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Meet Our 2017 Equipment Valuation Conference Sponsors

On June 6-7, 2017, the American Society of Appraisers will host its 6th Annual Equipment Valuation Conference at the Metropolitan at the 9 in Cleveland, OH. Thanks to the support of our sponsors, this annual event has become the primary source for the latest insights on equipment valuation.


Russell Equipment Company │ Gold Sponsor

Russell Equipment Company is a global leader in the remarketing of used forklifts and used construction equipment. For more than 30 years, Russell Equipment has led the used forklift and material handling industry in service integrity, reliability and affordable pricing. They’ve expanded to serve customers globally, and are now one of the largest and most respected used forklifts and material handling equipment resellers in the world.


Taylor & Martin, Inc. │ Silver Sponsor

Taylor & Martin’s reputation for honesty and professionalism began in 1935 when auctioneers Charlie Taylor and Ron Martin sold everything from household goods and real estate, to agricultural equipment and livestock. For more than 50 years, Taylor & Martin, Inc. has been dedicated exclusively to the transportation industry becoming the nation’s leader in over-the-road trucking equipment re-marketing, appraisals, and consulting. Having pioneered the tractor and trailer auction business, today their auctions are considered the benchmark of the industry.



Irontrax │ Silver Sponsor

Irontrax was founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 2003 by Joe Santora, a former equipment asset manager at First Merit Bank in Akron, Ohio. Joe, and his equipment manager counterparts of various financial institutions, struggled with finding equipment appraisers that delivered true valuations upon liquidation. Joe, who made it his business to deeply understand equipment valuations, was asked by one of his former banking counterparts to appraise a piece of equipment. Seizing this need in the market, Joe subsequently left First Merit and launched Irontrax.


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Direct Forklift & Equipment │ Silver Sponsor

Direct Forklift and Equipment was founded by David Braun Jr and Carl Stitzel II, and is located in Boardman, OH. Their corporate concept is geared towards leasing companies and financial institutions, their primary focus is providing exemplary service to assist clients with varying needs. With the ability to successfully navigate all avenues of the equipment leasing and sales industry, their services include: appraisals, inspection and analysis of existing fleets and applications, residual values for future returns, and storage and remarketing.



ELFA │ Friend Sponsor

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is the trade association representing financial services companies and manufacturers in the $1 trillion U.S. equipment finance sector. ELFA’s mission is to provide member companies a forum for industry development, a platform to advocate for the industry and a resource for information about the industry. ELFA represents more than 580 member companies, including many of the nation’s largest financial services companies and manufacturers, as well as regional and community banks and independent medium and small finance companies throughout the country.



Sencer Appraisal Associates │ Friend Sponsor

Sencer Appraisal Associates is a national machinery and equipment appraisal firm with a superb reputation backed by decades of experience. Their clients rely on their certified, accredited and professional equipment appraisers for prompt, expert appraisals of their industrial, commercial and institutional machinery and equipment. They are a full-service firm, providing professional, independent valuation services to individuals and members of the financial, legal and business communities with a team of associates in cities across the country.



Maynards Industries │ Friend Sponsor

Maynards are auctioneers and global experts in asset auctions, liquidation and asset valuation appraisal services. Maynards manages asset auctions and asset valuation projects valued up to half a billion dollars from eight permanent offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, Japan and China. As auctioneers with an established global presence and familiarity with the international marketplace, they provide project management and sales services wherever a client’s assets are located. Maynards auctioneers and appraisers leverage more than 100 years of all three qualities to efficiently match assets for sale with qualified buyers.


WebHealthCare Appraisers │ Friend Sponsor

HealthCare Appraisers was founded in 2000 for the exclusive purpose of providing valuation services to the healthcare and life sciences communities. Now their professional services firm has grown to 100+ professionals and is one of the nation’s leading healthcare consulting firm specializing in FMV analyses and transactions. Their services consider the full spectrum of FMV needs — from compensation and business enterprise valuations to appraisals of fixed assets, intangible assets and real estate.


Azure Rooftop Lounge │ Local Sponsor

Soak up the sun at Cleveland’s best rooftop lounge with an iconic view of the city, a fresh menu inspired by culinary trained chefs and refreshing handcrafted cocktails.


