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2019 Annual Conference – Breakout Session Speaker Bios

Sandra Adomatis, SRA, LEED Green Associate, NAR Green Designee
Adomatis Appraisal Services, President

Sandra K Adomatis, SRA, LEED Green Associate, NAR Green Designee, 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.   Her passion for high-performance structures is powered by her desire to see people living in healthier buildings that cost them less.

Dane Anderson, MAI, CCIM
Situs RERC, Director

Dane Anderson, MAI, CCIM serves Situs RERC as director of appraisal and consulting services. With more than 15 years of valuation and consulting experience, he is proficient across a wide range of services, including appraisal, appraisal review, independent fiduciary, portfolio analysis, and research. Mr. Anderson has a bachelor’s degree in accounting, masters of science in business analytics, and an MBA, all from the University of Iowa.

J. Roger Ball, MAI, AI-GRS
Commercial Valuation Services, Real Estate Analyst

J. Roger Ball, Jr., MAI, AI-GRS, 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, where he was exposed to all aspects of the appraisal profession, including significant experience in fee appraisals, condemnation cases, and complex litigation matters involving valuation experts.

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, a state road widening project, deep-water port properties, an acquisition project related to the Airbus A-320 final assembly line in Mobile, 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 his AI-GRS designation in 2018.  In 2017, he was the recipient of the Appraisal Institute’s President’s Award, becoming the youngest person in the 80-year history of the 19,000 Member Organization to receive this award.  Roger currently serves on the Appraisal Institute’s Education Committee and the ICVC Board of Directors.

Joseph Batis, MAI, R/W-AC
EDWARD J BATIS AND ASSOCIATES, Owner

Simone Beaty
Freddie Mac, Director, Affordable Lending Product Development

Simone Beaty is the Director, Affordable Lending Product Development at Freddie Mac.

Benjamin Blair, Esq.
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Partner, Attorney

Benjamin Blair, Esq., is a partner in the Indianapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, where he advocates for clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 corporations in cases involving state and local taxes. Ben combines substantial trial experience with deep knowledge of the tax laws in representing clients nationwide across numerous industries, including gaming and hospitality, real estate, energy and natural resources, high-tech and heavy manufacturing, retail, and logistics.

Ben represents property owners in ad valorem property tax litigation. He has extensive experience applying innovative appraisal and valuation techniques, and he collaborates with market participants – including developers, property managers, and appraisers – to understand trends in the real estate market and his clients’ businesses. Ben also counsels clients through complex cases involving state and local tax agencies, including advocacy from administrative appeals to trial and appellate courts, on a variety of income, sales and use and unemployment tax matters.

A frequent speaker and author on tax and valuation issues, Ben is a columnist for The Appraisal Journal and serves as an adjunct professor of State and Local Taxation at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, his alma mater.

Kevin Bokoske, MAI, AI-GRS, AI-RRS
Broward County, Real Estate Due Diligence Officer

Certified General Appraiser. Appraisal Institute Instructor. Certified USPAP Instructor by The Appraisal Foundation. MAI, AI-GRS, and AI-RRS designations. Expertise in Aviation, Seaport, and Partial Interest appraisals. Reviewed over 100 Hub Airport and General Aviation appraisals. Developed seminar “Appraising Airport Properties”. Has taught Basic and Advanced Appraisal Education. Managed Commercial Appraisal in TN largest Assessor’s Office. Author of articles for professional Appraisal Journals. Expert witness in State and Federal courts. Review Appraiser. Worked in many areas of CRE. Fee Appraiser in CT for 15 years

Richard Borges, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS
Cross-Continent Real Estate Mediation and Arbitration, Principal

Richard L. (Rick) Borges II, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS, is the principal of Cross-Continent Real Estate Mediation and Arbitration, which focuses on alternative dispute resolution for valuation-related disagreements. Rick is also active in Rick Borges Real Estate Services, Inc., a full-service real estate firm established serving southern Indiana since 1977. Rick has a wide background in both residential and non-residential valuation, with many unique experiences and enlightening insights about the use of appraisal and review appraisal knowledge to solve non-traditional problems.

