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President's Message, February 2023


February 24, 2023
Feb. 24, 2023
One of the great joys of serving as Appraisal Institute president is the opportunity to visit AI professionals at local chapter events. I have had the privilege of attending several chapter events since Nov. 30, 2022, starting with the Long Island Chapter in Westbury, New York. I have been back and forth across the country a few times now, and I firmly believe that these face-to-face meetings are some of the most impactful and rewarding activities that my fellow officers and I can facilitate during our time in leadership. Our chapters have been thoughtful hosts of our national officers throughout the years, and I am thankful for their continued hospitality. 
In that spirit, the Executive Committee has made funds available to cut costs for chapters who wish to have a national officer attend a chapter event. My fellow officers and I enjoy attending chapter installation and past presidents’ celebrations, but we know that there are many other chapter events throughout the year where it might be helpful to share the perspective of a national officer. Please reach out to me or Joan Barngrover,, for additional details.  
I look forward to meeting more AI professionals in the coming months, as well as reconnecting with old friends and colleagues. Thank you for being such gracious hosts and please know that I look forward to visiting again.
Flagstar Commits $1 Million to Appraiser Diversity Initiative 
Flagstar Bank has committed $1 million to the Appraiser Diversity Initiative. This contribution, along with Chase Bank’s previous $3 Million commitment and support from our other sponsors, is a major boost to the ADI program. These funds will boost efforts from the Appraisal Institute, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Urban League to attract a diverse group of aspiring appraisers. Learn more about the ADI program here.
CEO Search Project Team Assembled 
Based on guidance from the Appraisal Institute Board of Directors, I have assembled a CEO Search Project Team. The charge of the CEO Search Project Team is to identify and recommend to the Board of Directors up to three candidates to serve as Appraisal Institute CEO. This effort likely will involve, among other things, recommending a search firm, working with the search firm, reviewing job requirements, considering candidate qualifications, and conducting candidate interviews. After the CEO Project Team completes its work, the Board will evaluate the candidates presented and decide on the new CEO. 
The members of the Project Team are:
  • Chair: Jeff Enright, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS
  • Vice Chair: Misty Ray, MAI, AI-GRS
  • Marlon Day, MAI, SRA
  • Joni L. Herndon, SRA
  • Bruce Kellogg, MAI
  • Rob Lynch, SRA, AI-RRS
  • Sandra McAlister Winter, MAI, AI-GRS
  • Shelly Tanaka, MAI, AI-GRS
I am thankful for these eight Appraisal Institute Designated Members who have volunteered to serve in this important role and look forward to providing further updates in the months ahead.  
New Appraisal Institute Book on Golf Property Analysis  
You might have heard from a little “birdie” that the Appraisal Institute has released a new book titled, Golf Property Analysis and Valuation, written by Laurence A. Hirsh, MAI. The book provides current information on the economics and valuation of golf courses to help appraisers understand these properties. 
The book is available for purchase in the AI bookstore
Latest Episode of Face Value Podcast Now Available
Welcome to Season 2 of the Appraisal Institute’s podcast, Face Value! 
I was excited to participate in this episode and was joined by President-Elect Sandy Adomatis, SRA, to talk about AI’s priorities for the year, how AI advocates on behalf of residential appraisers and to share some fun AI memories.
Starting with this episode, hosts Warren Boizot, SRA, AI-RRS, and Tonia Vailas, MAI, AI-GRS, will jointly host each episode, and will appear on video instead of audio-only.
Check out the latest episode here
Call to Service for 2024 Third Regional Director and National Nominating Committee Positions 
The Appraisal Institute’s 10 regions are seeking the names of members who are interested in or recommended for serving in 2024 as:
  • Third regional director;
  • Regional representative to the national Nominating Committee; and
  • Alternate representative to the national Nominating Committee. 
Please click here for further details on these positions. If you are interested in serving or would like to recommend an individual that you feel meets the qualifications for the position, please contact your regional nominating committee chair, your regional executive director or Joan Barngrover at by Feb. 28. 
Two Synchronous Education Offerings Launching Soon 
There are two exciting education offerings that might be of interest to you. 
Residential Report Writing and Case Studies launches Feb. 27 and engages appraisers in practical writing exercises necessary to produce convincing appraisal reports in daily practice. Click here to learn more and register.
General Appraiser Sales Comparison Approach premieres March 6 and includes a detailed examination of property comparability, techniques used to gather and verify data for a subject property, and use of this data in selecting appropriate comparable properties and market areas for analysis in the approach. Click here to learn more and register. 
Other News Around the Appraisal Institute  
And here’s some other important news from the Appraisal Institute: 
  • As I mentioned last month, the Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting Feb. 22-23, in San Antonio, Texas. You can look for a recap in next week's Appraiser News Online and next month in this message.
  • Are you looking for some excellent exposure, and potential new business opportunities, for yourself and your company? Is there an exciting topic that you think other appraisers need to learn about? There are several opportunities you should consider.
    • I’d invite you to submit your ideas for consideration in ValuationAI’s quarterly magazine; or The Appraisal Journalour peer-reviewed journal.
    • Additionally, subject matter experts are encouraged to submit their new topics and ideas to be considered for education programs. Click hereto learn more.
    • Practicing appraisers have served as authors and contributors to every book published by the Appraisal Institute. Share your knowledge by making your contributions. To learn more, contact Evan Williams, director, Professional Services and Resources,
  • The Appraiser Diversity Initiative is an important priority for the Appraisal Institute. I’d encourage you to keep updated on AI’s Appraiser Diversity Initiative webpage. If you know an individual who is looking to join the valuation profession, please encourage them to check out the website as well.
  • The Appraisal Institute continues to expand its social media activities. Be sure to follow AI on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Face Value Podcast, and its newest channel, Instagram.


Craig Steinley, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS


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