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2018 Annual Conference – Breakout Session Speaker Bios

Sandra Adomatis, SRA, Adomatis Appraisal Service, Owner

Sandra K Adomatis, SRA, LEED Green Associate is a national speaker on valuing high performance features. Her background as an active real estate appraiser, REALTOR, instructor, and course developer brings insightful dialogue to share with builders, lenders, and real estate professionals. You might even say she wrote the book because she did author, “Residential Green Valuation Tools.” She spearheaded the “Appraisal Institute Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum” that is being used by builders, appraisers, and energy organizations around the country. Sandra’s delivery is energetic and humorous with life lessons that brought her to be known as the “Green Queen.” Her passion shines as she shares her knowledge of the industry to do her part in moving the market to a higher performing place where home owners will live a safer, healthier, and less costly life. She enjoys networking with REALTORS, builders, appraisers, real estate agents, governmental agencies, and others involved in transforming the market with high-performing structures.

Steve Baden, RESNET, Executive Director

Steve is the Executive Director of RESNET, the leading organization that trains energy auditors and HERS raters. Steve has been at the helm of RESNET for some 20 years now. His connections with energy organizations around the US has made a powerful impact on the residential energy efficiency growth. He has extensive knowledge and background in the residential building community that can materially benefit the valuation world.

Roger Ball, MAI, SR/WA, Commercial Valuation Services, Real Estate Analyst

J. Roger Ball, Jr., MAI, SR/WA, began his appraisal career in 2004 after graduation from Birmingham-Southern College. From 2004 to 2007, he worked under the direct supervision of the late T. Julian Skinner, III, MAI. Following Mr. Skinner’s death, Roger joined Commercial Valuation Services, Inc. of Birmingham, where his practice has focused on right of way and condemnation appraisals as well as expert witness litigation support. Based in Birmingham, his projects regularly take him across the entire State of Alabama. Recent assignments include numerous electric transmission line projects, a natural gas transmission line easement, a leased lot portfolio on four of the largest lakes in Alabama, and numerous projects for The University of Alabama. He has been qualified numerous times as an expert witness in various courts across Alabama.  Roger obtained the MAI designation in 2012, and was the recipient of the Appraisal Institute’s President’s Award in 2017.  Roger currently serves on the Appraisal Institute’s Education Committee and the ICVC Board of Directors. 

Donald Boucher, SRA, Boucher & Boucher, Inc., President

Mr. Boucher joined the family real estate valuation firm found by his father, C. Robert Boucher, MAI, CRE in 1972. The elder Mr. Boucher founded this firm in 1950 after returning from service in WW II and spending time selling real estate with another family related company, Humphries Realty. The elder Mr. Boucher also served as National President of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers (AIREA) in 1971. Since the early 1990’s Don has focused his valuation work primarily in the residential sector. He currently provides residential valuation services to a variety of clients including Attorney’s, Lenders. Relocation Companies, and other private clients. He has testified as an expert witness in local and Federal Courts relating to various litigation matters including marriage dissolution, partnership disputes and Bankruptcies. In 2017, Don was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Appraisal Institute.

David Braun, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AVT, Inc., President

David has been a real estate professional for over 40 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a major in Corporate Finance, from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. His practice involves the valuation of residential and commercial properties. He is a practicing real estate broker as well. He twice served as president of the Knoxville Chapter of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers. David twice received the Roscoe Jackson Award and twice received the William S. Latimore, Jr. Award from the Greater Tennessee Chapter. David is an Appraisal Institute Approved Instructor and an AQB certified USPAP Instructor. He has developed a number of valuation seminars on topics like; scope of work, regression analysis, analysis concepts, and valuing apartments. David has developed and programmed several automated tools for appraisers including: A report writing application, an office management system, a report addendum writer, a regression application, the Compass application, an advanced automated ranking analysis, and others. He has made multiple valuation presentations to the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council in Washington D.C., the Association of Appraiser Regulatory Officials (AARO), and presented White Papers to valuation experts. He has made presentations at previous Appraisal Institute conferences. He has published articles on a variety of appraisal subjects in trade magazines, as well as The Appraisal Journal. He has authored two appraisal books; Due Diligence and Scope of Work, and The Valuation Analyst.

Bradley Carter, MAI, CRE, CCIM, CDEI, Greystone Valuation Services, Principal

Brad Carter, MAI, CRE, CCIM, CDEI authored the book “A Guide to Appraising Automobile Dealerships”, winner of the 2016 George L. Schmutz Award. He is also developer and instructor of the Appraisal Institute’s Auto Dealership Valuation course that will be released soon. Mr. Carter has authored several other studies and articles on auto dealership-related topics that have appeared in The Appraisal Journal as well as journals published by The Counselors of Real Estate, CCIM, and numerous auto-industry magazines. He has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal and various real estate and auto industry publications as an expert on this topic. Mr. Carter has appraised property in 48 states, including some of the nation’s largest (and most interesting) automobile dealerships. He also served six years as a Demonstration Appraisal Report Grader.

