Cullinan founder inducted into real estate hall of fame
Diane Cullinan Oberhelman, one of the first women to open and head a commercial real estate firm, has been named to the Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame by Midwest Real Estate News.
After working in real estate for just seven years, Oberhelman founded Cullinan Properties in Peoria, Ill., in1988 and remains one of the few female chief executives in retail real estate. Starting in office and residential, she long ago saw the value of mixing in retail and was a pioneer of mixed-use developments in the Midwest.
Cullinan Properties developments include East Peoria’s Levee District, East Court Village in Pekin, and Streets of St. Charles in Missouri. Its newest project is Rock Run Crossings in Joliet. The 265-acre mixed-use project near the intersection Interstates 55 and 80, will be a super-regional destination with entertainment, retail, restaurant, hospitality, office and medical uses.
“As a company, we strive to make positive economic and life-changing business differences in the communities we serve. Diane with her vision, leadership and perseverance, is the driving force for what we as a company have successfully accomplished over more than 30 years,” said Christopher M. West, partner and CEO of Cullinan Properties.
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