MTSJournal_160x32The MTS Journal │ Media Sponsor

The MTS Journal is the leading voice for machinery & equipment valuers. Published by ASA’s Machinery and Technical Specialties Discipline Committee, the MTS Journal is written both for the appraiser who values equipment on a regular basis, and for those who may have a professional interest in the subject.

To register or for more information visit ASA Online.


HAI Event Recap

On March 6, 2017, the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Finance & Leasing Committee held its annual full day seminar at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. This year’s sessions focused on various aspects of helicopter transactions in the global marketplace.

There were approximately 90 registered participants representing helicopter operators, financiers, lessors, and professionals from legal and accounting fraternities. All were eager to learn the intricacies of international helicopter transactions from seasoned and well-regarded professionals. This year’s keynote presenter Mr. Paul Bowen, a pre-eminent aviation photographer, had the room spellbound throughout his presentation. Attendees enjoyed the interactive sessions delivered by industry experts on critical issues relative to helicopter finance, leasing, ownership structures, and transactions. Topics included Financing & leasing alternatives for the helicopter operator; Operator bankruptcies & forced sales: views from key stakeholders; Problems to solve when doing an international leasing or financing arrangement; Importing and exporting helicopters; Ownership, structuring and registration of your helicopter; Unmanned aircraft systems in a rapidly changing environment; The helicopter market – what’s really going on out there. Participants left with a new appreciation for the intricacies and complexities involved with helicopter transactions in the global marketplace.

The seminar was successful due to the kind support and tireless work of the Finance & Leasing Committee members. The Finance & Leasing Committee Chair, David Crick, ASA, and Committee Member, Sharon Desfor, ASA, represented ASA well and provided phenomenal insight from an appraisal perspective.


ASA’s Member Spotlight on Business Valuation Appraiser: Joan D’Uva, ASA

Editor’s Note: On Tuesday, June 20th, 2017, the American Society of Appraisers will air its Valuation Report: Preparing a Critique in a Litigation Setting webinar instructed by Joan D’Uva, ASA. Ms. D’Uva is a Partner for EisnerAmper LLP working under the firm’s Forensic Litigation and Valuation Services Group. Holding over 20 years of professional experience, a good portion of her work has been involved in “fair value” measurements for financial reporting purposes, intangible assets in purchase price allocation and impairment testing, warrants and options, as well as valuation review support for EisnerAmper audit teams. As an Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers and a Certified Public Accountant and recipient of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Accredited in Business Valuation, Ms. D’Uva combines her use of appraisal and valuation skills and other financial experience to solve complex problems in all types of civil, tort, and criminal litigation. ASA got a chance to chat with this marvelous individual regarding her experiences and viewpoint of the appraisal industry.  

What interested you in becoming a business valuation professional?

Joan D’Uva, ASA

Joan D’Uva, ASA

Originally, I was a Certified Public Accountant working as an auditor but over time I became interested in business valuation. I became interested in valuation because when I visited different businesses, I was fascinated at how they operated and what value they had beyond historical cost. When fair value for financial reporting was introduced, this sparked my interests in this specialty in business valuation because it was a progressive field.

What environmental obstacles did you face in this industry?
I’ve encountered clients that were unaware of this profession and its credentials. Several individuals could not differentiate a business valuation professional who has a designation and a business broker. I believe it is our duty to market and educate the public about this industry.

In your opinion, what do you think the biggest challenge will be for the next generation of inspiring professionals?
The biggest challenge they will face will be remaining cost competitive, due to automation, outsourcing, and simply the growing number of professionals in the field.

Is there any advice you can give to help prepare them?
There are two aspects they must take into consideration when entering this growing field. First they would have to think about efficiency when completing tasks and how they can improve their efficiency for their next assignment. Second, they would have to learn how to distinguish themselves by specializing in a particular area. For example, fair value measurements for financial reporting is a specialty and there is a new designation that they can acquire. It is important to have a specialty and to be able to recognize the technical elements needed to complete the engagements. While it is wonderful to have a general knowledge, I believe to distinguish yourself you must specialize in a particular area.

IMG_4832Last year did you attend ASA’s Woman’s Networking Reception at the International Appraisers Conference in Boca Raton, Florida?

