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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Dr. Stephanie Krol
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
Instructor

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.

Rich Lewis

Richard B. Lewis
Instructor

Mr. Lewis is a veteran REALTOR® with over 39 years experience in all aspects of real estate including residential, commercial and investment. Lewis possess 35 years of sales and management experience; and for many years has participated in the process of recruiting, training and developing real estate professionals. As a dedicated professional, caring about the industry and the committees he has served, Lewis has maintained membership in the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, the National Association of REALTORS®, and while an honorary member of the Main Street Organization of REALTORS®, he has served as a chairman, on all major committees, the Board of Directors and is also a past president.Richard Lewis has been teaching and instructing new licensees and continuing education courses since 1985, both as a licensed instructor and trainer in REALTOR® Orientation, Ethics, Professional Standards, and Fair Housing. As a professional committed to education, he brings a vital, knowledgeable perspective to class instruction.