Instructors | Chicago Association of REALTORS®

INSTRUCTORS

Our school faculty consists of approved instructors who are practicing Attorneys, Brokers, Appraisers, Mortgage Bankers and leaders in other related real estate fields. Many of our senior faculty have been with the school for well over 15 years and bring not only strong academic backgrounds to their classroom presentations, but also practical knowledge and skill applications.

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Pre-Licensing Instructors

Eve L. Benton

Broker Pre-Licensing & Continuing Education

Eve L. Benton is licensed as a Pre-License Course Instructor, Continuing Education Instructor and REALTOR®. Her professional background includes real estate sales, personal financial advising and commercial lending where she managed a portfolio of small business relationships that included, but was not limited to, financing equipment, investment property and owner-occupied property. She spent 11 years in the Army National Guard and finished with an honorable discharge as a Commissioned Officer. She holds a Bachelor of Business in Finance.

 

Rosanna Diaz, Ed.D, MBA

Broker Pre-Licensing & Continuing Education

Rosanna Diaz is a Chicago native who has had an eclectic career in sales, marketing and operations consulting, teaching, training, research and administration. She began her real estate career as a sales associate when she bought her first property in 1986.

In addition to managing her own property, over the years Rosanna has worked in real estate as an appraiser, mortgage broker, leasing agent and is currently licensed as a real estate broker and instructor in the State of Illinois.

Rosanna holds a doctorate in Adult Education and Administration from National Louis University and an MBA in Marketing and Research Methods from DePaul University.

In addition to teaching real estate at CAR, Dr. Diaz teaches both undergraduate and graduate level business classes to adult students, both on-ground and online.

 

James Kaplan

Leasing Agent Licensing & Continuing Education

James Kaplan is a graduate of the University of Illinois/Chicago. He has been a licensed real estate broker since 1972 and currently serves as Managing Principal of James Kaplan Companies, LLC and JPJ Investments, LLC, which invests in and manages retail properties. Jim is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He has been involved with the Open Center, CSM (Certified Shopping Center Manager) and was a member of ICSC’s Continuing Education Institute faculty for over 20 years. Jim is a past Illinois State Director and State Government Affairs Chair, past Central Division Chairperson for Government Affairs, and notably received the Trustee’s Distinguished Service Award. He specializes in teaching continuing education and leasing agent licensing courses at RRES, where he has been teaching since 2013.

 

Pat Murphy

Broker Pre-Licensing & Continuing Education

Pat Murphy has practiced law since 1978 and taught real estate continuing education and pre-licensing classes since 1990. For over 30 years, Pat has practiced law specializing in real estate and acting as legal counsel for several local real estate offices.

In addition to his law practice, Pat has been a real estate educator for over 20 years, teaching a wide variety of real estate licensing, continuing education and informational programs.  Recently he has been a contributing editor of the last two editions of Modern Real Estate Principals and in the compilation of the text for the new 6 Hour Broker Management Course mandated by the State of Illinois real estate licensing agency. He has served on multiple committees to update pre-licensing text books and develop new text books, online pre-licensing programs and managing broker texts.

As an Irish-Native American descendant (Choctaw), Pat brings a unique perspective of his experiences regarding diversity to his classroom presentations.

 

Leo Schwartz

Broker Pre-Licensing & Continuing Education

Leo Schwartz is the editor of the 9th edition of Dearborn’s Modern Real Estate Practice in Illinois and has served as a subject matter expert on numerous publications. He has been an Illinois real estate licensee for 20+ years and is the managing broker of Schwartz & Brannin Real Estate. A licensed instructor for 12+ years, he is the creator of RealEstateExamPro.com, an online practice review for the Illinois State Broker licensing exam. He loves his work as a trainer and mentor to practicing licensees. Leo is also an multi-award winning composer as well as the founder and executive director of Flying Elephant Productions, a theatre company devoted to the promotion of the work of unrepresented communities.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

“Leo is a fantastic teacher. Very patient & thorough. His concern for his students’ welfare is appreciated.”

“I really liked the instructor. Becoming a real estate agent has been a dream of mine for a couple of years. The instructor made me feel like I could really do this.”