Do you think it is valuable for professionals to attend networking events like the woman’s reception?
I definitely do. When you read publications, you recognize names of ASA members who have been on committees or recognize their work. Networking events like the woman’s reception gives you a chance to connect with these individuals and grow your professional network. At the woman’s reception, I was given the opportunity to meet with individuals whose names I knew but never met in person before the woman’s reception.

Do you think there is value for professionals to have the ASA designation? 
Absolutely, in my opinion, the ASA designation is the premiere credential.

For more information on upcoming events, visit ASA Online or contact us at (800) 272 -8258.



Future of Appraisal Legislation, Regulation Discussed at NJ NAIFA Conference

72On April 19-20, 2017, the American Society of Appraisers presented at the 51st Annual NJ-NAIFA Education Conference in Atlantic City, NJ. This two-day event, hosted by the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers (NAIFA), offered enlightening topics affecting the real property industry. Supported by an exceptionally strong roster of speakers, ASA’s extraordinary Senior Director of Government Relations and Chief Lobbyist, John D. Russell, JD, presented issues that appraisal professionals encounter. Mr. Russell’s presentation, Where Does Appraisal Regulations Go from Here, covered both a historical perspective on legislation and regulations affecting appraisers, as well as how a range of current factors will shape the discussion on possible legislative changes. His session sparked questions and discussion about specific issues on what can or cannot be done to improve current conditions. Mr. Russell’s profound insight held an everlasting impact that attendees enjoyed.

ASA and Mr. Russell would like to thank the New Jersey Chapter of NAIFA for inviting him to present. If you wish to have Mr. Russell or any ASA representatives to present at your event, please contact us at (800) 272-8258.


2017 ASA Personal Property Conference Dining Attractions


Boston, Massachusetts, offers world-class dining experiences perfect for ASA’s 2017 Personal Property Conference, The Eye of the Beholder—A Revolution in Materials and Methods. Each restaurant offers a unique flare that adds to the diversity and culture that everyone will enjoy. Here are some of the various restaurants Boston has to offer:

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Papa razzi Piattini Lucas Sorellina 40 Dalton Top of the hub
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5 napkin burger towne Max brenner Back Bay Deuxave la voile
l'espalier brasserie jo mistral Cafe Jaffa Hsin pfchangs
casa romero Uni cheesecake factory Pho-Basil Boston Burger Co Boloco


For more information regarding ASA’s 2017 Personal Property Connoisseurship Conference, visit ASA Online or call us at (800) 272-8258.


Spotlight on ASA’s Washington D.C. Chapter’s Rising Star Event

DC_LogoOn Thursday, March 16, 2017, ASA’s Washington D.C. Chapter launched its Rising Stars event in Alexandria, Virginia. This unforgettable experience took place at Topgolf Alexandria encompassing competitive fun, upscale food and drinks, and an abundance of networking opportunities.

Coordinated by the Chapter’s President, Todd G. Nelson, ASA, this event was driven to connect with individuals from the area who were unfamiliar with the organization but were interested in learning in a casual setting. The event had open floorplans in a private area of the facility serving hot food and beverages. The relaxed atmosphere sparked conversations amongst attendees which allowed them to meet others in the profession. ASA’s Senior Director of Government Relations & Chief Lobbyist, John Russell and ASA’s Director of Membership Recruitment, Angelica Sullivan, swung by to answer questions regarding ASA. Hitting their target demographic of under the age of 40, this event had brilliant young professionals expanding the appraisal industry.

ASA congratulates the Washington D.C. Chapter for their hard work in hosting this spectacular event. For more information on upcoming events visit ASA Online or call us at (800) 272-8258.


Equipment Management Conference Recap

On February 26-28, 2017, the American Society of Appraisers participated at the 29th Annual Equipment Management Conference in Houston, Texas. This two-day event, hosted by the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (EFLA), offered astonishing sessions, off-site equipment tours, first class exhibitions, and unmatched networking opportunities.

