Fifth Generation Joins Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
After 148 years in business, the fifth generation of the Ruhl family joins Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS. Chris Beason, son of Caroline Ruhl, President of Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS, is now working as a Realtor in the company’s Davenport office.
Chris was born and raised in the Quad Cities and has grown up in the real estate business. After graduating from Assumption High School in Davenport, Iowa, Beason moved to St. Paul, Minnesota to attend the University of St. Thomas. There, he earned a bachelor’s degree in real estate, and then went on to work at two nationally recognized real estate agencies – The Norton Agency in Gainesville, Georgia and The Group, Inc. in Fort Collins, Colorado.
“I am proud and excited to have Chris join our team,” Caroline said. “I know he will continue our commitment to the communities we serve and will be a team player, helping to build on the quality, value and integrity we provide to all of our clients. Plus, he’s fun and will make coming to work even more gratifying.”
Chuck Ruhl Sr., Chris’ 82-year old grandfather, is especially pleased to see another generation join the family business. “I think Chris will be a star in the business,” Chuck said. “The company has improved with each generation’s entry and the new ideas and energy that each person has contributed.”
Ruhl&Ruhl traces its origins back to 1862 when they started as an insurance agency in the back of a little German grocery store on W. 6th Street in Davenport. John G. Ruhl added real estate brokerage in 1900. By 1949, the third generation of Ruhl’s had joined the firm, totaling four full-time real estate salesmen with a successful insurance division. In 1982, the real estate and insurance companies separated.
A fourth generation of the Ruhl family was added to the firm with the association in 1976 of Charles A. Ruhl, Jr., in 1980 of Caroline Ruhl and in 1991 of John G. Ruhl.
In 1997, Caroline Ruhl took ownership of Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS, the residential company. Chuck Ruhl, Jr. opened a new company, Ruhl Commercial, and was joined by his brother John G. Ruhl. Jenny Ruhl joined the company in 2003 and is a trainer and an agent at the Bettendorf Office.