Carl grew up in South Central Los Angeles, attended the University of Southern California and is now retired. Prior to retirement, Bedford was a financial advisor and radio talk show host in the investment industry for more than twenty-five years. Mr. Bedford was employed by Prudential-Bache Securities. He subsequently became President of Lord and Bedford Financial, where he developed a successful financial planning and money management practice. In 2013 Mr. Bedford was named Volunteer of the Year for TEP and has been actively volunteering in the community for many years. He is also a frequent motivational speaker and lecturer for private, corporate and civic organizations. With Seeds of the Heart, he is using his expertise to help develop self-sustaining communities worldwide.