Our Team

Our people make the difference

When we say we’re a people-first company, we’re not just talking about our dedication to the clients and communities we serve; we’re talking about our own people, too. At Habitat, everyone has a voice. Each employee brings a unique perspective and incredible talent to the team, and we take advantage of that by working across departments – instead of within them – to deliver outstanding results.

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Christine Friend

Vice President of Condo Management

As Vice President of Habitat’s Condominium division, Christine Friend provides leadership and oversight for 3,700 units in Chicago and Detroit. Christine brings a commitment to providing Board Members and unit owners, unmatched, proactive services and support to create an exceptional experience.  

Ms. Friend’s roots are in condominium management as her career spans more than 30 years and includes the management of large scale projects and operations at various prestigious condominium properties.

Ms. Friend is a past President of the Apartment Building Owners and Managers Association (ABOMA). She is a management trustee for the SEIU Local 1 doorstaff 401k fund, has served as a labor arbitrator, and continues to be a member of the ABOMA Labor Negotiations Committee.  Ms. Friend is a past recipient of the Community Associations Institute's Rising Star Award, as well as CAI's Olympus Award.  She is also a frequently published author for CAI's Common Interest Magazine.  Finally, Ms. Friend has recently been elected to serve on CAI’s Illinois Legal Action Committee (ILAC), which represents the interests of community associations in Springfield and Washington DC as related to local, regional, statewide and federal legislation.