Leopardo Senior Vice President Rick DuPraw Inducted into Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame

Leopardo Senior Vice President Rick DuPraw was inducted into Midwest Real Estate News’ Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame. Each year the magazine inducts a new class of the biggest names in the commercial real estate industry. Rick was selected from a pool of more than 500 nominations and joins 95 others in this year’s class.

“The members of our Hall of Fame classes work hard,” said Dan Rafter, editor of Midwest Real Estate News. “They study their markets and they do whatever it takes to deliver the best results for their clients.”

Rick has been with Leopardo since 1983 when he was hired as a laborer and the company’s fourth employee. As senior vice president and head of the Leopardo’s Chicago office, he oversees the company’s commercial business unit, which is responsible for tenant interior build-outs, renovations and restorations of commercial space. Before his career in construction, Rick was the drummer in a rock-a-billy band that traveled the country. Combining his passion for music and community, he is currently the drummer for Liquidated Damages, a charitable band comprised of employees from Leopardo and its business partners. The band plays fundraisers and aims to help make a difference in the community. As chairman of REACH (Real Estate Action Committee for the City of Hope), Rick and the band have helped raise more than $3 million for pediatric cancer research, and numerous other charities to date.

Midwest Real Estate News officially announced the Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame class of 2015 in the Dec./Jan. 2015-16 issue that went out to more than 20,000 subscribers.  Rick joins Leopardo President Rick Mattioda (class of 2012) and CEO Jim Leopardo (inaugural class of 2010).