Alfred T. Chai, US Army Corps of Engineers, Chief Appraiser

Alfred Chai is the Chief Appraiser for the US Army Corps of Engineers headquartered in Washington DC responsible for directing the Agency’s Real Estate Appraisal Program. Prior to that, he was the Chief Appraiser for the South Atlantic Division of the Corps of Engineers, and Branch Chief in the Seattle District. Over the years, in addition to issuing programmatic guidance and setting policy, Mr. Chai had the opportunity to manage and oversee a wide assortment of complex real estate appraisal assignments for both the Military as well as Civil Works missions; including property appraisals in the Middle East, Japan, Europe, barrier islands in the Mississippi gulf coast, Army installations, and the high profile Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington DC, among others.

Peter Christensen, Esq., Liability Insurance Administrators, General Counsel

Peter Christensen is an attorney. He is the general counsel of LIA Administrators and Insurance Services in Santa Barbara. LIA provides professional liability insurance to appraisers and valuation businesses in all 50 states. Its E&O insurance program for appraisers is endorsed by the Appraisal Institute. As general counsel of LIA, Peter responds to the claims, lawsuits and disciplinary matters affecting LIA’s insured appraisers and provides instruction to appraisers on liability prevention. Peter also maintains a separate legal practice oriented to providing legal, regulatory and risk management advice to appraisal firms, appraisal management companies and other valuation-related businesses. Prior to joining LIA in 2006, Peter was a litigation attorney with the firms of Latham & Watkins and Irell & Manella in Orange County, California.

Lance Coyle, MAI, SRA,Coyle Realty Advisors, Owner

National President of the Appraisal Institute in 2015. 33 years in real estate valuation. Owner of Coyle Realty Advisors, a Dallas based consulting firm founded in 1991, with experience in all types of valuation related services for all types of clients. Currently focusing on reviews of appraisals prepared for litigation and arbitration cases. MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute earned in 1991; SRA designation since 2012. Graduate of Texas Christian University in 1974. Guest lecturer and author for several Eminent Domain conferences. Reviewer on two AI books. President of the AI North Texas Chapter in 2000. Served on AI National Board of Directors 2003-2005. Chair of AI National Education Committee 2009-2010. Chair of AI Strategic Planning Committee 2010-2012.  Awards include: Volunteer of Distinction in 2010, Lifetime Service Award from N. Texas Chapter 2015, President's Award 2016, Ed Adams Outstanding Board Service Award in 2016. Member of the Appraisal Institute faculty and a former USPAP instructor. Currently serving on AI Body of Knowledge Committee.

Scott DiBiasio, Washington, Manager of State/Industry Affairs

Appraisal Institute state GR manager.

Derek Ezovski, MBA, Outsourced Risk Management Solutions, President

Derek Ezovski is the President of Outsourced Risk Management Solutions LLC (ORMS), a company dedicated to helping financial and real estate firms manage their environmental risks. As an outsourced risk manager for its clients, ORMS helps them evaluate, develop, implement and monitor their environmental due diligence policies and procedures to manage these risks in a simple and cost-effective manner. Before founding ORMS, Derek, a civil/environmental engineer with an MBA from the University of Connecticut, served as managing director of Environmental Data Resources (EDR), a national environmental information company. His previous experience includes management positions with Marsh USA, where he was an insurance risk management professional; FleetBoston, where he served as the environmental risk manager for the bank’s Small Business Services Division and oversaw the redesign of their environmental risk management policy; and The Travelers, where, as an engineering manager, he helped resolve complex environmental cases.

Stephen Fanning, MAI, AI-GRS, AICP, Fanning & Associates, Principal

Resume Overview of Stephen F. Fanning Stephen F. Fanning MAI, AI-GRS, AICP, SGA is the owner of a consulting firm in Denton, Texas, specializing in market\marketability, highest and best use and valuation studies. Mr. Fanning also has extensive experience in the urban planning and community development field, having served as Managing Director of a Comprehensive Planning Institute, Vice President for Planning of an engineering firm, and Planning Director of a North Texas city. Mr. Fanning is an author and instructor on market analysis and highest and best use with the Appraisal Institute. He is the author of the book, Market Analysis for Real Estate -Concepts and Applications in Valuation and Highest & Best Use – 2nd Edition and written various other courses and seminars for the Appraisal Institute on the topic of Highest and Best Use and Market Analysis.

Woody Fincham, SRA, AI-RRS, Valucentric, Llc, Chief Residential Appraiser

Woody Fincham, SRA, AI-RRS started his career in Hampton Roads, VA working for a small fee practice that focused mostly on mortgage-use reports. In 2004, he co-founded and managed what became a very successful residential fee practice that had a strong portfolio of lender clients as well as non-lender clients, FM & Associates, Inc. He sold his interest in his firm in 2008. He then moved into government assessment work moving up quickly to executive level management. He lives in Charlottesville, VA with his family but splits his practice areas between the Charlottesville area and the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Woody is also an approved instructor with the Appraisal Institute.

Steven Geller, MAI, Esq., Law Offices of Steven J. Geller, Principal

Steven Geller, MAI-Esq. has over 32 years of experience as a commercial and residential appraiser and 26 years as a CA attorney. He graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with double majors in business economics and environmental studies. He obtained his law degree from the Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. His law practice is predominantly defense of real estate appraisers before the California Bureau of Real Appraisers. He has defended appraisers in professional disciplinary proceedings in CA and NV and conducted a significant number of administrative law hearings involving the CA Attorney General office. He has developed programs in 2016 and 2017 for the Spring Litigation Conference for the Northern California Chapter and has taught appraiser liability at the Residential Symposium of the Northern California Chapter in 2015 and 2016.

