On Friday, May 20, the Association of Illinois Real Estate Educators (AIREE) presented its highest honor – the 2011 Real Estate Educator of the Year award – to Scott B. Toban. The association recognizes Scott’s numerous achievements and contributions to the real estate community in Illinois.
Since focusing his career on education in 2004 as a Principal at the Real Estate Institute, Scott has established himself as a leading Illinois real estate educator. Scott’s 16 years as a practicing lawyer and his unique experiences in a variety of professional settings have strengthened his abilities as a dynamic speaker and teacher of various education topics, including real estate law, brokerage practice, ethics and professional responsibility.
Immediately prior to joining the Real Estate Institute, Scott was a partner of the international law firm Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP (now, Mayer Brown LLP). Scott’s legal practice has concentrated on real estate, finance and professional regulation. Scott earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School in 1995, and he graduated with highest honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelors of Science in Accountancy in 1992. He is a Registered Certified Public Accountant in Illinois.
Recognizing Scott’s knowledge and passion for the real estate industry from multiple perspectives (as a lawyer, real estate broker and educator), Governor Quinn appointed Scott as a member of the Illinois Real Estate Administration and Disciplinary Board and the Illinois Real Estate Education Advisory Council in 2010. Scott has already made a key impact on Illinois real estate brokerage by contributing revisions to the recently adopted Administrative Rules implementing the Real Estate License Act of 2000.
This is not the Real Estate Institute’s first Educator of the Year. Real Estate Institute is the only professional education provider in Illinois to have two generations of award recipients. In 2002, Alan Toban, Scott’s father, was recognized for his achievements as an accomplished author of numerous real estate, mortgage and finance books, as well as his 30 years of experience in real estate and finance.