President’s Message

Happy New Year from the Alabama Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.  I am excited to be working with a great group of professionals on the board and look forward to the opportunity to serve this organization.

For those of you that were not at the Christmas party in December, it was an excellent time to network with fellow appraisers and other real estate professionals.  JT Ferstl, MAI, Vice Chairman of Region IX, installed new officers and presented designations.  Congratulations to Terry Little and Scott Anderson for both receiving the MAI designation.  Andrew Bolin was the recipient of the Education Chapter Scholarship and Scott Larkas, MAI was the recipient of the LDAC Scholarship.

The Alabama Chapter has been recognized on a National level for offering exceptional educational opportunities and hosting some of the Appraisal Institute’s most recognized instructors.  Due to these successful educational offerings over the past few years, the Alabama Chapter has been able to give back to the membership with educational scholarships, three annual LDAC scholarships, social gatherings throughout the year (AI After Hours), and provide stipends for members to attend regional and national meetings.  We have recently noticed that the interest/attendance in education has decreased, possibly due to education fatigue.  As a result, there will be fewer educational offerings in 2020.  That being said, we still intend to bring the best instructors and seminars to Alabama.  Given the fact that we will be offering fewer seminars, it is very important that we maintain our strong attendance figures from recent years.  Our successful education offerings are what has allowed us not to increase dues during the last seven years.  If you have not already signed up for USPAP and Business Practices and Ethics, I encourage you to do so.  We will also be hosting an AI After Hours following Business Practices & Ethics which will be a great opportunity for you to network with fellow professionals.  Our education schedule is planned as follows:

  • Ted Whitmer, MAI, AI-GRS, will be teaching Business Practices and Ethics and 7 Hour USPAP January 23rd and 24th at Rosewood Hall in Birmingham
  • Wayne Pugh, MAI, will be teaching What’s Up in Technology for Real Estate Appraisers on April 17th at the Mountain Brook Library
  • Steve Roach, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, will be teaching a course in the Spring that is to be determined.
  • The 3rd Annual Valuation Symposium will be held in Birmingham – the date is to be determined.
  • Leslie Sellers, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS – Orange Beach – June 26th – Course topic is to be determined.
  • October – AI/ACRE Event

I ask that you please do your best to support these education opportunities so we can continue to give back to the membership.  I also encourage you to take advantage of the scholarships, social networking opportunities, and regional and national meetings.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions of how the Alabama Chapter can better serve its members.

Mark Haller, MAI, SRA