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11/30/2011

Dallas execs provide gift to establish social entrepreneurship contest at TCU

Dallas entrepreneurs Nancy Tartaglino Richards and Lisa Barrentine have provided a gift for an annual TCU Neeley School of Business contest that invites undergraduates to present business plans for “profitable ventures that also create meaning for the organization and/or significantly improves quality of life.”

The amount of the gift is undisclosed, Neeley said. The contest  is renamed the Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition. A mattress recycling plan won the first annual contest last April,  with students from six invited universities competing for cash awards. The second contest will be April 2012.

Richards is CEO of First Preston HT, and Barrentine is president. Richards founded First Preston HT in 1988, and it’s now one of the largest U.S. residential asset management companies.  Richards and Barrentine also founded HomeTelos, a technology company that specializes in online real estate sale and offer management.

- Scott Nishimura

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Business contest that invites undergraduates to present business plans for “profitable ventures that also create meaning for the organization and/or significantly improves quality of life.

Dallas entrepreneurs Nancy Tartaglino Richards and Lisa Barrentine have provided a gift for an annual TCU Neeley School of Business contest that invites undergraduates to present business plans for “profitable ventures that also create meaning for the organization and/or significantly improves quality of life.”

Barrentine is president. Richards founded First Preston HT in 1988, and it’s now one of the largest U.S. residential.

so create meaning for the organization and/or significantly improves quality of life.”

Barrentine is president. Richards founded First Preston HT in 1988, and it’s now one of the largest U.S. residential.

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