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2014 Fall Conference Recap

This year’s Annual Fall Conference was held on September 17th at the San Francisco Marriott. We had a great turnout of over 300 attendees from Northern, Central, and Southern California. Our 2014 Chair Tim Runde, MAI, LEED AP and the rest of the Fall Conference Committee did a wonderful job of putting together a fantastic program with a broad array of topics and presenters. At this year’s conference we 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. Attendees were able to stay in one track or pick and choose.

Our Keynote Speaker this year was Maria Ayerdi-Kaplan, the Executive Director of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA). Ms. Ayerdi-Kaplan gave a very interesting and informative presentation on the Transbay Transit Center Program in San Francisco (Transbay Transformation: Enhancing Real Estate Values Through Transit-Oriented Development) with an appraisal focus with regards to rent premiums in the area, as well as leasing/sale and construction activity.

We were also very fortunate to have special guest J. Scott Robinson, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS, the 2014 Appraisal Institute National Vice President join us for the day.

Additionally, two of our members were presented with awards at this year’s conference. Dawn Molitor-Gennrich, SRA was awarded the Claudia Carleton Leadership Award. Dawn’s dedication, every year, to the development and instruction of timely appraisal topics and issues truly benefits the greater appraisal community. Congratulations, Dawn! Nicholas Cadigan was presented with the Arlen C. Mills Education Award. Congratulations, Nick! This annual award was established in 2009 to honor Arlen Mills, MAI, SRA, for his many decades of educational service and diverse contributions to the educational betterment of all appraisers.

Following the afternoon sessions, attendees were encouraged to stay and network with their peers at the after-conference social.

Handouts from the breakout sessions are available for download here.

Following are some photos from the conference (click on each photo to enlarge):

Our Fall Conference is the Appraisal Institute’s longest-running and best-attended one-day West Coast real estate appraisal education and networking event. It’s not too early to get ready for 2015…stay tuned for details regarding the 2015 Fall Conference and plan to join us to celebrate our 65th Anniversary Conference!