Supported by an exceptionally strong roster of ASA speakers, this conference represented a unique platform where attendees were given the ability to evaluate portfolio quality and residual values on a variety of equipment segments. Speakers and sessions included Rae E. Buck, ASA with Corporate Aircraft Market Update and Forecast; Joseph M. Santora, ASA in Construction; Frederick L. Wetzel, ASA in Basics of Assets Management; Michael E. Winterfeld, ASA in Truck Trailer; and Kimberly A. Esposito, ASA, Eric Livingston, ASA, Christopher P. Nugent, ASA, Kevin J. Sensenbrenner, ASA, and Keith J. Weber, ASA as tour moderators. Prior to the conference ELFA partnered with ASA, an official provider of the Appraisal Foundation’s Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, and offered ELFA members a 7-hour USPAP preconference workshop instructed by David H. Cole, ASA.

72 threeASA’s booth generated tremendous traffic thanks to the support of Jack Beckwith, ASA and David L. Helle, ASA . Beckwith and Helle gave ASA handouts, brochures, promotional items, and informed attendees about the Society’s Machinery & Technical Specialties education and accreditation programs. Both played a crucial role in representing ASA and explaining the importance of having the ASA designation. Because of their commitment and hard work, membership interest and inquiries have increased.

For more information, please visit ASA Online.


Exploring ASA’s New Discipline-Specific ARM Specialty Designation: Opening the Door to Expanded Income Opportunities

Editor’s Note: ASA recently sat down with ARM course developer and instructor, Jack Young to gain insight into ARM’s new discipline-specific specialty designation program and the newly updated courses.

[ASA] Tell us more about ASA’s new discipline-specific ARM specialty designation program?

[Mr. Young] ASA members can now add an ARM sepciatly designation to their existing ASA designation. Best of all, members can easily use their required reaccreditation CE hours to get this specialty designation that will add real value to your appraisal practice.

[ASA] What are the program’s requirements?

pic[Mr. Young] Members just need to take ARM 201-overview and ARM 204-application courses, pass the exams and turn in a demonstration report and application. Upon approval of the demonstration report you will be accredited for ARM in your existing discipline(s).

[ASA] Why should non-review appraisers consider adding an ARM specialty designation?

[Mr. Young] An ASA ARM specialty designation could lead to expanded income opportunities for litigation, loan underwriting, insurance losses, family law matters and many other areas. Past attendees of ARM classes overwhelmingly agree at the very least, the classes helped them understand the process of how their report may be reviewed, resulting in their producing better appraisal reports.

[ASA] What updates have been made to the ASA ARM courses?

[Mr. Young] The ASA ARM courses have been redeveloped and formatted to be taught in a “dialogue education style” that honors the knowledge and experience of the attendees, incorporating their professional contributions into the curriculum. Students have enthusiastically reported that dialogue with other appraisers in ARM classes has resulted in some of the best appraisal education that they’ve ever received.

[ASA] Can you tell us more about the Program’s two courses?

[Mr. Young] The ARM 201 Appraisal Review and Management Overview course, focuses on review of basic appraisal terms, uses of the ARM designation, how to avoid defamation, discussion of USPAP standard 3, logical fallacies, and review of other appraisal standards (IVS, SSVS, etc). In-class exercises guide you in constructing clear and concise arguments to support your findings while avoiding defamation. Students will review several reports for specific issues including scope of work, ethics, competency, and logic. Students also share their findings with the class creating a rich and valuable dialogue with fellow appraisers.

The ARM-204 Appraisal Review and Management Application course, is basically a hands-on appraisal review report writing class. Students bring reports to review (typically not their own) which will become the work under review for their demonstration report. The topics covered in ARM 201 will be discussed in great detail, while students review the reports under review and begin to prepare their demonstration report. Students share their findings and how they have specifically worded their argument in support of their findings in an objective way that does not leave the reviewer open to allegations of defamation. Students find great value in the discussion focused on specific findings in the reports they have brought into class. By the end of the class, each student will have the practical application knowledge of appraisal review and review report writing, including most of the components needed to assemble their demonstration report for submission for advancement. Appraisal management topics of record keeping, working with other appraisers and report signing are also covered.

Both classes are three days long with the exam on the fourth day. Courses will need to be taken sequentially.

[ASA] Where can ASA members find out more about the new discipline-specific ARM specialty designation program and classes?

[Mr. Young] Interested members should visit ASA Online or contact an ARM accreditation specialist at (800) 272-8258 or Upcoming ASA ARM classes are listed in the Society’s National Class Schedule.