Heather Gilliam, JD, Outsourced Risk Management Solutions LLC, Senior Environmental Consultant

Mrs. Gilliam has over 20 years of consulting experience in the environmental industry in the United States. She has conducted Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments nationwide for multifamily residential, retail, office, industrial, and hospitality developments. In addition to the environmental assessments, Mrs. Gilliam evaluates projects for compliance with the SBAs environmental policy, including disbursements on contaminated properties. Mrs. Gilliam also routinely completes peer reviews for site assessments and Phase II studies for all types of project sites covering properties and clients from most of the United States. Mrs. Gilliam has worked as a chemist, legal technical advisor, project manager, attorney, and consultant during her professional career. The work has included conducting subsurface investigations, coordinating multi-site due diligence portfolios, and obtaining formal regulatory closure on several project types in multiple jurisdictions.

Timothy Hansen, RPRA, US Department of the Interior, Chief Appraiser

Tim Hansen, RPRA is the Chief Appraiser for the Department of the Interior (DOI) and has been stationed in Lakewood, Colorado since 2009. The DOI manages 500 million acres of surface estate with over 400 million acres managed by OVS’ client bureaus: USFWS, BLM, BOR, and NPS.  Tim’s responsibilities include quality assurance of internal and external programs, serving as the Department’s valuation expert, development and conduct of training, and policy research and development.  Tim currently serves as one of two DOI representatives to The Appraisal Foundation Advisory Council (TAFAC) and is serving as Secretary of the council for 2018.  He is also the current President of the Colorado Chapter of the ASFMRA and an alternate member of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Coalition of Appraisers.

Trevor Hubbard, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, US Naval Facilities Command, Appraiser

Mr. Hubbard is a Senior Appraiser at the Department of Defense, and works with a talented team to oversee the appraisal needs for the US Navy and Marines throughout the southwestern region of the country. He works on highly technical projects, such as bombing ranges, base repositioning, pipelines, renewable energy, and environmental protection. Mr. Hubbard is an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Diego, where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate valuation courses. He is also an approved Appraisal Institute instructor. Mr. Hubbard serves on the AI national Board of Directors, and is a former Chair of LDAC, and Past President of the San Diego Chapter. Mr. Hubbard formerly worked at Jones, Roach & Caringella, Inc., where he performed appraisals involved in eminent domain actions, title defect cases, arbitrations, mediations, easement acquisitions / dispositions, diminution in value matters, hazardous contamination, IRS matters, estate matters, and ground leases. Mr. Hubbard earned his master degree in real estate from USD in 2005. Before that, he attended Southern Methodist University where he graduated in three years with a business degree in real estate.

Nicholas Hufford, MAI, CAE, US General Services Administration, Chief Appraiser

Mr. Hufford manages and provides oversight for GSA's valuation programs, site acquisition, and NEPA responsibilities in 11 Regions and in Central Office. With over 1,500 owned assets, GSA's Public Buildings Service (www.gsa.gov/pbs) is a premier governmental real estate organization. Valuation programs examine markets and appraise assets for individual asset and portfolio management purposes, establish the rent paid by Federal agencies in Federal buildings nationwide, provide valuation and market expertise in the processes encompassing asset utilization decisions, reinvestment, acquisition and disposition of assets, and address the valuation requirements of an exceptionally diverse portfolio. Mr. Hufford’s background encompasses numerous property types and varied markets, real estate assessments, eminent domain, and commercial and residential work in the private sector.

David Hunnicutt, MAI, AI-GRS, Esq., SGA, Hunnicutt & Associates, Inc., Principal

MAI-Esq Hunnicutt Over 40 years of consulting, valuation and appraisal services for clients including financial institutions, developers, golf course owners and operators, private parties, and state, local and federal agencies. General Review Specialist (AI-GRS) 2017, Society of Golf Appraisers Member (SGA) 2017, Graduate, Seattle University School of Law, Member of Washington State Bar Association, President's Award for service to the Seattle Chapter of Appraisal Institute I 2013, Major author of Real Estate Appraiser legislation that created a peer review panel for specific case investigations. In 1988 he authored the original real estate appraiser bill in Washington state and has created continuing education seminars on “Law and the Appraiser”, “Regulatory Takings”, and “Valuation of Golf Courses for ad valorem taxation”. MAI designation awarded in 1986. Mr. Hunnicutt has directly represented or consulted on licensing cases in several western states.

Julie Jones, Fannie Mae, Credit Risk Analyst III
With over 16 years of diverse real estate and valuation experience, Julie spent several of those years in the field as a Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser and Realtor in North Carolina before joining Fannie Mae. While employed as a review appraiser in the Loan Quality Center, she served as a Subject Matter Expert for the Collateral Underwriter (CU), various internal applications, and procedures. Julie now leads the broader communication and outreach strategy for Collateral Policy & Strategy - a team devoted to driving innovation in the appraisal spsace while effectively managing Fanni Mae's collateral risk.  

