Abby Polin entered the mortgage industry in 1984 as a summer intern at a mortgage brokerage firm while she was a student in the School of Management at Boston University. She returned to Chicago upon graduation and worked at Citibank in the real estate group as a construction and rehab lender. There, Abby developed a vast network of architects, developers, lawyers and real estate agents.
In 1992, ready to delve into the entrepreneurial world, Abby joined forces with two young attorneys who had recently started a real estate development company and were eager to start a mortgage brokerage firm to service their own clients' needs. That company, Prism Mortgage Company, grew from three people in a storefront office in the Lakeview neighborhood to more than 2,600 employees with offices from coast to coast. In 1999, Prism Mortgage Company went public through an IPO and in 2000 the Royal Bank of Canada bought the company.
Abby felt like she could make more of a contribution to a smaller company with growth potential and in 2001, she joined an existing Chicago mortgage company. By 2004, she was with the Chicago office of a company headquartered in New York with licensing to lend to her clientele nationally.
Over the course of her career, Abby has spent time at mTeam Financial, Guaranteed Rate, Perl Mortgage and the mortgage affiliate of D’aprile Properties, one of the fastest growing real estate companies, before joining Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. in 2016.
Aside from the mortgage industry, Abby was a co-owner of a medical service business that was acquired by a foreign investor. She was also involved in a start-up business called Figvine.
Abby has been featured on Fox News, ABC News, the Oprah documentary and quoted in The Wall Street Journal. She has also appeared as a panelist on real estate investing discussions. She is a graduate from the Wexner Heritage Foundation's leadership development program. Abby is also the very proud mother of two daughters, Madison and Emily. In her "spare time," Abby manages and develops small residential property, is involved in charitable organizations, on the Board of Directors of the Women's Division of JUF and enjoys working out. She is a firm believer that most places a person goes each day offer a networking opportunity.