Connect with Your Colleagues
Having built relationships around the country, many attendees have used AI Connect as their chance to reconnect with long-distance friends, colleagues and connections. View the directory of registered attendees online to help locate and reconnect with yours!
Exhibit Hall Abuzz
With so many attendees identifying the networking opportunities as one of their favorite aspects of the 2014 Annual Meeting, it was never more apparent Tuesday than on the exhibit floor (Governor's Ballroom, Salon C-D-E). The nearly 450 attendees made their way through the exhibit floor throughout the day, taking advantage of the chance to exchange ideas and experiences with other valuation professionals, as well as learn about new trends, tools and services from the various industry vendors and service providers at the more than 30 exhibits.
AI Hosts Cocktail Reception
The Appraisal Institute hosted a reception Tuesday night on the exhibit floor (Governor's Ballroom, Salon C-D-E). AI Connect attendees had the opportunity to network with their peers, and took advantage of their last chance to peruse the exhibits.
Be sure to attend the closing general session at 1:30 p.m. CDT today in Salon A/B of the Governor’s Ballroom on the fourth floor of the Austin Hilton. Speakers will be Mark G. Dotzour, Ph.D., chief economist and director of research, the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, addressing “The Economic Outlook for Real Estate Investors and Decision Makers” and Brian Olasov, managing director, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, talking about “A $19 Trillion Education: Are We Smarter Now than in 2008?”
Also, you won’t want to miss the annual AI awards dinner at 7 p.m. CDT today in Salon A/B of the Governor’s Ballroom on the fourth floor. 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 Nightowls will perform. An eight-piece Austin band playing Motown, funk and soul hits, the Nightowls are sure to get you dancing.
AI Connect Attendees Sound Off
Attendees shared their experiences at AI Connect so far. Here's the word on the street:
“I really enjoy meeting with people. I’m here with my closest friends both socially and professionally. It is such a learning experience and the ultimate networking opportunity.”
– Terry Bernhardt, SRA
“I love to attend the Annual Meeting. It’s a great place to network and get some good CE credit.”
– Misa Zane, MAI
“I look forward to seeing these guys; I only get to see them once a year. This year I also needed a lot of CE credit, so this was a great way to get that.”
– Eric Garfield, MAI
“My favorite part is getting to network with so many appraisers and instructors … people I’ve known for 20-25 years through my education and being a professional myself. It’s great to see everybody. And I’ve never been to Texas! This is a great place to be.”
– Jeff Jacobson, MAI, SRA
Being surrounded by nearly 450 of the best of the best in the valuation profession made many attendees reflective of their careers and how having an Appraisal Institute designation has helped them along the way. Here’s what a few had to say:
“Designation is important in order to be at the top of the profession.”
– Carlos Xavier Vélez, SRA
“Having an Appraisal Institute designation has helped my career in innumerable ways. My clients typically are looking for MAIs … they’re looking for someone with that experience.”
– Joe Anderson, MAI
“I am pursuing designation for professional advancement. I have a local license in Serbia and have been practicing in commercial appraisals for seven years, but getting my designation will certainly make me more competitive in the market.”
– Sladjana Popovic, Candidate for Designation
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