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Jean Steffens

Jean Steffens

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Updated: March 6, 2013 6:03AM

Elgin: Broker associate
joins local firm

Broker associate Jean Steffens recently joined Brokerocity, Inc., 100 E. Chicago St. She has been a residential Realtor for 15 years, serving clients in McHenry, Kane, Lake and other surrounding Chicagoland areas. Steffens has experience with all types of transactions, including traditional, short sales and bank-owned. She has sold single-family and attached properties, vacant land, horse or estate properties, waterfront and investment properties and lists and leases rental properties.

She is a member of the Heartland Realtors Organization (formerly the McHenry County Association of Realtors), Illinois Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors.

According to Frank Richier, broker/owner of Brokerocity, Inc., “Jean is joining our cutting edge full service real estate brokerage and a team of seven experienced and long-time Realtors all of whom have serviced hundreds of clients in this area. Jean brings her professional sales, marketing and mentoring skills to Brokerocity and is a wonderful addition.”

Elgin: Weed Man franchise

At the age of 26, business co-owner Shane Griffith chose to invest in a Weed Man franchise because of his educational background and close ties with successful Weed Man owners, Terry Kurth, son, Andy Kurth and partner Mark Whitish.

Terry Kurth, director of development for U.S. operations for Weed Man, has been a mentor and teacher of Griffith from the beginning.

After Griffith received his master’s degree in soil science from the University of Wisconsin, an opportunity arose for him to open a Weed Man franchise in Elgin with the help of the Kurth and Whitish.

After a year of extensive training at Terry Kurth’s Madison location, Griffith was ready to open his own Weed Man franchise. Griffith is now open and operating throughout the northwest suburban area. Currently, he is hiring 30 to 40 part-time workers who will begin this spring.

Weed Man USA is a network of locally-owned and operated lawn care businesses providing environmentally responsible fertilization, weed control and integrated pest management services. Weed Man entered the U.S. market in 1995 through a licensing agreement with Turf Holdings, Inc. Today Weed Man helps support franchisees in more than 265 territories throughout the United States.

East Dundee: Sales and
marketing director hired

Horizon Die Company, Inc., 160 Windsor Drive, has hired Bruce T. Black as director of sales and marketing.

Black brings more than 25 years of sales management and customer support experience to Horizon Die. This includes sales management at several Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive suppliers, including C&K Components and American National Rubber. His most recent position was sales manager for Lear Corporation’s seating division.

At Horizon Die, Black will head up all sales, marketing and customer support activities in various industries, including automotive.

Founded in 1987, Horizon Die is a leader in the high-precision, high-volume metal stamping industry, serving the electronics, telecom, medical, consumer and automotive markets. For more information, visit

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