The American Society of Appraisers recently held its annual 2014 International Appraisers Conference on September 14-17 in Savannah, Georgia. IAC’14 kicked off Sunday night with a Get-Acquainted Welcome Reception, allowing attendees to mingle among the crowd and network with one another.
Monday, September 15, began with an opening address by International President Gary Smith, ASA, MGA, followed with an introduction by David P. Adams III, ASA for the City of Savannah Mayor, the Honorable Edna Branch Jackson. The mayor welcomed all to the city and later visited with attendees and posed for pictures. The morning continued with America’s favorite comedic motivational speaker, Charles Marshall, as this year’s keynote speaker. With his animated delivery and original observations, attendees received a powerful message and good laughs to begin the day. The activities planned for Monday included over 20 educational sessions, the Educational Foundation Auction, President’s Networking Reception and the International Awards Presentation. ASA was proud to offer a diverse selection of educational sessions throughout the conference. Monday morning’s sessions ranged from synthetic diamonds; business valuation concepts; personal property income approach; best practices and simulation with presentations by Charles Carmona, ASA; Raymond Rath, ASA; Gary Trugman, ASA; Ernest Demba, FASA and Kevin Couillard, ASA. After a refreshment break and networking in the exhibit hall, three classes continued their sessions while new sessions started on damaged diamonds and formulating and disproving value by Philip van Emmenis and Charles Rosoff, ASA, respectively.
The Banking Roundtable was held Monday afternoon with Thomas D. Boyle, MAI, as the featured guest speaker. This event was sponsored by ASA’s Machinery & Technical Specialties Discipline. ASA and Discipline leaders along with banking and leasing professionals sat together and discussed the appraisal industry and best practices in relation to banking and leasing. Photos from the Banking Roundtable can be viewed here.
During Monday afternoon’s International Awards Presentation, ASA members, volunteers, chapters and staff were recognized and honored for their achievements. ASA’s Healthcare Special Interest Group (HSIG) chair, Robert James Cimasi, ASA gave a special presentation during the ceremony. The full list of award winners can be viewed here and photos from the Awards Luncheon can be viewed here.
Sessions continued into the afternoon with presentations by Al Gilbertson presenting on the evolution of diamond cutting; Paul Cogley, ASA; Thomas Sexton, ASA and Daniel Wigal, ASA, on bank requirements for MTS; Paul Matheny on visual culture of South Carolina; Roger Durkin, FASA, on real property report reviews; Michael Freed and Chris Mellen, ASA, on red flags in business valuations; Manuel Marcial and Carl Schutze on conch pearl; Joseph M. Santora, ASA, on the construction industry; Thomas Boyle on standards; Joseph M. Cornell, ASA, on appraising firearms and David Crick, ASA; Tom Keith, ASA; Robert B. Morrison, ASA, and Patrick Simers on multidisciplinary assignments.
The Educational Foundation Auction and President’s Networking Reception followed Monday’s classes in the evening. The silent auction was a success due to over 70 items being donated, which exceeded the number donated in years past. Items donated included jewelry, books, wine, classes and even a lobster dinner. Photos from the Educational Foundation Auction can be viewed here.
ASA’s Personal Property Committee (PPC) hosted a special event during the evenings of the conference. The Personal Property Hospitality Suite was an opportunity for all students, candidates and members to socialize and network with one another. Jennifer Schleining, ASA’s PP Accreditation/Reaccrediation Specialist and Edie Yeomans, FASA presented on the PP advancement process during Monday nights’ meeting and Charles Rosoff, ASA spoke on a current bankruptcy case involving appraisers and the appraisals submitting to court on Tuesday nights’ meeting.
Tuesday was a full day of educational sessions with over 30 industry experts teaching on topics of provenance; appraising and consulting objectives; charitable contribution appraisals; allocating components; estate jewelry; trends in cross-border valuations; English influence on Savannah architecture; emeralds of the atocha; appraisal reviews; applying the blockage discount; American federal period silver; economic obsolescence; the Telfair Museum; sales comparison approach; inventory valuation and motor vehicle appraisals. The presentations on Tuesday were by professionals Martin D. Fuller, ASA, MGA; Jack E. West, ASA; Lela Hersh, ASA; Larry Perdue, ASA; Robert C. Schlegel, FASA; Deane Wilson, ASA; Dan Durland; Matthew A. Tanner, ASA; Amanda Everard; Manuel Marcial; Carl Schutze; Christina Hoarle; Leslie Vitale Pardavila, ASA; Laurance D. Triplette, ASA; Jannette Barth; Frances Zeman, FASA; Joe Brady; Clayton Baumann; Christopher Sytsma, ASA; Martha Severns; Robert S. Svoboda, ASA; Park R. Johnson, ASA; David H. Kinney, ASA; Jon W. Lundberg Sr., ASA; Donald W. Osborne, ASA and Tom Simatos, ASA.