A graduate of Indiana University, life-long Hoosier, and seasonal resident of Treasure Island, Florida, Rick has been involved with AI since 1978, serving on numerous committees and project teams in addition to two terms on the AI Board of Directors and as AI president in 2013. An AI instructor since 1989, he has facilitated courses, seminars, or topic presentations in 48 of the 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, and seven foreign countries.

The Appraisal Institute of Canada recognized his contributions to the valuation profession in 2014, making Rick the only non-Canadian to be awarded an honorary AACI designation. He is a REALTOR Emeritus of the National Association of Realtors, GRI of the Indiana Association of Realtors, CRE of the Counselors of Real Estate, former member of the Appraisal Standards Board of The Appraisal Foundation, and an AQB-Certified USPAP instructor.

Zach Bowyer, MAI
CBRE, Senior Managing Director/ Practice Leader

Zach Bowyer is Senior Managing Director for CBRE Valuation & Advisory Services and National Practice Leader for CBRE’s Seniors Housing & Care specialty practice. Specializing in the seniors housing sector for over fifteen years, Zach has completed over $50 billion in aggregate valuation and consulting assignments throughout the U.S.

Services provided include third-party valuations, operational due diligence, asset management, market studies, and feasibility analyses of single-asset to large portfolio transactions. Clients served include a broad base of lenders, local and national investment firms, development and operating companies, commercial and investment banks, insurance companies and REITs. Zach has also worked with other asset classes including multifamily, office, and industrial.

Zach is a regular panel contributor at industry events such as NIC, NCREIF and ULI. He is the Vice Chair of ULI’s Seniors Housing Council and on the Advisory Committee for the American Seniors Housing Association. He has published a number of articles and authors the CBRE Seniors Housing Investor Survey & Market Outlook.

Deandra Brooks
FAA, Land Use and Real Property Specialist

Deandra Brooks joined the FAA’s Office of Airports, Planning and Environmental Division as a Land Use and Real Property Specialist in November of 2017.  In this role, Brooks supports real property transactions at federally assisted airports across the country with a focus on matters pertaining to airport land use and compatibility, relocation assistance, and complex valuation questions.  Before turning her focus to land, Brooks served as an FAA Airport Compliance Specialist in the FAA’s Southern Region and headquarters for nearly a decade and has adjudicated numerous formal and informal complaints related to grant assurances.

Brooks’ political experience spans both federal and state levels; she worked for a Member of Congress for two years and was employed by the California State Legislature for four years.  She served a Liaison in the FAA’s Office of Government and Industry Affairs where she supported the Office of Airports and the Office of Commercial Space Transportation in their interactions with the Congress from 2002 through 2006.  From 2006 to 2008, Brooks represented the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association as the Director of Legislative Affairs where her responsibilities included outreach and advocacy on Capitol Hill.

A graduate of the American University, Brooks holds bachelors degrees in International Relations and Economics.  When she’s not working, Brooks enjoys teaching Zumba Fitness classes, traveling with her husband, and spoiling her 7-year old nephew.

Peter Christensen, Esq.
LIA Administrators & Insurance Services, 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.

Web Collins, MAI, CRE, FRICS
CBRE, National Co-Leader Litigation Support & Dispute An

Webster (Web) A. Collins, Executive Vice President, is a Co-Leader of CBRE’s National Litigation Support & Dispute Analysis Practice. He is a member of The Appraisal Institute (MAI) and is a Past President of the New England Chapter. He has qualified and testified as an expert witness on real estate matters on over two hundred occasions before tribunals arbitrating disputes, courts, and federal jurisdictions. He has provided litigation support on hundreds of properties and provided expert witness testimony on the largest taking in the history of Massachusetts. His testimony has been upheld by the Supreme Court of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Mr. Collins is a member of the Real Estate Counselors (CRE) and has served on their Board of Governors. He has served as Editor of The Counselor, published by The Society; is the author of a monograph: Office Rehabilitation: Key Ingredients for Successful Projects; and has published over 80 articles in such publications as The Appraisal Journal and Real Estate Issues.

Mark Davis
realquantum, CEO

Mark is a consulting software architect who guides enterprises in technology selection, architectural strategy and new development. He’s the rare individual who can talk technology “in the weeds” with the best engineers as well as clearly explain complex technical concepts to business leaders.

