About Us


     David McGowan is currently owner and President, CEO for: Inland Real Estate School, formerly part of Inland Real Estate Brokerage, Inc. He 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, he 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, Dave 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.Dave is also past President of the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS®, and former Regional Director of the Real Estate Education Association. In 2014 Dave was Treasurer of Association of Illinois Real Estate Educators (AIREE). He is currently the 2015, Vice President of AIREE.

“I look forward to meeting new students and sharing my knowledge
of the real estate industry.”
– Dave McGowan

Steph Krol BW Photo STEPHANIE KROL, BA, MA & Ed.D.
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 personalization approach. Her multidimensional approach includes: luxury residential, estates, equine facilities, residential, and commercial space. She has developed an expansive Chicago, western suburban IL and western Michigan network of business owners, property owners and civic leaders.

     Her experience determining value, marketing and expert knowledge of inventory are essential in helping clients identify and close on prime locations. Dr. Krol worked in Higher Education Administration, restoring failing schools. She has also worked in  Training and Development, Admissions, Real Estate and Non-Profit Business over the last 20 years. She successfully built and maintained a Legacy campus and brought a struggling start up campus to #1 within a year. Under Dr. Krol’s administration, the Legacy campus became best in the region for, year over year: Staff Retention, Student Retention, Externship Rates/Placements, and #1 Ambassador Program. She was awarded: Woman of the Year 2010-2011/National Association of Professional Women, for excellence in the field of education for those school accomplishments.

     Under Dr. Krol’s supervision, the start-up campus  she ran, achieved best over all: student retention (out of 42 goals at 1%), Customer Satisfaction (turnaround/bi-annual student surveys/2011-2012, from a -26 to a +25), Staff Retention, Service Learning Initiatives/Externship Sites Ranked #1, and achieved full-school and multiple-programmatic Accreditations. She was the VIP, Entrepreneur of the Year 2012-2013/Nationwide Who’s Who.

     She has been an online and on ground Professor, and Curriculum Writer for the earlier portion of those 17 years also, running and writing grants as well as a writing summer camp and equestrian curricula. She was the Faculty Training and Development Manager for one of the largest online for-profit colleges (increased faculty training completion rate from 50% to 91% in first session with 63 participants to 100% completion rate in the second session out of 65 faculty. Achieved a satisfied trainer rate of 95% final session at 100%), training over 400 faculty to teach online.

    She also brings her experience and passion into her company TKG which is: Higher Education Management Consulting, Certified Mediation and Real Estate. She is a licensed Broker in Illinois and licensed REALTOR in Michigan, and refers Real Estate nationwide.

Most recently attained: VIP member from Nationwide Who’s Who for Excellence in Mediation Services 2013-2014, and has written and published articles in Real Estate and Education.

FullSizeRender 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. In 2014, Sam was the Vice President of the Association of Illinois Real Estate Educators (AIREE) and is currently the 2015 President. Additionally, Sam earned Educator of the Year for 2014.