When COVID-19 hit, McKinney mom and financial professional Carey Farmer knew she could assist local businesses.
Many were struggling to navigate the government’s Payroll Protection Program (PPP). At that point, Farmer was transitioning between banks. “During the time off, I really wanted to ensure that I did something good in the world. So for about three weeks, all I did was focus on mom-owned businesses and smaller businesses, helping them get funding with PPP.”
Farmer loves that sense of community and willingness to help out. “I’ve always said is my favorite part about Collin County is that it is an extremely connected place to live. You can pick up the phone, call pretty much anyone and just ask them.”
What makes McKinney a great place to raise a family? When I first toured McKinney in 2009, I remember driving into the city over a hill and seeing the most glorious crepe myrtle trees, and I knew it was home. I knew it was a place where I wanted to raise my kids. There are so many things to appreciate here.
McKinney’s downtown square—our favorite place to take out-of-town family—has locally owned unique shops and restaurants. We are so blessed to have incredible schools with the best teachers, who love our children like their own. I genuinely love our community’s large trees, amazing green spaces and the fact that there is a park on almost every corner. This is a place designed for families, and that is very important to us.
Also, we are close to every major Collin County freeway and don’t have to spend a lot of time in traffic. So we have more time to do what matters, whether that is working, family time or charity work.
We feel like we are in a small town, where you see your neighbor at the grocery store or run into your child’s teacher while walking the neighborhood, but we have all the amenities of a large city and can access other parts of the Metroplex fairly quickly.
You mentioned all the parks—which one is your favorite? We are so fortunate to live in a community where we have several small ponds right in our Wellington Point neighborhood. We enjoy fishing every few weeks right across the street from our house, but on most days, we can be found directly behind our home at Eubanks Park. The city just installed a 3-story playground for the entire family to enjoy!
What is your favorite family outing? We are a true sports family! In between dance competitions and baseball tournaments, we spend 24 nights a year cheering on the Texas Legends—the Dallas Mavericks’ G–League affiliate—in Frisco. My husband Malcolm is the Texas Legends’ president and general manager. While Malcolm works (he would never call it that), we attend every game.
The kiddos enjoy the bounce houses and kids zone, and they bring their friends to take part in the autograph session for all fans at the end of the game. I get to sit back and relax and watch some great basketball.
It’s honestly such an easy family outing, and watching Reagan, our 2-year-old, give high-fives out with Daddy at the end of the game is the best!
Tell us about your go-to spot for a night out. A typical date night or girls night usually means heading over to Legacy West or downtown McKinney for great food and drinks! I am not sure that our community realizes how incredibly blessed we are to have so many options for going out on adult adventures that are close to home. Many cities we have visited and lived in don’t have access to the options we have in this area. A great patio is always calling my name.
And a perfect night usually always ends with a stop at Bruster’s Ice Cream here in McKinney. Even after the Mavs Ball this year, Malcolm and I stopped by in our formal wear—ball gown and tux—and grabbed our favorite ice cream sundae from their walk-up counter. We sat outside just enjoying each other’s company. Now that is a great date night in our eyes.
What about self-care? How do you recharge? I am a big fan of pampering yourself. Honestly, I learned years ago that if I don’t take care of myself, then I will burn out very quickly being a working mom.
I love a great massage or even a simple pedicure with a glass of wine. When I was pregnant with my youngest, I found an incredible yoga program that was formatted for pregnant women. Bami Yoga’s Mimi Mears was the first person who has ever taught me how to relax, and it became my saving grace during my pregnancy.
Taking that time for myself and focusing on the bond between the baby and me is one of the best things. It helped me even after Reagan was born. I still use all the skills Mimi taught me in class when I need to relax and meditate during a busy week!
What’s your favorite way to get active? I like to get outside and walk with my girlfriends or family. McKinney has over 56 miles of walking and biking trails, so we love exploring new paths and seeing where it leads us. Over the past few months, it has been a great way to be active and also get in quality time with my family or friends.
Where do you cool off in the summer? Almost every day in the summer, we can be found cooling off in our backyard pool while Malcolm grills up dinner. When we moved two years ago, a large backyard was particularly important to us so we could enjoy entertaining and family nights at home.
McKinney is one of the very few areas that has some exceptionally large homesites. We were able to find several options for larger backyards, and it is one of the biggest reasons we looked for homes only in McKinney.
We were fortunate to find a home on half an acre only 10 minutes north of 121, close to the Dallas North Tollway and 15 minutes from Highway 75.
How does your family give back? Philanthropy is a passion of mine that extends to our family. I do not believe in “work-life balance.” I like to call it “work-life integration,” and that includes our charity work in the community.
We try to ensure we fluidly move between work, life and giving back. Malcolm’s Texas Legends’ team also hosts a charity jersey night for every home game; they highlight a local nonprofit that is supported by a corporate partner. It is an incredible way to spotlight the great organizations in our community. So we have gotten to partner with some amazing organizations.
One of my biggest yearly commitments is serving on the executive leadership team for the American Heart Association’s Collin County Heart Ball. This will be my fourth year on the board, and I was just selected as this year’s leadership team chair. I am very honored to help lead our team in raising funds and awareness that will directly benefit Collin County.
After almost losing my dad to a massive heart attack when I was a teenager, I wanted to do more to help heart survivors. This is one way I am fulfilling that years later. Collin County has hundreds of impactful nonprofits, so we found that there is something for each of us to connect with and make a difference.
Historic Downtown McKinney // 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney
A. Hardy Eubanks Jr. Park // 7801 Round Hill Road, McKinney
The Texas Legends // Comerica Center, 2601 Avenue of the Stars, Frisco
Legacy West // 7700 Windrose Ave., Plano
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream // 7650 Stacy Road, Suite 210, McKinney (with an additional DFW location)
American Heart Association // 1100 E. Campbell Road, Suite 100, Richardson
Lives in Stonebridge Ranch’s Wellington Point village in McKinney
Hails from Friendswood, Texas
Occupation Senior vice president, BBVA Global Wealth Management
Significant other Husband Malcolm, president & general manager of the Texas Legends, the Dallas Mavericks’ G-League affiliate
Offspring Anthony, 14, Gabriella, 12, Reagan, 2
Alma mater Texas State University, where she studied communications and business
Photo courtesy of Ariana Photography.