It is with a great sense of pride that I lead the Appraisal Institute, North Texas Chapter as 2018 President. I attended my first AI luncheon event in the spring of 2002, and I have since watched this Chapter successfully navigate challenging times through thoughtful leadership and a sense of community. Our Chapter is a passionate group of professionals, and through relentless service and commitment to the Appraisal Institute, we have bettered our industry on the local and national level.
The North Texas Chapter has delivered three National Presidents – J.B. Featherston, MAI (1980), Ken Wilson, MAI, SRA (2014) and Lance Coyle, MAI, SRA (2015). A large number of Chapter professionals have also held prominent positions at the national and regional levels and have been recognized with numerous awards. I succeed a recent list of exceptional Past Presidents, such as Jim Rohrig, MAI, CPA and Arleen Cassidy, MAI, AI-GRS, who have recommitted this Chapter towards recruitment and development of the next generation of great appraisers.
As a Chapter, we continue to work through changes in our industry and the Appraisal Institute, but the constant is our level of commitment and service to the industry that can be so rewarding. We are told our industry is dying, but I see chapters across the country thriving, as the North Texas Chapter has for so many years. The recent establishment of YAPs (Young Appraiser Professionals), as well as education scholarships for our young appraisers, have become models for chapters nationwide. Our Annual North Texas Realty Symposium started as a model of success for the rest of the country but has become so much more. The Symposium has become a premier real estate event for this community, with some of the top professionals in the metroplex presenting each year. Behind these, and many other, initiatives you will always find hardworking and dedicated volunteers from the North Texas Chapter. They are committed and always eager to serve.
In 2018, my hope is that we continue to adapt to an ever-changing real estate market. We will continue our outreach programs to local universities, such as the University of North Texas. We will expand on our recent successes with the YAP program and encourage the young leaders among us to continue the tradition of volunteerism that has served the North Texas Chapter so well for so many years. We have expanded our brand within the younger generation and established new roles on the Board of Directors, such as Social Media chair (Jourdan Sullivan), and YAP co-chairs (Brad Savage, MAI and Aimee Morgan). Our local Education offerings feature some of the brightest minds in the industry, and we look forward to hosting appraisers from across the country.
The appraisal industry has been such a rewarding career for me, and many others. We are all tasked with continuing to pour in support and service into this Institute, in hopes of leaving it in a better place for the next generation of valuation specialists.
Finally, if you are interested in becoming active in the Chapter leadership or on a committee, please contact the Chapter’s Executive Director, Ruth Kelton (email@example.com or 972-233-2244), or any of the Chapter’s officers. Each year the Chapter has several positions that need to be filled.
Thank you and Happy 2018,
Chris Roach, MAI
2018 North Texas Chapter President