G. Joseph Cosenza
Vice Chairman of The Inland Real Estate Group, Inc.
President, Inland Real Estate Acquisitions, Inc.
G. Joseph Cosenza is Vice Chairman and one of the four original principals of The Inland Real Estate Group, Inc. Joe has held his real estate broker’s license since 1968, the year Inland incorporated. As Vice Chairman of The Inland Real Estate Group and President of Inland Real Estate Acquisitions, Inc. he currently supervises an extensive staff engaged in property acquisitions and due diligence. Also a consultant to other real estate entities and lending institutions, Joe has personally overseen, and or negotiated, the purchase for Inland of more than $39 billion of income-producing real estate, in over 3,300 individual deals, of which over 700 are in the Greater Chicagoland Area.
Joe’s one-of-a-kind, high volume deal making has received many awards in the industry. Most recently he was inducted in the Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR) Hall of Fame at the organization’s 128th Inaugural Gala on October 5, 2011.
In addition to real estate, he is prominent in the banking industry. Starting in 1982, Joe was Director of Continental Bank’s branch in Oakbrook Terrace and Chairman of the Board of American National Bank of DuPage, owned by Inland’s principals. He served as Chairman and a Director of Inland Bank & Trust and as a Director on the Board of Inland Bancorp, Inc., which has 10 Chicagoland locations.
Joe earned his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University and master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. Initially, he was a teacher and an assistant principal in the LaGrange and Wheeling school districts while operating Inland on a part-time basis with Messrs. Dan Goodwin, Bob Baum and Bob Parks.
A former Director and member of the management committee of Inland Real Estate Corporation (NYSE: IRC), where he helped to ring the New York Stock Exchange bell instead of a school bell. Joe’s career also spans activity with the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, Illinois Association of REALTORS®, National Association of REALTORS®, Urban Land Institute and the Northern Illinois Association of REALTORS®. His charity of choice is Saint Vincent de Paul Society, taking care of those in need.