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Lawrence Hibbert and Dr. Randal Pinkett named EY Entrepreneurs of the year for New Jersey

Updated: Aug 13


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EY Announces Dr. Randal Pinkett and Mr. Lawrence Hibbert of BCT Partners as Entrepreneurs of The Year® 2021 New Jersey Award Winners Newark, NJ, August 5, 2021 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that Dr. Randal Pinkett and Lawrence Hibbert, Founding Partners of BCT Partners were named Entrepreneurs of The Year® 2021 New Jersey Award winners. The Entrepreneur of The Year Awards program is one of the preeminent competitive awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The award recognizes those who are unstoppable entrepreneurial leaders, excelling in talent management; degree of difficulty; financial performance; societal impact and building a values-based company; and originality, innovation and future plans. Dr. Pinkett and Mr. Hibbert were selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was announced during the program’s virtual awards gala on July 26, 2021. As Mr. Hibbert stated, “Randal and I are so proud to have won this award. When we started BCT Partners with our two other founders, we had vision and determination but no guarantee as to whether that would translate into a long-lasting business. 20 years later, we have not only built a successful company that we are still running together, but we are making a lasting social impact. We are driving diversity, equity, and inclusion forward through the power of our people, data insights and technology.” For 35 years, EY US has honored entrepreneurs whose ambition, courage and ingenuity have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Dr. Pinkett and Mr. Hibbert will go on to become lifetime members of the esteemed multi-industry community of award winners, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources. As New Jersey award winners, Dr. Pinkett and Mr. Hibbert are now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of The Year 2021 National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur off The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced in November at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur of The Year program has honored the inspirational leadership of entrepreneurs such as:

· Brian Niccol of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. · Saeju Jeong of Noom · Joe DeSimone of Carbon, Inc. · Howard Schultz of Starbucks Corporation · Jodi Berg of Vitamix · Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn · Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani · Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC · Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks · James Park of Fitbit · Daymond John of Fubu

Sponsors

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Kauffman Foundation. In New Jersey sponsors also include DLA Piper, Marsh McLennan, and PNC Bank.

About Entrepreneur of The Year®

Entrepreneur of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur of The Year™ title. ey.com/us/eoy

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About BCT Partners:

BCT Partners is a national consulting firm that works with government agencies, Fortune 500 corporations, nonprofits, and foundations. Their mission is to harness the power of diversity, people, and technology to transform lives. Forbes has recognized BCT for two years in a row as one of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms, Manage HR Magazine as one of the Top 10 Diversity and Inclusion Consulting/Service Companies, and the Black Enterprise BE100 list as one of the nation’s largest African American-owned businesses. You can learn more by visiting: www.BCTPartners.com.







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