News from the Chicago Chapter
Four Property Management Professionals and Two Companies Earn PREMIER Awards March 2 from IREM Chicago
Drake Hotel Site of 14th Annual Evening to Recognize Excellence in Chicago Commercial Real Estate
CHICAGO, March 2, 2018– Four Chicago area commercial real estate professionals and two leading companies were honored for excellence and outstanding contributions to the property management industry March 2 at the 14th Annual IREM Chicago Premier Awards and Casino Night.
These four professionals earned individual Premier Awards in their respective categories:
- Steve Matre, CPM®, Banner Real Estate Group -- CPM® of the Year
- David Newton, ARM®, CPM®, Draper and Kramer, AMO® -- ARM® of the Year
- Celina Bright, Hillcrest Property Management, AMO® -- Leadership Award
- Thomas Purrazzo, Hillcrest Property Management, AMO® -- Rising Star
Two companies that provide products and services to the metropolitan Chicago property management industry earned awards in their respective categories.
- Balanced Environments, Inc. -- Industry Partner of the Year
- Associa – Property Management Company of the Year
The gala event, held at Chicago’s historic Drake Hotel, drew more than 230 Chapter 23 members, Industry Partners and guests for an evening of food and beverage, casino games, camaraderie, and of course, recognition for the winners in six Premier Awards categories. IREM 2018 national President Donald Wilkerson, CPM® and 2016 IREM Chicago President Brian Lozell, CPM®, served as co-hosts.
A total of 19 nominations were submitted for consideration during the 2018 competition.
The Premier Awards were created to recognize people, organizations and companies for excellence in areas that include innovation and technology, energy conservation, community involvement and leadership, property management, vendor services and embodying the core principles of the ARM® and CPM® credentials.
Founded in 1953, IREM Chicago has nearly 700 members who are charged with managing office, industrial and multifamily properties throughout metropolitan Chicago. The Chapter works to keep members informed on safety standards, legislative activities and other issues that have an impact on commercial real estate property management. And, it provides members with industry education, opportunities for community service, job referral services and guidance for candidates seeking to earn IREM industry designations.
IREM® is an international force of 20,000 individuals united to advance the profession of real estate management. Through training, professional development, and collaboration, IREM® supports its members and others in the industry through every stage of their career. IREM® offers the CPM®, ARM®, ACoM, and AMO® credentials, which demonstrates a commitment to, and passion for, good management.