Joe Gehrke is the President of Kesslers Diamond Center Inc., a prestigious diamond retailers with 7 locations throughout Wisconsin and Michigan. Joe began his career in banking with Comerica after graduating from Western Michigan University. Later, he was recruited to Milwaukee by Associated Bank, where he spent more than 16 years and became a Group Senior Vice President. Associated Bank had been the banker for Kessler’s Founder, Richard Kessler. When Richard began to think about his company’s succession plan, he believed that Joe, whom Richard considered to be a trusted advisor, was uniquely qualified to take on the President role. In July 2017 Joe accepted the opportunity.
Mike and Joe cover a ton of great stuff in this episode, including how his knack for connecting with people became a huge strategic advantage for him, why offering a guarantee is such a powerful way to make the buying process easy for the client, how choosing not to follow his colleagues to a new bank was one of the best moves he’s ever made, why you’re never 100% ready for a new opportunity – and why that’s OK, and how he learned, after becoming Kesslers’ President, that he needed to slow down before he could speed up.
And now here’s Joe Gehrke
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