One of America’s Top Ten Places to Work – Keller Williams

Keller Williams has been ranked as one of America’s top 10 workplaces in 2011.

This is no surprise to me. Keller Williams is a great place to work. Let me give you a few reasons why.

One reason KW is a great place to work is the “Culture” they encourage. This culture emphasizes a giving charitable lifestyle. On every commission check it is easy to donate to KW Cares. KW Cares has no administrative fees. The moneys go directly to other agents and their families in times of need. After the tornado that hit Joplin last May, KW Cares not only helped KW agents, their families and clients; but also gave to other realtors in the Joplin area that were in need.

Another part of this culture is Red Day. This day occurs in May and focuses on a project to help a family or organization in the area. Some of the most recent project the Joplin office has done are remodeling the Boys and Girls Club, the Webb City Cerebral Palsy Center, and raising over $11,000 for a 1st grader with cancer. The whole office gets involved in these projects in fun creative ways such as the Masked Ball we had last October.

A second reason KW is a great place to work is the encouragement they give to their realtors to make money.  This is done by encouraging realtors within the company to share their knowledge, experiences and expertise with other realtors.  Our office is constantly offering classes that have taught me quite a bit.

KW also offers profit sharing within the individual offices.  This is a great way to make passive income.  And at our office commission is always split equally between the buyer’s agent and the seller’s agent.

Besides all this, KW is a fun place to work. Our office plans many social event including lunches, BBQ’s, Christmas parties, a softball team and of course the occasional Happy Hour.

So if you are looking for a great place to make a living, give me, Mary Plunkett, a call and I can tell you more about being a Keller Williams agent.




Way to go Silver Medal Winner – Webb City Schools!

Webb City Schools was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top schools in our country.  The silver medal that Webb City received was based on teacher student ratio, college readiness, Algebra 1 and English 2 proficiency.  I know most people think of Webb City as the school district that excels in sports.  The have been the #1 football team in the state of Missouri many times.  Their prowess on the athletic fields may at times obscure the fact that Webb City Schools very much strives for academic excellence among the students of their community.

I am proud to say that before becoming a realtor I was a teacher at Webb City High School.  I know firsthand the effort the teachers, parents and students have made to accomplish this goal.

The schools are just one reason that Webb City is a great place to live.  If you would like information about homes in this town please contact me, Mary Plunkett.

Way to go Webb City!

Day of Unity

What an aptly named event to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Joplin F5 tornado.  Aptly named because the Day of Unity focused not on an event that ripped our town in half but an event that brought people from all over to our town for cleaning up and rebuilding.

I felt honored to walk with these people back along the path that, although barren in most spots, is also dotted with new homes and buildings.

It was very cool to be with thousands of others to watch a steeple being placed on a newly built church.

It was very cool to watch the ground breaking for the new high school.


It was also very cool to end the day in the newly build Cunningham Park across from the old St. John’s Hospital and share a moment of silence.

Thanks to all who helped to make this a special event.

One Year Later

One year later, we look at our city of Joplin and how the F5 tornado changed everything.

We are still astonished at the power of Mother Nature.

We are humbly comforted by the kindness and compassion of strangers.

We are a little sad because our landscape has been changed forever.

We are extremely proud of what our community has done to clean up.

We are predictably scared every time we hear there may be bad weather.

We are very excited to move forward with new hopes and plans.