Jefferson L. Sherman, MAI, AI-GRS
Jefferson L. Sherman, MAI, AI-GRS, of Highland Heights, Ohio, is the 2020 president of the Appraisal Institute. He will serve as immediate past president in 2021, when he also will chair the National Nominating Committee. He serves this year as chair of the organization’s Executive Committee and chairs its policy-setting Board of Directors.
Sherman has served nationally on the Board of Directors (2000-02), Finance Committee (chair in 2018 and vice chair in 2002), Nominating Committee (2002), Education Committee (2010-13), International Relations Committee (2016) and Strategic Planning Committee (2017). He has served nearly continuously on the Region V committee since 1993, including many years as its parliamentarian. He also has served in chapter roles, including twice as an Appraisal Institute chapter president in Ohio, and has worked on two successful chapter merger teams. Sherman is principal of Sherman Valuation & Review, LLC, in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. He has taught courses for the Appraisal Institute since 1992 in 10 states and in Saudi Arabia. He also has served on two course development teams and was chief reviewer for the apartment appraisal course.
Sherman has been a real estate professional for 45 years, including as a broker in Colorado and then in Michigan. His practice concentrates on the eminent domain field with emphasis on litigation review. Heoriginally opened his original appraisal business, Johnson and Sherman, Inc., in Willoughby, Ohio, in 1990 with his partner, Marilyn Johnson, who is now retired. The firm changed to Sherman-Andrzejczyk Group, Inc. in 2000 transitioning to Sherman Valuation & Review in 2019. During his years as a Realtor, he twice served as president of the Battle Creek (Michigan) Board of Realtors and was named Realtor of the Year in 1982.
Rodman Schley, MAI, SRA
Rodman Schley, MAI, SRA, of Arvada, Colorado, is the 2020 president-elect of the Appraisal Institute. He will serve as president in 2021 and immediate past president in 2022. He also will serve on the organization’s Executive Committee and on its policy-setting Board of Directors. Schley served as Appraisal Institute vice president in 2019. He also chaired the Finance Committee in 2019 and will chair the National Nominating Committee in 2022.
Schley wrote the book “Finding Your Fortune in Repossessed Real Estate,” and is the creator and host of a national PBS/Create TV television show entitled “Urban Conversion,” which educates viewers about maintaining environmentally friendly, sustainable lifestyles in urban settings.
Schley has served nationally on the Appraisal Institute Board of Directors, and he has been a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, the Governance Structure Project Team and the National Nominating Committee. He attended AI’s annual Leadership Development and Advisory Council conference as a participant (2013-15) and was selected as a discussion leader (2016), vice chair (2017) and chair (2018). He also has served in chapter roles, including as president of the Colorado Chapter. In 2002, he founded Denver-based Commercial Valuation Consultants, Inc., which was acquired by national appraisal firm BBG in 2016.
He received the Appraisal Institute Education Trust’s Y.T. and Louise Lee Lum Award, which is given in recognition of distinguished contribution to the furtherance of the high ideals of the profession of real estate appraising and practices.
Pledger M. (Jody) Bishop III, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS
Pledger M. (Jody) Bishop III, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, is the 2020 vice president of the Appraisal Institute. Bishop’s one-year term as vice president will be followed by one year each as president-elect in 2021, president in 2022 and as immediate past president in 2023. He also will serve on the Appraisal Institute’s Executive Committee and on its policy-setting Board of Directors. He also will be chair of the Finance Committee in 2020 and chair of the National Nominating Committee in 2023.
Bishop is currently senior managing director of Valbridge Property Advisors in Charleston. He previously was a partner with Atlantic Appraisals, LLC, an associate appraiser with Appraisal Consultants and a senior staff appraiser with the Charleston County Assessor’s Office.
Bishop currently serves as a non-voting member of the Appraisal Institute Board of Directors due to his position on the Audit Committee. He has chaired the General Demonstration of Knowledge Grading Panel and has served on the Admissions and Designations Qualifications Committee. He has served as president of the South Carolina Chapter. He also is an Appraisal Institute associate instructor, has been a seminar and webinar author, and has served as discussion leader at the Appraisal Institute’s annual Leadership Development and Advisory Council conference.
He was named the 2018 recipient of the Edward W. Adams, SRA, Outstanding Board Service Award, was presented a 2017 President’s Award and received a 2017 Volunteer of Distinction recognition.
Stephen S. Wagner, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Stephen S. Wagner, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of West Lafayette, Indiana, is the 2020 immediate past president of the Appraisal Institute. He served as Appraisal Institute president in 2019, president-elect in 2018 and vice president in 2017. He also will continue to serve in 2020 on the Appraisal Institute’s Executive Committee and on its policy-setting Board of Directors, in addition to serving as National Nominating Committee chair. Wagner was the organization’s president in 2019, its president-elect in 2018 and its vice president in 2017.
Wagner has served on the Appraisal Institute Board of Directors, as chair of the Finance Committee 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. Additionally, he served as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer of the Hoosier State Chapter.
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, Inc., in Indianapolis.
Jim Amorin, CAE, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS
Chief Executive Officer
Jim Amorin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of Austin, Texas, has been chief executive officer of the Appraisal Institute since August 2018, having served as acting CEO from August 2017 through August 2018. He serves on the organization’s Executive Committee and on its policy-setting Board of Directors as a non-voting member.
He was the 2009 and 2017 Appraisal Institute president, and has served twice each as the organization’s president-elect, vice president and immediate past president. He also has chaired or served on the Appraisal Institute’s Executive Committee, National Nominating Committee, Finance Committee, Audit Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, General Appraiser Council Admissions Committee, Qualifying Education Committee and the AI Relief Foundation Board of Directors, in addition to region and chapter roles
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.
Amorin is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in finance and real estate & urban land development. Before becoming Appraisal Institute CEO, he was vice president at Atrium Real Estate Services in Austin.