The Phoenix Chapter of the Appraisal Institute is active in providing its members annual educational opportunities in the form of full week long courses along with seminars to help meet continuing education requirements. In addition, we have up to six chapter meetings, which are normally held over lunch with guest speakers providing information on pertinent topics such as: environmental issues, market segments, inspection techniques, and panel discussions. These meetings are free to members and most often include lunch along with occasional continuing education credit. They are also a great way to meet and network with appraisers active in our market area.
Dear fellow Institute members:
I want to begin by saying what a privilege it is to serve as the Phoenix Chapter president. The residential and commercial appraisal industry is in a state of transition with declining fees and shorter turn times. We are all looking for answers and it is with this agenda that we look to structure our educational offerings, social events, meetings and panels for 2015. Each year, our goal is to educate and advocate on behalf of the appraisal community and in the current environment this need has never rang more true.
While we have achieved a great deal in years past, there is much more to do as we march toward our lofty goal in providing guidance and direction for the chapter. In the following weeks you will receive notices of planned meetings, education and discussion panels. This year we hope to step outside of the box with our offerings and this begins with our first chapter meeting on March 5, where we will tour the University of Phoenix Stadium. Another exciting event in the planning stages is a nine hole, scramble golf tournament to be held sometime in late September or early October. All of the proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards scholarships for qualified individuals seeking either licensure or designation.
I invite you to join us this year as an active participant through either attendance or constructive dialogue. While change is never easy, it is inevitable in order to survive in an era where the appraisal industry is being challenged to reinvent itself. Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve and let’s make this year and fun one.
~Jay A. Ramos, MAI