Scott DiBiasio
Appraisal Institute, Manager, State & Industry Affairs

Scott W. DiBiasio is the Manager of State & Industry Affairs for the nearly 18,000 member Appraisal Institute. Based in the real estate appraiser trade association’s Washington, D.C. office, Scott is responsible for tracking state legislative and regulatory issues affecting the real estate appraisal profession across the country. Scott is also responsible for tracking and working to influence state legislative proposals regarding background checks, appraisal review licensing requirements, and alternate valuation standards. Scott also works with the leaders and members of the AI’s chapters to assist them in developing and executing their state government affairs programs.

Peter Dittmar
Granite Creek Valuation LLC, President

Peter Dittmar is a state certified general real estate appraiser in both Wyoming and Idaho specializing in the valuation of high amenity natural land and trophy ranches. Much of his work involves appraisal of conservation easements. His clients include not only ranch owners but also a variety of land trusts and state agencies including the Jackson Hole Land Trust, the Grand Teton National Parks Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, the Trust for Public Lands, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, the Wyoming Game & Fish Commission, the USDA Forest Service, and the Idaho Water Resource Board. Prior to forming his own appraisal company, Mr. Dittmar managed the Stewardship Program and Conservation Buyer Program of the Jackson Hole Land Trust where his duties included GIS related map production, site analysis, and development plan modeling. Peter has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies & German from Middlebury College in Vermont.

Lamar Ellis, MAI, SRA
Drone Education Services, LLC, President

Lamar H. Ellis, III, is an approved instructor with the Appraisal Institute and holds both the appraisal designations of SRA and MAI.  He is also a FAA Certified Remote Pilot.  He is the president of Drone Education Services, formerly known as Drone NOIR.   In 2014, he developed a seminar for the Appraisal Institute entitled “Drone Technology and Its Impact on the Appraisal Industry”.  The seminar has been presented in over 30 states to various real estate entities.  He has just released his new seminar “Appraisal Aerial Inspection using a Drone” for 2019 and is currently on the road presenting this exciting new material across the United States.  He designed the seminars to be interactive with the website and YouTube channel.  He also has several books to aid appraisers in incorporating drone technology into their practices.  Be sure to check out the website for more information www.droneeducationservices.com.

Rick Etter
HDR, Director of Aviation Land Acquisition

Rick Etter is a certified general appraiser in the State of Maryland and has over 40 years of experience with land acquisition and relocation assistance for federal and federally assisted programs and projects. Etter served as the FAA's national resource expert for airport land valuation and airport compatible development until November of 2018. Etter is now the Director of Aviation Land Acquisition for HDR.

William Farina, MAI, AI-GRS
USDA Rural Development, Review Appraiser

William Farina, MAI, AI-GRS, is a staff Review Appraiser for the Midwest Region of USDA Rural Development, with an assigned duty station in Chicago, IL. He has appraised professionally since 1978 and had over 30 years of appraisal experience in the private sector before joining the U.S. federal government in 2009. His current responsibilities include regulatory oversight of real estate appraisers contracted by USDA for their extensive loan programs on all property types, but with an special emphasis on housing.

John Gustavson, Cert.Mineral Appr. 1992-1
Mineral Appraiser, LLC, Principal

John B. Gustavson holds MS degrees in both geology and in engineering. After developing and managing his consulting company, Gustavson Associates for almost thirty years he now focuses in his semi-retirement on valuation of most mineral commodities, both locally and internationally. He has taught and published extensively on mineral valuation and served as expert witness in many courts. In 1991 he was the Founding President of the American Institute of Minerals Appraisers, now the IIMA for which he is still serving as Vice President and Chair of Continuing Education. John is also the Co-Chair of the Valuation Standards Committee of the Society of Mining Engineers and Chair of the Liaison Subcommittee of the International Mineral Valuation Committee, IMVAL.

Mark Haller, MAI, SRA
Haller Real Estate, President

Mark C. Haller, MAI, SRA, began his appraisal career in 2004 after graduating from the University of Alabama.  Mark began his training under Mandell Tillman, MAI, AI-GRS, and was fortunate to gain extensive knowledge and experience early in his career dealing with a wide range of property types throughout the state of Alabama.  Mark has worked on numerous right of way projects and has qualified as an expert witness in multiple counties in Alabama.    

