Live from AI Connect 2015: July 28

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Connect with Your Colleagues

The Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting offers unparalleled opportunities for attendees to network with leaders in the valuation profession. To reconnect with long-distance friends and colleagues, or to contact new acquaintances, view the directory of registered attendees online to help locate and reconnect with colleagues.

Exhibit Hall Abuzz 

On Tuesday, the AI Connect exhibit hall was buzzing with Annual Meeting attendees, who explored the latest valuation products and services on display.  The nearly 450 attendees from across the country and around the world exchanged ideas and experiences with each other while learning about new technology, tools and trends from various industry vendors.

AI Hosts Cocktail Reception 

Annual Meeting attendees gathered again on the exhibit floor (Preconvene) Tuesday evening for a reception hosted by the Appraisal Institute. Attendees networked with their peers, explored the exhibits for the last time and entered into a raffle to win exciting prizes.

Wednesday’s Highlights

Be sure to attend the closing general session at 1:30 p.m. CDT tomorrow in Lone Star B. The first closing general session speaker will be Edward J. Pinto, co-director of the American Enterprise Institute’s Center on Housing Risk , who will present “Appraisal Theory: Back to Fundamentals.” Later, attendees will hear from Susan Talley, a member of Stone Pigman Walther Wittman L.L.C. and co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate, Finance and Construction Practice, who will address “Valuing Lawyers: How a Client’s Legal Team Can Improve the Valuation Process.”

Finally, attendees will not want to miss the annual AI Awards Dinner at 7 p.m. CDT tomorrow in Lone Star B. Some of the valuation profession’s top practitioners will receive AI’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Outstanding Service Award and President’s Award. Immediately following the dinner, the Wonderfuls, a five-piece cover band playing all the best dance and rock hits from the 70’s to today, will entertain the crowd.

Hear What AI Connect Attendees Have to Say

Attendees shared their experiences at AI Connect so far. Here’s what they had to say:

“The networking, hands down, is the best part about being here. You get some education while you’re here, but the networking and being able to speak with our executive directors and national officers are the best part.”

  • Jared Schweitzer, MAI

“I like to network with people and I also like the educational sessions. You learn a lot of things here that are innovative, new to the market and that’s always a great place to be.”

  • Sandy Adomatis, SRA

“For me, the best parts are the classes and finding out what the people who are working hardest in the specialized areas have to tell us about what’s going on in the profession.”

  • Joshua Wood, MAI

“I came to the Annual Meeting to network and to support the organization. The best parts are seeing your colleagues and the education.”

  • Nicole Schechter, MAI

“The best parts are being able to get into some conversations with your peers and understand how different problems are handled in different areas and it’s really a learning experience outside the formal classroom.”

  • Rick Carlile, MAI

“I’ve been a member of the Appraisal Institute for ten plus years and I think their course offering is by far the best, so I am here mainly for the education… If you are seriously interested in valuation, you need to be here.”­

  • Manisha Hunter, SRA


The Appraisal Institute would like to thank Landy Insurance for sponsoring Monday afternoon’s coffee break. We apologize for not providing on-site recognition, and are grateful for the company’s generous support.

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