 

Risa Weiss

Broker Pre-Licensing & Continuing Education

After 14 years of success in real estate as well as 20 years as an educator, Risa Weiss has become a Pre-licensing and Continuing Education Instructor at the Chicago Association of REALTORS® Real Estate School. Additionally, she teaches custom courses at @properties and her expertise is in Managing Leads. She is a current real estate broker with @properties and has won numerous awards in the industry including: rookie of the year, Chairman’s award, President’s award, and Listing Leader. Risa has appeared on several HGTV episodes on House Hunters, My House is Worth What? and Buy Me. In her spare time she volunteers at the local high school in the Show Choir, Band and Theater departments. Risa has degrees in Education, Educational Technology, Educational Administration and Leadership and Curriculum and Development. Students will enjoy Risa’s extensive knowledge in the industry as well as her high energy and dynamic learning environment.

 

Frank J. Williams

Managing Broker Pre-Licensing & Continuing Education

Frank J. Williams received his broker’s license in 1969 and went on to become a licensed instructor and appraiser. He has served on a myriad of committees for both the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and other associations, including as C.A.R.’s president from 1989 to 1990. Illinois REALTORS® chose Frank in 1991 to hold the first Distinguished Member Award for Community Service. The following year, he was named C.A.R.’s REALTOR® of the Year. In addition to receiving prestigious awards, Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed Williams to serve on the Affordable Housing Task Force and the Real Estate Services Advisory Council and Hall of Fame Inductee of 2017.

Williams’ ongoing love for education is apparent in his track-record with the REALTORS® Real Estate School. He has taught pre-licensing courses, multiple continuing education courses, diversity courses, risk management, ethics, finance and more. Williams continues to teach with enthusiasm and love for the real estate industry.

 

Designations & Certification Instructors (with CE)

Maurice Hampton – RENE, PSA, Green, CIPS, ABR

Maurice also holds an AHWD, BPOR, ePro, MRP, RSPS, and SRS.

Maurice is a native Chicagoan rooted by values of diversity and community. As a Managing Broker and CEO of Centered International Realty Corporation, he is experienced in property investments, management and appraisals, and contract negotiations and sales. His expertise in utilizing digital tools for professional and strategic relationship development are best demonstrated in his technical use of mobile apps and crowdsourced data for leverage in the industry.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

“Maurice was full of energy and made the course very fun. He is energetic, funny, knowledgeable, a great speaker and a great presenter.”

“Maurice is an excellent, balanced presenter who demonstrates respect and compassion towards all students regardless of skill level.”

“Maurice Hampton was an engaging instructor. He provided tools and examples that I can use in my future negotiations! Thank you!”

 

Marki D. Lemons MBA

ABR, ABRM, CRS, SFR, SRS

Licensed Managing Broker, REALTOR®, avid volunteer, and Major Donor, Marki Lemons-Ryhal is dedicated to all things real estate. With over 25 years of marketing experience, Marki has taught REALTORS® how to earn up to a 2100% return on their marketing dollars.

As a REALTOR®, Marki has earned the several sales awards, the REALTOR® Achievement Award and The President’s Award from the Chicago Association of REALTORS®.

Five-time REALTOR® Conference and Expo featured attendee, one of 80 speakers selected to speak the REALTOR Conference & Expo three times, and an Inman closing Keynote Speaker. By consistently offering sound industry analysis and professional guidance, Marki’s expertise has been featured in Forbes, Washington Post, Homes.com, REALTOR® Magazine and has also been included on CBS News Chicago and CNBC.

Marki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Chicago State University a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Xavier University, and over fifty real estate related licenses, certifications, and designations.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

“I often search for classes where Marki is the instructor.”

“Marki Lemons is a wealth of knowledge. She is entertaining and a great mentor and presenter.”

 

Chip Meyers

Income Property Analysis, Advanced Income Property Analysis, Sales Skills

Chip Meyers was born and raised in Abilene, Texas. After graduating from Baylor University in 1968, he spent nine years in the U.S. Navy as a fighter pilot. When he finished his tour in the Navy, he began his career in commercial and investment real estate. He spent several years in sales and management in both San Diego and Albuquerque during which he managed the largest and most productive commercial and investment real estate firm in the state of New Mexico.

In 1990, Chip created a popular and successful course called the “Valuation of Investment Real Estate,” but ultimately rewrote it to the course it is known as today: Income Property Analysis. He currently teaches IPA in over 25 cities crossing several states. Chip has taught over 150 other seminars on investment real estate and tax laws and is an acknowledged expert on the various methods of evaluating yield, return, and value in investment real estate.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

“Chip was a great instructor and kept us involved from start to finish!”

“Chip was a great teacher with a lot of real life stories to relate to the lessons. Best way to learn!”

 

David Piatek

MRP

With over 12 years of experience, David has a vast knowledge of the real estate market on both the sales and on the lending side.  He specializes in first-time home buyers and lending in the military space.