Mark obtained both the MAI and SRA designations in 2012-2013, attended LDAC from 2013 through 2015 and is actively involved in the Alabama Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.  Mark’s roles served with the Alabama Chapter of the Appraisal Institute include Board Member, Secretary, Treasurer and currently Vice President.

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

Tim Hansen, RPRA is the Chief Appraiser for the Appraisal and Valuation Services Office (AVSO), Office of the Secretary of the Interior, which provides valuation services for five Department of the Interior (DOI) agencies that collectively manage 500 million acres of surface estate: Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, and the US Fish and Widlife Service.  and has been stationed in Lakewood, Colorado since 2009.  Tim’s responsibilities within the Department include quality assurance of internal and external programs, development and conduct of training, legislative review, and policy research and development.  Tim currently serves as the Secretary of The Appraisal Foundation Advisory Council (TAFAC), and as the President of the Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA).

Tim has a diverse work history that ranges from owning a truckstop/restaurant to being a forensic lab technician.  He also served in the Army National Guard of Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado at various times for over 12 years.

Tim holds a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation and Management and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Wyoming.

R. Scott Hartman, SRA
Freddie Mac, Subject Matter Expert

R. Scott Hartman, SRA currently serves Freddie Mac as a Subject Matter Expert, is the author of the Appraisal Institute / Freddie Mac co-branded Appraisal of Manufactured Housing released in 2019. Mr. Hartman is also an actively practicing residential appraiser in the south central Pennsylvania market area.

James Heaslet, MBA
US Dept of Veteran Affairs, Chief Appraiser, Valuation and Construction

James Heaslet is serving as the Chief Appraiser for the Department of Veterans Affairs since August of 2018. He is responsible for establishing national policy for appraising and review as well as over 6,700 independent fee appraisers and 6,600 Staff Appraisal Reviewers (SARs) underwriters. James has oversight of the Appraisal Management Services (AMS) operation that provides a supporting platform, which aids staff appraisers to work from. James served 6 years on the Arizona State Board of Appraisal and held the positions of Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of Personal and application. He was also a member of the Association of Appraiser Regulator Official (AARO). In 2011, James was appointed to the VA Appraisal Fee Panel. James is also an associate member of the Certified Fraud Examiners and was a member of the state’s Mortgage Fraud Task Force.

Trevor Chance Hubbard, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS
Department of Defense, Senior Appraiser

Mr. Hubbard is a Senior Appraiser at the Department of Defense, and coordinates the appraisal needs for the US Navy and Marine Corps throughout the southwestern region of the country. He works on special-use projects, such as military R&D facilities, bombing ranges, base repositioning, pipelines, and environmental protection. Mr. Hubbard is an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Diego, where he teaches both graduate and undergraduate valuation courses. He is also an approved AI instructor. Mr. Hubbard serves as Vice Chair for Region VII on the national Board of Directors for AI. Previously he served as Chair of LDAC, and 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

As GSA's Chief Appraiser, Mr. Hufford manages and provides oversight for GSA's valuation programs housed in 11 Regions and in Central Office, as well as GSA's Site Acquisition and National Environmental Policy Act programs. With a portfolio of approximately 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 tenants in owned Federal buildings nationwide, provide valuation and market expertise in the processes encompassing asset utilization decisions, acquisition and disposition of assets, and address the valuation requirements of an exceptionally diverse portfolio. Mr. Hufford has a diverse appraisal background, encompassing numerous property types and varied markets, real estate assessments, fee work (commercial and residential) and eminent domain.

Siska Hutapea, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS
Cornerstone Valuation Guam, Inc., President

Siska S. Hutapea began her real estate research, valuation and consulting in 1992 in Jakarta, Indonesia. She holds a Structural Engineering degree and a Master Degree in Real Estate from University of New South Wales in Sydney. She grew up in her father’s appraisal business. Guam has been home since May 1999 after honeymooning in Guam with husband Edward in 1998. Ms. Hutapea has nearly 20 years of experience in Guam real estate. In 2012, Ms. Hutapea formed Cornerstone Valuation Guam, Inc., a real estate valuation and advisory services company. The motto, We Value, reflects its services, but also the interactions between staff, clients, vendors, and the public. The company is a trusted source of Guam real estate market statistics. Ms. Hutapea keeps up to date with world-class knowledge of real estate valuation and is the only appraiser in Guam with prestigious triple designations from Appraisal Institute. Global knowledge, local expert is her concept to be the go-to company for real estate investors in Guam and Micronesia.

