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Don Norman
Manager of Real Estate Training - Kaplan Professional Schools

Don Norman has owned a home inspection service in St. Louis, Missouri since 1985 and has inspected approximately 9000 buildings during that time. He developed continuing education classes for real estate schools and has written and taught classes nationally for the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers (NAIFA). He assisted in the creation of the National Home Inspection Exam® (NHIE®) and was a charter Board member on the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors (EBPHI). Don has been quoted in numerous print articles, on television and radio highlighting the importance of home inspections and is a contributing author to the ASHI Reporter, Inspection Report and other publications. He chaired several national committees for the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and co-authored ASHI’s Home Inspection Training Curriculum. He served on the ASHI national board as a Director for two years before being elected as an officer. Don was the President of the ASHI in 2005.

Jack Fehlandt
Lead Kaplan Instructor

Jack Fehlandt is the lead instructor at Kaplan's Glen Ellyn, Illinois campus. Jack began inspecting homes in 1992 throughout the six county Chicagoland area. A graduate of Kaplan's 2 week Residential Inspection Course, Jack inspected in excess of 3,600 homes before selling his business in 2003. Currently semi-retired, Jack still consults on home inspections. He also is a former member of the State of Illinois Home Inspector Advisory Board and carries the 3rd license number issued in the state of Illinois. Jack is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and an active member of the Great Lakes Chapter of ASHI and a former member of the Northern Illinois Chapter of ASHI. Prior to home inspections Jack served 18 years in local municipal government as an elected and appointed official including on the city council and as Mayor.

Rob Claus
Kaplan Instructor

Rob Claus is the owner of Lifeline Inspections and Consulting, Inc. Prior to owning his own firm he was most recently the Territory Manager for U.S. Inspect - Chicago. Rob has a great deal of teaching experience. He was the Vice-President, Director of Operations of The BrickKicker, a national Home Inspection Franchise Company. During his twelve years with them he was the primary educator for the franchises as well as their private home inspection school. Mr. Claus' education is Bachelors of Science degree from Illinois State University majoring in Industrial Technology - Construction Sequence. In addition to being the Territory Manager for U.S. Inspect Rob is currently a member of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Advisor Board for Home Inspectors and two-time Past-President of the Northern Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors. Rob has spoken at National forums for Home Inspectors as well as Realtors and has personally trained over two hundred and fifty home inspectors through his career. Mr. Claus has been a professional home inspector since 1988 having personally completed over 5000 fee-based home inspections.

Allan Monat
Kaplan Instructor

Allan Monat is an Illinois Licensed home inspector (license # 050.0000005) and is the owner and operator of Metro Real Estate Inspections, which has completed over 5,000 inspections. He is a member of the Illinois Home Inspector Advisory Board and a National Association of Home Inspectors CRI Member. Allan also sits on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Home Inspectors, as well as the Board of Directors for the Illinois Chapter. Allan is an instructor with Kaplan as well as a state licensed continuing education instructor for Oakton Community College.

Monty Veenendaal
Kaplan Instructor

Monty Veenendaal has been inspecting homes and commercial building since 1996 after his retirement of 5 years of teaching at Waukegan Township High School, Waukegan, IL Building Trades Program, and 31 years as the Coordinator/Professor and Professor Emeritus of the Construction Technology Department at Triton College, River Grove, IL. He joined the Kaplan Illinois teaching staff as an instructor in 2004 and is also the safety inspector for the interior of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus Train Cars. He is a licensed home inspector in the state of Illinois and a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors. He has experience as a soils, concrete and asphalt quality control technician. He is a journeyman carpenter and operated his own general contracting business for a period of five years. He is a member of the Triton College Construction Technology Advisory Committee and a member of the Habitat for Humanity Site Selection Committee for the Fox Valley Chapter. He helped develop the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. craft training and apprenticeship training curricula "Wheels of Learning". He was also a facilitator for the Associated General Contractors of America Supervisory Training Program.

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