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Lawrence Watkins Speaks with Dr. Randal Pinkett about His Billion Dollar Contract

 
by Lawrence Watkins

If you are looking for someone who personifies academic and business success in the African-American community, Dr. Randal Pinkett is your go-to guy. Most people remember his rise to fame as the winner of the fourth season of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice, a high point of his career — but there is much more to the man than this 2005 victory. Dr. Pinkett is a Rhodes Scholar, track star, author of multiple books, and has received two master’s degrees and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Most recently, Dr. Pinkett’s company, BCT Partners, was awarded a billion dollars in contracts from the U.S. government to help implement President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Dr. Pinkett recently sat down with theGrio to share his advice on achieving personal success and entrepreneurship. Dr. Pinkett’s best tip? “Put in the time and energy that it takes to achieve what it is that you want to achieve.” He is a living example of this ethos.

Raised in Newark, N.J., Dr. Pinkett’s father died when he was a child. This left his mother to raise him and his older brother alone. Though humble in means, the doctorate’s family still nourished him well, empowering him to grow. To this day, Dr. Pinkett is very grateful for these encouragements.

“They sacrificed to give me opportunities to go to college and get a solid education,” Pinkett said of his family.  Speaking of his mother, he added, “If she can sacrifice to give me opportunities the least I can do is to take advantage of those opportunities. I take very seriously the opportunities that have been given to me.”

Dr. Pinkett’s latest new horizon is the broadest of his career. His firm, BCT Partners, was just awarded two contracts from the Department of Health and Human Services worth close to $1 billion to upgrade its healthcare technology infrastructure. The goal is to bring healthcare technology into the 21st century.

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5 Responses to Lawrence Watkins Speaks with Dr. Randal Pinkett about His Billion Dollar Contract

  1. Corky Johnson Reply

    August 28, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Great to see and hear that their are Afo-Americans that have created huge businesses.Am from Newark, New Jersey and I support my brother. I only wish the government would grant me a Bail Out so that I can save my home from foreclosure.

    • moonhead Reply

      August 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Corky, didn’t you know when you took out this loan, that one day something beyond your control might occur, and you might not be able to make your payments? Did you have contingency plans? Dr. Pinkett, is not receiving a bailout, or a handout, like the one that you want. He was awarded a contract to provide his services. When are you going to stop looking for government hand outs, become independent, and have some pride?

  2. Phillip Battle Reply

    August 28, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Dr. Pinkett– a Newark, NJ native – such great mines we have:-)
    As a conscious brilliant man he is-it would be very rhetorical of me to suggest that there should be a minority set aside for employment.
    God knows we don’t need no window dressing folk.

    • ronald Reply

      August 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Phillip,
      That’s a very stupid comment, and you sound like a white conservative posing as Black to “credibly” attack even the most meager efforts to level the playing field for minority entrepreuners where racism, sexism and the good ol’ boys’ network abound. If the only observation that you can make from reading Dr. Pinkett’s story is that we no longer need set aside or equal employment programs, you are a fool. Its like saying since we have a Black President, we now live in a post-racial society. Nice try, but nobody is buying your right-wing rhetoric disguised in a supposed Black voice. Nobody experiences discrimination in business and employment like Black folks, and good for Dr. Pinkett and his success, but his is the exception, not the rule, when it comes to qualified African Americans being awarded contracts for which they are the best qualified.

      • Phillip Battle Reply

        August 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm

        Thank you for informing me of My stupidity.

        Now can you help me in an effort of getting the word out to our community to—–

        Boycott Christmas 2012

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