Young_JackJack Young, ASA, CPA, is a machinery and equipment appraiser with NorCal Valuation. Inc. He is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) with a designation in Machinery and Technical Specialties as well as an Appraisal Review & Management designation in the MTS specialty. Jack is an active member in the American Society of Appraisers, currently serving on the International Appraisal Review & Management Committee and also active in the local chapter, having served as Chapter President and currently serving on the Board of Directors.


Meet the Presenters: 2017 ASA Personal Property Annual Connoisseurship Conference

ASA’s 2017 Personal Property Annual Connoisseurship Conference is set to take place on May 4-6, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. With the theme of the conference, The Eye of the Beholder, this year’s lineup of speakers and topics will ensure stimulating and thought-provoking subjects that all will want to attend.

Here’s a look at this year’s lineup:

Topic: The American Impressionists in Connecticut
Jeffrey W. Andersen, Director │ Florence Griswold Museum
AndersenJeffrey Andersen is the Director of the Florence Griswold Museum, where he has served for 40 years. A native of Northern California, Andersen holds a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Cooperstown Graduate Program (SUNY-Oneonta) and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Lewis and Clark College. Under his direction, the Florence Griswold Museum has evolved from a seasonal attraction with visitation of fewer than 1,000 per year to a dynamic art and history museum of over 75,000 visitation annually.

Topic: Asian Art and Asian Styles in Colonial America
Dennis Carr, Curator │ Museum of Fine Arts Boston
CarrDennis Carr is the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He was a co-curator of MFA’s award-winning 53-gallery Art of the Americas Wing and a contributing author to various books. He holds graduate degrees from Yale University in the History of Art and the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. His critically acclaimed exhibition, Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia, has awarded him with grants by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Topic: Opening Remarks
Nelson O. Clayton (Ned), ASA, Chair │ Boston’s ASA’s Personal Property Committee
ClaytonNelson Clayton is part of ASA’s Boston Personal Property Committee and founded ASA’s Investment Advisory Committee. Following a successful career in international banking, he joined ASA in 1991, received a Certificate in Art and Antiques Appraisal at Long Island University in 1995 and became an Accredited Senior Appraiser in 2004 and a Fellow in 2015. He has organized four seminars focusing on early American antiques and decorative art and has a personal interest collecting Boston Arts and Crafts Silver, particularly “Colonial Revival” pieces. At one point he purchased a Benjamin Burt silver cann matching one in the collection at Colonial Williamsburg and subsequently donated his cann to the Foundation.

Topic: Identifying Ceramics through Material and Method of Manufacturer & Ceramics: Differences among Pottery, Stoneware and Porcelains
Nicholas Dawes, Vice President of Special Collections │ Heritage Auctions
DawesBioNicholas Dawes is Vice President of Special Collections for Heritage Auctions in New York. After immigrating to the United States from Staffordshire, England, he controlled the Department of Ceramics and Glass at Phillips Fine Art Auctioneers in New York and has spent the last thirty years in the antiques or auction business. He is a former auctioneer and appraiser and is the author of four standard works on decorative arts including Lalique Glass and Majolica. He is familiar to many through frequent appearances on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow since the first season in 1996, appraising ceramics, glass, silver and decorative arts.

Topic: Discussion on Changing Demographics and Its Effect on Values
Jonathan Francis, Principal │ Bien Fait Decorative Arts Valuation Services, LLC
Francis photoJonathan Francis is the principal and founder of Bien Fait Decorative Arts Valuation Services, LLC. Mr. Francis uses his experience in investment management and economics as a foundation for his work as a skilled, independent appraiser. Mr. Francis is trained as a professional economist and holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. Prior to founding Bien Fait he had spent thirty years in the financial services and consulting industries. Most recently, he was Head of Global Strategy and Senior Economist at Putnam Investments in Boston.

Topic: Boston Silver & Boston Arts & Crafts Silver, Particularly “Colonial Revival” Silver
Nonie Gadsden, Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture │ Museum of Fine Art Boston
Nonie Gadsden Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of Decorative Arts and SculptureNonie Gadsden is the Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and her Master of Arts from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware. At MFA, Gadsden helped plan and install the award-winning Art of the Americas Wing comprising 53 galleries featuring the arts of North, Central, and South America.

