Discounted Annual Meeting Registration Closing Soon





Dear Appraisal Institute Colleague:

I hope you’re planning to attend AI’s 2013 Annual Meeting on July 23-25 in Indianapolis – and I have an important reminder to help you save money.

Discounted Annual Meeting Registration Closing Soon

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to register for the Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting, I encourage you to take advantage of discounted early registration, which ends May 18. Rates go up after that date, so be sure to register today.

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

To learn more about the Annual Meeting, and to register, visit I look forward to seeing you this summer at AI’s premier event!

AI Committee to Consider 2014 Vice President Nominations

The Appraisal Institute’s National Nominating Committee is scheduled to interview four candidates for AI’s 2014 vice president during its May 1 meeting in Chicago. The committee is expected to nominate one or more of those individuals to the Board of Directors at the Board’s May 2-3 meeting in Chicago.

The candidates are Terry O. Bernhardt, JD, SRA; Richard J. Murray, SRA; J. Scott Robinson, MAI, SRA; and Kern G. Slucter, MS, MAI, SRA.

Learn more about the vice president candidates and provide input by today’s deadline.

AI Meets with Chinese Leaders, Attends Other Industry Events

President-Elect Ken P. Wilson, MAI, SRA; Immediate Past President Sara W. Stephens, MAI; and CEO Frederick H. Grubbe, CAE, were in China April 16-24, where they were scheduled to meet with the China Institute for Real Estate Appraisers and Agents, China Real Estate Valuers Association, Chinese National Development and Reform Commission, Liu Hong Ru Foundation, East China Normal University, Tongji University, Bank of China, Construction Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and AI’s Chinese Designated members and Candidates for Designation. This trip provided an excellent opportunity for AI to reinforce its stature abroad.

Fred and I represented AI at the American Real Estate Society’s Annual Meeting in Kohala, Hawaii, April 10-13. This event gave us the chance to reiterate AI’s new designation requirements for academicians.

Ken and AI Vice President M. Lance Coyle, MAI, SRA, will attend The Appraisal Foundation’s Appraisal Practices Board meeting April 26 and the Association of Appraiser Regulatory Officials’ (AARO) meeting April 27, both taking place in Austin, Texas.

AI Premieres Condo, Co-op, PUD Seminar

The Appraisal Institute premiered its Appraising Condos, Co-ops, and PUDs seminar April 15.

This comprehensive seminar shows appraisers how to identify real property through legal descriptions and Parcel Identification Numbers, identify important legal and financial documents that are required to develop credible condo and co-op appraisals and what questions must be asked of building managers.

Learn about all of AI’s exciting education offerings.

Other News Around AI

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

  • AI’s Washington Report and State News quarterly e-newsletter debuted April 15. This is a very important report that summarizes the organization’s extensive recent federal and state legislative and regulatory activities. Read the current issue.
  • The Appraisal Institute posted two new videos to its YouTube channel this month; one in which Sandra K. Adomatis, SRA, provides details about AI’s updated Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum, and another in which Robin Amorin, MAI, discusses why she received her MAI designation.
  • I had the opportunity to speak with Fox Business for their story about property tax appeals; you can read the article here.
  • Did you know that the percentage of certified appraisers is at an all-time high? Check out AI’s recent news release to learn more.

A recent discussion I had with one of our AI chapter presidents strongly reinforced the point that all appraisers must recognize the challenge we have as independent, impartial and objective reporters of the market. Those in the Appraisal Institute, particularly the SRAs, MAIs, SRPAs, SREAs and RMs, can provide a great assist in returning the global financial system to health, just as AI predecessor organizations did in prior times of national market distress.

On behalf of all in AI leadership, please accept our sincere gratitude for your ongoing support of the Appraisal Institute.



Richard L. Borges II, MAI, SRA