By April Taylor
Dr. Randal Pinkett was the first African American winner of Donald Trump’s NBC reality show “The Apprentice.” Pinkett has earned a total of five academic degrees that include a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Business Administration, and a doctorate degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Pinkett co-founded BCT Partners, an IT management and consulting firm that generates millions in revenue. He used both his experience and education to win the fourth season of the show and complete a yearlong apprenticeship with Trump Entertainment Resorts in Atlantic City, New Jersey in which he oversaw the multi-million dollar renovation of the Taj Mahal, the Plaza, and the Marina casino resorts.
Since winning The Apprentice, Pinkett has continued to add to his list of accomplishments while also sharing his knowledge and wealth to help others achieve the same success he enjoys. According to his website, Pinkett as published three books since appearing on the show that cover a range of subjects including student entrepreneurs, starting a business without significant monetary investment up front, and how to succeed as an African American minority in the business world.
As reported by Eurweb, Pinkett is hosting an Entrepreneurial Empowerment Session at his alma mater Rutgers University where he was an academic All-American. Pinkett reports to Eurweb that partnership is a major reason why he was attracted to the event because he feels as though more can be accomplished as a team than as an individual. An example of partnership is the fact that Abundant Life Family Worship Church and First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens are sponsoring the event. The churches involvement is an example of how faith-based organizations are become more involved with the message of economic empowerment. According to Pinkett’s website, he is a member of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Garden, and his faith is a very important part of his life. The partnership of his alma mater and the church he attends appears to be an ideal way for Pinkett to share his knowledge and reach a unique audience.