The Force at the Lake

Jeff Krantz, Agent/Broker, is the founder of Krantz and Associates and has been affiliated with Lake of the Ozarks since the late 1960s. His parents owned Point Breeze Resort from 1969 to 1982, and remained second homeowners after that time. Jeff’s love of the lake resulted in becoming a full time resident in 1990. Jeff has been in the Real Estate Industry since 1993 and has a background in accounting. Jeff enjoys the challenges of the Real Estate Industry and loves working with his wife, Melissa. Jeff and Melissa have three children, Kassy, Jacob and Zach. Jeff is confident that Krantz and Associates has the ability to assist first time home buyers as well as experienced commercial investors. 

Melissa Krantz, Agent/Broker, Melissa has been aquainted with the Lake area since the late 1970s because her family vacationed here for years. She moved here permanently in 1994. Melissa has a background in Education and Restaurant/Hotel Management. She joined the Real Estate business with Jeff soon after he began his career in Real Estate. Melissa absolutely loves Real Estate because “It is a wonderful career that allows you to work with many wonderful people.” Melissa also enjoys spending time with her family and her children, Kassy, Jacob and Zach.  

Gary Zeiger, REALTOR®moved to the lake from the St. Louis area. If you are looking for a successful, experienced Realtor® at the lake, look no further. Gary has been with Krantz & Associates for 8 years, the only company he has sold real estate for. In those 8 years, he has sold or listed nearly $100 million dollars in volume. In this period of time, Gary has proven his success in the business, and has a large number of happy past clients to help him continue his success. If you want an honest, and educated opinion, Gary is your guy. Gary has two children ages 21 and 23. He enjoys vacationing in Mexico and the Caribbean.   

Sam Rhoades, Broker/Listing Specialist, has been selling real estate in Missouri for the last 32 years. He began selling in Southern Missouri where he owned and brokered a RE/MAX franchise.  Sam is a graduate of the University of Missouri and avid sports fan.  He is married and has a daughter that lives in Oklahoma.  Sam is well versed in short sales and is on Bank of America’s preferred vendor list for distressed properties.  He has practiced his trade in several good and also trying markets and can handle whatever obstacles sellers are facing with getting their properties sold.   

Jill Krantz, REALTOR®, has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  She was awarded RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks Team Member of the Year 2011 for Highest Production.  It is her objective for each client to have a “WOW” experience throughout the home buying or selling process.  Her husband Matt owns and operates Matthew L. Krantz Development, where they take pride in the quality homes that they build.  You will not be disappointed in her enthusiasm, sincere care for her clients, and knowledge about Real Estate market at the lake. 

Marc Hammack, REALTOR®, CDPE®, moved to the Lake of the Ozarks in the Spring of 2001 from the Kansas City area.  Marc has 10 years of  experience in the personal finance industry as a loan officer and over 20 years of experience as a carpenter and custom home builder.  His background has enabled him to have a good understanding of the value of properties here at the lake from both a financial and quality of product aspect.  Marc’s wife Gerry has been a realtor with RE/MAX for over 8 years, which gave him a front row seat to real estate activities and trends.  You can be guaranteed that Marc will have your best interests at heart when helping you find a property at the lake.

Susan Ebling, REALTOR®, ABR®, GRI®, a native to Lake of the Ozarks has been serving the public all of her life, starting at her family owned and operated restaurant and bar, The Topsider.  Susan earned a BS in Education at SMSU, but decided to pursue a Real Estate career in 2000.  She has earned numerous awards, including the Realtors Honor Society and has been nominated for Realtor of the Year 4 times.  She resides in Osage Beach and has a 5 year old daughter, Alexandra.  If you are looking for someone who has seen all the changes the lake has undergone since the time of a 2 lane Hwy 54, then contact Susan!

Megan King, REALTOR®,  is a 2011 graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s of Arts & Science degree in Psychology and Sociology, where she also received a Multicultural Certificate. She is a true Missouri Tiger, being born and raised in a small town located in northern Missouri where all of her family still calls home.  Megan worked at Boone Hospital for four years throughout college, gaining professionalism, and pride in her job.  She thrived off building relationships with people every day!  After college, she worked at Apria Healthcare as a Customer Specialist, helping new patients.  Megan relocated to the Lake of the Ozarks in 2011, where her husband Mike resides.  She has learned to love the lake and its natural beauty!  With having a past in healthcare, and being able to meet and assist new people easily, she knew getting into real estate was the choice for her.  After working as a Realtor Assistant to a top agent at the lake for two years and gaining real estate knowledge, she was ready to build her own career and decided to join Krantz & Associates.  Megan is full of energy and passion for what she does.  She takes pride in meeting new clients and finding their dream home here at the lake; because she truly feels living at the lake is living the dream!

Danae Cooper, REALTOR®, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Marketing from Missouri Southern State University.  She is married to her best friend, Derek, and together they have six children.  Before moving to the Lake area, Danae worked was a Key Account Sales Rep at Paramount Apparel working with clients such as Bass Pro Shops and G Loomis.  After moving to the Lake area, Danae worked in Advertising Sales and five years in social media, helping small businesses create content and manage their social media platforms.  She believes quality customer service is the key to building good business relationships.

Derek Cooper, REALTOR®, spent 20 years as VP of one of the largest lake area real estate development companies.  He is result driven with expertise in all aspects of the real estate market, from strategic planning, land acquisition, account development, contract negotiations, broker relations, and sales and marketing strategies. His understanding of customer needs with diligent attention to detail, results in superior customer service. He graduated from Missouri State University, and played 4 years of college football. His hobbies include hunting, fly fishing, and boating.

Phoebe Long, Marketing & Design Coordinator, has lived at the Lake of the Ozarks since 1996. She is responsible for the listings after the properties are entered into MLS. Phoebe implements our marketing plan and comprehensive advertising campaigns. She enters and maintains the information in our websites, creates Virtual Tours, mailers and other marketing materials. She submits photos and the verbiage for print publications. Any time you have questions about your property and how it’s marketed, you may contact her at

Lisa Philipps, Office Manager, has prior experience as an Office Manager and Administrative Assistant from the Education Industry, Central States Machinery, and Lucent Technologies.  Lisa has earned a Bachelor of Science, from Missouri State University. Lisa and her husband Dave have been long time lake lovers, having a condo at Parkside Place since 2000.  In 2012, they purchased a home in Horseshoe Bend and moved to the lake full time, from the St. Louis area. Lisa will handles overall office operations, accounting, as well as agent and staff support.

Glenn Maas & Roger Kretchmer, Client Services. Glenn Maas became a member of our team after retiring and moving to the lake area from St. Louis.  Prior to retirement, Glenn worked for a major telecommunications company with the majority of his career in marketing and customer support.  Roger’s pleasant personality makes him a highly regarded member of our team.  Among Glenn & Roger’s diverse responsibilities are new listing photography, document transport, sign maintenance and installation, lock box placement, and serving as a liaison between the customer and the team in completing tasks and meeting deadlines. 


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