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Draper and Kramer’s Colleen Needham Installed as IREM Chicago President

Colleen Needham, assistant VP and general manager with Draper and Kramer, was installed as the 2022 president of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Chicago chapter earlier this month. Needham officially assumes her duties on Jan. 1, 2022. 

A 20-year industry veteran, Needham joined Draper and Kramer in 2009. Since 2018, she has served as the general manager of Lake Meadows, a nine-building, 1,869-unit rental community in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood that has been managed by Draper and Kramer for more than 65 years. 

“We are proud of Colleen’s many achievements and thrilled with her much-deserved appointment as president of Chicago IREM, an organization that is integral to our industry’s education, ethics and legislative success and that provides enriching opportunities for professional development and industry leadership for our team members,” said Julie Stevlingson, SVP and director of management services at Chicago-based Draper and Kramer. 


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