Sunday , 22 April 2018

JoEllen Zabel, The Lioness of Chili, Visits with ‘Stuart J’s Lens’

By Stuart J. Pearlman, TSB Staff

In the 1980’s JoEllen Zabel entered the world of banking and finance in McKinney. The task was daunting, given the then economic downturn in Texas. But she drew from her early experiences and approached her customers with respect and patience. This practice continues today at Wells Fargo Advisors as Zabel deals with many of the same customers at a different phase in their lives.

At about the same time, Zabel was invited to join the McKinney Lions Club (today the McKinney Noon Lions Club) and wasn’t quite sure what she was getting into.

“These people were crazy,” she said.

Even so, for the past 20 years Zabel has led the Lions in one of their most important and infamous fund-raisers, the Chili Supper. In fact the inner circles refer to her as the “reigning Chili Supper Queen.” Click on the movie to learn more.

If want to discuss your financial situation with JoEllen, give her a call at 214.436.4828.

The 60th Annual McKinney Noon Lions Chili Supper and Auction is coming up on February 28. To learn more, click here.

Stuart J’s Lens provides the opportunity to get to know some of the more interesting people and personalities in and around McKinney. If you think you have a story to tell, or know someone that does, send me an email at and tell me all about it.

About the Author

Stuart J. Pearlman is a Marketing and Communications Consultant living in McKinney. His video column, Stuart J’s Lens can be seen weekly on Follow Stuart on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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