CREI Instructors

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 Ronald Hansen

Ronald “Ron” Hansen is the founder of Chicago Real Estate Institute. In addition to founding the Chicago Real Estate Institute, Ron has over 35 years of experience a broker, leading agents and serving a broad array of services for clients including sales, leasing, and residential property management. Ron was a founding member of the Wrightwood Neighbors Association.


Charles Izenstark

Charles “Charlie” Izenstark is a  licensed attorney whose practice focuses on real estate. Charlie  received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School.  In the course of  Charlie’s career, he has worked in all aspects of the real estate profession including commercial development, condominium conversions, consulting and both traditional and complex transactional work.



Phil Balick

A Chicago native, and a graduate of Roosevelt University, Phillip Balick has spent most of his working life as a small business owner and as a real estate broker on the North Side of Chicago.  A generalist by nature, the variety of experiences that being a Realtor offers has always been appealing to him.

For the last 12 years he has been informally instructing new agents at his brokerage on techniques involving property evaluation, listing presentations, due diligence procedures, buyer qualification issues, and how to deal with the complexities involved in real estate transactions.

Starting in 2010 Phil decided to formalize this experience by fulfilling the qualifications required to gain both Pre-Licensing, and Continuing Education, Instructor’s licenses. Since that time he has both written and taught CE courses; and taught the pre-licensing curriculum required for licensure in Illinois.

“I’m finding that teaching is one of the most fulfilling endeavors I’ve been involved with. There is inherent enjoyment in layering practical experience on to the textbook requirements to give students a real-life sense of what to expect when the actualities of the new career occur. The best part of this job, as an instructor, is seeing the student’s joy when getting a passing grade after spending a lot of hours in the classroom together.”


Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone is a licensed broker, managing broker, and pre-license instructor who brings his knowledge of mathematics to the classroom to better instruct students on the numbers side of real estate deals. Oliver has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is a partner in the Chicago Real Estate Institute. With his degree in Accounting, he brings a discipline for the arithmetic to the classroom and the process needed to learn all facets of Real Estate calculations. As a volunteer activity, Oliver is the treasurer of the prestigious Wrightwood Neighbors Association.



Elaine Phillips

Elaine obtained a  real estate broker license in 1978 and presently is a licensed managing broker. She is also a licensed Pre-Licensing and Continued Education real estate instructor. She graduated from Northwestern University and obtained a master’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University. Elaine has an Illinois teaching certificate and has taught many levels in education, including at the college level. She has been continually involved in real estate since 1977.

2 comments on “CREI Instructors”

  1. Casey Adams

    Hello Ronald Hansen,

    I got your contact information from the Illinois Department Of Financial and Professional Regulation Division of Real Estate/Real Estate Education website as CREI is listed as an approved school.

    I manage the continuing education for ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) and would love to be able to offer CE credits to our members in the state of Illinois. However, we are based in NYC and do not have a physical office in the state of Illinois so we are not able to apply to become a continuing education provider in your state. The only way we would be able to offer CE credits at one of our programs or conferences in Illinois would be if we partnered with an approved school.
    Would you be interested in partnering with us for one or more of our programs in Illinois so that we may offer CE credit? Please let me know your thoughts when you get a chance.

    Thank you!

    Casey Adams, Manager, Continuing Education, International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc. (ICSC)

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