Carl Lester Boyanton is a devoted father, CCP holder, astute businessman, and loving husband of 26 years. As a lifelong Republican, he fights every day to promote and preserve conservative values.
A Southern boy born into poverty in Memphis, Tn., Boyanton embraced the American dream wholeheartedly. He first walked on Mississippi soil as a toddler in 1962. Around 1963, he was baptized into the Southern Baptist faith in Picayune. From then on, he received his education from the Pearl River County public school district, starting with West Side Elementary School. He eventually attended Picayune Junior High Annex and Picayune Memorial High School.
However, Boyanton spent much of his childhood traveling across state lines, as his single father and eight older siblings tried to make financial ends meet. His past is peppered with countless blue-collar jobs, such as retail shelf stocking, construction work, and fencing. At 12 years old, he proudly earned pocket change as a Taco Bell assistant manager. These early experiences instilled in him the value of work ethic that drives his endeavors to this day.
Always a proud patriot, Boyanton attempted to join the United States Army at the age of 17. At the end of the Vietnam War, he yearned to serve the country in battle, just like his eldest brother, Richard Boyanton, in the 101st Airborne Division. Injuries from his youth – two broken elbows – resulted in his disqualification.
With his zeal for capitalism, he found his niche soon after in the produce industry. Throughout his twenties, Boyanton climbed the business ladder at Charlie’s Produce in Seattle, Wa. He started as a warehouse laborer, packing boxes and loading delivery trucks. His diligence led to a position in sales and buying, where he flourished. He joined a corporation with revenue of around $1 million. Almost two decades, Charlie’s Produce was worth hundreds of millions – and Boyanton was an imperative part of that growth.
After he married his wife, they bore two daughters, and Boyanton felt a strong pull toward his Southern roots. So the family of four migrated down to Diamondhead, to start fresh. Steered by an ambition to launch his own business, Boyanton opened a humble produce stand in the French Market of New Orleans, La., dubbing it “Farmer Fresh Produce.”
Soon after, he expanded to a warehouse in the city’s eastern section. To ease the commute, his household resettled in Slidell, La., where they spent the next 16 years. Just before Hurricane Katrina struck, Boyanton sold the New Orleans East location to operate out of a larger facility in Picayune. Years later, he purchased another warehouse in Robertsdale, AL.
At its height, Farmer Fresh Produce, LLC, employed around 100 workers – and Boyanton could always be found at the loading docks, carrying crates of fruits and vegetables. He catered to both local and international clientele.
His top priorities are family and politics. Specific inspirations of his are President Donald J. Trump and President Ronald Reagan. He enjoys travel, whether to visit his daughters in Washington, D.C. or to simply savor a meal overlooking the Gulf Coast.
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