CANCUN, Mexico (Nov. 18, 2009) – Leslie P. Sellers, MAI, SRA, of Clinton, Tenn., was sworn in Friday as 2010 president of the Appraisal Institute during the organization’s fourth-quarter Board of Directors meeting in Cancun, Mexico. The Appraisal Institute is the nation’s largest organization of real estate appraisers.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to continue serving this fine organization during such a crucial juncture,” Sellers said. “With all the challenges currently facing our profession, I can’t think of a more important time to help lead our 26,000 members.”
The Appraisal Institute’s other elected officers for 2010 are President-Elect Joseph C. Magdziarz, MAI, SRA, of Rockford, Ill.; Vice President Sara W. Stephens, MAI, of Little Rock, Ark.; and Immediate Past President Jim Amorin, MAI, SRA, of Austin, Texas.
Sellers has been a member of the Appraisal Institute for 30 years. Having served as vice president in 2008, he was president-elect this year and also served on the Executive Committee, along with the president, vice president and immediate past president. From 2002 to 2007, he represented Region IX on the Board of Directors.
In 2007, he headed up the Chapter-National-Regions Project Team, and was co-chair of the 75th Anniversary Project Team. He served on the national Audit Committee from 2003 to 2005, and was chair of the committee in 2004 and 2005. He was a member of the Strategic Planning Committee in 2005 and 2007. In addition, Sellers was a member of the project teams that formulated and implemented the Appraisal Institute’s current governance structure.
Sellers is an Appraisal Institute certified instructor and seminar author and has served on the Education Committee. He also has held various offices for the Greater Tennessee Chapter, including serving as president in 1999.
Sellers is the owner of several real estate companies, offering real estate appraisals, property management, brokerage, development and investment services.
The Appraisal Institute is a global membership association of professional real estate appraisers, with 26,000 members and 91 chapters throughout the world. Its mission is to advance professionalism and ethics, global standards, methodologies, and practices through the professional development of property economics worldwide. Organized in 1932, the Appraisal Institute advocates equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in the appraisal profession and conducts its activities in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Members of the Appraisal Institute benefit from an array of professional education and advocacy programs, and may hold the prestigious MAI, SRPA and SRA designations. For more information regarding the Appraisal Institute, please visit www.appraisalinstitute.org.