In June 27, 2007, 23-year-old Captain Barrington Irving secured his place in history as the youngest person and first black pilot to fly solo around the globe. On his 97-day journey, he flew 30,000 miles in a single-engine aircraft called Inspiration, encountering thunderstorms, snow storms, icing, sand storms and monsoons along the way. His purpose in making the trip was to show other youth that if he could achieve his dream, they could too.
Dr. Randal Pinkett is a serial entrepreneur who started his first company while an undergraduate at the University of Rutgers. He is now Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners a company he also founded.
Randal was named the winner of NBC’s hit reality television show, The Apprentice, with Donald Trump. He was selected as one of 18 candidates chosen from among 1 million applicants to compete.
Divya is the CEO & founder of SumZero, which is the largest online community of buyside analysts in the world with over 4,500 analysts and Portfolio Managers as members. Every major hedge fund, mutual fund, and private equity fund is represented in SumZero’s membership.
Divya graduated from Harvard College where he also co-founded ConnectU, a predecessor to Facebook. Divya, along with his roommates, originated the social network idea at Harvard that led to the founding of Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg.
The character of “Divya” is played by actor Max Minghella in the David Fincher-directed film, “The Social Network,” which chronicles the genesis of Facebook. Divya is also currently a JD-MBA candidate at Northwestern Law School and the Kellogg School of Management.
Simon Benjamin found his artistic footing at 14 when he began designing t-shirts in Kingston.
He has become an awarded, New York-based Director and Designer whose portfolio includes both the world’s biggest brands and projects he’s done out of personal passion.
In 2007, Simon was featured in PRINT magazine as one of top 20 talents under 30.
Andrew Simpson is the Chief Operating Officer of CaseWare RCM Inc., a subsidiary of CaseWare International Inc., a global software company that provides technology solutions for finance, governance and audit professionals. Previously, Andrew held the role of CEO and founded SymSure Ltd, prior to its acquisition by CaseWare.
Andrew’s passion for entrepreneurship had led to the formulation of two successful technology and consulting companies. Andrew is also the Chairman of Symptai Consulting, a 13 year-old IT audit and security consulting firm with over 150 clients.
While an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, JJ joined four other students who were founding a small start-up called Invite Media. Although originally focused on using social data to optimize online advertisements, Invite Media eventually morphed into what it is today: a platform that enables customers to buy online ads in real-time through online ad-exchanges. Invite Media quickly grew to be one of the leading ad-buying platforms and, in June 2010, Invite Media was acquired by Google.