Paul Hyde, MAI, ASA, ASA, ASA, MCBA
Hyde Valuations, Inc., President

Paul R. Hyde is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) in Business Valuation, Real Property, and Machinery & Equipment, a Certified General Appraiser in Real Estate, and he holds the Designated Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI) designation. He is the owner of Hyde Valuations, Inc., a business, machinery & equipment, and real estate appraisal company. He is also Enrolled to Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service (Enrolled Agent)—a tax professional. Previously, he worked as a commercial loan officer evaluating businesses and granting business loans. Paul Hyde later held the position of Chief Financial Officer and one-third owner of a twenty-seven unit restaurant company with a USDA meat processing plant for seven years. Paul has taught classes for a variety of organizations in business valuation, investments, tax planning, and small business management. Paul works full time in the business, machinery & equipment, and real estate appraisal field.

Shawn Hyde, CBA, CVA, CMEA, BCA
International Society of Business Appraisers, Executive Director

Shawn Hyde, CBA, CVA, CMEA, has over 20 years of business valuation experience in numerous industries. He currently serves as the executive director of the International Society of Business Appraisers (ISBA) www.intlBCA.com. He is a Certified Business Appraiser, Certified Valuation Analyst and a Certified Machinery & Equipment Appraiser. He has written and taught courses for the Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA), the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA), and the International Society of Business Appraisers (ISBA). He has served on the IBA’s Education Board, and the IBA’s Board of Governors, and is a past Editor in Chief of the IBA’s professional journal, Business Appraisal Practice.

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

Paula Konikoff holds a law degree and the MAI and AI-GRS designations. She is 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 an 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 also serves as an arbitrator and is the author of "Appraisers in Arbitration." Paula is an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, a Certified USPAP Instructor, an 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 is a reviewer for AI publications. Ms. Konikoff served on the ASB from 2003 - 2009.

Andrew R. Lines, MAI
CohnReznick Advisory’s Valuation Advisory Services, Principal

Mark Linne, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, CAE, CDEI, FRICS
ValueScape Analytics, Inc., CEO

Mark R. Linné, MAI, SRA, Al-GRS, CAE, CDEI, FRICS was selected as the 2012 winner of the Valuation Visionary award by the members of the Collateral Risk Network, made up of the nation's Chief Appraisers, GSE's and key national stakeholders, Mr. Linné is recognized as the nation's leading valuation futurist, as well as an author or co-author of four books, more than 50 articles, keynote speaker, presenter, expert witness, blogger, software developer/ inventor with two patents, columnist, instructor, course developer and serial entrepreneur and presently serves on the Editorial Review Panel of The Appraisal Journal, and numerous other committees and panels throughout multiple organizations. Mark is the CEO of ValueScape Analytics and can be reached at: MLinne@ValueScape.com. Mark's most recent article on Artificial Intelligence was published in Valuation Magazine in Q3 2018.

Joseph Magdziarz, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS
Professional Valuation Advisors, Owner

Doug Main, MAI, CRE, CCIM, ASA, CEC, SGA
CBRE, National Co-Leader Litigation Support & Dispute An

Doug Main, Executive Vice President, is a Co-Leader of CBRE’s National Litigation Support & Dispute Analysis Practice. Mr. Main, also a certified environmental consultant (CEC), has 25+ years of advisory, appraisal, litigation support, and damage claim experience involving a wide variety of property and going-concern business matters. Mr. Main’s expertise includes hundreds of expert consulting and witness projects that involving bankruptcy, damages, valuation, economic analysis and the impact of detrimental conditions and events. He has testified as an expert on over a hundred matters at tribunals, depositions, hearings, arbitration, local & state courts, and federal jurisdictions. His testimony has been upheld by the Supreme Courts of Illinois and New York. Mr. Main has presented various seminars and/or education sessions for the Appraisal Institute (AI), CRE, ULI, ASA, IRWA, CLE, and others. Mr. Main has also been engaged as an expert for Department of Energy and Department of Justice.

