Exclusive Interview/Profile: How Randal Pinkett Pulled Off Five Degrees To Lead A Multimillion Dollar Company

L-R: Dr. Randal Pinkett, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, being interview by Ibrahim Dabo. Dr. Pinkett said: "we need to find strength in numbers." Photo Credit: Olivier Rousset.

L-R: Dr. Randal Pinkett, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, being interviewed by Ibrahim Dabo. Dr. Pinkett said: "We have to really find strength in numbers." Photo Credit: Olivier Rousset.

It comes as no surprise that he is heading a multimillion dollar company which he co-founded. His educational background is without question exceptional, and his leadership qualities continue to shine so bright like a star. And, he has no plans of slowing down either.

Above: Dr. Pinkett gave the keynote at the 11th Minority Business Summit held at the Baltimore Hilton Hotel. Photo Credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

Above: Dr. Pinkett gave the keynote at the 11th Minority Business Summit held at the Baltimore Hilton Hotel. Photo Credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

The mover and shaker being referred to is no one other than Dr. Randal Pinkett, chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a management, technology and policy consulting firm based in Newark, New Jersey.

Dr. Pinkett holds five academic degrees: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University (with a Grade Point Average of 3.9, while heavily involved in extracurricular activities), Master of Science in Computer Science from Oxford University in the United Kingdom as a Rhodes Scholar, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Master of Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) from the MIT Media Laboratory.

His name is listed in the history books as the first African American ever to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University. While it surely seems challenging for anyone to successfully pull off such remarkable academic achievements, Dr. Pinkett is aware that he could not have done it all on his own.

“It’s not difficult in the sense that I’ve had really great people around me, so I don’t take any of the credit,” Pinkett told Ib’s Blog in an exclusive interview.

L-R: Dr. Randal Pinkett & Ibrahim Dabo. The former is the first African American ever to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University. Photo Credit: Olivier Rousset.

L-R: Dr. Randal Pinkett & Ibrahim Dabo. The former is the first African American ever to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University. Photo Credit: Olivier Rousset.

“I have worked hard, I believe I’ve been blessed—and I believe we are all blessed—but I’ve had great people placed in my life at various points in time: a great family, great parents and in my years in college, some really great people.”

Dr. Pinkett said three of his business partners are all college classmates.

“We all came to Rutgers together, we all graduated together and we all came into business together – and we’re still friends to this day,” Pinkett said.

Season 4 Winner of NBC’s hit reality television show, The Apprentice with Donald Trump, Dr. Pinkett served as an executive with Trump Entertainment Resorts in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he oversaw renovation and information technology projects.

Dr. Pinkett presented the "Most Promising Engineer or Scientist In Government" Award to Shakti K. Davis at the 24th Black Engineer of the Year STEM Global Competitiveness Conference. Photo Credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

Dr. Pinkett presented the "Most Promising Engineer or Scientist In Government" Award to Shakti K. Davis at the 24th Black Engineer of the Year STEM Global Competitiveness Conference. Photo Credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

A recipient of many, many awards, Dr. Pinkett is also involved in a number of other activities.

He is a published writer, academic scholar, public speaker and community servant.

He is author of “No-Money Down CEO” and “Campus CEO” – The student entrepreneur’s guide to launching a multimillion-dollar business.

His company, BCT Partners, works with companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations in the areas of housing and community development, education, economic development, human services, government, and healthcare.

While the U.S. is battling with a very tough economy, Dr. Pinkett has some words of inspiration.

“My advice is really simple: find strength in numbers, meaning, post the envelop on how you can combine forces with other companies,” Pinkett said. “We see really bigger companies getting bigger, but we don’t see small companies following suit doing the same thing, which is almost counter intuitive.”

Signing session for Dr. Pinkett's book, "Campus CEO".

Signing session for Dr. Pinkett's book, "Campus CEO".

“You’d almost think that it’s smaller companies that really need to be thinking about how to come together so they can keep up and keep pace with the bigger companies that they are already playing catch-up against,” Pinkett said.

“We have to really find strength in numbers and pull our efforts, energy, and resources.”

Click on video below for Dr. Pinkett’s keynote at Visionary Marketing Group’s 11th Minority Business Summit:

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