AI Annual Conference Highlighted by Speakers, Awards

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It was great to see so many of you this week in my home state of North Carolina, and the beautiful city of Charlotte, for the 2016 Appraisal Institute Annual Conference. I am extremely gratified that our organization continues to host the valuation profession’s best event!

AI Annual Conference Highlighted by Speakers, Awards

The 2016 Appraisal Institute Annual Conference drew nearly 475 attendees to Charlotte, North Carolina, July 25-27. The event featured four outstanding general session speakers, more than 30 different education sessions with up to 77 hours of AI continuing education credit points and up to 16 hours of state continuing education credit, along with exhibits of cutting-edge valuation products and services, abundant networking opportunities and an exciting President’s Gala reception/dinner and awards program.

The lineup of speakers included keynoter Jack Uldrich, a best-selling author and global futurist, who focused on technology, change management and leadership. A roundtable discussion also took place featuring leaders from real estate investment firm TIAA, including Douglas K. Hodge, MAI, ARA, CCIM, MRICS, senior director of appraisal services; William A. Lane, MAI, senior director of real estate finance; and Anthony J. Oddo, MAI, LEED Green Associate, senior director, appraisal services.

Seven valuation professionals were recognized during the President’s Gala on July 27. Terry R. Dunkin, MAI, SRA; M. Ralph Griffin, MAI, AI-GRS; and W. Calvin Reynolds, MAI, SRPA, SREA, SRA, were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Sandra K. Adomatis, SRA, received the Outstanding Service Award. President’s Award recipients were M. Lance Coyle, MAI, SRA; John P. Robinson Jr., SRPA, SRA; and Stephen S. Wagner, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS. Read more about the award winners.

Stephen Wagner Elected 2017 AI Vice President

The Appraisal Institute Board of Directors elected Stephen S. Wagner, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of West Lafayette, Indiana, as 2017 vice president at its July 28-29 meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. Wagner’s one-year term at the Appraisal Institute will begin January 1, followed by one year each as president-elect, president and immediate past president.

Currently serving on the Appraisal Institute Board of Directors as Region V vice chair, Wagner is a past and current vice chair of the AI Professional Standards and Guidance Committee. He is a past chair of the Demonstration Report Writing Panel, has served on the Admissions Designations and Qualifications Committee and has been involved in the development of the General Review courses and two Capstone case studies. He also teaches general qualifying education and advanced-level courses and seminars for the Appraisal Institute.

AI Publishes Book on ‘Damaged’ Properties

The Appraisal Institute announced July 5 that the organization published, “Real Estate Damages,” third edition, by Randall Bell, Ph.D., MAI.

The book includes new discussions on controversial topics, including cellular towers, strip mining, fracking and climate change. New case studies have been added, as well, including an in-depth look at the Flight 93 crash site and other memorial sites. It also provides updated and expanded listings of print and online resources and relevant agencies and associations.

Learn more and order your copy.

AI Participates in Key Industry Events

In keeping with the Appraisal Institute’s commitment to convey its thought leadership to real estate professionals and others, I presented at the Collateral Risk Network Meeting, July 10-11, in Baltimore, about modernizing the appraisal regulatory structure. That event was held in conjunction with Valuation Expo, July 11-13, which I also attended and where AI exhibited.

Immediate Past President Lance Coyle, MAI, SRA, represented the organization at the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries Summer Conference, July 13-15, in Boston.

Other News Around AI

And here’s some additional important news from the Appraisal Institute: