I am both very proud and extremely humbled to serve as your
President of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter - Appraisal Institute for 2014.
Thank you all for entrusting me with this position; I hope to build on the
excellent work of my predecessor, C. Richard Tobias, MAI, and other
recent past presidents such as David Lemonde, SRA, Cliff Bowen, SRA, Karen Goforth,
MAI, and Sandy Adomatis, SRA.
I’m confident we are going to have a
productive 2014 as we have a fine group of officers: Mike Jonas, MAI of Naples, Secretary Mary Patterson, SRA, Bradenton and Don Saba, SRA, Sarasota. Leading the education program this year is Gary F. Scott, SRPA, SRA.
We also have
a strong board of directors that includes some seasoned members like Brad
Johnson, MAI of Tampa, Mike McKinley, SRA of Clearwater (and former chapter
president), and Dr. Dan Richardson, PhD, MAI of St.
Petersburg but also younger folks such as Patricia Staebler, SRA of Bradenton,
Wes Sanders, MAI of St. Petersburg, Brian Zamorski, MAI of Tampa and new board members Geri Armalavage, MAI, Naples and Julie Story, Tallahassee. And of
course, we are underpinned by our dedicated Executive Director, Nancy Bachor,
who makes all things work.
One of our
most esteemed members, Shawn Wilson, MAI is currently serving as Chair of Region X and will let our voices be heard in Chicago and we are so very grateful for her dedication and
leadership in the profession.
all the folks I have worked under and learned from as director, officer and
region representative. These are your leaders who have built this chapter into
one of the largest and strongest chapters in the Appraisal Institute (some 575
members, candidates, and affiliates from Naples to Pensacola). They have
volunteered countless hours over the past years in board meetings, budget
planning sessions, Region X meetings, chapter meetings and other events and I
hope you will acknowledge their efforts on your behalf.
Our focus for 2014 will be to promote the Appraisal Institute brand and designations.
We have increased
our budget this year in the area of sponsorships to raise the awareness and
profile of AI and the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter; these sponsorships are with
solid recognized, real estate organizations such as CREW (Commercial Real
Estate Women) and CCIM Institute. Last year, we manned a booth as a Silver
Sponsor of the CCIM 2013 Annual Outlook Conference in Tampa. We had many
participants pick up our AI material including our educational offerings
summary. This is a Win/Win outreach to a group that can boost attendance at our
classes and seminars in a non-recertification year. And, by the way, CCIM
members are instrumental to commercial appraisers in terms of accurate market
data, confirmation of sales, and business development. We were also a Silver
Sponsor at a similar CCIM conference in Ft. Myers on January 24, 2013
spearheaded by our Secretary Mike Jonas, MAI. Please let us know of other
sponsorship opportunities (particularly in the residential sector) where we can
expand our brand identification and networking.
Bringing it back to the local level, please avail yourself
of some of the logo shirts and jackets, etc. from Lands End that promote AI;
wear them on your property inspections and meetings with clients. I have had
good reactions from folks in the field and have to believe it builds our brand-
remember, the other folks in the industry have no identification.
We all get emails and calls from potential clients;
sometime the property location or type may be at the fringe of our comfort
area. In these instances, I urge you to access our recently enhanced chapter
directory on the website and direct that client to some AI colleagues, who may
be better suited to perform the assignment. Let’s not let work get outside of our chapter or AI; our members are the best
educated and best equipped to produce the most credible appraisals.
Gary Scott, SRPA, SRA and his education committee have put
together a fine schedule of offerings throughout 2014; we have strived to
select the courses and seminars that members will want to attend and we have
tried to spread the venues throughout our sprawling chapter. Please try to
avail yourselves of these educational opportunities and also take advantage of
the discounted registration fees for chapter-sponsored education, conferences
with CCIM, CREW, and other groups. I guarantee that the networking
opportunities at these events will more than justify the cost.
Please call or
email me anytime with your questions, concerns, or comments; (813) 269-5777, firstname.lastname@example.org.