Chief Executive Officer, Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.
Paul Lueken has spent his entire working career in financial services. He began at a regional public accounting firm, leading various audit teams responsible for financial institutions, mortgage banks, savings and loans, and credit unions.
In 1990, he entered the mortgage industry, joining one of the ten largest mortgage banks in the United States. Paul worked in all aspects of wholesale operations, including: internal audit, correspondent lending, loan purchasing, customer service, and eventually managing wholesale operations. In 1997, he decided to use his extensive financial experience to its fullest and established 1st Advantage Mortgage. There he assembled a team of individuals with diverse financial backgrounds who shared his views on exceptional customer service. In 2008, 1st Advantage Mortgage merged with us and became our residential mortgage division, which was renamed Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. in 2016.
In addition to being a CPA, Paul earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting, with a minor in economics, from Illinois State University and holds a Series 7 general securities license and a graduate certificate from the Mortgage Banker’s Association School of Mortgage Banking. In 2004, he was awarded the title of ‘Mortgage Broker of the Year’, by the Illinois Association of Mortgage Brokers.