DOWNERS GROVE, ILL. - (September 16, 2021)

Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. (DKMC), one of the top residential mortgage lenders in the U.S., today announced mortgage industry veteran Chris Knapp has joined the company as executive vice president of business development. Based in the company’s Downers Grove, Ill., headquarters, Knapp will contribute to recruiting and expansion efforts, help improve loan origination and operational efficiencies, and advise the leadership team on strategic decisions while also continuing his career as a top loan originator.

“I’m thrilled to have joined a growing nationwide lender known for award-winning client and employee satisfaction,” said Knapp. “DKMC already has a stellar reputation thanks to its vast menu of flexible loan options, industry-leading lending turn times and streamlined digital mortgage experience. I’m looking forward to helping take all of these offerings to the next level while aiding in the company’s ongoing expansion across the nation.”

Prior to joining DKMC, Knapp served in executive roles for two of the nation’s other top mortgage lenders. Before that, he owned and led his own mortgage company for more than eight years. Knapp graduated from Miami University in 1995 with degrees in marketing and business administration/management.

“Chris has long been a respected name in the industry, and we’re proud to now have him as a member of our leadership team,” said DKMC CEO Paul Lueken. “With his talent and experience as an originator, owner, manager, leader and strategist, he will be an incredible asset to our organization.”

Mortgage originators who are interested in career opportunities with Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. across the nation can learn more at

About Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.

The residential mortgage division of Draper and Kramer, Incorporated, Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. is licensed in 49 states and has more than 60 branch locations and 800 employees nationally. The company has been named one of the Top Mortgage Lenders in America by Scotsman Guide magazine and one of the 50 Best Companies to work for by Mortgage Executive Magazine, all while maintaining an A+ BBB rating and 98% Customer Satisfaction Rating. For more information, visit, or follow the company on Facebook at, on LinkedIn at and on Instagram and Twitter at @DKMortgageCorp.

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

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