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Fall Conference Interview with Chair Nancy Bigham

1. What are you hoping the attendees will take away from the conference?

I’m hoping they’ll come away with something new, something they didn’t know before, or even something old presented in a new way that will help them in their work and business.

We are also hosting a panel from the Appraisal Institute National – including National President Rick Borges, CEO Fred Grubbe, Strategic Planning Chair Jim Amorin, and Government Relations Director Bill Garber – it will be a great opportunity for AI members to address any questions or concerns they have about the directions and policies of national AI.

2. How many vendors will be attending and what will they be offering?

We have at least four onsite vendors lined up and hope to add a few more. They’ll be offering E&O Insurance, data sources, web-based software and more.

3. There is a broad array of speakers and topics available this year, but, who is the Keynote Speaker and what will she discuss?

Catherine Austin Fitts is the keynote speaker; her presentation is titled “What’s Next? Primary Trends in the Global Financial Market and the Impact on Bay Area Real Estate.”

Ms. Austin Fitts is an Investment Advisor, Entrepreneur, Investment Banker and former Assistant Secretary of Housing – Federal Housing Commissioner, under President G. HW Bush.

Ms. Austin Fitts is the also the publisher of the Solari Report, a unique perspective on how to navigate the opportunities and risks in the global financial system and political economy. She’ll be discussing trends in the global markets and their affect on the Bay Area – how our area is connected to and affected by the global economy.

4. Who should be attending this Conference?

All appraisers, assessors, and our clients that want to benefit from the panels and offering we have this year, and who also want to reconnect with friends and/or network.

An example of a session that benefits both appraisers and assessors is “Fee (Not So) Simple” which was put together to address the issue of the value of assessed properties and tax appeal cases. Mr. Prescott, the moderator, serves on the Santa Clara County Tax Appeal Board. In many cases it appears that the leased fee rather than the fee simple value is being assessed. The panel will address this issue.

We’ve worked hard to put together a program with sessions that should appeal to residential and commercial appraisers. And you get continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments throughout the day, admission to post-conference reception plus 6-hours of CE credit!

5. Networking can be an important part of attending any conference, will there be any “after conference” suggestions regarding nearby establishments?

No need to rush out into traffic! There will be a post-conference networking reception at the hotel from 5:00pm to 6:30pm, plan to stay for that! The Marriott is in downtown SF, there any many good restaurants and things to do in the evening.

Register here by October 1st for the Best Value Rate