Wayne Nygard, MAI
US Department of State, Chief Appraiser

Mr. Nygard is Chief Appraiser for the U. S. 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. Before coming to State, Mr. Nygard’s company 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, served New York University for over 25 years as an Adjunct Assistant Real Estate Professor, and for 10 years lectured for VÖB Services, Academy of Finance Bonn.

Richard Parli, MAI
Parli Appraisal, Inc., President

Richard L. Parli, MAI, is president of Parli Appraisal, Inc., a full service appraisal firm located in Fairfax, Virginia.  He has been involved in the development of numerous Appraisal Institute courses and seminars and is a professional faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Carey Graduate School of Business.  He has an MBA in finance from the Pennsylvania State University.

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 and operations in 10 states. He actively manages appraisal review and environmental due diligence, representing over $3 billion in annual loans. Doug is the 2018-2019 Chair of the National GRC. Former service includes the 2017 National Nominating Committee and 2011-2016 as the Region 2 member of the GRC. He continues as a member of the Client Advisory Board. Doug attended the 2006 and 2007 LDAC and received the 2006 Anglyn Award. He also assisted in AI work groups, including the Body of Knowledge team for the AI-GRS designation, and the AI President’s Diversity Panel. Doug is also an AI instructor for both certification- and designation-level courses, and presented on AI & ABA Webinars and at many AI Connects from 2010 through 2018. He served on the Missouri Real Estate Appraisers Commission, with the Missouri Risk Based Corrective Action Workgroup, and coordinates with the Missouri Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund.

Lyle Radke
Fannie Mae, Director, Collateral Policy and Strategy

Lyle Radke is Director of Fannie Mae’s Collateral Policy team, which establishes and maintains policy standards for appraisals and property eligibility. Shortly after receiving a master’s degree in Geology from Brigham Young University, Lyle began his career in real estate valuation in New Mexico. After nearly nine years of appraisal field work, he joined the Valuation Department of GMAC Mortgage, becoming manager in 2007. In that role, he hired and trained a large valuation review team, as well as supervised the creation of one of the first XML appraisal delivery platforms. Looking for a new challenge in 2013, he joined Fannie Mae to work on Collateral Underwriter and other collateral policy initiatives.


Scott Reuter
Freddie Mac, Chief Appraiser - Director of Valuation

Scott Reuter currently serves as the Chief Appraiser at Freddie Mac.

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

Stephen D. Roach, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS is a principal of Jones, Roach & Caringella, Inc. His practice includes appraisal, review, and consulting assignments on complex matters 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 over 200 courses and seminars across the United States and in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Mr. Roach Chairs the Appraisal Institute’s Education Committee and serves on the General Comprehensive Examination Panel, the Editorial Board of the Appraisal Journal, the Body of Knowledge Committee, and the Appraisal Institute Education Trust. Mr. Roach is also a Principal Member of the Real Estate Counseling Group of America.

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

Scott Robinson, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS of Salisbury, North Carolina, was the organization’s president in 2016. He is currently the Chair of the Appraisal Institute’s Strategic Planning Committee. Robinson has been engaged in real property appraisal and consulting since 1987, when he joined Robinson Associates, a Salisbury firm his father started in the mid-1960s. Scott’s current practice focus is commercial real property valuation, litigation support, and review appraisal. Robinson has been actively involved with the Appraisal Institute since joining as a candidate for the SRA designation in 1987, including a four-year term on the national Board of Directors and serving as chair of Region V. He served in all offices for the North Carolina Chapter and has been active at the regional and national levels since 1991. He received a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1981 from Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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

Richard Roddewig is a Managing Director and heads up the Complex Real Estate and Litigation Support team at JLL Valuation & Advisory Services, LLC, a part of Jones Lang LaSalle. He has more than 40 years experience as a real estate appraiser and works nationally and sometimes internationally on valuation assignments involving historic properties, scenic lands and conservation properties as well as on assignments involving determining the effect of contamination and environmental risks on property prices and values. He has authored, co-authored or contributed to 15 books and authored more than 65 articles in professional journals including more than 15 articles in The Appraisal Journal. He is a past winner of the Sanders A. Kahn Award for one of his Appraisal Journal articles and also is a past winner of the George L. Schmutz Award for his book Appraising Conservation and Historic Preservation Easements. He is one of the contributing authors to the forthcoming Appraisal Institute book on corridor valuation.

