A panel of high level federal agency representatives will provide updates and insights about how appraisal reports are used within their respective agencies. Presenters will discuss valuable information including opportunities for appraisers, recommended skill sets, contract bidding procedures, tips for working with the agencies, and give reasons why agencies are good clients for fee appraisers.
Among the federal agencies that will be represented are the Office of Valuation Services, U.S. Department of the Interior, Federal Highway Administration, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
For each land agency, you will:
- Gain an understanding of agency structure.
- Receive agency news and updates.
- Learn about the demand for appraisal reports and how they are used within the agency.
- Understand how appraisers can assist and work with the agency.
Date: June 20, 2012
Time: 10:00 am PT, 11:00 am MT, 12:00 pm CT, 1:00 pm ET
Duration: 2 hours
CE Credit: Appraisal Institute members who attend will receive 2 hours of Appraisal Institute continuing education credit. This is not approved for state continuing education credit.
Mary L. Arndt, MAI, CCIM, MRICS, is a Chief Appraiser of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC. Ms. Arndt has extensive real estate experience in both the public and private sectors. As a fee appraiser from 1985 to 1990, she conducted appraisals and prepared narrative reports of commercial properties for both national and local clients. Property types appraised included office, retail, industrial, multi-family, subdivisions, mixed-use projects, and developmental land.
From 1990 to 1998, she worked for a major pension fund advisor as a review appraiser and as the Regional Appraiser for their Washington DC office. She reviewed appraisal reports for client assets on a nationwide basis and monitored and their impacts on the returns of the portfolios. Property types included investment grade office, industrial, mixed-use, and retail. She also directed the valuations and performed asset management functions for office and industrial properties in the Washington DC area.
From 1998 to 2006 she was a Portfolio Management Specialist/Appraiser for the General Services Administration (GSA). In this capacity, she performed strategic planning for government-owned and leased assets, including offices, new construction, special purpose, and disposals. She also created, implemented, and managed a multi-year program to appraise GSA’s government-owned inventory which included 1,155 buildings encompassing over 145 million square feet. Property types included office, warehouse, land, and special purpose.
From 2006 to 2012 she was the Chief Appraiser for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC). She directed the U.S. Navy’s real estate appraisal program, and issued policy and procedural guidelines regarding Command appraisal functions. She was Navy’s principal real estate valuation authority and served as the Navy’s representative to other agencies and professional organizations, including TAFAC. She coordinated with data specialists to develop an electronic system for the ongoing monitoring of appraisal assignments to analyze their progress and quantify the workload being executed. She also updated NAVFAC’s appraisal policies and procedures manual.
Ms. Arndt became the Chief Appraiser for the USACE as of January, 2012. She also has a B.S. degree from the University of Kentucky and a M.U.P. degree from Texas A&M University. She holds the MAI, CCIM, and MRICS designations and is a Certified General Appraiser in the State of Maryland.
John W. Ross, Director, Office of Valuation Services, Office of the Secretary in U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC, has been with the Office of Valuation Services for just over one year, coming on board to complete the transition of OVS from the former Appraisal Services Directorate. Prior to this position with DOI, John was the CEO of the Appraisal Institute and the Executive Vice President of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. He has over fifteen years experience working with the appraisal profession.
At DOI, John works closely with OVS Chief Appraiser and Deputy Director, Tanya Henderson, RPRA, who has responsibility for appraisal policy, while John handles the administrative and operations responsibilities. In addition, he works with Ken Daw, MAI, RPRA, who is the Quality Assurance Officer for OVS, to ensure that OVS appraisers have the training and experience to handle the complex types of assignments that typically come to OVS…ranging from acquisition of inholdings in national parks to acquisition of rights to move water (Bureau of Reclamation), expand wildlife refuges (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) to management and ownership decisions for the Bureau of Land Management.
OVS is a major contractor for appraisal services, with upwards of 1,000 cases per year.
John J. Turpin, SR/WA, is the Chief Appraiser of Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC. John Turpin has been a real estate professional for more than thirty five years. He is a certified general real estate appraiser and a commercial real estate broker. Mr. Turpin received the International Right of Way Association’s SR/WA designation in 1979. He received a graduate certificate in real estate and urban development from the American University in Washington, DC in 1981.
Mr. Turpin has addressed various professional associations on many occasions, addressing such topics as appraisal, appraisal review, corridor valuation, opportunity cost of corridor occupancy, and property management. He has been published in the Journal of the IRWA. Mr. Turpin worked at Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation) for fifteen years, serving as National Director of Real Estate Marketing. Since entering Federal service he has provided real estate acquisition, disposal, valuation, and property management services to the US Postal Service, The US Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Highway Administration.
Mark C. Worthen is the Chief Appraiser of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Washington, DC. Mark Worthen has worked full time in the appraisal profession since leaving active duty uniformed service with the U.S. Navy in 1987. Mr. Worthen began his appraisal career as an associate with F.P. Worthen & Associates, a Memphis, Tennessee firm that specialized in providing condemnation and partial acquisition appraisals for utility companies throughout the region, the Tennessee DOT, USACE, and several other State and Federal agencies.
In 1993 Mr. Worthen relocated to Florida where he worked throughout Central, Southwest and Northeast Florida for the Florida DOT as a Senior Review Appraiser. Mr. Worthen was also the litigation reviewer for FDOT District 2 where he reviewed all appraisals for mediation and trial and was part of the litigation support team creating motion for discovery lists and lines of questioning for deposition and trial.
In 2007 Mr. Worthen joined the Navy appraisal team at NAVFAC Southeast in Jacksonville, Fl where he provided both review and in-house appraisal services throughout a seven state AOR. Additionally, he provided support in the Pacific theater of operations by completing complex, high visibility assignments in Guam and Hawaii. He was selected as the Chief Appraiser for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in March of 2012.