Launched in June 1998, The Network Journal's 40 Under-Forty Black Achievement Awards honors men and women under 40 years old whose professional accomplishments have significantly impacted an industry or profession, and who also have made an important contribution to their community.
A committee of judges reviews each year's candidates and their supporting material and makes the final selection for the year's honorees. This year Rutgers Alumni Lawrence M. Hibbert was honored to be part of TNJ's 40 Under-Forty Black Achievement Awards Class of 2009.
Lawrence M. Hibbert is a founder, president and chief technology officer of BCT Partners L.L.C., a strategic management and technology consulting firm that he and his partners — Randal Pinkett, Dallas A. Grundy and Jeffrey Robinson — grew from a home-based business to a multi-million dollar company serving corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. BCT Partners was born from MBS Educational Services and Training, which was on the verge of closing after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S., when the partners decided to reinvent the company instead.
Though a difficult decision, Hibbert left the comfort of full-time employment as network services manager at Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. to head BCT Partners. The collective effort of his talented team is the key to firm’s success, he insists with pride. “I am because we are,” he says, quoting an African proverb that sums up his approach to success. “Success in our community is based in our ability to galvanize around a particular cause that is greater than our individual desires,” he explains.
Hibbert is passionate about inspiring the young people of his community, just as he is inspired and supported by his parents, George and Melida Hibbert, and his wife, Patrell Hibbert. He is Web communications chair for Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance (RAAA) Inc.; deacon and technology adviser for First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, N.J.; and an organizer and facilitator for the New Jersey Youth Entrepreneurial and Career Summit.
Quote: I am because we are. African proverb
Favorite book: The Bible
Xbox or PlayStation: Wii
Favorite sports team: New York Knicks
What artist would you go on tour with: New Edition
Favorite comedian: Bernie Mac
SUV or Hybrid: SUV
Number of countries visited: Six
Last movie: Slumdog Millionaire