Inside Carter | Meet Ruth Bowers

Every other week we’ll profile a different member of the Carter team, giving you a little glimpse inside the personalities that make our company so robust and unique. This week we are getting to know: Ruth Bowers, senior executive assistant. If you missed our last Inside Carter post, click here.

1. How did you end up in this industry?
Carter is my first experience in the commercial real estate industry, and I am still learning something new about this business every day. 

2. What’s one thing that people would be surprised to learn about you? 
In high school, I was captain of our boys’ soccer team and was the only girl on the team for two years. Then, my parents formed a group to mount a Title IX challenge to the DeKalb County school system – asking for funding and support for girls soccer instead of boys softball – which ultimately brought girls soccer into the high schools.

3. Best part of your job here at Carter?
Being surrounded by such capable people who are 100% committed to excellence.

4. Who has been the most influential person in your career?
Mr. Hayes, who was the first person whom I ever administratively supported. He was the VP of Sales at Lanier Business Products. I had no admin experience, but he gave me a chance and we worked together for 15 years at three different companies. He demonstrated unflappable belief in me. Still, to this day, I am unable to bring myself to refer to him by his first name. 

5. Where in the world are you headed on your next vacation?
Cambridge Beaches in Bermuda 

6. What did you want to grow up to be?
A singer – I spent countless hours belting out “Delta Dawn” into a cassette recorder, but I always knew I sounded awful and that I needed to develop a backup plan for my future.

7. If you could have lunch with a famous person – dead or alive – who would it be and why? 
I know this sounds hokey, but I would rather have lunch with my husband than with anyone else. To quote one of our MacIver reading assignments (Finding Flow, a Carter EQ reading assignment), spending time with my husband is one of my favorite sources of finding flow.

8. Are you a social media user? Which platforms?
Facebook and LinkedIn.

9. What’s on your bucket list that you’d like to share?
Go to professional driving school and learn how to drive my car like it was meant to be driven.

10. Favorite thing about Atlanta?
I get to experience Atlanta as both an urbanite and a suburbanite. There’s an exciting energy and vibrancy that surrounds me when we live in our urban condo during the week. Then, on the weekends, we can find total quiet and serenity in our little cottage in the woods just 20 miles away.

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