When Jay Carpenter comes through the doors of his office every morning, he passes a slogan on the wall that reads, “Leveraging the Power of People.” It’s a sentiment that reflects both his career and work in the community.
In his position at the Fahrenheit Group, Carpenter connects companies with the people they need to get the job done. He serves as a mentor, friend and business contact for millennials throughout the city.
Before Fahrenheit, Carpenter worked for financial services company Advancement Concepts, helping colleges and other nonprofits to solicit planned giving. Some clients included Benedictine College Preparatory, James Madison University and Virginia Military Institute. And he wore many hats, working on public relations, human relations, recruitment and sales.
“It was a great way to help the long-term viability of a school,” Carpenter says.
He stays connected with his alma mater too. He’s mentored through Virginia Commonwealth University’s Ram to Ram program, which connects business students with local professionals. He worked with Jose Aguirre offering connections, résumé help and advice in starting a landscaping business.
Aguirre says that even though he has graduated, Carpenter “is always a phone call or text away.”
But Carpenter also realizes that building the region’s talent starts long before college. He’s coached for the local little league football team the Western Wildcats and wrestling at Benedictine. He served on the Massey Alliance Board for five years and helped raise money for the Susan G. Komen Pink Tie Gala for three years at its charity bachelor auction.
He also hopes to help make Richmond an attractive and vibrant place for college graduates to stay. For the past five years he’s served on the YRichmond Steering Committee. Run through the Greater Richmond Chamber, it connects interns and young professionals with each other and local organizations, selling the area as a place to put down roots. Carpenter says it’s about “showing them there is more to the city than just their cubicle.”