Topic: Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Print Making Shop Tour and Print Making Demonstrations
Nona Hershey, Professor and Coordinator of the Print Making Department │ Massachusetts College of Art and Design
nonahersheyNona Hershey is a professor and the coordinator of the Print Making Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has participated in over 150 Print Biennials and Group Exhibitions internationally and has done several solo exhibitions. Editions of her prints have been published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Associated American Artists, Mary Ryan Gallery, Laboratorio Artivisive, Foggia, Lario Cadorago, Associazione Amici dell’Arte, Il Ponte Editrice, Hartford Art School, the Print Club of Rochester, and the University Print Club.

Topic: Discussion on Changing Demographics and Its Effect on Values
Karen M. Keane, Partner, Chief Executive Officer │ Skinner Inc.
Keane photoKaren Keane is the Chief Executive Officer at Skinner, Inc. She oversees the operation of one of the world’s leading auction houses and is a viable player in the international art and antiques marketplace. Along with running the company, she is also one of firm’s most versatile appraisers with broad knowledge of furniture and fine and decorative arts. Karen is also a familiar face and leading appraiser on the PBS Emmy Award-winning TV series Antiques Roadshow. Karen obtained her Master of Arts in Art History from Boston University.

Topic: Material Analysis: New Techniques for Identifying Proteins and Modern Organic Pigments
Daniel P. Kirby, Ph.D., Conservation Scientist │ Private Practice
danDr. Daniel Kirby is a leader in the application development of Mass Spectrometry. He has developed Peptide Mass Fingerprinting (PMF), a new technique for identifying proteins and the species from which they originated from in works of art.  He has also developed techniques for using Laser Desorption Ionization (LDI) to identify artists’ materials, especially modern organic pigments. He has been working for more than 20 years on bioanalytical mass spectrometry and has published papers in peer-reviewed journals on PMF analysis of proteinaceous materials in ethnographic art objects.

Topic: Discussion on Changing Demographics and Its Effect on Values
Analee McClellan, ASA, Member At-Large │ ASA’s International Personal Property Committee
McClellan photoAnalee McClellan, ASA, is an independent Accredited Senior Appraiser located in the Los Angeles, area. She specializes in antiques and decorative arts, as well as popular culture memorabilia and residential contents. She has been an instructor of ASA’s Principles of Valuation courses, as well as classes on silver and tools for the appraiser in association with ASA’s University Partners. She is an active member of ASA, having served as the past president of the Los Angeles Chapter and the Public Relations Subcommittee of the Personal Property Committee. She is currently serving as a Member-at-Large on the ASA Personal Property Committee and on the ASA International Education Committee as the Personal Property Education Chair.

Topic: Provenance: Museum Best Practices in Provenance Research and Collecting Cultural Property
Victoria S. Reed, Ph.D, Curator for Provenance│ Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Reed photoVictoria S. Reed was named the Curator for Provenance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), in July 2010. In this role, she is responsible for the research and documentation of the provenance of the MFA’s encyclopedic collection, the review of potential acquisitions and loans, and the development of due diligence policies and practice throughout the curatorial division. Previously, she was the Assistant Curator for Provenance and Research Fellow for Provenance in the MFA’s Art of Europe department. Reed has lectured widely and published extensively on matters related to provenance research.

Topic: Current Trends in British Ceramics at Auction
Stuart Slavid, Senior Vice President of European Decorative Arts │ Skinner Inc.
solStuart Slavid is the Senior Vice President of European Decorative Arts at Skinner Inc. Stuart is internationally recognized as one of the foremost authorities on Wedgwood pottery, and his life-long passion for English pottery and ceramics characterizes the strength of Skinner’s fine ceramics department. In addition, Stuart is a recognized expert in Asian material, particularly silver and porcelains. As a leading auctioneer and general appraiser at Skinner, Stuart often lectures, conducts benefit auctions, and can be seen regularly on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow.

