@properties’ Thaddeus Wong Receives Loyola University Chicago’s Damen Award
Thaddeus Wong, co-founder of Chicago real estate firm @properties, recently received the 2012 Damen Award from Loyola University Chicago’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Named after Loyola University Chicago’s founder, Arnold Damen, S.J., the award recognizes outstanding professional achievement, leadership in the community, and service to others. Loyola University Chicago presents the award annually to one alumnus from each of its schools and colleges.
Wong graduated from Loyola in 1996 and began his real estate career that same year. He quickly established himself as one of the most successful brokers in Chicago, earning four consecutive Golden Eagle Awards from the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. In 2000, he and his business partner, Michael Golden, co-founded @properties. Since then, the company has grown into the largest real estate brokerage firm in Chicago and the No. 2 broker on the North Shore. Currently, the firm is ranked 30th on the REAL Trends 500 list of largest real estate companies in the U.S.
Wong has received widespread recognition from the real estate industry and business community. His honors include induction in the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame and recognition on the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing private companies in America. Wong and Golden are also finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award in the Midwest.
Beyond Wong’s real estate accomplishments, he is also active in a number of philanthropic endeavors. He and Golden established @properties Friends and Neighbors Community Fund. This fund is a 501(c)3 that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities. Independently, Wong serves on the board of the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), is a member of the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation, and is co-chair of the annual Beelzebub Halloween Bash and Fundraiser.
“It’s such an honor to receive the Damen Award,” said Wong. “Loyola’s core principles are very much a part of the way I approach my work and life, and I am truly humbled to be among such a distinguished group of alumni.”
Wong resides in Lincoln Park with his wife, also a successful real estate broker, and their four children.