He is a Vice-President at The Federal Savings Bank, specializing on Conventional, FHA and VA home loans.  David is also an instructor for the National Association of REALTORS® teaching the Military Relocation Professional Program, the President of Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals Chicago Chapter, and recently appointed by the Mayor to be a Member of the Advisory Council on veterans for Chicago Commission on Human Relations.

 

Terry Watson

SRES

Terry Watson is a trainer and real estate broker who specializes in effective and easily-implemented business and life strategies. He is known for his sense of humor and gift for engagement in his career and his everyday life. Terry is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a designation achieved by less than 600 people. As founder and president of Watson World Inc., a real estate and leadership training company, he has dedicated himself to teaching real estate professionals how to avoid sabotaging business opportunities through habits and life outlooks.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

“Class was very fun with Instructor Watson.”

“Terry is a wonderful, knowledgeable, well-educated instructor who knows how to keep a class engaged.”

Taft West

Essentials of Property Management

Taft West began his real estate career in the late 1970’s as an Assistant Manager trainee at a high-rise market-rate development. He went on to gain experience managing condominiums, affordable housing and public housing. After he received his broker’s license in 2001, he began working with Community Investment Corporation (CIC) where he eventually moved from a contract trainer in the Property Management Training Program to Director of Property management Training in 2007. Today, he is the Vice President of Technical Assistance and Sustainability for the Chicago Community Loan Fund.

The Chicago chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) awarded Taft its annual Premier Education Award in 2009 for outstanding commitment to enhancing the education of the Property Management Industry. In 2013, The Metropolitan Tenants Association of Chicago awarded Taft its “TENANT CHAMPION AWARD” in recognition of his support and commitment to Chicago’s tenants. The Association of Illinois Real Estate Educators (AIREE) recognized Taft as the 2013 Educator of the Year “in recognition for his outstanding dedication to real estate education.” Only one real estate educator per year in Illinois is honored with this designation. Taft attended University of Illinois and Roosevelt Universities.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

“Taft West is an excellent instructor with a vast knowledge of property management and real world experience.”

“Mr. West is very knowledgeable. I would attend any class with him as a teacher.”

 

Continuing Education Instructors

Myer Blank

Myer Blank is a Senior Tax Manager at the law firm of Fisk Kart Katz & Regan, Ltd. He focuses on property tax appeals management and property tax incentives. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Blank was a Senior Manager at True Partners Consulting. In addition to managing clients’ property tax valuations, Mr. Blank has extensive knowledge of local and state property tax matters. He was Executive Director of the Chicago Tax Assistance Center since 2001, a City of Chicago department that assisted homeowners with property tax appeals, exemptions, and refunds. As part of his responsibilities, he testified before state and local committees on tax policy. Before working for the city, Mr. Blank was Director of Policy Analysis for The Civic Federation, a local taxpayer watchdog group.

Mr. Blank has a Masters of Arts in Public Policy Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Chicago.

 

Mitchell E. Chapman

Mitchell C. Chapman received his law degree from The John Marshall Law School, in Chicago Illinois. He is the owner of The Chapman Law Group, LLC, located in Evanston, Illinois, a firm that represents individuals and business entities in matters involving real estate transactions, title insurance claims, landlord-tenant issues, bankruptcy, as well as real estate broker defense to civil matters, ethic complaints, and disciplinary actions. Mr. Chapman also represents condominium associations and home owner associations.

Mitchell Chapman is a licensed General Contractor and a Real Estate Broker licensed in Illinois, Arizona and in Florida. He has been teaching continuing education classes and pre-licensure classes since 1996. His class presentations incorporate his experiences as an attorney, real estate broker and general contractor.

 

Lin Ewing

Lin Ewing, a native Chicagoan, was licensed in 1993 and currently holds a managing broker’s license. She has served on many advisory boards and councils and has written numerous residential real estate continuing education courses. Her teaching background expands from teaching English as a foreign language in Switzerland to teaching continuing education and pre-licensing courses to REALTORS®.

Lin is a member of AIREE (Association of Illinois Real Estate Educators) and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Roosevelt University.

Student Testimonials

“Lin, I just want to thank you for everything you did to make this last two weeks and 90 HOURS OF CLASS-TIME educational, enlightening and often entertaining. I really appreciated how you shared not only the information but also your personal experiences. When I think about how much new knowledge just got successfully crammed into brain, I know your teaching methods really helped make it possible.”

“The reason I’m writing to you today is first and foremost to give you a big thanks for everything you’ve done. Your teaching method and style was what really helped me out in understanding the fundamentals of real estate. Your knowledge and poise really made the day to day go by quickly.”

