Abby Polin, Vice president of residential lending, Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corporation

Vice president of residential lending
Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corporation

Abby Polin entered the mortgage industry in college as a summer intern at a brokerage. Upon graduation, she joined Citibank’s real estate group as a construction and rehab lender and began developing a vast network of architects, developers, lawyers and Realtors.

In 1992, Polin joined forces with two young attorneys who had set up a real estate development company and were looking to start a mortgage brokerage to service their own clients’ needs. That company, Prism Mortgage, grew from three people in a storefront office in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood to more than 2,600 employees with offices from coast to coast. In 1999, Prism Mortgage went public through an IPO and was acquired by Royal Bank of Canada in 2000. The following year, Polin joined a Chicago mortgage company before moving to the Chicago office of a New York-based company, with licensing to lend to her clientele nationally. She also spent time at other local and national mortgage companies and with the mortgage affiliate of one of the fastestgrowing real estate companies.

Polin has been featured on Fox News, ABC News and in an Oprah documentary, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal. She is involved in various philanthropic organizations and serves on the executive board of the Women’s Division of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.