities available to them. Many of them have overwhelmingly chosen paths in scholarship, teaching, writing, medicine, scientific research, law, the military, and public service and have reached the highest levels in virtually every field.

Notable Black Rhodes Scholars include U.S. Senator Cory Booker; Former NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous; U.S. National Security Advisor Dr. Susan Rice; Former Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines; Former Mayor of Baltimore Kurt Schmoke; Author of The Other Wes Moore, Wes Moore; and former NFL player Myron Rolle.

For a complete list of notable Rhodes Scholars, click here.

To learn more about AARS, visit www.americanrhodes.org.


Black Faces in White Places
Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness offers ten revolutionary strategies for learning, playing, and changing "the game"--that is, the world in which we all live and work--for the current generation, while undertaking a wholesale redefinition of the rules for those who will follow. It is not only about shattering the old "glass ceiling," but also about reconsidering the four dimensions of the black experience: identity, society, meritocracy, and opportunity. Ultimately, it may be about changing the very concept of success itself.

Available: Now
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

No-Money Down CEO
No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash explodes the myth that you have to have a lot of money or need an outside investor to pursue your dream. This action-learning, audio business course offers a comprehensive step-by-step plan for launching your business with little to no cash. Listen as Randal offers insider's tips, tools and techniques that will put you on the fast track to becoming a successful CEO.

Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Campus CEO
Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneurs Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business walks any would-be entrepreneur through all the necessary steps to launching a profitable, campus-based business, while simultaneously achieving academic success. Regardless of major, background, or area of interest, readers of Campus CEO will learn how to turn their academic and professional dreams into reality.

Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, writer, scholar and community servant. He is the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar management, technology and policy-consulting firm based in Newark, NJ. A sought after public speaker and advocate for numerous corporate, youth and community groups, Dr. Pinkett is the author of Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide To Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business and No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash. Notably, Dr. Pinkett made history as the first African-American ever to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University and firmly believes in the mantra "for those to whom much is given, much is expected."

The "Elevate Your Game" monthly e-Newsletter is published by Dr. Randal Pinkett. Copyright (c) 2012 Randal Pinkett, LLC. All rights reserved. For further information, visit us at www.randalpinkett.com. For speaking engagements and appearances inquiries, please contact Mrs. Michon Barnes at 678.637.5064 or mbarnes@bctpartners.com.

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