Ruth Alford grew up in Toronto Canada. Working internationally for many years, she eventually settled in Charlottesville, Virginia where she returned to her studies in Commerce, at the University of Virginia. Before becoming a licensed Realtor, Ruth worked as a consultant aiding small businesses with mission critical IT solutions. For many years prior to that, she worked at perfecting the Emerald Coast Coffee & Grille concept, developing a financial strategy including investor participation and the growth enabling actions to move the business system into three states, and to the brink of a successful franchise operation. Ruth acknowledges that the breathtaking scenery and views of the Emerald Coast act as an aphrodisiac in her busy life. She finds it invigorating and energizing and she wouldn't have it any other way.