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Carpenter Named Entrepreneur of Year

Award Reflects Generosity of Donors Jan and Lawrence Farrington
Hunter Carpenter enjoys family time with his wife Megan, daughters (from left) Brackett, Dorcas, Ruth and Lawler and son Wyllys.
Hunter Carpenter enjoys family time with his wife Megan, daughters (from left) Brackett, Dorcas, Ruth and Lawler and son Wyllys.


Jan & Lawrence Farrington

University of Mississippi donors Lawrence and Jan Farrington of Jackson, Mississippi, recently presented Hunter Carpenter, a partner in Redbird Capital Partners in Dallas, with the Farrington Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year award.

“Lawrence and I are both interested in encouraging young entrepreneurs, especially those associated with the University of Mississippi,” Jan Farrington said. “This yearly award provides the opportunity to honor successful entrepreneurs, and also to provide encouragement and inspiration to our students with an entrepreneurial spirit.

“Hunter’s career grows more impressive each year. He not only exemplifies a very successful entrepreneur, but also a person who shares his time and talents to help others. He has served on the UM Foundation Board for many years and is currently the chair of its investment committee.”

A four-year letterman on the Ole Miss men’s basketball team, Carpenter earned his bachelor’s degree in 1999 from the UM Patterson School or Accountancy, his master’s in accountancy in 2000 and a juris doctor degree from the UM School of Law in 2003.

“It is an honor to receive the award from the Farringtons,” Carpenter said. “They are special people to Ole Miss and to me, and have long carved a path as special entrepreneurs and investors in the South.”

By Stella Connell