Dr. Randal D. Pinkett, Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Randal D. Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author and community servant. In addition to managing all of BCT Partners’ business development efforts, Dr. Pinkett is a highly sought-after speaker for various corporations, colleges, universities, government agencies, and community organizations. He is also co-author of three books: Campus CEO, No-Money Down CEO, Black Faces in White Places, and the forthcoming, Black Faces in High Places. Prior to founding BCT Partners, Dr. Pinkett gained corporate experience as a Member of the Technical Staff at General Electric, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Lucent Technologies.
Dr. Pinkett is a proud member of the board of directors for the New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute (NJPPRI), the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (N-TEN), and the Institute for Innovation in Government Technology (IIGT). He also serves as a member of the board of advisors for the Community Technology Centers’ Network (CTCNet) and is a national spokesperson for Autism Speaks.
Dr. Pinkett holds five degrees including: a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University; a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Oxford in England; a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Business Administration, and Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Pinkett is a Rhodes Scholar, and was the first and only African-American ever to receive this prestigious award at Rutgers University.
For more information on Dr. Pinkett, please visit: http://www.randalpinkett.com .
Lawrence Hibbert, Founder, President & Chief Technology Officer
Lawrence Hibbert is a dedicated and passionate leader, entrepreneur, and community servant that seeks to improve the lives of others by addressing challenges that affect people, collectively and individually, and supports them in reaching and achieving their goals.
With nearly 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, Mr. Hibbert has created three ventures: BCT Partners, Access One Corporation, and MBS Educational Services and Training. At BCT, Mr. Hibbert, leads and directs all company internal operations, including product/service delivery and fulfillment, project management, HR, finance, and administration. As a business leader, Mr. Hibbert has played a significant role in developing a and growing BCT’s portfolio to include a full range of program management, research and evaluation, and information technology services to federal, local government, commercial, nonprofit, and foundation clients. As an IT leader, Mr. Hibbert leverages his over 20 years experience and knowledge to create solutions that enable our customers to scale their initiatives, drive efficiency, and improve decision making.
Mr. Hibbert has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University and a MBA with a concentration in Finance from Rutgers Business School (Executive MBA Program). He was a 2008 Inductee in the Rutgers African-American Alliance Hall of Fame and honored in 2009 by The Network Journal as a “Forty Under 40” Award Recipient. Mr. Hibbert has been featured on the cover of The Network Journal and was profiled in Black Enterprise Magazine on navigating his business through a recessionary period. Mr. Hibbert is a board member of NJ Public Policy Research Institute (NJPPRI), a Class of 2012 Fellow with Leadership NJ, and proud member of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, NJ where he is an ordained deacon.
Kenya Crumel, Director of Program Management & Technical Assistance
Kenya Crumel has over fifteen years of experience managing programs and projects, leading strategic planning initiatives, creating partnerships, and planning conferences and other special events. She is passionate about improving the lives of others, and has been creating community development programs and building the capacity of grassroots organizations since 1995. Mrs. Crumel is highly skilled at administering project budgets, overseeing deliverable completion, negotiating contracts, managing logistics, conducting outreach, and writing proposals.
Currently, her responsibilities at BCT Partners include overseeing the successful fulfillment of all contracts, including contracts with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (technical assistance to Troubled HOPE VI grantees), the US Department of Health and Human Services (compliance monitoring to Assets for Independence, Community Economic Development, and Jobs Opportunities for Low-income Individuals grantees), the US Department of Labor (technical assistance to One-Stop Career Centers seeking to implement or improve their Ticket to Work revenues), and projects related to the SAMHSA IDIQ Domain IV.
Mrs. Crumel has a BA in Business Economics/Organizational Behavior and Management from Brown University, and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University.
Pascale Lafontant, Director of Finance & Administration
Ms. Lafontant has over 15 years of accounting experience in a variety of businesses, ranging from non-profits to corporations. Her focus is on helping entrepreneurs and small businesses create and maintain proper accounting systems.
Currently Ms. Lafontant oversees the accounting and financial areas of BCT Partners, LLC. This includes cash management, financial analysis, and cost management of several federal and private sector contracts. Prior to joining BCT Partners, Ms. Lafontant worked as Associate Director of Administration, Division of Life Science at Rutgers University; Senior Accountant, University Accounting at Rutgers University; and Technical Analyst for Chubb Insurance Company. She holds a degree in Accounting from Rutgers University, School of Business.
Dr. La Tonya M. Green, Director of Research & Evaluation
Dr. Green has over fifteen years of experience working within both the public and private sectors in research, evaluation, and data analysis and in physical and community planning and urban design. Dr. Green’s professional experience includes roles as educational technology consultant for the Paterson Community Technology Centers at Passaic Community College; adjunct faculty in the School of Public Affairs at the City University of New York, Baruch College; adjunct professor in the Public Policy Program in the Department of Urban Studies at Saint Peter’s College, Jersey City, NJ; and research investigator at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Currently, Dr. Green leads BCT Partner’s growing research and evaluation portfolio, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity, Domain I: Feasibility, Pilot, and Evaluation projects. In addition, she manages the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Choice Neighborhood (CN) Technical Assistance program—within which BCT assists HUD staff and CN grantees in making the best possible use of available resources to address the interconnected challenges that people face with their housing and in their neighborhood.
Dr. Green holds a Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Green also holds a Master of City Planning degree, an Urban Design Certificate, and a PhD in Urban Sociology and City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Jeffrey Robinson, Founder & Partner
Jeffrey A. Robinson, Ph.D. is an award-winning business school professor, international speaker and entrepreneur. Since 2008, he has been a leading faculty member at Rutgers Business School where he is an assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship and the founding Assistant Director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development. In addition to co-founding BCT Partners, Dr. Robinson founded Eden Organix, a day spa and retailer of organic skin and beauty products in Highland Park, New Jersey that has been recognized by New Jersey Magazine as one of the 10 best spas in the state.
Dr. Robinson has completed five academic degrees in the areas of engineering, urban studies and management including a Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from Columbia Business School. For more information on Dr. Robinson, go to www.jeffreyrobinsonphd.com or www.redefinethegame.com.
Dallas Grundy, Founder & Partner
Dallas A. Grundy is a visionary, results-focused operations executive with over 15 years of finance and human resources management, strategy development and leadership and team development for world-class organizations such as Lucent Technologies, Citigroup, General Motors, Corning Inc., and Merck and Co. Building upon this experience, he co-founded both BCT Partners and MBS Enterprises, which provides educational services and training to seasoned and senior executives. Since 2006, Mr. Grundy has served as the Associate Dean of Finance and Administration at the Rutgers’ Graduate School of Education, where he leads strategic planning and manages tactical operations in support of the School’s mission, goals and programs. As the school’s chief nonacademic officer, Mr. Grundy provides counsel and executive support to senior leadership and leads a business administration and information technology team that serves over 100 faculty and staff and more than 1400 students.
Mr. Grundy earned both a BS in Civil Engineering as well as an MBA in MIS and Marketing from Rutgers University. He loans his business acumen to the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Renaissance Economic Development Corporation, and he is a founding Trustee for the Lawnside Education Foundation. He was selected by the Partnership for New Jersey as a 2005 Leadership New Jersey Fellow. Most recently, Mr. Grundy was selected by and featured in the Network Journal Magazine as a “40 under Forty” dynamic achiever.