To Maribel Lopez at Vision Starts Thank You for making my website look + feel on point + professional. I’m addicted to your flare for trend and style.
To Starbucks for those vanilla, soy, extra shot lattes, which keep my brain functioning through long projects. Straight expresso's (or summer time iced Americano's) are a must. (Maybe this is why I can’t sleep?)
Thank you to my husband, William R. Klee who is the ultimate supporter and the best teacher on calm, sensible, diplomacy + keeping my salty flare. I appreciate your patience in the early years of building this business (but I think we are even because I helped you channel your “inner daddy” skills). The kids and I can’t be at our best without you! Besitos.
Thanks Mom, for being my 'spirit guide' in business and all those years of rules to follow/etiquette training. Thank you for wiping my nose, my bottom and my tears. For tying my shoe laces and tying up loose ends, but mostly for reminding me it's okay to be me. #MissionPossible
Netflix Thank You for being there for me when I can’t sleep or when I need to “Turn Off” the creativity. (Please people, a girl needs an occasional break and binge watching is a glorious experience.)
Okay, thank you Amazon Prime too! It’s not binge watching all the time, I appreciate the music that keeps streaming and keeps going. A little known marketing secret is how you help with trendy 'pop culture research' also known as shopping. Thanks for making the work fun.
Thanks to Chicago Public Libraries for being a never-ending source of research materials and data driven touch points. Can we talk about your hours?
MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR
When not creating for business, Joanne is doing, what else, but researching and creating fun activities for her family. As the 'Family Manager' (a.k.a. Minister of the Interior) she is always innovating to stay very busy with her brood of three studious, amazing, outgoing kids + her husband, CPS Chief of Schools, with thousands of students of his own. Joanne applies her marketing creativity and research skills to plan weekend excursions and regular road trips where they are creating + collecting + exploring out of the way places. Our family is always in nature or on the lakefront, sticking our toes in the sand. (Yes, Chicago has REAL beaches with sand! See more of our amazing lakefront here.)
For the truly demanding, if you are interested in some of Joanne's inspirations and personal projects, the collection of ideas on almighty Pinterest is a collection of creative ideas galore! Pinterest also holds posts of “My Creations Handmade” and “My Joanne Klee Marketing” history.
A LITTLE MORE …
To my little, amazing, funny and outgoing tribe called the Klee Kids. A, M, I: your kisses and hugs get me thru the day. (So does your nagging on “what are we doing this weekend, when is the next trip happening?”) … your continued patience while Mom works and expands her brand. I owe you tons.
My pets, for all those times I forgot to walk you, feed you, or close the lid …. thanks for understanding!