ISA Annual Conference

It is Monday afternoon and the ISA annual conference just finished a few hours ago.  Overall, another excellent conference with strong attendance, sponsorship and program. Kudos to ISA board president Christine Gurnsey and annual meeting committee chair Elise Olonia for planning such a strong event.

The pre conference SEAK How to Be an Effective & Successful Appraisal Expert Witness class was a high point for me.  James Mangraviti was excellent and the two full days flew by. Leaned much, and I recommend taking the course regardless if you wish to add the service to your appraisal practice or not.  Well worth it to know how the opposition can come at you.

My favorite presentations were by Evan Beard of US Trustr and Nica Rieppi of Art Analysis and Research. The Saturday luncheon was interesting where sponosrs of the conference and Allied Business Partner members hosted the tables. My table was lead by Mark Bench of BORRO and the discussion and comments were very interesting and educational about lending in the art market.

The annual meeting was well attended Monday morning, with discussions on the new AQB qualification criteria, upcoming USPAP changes and Appraisal Foundation discussions. ISA also introduced the appraisers toolbox of useful tools and marketing materials. Also, and perhaps most importantly a new job board to assist member in getting work, finding temporary assignment assistance and for new members to gain qualified appraisal experience to work toward accreditation and becoming AQB qualified. Another great reason for new appraisers to consider and join ISA.

A fellow appraiser from another organization stated it was an amazing conference and basically said because of our programs and collegial atompshere of inclusion and pathways to accreditation is the personal property appraisal organization of choice.  I cant disagree.

Back to regular posts in the next day or so.

Conference Opening

A night on the town for some blues

Mark Bench of Borro

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