Kerry Jorgensen, MAI, Jorgensen Appraisal, Inc., President

Mr. Jorgensen operates a boutique appraisal firm in Utah, and has been an approved instructor for the Appraisal Institute for more than 30 years. He is the author of the Advanced Concepts and Case Studies course and is on the development team for Advanced Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use, Fundamentals of Separating Real Property, Personal Property, and Intangible Business Assets and other courses. He is a contributor to The Appraisal of Real Estate, The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal and has worked as a reviewer for several other publications. He was on the National Board of Directors for AI from 2013 through 2016, and is currently a member of the Body of Knowledge Committee. He is a recipient of the 2014 Armstrong-Kahn Award – For Outstanding Original Article in the Appraisal Journal, the 2015 Dr. William N. Kinnard, Jr. Award – by the Appraisal Institute Education Trust, a 2015 Presidents Award – by Lance Coyle, MAI 2015 Appraisal Institute National President, and the 2016 Edward Adams Outstanding Board Services Award – by the National Executive Committee of the Appraisal Institute.

Paula Konikoff, JD, MAI, AI-GRS, Paula Konikoff, Inc., Principal

Paula Konikoff holds a law degree and the MAI and AI-GRS designations. She a real estate consultant providing clients with expert litigation/arbitration and other real estate consulting services nationwide. Her expert testimony includes damages claims, the bankruptcy of Livent, international theater owner, SEC actions regarding bond funded developments, portfolios of securitized residential loans for plaintiffs and defendants, appraiser liability cases for plaintiffs and defendants, and she has qualified as an expert in pension real estate investments. Ms. Konikoff serves as an arbitrator and is on the AAA and FINRA rosters of neutrals. Paula is an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, a Certified USPAP Instructor, a Certified instructor for the Appraisal Institute and Chair of AI’s Professional Standards and Guidance Committee; she was on the development team for the qualifying courses for the AI-GRS designation and as a reviewer for AI books. Ms. Konikoff served on the ASB from 2003 - 2009.

Reiner Lux, HypZert, Managing Director and Deputy Manager of Certifica

Reiner Lux, CEO of HypZert and vdpResearch GmbH, has been speaking for many years on real estate valuation with a focus on mortgage lending valuation and real estate financing. On a regular basis, he presents the real estate indices on the German real estate markets published each quarter by vdpResearch. In addition, he is a recognized speaker on real estate valuation software and computer-aided property valuation (CIB), known internationally as AVM - Automated Valuation Models. In his presentation, he will discuss the data basis and the basic features of CIB. Reiner Lux is a member of the Real Estate Advisory Board of the United Nations Economic Commission (UNECE), where he represents the interests of the financial industry.

Richard Marchitelli, MAI, CRE, FRICS, Cushan & Wakefield, Executive Managing Director

Richard Marchitelli, MAI, CRE, FRICS, is an Executive Managing Director of Cushman & Wakefield and the U.S. Practice Leader of the Dispute Analysis & Litigation Support Practice. Prior to joining C&W, Marchitelli served in a similar role at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Marchitelli’s practice focuses on applied research, unusual valuation problems, complex litigation, and damages theory. He has provided expert services in matters involving breach of fiduciary duty, environmental impairment and toxic torts, construction defects and delays, lender liability, and partnership disputes. Marchitelli has qualified as an expert witness in U.S. District Court, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Court of Federal Claims, and in various state and local courts. He has also testified before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington, DC. He is a past Editor-in-Chief of The Appraisal Journal and former Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University in the Masters of Science in Real Estate program.

Edward Martinez, IDECC Certified Instructor, CoreLogic, Sr. Professional, Training

Edward Martinez holds the title senior professional, Technical Training. He has traveled across the US and Canada educating groups and individuals on the proper use of Marshall & Swift in a cost approach. Many of the attendees include members of Insurance, Appraisal, Assessment, Lending, Taxation and more. Edward is an IDECC Certified Distance Education Instructor and has helped design curriculums for Insurance, Appraisers and Assessors. Edward started with Marshall & Swift on April 19th 1993 and worked with the late Joseph Marshall & Frank Swift. Edward continues conducting training sessions and works as a consultant to companies looking to maximize their skill and knowledge of Marshall & Swift in a cost valuation, he is also a frequent speaker and co-presenter at the (IAAO) International Association of Assessment Officers and the US & Canadian Appraisal Institutes annual conferences.

Byron Miller, SRA, AI-RRS, BM Appraisals, President

Byron Miller, SRA, AI-RRS, RRA, MSSE, is a certified residential appraiser licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He is the owner and principal appraiser of BM Appraisals in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His firm specializes in valuation services for consulting, estate, litigation, relocation, and right of way. This is Byron’s second act, which is a profession of choice. He spent his first act as a firmware engineer/manager for several fortune 500 companies. His appraisal interest started in 1986 when he watched an appraiser appraise his home. However, life got in the way, and he didn’t consummate his passion for the valuation profession until 2001. Byron has gained a reputation for valuing complex properties. He has experience with agricultural, lakefront, multi-unit, and upperbracket properties. Additionally, Byron has performed valuation assignments/ reviews for attorneys, eminent domain, and lenders. He is also an instructor, course developer, author, and an eminent domain county commissioner.

Michael Millikan, MAI, AI-GRS, HomeStreet Bank, SVP, Chief Appraiser and Environmental Risk Manager

Michael Millikan is the Chief Appraiser and Environmental Risk Manager for HomeStreet Bank, a community bank headquartered in Seattle, WA and founded in 1921, with a lending footprint in the Pacific Northwest, California and Hawaii. With 19 years of service, his primary responsibilities include the overall management/ strategic oversight of HomeStreet’s commercial appraisal and environmental risk management programs.

