You’re hired! Those were the words Dr. Randal Pinkett heard during season four of The Apprentice. Pinkett was chosen out of 16 to get the coveted job, and after his win, Pinkett served as an executive with Trump Entertainment Resorts on Atlantic City, NJ. Pinkett is the only African-American to ever get hired on The Apprentice. The entrepreneur will be visiting UTC on Friday, Jan. 20, 11 A.M, in the UC Auditorium.
Pinkett has five degrees, including a doctorate in Media Arts and Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is also the only African-American Rhodes Scholar from Rutgers University, and even started his first business while still in college.
Pinkett is known around the world as an entrepreneur, author, scholar, speaker, engineer and athlete. He empowers communities to reach their greatness and pursue the entrepreneur mindset. Pinkett is the founder, chairman and CEO of his fifth venture, BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar management consulting, research and evaluation, information technology, and data analytics firm headquartered in Newark, NJ.
The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s demonstrated America’s inability to recognize the human race and opportunities for a quality of life. For over 50 years, Americans have benefited from the life work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. During King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, he stated “We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.”
Pinkett is living that dream! He has been featured on nationally televised programs such as The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, CNN and FOX News. Pinkett has also been featured in Parade magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe.
Pinkett is the author of Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur’s Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business, No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash and Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness. Black Faces in White Places was named one of the “10 Best Books of 2010.”
Pinkett and Dr. King share the same fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha. Pinkett will speak on “Keeping the Dream Alive” to the Chattanooga Community on Friday, Jan. 20, at 11a.m. at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s University Center Auditorium.