Entrepreneur, Artist, Accident Survivor to Keynote AI Annual Conference

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I’m very pleased to tell you that the Appraisal Institute has selected an excellent keynote speaker for its 2019 Annual Conference! Here’s more about that, and other news, from the past month.

Entrepreneur, Artist, Accident Survivor to Keynote AI Annual Conference

Allison Massari – an entrepreneur, celebrated artist and executive coach named on the “Best Keynote Speakers List” by Meetings & Conventions magazine – will be the keynote speaker at the Appraisal Institute Annual Conference on July 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency Denver.

As the survivor of two life-threatening car accidents, severe burns and a traumatic head injury, she exposes her personal journey from absolute loss, to forgiveness and understanding, and finally to success and a life beyond anything she could have imagined. Her message is focused on showing her audience how to find peace, purpose and happiness, and giving them the tools they need to rise above any obstacle.

I hope you’ll join me at the AI Annual Conference, which will feature informative speakers, numerous opportunities for networking, continuing education (with the chance to earn Appraisal Institute and state continuing education credit), an awards ceremony, exhibits of cutting-edge products and services, and abundant opportunities to explore Denver.

Learn more about the AI Annual Conference. Registration opens in late March.

Appraisal Institute Voices Opposition to Proposed Threshold Increase

You’ll recall that in last month’s message, I shared how you could let federal bank regulators know what you think about their efforts to raise residential appraisal thresholds.

Now, I’m pleased to tell you that on Feb. 4, AI was one of six organizations that signed a comment letter that “strongly opposed” a proposal from the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to raise the residential appraisal threshold from $250,000 to $400,000.

Learn more and read the comment letter.

AIERF Accepting Award Nominations, Offering Scholarships

Would you like to help recognize your fellow valuation professionals, or are you potentially deserving of a scholarship?

The Appraisal Institute Education and Relief Foundation is accepting nominations until March 29 for the Y.T. and Louise Lee Lum Award, which recognizes individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the valuation profession during the immediate preceding year. Learn more.

AIERF also offers several scholarships throughout the year, including two with an April 15 application deadline: AIERF Graduate Scholarship; and AIERF Minorities and Women Education Scholarship. Learn more.

Other News Around AI

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

  • Last year, the Appraisal Institute and its professionals appeared in nearly 4,100 stories that ran in almost 1,100 unique media outlets and which were potentially read, seen or heard more than 3.4 billion times the most since AI began measuring coverage 9 years ago … with a value of more than $4 million (according to vendor’s proprietary formula). View a 3:58-minute video of AI’s July-December 2018 media coverage highlights on the Appraisal Institute’s YouTube channel.
  • Congratulations to John R. Underwood, Jr., MAI, SRA, of Lantana, Florida, who was presented with the James H. Pritchett Award from the Appraisal Institute Education and Relief Foundation Feb. 9 at a joint region meeting in Orlando. The Pritchett Award was created in 2002 in memory of the late James Pritchett, and recognizes a Designated Member of the Appraisal Institute for outstanding contributions to appraisal education or mentoring with a focus on litigation and condemnation.
  • I encourage you to check out the revised and updated website pages for The Appraisal Journal. The new navigation will enhance your online experience and will make TAJ’s content easier for you to access.
  • The Appraisal Institute continues to grow its social media activities. Be sure to follow AI on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.