Our Team

The team at Southern Advantage Real Estate has more than 50 years of combined real estate experience on the Northwest Florida and Alabama Gulf Coast. They live and work in coastal Alabama and are proud to be active members of the communities they call home.

Rick A. Phillips, CRS, CRP, ABR, CRB

A licensed real estate professional, Rick A. Phillips has developed and marketed 19 condominium projects on the Florida and Alabama Gulf Coast. A graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, he earned an undergraduate degree in Community Recreation and a Masters in Parks and Recreation Administration.

In 1990 he launched the RE/MAX concept in the Gulf Shores area then sold out to his partners five years later. Then, he launched a Century 21 franchise which became the top producing office in the Southeast for seven of eight years, winning numerous awards for quality service as recognized by clients and customers. In 2002, Phillips converted the franchise to an independent brokerage company called ONO Professional Partners. As owner of the 82-agent group, the firm’s gross sales exceeded $105 million in 2006. Phillips also served as the marketing arm for the development team, successfully delivering 19 diverse condominium projects totaling 1,819 units with sales of more than $410 million.

Phillips was one of 17 organizers of Vision Bank, a start-up in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and the Florida Panhandle. The bank grew to 17 locations before being sold to a national holding company. Phillips served as a director on the holding company’s board and the Alabama board as well as a member of its loan and audit committee.

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Cindy Stewart Phillips

Growing up on the Alabama Gulf Coast, Cindy Stewart Phillips first began working in real estate in Mobile County, Alabama in 1988. After running a family golf business in Orlando, Florida and the country of Norway, she returned with her son, Brandon Hubbard, to the Gulf Shores area in 1997.

Since 1998, Cindy has worked in the Baldwin County, Alabama real estate industry in areas including condominium association management, real estate consulting and sales and development as owner of her own company. She is a member of the National Board of Realtors, The Alabama Association of Realtors and the Baldwin County Board of Realtors.

A graduate of the Leadership Baldwin County Class of 2005-2006, Cindy is actively involved with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Sea Turtle Watch (Share-the-Beach) project. She currently serves as a volunteer for the Gulf Shores Annual National Shrimp Festival as Chairman of the Sponsor Hospitality Tent during the four-day event which attracts more than 225,000 visitors annually. She is a past member of the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo Board of Directors.

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