Topic: Artist’s Work in Their Frames through the Centuries
Suzanne Smeaton, Frame Historian and Consultant │ Suzanne Smeaton LLC
Smeaton photoSuzanne Smeaton is the Frame Historian and Consultant for Suzanne Smeaton LLC. A pioneer in the study and scholarship of period frames, Suzanne Smeaton has framed fine art for over 38 years. Working extensively in the field of American period frames, Suzanne advises both public and private clients and conducts comprehensive frame surveys of public, private, and corporate art collections as well as American frame research projects. She has lectured to museum groups throughout the United States, researched and written educational videos, presented at numerous symposia, and curated and co-curated frame exhibitions in several museums.

Topic: Marks, Signatures and Unique Characteristics of the Object & Connoisseurship: The Development, Current Use and Pitfalls of Connoisseurship
Peter C. Sorlien, ASA, Senior Appraisers │ Accredited Appraisers
Sorlien photo2Peter Sorlien has 30 years of experience in appraising art and antiques. He has accumulated extensive experience with Illustration Art, Marine Art and art of the Cape Ann (Massachusetts) art colony, and has appraised a wide variety of antiques, from ancient glass to contemporary studio furniture. Mr. Sorlien has been a featured speaker at several ASA conferences, regarding the valuation of a corporate art collection, his appraisal of Jacques Cousteau’s expedition ship Calypso, and the principles behind Fair Market Value.

Topic: Ceramics: Differences among Pottery, Stoneware and Porcelains & Stoneware in America–Imported and Domestic Wares
Jayne Stokes, Consulting Curator and Design Instructor │ Rhode Island School of Design
72 Stokes Jayne photoJayne Stokes is a consulting curator and appraiser at Rhode Island School of Design who has taught classes on ceramics and silver. After earning a master’s degree through the Cooperstown Graduate Program, she joined the staff of Historic New England in Boston where she worked with a wide range of collections including ceramics of all types. She has served on the curatorial staff in the decorative arts collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Milwaukee Art Museum and Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design.

Topic: Discussion on Changing Demographics and Its Effect on Values
Carey Vose, Director │ Vose Galleries
voseCarey Vose is the director of Vose Galleries on Newbury Street, which is the oldest family-owned gallery in the country. Ms. Vose studied studio art and art history at the University of Maine, with a concentration in foundry work and welding. Prior to joining her parents in the family firm, she helped manage the Signature Contemporary Craft store in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Ms. Vose has been a juror at a number of fine art exhibitions across New England, and has lectured on American art. She has also served on the Museum Council at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as on the board of the Friends of Fenway Studios in Boston.

Topic: Opening Remarks
Edith Yeomans FASA, Chair │ Personal Property Committee
Yeomans photoEdith Yeomans has over 30 years of experience in the arts in Canada, including working for a prominent art dealers’ association, arts management, and copyright licensing. She has a Bachelor of Arts in art history from McMaster University and is a fine art specialist with extensive knowledge of contemporary Canadian and international art scenes. Ms. Yeomans is on the faculty of the American Society of Appraisers Principles of Valuation education program and teaches the Introduction to Personal Property Valuation course. Her articles on valuation issues have been published in Canadian and American journals, and she has spoken to a variety of groups about professional appraisal practices.

Register today at ASA Online and we will see you in Boston!


2017 Corporate Jet & Helicopter Investor London Conference Recap

72 landmark hotelOn January 30-February 2, 2017, the American Society of Appraisers participated at the 2017 Corporate Jet Investor Conference and the 2017 Helicopter Investor Conference at the Landmark London Hotel in London, England. Both of these conferences are preeminent events in the corporate jet and helicopter world.

Each conference held a variety of prominent speakers from all across the global, exploring various issues within the aviation market. Presenters maximized audience participation which simulated discussions on the formulation of new solutions and concepts. These jam-packed conferences featured several ASA members which included ASA candidate Bob Zuskin, Daniel Hall, ASA, and Richard Berkemeier, ASA in What is my Jet Worth; ASA candidate, Bob Wilke, in Whose Aircraft is it Anyways; David Crick, ASA and Jason Kmiecik, ASA, in Valuing Helicopters; and sponsorship from Sharon Desfor, ASA and David Crick, ASA. Attendees enjoyed networking with over 500 new and existing contacts during each of the networking breakfasts, refreshment breaks, lunches, and cocktail receptions in order to help build and expand their relationships.

For more information on upcoming conference, visit ASA Online or call (800) 272- 8258.