Who We Are

Nick A. Tillema

Attorney at Law

Nick has been involved in the real estate/finance industry since 1972. His education includes a Bachelor’s of Finance from Indiana University, a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Indiana University – Indianapolis. His background includes leasing and management with a Chicago-based, regional, shopping center owner; mortgage banking (origination, underwriting, secondary marketing & management), title company (co-owner); property management, real estate development (residential condominiums); investment, consulting and appraising (residential, commercial, easements and diminutive damages).

His experience in teaching includes real estate broker and appraiser pre-licensing classes, continuing education seminars and real estate college classes for private schools, professional organizations, Indiana University and Butler University. He has written numerous seminars for both law and real estate professionals. Education Resource provides a ready medium to apply his teaching experience.

He has served on the board of directors for the Clarocity Corporation (as traded on the Canadian Stock Exchange); on the board of directors of the national Appraisal Institute; as chair of the Appraisal Institute’s National Government Relations Committee; as chair of both the board of directors of the Appraisal Institute Relief Foundation and the Appraiser Liability Insurance Program; as President and on the board of directors of the Hoosier State Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Indiana CCIM chapter, the Indiana Association of REALTORS® , the REALTOR® Foundation, and the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of REALTORS®.

Jason A. Tillema


After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in Entrepreneurship in 1997, Jason joined Tillema & Associates as a trainee to begin his career. He has concentrated primarily on residential valuations and has performed assignments ranging from simple home equity to complex litigation assignments. Since approximately 2006, he has served in several volunteer roles within the appraisal and real estate industry.

Due in large part to the volunteer service within our industry, Jason has been requested to develop several seminars and discussion panels. He has become more involved in the instructor role over the past several years due to these opportunities and looks forward to providing relevant courses and seminars through Education Resources.

Jason has enjoyed serving the local real estate community. After serving and chairing several committees within the Appraisal Institute, he was elected as the Secretary/Treasurer for 2012. He subsequently served as the Vice President in 2013 and as the HSC President in 2014. Not only has he served in the appraisal industry but also within our local REALTOR® organization, from 2014 through 2016 Jason was the Appraiser Representative on the MIBOR Board of Directors. His experience and participation within these organizations and associated committees has provided an opportunity to better understand the many intricacies of our profession.