2019 President’s Message
I would like to thank everyone who attended the Chapter Installation and Holiday Dinner in December. Jenny Calabrese, our Chapter Executive Director did an outstanding job with the selection of the venue and arranging the event that was a wonderful success. This seems like an appropriate point to also highlight the contributions of Kathy Cline, SRA. Kathy has so very faithfully served our chapter as programs Chair for the past 5 years, current board member, and newsletter editor . Kathy has recently relocated to Saint George, Utah and will be missed by all who know her here locally.
I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as your Sacramento Sierra Chapter President in 2019. I am committed to doing my best to provide the chapter with continued strong leadership as demonstrated by our past presidents. I am most appreciative to our immediate past chapter president, Andrew Burger, MAI, for his exemplary work and dedication which kept us focused during 2018. I personally observed his advocacy for the members of our chapter and our profession as a whole. I also thank the incoming Board members for their willingness to serve— and I look forward to working closely with them and to their support.
As is the case every year, the President-Elect travels to Chicago in the fall leading up to his year at the helm. This year I was fortunate to spend two days with our National Board and staff members learning about national operations and finances, chapter requirements, short and long-range planning, and advocacy. As you know, there are discernable changes proposed for our organization. Based on my involvement during the past two years, I remain convinced that our National leadership team and staff are dedicated to our membership and hold our best interest always at the forefront of every decision made.
On the topic of National leadership, the AI Board of Directors is considering the Governance Structure Project Team’s (GSPT) revised recommendations. We understand a transition plan will be developed following Board deliberation and approval of any recommendations to refine and implement the approved plan. The transition plan will include determining timelines, process and procedures for approved structural and functional changes. In 2019, we (your local chapter officers) will maintain a “real time” awareness of this process and how it relates to our chapter and our profession. As warranted, we will provide updates on this topic, as well as any other industry news and events that impact our profession.
During the next few years the appraisal industry will be forced, once again, to re-engineer our valuation products to provide for the ever-changing needs of our clients and the regulatory environment. The industry must continue to provide the highest level of quality and accuracy in our products while dealing with demands for shorter delivery timing as well as pressure on price points. At the same time, we will be attempting to attract young professionals to the industry in order to replace the declining appraiser population. We all need to work diligently to build our industry. Your Chapter Board of Directors is committed to grow and educate the bright young new appraisers in the region. But the Chapter cannot be successful in this task alone.
Our Chapter, under the guidance of Joe Esparza, MAI Education Chairperson will continue to provide outstanding educational opportunities in 2019. Our courses (along with Nationally offered courses) will act as the formal academic foundation of the training of these talented and career focused individuals. But we all know that academic learning is only a part of the development of a true professional real estate appraiser.
The experienced gained from market research and field work is critical to their development and that element is received from working in your companies and under the oversight of our membership. Please consider how you can assist these bright individuals who will be the next generation of appraisers in one of the greatest real estate markets in the US. Mentoring the young professionals is our responsibility and our opportunity to give back to the industry that has been so good to each of us.
My focus as your Chapter President is keeping you informed on all topics germane to the appraisal industry, with particular attention giving to the implementation of the GSPT recommendations.
Regarding membership involvement, the board and I are steadfastly committed to our membership and to the clients who we all serve. The Chapter Board of Directors and I stand ready to support you in every possible way, but we will not be successful without the support of our entire membership. Please get involved, and if you have any ideas, please share them with Chapter Board Members so we can all work together in shaping the future of the industry. I’m sure we all agree that the strength of any organization is largely dependent on the level of membership involvement.
Happy New Year!
Kevin K. Ziegenmeyer, MAI
Integra Realty Resources
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