Gems and Jewelry attendees had a chance to go on a tour of the Georgia Historical Society and Owens-Thomas House Tuesday afternoon. Attendees were given a short background presentation on the historical society, one of the oldest operated historical societies in the South. They were shown Southern jewelry from the society’s archives and went on a self guided tour. The Owens-Thomas House is considered by architectural historians to be one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in America. Attendees enjoyed a guided tour and shopping at their gift shop.
A select group of Gems and Jewelry attendees also lent a hand in the production of a new ASA Gems and Jewelry membership recruitment video by recording testimonials while at the conference. The video will also include photographs of G&J events over the past two years and will premiere at the discipline’s booth at the annual American Gem Trade Association trade show in Tucson this February.
Also on Tuesday afternoon, the ASA PAC raffle drawing for a new Apple iPhone 6 was held. Proceeds from the raffle along with contributions received, help fund the Society’s ongoing government relations efforts.
Wednesday was the last day of the conference and consisted of 10 educational sessions ranging from building your brand; aircraft appraisers; provenance; contemporary ad valorem; lighting for the gemology; replacement costs vs. reproduction costs; Gulfstream Aerospace products update; members helping members and making the best of the unexpected. Leaders in the profession instructing these sessions were Susan Dubuque; David Crick, ASA; Sharon Desfor, ASA; Richard Newton, ASA; Barbara A. Spoor, ASA, Sandra J. Tropper, ASA; Edie Yeomans, FASA; Paul K. Bidwell, ASA; Thomas Countryman; Micheal Lohmeier, FASA; Manfred Eickhorst; Greg Huber; Stephen Mezzo; Richard A. Berkemeier, ASA; Lor Izzard; Jim Ross; Jim Tai, Charles I. Carmona, ASA; Martin D. Fuller, ASA; Carole C. Richbourg, ASA, MGA; Patrick H. Ela, ASA; Deane Fehrman, FASA; Susan Golashovsky, ASA and Janella Smyth, FASA.
The Personal Property Committee had two post conference days following IAC’14. Following the wrap up of IAC, attendees enjoyed a visit to the Telfair Museum Jepson Center, which features the Telfair’s Kirk Varnedoe Collection and is considered the oldest public art museum in the south. That night attendees were invited on a journey of America’s “Most Haunted City,” exploring Savannahs’ paranormal activity. Thursday was a full day of The Best of Historic Savannah tour. The group started with a self-guided tour of the Savannah History Museum’s permanent collection then went to visit the Green-Meldrim House, which is the finest example of Gothic Revival architecture in the South, and was headquarters of the Federal army when they occupied Savannah during the Civil War. A visit to the Andrew Low House, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum and the Savannah College of Art and Design followed by a free concert in celebration of “The Modern Era” rounded out the last day of the Personal Property Committee post conference.
ASA hosted a series of pre-conference educational courses in Savannah prior to IAC 2014. The courses given were BV301-Valuation of Intangible Assets; BV204-Advanced Topics in Business Valuation; ARM204-Appraisal Review and Management Overview; BV201-Introduction to Business Valuation, Part 1; ME202-Machinery and Equipment Valuation Methodology; HCWG-The Four Pillars of the Healthcare Industry; ME211-Business Valuation Concepts for Fixed Asset Appraisers and ALL220-Ethics and the Appraiser. The two-day in-person health care valuation course session by the American Society of Appraisers Healthcare Special Interest Group (ASA HSIG) featured a blockbuster faculty including, Barry S. Herrin, CHPS, FACHE, FAHIMA, Esq; Bruce A. Johnson, JD, MPA; Steven H. Pratt, Esq; Scott A. Edelstein, Esq; Robert James Cimasi, MHA, ASA, FRICS, MCBA, CVA, CM & AA.
The American Society of Appraisers would like to thank Helivalue$, Inc. (Internet Sponsor, Exhibitor), ASA Healthcare Special Interest Group (Refreshment Break Sponsor, Exhibitor), Charlton Hall Auctioneers (Exhibitor), ASA PAC (Exhibitor) Mynarski International Valuation (Advertiser), International President and Conference Chair, Gary L. Smith, ASA, MGA and the planning committee and advisors, Richard W. Goeldner, ASA; Christina (Nina) Woolford, ASA; Michael R. Crismyre, ASA; Sharon R. Rollins, ASA; Samuel F. Luceno, FASA; Kevin S. Reilly, ASA; Sharon H. Campbell, ASA and Deane Fehrman, FASA for all their hard work and support. Photos from the 2014 International Appraisal Conference can be viewed here.
Save the date! Make plans to attend the 2015 International Appraisal Conference in Las Vegas, NV at The Mirage Hotel and Casino on October 18 -21, 2015. See you then!
Thank you again to all our supporters for making IAC’14 a great success!
By Alison Ho, Marketing Assistant at American Society of Appraisers