IREM Chicago honored two companies and four individuals for excellence and outstanding contributions to the property management industry March 8 at the 15th Annual IREM Chicago Premier Awards and Casino Night.
Hundreds of industry professionals attended the gala event held at the historic Drake Hotel.
The four professionals who earned individual Premier Awards in their respective categories were Natalie Drapac, CPM, Community Specialists—CPM of the Year; Kristen Alessi, ARM, Draper and Kramer—ARM of the Year; Kim Sisney, CPM, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation—Leadership Award; and Linda King, Associa Chicagoland—Rising Star.
Two companies that provide products and services to the metropolitan Chicago property management industry earned awards in their respective categories. Landscape Concepts Management was honored as Industry Partner of the Year and Banner Property Management won Property Management Company of the Year.
The gala event drew more than 250 Chapter 23 members, industry partners and guests for an evening of food and beverage, casino games, camaraderie and recognition for the winners in six Premier Awards categories. A total of 16 nominations were submitted for consideration during the 2019 competition. More than 40 industry partner companies supported the event through sponsorships. Serving as co-hosts were IREM 2019 national secretary/treasurer W.A. “Chip” Watts IV, CCIM, CPM and 2016 IREM Chicago president Brian Lozell, CPM.
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. The organization also 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.