Live from AI Connect 2015: July 27

AI Connect HeaderNational Geographic Photographer Inspires Attendees

Award-winning National Geographic magazine photographer and Academy Award-nominated motion picture director Dewitt Jones, keynote speaker at this year’s AI Connect, told attendees on Monday to train their technique and put themselves in the place with the most potential. Jones encouraged nearly 450 attendees to create an extraordinary vision that everyone knows is possible every day, and to continually find the next right answer.jones day 1 post

AI President Touts Designation Success

“Designating new members has always been a priority at the Appraisal Institute,” and the organization “leads the way in elevating the quality of the valuation profession,” Appraisal Institute President M. Lance Coyle, MAI, SRA, told AI Annual Meeting attendees during Monday’s opening general session. Coyle noted that last year AI conferred more MAI and SRA designations than in any year since 1994, which marked a 31 percent increase over the previous year and the second-highest total in the organization’s history.

He also highlighted the organization’s recent success in the areas of green valuation, legislative/regulatory advocacy, international relations and AI’s previously-announced strategic initiatives.

However, Coyle said, “At the Appraisal Institute, we are not content to reflect on our past 80-plus years of success. Rather, we are focused on what happens in the next 80-plus years … and beyond.”

coyle day 1 postExhibit Hall is Open

The exhibit hall opened Monday in the Lone Star Ballroom Preconvene with nearly 35 exhibitors and almost 400 attendees registered. Booths will be open Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit hall won’t reopen Wednesday, so be sure to see the exhibits of cutting-edge products and services for valuation professionals while you have the chance. Also, be sure to get your Passport to Prizes sticker at each booth in order to be eligible for prize drawings at Tuesday night’s reception and Wednesday afternoon’s closing general session. You must be present to win!

AI Hosts Welcome Reception

The Appraisal Institute hosted a reception Monday night in the Lone Star Ballroom Preconvene. AI Connect attendees had the opportunity to network with their professional colleagues from across the country and around the world, as well as chances to win one of several great prizes.

Tomorrow’s Events

Be sure to join your fellow attendees at 7 a.m. Tuesday for the Appraisal Institute Education Trust awards breakfast in Lone Star B, and for Tuesday’s reception in the Lone Star Ballroom Preconvene from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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