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Chris Knapp Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.

Industry Veteran Joins Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.

Mortgage industry veteran Chris Knapp has joined Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. (DKMC), as EVP of business development. Based in the company’s Downers Grove, IL., 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. 

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.   

“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.” 


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About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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