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Fall Conference Interview with Chair Tim Runde, MAI, LEED AP

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This conference is in its 64th year. Tell us what’s new this year – what should we expect?

The biggest change for 2014 is that we’ve aligned the sessions into four educational tracks that reflect the concerns commercial and residential appraisers have in 2014: Business Development, Markets and Methods, Real Estate and the Environment, and Developing Special Expertise.  You can stay in one track or pick and choose – it’s up to you.

The Committee has pulled together a really diverse group of speakers including a number of panelists from outside the Bay Area – something you don’t often see in local real estate conferences.

So give us some examples of the speakers and topics we’ll be able to choose from.

  • Steve Herzog, MAI, CF, who literally wrote the book on water issues, is coming in from Portland.
  • Orell Anderson, MAI, from Los Angeles will speak on contamination and damages.
  • Jim Martin, Bureau Chief of the BREA in Sacramento will talk about what to expect on the regulatory front.
  • Roy Meyer is joining us from Orange County to demonstrate how to kick start your appraisal business and grow your “non-lender” residential and commercial business.
  • Garrick Brown of Terranomics will share insights on the ever-changing retail world.
  • Mark Linne, MAI, CAE, ASA, of Colorado, and George Dell, MAI, SRA, ASA, from San Diego are presenting on statistics and data science.
  • Dustin Harris, “The Appraiser Coach” will focus on mobile technology for residential appraisers.
  • We have an entire session focused on assessor and ad valorem assessment issues featuring top appraisers from San Mateo and Santa Clara County Assessor’s Offices.
  • Robert White, CRE, FRICS, Real Capital Analytics of NYC returns as one of most popular presenters
  • Ezra Rapport, executive director of ABAG, will speak on how recent California climate legislation will affect what gets developed where.
  • And we have an entire session focusing on residential and commercial green issues, which is shaping up to be a major competency issue with the pending release of The Appraisal Foundation’s Green Building Competency Guidelines.

Who is the keynote speaker this year?

We’re really excited to have Maria Ayerdi-Kaplan, executive director of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority and SF Business Times “Dealmaker of the Year” present this year’s keynote.   She’s the driving force behind the new Transbay Terminal that is leading the renaissance in San Francisco’s South Financial District.  The land deal Maria negotiated with Boston Properties for Salesforce Tower is the highest price land sale in SF history.  She’s a down-to-earth speaker with a great story to tell.

Who should attend?

Anyone who wants – or needs – to know the latest on real estate values, trends, risks and opportunities.  Whether you’re in commercial or residential, just starting or jump starting your career, we have sessions designed to help you move forward.

What about networking?

As the West Coast’s premiere appraisal conference, there will be plenty of opportunities to check in with your peers from the pre-conference breakfast to the after conference social.  And it doesn’t stop there.  One of the best things about the conference being at the SF Marriott is that you’re literally steps away from almost endless food and entertainment venues in one of the most vibrant urban areas in the country.  Make sure to follow us on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn for impromptu post-conference options.

Early registration discounts

Save up to $75!  Watch for registration to open before the end of the month and take advantage of our BEST VALUE tuition fee.  Questions? Contact our chapter office at 925-932-7753, lisa@norcal-ai.org or www.norcal-ai.org.