professional society will boost the reputation of the valuation profession and will reassure clients concerned about professional ethics
“Appraisers are paid to tell the truth,” Magdziarz states.
Adds Borges: “As always, the challenge for the Appraisal Institute
is to ensure that knowledge, experience and integrity are the pre-eminent reasons that clients and users select Designated members
to provide solutions to their real estate problems.”
“We have to continue to place an emphasis on becoming a Designated member of the Appraisal Institute and provide those seeking
designations with the avenues and tools to accomplish that goal in
a timely manner,” Stephens says.
One of the most significant tools will be enhanced education, which
all four elected officials vow to make a priority.
“I want the Appraisal Institute to provide new and relevant education for our members, look at state-of-the-art delivery options, and
continue to promote among our members the highest level of education and professionalism,” Stephens says.
Magdziarz says he would like to see more specialty programs that
cover such areas as the valuation of “green” properties and litigation, among other new courses and publications.
Wilson says he will be there to support those goals. “It’s
important to maintain and upgrade our educational offerings for
the designation path as well as continuing education to ensure our
members retain the highest level of knowledge and expertise, and
continue to set ourselves a level above nonmembers.”
PRIDE IN PERFORMANCE
“As I’ve traveled around the country, our members continue to be
extremely complimentary of the Appraisal Institute’s focus on professionalism, of our involvement in legislative affairs … and continue
to talk about the options that the Appraisal Institute places before
them in terms of valuation skills that will allow them to refocus their
practices,” Stephens says.
It’s their commitment to excellence that Stephens says makes her
humbled to serve them as president in the coming year.
“I am proud of our members for their continued involvement in
the profession, their commitment to the Appraisal
Institute and their support of leadership’s efforts
to continue the legacy of the organization,”
Jay W. Schneider is the Appraisal Institute’s executive
editor, overseeing Valuation magazine, AI’s weekly
e-newsletter, Appraiser News Online, and its monthly
e-newsletter, Residential Update. He can be reached at
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