“Thank you for doing such a great job teaching us the 8-day class that ended last Wednesday. I learned an enormous amount and you did a great job covering the material while simultaneously making it interesting through your real-world stories. It was obvious that you really cared about what we learned.”

 

Lucas Fuksa

Lucas Fuksa is an attorney and founding partner of Fuksa Khorshid, LLC. He focuses his practice on real-estate development, financial transactions, business and corporate matters, and mechanics lien and construction litigation. Lucas regularly assists some of Chicago’s busiest developers and investors in their acquisition and development of real estate assets, including multi-use developments, condominiums, retail spaces, hotels, and single-family homes. Lucas is skilled in negotiating and preparing transactions involving the purchase and sale of financial instruments including real-estate-backed banknotes, and creatively structures the acquisition and financing of real-estate developments. Lucas is also a licensed real estate broker and member of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®.

Jim Hochman

Jim Hochman brings his 40+ years of experience as a practicing real estate attorney to his many teaching assignments. Jim was Senior Vice President and Division Counsel with CBRE Inc. for more than 22 years (1982-2004). In that period, he pioneered and ran CBRE’s in-house continuing education program. Jim is a partner at Schain Banks Kenny & Schwartz Ltd., a Chicago firm known for its practice in real estate transactions, zoning, and specialists in real estate brokerage law. He is a member of the faculty at John Marshall Law School, taught at Chicago Kent College of Law (1980-1983), and is presently on the faculty for the Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® (SIOR), teaching a 6 hour course on understanding the commercial lease. Jim has spoken and taught CE, literally coast to coast in the U.S. and Canada. As the author of several states’ broker lien acts and statutes on license portability, and counsel to many national and local brokerage firms, Jim is known as the Broker’s Lawyer. He is a graduate of Brown University and Boston University School of Law, and retired as Commander from the United States Naval Reserve.

Tonya Jernberg

Tonya Jernberg is the Co-Founder and co-owner of Transitional Living Company and Realty TLC. Prior to becoming a licensed REALTOR® and Real Estate instructor, Tonya worked as the head of consumer insights and market research for several of the world’s largest international marketing and communications firms. This role allowed Tonya to live and visit countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, resulting in 1) her exposure to the concept design-for-all and 2) her quest to challenge aesthetics and traditional methods via education as it pertains to residential design and the things that go into houses. Together with her husband and business partner, she has become an expert on universal design and the accessible home, appearing on TV and radio. Currently in the process of releasing the book, “Home is Where the Access Is,” Tonya helped developed a proprietary tool (trademark pending) that inspires great universal design ideas for consumer home improvement projects based on an assessment of both the people who live in the home and the inherent issues specific to the house and its structure that negatively impact accessibility. The tool is at the heart of the Home Accessibility Digital Marketplace, an innovation ecosystem, that is a research and marketing tool and communication channel for value creators, service professionals, home builders, insurance companies and healthcare practitioners.

 

Lema Korshid

Lema Khorshid is one of the founding partners at Fuksa Khorshid, LLC where she handles a wide range of legal matters for small- to mid-sized, closely held businesses in Chicago and New York. She frequently assists her clients with corporate transactional and intellectual property matters, and, for the past several years, she has also been lead counsel on several mergers and acquisitions that have taken her clients all over the globe.
Lema is frequently invited to guest speak at Small Business Centers all over Chicago, where she teaches workshops to entrepreneurs on a myriad of practical legal and business issues that affect their businesses. In 2009, Lema was honored by the Business Ledger for being one of the twenty-two influential women in business in Chicago.

 

Don Martin

Don Martin began his real estate career in 1979. Shortly after that he began teaching in Arizona. He has extensive background in real estate law, contracts, and ethics. He managed real estate firms with over 1,000 affiliated licensees, developed dozens of courses and has taught over 100 real estate courses each year for the past ten years. His expertise and dedication to the field have earned him several awards in three associations. Over the last 25 years, Don has served as past president and on numerous committees of local and state associations. He also sat on the National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors from 1986 – 1990 and was the President of the Arizona Association of REALTORS® in 1987.

His career as a real estate educator has covered ethics and professional standards, fair housing, agency, contracts, and several risk management topics for hundreds of REALTORS® across the country. He is a certified mediator, professional standards consultant and an expert witness on broker standard of care and procuring cause issues.

