About Us

David McGowan
President / CEO

Mr. McGowan is currently owner and President, CEO for: Inland Real Estate School, formerly part of Inland Real Estate Brokerage, Inc. McGowan was Managing Broker of Inland Real Estate Brokerage’s Oak Brook office for 10 years and was named Director of the school in 2007. As Director of Education, McGowan expanded the curriculum and increased the school’s offerings, enrollment and locations. With over 30 years of experience as a real estate practitioner and 25 years as a Real Estate educator, McGowan has taught over 15,000 students. Under his leadership, Inland Real Estate School’s average pass rate for Illinois real estate exams is higher than the state average.

McGowan is also past President of the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS®, and former Regional Director of the Real Estate Education Association. He is a member and Director of the Association of Illinois Real Estate Educators.

I look forward to meeting new students and sharing my knowledge of the real estate industry.

- Dave McGowan

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Stephanie Krol, BA, MA, Ed.D.
Executive Vice President / COO

Dr. Krol has a proven reputation of excellence and professionalism among clients and peers alike whether in Higher Education or Real Estate over the last 20 years because of her proven market knowledge, integrity and personalized approach. Her strong work ethic, business acumen and commitment have resulted in a manifold of successful transactions over the years. Her multidimensional approach includes: luxury residential, estates, equine facilities, residential, and commercial space. She utilizes a unique approach to serving her clients, which combines her dynamic energy, attention to detail, negotiation and contractual skills, combined with individualized focused attention and   demonstrated ability to quickly determine what makes a property desirable/marketable.

She is a Licensed Broker in IL and a Licensed Realtor in MI assisting buyers and sellers, specializing in: LUX properties, investment and all disciplines of prominent Equestrian Facilities. She is the President/CEO of, The Krol Group (TKG), which is: Higher Education Management Consulting, Real Estate and Certified Mediation Services.

Memberships include: the National Association of Relators, National Association of Professional Women, Main Street Organization of Relators (MRED, IAR and WSCI/WCR), Referral Center, Referral Key, OB Chamber, Healthy Paws Foundation and has been a   Trainer, Eventer, Professional Jumper and Dressage Rider for over 25 years.

Sandesh Bilgi, BS, MA

Sandesh, originally from Toronto Canada, moved to the U.S. in 1994 and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Bradley University in Peoria, IL and a Master of Arts degree in Sport Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, CA. He has written several manuals on Peak Performance as well as appeared on national TV and in several periodicals including ESPN the Magazine.

Sandesh has extensive knowledge in team building and motivation. As a motivational speaker, he has delivered numerous workshops and seminars across the country helping individuals reach their goals and expectations. In addition, he has a great deal of management experience especially in recruiting, training, retention and professional development. He has consulted with top corporate CEO’s to increase performance and productivity.

During his tenure in real estate, Sandesh has managed over 1000 brokers and 50 staff; he has trained over 800 agents including most of the top producing sales agents in Chicago. Sandesh has implemented retention strategies to maintain the highest level of performance and satisfaction. He has been instrumental in helping shape the future direction of each operation by recruiting collectively over 250 brokers. With his guidance, vision, motivation and business development, he has exponentially grown production at each company as well as with individual broker productivity.


Sam Martin, BSc, MA, Ph.D. IFA, CDEI, MOT

Sam Martin MA, BSc, IFA, CDEI, MOT is the owner of SamTheTutor.com, Inc. Sam has a PhD in Education and is one of 500+ Certified Uniform Standards of Professional Practice (USPAP) instructors worldwide. He holds Illinois Certified Residential Real Estate Appraisal and Real Estate Managing Broker licenses. Sam has been teaching appraisal and real estate classes since 1988. He has taught for a variety of institutions, most recently: Triton College, The Chicago Association of Realtors, and the University of Phoenix. Sam has written an advanced appraisal text book used in certification courses. Sam develops and teaches valuation courses for Realtor University, an online graduate-level institution.

Sam has taken advanced educational technology courses from the Illinois Online Network (ION), where he received the Master Online Teacher (MOT) certificate. Sam holds the CDEI designation from IDECC (www.idecc.org).

The Real Estate Education Foundation (REEF) has awarded Sam the Academic Scholarship three times. Sam has won three grants from the Association of Illinois Real Estate Educators (AIREE). The Chicago Association of Realtors Educational Foundation has awarded Sam a Higher Education Scholarship three times.

Sam is a member of the Illinois Coalition of Appraisal Professionals (ICAP). He is also on the Faculty Summer Institute (FSI) Steering Committee. Sam is the Vice President of the Association of Illinois Real Estate Educators (AIREE).