It is with a great sense of pride and honor that I have the opportunity to serve the Appraisal Institute, North Texas Chapter as 2019 Chapter President. I will follow in a leadership role that has included numerous Chapter leaders who have effectively led our Chapter to its current status as among the most successful Chapters in the Appraisal Institute. The Chapter has produced three national presidents as well as numerous Chapter members who have held significant state, regional and national positions within the Appraisal Institute and the appraisal industry.
The Chapter has continued to successfully provide candidate guidance, education and networking opportunities to members and candidates. The Chapter maintains a Candidate Guidance Committee, member chaired and actively advising candidates through their candidacy. The Chapter provides numerous programs each year that are designed to satisfy required continuing education and core course work. Networking opportunities as well as continuing education are provided with five luncheon events annually. The Chapter has established a scholarship program to assist candidates in their efforts to satisfy designation requirements. The YAPs (Young Appraiser Professionals) program was established several years ago and continues to develop
The annual Realty Symposium presented by the Chapter each January is a significant educational and networking opportunity. Since its inception almost ten years ago, the Symposium has grown in recognition and in attendance. The Symposium has in fact gained recognition in other areas of Texas and the Nation. We continue to refine the event to make it more relevant as a premier educational opportunity on a multi-discipline basis.
In an effort to reach out to the young professional community, we will consider an effort to create an intern program with several of the universities in the area. We will expand our pursuit of sponsors for our educational and lunch offerings to help fund of our initiatives.
The appraisal industry and real estate market are undergoing significant changes that are and will be challenging to all of us in the industry and in the Chapter. I am confident that we will successfully meet the challenges we face this coming year with the talent and dedication of our membership.
I urge any of you who may be interested in becoming active in Chapter leadership or in a committee, please contact the Chapter Executive Director, Ruth Kelton (firstname.lastname@example.org or 972.233.2244), or any of the Chapter officers or committee members. The Chapter encourages participation from all of its membership and the contributions and solutions we each bring to the effort.
Thank you all as we look forward to a successful and energetic year.
John Scarborough, SRA
2019 North Texas Chapter President