2018 President’s Message


2017 should be considered a success for the Chapter. We had a variety of education offerings, events, and seminars, and a banner Fall Conference in Lake Tahoe that was paired with a multi-region meeting which brought together chapter representatives from throughout the Western United States.

2018 will also feature a full slate of offerings in both education and social events. Please consider taking a few moments now and throughout the year to look at our Chapter website for our future offerings. Also watch for an upgrade to the website format to be released in the first part of 2018.

Five of our members received designations this year (one MAI, one SRA, two AI-GRS, and one AI-RRS)!  We’re targeting a similar amount for 2018. The Chapter is in need of Advisors for candidates on designation paths. Please reach out to Jenny Calabrese, jenny@sac-ai.org, or myself if you’d like more information on what an Advisor does or how you can help.

In December 2017, we changed the way in which the Chapter handles the management of finances. We volunteered to participate in a beta test program for the new system that was adopted by the National Board of Directors in 2016 – the Chapter Financial Management and Administration Policy. This Policy centralizes Chapter Financial management and administration functions within the AI Finance Department at the national office, including central management of banking and reserve fund accounts. We look forward to seeing the results and impact of this beta test in 2018.

The hot topic within the Institute in 2017 has been the release of the Governance Structure Project Team (GSPT) recommendations for structure change. The initial reaction to the release over the summer was one of concern that sweeping change was imminent. However, the recommendations were simply that, just recommendations, and the Project Team and National continue to be in “listening mode” and are reading every comment posted to the AI website about this issue. I encourage you to read the release and post some feedback. Links are below; you will be prompted to log in to your AI profile page.

Please feel free to reach out to me or Jenny with questions, comments, or any other needs.

Link to GSPT feedback page

Feedback webpage

I am humbled to be the incoming President for 2018. I truly appreciate the help and support of the officers, Board, and committee members who sacrifice their time to benefit our Chapter. Thank you to our 2017 Chapter President, Steve Parent, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS who put in countless hours representing our Chapter at regional and national meetings, developing education, planning the Fall Conference, and coordinating volunteers. In addition, many thanks go out to Jenny Calabrese, our Executive Director. She works tirelessly as our main facilitator of operations for this Chapter and is a critical component of our Chapter’s success.

Happy New Year and thank you for supporting the Sacramento Sierra Chapter of the Appraisal Institute, we are here for you and would not be here without you.


Andy Burger, MAI
CBRE Valuation & Advisory Services – Director


Andy Burger, MAI