John Rossi, MBA
Rossi and Associates, Director, Valuation Services

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, with an emphasis in developing marketing relationships, understanding business buyer motivation and behavior, and building selling strategies and sales program management. His practice background is in valuation, valuation review, and advisory services with a list of consulting engagements for commercial and industrial clients in California markets, as well as the Midwest, Eastern and Southeastern United States. As a general appraiser he 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. Tim is the co-author of the 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, specializing in special purpose properties, ad valorem tax assessment, and sports and entertainment venue valuation.

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

Dennis Scardilli’s law practice includes representation of real estate appraisers before appraiser regulatory agencies in NJ & PA (admitted states), and by temporary admission in other states and in HUD Appraiser Roster removal actions. This has included: constitutional challenges to appraiser regulatory law; response to state agency written inquiries, from Work File submission to representation in agency hearings, to negotiations with prosecutors and trial. He has represented appraisers and AMCs in Repurchase Demands. He successfully represented NJ appraisal organizations on proposed changes in the NJ Appraiser Act and in his primarily-adopted mark-up of the NJ AMC Act. He is the author of a number of LexisNexis publications on the law of real estate appraisal, which address the appraiser regulatory process including federal and state law and regulation, USPAP as a legal standard of care, how lawyers should choose an appraiser, communications between the attorney and appraiser and creating a Scope of Work. He spoke at the 2010 and 2018 AI National Conferences, co-presented the AI Webinar on Repurchase Demand and presented to Appraisal Institute Chapters. 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.

Ben Sellers, MAI
Sellers & Associates, Associate

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 Institute Education Committee.

Leslie Sellers, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS
Sellers & Associates, Principal Appraiser and Owner

Leslie P. Sellers MAI SRA is Principal Appraiser and Owner of Sellers & Associates Valuation & Advisory Services in Clinton, Tennessee and holds a B.S. degree in Real Estate and Urban Development from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. An active real estate appraiser, broker, and developer since 1973, Mr. Sellers’ other work experience has been in the development of office complexes, multi-family residential, industrial and single-family subdivisions through another company, Sellers Land and Development Company LLC in Clinton, Tennessee.

Leslie is a long standing member of the Appraisal Institute education faculty and has taught real estate valuation courses and seminars for the Appraisal Institute, in 19 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, Kuwait and the People’s Republic of China. He has served as chair of the Appraisal Institute Body of Knowledge Committee, the Professional Standards and Guidance Committee, the International Committee and serves on the International Valuation Standards Council Advisory Group. He is an author and co-author on many seminars and has acted as a reviewer on Appraisal Institute courses, seminars and publications. Leslie was an author-contributor to the 14th edition of The Appraisal of Real Estate textbook and was the recipient of the Appraisal Institute National Life Achievement Award in 2018.

John Spesia, Attorney at Law
SPESIA & TAYLOR, Partner

Craig Steinley, SRA, AI-RRS
Steinley Real Estate Appraisals and Consulting, Principal

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 Vice Chair of Region II, serving on AI’s National Board of Directors through 2020. He also serves on AI’s Strategic Planning Committee and Governance Structure Project Team, is the Chair of its Audit Committee, and is an approved AI instructor and seminar developer. He was the 2018 President of the Association of Appraiser Regulatory Officials (AARO), and is an approved instructor for the AARO/TAF Investigator Training Course sequence. Craig twice served as the state-wide President of the Professional Appraisers Association of South Dakota (PAASD), and is now serving another 3-year term as its Secretary-Treasurer.

Stacey Thoyre, WELL AP, LEED Green Associate
Runde & Partners, Inc., Co-Founder

Stacey L. Thoyre, WELL AP, LEED Green Associate 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.   She has co-authored several articles on green building valuation and co-developed the Appraisal Institute course, “Practical Applications in Appraising Green Commercial Properties.” 

T. Mandell Tillman, MAI, AI-GRS
Tillman Consulting, President

T. Mandell Tillman began his career in the real estate profession with The Furse Company, a homebuilding and real estate development company.  Mandell subsequently entered the valuation and development sector with the firm of Southeastern Appraisal Company owned by Theo R. Brunson, MAI.  Mandell obtained his MAI designation while with Southeastern Appraisal Company and continued to develop real estate throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s.  He purchased Southeastern Appraisal Company in 1993.  In 1995, Mandell, along with nine other parties, started a denovo bank known as Commerce Bank.

