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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:

Friday, September 14, 2007

Randal Offers Expert Advice for the Miller Urban Entrepreneur Series

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, visit:

For more information on the Miller Urban Entrepreneur Series Business Plan Competition, visit:

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Randal Selected for The Network Journal's 40-Under-Forty

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:
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, was honored 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, visit:

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:

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. CEO EXCHANGE is produced by WTTW National Productions, in association with BusinessWeek magazine. 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 Sprint 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:

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, founder Kinko's 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
To view the Most Promising Campus CEO live Web event podcast click here.

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
To view the press release click here.

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: For more information on Macy's, visit: To view the panel and interviews click here.

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

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

Monday, February 5, 2007

Wal-Mart Spotlights Randal Pinkett and Chris Gardner as African-American History Makers

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:
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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:

For more information on the Prudential Young Entrepreneur Program, visit:

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:
For more information on the Trump Institute, visit:

Monday, January 8, 2007

Randal Narrates "IDEAS" Documentary about Public Health Advocate Dr. Gerald Deas for the Arthur Ashe Institute

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 America.

For more information about the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, visit:
For more information about Dr. Gerald Deas, visit:

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:


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