Frank Molinari, SRA

Highly certified and accomplished real estate appraiser, broker and appraiser manager with 35+ years of extensive experience. Certified in California and Florida as State-Certified General Appraiser and Registered Real Estate Broker. Recognized in State and Federal Courts to be an expert in the appraisal industry. Teacher and presenter to local, regional and national audiences on appraisal valuation subject matters. Designations include RM, SRA, and CVA. Career experience includes national banks, self-employed for 15 years and now government service.

Robert Moorman, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, BBG, Inc., Senior Managing Director - National Compliance and

Rob has thirty-four years of experience as a professional appraiser with a diversified appraisal background as an independent fee appraiser, a bank staff review appraiser, chief appraiser, and QC manager. He is recognized as a distinguished member of the Appraisal Institute faculty, teaching courses and seminars that range from Principles to Advanced Concepts and Case Studies. He currently serves as Chapter President of the Houston Chapter and has served that chapter as a board member, secretary, and vice-president. Rob is Vice-Chair of the National Professional Standards and Guidance Committee and Vice-Chair for Region VIII on the AI National Board of Directors.

Wayne Nygard, MAI, US Department of State, Chief Appraiser

Mr. Nygard is Chief Appraiser for the US Department of State, Overseas Building Operations. The Division is responsible for appraisal and evaluation of U.S. Embassy and Consulate facilities and other real estate worldwide. With over 17,000 properties in over 170 countries, the portfolio's replacement value is estimated at more than $80 billion. The Division supports real estate needs for all U.S. non-military agencies overseas. Mr. Nygard was principal and owner of NeuBridge LLC, focused on German-American real estate transactions. Prior positions include New York City office manager of a national real estate due diligence firm, Chief Appraiser of The Bank of New York and team leader at Chase Manhattan Bank. He has taught extensively for The Appraisal Institute in the U.S and Germany and served New York University for over 25 years as an Adjunct Assistant Real Estate Professor, was a visiting lecturer for VÖB Services, Academy of Finance Bonn, and was the 1st non-German to attain appraisal certification by HypZert GmbH.

Douglas Potts, MAI AI-GRS, Commerce Bank, VP, Chief Appraiser

Douglas Potts MAI, AI-GRS, VP, is Chief Appraiser for Commerce Bank, with over $24 billion in assets, 360 branches, and operations in 10 states. He has actively managed appraisal review and environmental due diligence, representing over $3 billion in annual loans. Potts is the Chair of the Government Relations Committee for 2018-209. He also served on the AI 2017 National Nominating Committee, and served 2011-2016 as the Region 2 member of the GRC. He continues as a member of the AI Client Advisory Board. He attended the 2006 and 2007 Leadership Development Advisory Councils and received the 2006 Anglyn Award. Potts has also assisted in a variety of AI work groups, including the Body of Knowledge team for the AI-GRS designation program, and the AI President’s Diversity Panel. Potts is also an active Appraisal Institute instructor for both license-qualifying and designation-qualifying courses, and presented on several AI Webinars and at AI National Meetings from 2010 through 2015. Most recently he was a seminar lecturer at the 2017 International “Valuation Beyond Borders” conference in Ottawa, Canada.

Gina Rascati, SRA, Iberiabank, R/E Analyst

Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser. Holds an SRA Designation from the Appraisal Institute.  Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a minor in Finance.  Has held numerous positions in banking institutions including Real Estate Analyst, Appraisal Auditor, Review Appraiser, Chief Appraiser and Regional Appraisal Manager.  Owner of appraisal business for 20 years.  Hired as expert witness in Circuit and Bankruptcy Courts.  Presenter to Florida Association of Realtors audience on appraisal issues.  Quoted by Palm Beach Post on numerous appraisal issues.   In spare time, enjoys spending time with her dogs Luna and Mocha Bear, volunteering for political campaigns and dog rescue organizations and riding her Harley. 

Scott Reuter, Chief Appraiser and Director of Valuation, Freddie Mac

Scott Reuter is the Chief Appraiser and Director of Valuation for Freddie Mac in McLean, Virginia. He is a State Certified-General Appraiser, and has over 30 years of experience in valuation, appraisal and collateral risk management concerns. Scott holds a B.A. from The Ohio State University (June 1982), and has completed the Executive Leadership program at Cornell University, Johnson School of Business (Dec 2007). His previous management experience includes positions with Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and General Electric, prior to being recruited to Freddie Mac in 2016. His team at Freddie leads the effort for ongoing development and refinement of property valuation risk management strategies; underwriting products, and establishing and maintaining a credible quality assurance process across multiple lines of business support.  Scott and his team interact with both sellers/clients as well as stakeholders across the appraisal industry to reinforce Freddie’s appraisal quality requirements.

