IllinoisCRE CRE professionals and companies earn PREMIER awards from IREM Chicago March 5, 2018 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via email 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 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.