Between the years 2003 and 2007 Mandell became one of the largest real estate developers on the Tennessee River between Chattanooga, Tennessee and Guntersville, Alabama.

Mandell has also obtained the AI-GRS review designation with the Appraisal Institute.  He is a former Appraisal Institute-approved USPAP instructor.   Mandell has served as the National Candidate Guidance Chairman and as a member of the National Admissions Committee for the Appraisal Institute.

Mandell served for 6 years on the Alabama Real Estate Appraisers Board, two years of which he was Chairman of the Board.

Mandell currently owns and operates Tillman Consulting, LLC which provides consulting and appraisal review services for nine community banks.  In addition to a commercial real estate sales division, Tillman Consulting also has a right-of-way acquisition division which provides a full range of acquisition services for governmental agencies.

BenjaminTolles
JLL Valuation & Advisory Services LLC, Analyst

Ben Tolles is an Analyst in the Chicago office of JLL Valuation & Advisory Services, LLC. Mr. Tolles works on litigation support and conservation easement valuation assignments across the United States.  Ben has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Ithaca College and has extensive experience in real estate, urban planning, and environmental contamination related topics. At JLL he works extensively with ESRI’s ArcGIS software modelling environmental related impacts to real estate, measuring and categorizing land characteristics of easement protected lands, and analyzing real estate markets.

John Vaughan, MAI
Newmark Knight Frank, Senior Vice Pres

John C. Vaughan, MAI, currently serves as a senior vice president in the Santa Rosa, California, office of Newmark Knight Frank Valuation & Advisory. Mr. Vaughan has appraised a wide variety of real estate throughout California and Hawaii. The intended use of these assignments has included corporate advisory, disposition, acquisition, rent arbitration, tax appeal and mortgage lending. Prior to Newmark Knight Frank, Mr. Vaughan was an executive director for Cushman & Wakefield’s Valuation & Advisory group, with responsibility for complex appraisal assignments in California and Hawaii.

Joshua Walitt, SRA, AI-RRS
Property Interlink, Vice President Operations and Compliance

Joshua Walitt is a certified residential real estate appraiser, reviewer, and educator. In his role at Property Interlink, he oversees procedures, training, licensing, audit, operations, and review functions. His ongoing goal is to increase accuracy and efficiency through sound reasoning and communication skills, appropriate methodology and technology, and proper oversight. He writes for industry publications, speaks at national industry events and client conferences, and designs and presents education courses. Prior to joining Property Interlink, he provided fee appraisal and consultation services. He has also been recognized as an expert witness in local and federal court. Walitt is an SRA, AI-RRS, and instructor with the Appraisal Institute, is a Board Member of the National Association of Appraisers (MNAA), holds a Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI) certificate, is an AQB Certified USPAP Instructor, and currently serves on the Colorado Board of Real Estate Appraisers.

Brad A. Weiman, MAI
Newmark Knight Frank, Senior Managing Director

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

Ted Whitmer is an appraiser, attorney, instructor, author, investor, asset manager, and consultant. Mr. Whitmer holds the MAI and AI-GRS designations from the Appraisal Institute, is a member of the State Bar of Texas, is a CCIM & CRE, a broker and the author of The Comprehensive Appraisal Workshop, Staying Out of Trouble among others. His law practice is primarily in the defense of appraisers at the Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board. Also, Ted consults in cases related to criminal and civil law related to appraisals. He teaches many courses and seminars including a graduate level course in Real Estate Appraisal at Texas A&M University. He received his BA from Stephen F. Austin State University, a MBA from Texas A&M University and a JD from the University of Houston. Ted recently taught two years in the Finance Department at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Beau R. Whitney
New Frontier Data, Inc., Senior Economist

Brian Zitin 
Reggora, CEO

CEO of new valuation technology startup, Reggora, currently is supported by top-tier venture capital firms looking to transform the valuation process. Our team includes multiple computer scientists from MIT, Boston University, other institutions as well as valuation professionals with over a decade in the industry.

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