Stephen Roach, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, Jones, Roach & Caringella, Inc., Co-Owner

Stephen D. Roach, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS has been an appraiser for over 38 years, and has been a co-owner of Jones, Roach & Caringella, Inc. since 1986. His appraisal assignments have included the valuation of income-producing properties, historical valuations dating back to 1900, partial acquisitions, and other significant and complex assignments throughout the United States. He has extensive deposition and trial testimony experience. Mr. Roach has been published in The Appraisal Journal and is a contributing editor to 10 Appraisal Institute books and over 30 courses and seminars. He has taught courses and seminars throughout the United States and in Europe and Asia. Mr. Roach currently serves as a visiting professor of appraisal theory and practice at the International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training in Taipei, Taiwan. Mr. Roach serves the Appraisal Institute as the chair of the Education Committee and as a member of the General Comprehensive Examination Panel, the Appraisal Journal Editorial Board, the Body of Knowledge Committee, and as a Trustee of the Appraisal

Jerry Roberson, Alabama Power Company, Team Leader

Jerry D. Roberson has been involved in the real estate profession with Alabama Power for over 40 years and has been immersed in distribution, transmission lines, railroad master agreements, major corporations, timber companies, state and federal agencies, substations, easements, and water rights. He has been involved with hundreds of transmission line condemnation cases across the State of Alabama and the successful condemnation of a Class I railroad on better than 20 cases. His article “Tradition of Stagnation? In Defense of Non-Economic Highest and Best Use”, was published in April 1997 edition of the Appraisal Journal. He served as project lead, when the track of land that is known as the Little River Canyon National Preserve, was conveyed to the Department of Interior by Alabama Power Company. During this multi-year project, he worked with numerous valuation, methodology and archaeology experts in an unusual and complex valuation assignment. Mr. Roberson is a graduate of The University of Montevallo with a B.A. in Economics.

Scott Robinson, MAI SRA AI-GRS, Robinson Associates, Owner/Partner

Scott Robinson, MAI,SRA,AI-GRS, of Salisbury, N.C., was the 2016 President of the Appraisal Institute. He now serves on the organization’s Strategic Planning Committee as its chair for 2018 & 2019.He has served in all offices for the NC Chapter of the Appraisal Institute and has been active at Regional and National levels since 1991. He was President in 2016. Scott is an executive committee member of the International Property Measurement Standards Coalition (IPMS), a Vice President for the World Association of Valuation Organizations (WAVO), and has served as Chief Delegate for the Appraisal Institute in the Pan Pacific Congress (PPC)and UPAV. Scott has participated in numerous seminar and education presentations and panels domestically and internationally. He has reviewed several Appraisal Institute texts including the latest edition of The Dictionary of Real Estate, and the new Rural Property Valuation text. Scott has presented at RESNET, and other venues on issued related to Green and Energy Efficient Valuation.

Richard Roddewig, MAI, CRE, FRICS, JLL Valuation & Advisory Services, Managing Director

Richard J. Roddewig is a Managing Director in the Chicago office of JLL Valuation & Advisory Services, the real estate appraisal division of Jones Lang LaSalle, and formerly President of Clarion Associates, Inc. Mr. Roddewig is both a land use and zoning attorney and a real estate appraiser currently licensed in more than 20 states. Prior to focusing full time on his appraisal work, Mr. Roddewig served as Chair of the Historic Preservation Law Subcommittee of the American Bar Association, and, as an attorney drafted historic preservation codes for cities and towns all across the USA, including Chicago, Portland (Maine), San Francisco, and Pittsburgh. As an appraiser, one of his specialties is the appraisal of charitable donations of conservation easements on historic properties. He is the author of Appraising Conservation and Historic Preservation Easements, published by The Appraisal Institute.

Brian Rodgers, Appraisal Institute, Manager of Federal Affairs

Appraisal Institute federal affairs manager.

John Rossi, MBA, Private Practice and University Marketing Department Faculty, General Appraiser/Lecturer

John is a Lecturer and member of the Marketing Department at the Williamson College of Business at Youngstown State University. In addition, he is the Director of The Professional Sales Center in the College of Business. He teaches Professional Selling and Organizational Purchasing, with an emphasis in developing marketing relationships, understanding buyer motivation and behavior, and building an adaptive selling stratey and sales management tactics. His practice background is in valuation, valuation review, and advisory services with a list of consulting engagements for commercial and industrial clients in U.S. markets, as well as the Midwest, Eastern and Southeastern United States. As a general appraiser he now has a geographic specialization in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Client services include acquisitions and divestitures, asset-based lending and workouts, investment and industrial enterprises, business reorganizations, litigation services, and underwriting valuation engagements.

Timothy Runde, MAI, LEED AP,Runde & Partners, Inc., President

Timothy P. Runde, MAI, LEED AP is a nationally recognized expert in green building valuation with a long-standing interest in the nexus between the built and natural environments.  Undergraduate studies in Zoology and a graduate degree in Real Estate Appraisal and Investment Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison allow him a unique perspective into the interplay of the environmental, social and financial factors that sustainability introduces to real estate. Tim is the co-author of Appraisal Institute textbook, The Valuation of Green Commercial Real Estate, and the co-developer of the Appraisal Institute course based on that textbook.   He has published numerous articles on the valuation of green buildings and is an approved instructor and course reviewer for the Appraisal Institute. Tim maintains an active general appraisal practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Areas of particular interest include special purpose properties, ad valorem tax assessment, and sports and entertainment venue valuation. 

