CHICAGO (Jan. 11, 2007) – Six members of the Appraisal Institute will serve in leadership positions on the Appraisal Foundation's Board of Trustees for 2007. Arthur Clapp, who is an associate member of the Appraisal Institute, will serve as the Board's chair; Shawn McGowan, SRA, as vice chair; Larry Kokel, MAI, as secretary; Alan Hummel, SRA, as assistant secretary; John Bredemeyer, SRA, as treasurer; and Alice DeJong, MAI, as assistant treasurer. The appointments, which were made at the Foundation's annual Fall Meeting on October 28, 2006, officially began on January 1, 2007.
"To have our members in the leadership for such a prominent organization is a testament to the confidence the Appraisal Foundation has in the integrity and professionalism of Appraisal Institute members," said Terry Dunkin, MAI, SRA, president of the Appraisal Institute. "These members will play an integral part in facilitating the Appraisal Foundation's continued success. This is an exciting time for the Foundation and we're glad that our members are in a position to serve."
The Appraisal Foundation, which works to foster professionalism in the field of real estate appraising, is the Congressionally authorized source of appraisal standards and appraiser qualifications. A not-for-profit educational organization, the Foundation was established by the appraisal profession in the United States in 1987.
Since its inception, the Foundation has worked to foster professionalism in appraising by: establishing, improving, and promoting the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP); establishing educational and experience qualification criteria for the licensing, certification and recertification of appraisers; disseminating information on USPAP and the Appraiser Qualification Criteria to the appraisal profession, state and federal government agencies, users of appraisal services, related industries and industry groups, and the general public and; sponsoring appropriate activities relating to standards, qualifications and issues of importance to appraisers and users of appraisal services.
As the leading organization for professional real estate appraisers, the Appraisal Institute represents more than 21,000 members worldwide. Members benefit from an array of professional education and advocacy programs, and may hold the prestigious MAI, SRPA and SRA designations. Appraisal Institute members adhere to a strictly enforced Code of Professional Ethics and Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. For more information regarding the Appraisal Institute, please visit www.appraisalinstitute.org