“I was really frustrated with my environment as a kid—a lack of role models, lack of confidence, lack of identity,” says Coy Carter. “But when Peter came into my life, I finally got to see a role model who looked like me.”
Peter, Coy’s TSIC mentor, was a banker who always wore a suit. Coy loved how heads would turn at the sharp-dressed man arriving at McIntosh Middle School just to see him. “He was patient and explained to me some different options in life, options that weren’t there for me before,” says Coy.
Coy went on to graduate from Sarasota Military Academy in 2013. He pursued criminology at USF and then received his MBA in Business Administration. That’s when he discovered real estate.
Coy has now been a licensed realtor for seven years, selling properties and teaching classes as an adjunct professor at Southeastern University as he pursues his master’s in organizational leadership.
“Business was always my interest because of hanging out with Peter,” says Coy. “And real estate really is like running your own business. I just love it.”
Peter went on to mentor two of Coy’s younger siblings, too. “We still talk all the time,” Coy adds. “We just went to breakfast. He’s always just a phone call away.”