Dennis Scardilli, MAI, SRPA, Esq., Law Office of Dennis A Scardilli L.L.C., Principal

MAI-Esq Scardilli’s law practice includes: representation of real estate appraisers before appraiser regulatory agencies in NJ & PA (admitted states), by Court Rule in other states and in HUD Appraiser Roster removal actions; responses to agency inquiries, including Work File issues, hearing representation, prosecutor negotiations; Repurchase Demand representation of appraisers and AMCs. He represented NJ AI Chapters in NJ Appraiser Act proposed changes, contributed to drafting the NJ AMC Act. He is a LexisNexis Practice Advisor, and author of publications on the law of real estate appraisal including federal and state law and regulation, USPAP, how lawyers choose an appraiser, attorney-appraiser communications and Scope of Work. He has spoken at AI Chapter and National Conferences and co-presented the AI Webinar on Repurchase Demands. He holds a BA from Wheaton College (IL), a Master of Urban Planning Degree from NYU and a JD from Widener University School of Law.

Scott Schafer, MAI, MRICS, Cushman and Wakefield, Managing Director, National Quality Control

Scott has thirty-three years’ experience as a professional appraiser with an extensive and diversified appraisal background as an independent fee appraiser, a bank staff review appraiser, chief appraiser, and QC manager. He is the author of Exceeding Expectations – Producing Appraisal Reports and Services That Delight Clients, published by the Appraisal Institute, and is recognized as an industry expert. He has served the members of the Appraisal Institute as a Chapter President, Secretary, Board Member, and Ethics Committee Chairman of the Buffalo Chapter and is a member of the Industry Advisory Council of the Appraisal Foundation.

Benjamin Sellers, MAI, Sellers & Associates, Associate Appraiser

Benjamin R. Sellers, MAI is an Associate Appraiser with Sellers & Associates in Tennessee. Mr. Sellers specializes in providing market/marketability studies, both standalone and incorporated into appraisal reports, to corporations, governments, institutions, law firms and private clients. Prior to joining Sellers & Associates, he worked as a commercial mortgage underwriter in the CMBS lending industry. Mr. Sellers graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2003 with a BBA in Finance and then in 2006 graduated from Texas A&M University with a Master of Land Economics and Real Estate. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Appraisal Institutes Education Committee.

Leslie Sellers, MAI, SRA, Sellers & Associates Valuation & Advisory Services, Principal

Leslie P. Sellers MAI SRA is a real estate appraiser, broker, and developer; since 1973, Mr. Sellers’ other work experience has been in the development of office complexes, multi- and single-family residential subdivisions, and industrial property. His office is in Clinton, Tennessee. Leslie is a long standing member of the Appraisal Institute education faculty and has taught for the AI in 19 states, Puerto Rico, Kuwait and the People’s Republic of China. He has served as chair of AI’s Body of Knowledge, Professional Standards and Guidance, and International Committees. He is an author and co-author of many seminars and has acted as a reviewer on AI courses, seminars and publications. Leslie was an author-contributor to The Appraisal of Real Estate, 14th Edition. He testified before U. S. Congress and presented to the United Nations on valuation and has been a resource for CNBC, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications. He also served (2011 – 2017) on the Int’l Valuation Standards Council Advisory Working Group.

Jefferson Sherman, MAI, AI-GRS, Sherman-Andrejczyk Group, Inc., Principal

Jeff’s 45 years as a real estate professional provided him a wide range of experiences, from residential broker to MAI. In addition to teaching for AI around the US and in Saudi Arabia, and to the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals, he has been a course developer for AI. His practice now concentrates in the eminent domain field with emphasis on litigation support including providing direct expert testimony and serving as a rebuttal witness. After serving the Appraisal Institute on several committees and boards, Jeff is now Vice President.

Marty Skolnik, MAI, Freddie Mac, Chief Appraiser / Director of Multifamily Appraisals

Martin A. Skolnik is the Chief Appraisal / Director of Multifamily Appraisals for Freddie Mac Multifamily, and has worked there since 2009. He earned the MAI designation (1991) from the Appraisal Institute, and had the SPRA appraisal designation from the Society of Real Estate Appraisers (1990). Prior to Freddie Mac, Marty’s 35+ years of valuation experience includes positions in several appraisal, corporate, and government organizations including, most recently, as Director of Real Property Tax Administration for the District of Columbia and, prior to that, he had his own firm in Baltimore, Skolnik Real Estate Consulting Services, for almost eight years. Marty has also been a contributing author to The Appraisal Journal, The Assessment Journal, Central Penn Business Journal, Corridor Real Estate Journal, and the Baltimore Business Journal, and has taught appraisal and valuation classes for The Johns Hopkins University and Anne Arundel Community College. He earned an MBA degree from the University of Baltimore in 1986.

Justin Slack, MAI SRA AI-GRS AI-RRS, HomeStreet Bank, FVP, Commercial Appraisal Manager

Justin D. Slack, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS is a First Vice-President and the Commercial Appraisal Manager at HomeStreet Bank, responsible for engaging vendors, appraisal review, and in-house appraisal production. He maintains and updates Appraisal and Environmental Policies and Procedures; develops and implements “best practices” for staff; provides oversight for commercial and residential valuation; and reviews and monitors regulatory changes. He is a regular participant in internal business unit meetings providing valuation guidance in specific areas and property types; has been assigned to the Bank’s “Integration Team” representing Appraisal during the acquisition other lending institutions and/ or branches; he also has been apart of the “Due Diligence Team” for other acquisition targets. The Bank’s primary lending footprint includes: Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, California, Utah, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii; as a FNMA DUS lender (M-F), appraisal assignments also include several others states across the US.

