When you visit the Knoll Team website, one of the first things you see is this line:
GENERATIONS OF EXPERIENCE YOU CAN TRUST
It’s not just a slogan for our website, it is truly the foundation of our business. It started in 1946 with Pam Meier’s grandfather. Then in 1957 Jean Klein, Pam’s mother, got her start in real estate because she wanted to help her Dad. Eventually, Justin Knoll followed in his mother Pam’s footsteps. So when we say generations of experience, we mean it!
Of course, back in Jean’s day, there were no cell phones, no email, no internet or even fax machines and the contracts were all written out by hand and driven around town for signatures. That was just how it was and Jean did it all. She was well loved and admired by all who knew her in part because she never forgot a name or detail about the families and people she interacted with. A great many of her clients immediately became lifelong friends.
She was sincere and innovative, a doer but also creative. Jean and her husband Al organized a Valentine’s Day dance and Halloween dance each year which they named The Klodhopper Klub. It was well attended by as many as 300 people. Jean and Al would provide the meat and people would pay $5 each in addition to bringing a side dish. Each attendee could invite someone else and in this way the guest list of potential clients just grew and grew over the years.
In addition, Jean would advertise in her hometown newspaper with these really creative, fun poems. Her first poem was:
“Gee whiz, Holy cow, We need listings, please call now.”
They were so popular that people eagerly thumbed through their paper each week looking for Jean’s ads to see what fun, creative poetry she devised that week.
Lucky for you, we have them all to share. We are starting a new series on our social media centered around Jean and her creative poems. We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!