CHICAGO, FEBRUARY 16, 2023 — CIBC today announced that the Urban Land Institute of Chicago (ULI Chicago) recognized Karen Case, Vice Chair, CIBC Bank USA, with their 27th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Under Karen’s leadership, CIBC has built a highly respected Commercial Real Estate banking business in key US markets with dynamic and growing real estate companies, while coaching and mentoring our team members on building a relationship-focused business,” said Shawn Beber, Senior Executive Vice President and Group Head, CIBC US Region, and President and CEO, CIBC Bank USA. “We are thrilled that Karen has been selected for this honor.”
The ULI Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award was established to recognize leaders in Chicago’s real estate community whose contributions to real estate, as well as their civic, charitable and philanthropic endeavors, exemplify the spirit and mission of ULI: to shape the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities worldwide.
“We are pleased to add Karen to our list of Lifetime Achievement Award honorees. Karen’s impact on the commercial real estate industry, as well as the countless volunteer hours to our civic community, has contributed to a stronger City for all of us,” said John Bucksbaum, CEO & Founder, Buckbsbaum Properties, LLC and 2023 ULI Chicago Lifetime Chair.
Karen Case is Vice Chair of CIBC Bank USA. In this role, she supports CIBC’s team in serving the bank’s commercial real estate client relationships. Previously, she served as Executive Managing Director and President of Commercial Real Estate for CIBC’s U.S. Region where she oversaw the groups that develop and manage real estate finance and banking relationships. Case currently serves on the boards of Rush University Medical Center, Community Investment Corporation, TimeLine Theatre and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Illinois Chapter, The Harold Eisenberg Foundation and ICSC Foundation. She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, The Executives’ Club of Chicago, Leadership Greater Chicago, CREW Chicago, the Chicago Network, International Council of Shopping Centers, and Real Estate Finance Forum. She earned her MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. She also attended the University of London and the American College in Paris.
“As a difference maker and respected mentor, Karen brings unparalleled value to the people and community members with whom she works, and is most deserving of this honor,” said Beber.