Annual Meeting Discounted Registration Ends Soon

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If you haven’t had a chance to register for this summer’s Annual Meeting, I encourage you to take advantage of the special discounted rate that expires May 22.

Annual Meeting Discounted Registration Ends Soon

There’s less than a month left to receive the best available registration rate for the Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting, to be held July 27-29 in Dallas.

The 2015 AI Annual Meeting will feature a wide variety of panel discussions and will provide opportunities for networking, continuing education (with the chance to earn Appraisal Institute and state continuing education credit), an awards dinner, vendor exhibits and plenty of options to explore Dallas.

Learn more about the 2015 AI Annual Meeting and register by May 22 to receive a special discounted rate. Also, be sure to follow the Annual Meeting conversation on Twitter (#AIConnect15).

AI Political Action Committee Contributions Expand Significantly

I am pleased to report that changes to the annual dues invoice approved by the AI Board of Directors – and AI professionals’ generosity – have resulted in a sizable increase in contributions to the Appraisal Institute Political Action Committee.

For the first four months of the 2015 invoice cycle, the Appraisal Institute PAC has raised more than $93,000. Compared to two years ago, contributions have almost quadrupled. And the greatest growth has been in individual donations, which can be used directly for political campaign contributions.

Thank you for your generosity! The Appraisal Institute PAC is a key element of AI’s government relations activities, helping our organization support candidates for federal elected office who understand our profession’s importance.

I also would like to thank those who are participating in the AI PAC Presidential Club, a recognition program for individuals who have contributed at least $500 to the Appraisal Institute PAC during the two-year congressional cycle (2015-16).

Appraisal Institute Publishes New Book

The Appraisal Institute announced April 23 that it had published “Review Theory and Procedures: A Systematic Approach to Review in Real Property Valuation.” The book provides practitioners with a comprehensive model of the review function and describes how to integrate and organize the various tasks involved in a review assignment.

The 132-page, softcover book is available for $60 ($45 for AI professionals) plus shipping. Order your copy today.

AI Enhances Thought Leadership, Attends Key Industry Events

In keeping with the Appraisal Institute’s commitment to convey its thought leadership to valuation professionals and others, Vice President Jim Amorin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, attended the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust’s Accounting Conference March 31-April 2 in Phoenix. I was in Washington, D.C., where Bill Garber, AI director of government and external relations, and I attended several meetings April 1-3 to discuss the ongoing implementation of Collateral Underwriter including one with Robert Murphy, director of property valuation and eligibility, at Fannie Mae.

The Appraisal Institute also was represented at the American Bankers Association’s Real Estate Lending Conference April 8-10 in Baltimore. Immediate Past President Ken Wilson, MAI, SRA, and Chief Executive Officer Fred Grubbe, MBA, CAE, attended the American Real Estate Society Conference April 14-18 in Fort Myers, Florida. I spoke about valuation and mortgage lending at The European Group of Valuers’ Associations’ Spring Meeting April 16-18 in Berlin, where I was joined by President-Elect Scott Robinson, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS.

Other News Around AI

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

Best wishes for a prosperous month!