 

Diana Peterson

Diana M. Peterson, President of SVN AuctionWorks, has 20+ years of experience in law, real estate brokerage and auctions. Prior to founding SVN AuctionWorks, an independently owned and operated franchise, Peterson served as Executive Vice President of Auctions by ATG. Peterson built the auction platform for Auctions by ATG and ran the company, utilizing the expertise she previously acquired launching and operating a real estate brokerage company, PMD Realty, LLC, for over a decade.

Peterson earned a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she served as an editor of the Minnesota Law Rview, and before that, acquired a Bachelor of Arts (with honors) from the University of Chicago. Apart from her Illinois law license, she holds an Illinois real estate managing broker’s license and an Illinois auction license. Peterson is also a certified REO broker and personal property appraiser.

 

Ed Riggins

Ed Riggins started his career in 1984, and has been teaching live CRE courses and speaking professionally since 2001, and offering on-line courses since 2015. Often among the top producers nationally for Cresa Global, Riggins is a Life Member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®. He is among less than 1% of practitioners who hold both the SIOR and CCIM designations, has been named among “Commercial Real Estate Who’s Who” by Atlanta Business Chronicle, and a “Power Broker” twice by Costar. Riggins has served on the Boards of several real estate-related organizations and has authored dozens of articles. He is a graduate of Auburn University, has completed Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, and has performed live standup and improv comedy.

 

Scott Siegel

Scott Siegel is a licensed continuing education instructor and the course author of “How to Analyze and Underwrite Multi-Unit and Mixed-Use Properties.” Scott utilizes his 25+ years’ experience in multi-state and international high-volume sales-based organizations to create and develop hands-on, interactive courses for RRES.

He is a licensed managing broker and the Director of Real Estate Brokerage for Jennings Realty, Inc. where he specializes in driving revenues through engaging and personable sales & sales management; creating operational efficiencies through systematized general management; continually developing best-of-breed talent through constant recruiting, training, motivation & mentoring and, most importantly, having a blast practicing real estate on the daily!

 

Angela Walker

Angela is the founder and owner of Angela Walker & Associates, a training and development company, as well as the Managing Broker and Owner of LakeWest Realty. After starting her real estate career in 2003, her success led her to starting her own real estate firm LakeWest Realty where she has applied her experience in luxury, first-time homebuyers, buyers and sellers, commercial real estate, banks, municipalities, and property management. Angela is also a Licensed Illinois Continuing Education Instructor with Train the Trainer and Pre-Purchase Instructor Certifications. She is a trainer for Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) and has had the opportunity to speak at multiple MRED workshops and conferences.

 

Specialty Instructors (No CE)

Jeanine McShea, ABR, GRI, Green

The Roadmap of a Transaction

With over 25 years in the industry, both as a broker and an executive for prominent Chicagoland brokerages, Jeanine brings a level of professionalism and a network of connections to each partnership that she establishes with her clients, giving them a solid edge when buying or selling a home in the city. With a career in the real estate industry spanning from broker, managing broker, to vice president, Jeanine’s wealth of real estate knowledge and experience allows her to provide expert professional and business development support, as well as sound guidance throughout the transaction process.

Partnering with @properties has allowed Jeanine to once again assist clients interested in either purchasing or selling their first time home to transitioning to a downtown residence. Together, with her daughter Erin McShea, Jeanine oversees the McShea Group, which was founded on the premise of providing clients with the utmost expert counsel throughout the home buying or selling experience. Her passions outside of real estate including painting, the Blackhawks and serving on the Board of Directors for the Danny Did Foundation, a Chicago nonprofit focused on increased awareness of epilepsy.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

“Josh [Weinberg] and Jeanine are great at explaining and answering questions. I love their enthusiasm!”

“Jeanine and Josh were excellent and very knowledgeable.”

 

Josh Weinberg, ABR

The Roadmap of a Transaction

Josh Weinberg co-founded Weinberg Choi Realty in 2007 after working for Pulte Group, a Fortune 200 homebuilder. During his time with Pulte, Josh learned the importance of quality construction and the financial aspects of the home buying process.

Josh grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and he has called Chicago home for 12 years. Outside of work, Josh teaches a real estate course at the Chicago Association of Realtors Real Estate School. He has appeared on HGTV’s House Hunters and House Hunters Renovation. Josh won the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago Award and was on the 36 Under 36 List by the Jewish United Fund’s Young Leadership Division.

Josh resides in Lincoln Park with his wife, Arin, their son and daughter, and their dog. Josh has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from Bradley University.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

“Jeanine [McShea] and Josh offered a wealth of information in a half day class. It was great hearing two different perspectives.”

“Both Josh and Jeanine are extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of a transaction, both on the selling and the buying side.”