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Jim Amorin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS

Jim Amorin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of Austin, Texas, is the 2017 president of the Appraisal Institute. He will serve as immediate past president in 2018. He serves this year as chair of the organization’s Executive Committee and chairs its policy-setting Board of Directors.

Amorin served on the AI Executive Committee, National Nominating Committee, Finance Committee, Audit Committee, AI Relief Foundation Board of Directors, General Appraiser Council Admissions Committee and Qualifying Education Committee and as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, in addition to region and chapter roles. He was the 2009 Appraisal Institute president, and also has served as national president-elect, vice president and immediate past president.

He received the Appraisal Institute President’s Award in 2012 for work related to the Capstone program as well as work on several project teams. In 2013 he was awarded the Appraisal Institute Education Trust’s Y.T and Louise Lee Lum Award.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in finance and real estate & urban land development, he received an MAI designation in 1992, an SRA designation in 2003 and an AI-GRS designation in 2014. He also has received a SR/WA designation from the International Right of Way Association.


James L. Murrett, MAI, SRA

James L. Murrett, MAI, SRA, of Hamburg, New York, is the 2017 president-elect of the Appraisal Institute. He will serve as president in 2018 and immediate past president in 2019. He also will serve on the organization’s Executive Committee and on its policy-setting Board of Directors.

Murrett has served on the Appraisal Institute’s national Board of Directors (2011-14), Finance Committee (2012-15) and Strategic Planning Committee (2012-14) in addition to many chapter roles, including as president of the Upstate New York Chapter (2000). He chaired the Finance Committee in 2016. Since 2014 he also has been treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Center for Valuation Certification, an affiliate of the Appraisal Institute.

He is an approved Appraisal Institute instructor and a certified Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice instructor by the Appraisal Qualifications Board of The Appraisal Foundation.

Murrett has received the 2014 Appraisal Institute Edward W. Adams, SRA, Outstanding Board Service Award and the 2008 President’s Award, which is presented by the Upstate New York Chapter of the Appraisal Institute for ongoing commitment, dedication and service to the chapter and the profession.

Since 2009, Murrett has been in management roles with Colliers International Valuation & Advisory Services currently as the executive managing director, Compliance & Quality Assurance, where he is responsible for the general oversight of appraisal quality for Colliers.

He received a bachelor’s degree in business management from Walsh University, in Canton, Ohio.


Stephen S. Wagner, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS

Stephen S. Wagner, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of West Lafayette, Indiana, is the 2017 vice president of the Appraisal Institute. He will serve as president-elect in 2018, president in 2019 and immediate past president in 2020. He also will serve on the organization’s Executive Committee and on its policy-setting Board of Directors.

Wagner has served on the Appraisal Institute Board of Directors and as vice chair of the Professional Standards and Guidance Committee. He is a past chair of the Demonstration Report Writing Panel, has served on the Admissions Designations and Qualifications Committee and has been involved in the development of the General Review courses and two Capstone case studies. He also teaches general qualifying education and advanced-level courses and seminars for the Appraisal Institute.

Since starting in real property appraisal in 1987, Wagner has appraised residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural and other property types. A graduate of Purdue University, he has been a chief appraiser for a regional bank and currently is a senior appraiser in the appraisal firm of Terzo & Bologna in Indianapolis.


Scott Robinson, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS

Scott Robinson, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of Salisbury, North Carolina, is the 2017 immediate past president of the Appraisal Institute. He was the organization’s president in 2016. He serves this year on the organization’s Executive Committee and on its policy-setting Board of Directors.

Robinson has been active in real property appraisal and consulting since 1987, when he joined Robinson Associates, a Salisbury firm his father started in the mid-1960s. Robinson has been actively involved with the Appraisal Institute since joining as a candidate for the SRA designation in 1987, including a four-year term on the national Board of Directors and serving as chair of Region V. He has served in all offices for the North Carolina Chapter and has been active at the regional and national levels since 1991. Robinson served as national president, president-elect and vice president on the Executive Committee and as chair of the national Finance Committee in 2014; he will chair the National Nominating Committee in 2017.

Since 2014, Robinson also has served as vice president for the World Association of Valuation Organizations. He has been a trustee for the International Property Management Standards Coalition since 2014, and serves on that organization’s Executive Committee.

He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Robinson and his wife, Kim, of 29 years reside in Salisbury. He has two children; a daughter, Molly, who is an instructor in public health at East Carolina University and son, Miles, who is a freshman at East Carolina University.


Frederick H. Grubbe, MBA, CAE

Frederick H. Grubbe, MBA, CAE, has served as chief executive officer of the Appraisal Institute since June 1, 2007. He has more than 30 years of management experience in nonprofit and government-related organizations.

From 2001-06, he served as president and chief executive officer of the National Fraternal Congress of America (now the American Fraternal Alliance), an association for fraternal benefit societies, where he was responsible for overseeing business and membership operations. Previously, Grubbe served as chief operating officer for the Education Resource Group, an international management training company that trains agency managers in the life insurance and financial services industries. He also was CEO of the THINK FIRST Foundation, an international organization dedicated to preventing and creating awareness about brain and spinal cord injuries.

From 1993-96, Grubbe served as director of strategic planning and special programs for the Million Dollar Round Table. And from 1989-93, he served in the administration of President George H. W. Bush, with presidential appointments as deputy director of the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs and deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, both of which followed two years as the U. S. Department of Transportation’s White House Liaison and special assistant to the Secretary of Transportation in Washington, DC.

Grubbe received an MBA from the Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business and holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University. He also successfully completed the advanced strategy program, Building and Implementing Growth Strategies, at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

He served as 2014-15 chair of the Board of Directors of the Association Forum of Chicagoland and also served as immediate past chair (2015-16), vice chair (2013-14) and secretary-treasurer 2012-13). He was a member of the Forum Board of Directors 2009-12. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives.

In his spare time, Grubbe is a professional jazz musician and has performed with jazz greats Louis Bellson and Dizzy Gillespie, among others.

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