Caroline Ruhl is the President and co-owner of Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors. Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors has been serving eastern Iowa, and northwestern Illinois since 1862, and Caroline is the 4th generation of Ruhls to lead the residential brokerage and home services company. Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors has 287 sales associates, 62 employees and 13 residential sales offices, including Bettendorf, Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Clinton, Davenport, DeWitt, Dubuque, Iowa City, Maquoketa, Muscatine, and Washington, Iowa; and in Moline, Illinois. Their corporate office is in Davenport. Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors is ranked Iowa's largest privately-owned real estate company with the highest number of transactions per agent of any large broker in the state.
In 2013 Caroline partnered with her brother John Ruhl and created a new company, NAI Ruhl Commercial Company. NAI Ruhl Commercial has 17 sales associates and 16 staff. Caroline also is in the Mortgage business with Ruhl Mortgage which has 21 employees, including loan officers, processors, underwriters and staff. The combined Ruhl entities employ over 400 people. Caroline is also an investor in the Nelson Brothers Insurance Agency.
Prior to associating with Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors in 1980, Caroline was Manager of Employment and Management Development for Rockwell International in Dallas, Texas. She earned her BA from DePauw University and her MBA from SMU in Dallas. She also has her Certified Residential Broker ("CRB") designation. Caroline has served on numerous community boards. She's the past chairperson of both D-1 and the Chamber Federation and currently serves on the Board of the Quad Cities Chamber, the Scott County Family Y, and is a member of the Regional Opportunities Council. She serves on the Regional Vision Steering Committee. She was also the Co-Chairperson of the United Way's Women's Leadership Council and was on the Board of The United Way of the Quad Cities Area. She was previously a Board of Director of the Greater Davenport Board of Realtors, and served on the board of Junior Achievement of the Quad Cities. She also currently serves as a board member of the Realty Alliance, a federation of the largest brokers in the country. She also previously served on the Brokers Advisory Council for Realtor.com and the Principals Advisory Council to PHH Relocation, now Cartus Relocation.
Caroline is married to John Thompson, co-owner of DeLeon Thompson in Moline, IL. She is the proud mom of two sons - Chris Beason, a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, MN, and now working at Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors as Broker/Owner; and John Beason, a graduate of the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO, now working as a Senior Leasing Associate for Jones Lang LaSalle in Chicago. And she has two beautiful granddaughters, Ella and Caroline Beason.