CHICAGO - (May 24, 2022)

Draper and Kramer, Incorporated, a national full-service real estate firm, today announced Kurstie Butcher, property management and operations specialist, was named Accredited Residential Manager (ARM) of the Year by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)’s Chicago chapter. The award was presented to Butcher at IREM Chicago’s annual Premier Awards, held May 6 at Chicago’s Drake Hotel.

“Kurstie is dedicated to resident needs and customer service, and not only has drive and determination to improve efficiencies at our properties, but also has demonstrated a strong desire to help those around her be more successful,” said Julie Stevlingson, senior vice president and director of management services at Draper and Kramer. “She is a tireless worker and possesses the traits and qualities that exemplify a successful ARM and true leader. I can’t think of a more deserving recipient of this prestigious IREM honor.”

ARM certification through IREM signifies an individual has met requirements set by the organization for residential management experience and education, passed the ARM certification exam, completed IREM ethics education, and pledged to uphold the IREM Code of Professional Ethics.

Butcher was nominated for the ARM of the Year honor for her dedication to advancing the real estate management profession through demonstrated leadership skills, commitment to community service, and the earned respect of her colleagues, employees and industry peers.

A 10-year veteran of the property management industry, Butcher joined Draper and Kramer in 2018 as property manager at North 680, a180-unit luxury rental community in Schaumburg, Ill. Since 2021 she has served as property management and operations specialist, a new position she helped envision and create as part of Draper and Kramer’s DK Elevate development program for high-performing employees. In this role, she provides a valuable level of company-wide support and reinforces best practices by acting as a ‘floating’ property manager to fill in as needed across property sites; provide support and mentorship to teams; train current and new employees; and head up special projects.

Butcher has a long track record of service with IREM. She sits on the organization’s National DEI Advisory Board, is a member of the judging committee for the Diversity & Inclusion Succession Initiatives Leaders’ program, serves on the Cares Committee for the Chicago Chapter and participates in the national Next Gen CPM program. She has also been involved with DEI efforts at Draper and Kramer, where she was a founding member of a group dedicated to DEI initiatives.

About Draper and Kramer, Incorporated

Founded in 1893, Draper and Kramer, Incorporated, is a trusted financial and property services provider with a deep commitment to people, excellence, service and integrity spanning more than 125 years. Family-owned and one of the leading privately held real estate services firms in the U.S., Draper and Kramer is headquartered in Chicago with a national reach and broad offering of services. The company’s decades-long heritage has evolved over the years to meet the needs of its clients and today spans expertise in residential and commercial development, acquisition, property management and leasing; debt and equity financing for commercial properties; and residential mortgage services through affiliate Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. Draper and Kramer provides a single source of real estate-related counsel to a diverse group of real estate investors across the U.S. including corporations; private and institutional owners and users of real estate; government agencies; and foundations. For more information, visit www.draperandkramer.com.

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Butcher was nominated for the ARM of the Year honor for her dedication to advancing the real estate management profession through demonstrated leadership skills, commitment to community service, and the earned respect of her colleagues, employees and industry peers.

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