About Us

Why Choose Us

Just as every property must be built on a solid foundation, our business success stands on the strength and reputation of our family name. Since 1973, when Chuck and Bill DeBruler started a real estate business in Lake County, Illinois, we've made a commitment to our customers, our business partners, our tenants, and ourselves.

Simply put, we strive to conduct our business with a level of personal service, business acumen and community awareness which recognizes two things: that our reputation is our most important asset, and that it must be earned every day in all that we do.

The DeBruler name stands proudly behind a diverse scope of projects in an ever-broadening geographic area. From acquisition and development to construction and management, we never lose sight of the fact that our business is about helping families of varying income levels to live comfortable lives in pleasant surroundings.

Every professional at The DeBruler Company is dedicated to meeting the needs of our constituents.

Our Memberships

Lake County Association of Realtors

Lake County Chamber of Commerce

Institute of Real Estate Management
Illinois Association of Realtors

Meet Our Team

Bill DeBruler

Focusing on property acquisition and development, Bill has been active in the real estate business for over 30 years as a broker, developer and property manager. He has an AB from Brown University, an MA from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and served in the Marine Corps as an officer. He is a Certified Property Manager and licensed real estate broker.

Bill is a member of the Lake County Affordable Housing Commission and chairman of its not-for-profit arm, the Housing Development Committee. In addition, Bill is former director and treasurer of A Safe Place, which provides shelter, counseling and legal assistance to abused women and children. He is currently on their advisory staff.

Andy DeBruler

Currently, Andy heads our real estate development division with an emphasis on our tax credit projects. Since joining the company in 1993, Andy has served as a project manager at various DeBruler developments including Osprey Lake Apartments, Colonial Park Apartments and Library Lane Senior Residence. Andy received his Bachelor's degree from St. Norbert College. He is a licensed Real Estate broker.

Tim DeBruler

Tim heads our construction division. Previously, Tim worked as a project analyst for GE. Tim is also a Major in the Marine Corps Active Reserve and in 2004 served his country for a tour of duty in Iraq. Tim received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton and joined our Company in 2003.

Chris Debruler

Chris currently works in our Construction and Tax Credit Development Department. He is a licensed Construction General Contractor in the State of Florida.

Trudy Valente

Trudy has been a part of The DeBruler Company since 1983. She is in charge of administration and management for all DeBruler developments. Additionally, she serves as our company administrator. Trudy is a licensed Real Estate Managing Broker and Certified Property Manager.

Suzanne Deschler Markwell

Suzanne oversees the Accounting and Financial Planning functions for the properties managed by the DeBruler Company. She also worked as a financial consultant for the DeBruler Company since February 2008 and provides services to Lake County Residential Development Corp, a not-for-profit partner in several of the properties managed by the DeBruler Company.

Suzanne graduated Cum Laude from California State University – Long Beach with a BS in Business Administration – Accountancy. She is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant in Wisconsin and Registered Certified Public Accountant in Illinois. Her career had been focused on not-for-profits, primarily healthcare; however, she shifted her professional focus to affordable housing about 2 years ago because she felt that her contributions would be better served there.