AI Confirms Annual Meeting Speaker




In my first monthly message, I want each of you to know how humbled, yet honored and enthused, I am to serve as your 2013 president. Thank you for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Please take a few minutes to watch the video on AI’s YouTube channel where I have outlined our organization’s goals for the coming year.

The Appraisal Institute designated 515 members in 2012, a 73 percent increase from 2011 and the most new designations conferred since 1994. I’m also pleased to report that the January 1 launch of the Candidate for Designation program had an extremely strong start with 4,451 individuals enrolled in the program between June 1 and the end of 2012.

2013 Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker Confirmed

Ron Insana, a business reporter with CNBC and MSNBC who covers economic and market issues, will be the keynote speaker for AI’s 2013 Annual Meeting, to be held July 23-25 in Indianapolis. Insana’s address, “Politics, Policy and the Economy: What Issues on Capitol Hill Mean for Main Street and Wall Street,” should hold great interest for all of us in the real estate valuation community.

AI Annual Meeting attendees will experience first-class education and exciting networking options, the opportunity to earn Appraisal Institute CE credit and state credit, cutting edge exhibits from valuation profession vendors and the chance to explore numerous social and recreational activities in Indianapolis.

Registration opens soon. To learn more about the 2013 Annual Meeting, visit

AI Seeks Candidate for Designation Advisors

The Appraisal Institute is seeking Designated members to serve as Advisors for the nearly 4,500 Candidates for Designation. Before thinking you don’t have time, please consider the following:

  • To become an Advisor, you need merely take a short (less than one hour) online orientation course.
  • You may choose how many Candidates for Designation you’d like to advise – from one to 10 individuals.
  • Each Candidate for Designation will require a minimum of just four phone calls, emails or visits per year. Advisor activities are flexible to accommodate your schedule.

By encouraging AI Candidates for Designation and monitoring their progress, you will encourage Candidates to manage their own learning and guide them to appropriate resources, as you also:

  • Help secure the future of the Appraisal Institute,
  • Aid in elevating the professionalism of fellow AI members and
  • Potentially earn up to 25 hours of AI continuing education credit.

Please take a moment now to view the free online Advisor orientation on the Appraisal Institute website. Be sure to note that Advisors may work with Candidates anywhere, regardless of geographic location.

To begin helping Candidates, please respond before February 15. For more information, visit the Candidate for Designation page or email

AI Pitches Real Estate Ratings System at United Nations Event

Immediate Past President Sara W. Stephens, MAI, and I addressed the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) roundtable in Washington, D.C., on January 15, where we offered the Appraisal Institute’s assistance in establishing a U.S. real estate ratings system to enhance collateral risk management.

Similar ratings systems have been established in Europe, and the UNECE has developed a policy framework that outlines critical elements of the system. George Mann, MAI, SRA, who attended the roundtable as part of the UNECE work group, serving as both a representative from AI and from the U.S., explained how the rating system’s policy framework could work in the United States. AI President-Elect Ken P. Wilson, MAI, SRA, and Chief Executive Officer Frederick H. Grubbe, CAE, also attended the roundtable.

A credible ratings system would require development of specialized education and guidance materials for U.S. appraisers — an effort that AI is perfectly suited to undertake based on our recently developed advanced education curriculum.

Have a great 2013!

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