Randal Pinkett

Randal Pinkett

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name = Randal Pinkett
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birth_date = 1971
birth_place = Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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occupation = Chairman and CEO of [http://www.bctpartners.com/ BCT Partners]
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spouse = Zahara
website = [http://www.randalpinkett.com/ RandalPinkett.com]
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children = Amira Leslie Pinkett (b. 2007)

Randal D. Pinkett (born 1971 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is the first African American candidate to be hired on national television through the U.S. version of "The Apprentice", a television reality show starring Donald Trump. Pinkett was hired on national television during the season finale of season four. Pinkett is the Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners [ [http://www.bctpartners.com Welcome to BCT Partners - Your Partner in Solutions that Matter > Home ] ] , a management, technology and policy consulting services firm. Over the course of the season, Pinkett had the best record as project manager, with an undefeated 3-0 record. Pinkett is both a Rhodes Scholar and a Walter Byers Scholar.


Pinkett graduated from Hightstown High School in Hightstown, New Jersey.

Pinkett holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University; an M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Oxford University, having attended Keble College as a Rhodes Scholar; an S.M. degree in EECS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; an M.B.A. degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management, as an MIT Leaders for Manufacturing (LFM) fellow; and a Ph.D. degree from the MIT Media Laboratory. According to his website, he was also an academic All-American at Rutgers.

Pinkett graduated from Rutgers "summa cum laude", and was the first African American from Rutgers to become a Rhodes Scholar. While at Rutgers, Pinkett was a member of the Cap and Skull organization. He has also served as President of MEET, the Rutgers Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, and was the captain of the Rutgers varsity men's track and field team, competing both as a high jumper and long jumper. He was the 1994 male Walter Byers Scholarship winner as the NCAA's top scholar athlete. [cite web|url=http://www1.ncaa.org/membership/scholarships/byers/winner_list|title=Previous Walter Byers Scholars|accessdate=2008-01-25|publisher=The National Collegiate Athletic Association] The 1994 female winner was Christa Gannon.

Pinkett's Ph.D. thesis was titled "Creating Community Connections: Sociocultural Constructionism and an Asset-Based Approach to Community Technology and Community Building" [ [http://www.randalpinkett.com/about/resume.asp Randal Pinkett Resume] , randalpinkett.com]

Pinkett is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first inter-collegiate Greek-letter organization established for African Americans.

In 2006, Pinkett was given the Paul Robeson Leadership Award by Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts. [cite news | first=Glenn | last=Yoder | coauthors= | title=Top apprentice is Robeson winner | date=2006-04-16 | publisher= | url =http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/04/16/top_apprentice_is_robeson_winner/ | work =Boston Globe | accessdate = 2008-09-28 ]

"The Apprentice"

Pinkett's competitor in the finale was Rebecca Jarvis, a journalist from Chicago who is currently an anchor on CNBC. For his final task, Pinkett met with Outback Steakhouse executives and the CEO of Autism Speaks in order to coordinate his most difficult task of the entire series, a charity fundraiser for Autism Speaks. Pinkett planned a celebrity softball game, but the game was rained out. Pinkett was criticized by Trump's associate Carolyn Kepcher for lack of a detailed back-up plan and for failing to monitor the weather after an early forecast put the chances of rain at 30%. Pinkett arranged a last-minute auction in an undecorated white room, which raised nearly $11,000. Trump criticized Pinkett for not spotlighting the celebrities in attendance, who intermingled with the auction crowd.

In an unusual twist, when Pinkett was hired by Trump, Trump asked Pinkett if he should also hire Jarvis. Pinkett replied, "I firmly believe this is 'The Apprentice,'" and that "there is one, and only one 'Apprentice' and if you're going to hire someone tonight, it should be one." He added that the show was called "The Apprentice" and not "The Apprenti" [sic] . Trump said he "could have been convinced," but opted to agree with Pinkett and "leave it at that." Trump then dropped the subject, but many viewers were left with the impression that he had hoped to hire both Pinkett and Jarvis. (The fourth season of "The Apprentice" regularly saw Trump playing havoc with established procedures, including multiple firings.) Pinkett firmly stood by his decision, which was subsequently both praised and panned and sparked debate well after the finale aired.

Pinkett later gave his version of the events in an interview with blackenterprise.com. He stated, "I'm satisfied with the decision I made and I'm pleased with the arguments I presented. As I said last night, 'in a competition there is only one winner.' You wouldn't ask the gold medalist in the Olympics to share with the silver medalist. Unfortunately for those that wanted to see a double hiring or see Rebecca win, I ended up being the bearer of bad news. However, at the end of day all I did was give Mr. Trump my recommendation. It was ultimately his decision to not hire Rebecca." [cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title=Q&A With The Apprentice | date= | publisher= | url =http://www.blackenterprise.com/exclusivesekopen.asp?id=1470&p=2 | work = | pages = | accessdate = 2006-08-30 | language = ]

Personal life

On August 8, 2007, Pinkett's wife, Zahara, gave birth to daughter Amira Leslie at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The Pinkett family resides in Somerset, New Jersey. [http://www.celebrity-babies.com/2007/09/apprentice-winn.html]


External links

* [http://www.randalpinkett.com/ Official Site]
* [http://www.bctpartners.com/ BCT Partners]
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* [http://www.theapprenticerules.com/biographies/profile-randall-pinkett.html The Apprentice Rules Randal Pinkett Bio]
* [http://www.nbc.com/The_Apprentice_6/where_are_they_now/randal.shtml The Apprentice - Where Are They Now?]

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