Patricia Staebler, SRA, Staebler Appraisal and Consulting, Prinicpal

Patricia Staebler, SRA started her career as a construction cost estimator in her family’s engineering office in Berlin. Her expertise included construction project management and construction accounting oversight of the sub trades. After immigrating to the US she started a new career as an appraiser with training in residential and commercial eminent domain. After becoming a state certified general appraiser she concentrated her practice on complex assignments, market analysis, subdivision development, etc. Using her knowledge and training in construction she started specializing on insurable value after the hurricane season in 2004/5. The concentration on construction related valuation added more disciplines over time, including capital reserves studies, life-cycle analysis, cost segregation analysis, preconstruction consulting and the 50% FEMA Rule appraisal. Ms. Staebler authors and teaches seminars for a variety of topics for the above disciplines and contributes articles to professional publications.

Craig Steinley, SRA, AI-RRS, Steinley Real Estate Appraisals

Craig Steinley, SRA, AI-RRS, primarily provides litigation support services in his practice – typically involving review for Standards compliance, various regulatory matters, and in the appraisal of complex properties. Craig is the Chair of Region II, serving on AI’s National Board of Directors through 2019, and is an approved AI Instructor. He also serves as the Vice Chair of AI’s Audit Committee and on AI’s Strategic Planning Committee, Professional Liability Insurance Program Committee, and Governance Structure Project Team. He is the 2018 President of the Association of Appraiser Regulatory Officials (AARO), and is an approved instructor for AARO’s Investigator Training Course sequence. Craig twice served as the state-wide President of the Professional Appraisers Association of South Dakota (PAASD), and was recently elected to another 3-year term on PAASD’s Board of Directors.

Stacey Thoyre, WELL AP, LEED Green Associate, Runde & Partners, Inc., Partner, Appraisal Associate

Stacey L. Thoyre, WELL AP, LEED GreenAssociate is the co-author of the Appraisal Institute textbook, The Valuation of Green Commercial Real Estate, and one of the only appraisers who has earned the WELL AP designation. This credential builds on her prior experience as an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist, and signifies particular knowledge and expertise regarding the health effects of the built environment. After completing an undergraduate degree in Finance and Risk Management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and working in the risk management field, Stacey earned a master’s degree in writing.  She has co-authored several articles on green building valuation, and co-developed the Appraisal Institute course, “Practical Applications in Appraising Green Commercial Properties.” Stacey is listed on the Commercial and Residential Registries for the Appraisal Institute’s Valuation of Sustainable Buildings Professional Development Program and is the co-founder of Runde & Partners, Inc.

Leah Tubbs, Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, Chief Administrative Office & Director of the Preservation Easement Program

Leah Tubbs is both Chief Administrative Officer and Director of the Preservation Easement Program at the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans. The PRC runs one of the premier historic preservation easement programs in the USA and has been accepting conservation easements on historic properties since 1980. It currently monitors and enforces easements on more than 120 residential and commercial structures in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes. As Director of the PRC easement program for more than 15 years, Ms. Tubbs has extensive experience in the practical realities of the differences between the property rights issues created by National Register listing and local preservation laws as compared to private preservation easement servitudes.

Robert Tuke, Trauger & Tuke, Partner

Bob Tuke is an attorney at law and has been actively involved for the past 35 years in the protection of historic resources in Nashville, Tennessee, including a stint as President of Historic Nashville, Inc. Mr. Tuke was the Tennessee Democratic Candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2008 and served as Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman in 2005-2006. He is an adjunct Professor Law at Vanderbilt University School of Law and has been recognized Who’s Who in American Law, Best Lawyers in America, and as a Super Lawyer of the Midsouth. He was an active duty Marine officer from 1969-1973 and served in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry in combat, among other decorations. Bob obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his law degree from Vanderbilt. Mr. Tuke is an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law, and has been recognized in Who’s Who in American Law, Best Lawyers in America, and as a Super Lawyer of the Midsouth.

Sharon Whitaker, American Bankers Association, Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Finance

Sharon Whitaker is Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Finance in the American Bankers Association’s Mortgage Markets, Financial Management & Public Policy department. Sharon manages policy areas relating to commercial and multifamily mortgages, appraisals, accounting requirements, regulatory reform, and is engaged in best practices. Sharon is the staff liaison to ABA’s Commercial Real Estate Lending Committee, which is responsible for policy and advocacy formulation on issues affecting the commercial real estate industry.  Sharon is a member of The Appraisal Foundation Advisory Council, and she is also the staff liaison to the ABA’s Appraisal Working Group. Prior to joining ABA, Sharon had worked as a banker for over 30 years, giving her extensive experience in residential and commercial lending as well as asset quality management. She served as Chief Credit Officer and Executive Vice President of Lake Sunapee Bank in Newport, NH.

Ted Whitmer, CRE, CCIM, MAI, AI-GRS, Attorney

Ted Whitmer served on the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB) and was vice chair. Ted is a Certified General Appraiser, licensed as a lawyer with the State of Texas and as a Real Estate Broker. He became an MAI in 1985 and graduated from law school and passed the Texas bar in 1988. Education includes a B.A. from Stephen F. Austin State University, an M.B.A. from Texas A&M University and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.

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