I’m excited to share some important information about AI’s review designations program, which is a significant milestone in our organization’s history.
AI Selects Names for Review Designations
The Appraisal Institute’s Board of Directors voted October 30 to approve the review designations to be AI-GRS (Appraisal Institute – General Review Specialist) and AI-RRS (Appraisal Institute –Residential Review Specialist), and for the review designation program to
commence January 1, 2014. The AI-GRS and AI-RRS designations will be the Appraisal Institute’s first new designations in more than 20 years.
Beginning in 2014, AI will offer four new courses to address review designations. Review Theory — Residential and Review Theory — Generalare scheduled to be released in first quarter 2014. Review Case Studies — Residential and Review Case Studies — General are scheduled to premiere in July 2014.
Learn more about this terrific program and how our Designated members and others can get involved.
AI Board Approves Continuing Education Revisions
The Appraisal Institute Board of Directors also met November 21-22 in Chicago and approved a proposed conversion of the current hours system for AI continuing education to a points system. The proposal was set forth in a 45-Day Notice (which the Board slightly amended) that was distributed to Appraisal Institute professionals October 7. Details of the conversion will be shared with AI professionals in the near future.
The Board also established 2014 annual national dues of $600 for AI Review Designated members (those who receive the AI-GRS, Appraisal Institute – General Review Specialist, and AI-RRS, Appraisal Institute – Residential Review Specialist, designations) who hold no other AI designations. (An individual who holds both the AI-GRS and AI-RRS designations, but who does not hold another AI designation, would pay $600.) AI-GRS and AI-RRS Designated members who hold another AI designation would pay $175.
To learn about other Board actions at this meeting, click here.
AI Seeks Proposals for 2014 Annual Meeting Sessions
The Appraisal Institute is seeking proposals by December 31 for panel sessions and presentations for its 2014 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, in Austin, Texas.
AI Connect is looking for highly skilled speakers who can address issues and topics of interest to the valuation profession. All panels/presentations will be assigned to one or more of the
Learn more about submitting a presentation.
AI Participates on NAR Panel
On November 8, I was joined by Sandy Adomatis, SRA, to present a panel discussion at the National Association of Realtors Conference & Expo in San Francisco re: “Working Together on High-Performance Homes.” Dozens of interested real estate professionals were in attendance, and everyone in the audience received a copy of AI’s Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum.
Sandy and I also were given the opportunity to participate in an interview for NAR’s website to highlight the main points of our panel discussion.
Valuation, Journal Win International Awards
AI’s Valuation magazine and The Appraisal Journal were honored November 1 in the MarCom Awards, sponsored by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals. Valuation won a Platinum Award in the Magazine/Association category, and TAJ won a Gold
Award in the Magazine/Consumer category.
The international creative competition recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communications professionals, including corporations, advertising agencies, public relations firms, design shops, production companies and others. Entries were judged for quality, creativity and resourcefulness. There were more than 6,500 entries in nearly 250 categories in seven forms of communication from the U.S., Canada and several other countries.
In less than three years, the Appraisal Institute has won 20 awards in 12 contests for six different AI products (Opinions of Value blog, YouTube videos, Appraiser News Online weekly e-newsletter, Residential Update monthly e-newsletter, Valuation magazine and The Appraisal Journal).
Other News Around AI
And here’s some other important news from the Appraisal Institute:
- The Appraisal Institute posted three new videos to its YouTube channel in November. Stephen D. Roach, MAI, SRA, and Tom Malapit, Esq., discuss how appraisers help attorneys prepare for expert witness testimony; Robert E. Dietrich, MAI, and Kyle Redfearn, MAI, address valuation for financial reporting; and I share details about AI’s new strategic initiatives.
- The Appraisal Institute continues to grow its social media presence. Be sure to follow AI on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
On behalf of President-Elect Ken P. Wilson, MAI, SRA; Vice President M. Lance Coyle, MAI, SRA; Immediate Past President Sara Stephens, MAI; Chief Executive Officer Fred Grubbe, CAE; and the AI Board of Directors, please accept our unwavering appreciation for your ongoing support of the Appraisal Institute.